June 2013 Archives

Nick Leddy, Chicago Blackhawks Capture Stanley Cup

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Gopher Hockey and the University of Minnesota athletic department would like to congratulate former Gopher Nick Leddy and the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks!

Leddy and the Blackhawks endured a thrilling six-game series against the Boston Bruins in this year's Stanley Cup Final including three overtime battles to win the series 4-2.

Game One (CHI 4-3, 3OT) | Game Two (BOS 2-1, OT) | Game Three (BOS 2-0)

Game Four (CHI 6-5, OT) | Game Five (CHI 3-1) | Game Six (CHI 3-2)

In 2012-13, Leddy appeared in all 48 regular-season games and all 23 playoff games for the Blackhawk. The defenseman tallied a career-high six goals, totaled 20 points for season and was a plus-19 - the Eden Prairie native's highest rating in a three-year professional career.

Leddy is the ninth Gophers alum to win the Stanley Cup and the first to do so since Alex Goligoski in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Gophers on the Stanley Cup
Year Player Team
1977 Mike Polich Montreal
1991 Frank Pietrangelo Pittsburgh
1991 Bob Johnson (Coach) Pittsburgh
1992 Bob Johnson (Coach) Pittsburgh
1995 Tom Chorske New Jersey
1995 Neal Broten New Jersey
1995 Chris McAlpine New Jersey
2004 Ben Clymer Tampa Bay
2009 Alex Goligoski Pittsburgh
2013 Nick Leddy Chicago

Check out some of the top Tweets last night for Leddy and the Blackhawks: 

Banham Nominated for BTN Most Courageous Performance Award

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BTN announced Monday that it is set to recognize the best of Big Ten sports in 2012-13 when it airs its sixth annual BTN Awards Show Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. CT, and University of Minnesota women's basketball guard Rachel Banham is among the nominees for the network's Most Courageous Performance award.

Banham was sidelined for three months leading up to the 2012-13 season after doctors discovered a blood clot in her lung last July, but the adversity seemed to have little effect on the guard, as she would finish her sophomore campaign as the Big Ten's regular-season scoring champion and would be named First Team All-Big Ten by the league's head coaches. Banham was also honored as a WBCA All-America Honorable Mention selection and WBCA All-Region 6 after posting five games of 30 or more points and 16 games with 20 or more points.

Along with her list of awards, Banham became just the third sophomore Gopher to reach the 1,000-point milestone when she scored 37 points vs. Illinois on Jan. 28, and also surpassed former Gopher great Lindsay Whalen for the most points scored through a sophomore season with her 1,093rd-career point on Feb. 7 vs. Iowa.

With 1,243 career points, Banham ranks 14th all-time on Minnesota's career record chart, and also ranks fourth in games in double figures (64) and 10th in three-point field goals made (110). Banham also ranks fourth on Minnesota's single-season record chart with her 663 points scored in 2013.

All nominees for the Most Courageous Performance Award are below:
Rachel Banham, Minnesota women's basketball - sidelined for month after a blood clot was discovered in her lung last summer, she bounced back to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors.
Jack Hoffman, Nebraska fan - 7-year old brain cancer patient ran for a 69-yard touchdown at Nebraska's 2013 spring game. 
Robert Marve, Purdue football - overcame his third career ACL injury and returned to help the Boilermakers win their final three game and reach bowl eligibility.
Drey Mingo, Purdue women's basketball - suffered an ACL tear during the 2011-12 season. She came back this spring and led the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Tournament Championship where she was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Minnesota is also nominated in two additional categories, including Women's Coach of the Year (Brad Frost, women's hockey) and women's team of the year (women's hockey).

Gopher Great Winfield Headed Back to CWS

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Ameritrade Press Release
It's been 40 years since he pitched in it, but former Golden Gopher great Dave Winfield is still showing his impact within college baseball and the College World Series. It was announced that Winfield will serve as the official ambassador for the 2013 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 3, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha (Neb.) and will air nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, July 4.

While at Minnesota, Winfield was a First-Team All-American in 1973 and was two-time All-Big Ten in 1971 & 73. In his last season he was 9-1 with a 2.74 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 82.0 innings of work. He also batted .385 with 33 RBI in 130 at-bats that season.

Winfield was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Gophers' 1973 College World Series run. He went 1-0 in the CWS as a pitcher, giving up just 10 hits, three earned runs and striking out 29 batters in 17.1 innings of work. Winfield had 14 strikeouts in a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma in the College World Series as he tallied a complete-game shutout. He had a no-decision as he struck out 15 batters in 8.1 innings in a stunning 8-7 loss to USC. Winfield had a 1.56 ERA in the two games he pitched against Oklahoma and USC in the CWS. He also was 7-for-15 with two RBI at the plate. He was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in the first-ever class in 2006.

Winfield was drafted in three major professional sports: basketball (Atlanta Hawks and Utah Stars), football (Minnesota Vikings) and baseball (San Diego Padres). A 12-time MLB All-Star, Winfield played for 22 years and held a career .283 batting average, hit 465 home runs and amassed 3,110 hits. He was a seven-time Gold Glove winner and helped lead the Toronto Blue Jays to their first World Championship in 1992. He was inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame in 2001.

Gibbemeyer and Santana Close out Pan Am Cup with Wins

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 Former University of Minnesota volleyball player Lauren Gibbemeyer and current Golden Gopher Daly Santana each closed out the 2013 Pan American Cup this past weekend in Peru. Gibbemeyer played with the United States that won the gold medal, while Santana played with Puerto Rico and helped qualify for the World Grand Prix.

Gibbemeyer was a part of the United States team that went on to defend its title when it won gold on June 16. Gibbemeyer and Team USA defeated the Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-12, 25-20, 25-18) for Team USA's second-straight Pan Am Cup gold medal. Individually, Gibbemeyer had 11 points when she had eight kills on 16 attempts, and added three blocks. The United States reached the title match after it swept Brazil (25-11, 25-20, 25-22) on Saturday.

Santana and Puerto Rico earned a 3-1 win (27-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19) over Canada on Saturday. With the win, Puerto Rico solidified the final spot available for the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix. Prior to its win over Canada, Santana and her team defeated Costa Rica, 25-5, 25-14, 25-12. The 25-5 first set win against Costa Rica marked one of the most lopsided sets in the history of the Women's Pan American Cup. The record belongs to the U.S., in a 25-2 win (2010), also against Costa Rica.

NORCECA helped contribute information and photos to this article.

Golden Gopher Connections in the Pan Am Cup

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Two players with Golden Gopher connections are currently playing in the Pan Am Cup with their respective countries. Former Gopher great Lauren Gibbemeyer is playing with Team USA, while current Golden Gopher Daly Santana is playing for Puerto Rico.

Gibbemeyer, a part of USA's defending Pan Am Cup champions, has played in all matches so far. As Team USA swept Argentina (6/12), Gibbemeyer had eight points on seven kills in 15 attacks. Against Puerto Rico (6/11), Gibbemeyer produced 11 kills on 24 swings and had three blocks as USA rallied to win in five sets, 28-30, 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 15-13. She led Team USA in scoring against Trinidad & Tobago (6/10) when she had seven kills on 12 attempts, three blocks and an ace. Team USA has claimed first place in Pool A and direct spot in the semifinals.

Santana is a part of Puerto Rico that has gone 1-2 in pool play. The team fell to Argentina in straight sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-15), lost to Team USA, but bounced back for a three-set win over Trinidad & Tobago 25-19, 25-18, 25-12 on June 12. Against Team USA, Santana had 14 kills in 31 attempts and had an ace in the match against Team USA.

Leddy Represents Gophers in Stanley Cup Final

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Best of luck to former Gopher defenseman Nick Leddy as he and the Chicago Blackhawks open the 2013 Stanley Cup Final tonight against the Boston Bruins. Game One is set for 7 p.m. CT in Chicago and can be seen on NBC. 

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A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Leddy notched a career-high six goals in this year's shortened regular season and skated in all 48 games for the Blackhawks -- collecting a total of 18 points. The defenseman finished the regular season as a plus-15 -- the highest rating of his career. 

One of 15 former Gophers to play in the NHL this season, Leddy has also skated in 17 playoff games with two assists.

COMPLETE STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE (TIMES CDT)
Game 1: Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m., Chicago, Ill., NBC
Game 2: Saturday, June 15, 7 p.m., Chicago, Ill., NBC Sports Network
Game 3: Monday, June 17, 7 p.m., Boston, Mass., NBC Sports Network
Game 4: Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m., Boston, Mass., NBC
* Game 5: Saturday, June 22, 7 p.m., Chicago, Ill., NBC
* Game 6: Monday, June 24, 7 p.m., Boston, Mass., NBC
* Game 7: Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m., Chicago, Ill., NBC
* if necessary 

Defending The Blue Line to Host Charity Game on Campus

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Press release from Defending The Blue Line

Defending The Blue Line (DTBL) is proud to announce that the organization will host a NHL Players Charity Hockey Game on Saturday, August 3 at 3:00 p.m. at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota Campus. The game will feature U.S. born NHL players vs. Canadian born NHL players.

On Monday, July 1, tickets to the game and the player autograph session will go on sale exclusively at www.DefendingTheBlueLine.org. An initial roster of players participating will also be released and jerseys for the event will be unveiled at Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub on July 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

"We are very thankful for the great support NHL players continue to show our organization," said Shane Hudella, Defending the Blue Line President. "This game will provide hockey fans an excellent opportunity to watch NHL players away from the pressure of the pro game, and at the same time, help ensure military kids can play the game we all love."

Defending The Blue Line is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by a group of National Guard soldiers from Minnesota. The charity assists families of all branches of the military with costs associated with hockey. They provide financial assistance for registration fees, free equipment, summer hockey camps, and send many deserving families to watch National Hockey League games.

Defending The Blue Line is excited for this opportunity to further help military families and celebrate the service of our military heroes. Keeping the kids of military families focused and active in hockey is a great way to help keep their minds off of a parent's upcoming deployment.

Docherty Ready for First Trip to Eugene

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Before junior Laura Docherty left for Oregon, I was able to chat with her a few times about the trip, the race and just the aura of Track Town USA. Similar to me, she had never been to Eugene, so we both had the same excitement in our eyes that you used to get as a kid on Christmas morning. The only difference is that she would be experiencing "runner's paradise" in a handful of hours, while my wish would remain just that...a wish.

During her trip, she will get to see all that Eugene has to offer along with a possibility of visiting the Pacific Ocean, which is roughly an hour away, so I can see why she is getting antsy for this experience.


Before she left, Michael Rand, who is the College Sports Editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, came to interview her for a feature, which is in today's paper or online here. Along with the article, he compares his running ability to that of Docherty's.



We will cut Rand some slack since Docherty is an elite collegiate athlete.

In another tweet Rand also mentioned Docherty's quest to break the school record in the 5,000 meters, which is currently held by Megan Duwell with a time of 16:04.55 (2010). The St. Paul, Minn. native qualified for the NCAA Championships by running a personal-best time of 16:10.63, so she is on the heels of accomplishing that feat, especially with how fast the 24-person race in Eugene is expected to be. Docherty already broke the school record for the 10,000 meters (33:24:93) earlier this season at a high-profile meet at Stanford, so can we expect/hope for the same results? Possibly, and if she would break Duwell's record, Docherty would be the on first Gopher in over 30 years to hold both records at the same time.