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Todd McLellan's son playing in Frozen Four

Tyson McLellan, whose father is Oilers coach, set to take ice for Denver against Notre Dame in NCAA semifinal Thursday

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Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan is both coach and fan this week.

McLellan, trying to guide the Oilers to first place in the Pacific Division by the conclusion of the NHL regular season on Sunday, will have a keen eye on the Frozen Four of the NCAA men's ice hockey tournament in Chicago this weekend.

McLellan's oldest son, Tyson, 21, is a first-year forward for the No. 1-ranked University of Denver, which plays the national semifinal game against Notre Dame at United Center on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2).

Harvard will face Minnesota-Duluth in the other national semifinal on Thursday (6 p.m. ET; ESPN2), and the national championship will be played Saturday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN).

"I've watched Tyson as a freshman, and this year in Denver has been an unreal experience for him," McLellan said.

Tyson McLellan had 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 41 games for Denver this season.

He had one goal in Denver's 5-2 victory against Michigan Tech in the NCAA regional semifinal in Cincinnati on March 25.

Denver, the No. 1 seed for the 16-team NCAA tournament advanced to the Frozen Four by defeating Penn State 6-3 at the Cincinnati regional final.

With a record of 31-7-4 this season, including the top spot in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with an 18-3-3 record, Denver coach Jim Montgomery was named the winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as the American Hockey Coaches Association/CCM Division I Men's Hockey Coach of the Year, and the College Hockey News Coach of the Year.

Video: Notre Dame's Dennis Gilbert on the Frozen Four

Montgomery, 47, played 122 NHL games for the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars.

"I've kept in touch with him a lot this season," Todd McLellan said. "We talk a lot about the teams they're going to play.

"He's done a good job with that team. He's a good coach."

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