The No. 2 Minnesota men's hockey program met with the media Wednesday in anticipation of the upcoming weekend. The Gophers host the U.S. Under-18 team in exhibition action on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on Canisius of the Atlantic Hockey Association in nonconference action on Sunday at 1 p.m.
With his 600th career victory now behind him, head coach Don Lucia talk about the rewarding parts of the journey.
"I think more than anything else you go down memory lane. I have been fortunate to walk into good situations. I had a chance to experience it all at pretty much every level, you get the great wins and the devastating losses."
The best part of the achievement?
"Just hearing from my former plays makes it the most enjoyable."
Lucia on his early days of coaching: "Not many coaches had to coach the first half of practice take off their skates and go drive the zamboni before getting your skates back on to run the second half of practice."
Following media availability, Lucia was presented with a gift from his high school alma mater (Grand Rapids High School) in honor of his 600th win and visited with a group of representatives from the school.
Boyd on the USNDTP
Travis Boyd, who spent two years with the U.S. National Developmental Team Program prior to joining the Gophers, provided insight into what the program is really about.
"It is a really special program. They do a fantastic job of developing kids to young men and really good hockey players. The one thing the USA program has, which no where else has, is the international competition. That is one of the best memories I have ever had. To go overseas and represent your country in terms of hockey is an unforgettable moment for me."