BOSTON (WWLP) – Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker congratulated the UMass Amherst Hockey team for becoming National Champions.

It was a really joyous occasion for several of the players and the coaches in attendance. Gov. Baker gave the team a formal citation to congratulate them on their historic win.

Despite the pandemic the Umass Amherst Hockey team powered through and their hard work paid off because they won the 2021 NCAA Division 1 men’s hockey national championship.

During the ceremony, Gov. Baker reflected on his thoughts during the game, which he said he watched on the edge of his seat. UMass Amherst ended up beating St. Cloud State University 5-0.

“And they have made all of us here in Massachusetts so proud of their work, their performance, their excellence and their determination, Congratulations to all of you,” Baker said.

House and Senate leaders also joined in on today’s ceremony. They expressed how proud they were of their athletic achievements as well as their academic achievements. The team’s GPA is a combined 3.70.

If the minutemen make it back to the Frozen Four next season they would have the opportunity to play on familiar grounds because the tournament is scheduled to be played in Boston.