Schleper Skates with Tampa Bay Lightning

In case you missed it, Gophers alumna and 2014 Olympic silver medalist Anne Schleper recently skated with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the team's morning skate as part of the 2014 IIHF World Girls Hockey Weekend.

Read more:
USA Hockey: Schleper Skates with Lightning (NHL) 
Yahoo Sports: U.S. Olympian Anne Schleper joins Tampa Bay Lightning for morning skate 
NBC Olympic Talk: Anne Schleper skates with Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning: Olympic Silver Medalist Anne Schleper Participates in Bolts Morning Skate 
Fox Sports: Olympian Anne Schleper enjoys morning skate with Lightning
Team USA: Hilary Knight, Anne Schleper Skate With NHL

Royal Oaks Qualifying

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The Gophers finished their qualifying tournament Wednesday for the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate (Oct. 27-28). Six Gophers will play in Dallas, with five scores counting toward the team score each round. Jose Mendez, Matt Rachey, Riley Johnson, Runar Arnorsson and two additional coaches picks (to be named Thursday) will travel.

Qualifying Scores
Round 1 - Oct. 19 - Wayzata CC - Par 72 - 7,106 Yards
Round 2 - Oct. 21 - Interlachen CC - Par 72 - 6,981 Yards
Round 3 - Oct. 22 - Southview CC - Par 71 - 6,512 Yards
Runar Arnorsson 82-72-73--227
Charlie Duensing 79-78-72--229
Daniel Luftspring 73-82-76--231
Grady Meyer 80-74-81--235
William Leaf 76-79-81--237
Tyler Lowenstein 81-85-72--238

Exempt from qualifying but played Interlachen on Tuesday:
Jose Mendez 70
Matt Rachey 74

Gophers Set for B1G Media Day

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Head coach Marlene Stollings, seniors Rachel Banham and Shae Kelley and sophomore Amanda Zahui B. will represent the University of Minnesota women's basketball team at Big Ten Basketball Media Day Thursday in Chicago, Ill. The event, which takes place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, will have the quartet talking with local, regional and national media outlets, including BTN and ESPN.

Each of the 14 Big Ten women's basketball coaches will participate in a press conference Thursday morning, with Coach Marlene's presser set to stream live on BTN2Go beginning at 8:56 a.m. CT.

Along with her press conference, Coach Marlene, along with Banham, Kelley and Zahui B., will do interviews with BTN, participate in a photo shoot and sit down for one-on-one roundtable interviews with regional and local media.

Fans can get take part in media day by submitting their questions for Banham, Kelley and Zahui B. on Facebook and Twitter. The players will be answering fan questions via Vine beginning around 11 a.m.

NHL: Big Night for Gophers Alums

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MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- Tuesday night's NHL action was a great night for Gopher Hockey as Minnesota alums contributed a total of seven points including this overtime game winner by Phil Kessel. 


Kessel also picked up an assist earlier in the contest. 

Elsewhere, the Islanders remained unbeaten with two goals and three points from Gopher Hockey alums Kyle Okposo (one goal, one assist) and Nick Leddy (one goal -- his first with the Islanders). Okposo's goal marked his 100th in the NHL. 


Also worth pointing out, Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski assisted on the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win over Todd Richards' Columbus Blue Jackets and logged a game-high 25:11 of ice time. Erik Johnson also picked up an assist and led all skaters with 26:27 of ice time as the Avalanche fell in overtime to Toronto. 

BLOG: First Week of Practice

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The 2014-15 season officially got underway for the University of Minnesota women's basketball team last week when it opened preseason camp. It also marked the first week of practice for senior Shae Kelley as a Golden Gopher and her last as a student-athlete. Kelley shared her experience in a guest blog for Gophersports.com:

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The first week of practice at the U has been an exciting one, not just for me, but for the team as well. Having a new coaching staff, we were anxious to see how practice would flow. Not to our surprise, the coaches had prepared us for what practice would be like over the summer. But, instead of practice being one hour, it now is 2.5 to 3 hours of intense, but fun, work. We do a lot of full court drills, because the pace we want to play is fast. Much of our practice consists of playing against the scout team, whether it is half court or a full court scrimmage, we always are playing to win. It is very competitive and we appreciate that, because it is only making us better.

We also have plenty of fun as a team. It can't always be all work and no play. Our video shoots are always goofy and fun to be at, and our personalities really come out during these times. Being a fifth-year senior, this is my last go-round and I want to cherish it as much as I can. My focus on the court is more intense than it's ever been and I know that we have the pieces of the puzzle to make a great run this year. I am excited to play my final year of college with this group of ladies and staff.

I can't wait to see all of our fans at Williams Arena this season.

Shae Kelley
  

MAGIC Blog: Gophers Update (10/13/14)

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NHL: Wheeler Scores Two in 15 Seconds

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ICYMI last night, Blake Wheeler didn't waste much time before picking up his first goal of the season in last night's 6-2 win over Arizona in Jets' opener. But frankly he wasted even less time before picking up his second of the year. 

The forward scored a pair of goals 15 seconds apart on Friday night including the eventual game winner for Winnipeg. Actually, Wheeler closed out a gap of four goals in less than two minutes between the two teams midway through the first period, but we've got highlights from both of his goals for you -- he added an assist later in the game for good measure. 

NHL: 14 Gophers Earn NHL Roster Spots

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MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- Gopher Hockey will list a total of 14 alums on National Hockey League opening rosters as the NHL regular season begins tonight with four games. 

The Maroon & Gold are represented on 10 different NHL teams including the Minnesota Wild, which leads all league teams with four Gophers on roster. 

Gopher Hockey in the NHL
Erik Johnson - Colorado Avalanche
Alex Goligoski - Dallas Stars
Nick Bjugstad - Florida Panthers
Keith Ballard - Minnesota Wild
Stu Bickel - Minnesota Wild
Erik Haula - Minnesota Wild
Thomas Vanek - Minnesota Wild
Nick Leddy - New York Islanders
Kyle Okposo - New York Islanders
Paul Martin - Pittsburgh Penguins
Jordan Leopold - St. Louis Blues
Phil Kessel - Toronto Maple Leafs
Nate Schmidt - Washington Capitals
Blake Wheeler - Winnipeg Jets

Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs kick off the season tonight at 7 p.m. ET against Montreal.

MAGIC Blog: Gophers Update (10/6/14)

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Gopher Hold Preseason Media Day

Head coach Brad Frost, senior captain Rachael Bona and sophomore assistant captain Lee Stecklein previewed the 2014-15 season at the annual preseason media day for Gopher women's hockey yesterday.