The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin Wednesday in the NHL, and the University of North Dakota will be well represented.

There are 16 teams battling for Lord Stanley's Cup, which make for eight matchups in the first-round. Only two of those matchups won't include at least one former player from UND.

Such players include Jonathan Toews and Nick Schmaltz (Chicago Blackhawks), T.J. Oshie and Taylor Chorney (Washington Capitals), Carter Rowney (Pittsburgh Penguins), and Drew Stafford (Boston Bruins). The other four are involved in head-to-head matchups as the Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild take on Jordan Schmaltz and the St. Louis Blues. The other matchup features Drake Caggiula and the Edmonton Oilers against Aaron Dell and the San Jose Sharks.

Several former UND players are etched on Lord Stanley's Cup with the most recent being Jonathan Toews (three Stanley Cup titles with the Blackhawks) and Matt Greene (twice with the Los Angeles Kings).

During the regular season, a school-record of 22 former players from UND took the ice in the NHL, which was far than any other NCHC program. Miami and Denver were the next closest with 13 and 12 players, respectively.

Here's the full list of all 22 players:

Player  Team
Brock Boeser  Vancouver Canucks
Drake Caggiula  Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Chorney  Washington Capitals
Aaron Dell  San Jose Sharks
Derek Forbort  Los Angeles Kings
Matt Greene  Los Angeles Kings
Rocco Grimaldi  Colorado Avalanche
Tyson Jost  Colorado Avalanche
Paul LaDue  Los Angeles Kings
Zane McIntyre  Boston Bruins
Brock Nelson  New York Islanders
T.J. Oshie  Washington Capitals
Zach Parise  Minnesota Wild
Carter Rowney  Pittsburgh Penguins
Jordan Schmaltz  St. Louis Blues
Nick Schmaltz  Chicago Blackhawks
Dillon Simpson  Edmonton Oilers
Drew Stafford  Winnipeg Jets/Boston Bruins
Troy Stecher  Vancouver Canucks
Jonathan Toews  Chicago Blackhawks
Chris VandeVelde  Philadelphia Flyers
Travis Zajac  New Jersey Devils

 

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to get underway tomorrow, no matter who your team is, if you're a UND fan, there's a good chance you have someone to root for in the postseason.