UND Roster

2020-21 Hockey Roster

#5 Matt Hellickson


Height 6-1
Weight 192 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown Rogers, Minnesota
Last Team Sioux City (USHL)

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  • Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (May 11)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (May 11)


  • Scored five goals and recorded 11 assists in 37 games played as a junior.
  • His five goals were tied with Nick Leivermann for the team lead among defensemen.
  • Led the Irish with three game-winning goals. 
  • Blocked 81 shots on the season to lead the Irish and rank fourth in the NCAA.
  • Scored one goal in the 5-2 victory over Lake Superior State (Oct. 25).
  • Recorded two assists in the 4-2 loss against #7/7 Penn State (Dec. 13), marking his first multi-point game of the season and the fourth of his career.
  • Scored one goal in the 4-1 victory over #19 Western Michigan (Jan. 5).
  • Scored a goal in the 3-3 tie against #8 Penn State (Jan. 31).
  • Scored a goal in the 2-1 road victory against Michigan (Feb. 21).

• Big Ten All-Academic Team


• Skated in all 40 games with the Irish, totaling four goals, 12 assists and a +5 rating.
• Scored his first goal of the season in Notre Dame’s 2-1 loss at 14th-ranked Michigan (Nov. 9).
• Followed up with his first career two-assist game in Notre Dame’s 6-2 win at Michigan (Nov. 10), which also marked his first career multi-point game.
• Had a career-high three points in Notre Dame’s 5-4 win at ninth-raked Penn State (Dec. 7), notching the opening Irish goal and adding a pair of assists.
• Scored what turned out to be the game winner in Notre Dame’s 4-0 victory over Boston College (Dec. 31), which was also his first power-play goal of the season.
• Had the primary assist on Michael Graham’s game-tying goal at the United Center in Notre Dame’s 2-2 tie with Wisconsin (Jan. 20).
• Had a pair of assists in Notre Dame’s 5-2 win over Michigan (Feb. 12).
• Scored Notre Dame’s first goal, which also came on the power play, in an eventual 5-4 overtime win against Penn State (March 1).


  • Notched an assist in his first career game, a 5-3 win over Alabama Huntsville (Oct. 6).
  • Added an assist in 4-0 game two win over the Chargers (Oct. 7).
  • Had the primary assist on Dawson Cook’s third-period, game-winning goal in Notre Dame’s 5-3 victory against Penn State (Nov. 10).
  • Scored his first career goal with a power-play tally in Notre Dame’s 2-1 win at Michigan (Jan. 5).
  • Netted what proved to be the game-winning power-play goal against Michigan in the 2-1 Irish win at home to complete the weekend sweep (Jan. 7).
  • It marked his first career game winner.
  • Recorded points in both B1G playoff games, an assist against Penn State (March 10) and a goal versus Ohio State (March 18).
  • Blocked two shots in the Frozen Four game against Michigan (April 5).


Selected in the seventh round, 214th overall, by the New Jersey Devils in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.


  • Joined the Irish after playing the 2016-17 season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
  • Named an alternate captain for the Musketeers after being selected first overall in the 2016 USHL entry draft.
  • Skated in 52 games and scored six goals and added 22 assists for 28 points before adding a playoff goal to bring his total to 29 total points on the season.
  • His 28 regular-season points ranked ninth among USHL defensemen in 2016-17, while his +19 plus/minus rating also ranked ninth among USHL defensemen.
  • Earned USHL Defenseman of the Week honors twice.


  • Played the 2014-15 (U17) and 2015-16 (U18) seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program.
  • In 2014-15, he skated in 30 games at the junior level (0-1-1) and 49 games with the  U.S. National U17 Team (1-3-4).
  • Contributed two assists in four games to help Team USA to a gold medal finish at the Under-18 Four Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland in 2015.
  • In 2015-16, he played in 25 games at the USHL level (0-5-5) as well as another 64 games with the U.S. National U18 Team (0-16-16).
  • Won a gold medal in 2016-17 at the Under-19 World Jr. A Challenge with Team USA, where he was captain and had one assist in five games.
  • Won a bronze medal in 2015-16 at the Under-18 World Junior Championships with Team USA, where he had four assists in seven games.


  • Attended from Rogers High School in Rogers, Minnesota, where he played Royal’s hockey from 2012-14.
  • Graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Scored eight goals and notched 30 assists to earn All-Conference honors in 2013-14.
  • Son of Paul Hellickson and Danielle Benton and has an older brother, Jake, and a younger sister, Maya.
  • Majoring in Finance.

Goals: 1 (12x – at Michigan 2/21/20)
Assists: 2 (5x – vs. Penn State 12/14/19)
Points: 3 (at Penn State 12/7/18)
Multi-Point Games: 5
Point Streak: 5 games (Oct. 13 – Nov. 2; 2-3-5)
Most Recent Goal: at Michigan 2/21/20