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FARGO – The Fargo Force junior hockey team will be represented by 28 alumni playing for a national championship in the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament when it begins on Friday.

The NCAA Tournament West Regional will be held Friday and Saturday at Scheels Arena, home of the Force. Three of the West Regional teams -- St. Cloud State, American International and Ohio State -- have former Force players on their rosters. Denver is the only team that doesn't have a former Fargo player on its team.

Of the 16 teams qualifying for the NCAA regionals, there are 12 colleges with players who played in Fargo.

Massachusetts leads the way with five Force alums, Minnesota State-Mankato has four and St. Cloud State has three. Jared Hilderman and Riley Tufte won a national championship with Minnesota-Duluth last season and will look to become the first team to repeat as champions since Denver in 2004 and 2005.

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A list of former Force players in the NCAA Tournament:

UMass: Minnesota State-Mankato:
St. Cloud State: Minnesota-Duluth: Notre Dame:
Clarkson: Cornell: Bowling Green: Quinnipiac: Arizona State: Ohio State: American International: