Bulldog Insider Podcast: Cancer free, Stejskal leads next generation of UMD goalies

Minnesota Duluth junior goaltender Zach Stejskal of Cohasset is cancer free this season, and now he's the Bulldogs veteran goaltender, leading a new group that includes senior transfer Matthew Thiessen and freshman Zach Sandy. Stejskal is also an advocate for men's mental and physical health issues as one of the UMD Hockey Mo-Bros raising funds and awareness for the Movember campiagn.

men's hockey player during game
Minnesota Duluth goaltender Zach Stejskal (35) makes the save against Minnesota State forward Brendan Furry (13) on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Mankato.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

A year ago this month, Minnesota Duluth goaltender Zach Stejskal went public with his diagnosis of testicular cancer. It triggered not only a wave of support for the Cohasset native, but a surge in donations for the Bulldogs' Movember campaign, which raises funds and awareness for men's physical and mental health issues.

Stejskal is now cancer free, and leading a new group of Bulldogs goaltenders that includes senior transfer Matthew Thiessen and freshman Zach Sandy. He and his teammates are also once again raising funds and awareness for Movember by growing mustaches . Stejskal joins the Bulldog Insider Podcast this week to talk about all of that, and more.

Bulldog Insider is co-hosted by Duluth News Tribune sports reporter Matt Wellens and My9 television voice of Bulldog hockey Zach Schneider. Episodes are edited and produced by Duluth News Tribune digital producers Wyatt Buckner and Dan Williamson. You can find more Bulldog hockey coverage at and more episodes of Bulldog Insider wherever you listen to podcasts. New episodes air every Thursday.

Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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