NORTHWOODS - All college hockey eyes will be on Notre Dame and Michigan when they face off on Thursday night in the Frozen Four.
And behind the scenes for the Irish will be a Northland Pines Eagle.
2002 Northland Pines graduate Nick Siergiej is Notre Dame's coordinator of hockey operations.
Some of his responsibilities include overseeing the management of team equipment and organizing team trips.
Siergiej got his start as the equipment manager for the Northland Pines hockey team.
Then he used his time as a student at UW-Rvier Falls to help build his career path.
"Video, technology started to become very prevelant. That's when River Falls started picking up the technology so I learned the video side, the scouting side and helping with technology on things," said Siergiej.
After graduating from UW-River Falls, Siergiej spent three years with Minnesota-Duluth before taking the job at Notre Dame.
He's also worked with the United States World Junior team.
Even with all of that travel, he says there's always a connection to Eagle River.
"Kids that we recruit here have heard of Eagle River or played at Eagle River. Or guys that I meet that are my age, I played against them in Eagle River growing up. So it's really cool to have that bond back to Eagle River," said Siergiej.
2nd seeded Notre Dame will face 10th seeded Michigan at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.