Members of the men's hockey team met with the media Wednesday ahead of this weekend's trip to Alaska for a WCHA matchup with the Seawolves. This will be Minnesota's final regular season trip to The Last Frointier as a member of the WCHA.
The players are looking forward to a trip that will take them to a part of the county that is far from the comforts of home.
Defenseman Nate Schmidt believes the trip provides the team with a great opportunity to bond off the ice.
"This will be a nice trip to get away and be with the guys for a weekend. I think creating bonds and renewing the chemistry we had last year is what is most important right now."
Forward Travis Boyd is looking to see the scenery present in the nation's 49th state.
"Anchorage is a really beautiful place. You fly in and there are mountains everywhere. It is a really fun going up there and seeing the surrounding area."
Head coach Don Lucia has a lot of history in Alaska. He was an assistant coach with the Seawolves for two seasons in the mid 80s, and he landed his first collegiate head-coaching job with Alaska Fairbanks.
"I always enjoy the trip, it is a good place to play this time of year. There is a bit more daylight than December and January. It was a lot of fun those two years (as an assistant coach of Alaska Anchorage)."
The Gophers will be in action on Friday and Saturday night. Both contests will start at 10 p.m. CT. Fans can listen to the games on 1500 ESPN, with Wally Shaver and Frank Mazzocco calling the action.