Ness Makes NHL Debut

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Go Gophers! Aaron Ness
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Aaron Ness skated in 111 games as a Gopher from 2008-11 and tallied 43 points.
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Gophers In The NHL

Former Gopher Aaron Ness made his NHL debut tonight with the New York Islanders. Ness, who wears No. 55 for the Islanders, skated 13:06 minutes in a 1-0 shootout win at Philadelphia.

Ness played in 111 games as a Gopher from 2008-11 and tallied 43 points (6g-37a). He was an alternate captain during his junior year. He has 17 points (2g-15a) in 46 games with Bridgeport of the AHL this season.

Ness joins former Gophers Cade Fairchild and Stu Bickel in making their NHL debuts this year.

Fairchild, who played at Minnesota with Ness the previous three seasons, has skated in five games with the St. Louis Blues this year. He has one NHL assist. Fairchild has played in 39 games with the AHL's Peoria Rivermen and has 24 points (5g-19a). He leads the AHL with a +24 rating and was named an AHL All-Star. Fairchild played in 149 games for the Gophers from 2007-11. He finished his career with 93 points (21g-72a) and 122 penalty minutes.

Bickel played in his 21st game this season tonight with the New York Rangers. He has five assists and 48 penalty minutes. Bickel played in 45 games at Minnesota during the 2007-08 season and had seven points and 92 penalty minutes.

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