2012-13 Kicks Off with First Organized Team Activities

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Tuesday marked the first day of the academic school year at the University of Minnesota. But for the Gophers hockey team, it also meant the unofficial start of the season. 

Minnesota held its first organized team activities on Tuesday with a conditioning test in the morning, a team meeting for players, coaches and support staff in the afternoon and a student-athlete compliance meeting to close out the day.

In what was arguably the most grueling of the day's events, the morning workout consisted of 16 timed 200 meter sprints with strength and conditioning coach Cal Dietz noting that the test results were"the best we've had ever." 

"We've been very pleased with the work the guys have put in over the offseason," Dietz said. "I can't say enough about the attitude the team has shown. Every single guy is working hard to maximize the potential of the team." 

Minnesota players will continue to skate and workout informally throughout the week before the first captains practice on Saturday. The Gophers open the 2012-13 season with an exhibition game on Oct. 6 against Lethbridge before kicking off the regular season the following week with a two-game series at home against Michigan State. 



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