January 2014 Archives

Future Gophers Up for Ms. Hockey Award

Three future Gopher women's hockey players have been named semifinalists for the 2014 Minnesota Ms. Hockey Award. Let's Play Hockey newspaper announced that Sydney Baldwin, Kelly Pannek and Nina Rodgers are among the 10 semifinalists for annual award, which will be presented to the top senior girls' high school hockey player in Minnesota.

All 10 players named as semifinalists are committed to a Division I school for next season, including six in the WCHA. The semifinalists have scored an average of 24 goals and 26 assists this season for their respective teams. All 10 players have been bound to the textbooks for the past several years as they check in with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.7.

The five finalists for the Ms. Hockey Award will be named in the Feb. 13 edition of Let's Play Hockey with the winner announced at the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 11:30 a.m., at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

The 10 semifinalists for the Let's Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award were also announced this week. The five finalists for the Senior Goalie of the Year Award will be named in the Feb. 6 edition of Let's Play Hockey. Both awards are sponsored by Let's Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild and Shakopee Chevrolet.

In addition to on-ice talent, criteria for the Ms. Hockey Award include academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.

Past winners include several current and former Gophers: 2013 Dani Cameranesi (Blake), 2012 Hannah Brandt (Hill-Murray), 2011 Karley Sylvester (Warroad), 2010 Bethany Brausen (Roseville), 2009 Becky Kortum (Hopkins), 2008 Sarah Erickson (Bemidji), 2007 Katharine Chute (Blake), 2006 Allie Thunstrom (North St. Paul), 2005 Gigi Marvin (Warroad), 2004 Erica McKenzie (Hastings), 2003 Andrea Nichols (Hibbing/Chisholm), 2002 Ashley Albrecht (South St. Paul), 2001 Renee Curtin (Roseville), 2000 Krissy Wendell (Park Center), 1999 Ronda Curtin (Roseville), 1998 Laura Slominski (Burnsville), 1997 Annamarie Holmes (Apple Valley), 1996 Winny Brodt (Roseville).

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Let's Play Hockey: 2014 Ms. Hockey, Senior Goalie semifinalists announced

Gophers Alum to Compete at NYRR Millrose Games

Gophers alumna Gabriele (Anderson) Grunewald, the fourth-fastest American at 1500 meters in 2013, is slated to compete in the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday, February 15, it was announced by New York Road Runners and the Armory Foundation this week.

Headlining the women's field are teenage track sensation Mary Cain and three-time USA champion Morgan Uceny. In addition to Grunewald, the women's field also includes two-time USA steeplechase champion, Emma Coburn; the 1500-meter bronze medalist at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships, Cory McGee; Villanova University star, Emily Lipari; and Alexa Efraimson, the youngest Wanamaker Mile entrant at age 16 and the winner of the girls' race at the 2013 Nike Cross Nationals. The Millrose Games women's record for the mile is 4:21.45, run by Rumania's Doina Melinte in 1988.

The NYRR Millrose Games will be presented live on NBCSN from 2-4 p.m. CT. Fans will have the chance to watch the famed Wanamaker Miles, a world-class women's 800-meter race, and much more.

Most recently, Grunewald finished second in her first race of the 2014 season at the Sainsbury's Glasgow International meet last weekend. Grunewald was second in the 1,500-meter run in 4:12.76. Kenya's Hellen Obiri won the race in 4:10.20. Grunewald, then Anderson, wrapped up her Gopher running career as an All-American and the 1,500-meters runner-up at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

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World Championships Medalist Matthew Centrowitz and Teenage Track Sensation Mary Cain to headline NYRR Wanamaker Mile Fields

Gophers in the News: UND, Olympics Preview

Catch up on Gopher women's hockey in the news this week. The media recapped Minnesota's sweep over St. Cloud State last weekend and previewed this weekend's series at North Dakota, along with previewing the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Star Tribune: U women's hockey wins on Leveille's third consecutive shutout
Jan. 25, 2014

Pioneer Press: Meghan Lorence scores twice in 3-0 win over St. Cloud State
Jan. 25, 2014

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey sweeps St. Cloud State
Jan. 25, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota sweeps SCSU amid penalties
Jan. 27, 2014

USCHO: Lorence scores twice as Minnesota shuts out St. Cloud State
Jan. 24, 2014

GopherSports: Gophers Volunteer with Special Olympics
Jan. 28, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers shoot to avenge loss to UND
Jan. 30, 2014

Star Tribune: 'Extra fire' on both sides of Gophers-UND women's hockey rivalry
Jan. 31, 2014

Grand Forks Herald: UND to host Minnesota in rivalry game this weekend
Jan. 31, 2014

Let's Play Hockey: 2014 Ms. Hockey, Senior Goalie semifinalists announced
Jan. 30, 2014

New York Times: In Rinks Beyond Sochi, a Chance for Players Left Behind
Jan. 31, 2014

Check out in-depth stories on Rachel Ramsey and Hannah Brandt that appeared this week.

Minnesota Daily: Ramsey carries the torch
Jan. 28, 2014

Kaz Watch: Hannah Brandt stays golden as Gophers sophomore
Jan. 28, 2014

The pre-Olympics coverage includes plenty of ties to Gopher women's hockey, too.

NCAA.com: Putting School On Hold To Chase Gold
Jan. 28, 2014

NBC Olympics: Women's Olympic hockey tournament preview
Jan. 28, 2014

NBC Olympics: U.S., Canadian women's Olympic teams top contenders for gold in Sochi
Jan. 28, 2014

NBC Olympics: Team USA Class of 2014 Yearbook

NBC Sports: On The Ice With The U.S. Women's Hockey Team (Part 1)
Jan. 27, 2014

Women's Hockey Life: Lee Stecklein Towers Over the Competition as She Earns Spot on Ambitious US Squad
Jan. 22, 2014

Gopher Sports Update: U.S. Olympian Lee Stecklein
Jan. 28, 2014

USA Hockey: Olympians Donate 300 Total Sets of OneGoal Hockey Equipment to Youth Hockey Associations
Jan. 29, 2014

Minnesota Hockey Magazine: Gopher Olympians donate 60 sets of youth hockey equipment
Jan. 29, 2014

KARE11: Road To Sochi: U.S. women's hockey team goes for gold
Jan. 29, 2014

Gophers Meet the Media: Michigan State

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The No. 1 Gophers will welcome Michigan State to Mariucci Arena this weekend for a two-game set. The series kicks off Minnesota's 12-game stretch against Big Ten opponents to close out the regular season. Select Gopher players and head coach Don Lucia met with the media Wednesday afternoon to discuss the showdown with the Spartans and events of the past couple weeks.

The Gophers took four of a possible six points from the Spartans during a road trip in early December. 

"They are a good defensive team. (Goalie Jake Hildebrand) is very good," coach Lucia said. The Spartans dropped a pair of game last weekend to their archrival Michigan.

The last three weeks offered unique quirks with a Monday game, an outdoor game, and a trophy. 

"It was pretty crazy. It was a lot of new experiences, even for the guys who have been here for a few years," said forward Travis Boyd. "It was fun, but at the same time it was a little hectic."

This week's return to Mariucci means the Gophers can fall back into a routine. Minnesota recently completed a stretch of four games at four different venues.

"It is good to be at home again. We are looking forward to the Big Ten rivalries picking up again," said defenseman Mike Reilly.

The non-conference portion of the Gophers schedule is now complete with Minnesota posting an 11-2-3 record out of conference. The Gophers will face strictly Big Ten opposition prior to the NCAA postseason. 

"(The schedule) is starting to ramp up now," Lucia said. "We have not seen Michigan yet, we have to go to Madison, and we have a very difficult finish at Ohio State and at Michigan."

Minnesota is currently riding a 12-game unbeaten streak -- the longest active unbeaten streak in the nation -- but the players know their recent hockey hasn't been their best. 

"We have to give a ton of credit to Adam Wilcox for this past weekend," Reilly said. "We have to pick it up (going forward) and start focusing a little bit better."

The Gophers will be forced to play with five defensemen on Friday. Michael Brodzinski will be out a few weeks with a lower-body injury and Ben Marshall must miss out on Friday's action after receiving his third game misconduct of the year in the title tilt of the North Star College Cup. Marshall is eligible to return to the Gopher lineup on Saturday. Tom Serratore also sustained a lower-body injury on Saturday and will be sidelined a few weeks.

Friday's puck drop is at 8 p.m. CT and will be shown live on BTN. Saturday's contest begins at 7 p.m. CT and will be shown live on FSN Plus. Fans can listen to Wally Shaver and Frank Mazzocco call both games this weekend on 1500 ESPN.

-Story by University of Minnesota Communications Intern Josh Brennock

Gophers Clinch WCHA Home Ice

With a month remaining in the regular season, Minnesota and Wisconsin both have clinched home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs after recording league sweeps last weekend. Meanwhile, North Dakota, which collected five of six points on Jan. 24-25, needs just one more point to guarantee that it will finish in the top four and host a first round league playoff series.

Minnesota (24-1-1, 18-1-1-0 WCHA, 55 points) remains in the league lead, one point ahead of Wisconsin (21-3-2, 17-3-2-1 WCHA, 54 points), which has played two more games than the Gophers. North Dakota (16-5-3, 13-3-3-2 WCHA, 44 points) is nine points back but also holds two games at hand on UW and fourth place Minnesota Duluth (12-10-4, 10-8-4-3 WCHA, 37 points). Bemidji State (9-14-3, 6-12-2-1 WCHA, 21 points) holds on to fifth place, but just two points ahead of streaking Ohio State (9-12-5, 4-12-5-2, 19 points) which is unbeaten in five straight games. Minnesota State (9-19-0, 4-18-0-0 WCHA, 12 points) and St. Cloud State (4-20-3, 3-15-2-1 WCHA, 12 points) are tied for seventh place.

The WCHA postseason championship begins with a best-of-three first round Feb. 28-March 2. The four winning teams advance to the 2014 WCHA Final Face-off to square of for the WCHA crown at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., March 7-8.

The Final Face-off begins with two semifinal games at 4:07 p.m. CT and 7:07 p.m. CT on Friday, March 7. The semifinal winners will then play at 7:07 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 8 in the championship game. The winner of the WCHA Final Face-off receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Minnesota has won the last two WCHA Final Face-off titles, defeating Minnesota Duluth 2-0 in the 2012 title game and topping North Dakota 2-0 to claim the 2013 crown.

Single-game and tournament package tickets for the 2014 WCHA Final Faceo-off are now on sale. Tickets for all Sanford Center events may be purchased at the Sanford Center ticket office, any Ticketmaster retail location, Lueken's Village Foods, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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Video: Rau's Shootout Goal Featured on NCAA Top Plays

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Kyle Rau's backhand, five-hole, shootout goal from Saturday's inaugural North Star College Cup championship game was featured on the NCAA's Top Five Plays of the Week. Check it out: 
Rau, along with fellow junior Seth Amborz, tallied shootout goals after Minnesota and UMD battled to a 4-4 overtime tie on Saturday night. At the other end of the ice, Adam Wilcox turned away both shootout attempts he faced after matching his career best performance with 38 saves in the game. The shootout win was Minnesota's first in four attempts this season. 

The Gophers return to Big Ten action this weekend at home against Michigan State. Friday's opener is set for 8 p.m. (BTN, BTN2Go.com, 1500 ESPN) while Saturday's finale is set for 7 p.m. (FSN+, BTN2Go.com, 1500ESPN.com). 

NHL: Stoa Recalled By Capitals

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Ryan Stoa with the Colorado Avalanche.
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Former Minnesota All-American Ryan Stoa has been recalled by the Washington Capitals and has joined the team in Buffalo ahead of tonight's game with the Sabres. Stoa is a game-time decision according to the Capitals with tonight's game set for 6:30 p.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network. 

"Ryan's played well down there (with Hershey)," Washington head coach Adam Oates said during today's media availability. "He's a good skater, and we're trying to stay as fast as we can." 

Stoa spent four seasons at the 'U' and totaled 97 career points (47 goals, 50 assists) in 120 games. In his final season with the Gophers (2008-09), Stoa led the WCHA in scoring with 46 points in 36 games and earned First Team All-America and First Team All-WCHA honors. 

The Bloomington, Minn., native was selected 34th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has appeared in 37 career NHL games with Colorado, registering seven points (four goals, three assists) and 20 penalty minutes.

Stoa, 26, has skated in 36 games with Hershey (AHL) this season, registering 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) and 39 penalty minutes. The forward is one of four former Gophers who have skated for the Bears this season along with Nate Schmidt, Ryan Potulny and Jeff Taffe. Schmidt has also spent time in the NHL with the Capitals this season. Stoa has registered 152 points (75 goals, 77 assists) and 244 penalty minutes in 259 career AHL games with Lake Erie and Hershey.

Stoa would be the 16th former Gopher to skate in the NHL this season joining Keith Ballard (Minnesota), Nick Bjugstad (Florida), Alex Goligoski (Dallas), Erik Haula (Minnesota), Erik Johnson (Colorado), Phil Kessel (Toronto), Nick Leddy (Chicago), Jordan Leopold (St. Louis), Paul Martin (Pittsburgh), Aaron Ness (New York Islanders), Kyle Okposo (New York Islanders), Nate Schmidt (Washington), Jordan Schroeder (Vancouver), Thomas Vanek (New York Islanders) and Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg). 

Gophers Volunteer With Special Olympics

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The University of Minnesota women's hockey team was in full force as 14 members of the team volunteered with the Special Olympics at the state poly hockey tournament, Sunday, Jan. 26 in Golden Valley, Minn.

The Gopher contingent of Milica McMillen, Sidney Peters, Amanda Leveille, Kate Flug, Kate Schipper, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Paige Haley, Kelsey Cline, Shyler Sletta, Baylee Gillianders, Sarah Davis, Bethany Brausen and Kelly Terry were in attendance from 12-6. The group interacted with the participants and presented awards during the Special Olympics ceremony.

The Gopher women's hockey team has always had a long-standing tradition of community service. Earlier this month, the team held a teddy bear toss to donate to Toys for Tots, while Feb. 8 game against Bemidiji State, the team will hold a Gold Out as proceeds go towards Amplatz Children's Hospital and Unlimited Dance Marathon.

NHL: Schroeder Scores Two in Return

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In his first NHL game since suffering an injury on Oct. 19, Gophers alum Jordan Schroeder scored both of Vancouver's goals in a 4-2 loss to Edmonton on Monday night.

"Some hockey gods repaid me tonight," Schroeder said. Here's the forward's first goal of the season, followed by his second. 

It was the second two-goal game of Schroeder's young NHL career. His first came back on February 13, 2013 against the Flames - the same night he scored his first NHL goal.

Okposo Tallies Three Points
Much like Schroeder, Kyle Okposo factored into all of his team's goals on Monday in the Islanders's 6-3 loss to Boston. 

Down 3-2 in the second and with two assists already, Okposo tallied his 23rd goal of the year to move into a tie for the team goal lead (Okposo ranks second on the Islanders with 57 points). The Bruins would go on to score three-straight for the win. 

"We came out sluggish... and obviously weren't having a good first 10 minutes," Okposo said. "We controlled the second half of that first period and then the second period I thought we played well. At the end of the day we have to put it all in, bury some chances and clean up a few things in the d-zone."

Martin and Pens Continue Success
Despite recently coming back from injury, Penguins defenseman and future U.S. Olympian Paul Martin logged 21:52 of ice time in Monday's 3-0 win over Buffalo -- second most among Pittsburgh's skaters. The Penguins have won 15 of their last 16 games. 

Goligoski Adds Two Assists
Alex Goligoski tallied a pair of assists as well as four blocks, two hits and logged a game-high 24:39 of ice time in Dallas' 4-3 loss to Erik Johnson and the Colorado Avalanche. Goligoski now has seven assists in the last four games. 

Gophers Make All-Time List at Jack Johnson

A few Gophers have already made their mark in the University of Minnesota's all-time top-10 performer list in just the second week of the indoor track and field season. Three Gophers delivered top-10 performances at the Jack Johnson Classic last weekend: Alex Beckman (60-meter hurdles), Lyndsey Thorpe (weight throw) and Audra Winter (pentathlon).

60-Meter Hurdles
1. Dawn Solberg, 8.58 (2007)
2. Yvette White, 8.72 (1999)
3. Shari Schutz, 8.75 (2005)
4. Liz Woolford, 8.75 (2003)
5. Vanessa Nelson, 8.75 (2004)
6. Nicole Carroll, 8.77 (2008)
7. Neketa Sears, 8.79 (1999)
8. Liz Roehrig, 8.80 (2006)
9. Alex Beckman, 8.81 (2014)
10. Kelly Stalpes, 8.85 (2009)

Weight Throw
1. Liz Alabi, 69-0 3/4, 21.05m (2007)
2. Beth Howard, 64-1 3/4, 19.55m (2000)
3. Aubrey Schmitt, 63-1 1/4, 19.23m (2001)
4. DeAnne Hahn, 62-1, 18.92m (2010)
5. Devin Stanford, 60-1 1/4, 18.32m (2013)
6. Jeri Johnson-Chambers, 57-7 3/4, 17.57m (2013)
7. Caty Dongoske, 56-6 3/4, 17.24m (2011)
8. Sara Clinkenbeard, 56-2 1/2, 17.13m (2003)
9. Lyndsey Thorpe, 55-10 1/2, 17.03m (2014)
10. Jess Stephan, 55-8 1/4, 16.97m (2006)

1. Liz Roehrig, 4,218 (2008)
2. Apasha Blocker, 3,715 (1996)
3. Jacenta Spandl, 3,698 (2005)
4. Polly Oas, 3,675 (1984)
5. Maggie Jaunich, 3,641 (2005)
6. Christine Gulbrandsen, 3,526 (1998)
7. Nikki Schultz, 3,518 (2009)
8. Jess Herauf, 3,516 (2012)
9. Audra Winter, 3,504 (2014)
10. Nicole Murphey, 3,461 (2012)

In addition, Katie Murgic and Cami Gilson improved their ranks among the all-time top-10 Gopher pole vaulters at the season-opening Northwest Open.

Pole Vault
1. Alicia Rue, 14-4 1/2, 4.38m (2010)
2. Samantha Sonnenberg, 14-1 1/4, 4.30m (2010)
3. Becca Pilkerton, 13-7 1/4, 4.15m (2011)
4. Andrea Smith, 13-6 1/4, 4.12m (2008)
T-5. Katie Murgic, 13-1 1/2, 4.00m (2014)
T-5. Cami Gilson, 13-1 1/2, 4.00m (2014)

7. Laura Massey, 13-0 1/4, 3.97m (2008)
T-8. Monica Stearns, 12-10, 3.91m (2003)
T-8. Ashley Nord, 12-10, 3.91m (2007)
10. Erica Findlay, 12-6, 3.81m (2003)

The Gophers travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Bill Bergan Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

NHL: Bjugstad, Wheeler Tally Winners

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We've been busy the last couple weeks, but so have our Gopher alums in the NHL including big nights from Nick Bjugstad and Blake Wheeler on Sunday. 

Bjugstad, who ranks third among Panthers and 10th among all NHL rookies this season with 11 goals, scored on this smooth shootout attempt for the eventual winner in Florida's 5-4 shootout win over Detroit:

Wheeler, meanwhile, notched the eventual game winner in regulation for Winnipeg's 3-1 rally over Nick Leddy and the Chicago Blackhawks and then the forward pocketed an empty net goal go boot. Wheeler leads the Jets with 21 goals this season while his 43 points are one off the team lead. 

"I think we loosened up in the second intermission," Wheeler said after the game. "We almost had to laugh at ourselves a bit the way the game had gone, especially the first period. They were all over us and our goalie was huge."

Camps Give Back to Smile Network

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The J Robinson Intensive Camps aren't just making wrestlers better as athletes, but as individuals. Along with teaching the core values of discipline, dedication, sacrifice, hard work, responsibility, accountability and service, the camps also teaches them to give back to a worthy cause.

The 37-year head coach and his youth camps donated $5,701 to the Smile Network International and presented a check towards the non-profit organization at their monthly luncheon, Thursday, Jan. 23 in Minneapolis.

The Smile Network is a Minnesota-based non-profit, humanitarian organization that provides life altering, reconstructive surgeries and related health care services to impoverished children and young adults in developing countries. For every $500 raised, the Smile Network has the ability to perform a surgery on a child or adult.

Each summer, youth wrestlers who attend the J Robinson Intensive Camps have the opportunity to donate money towards the Smile Network. At the conclusion, Robinson Intensive Camps match the total youth donation, all of which goes directly towards the Smile Network. Now in its fifth year donating towards the Smile Network, the camps have raised over $7,000 in just the past two seasons.

North Star College Cup to Visit Radio Show Tonight

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Listen to tonight's show: 1500ESPN.com | Archived Radio Broadcasts

MINNEAPOLIS -- Don't miss your chance to see the North Star College Cup up close and personal tonight at the Beacon Public House on campus. 

The North Star College Cup will be at the Beacon from 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT tonight as part of this week's Don Lucia Radio Show on 1500 ESPN. Fans attending tonight's show are invited to have their picture taken with Minnesota's newest trophy following a thrilling shootout win over UMD in the event's championship game on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center.

The Don Lucia Radio Show returns to the airwaves of 1500 ESPN for the 2013-14 season, airing live on Mondays during the year from the Beacon Public House inside the Commons Hotel on campus. Join Lucia and co-host Wally Shaver on Mondays throughout the season with each show airing live from 6:00-6:30 p.m. CT on 1500 ESPN. 

This week, the Don Lucia Radio Show looks back at a hectic month of January that saw Minnesota play Penn State for the first time ever, win the Hockey City Classic against Ohio State at TCF Bank Stadium and capture the inaugural North Star College Cup last weekend at Xcel Energy Center to extend the nation's longest unbeaten streak to 12 games. Lucia and Shaver will also preview this weekend's Big Ten Conference series against Michigan State. The Spartans come to Mariucci Arena this weekend for a two-game series -- Friday's 8 p.m. tilt is on the Big Ten Network while Saturday's 7 p.m. finale is on FOX Sports North PLUS (Channel Guide). Both games can also be heard live on the 1500 ESPN airwaves. 

For the second-season in a row, Beacon Public House will host a live viewing of the Don Lucia Radio Show with food and drink specials every Monday night for Gopher Hockey fans. Learn more about Beacon Public House here. 

McCutcheon Continues Stint With FIVB Committee

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Although the Gopher volleyball program is in between the fall and spring seasons, head coach Hugh McCutcheon is busy within the volleyball world.

McCutcheon travels to Lausanne, Switzerland this week, serving his second year of a four-year term on the FIVB Coaching Commission. As a part of their annual meetings, FIVB gathers together 11 groups, which began Jan. 22. The coaching commission meetings start Jan. 28.

As the secretary of the coaching commission, McCutcheon is the only United States coach represented on 12-person panel. Nominated by USA Volleyball and NORECA, McCutcheon represents USA Volleyball, while other individuals and zones travel yearly from Russia, Brazil, Poland, Japan and France, to name a few. The coaching commission discusses modifications and improvements to the international game.

McCutcheon came to Minnesota after an illustrious 11-year career with USA Volleyball as he earned two medals with the United States Men's and Women's Olympic teams. McCutcheon mentored the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team to a 106-39 record in his four years after leading the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team program to the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal. Counting his 107-33 record leading the U.S. Men's program from 2005 to 2008, McCutcheon held a combined record of 213-72 with USA Volleyball.

Gopher volleyball will report for the spring season in March as spring competition will be held in April. The spring schedule will be announced in the near future.

Future Gophers Named to U.S. U-18 Squad

Today USA Hockey announced the 22 players that have been selected to the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that will take part in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's Under-18 World Championship, March 23-30, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. The roster includes future Gophers Sydney Baldwin and Nina Rodgers, who will join Minnesota in fall 2014.

Baldwin and Rodgers are two of nine players on the roster who helped the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team collect the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship in Heinola, Finland.

The team was selected following the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Winter Camp, held Dec. 27-31, at Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship is being played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 and the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

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U.S. Roster: 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team
GopherSports.com: Women's Hockey Signs Four 

Gophers in the News: MSU Recap, SCSU Preview

Catch up on recent media coverage of Gopher women's hockey, including more recaps of Minnesota's sweep over Minnesota State and the outdoor Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium and previews of Minnesota's series with St. Cloud State this weekend.

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota handles Mankato with ease in sweep
Jan. 21, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Hockey City Classic sets attendance mark
Jan. 21, 2014

USCHO: Davis in the middle of Minnesota's outdoor shutout of Minnesota State
Jan. 17, 2014

Gold and Gopher: Hockey City Classic: Outdoor hockey debut a success for U
Jan. 19, 2014

USCHO: Photo Gallery: Hockey City Classic
Jan. 18, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gophers women's hockey: Four-goal second sinks MS Mankato
Jan. 19, 2014

USCHO: WCHA referee wears helmet camera at the Hockey City Classic
Jan. 19, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Brandt finds niche as go-to player
Jan. 23, 2014

True Student-Athletes

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Happy New Year Gopher Fans!

I am hoping this blog finds each of you enjoying a happy and healthy start to 2014. Spending time with family and friends always feels like it is not long enough, but it certainly helps to re-energize myself to push even harder to achieve my short- and long-term goals. Our push this time of the year as a coaching staff is dedicated to recruitment, engaging with alumni/donors of Gopher Golf and the collection of current student-athletes grades' from the fall semester. I enjoy the many varying job responsibilities that come along with being the head coach at the only Division I golf university in Minnesota.

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Freshman Grady Meyer turned in the top fall GPA.
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Our golf team's progress in the classroom is one of the things I am most proud of since my arrival at Minnesota as the head coach. Each semester our cumulative GPA has risen since the fall of 2010. I can proudly say that the cumulative GPA of our current roster is 3.37 after the fall of 2013, and we were able to obtain one of the highest single-semester GPAs in the history of Gopher Golf this fall with a 3.42. To give perspective, our cumulative GPA has risen 0.62 over the past seven seasons. Congratulations go out to our 10 team members, especially Grady Meyer for achieving the first 4.0 in the past decade, and to our academic advisor, Chelsie Schafer, for her countless hours spent overseeing the success of our golf team.  In recruitment, talent is obviously a big factor in who we are looking to bring in but the University of Minnesota and our coaching staff values having outstanding student-athletes, first and foremost!

Recruiting has taken me to Miami, Tampa/St. Petersburg and Managua, Nicaragua, in the last three weeks. The Junior Orange Bowl in Miami hosts a field of the top-ranked International players from more than 40 countries. The Orange Bowl was a regular stop on the junior golf circuit for our own freshman Jose Mendez of Costa Rica. The Biltmore Golf Course near the University of Miami never disappoints and this will hopefully turn out to be a very important recruiting trip as I made a scholarship offer after the final round. Then, I boarded my first ever flight to Central America to recruit the Central American InterClub Junior Championship at Nejapa Golf Club in Managua, Nicaragua.  Jose played in his final junior event of his career and wound up taking home the championship by two strokes against the top players from six Central American countries--Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.

Recruiting players to Minnesota is a fascinating science. Coach Tyler Stith and I recruit the entire world but streamline our daily recruiting focus to a mix of six to 10 countries ranging from England to Panama, along with a major focus on Midwestern United States prodigies. Minnesota has so much to sell: the great collection of golf courses we have the privilege to play, indoor facilities that include the Golden Valley Chip and Putt to Braemar Dome, a high level of technology with the recent purchase of a TrackMan launch monitor and finally the superior level of college education at the University of Minnesota. The attraction of playing at a program that has won an NCAA Championship and competes in the Big Ten each week helps to draw the raving reviews of national team coaches from six continents.

Because our season is broken up into two separate seasons (Sept. 4-Nov. 10 and Jan. 21-May 4), I want to use the remainder of this blog to highlight a few of our 10 team members who have helped us in the fall to a national ranking of No. 68 out of 308 Division I teams and will play major roles in the spring season leading into the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.

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Player Feature: Alex Gaugert (Sr./Lake Geneva, Wis./Lake Geneva HS)

GopherSports: What are your goals for the 2013-14 season?
Alex Gaugert: Make the postseason.

GS: What part of your game is your biggest strength?
AG: Ball striking and putting.

GS: Which course in the Twin Cities area is your favorite and why?
AG: Minikhada CC. The location: close and in the city and by the lake, and the golf course layout is very fair and fun.

GS: Favorite club in your bag?
AG: Putter for sure. Making a putt is the best feeling.

GS: Anything interesting you carry around in your golf bag?
AG: A notebook with notes in it, about my swing and about my golf game in general.

GS: What is your favorite thing about being a Golden Gopher?
AG: It is an honor to be a Gopher, with the amazing athletes and people that have come through here.

Genki Hirayama (Sr./Nagasaki, Japan/Highland Park HS)

GS: What are your goals for the 2013-14 season?
GH: Improve in every part of my game.

GS: What part of your game is your biggest strength?
GH: Driving and chipping.

GS: Which course in the Twin Cities area is your favorite and why?
GH: Interlachen Country Club, because I won a tournament there last summer.

GS: Favorite club in your bag?
GH: Titleist 58 degree wedge.

GS: Anything interesting you carry around in your golf bag?
GH: Alignment stick.

GS: What is your favorite thing about being a Golden Gopher?
GH: I get to play great golf courses and practice at one of the best practice facilities in the nation.

Tyler Lowenstein (Jr./Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata HS)

GS: What are your goals for the 2013-14 season?
TL: My goal for the season is to be named All-Big Ten and to get an individual win.

GS: What part of your game is your biggest strength?
TL: Ball striking is my biggest strength,

GS: Which course in the Twin Cities area is your favorite and why?
TL: Windsong Farm is my favorite course in the area because the greens are always good and the course design is awesome.

GS: Favorite club in your bag?
TL: My driver is my favorite club in my bag

GS: Anything interesting you carry around in your golf bag?
TL: I carry a special ball marker in my bag that I use during tournaments. It is a coin my parents gave me a long time ago.

GS: What is your favorite thing about being a Golden Gopher?
TL: We get to travel around the country representing the state of Minnesota. That's a pretty cool thing.

Stay tuned for my next blog that will serve as a preview to the Big Ten Match Play at Concession GC in February. I want to encourage all of you to get more involved in OUR program at Gopher Golf by reading my blogs, frequenting Gophersports.com, watching my video tournament previews, donating to facility plans or team service fund at goldengopherfund.com, volunteering at the 2014 Gopher Invitational and following our team's live scoring each week at Golfstat.com.

Fairways, Fairways, Fairways!

John Carlson

Gopher Volleyball Set to Host Season Banquet

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The University of Minnesota volleyball and the Point U! Booster Club will hold its annual banquet, Sunday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. The event will be held on the U of M campus in TCF Bank Stadium's Indoor Club Room.

Minnesota will announce its letterwinners and team awards at that time as well celebrating a Sweet 16 berth in the 2013 season. Tickets and reservations should be made through the Point U! website, which is located here.

HDM Video: Reilly Family Feature

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In case you missed it, FOX Sports North told the unique story of the Reilly family as part of Hockey Day Minnesota 2014 last Saturday. Not only does the family have three brothers (Mike, Ryan and Connor) on the top-ranked Gopher men's hockey team, but all five Reilly children are slated to have played or to play Division I hockey with older sister, Shannon, at Ohio State and younger sister, Caitlin, signed to play for Penn State starting next season. Furthermore, the family patriarch, also Mike Reilly, is a Gopher Hockey alum. 

Check it out: 

Gold Out the Barn

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Following a two-game road swing, the University of Minnesota women's basketball team returns to Williams Arena Thursday to host Wisconsin in a Big Ten border battle at 8:00 p.m. on BTN, and the Gophers need your help to GOLD OUT the Barn. Fans are encouraged to wear gold to the contest and will receive a gold pom pom upon entry to the game.

Don't have any gold apparel? Check out some of these options at Goldy's Locker Room or pick something up at one of the merchandise booths at the game.

Go Gophers! Gold Out

Warning's Hat Trick Featured in NCAA Top Plays

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Big Ten Second Star of the Week Sam Warning tallied the first natural hat trick in Big Ten Conference history on Saturday in a 4-2 win over Ohio State, and the performance landed him on the NCAA's Top Plays of the Week. 

Check it out. 

Hageman Turning Heads At Senior Bowl

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Minnesota fans have long known about the dominance and confidence of defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman, but now the rest of the football world is taking notice as well.

Hageman is in Mobile, Ala., this week prepping for Saturday's Senior Bowl and by all accounts turned in a strong first practice. The Senior Bowl is at 3 p.m. on Saturday and will air on the NFL Network.

Here are some of the observations of Hageman after the first day of practice.

Don Lucia Radio Show Airs Tonight

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Listen to tonight's show: 1500ESPN.com Archived Radio Broadcasts

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Don Lucia Radio Show returns to the airwaves of 1500 ESPN for the 2013-14 season, airing live on Mondays during the year from the Beacon Public House inside the Commons Hotel on campus. 

Join Lucia co-host Wally Shaver on Mondays throughout the season with each show airing live from 6:00-6:30 p.m. CT on 1500 ESPN. 

This week, the Don Lucia Radio Show looks back at a historic weekend in Gopher Hockey history -- Minnesota beat Ohio State 1-0 on Friday night as part of the Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium. The game was Minnesota's first outdoor hockey game in the state in over 80 years while 45,021 fans packed TCF Bank Stadium for the largest hockey crowd in the state's history. The Gophers closed out the weekend with a sweep over the Buckeyes in a 4-2 win on Saturday as part of Hockey Day Minnesota including Sam Warning's natural hat trick -- the first in Big Ten Conference history and Minnesota's first since 2010. 

The Gophers return to action this weekend with the inaugural North Star College Cup at Xcel Energy Center, putting the program's 10-game unbeaten streak (longest active in the nation) on the line. 

For the second-season in a row, Beacon Public House will host a live viewing of the Don Lucia Radio Show with food and drink specials every Monday night for Gopher Hockey fans. Learn more about Beacon Public House here

NHL: Haula Nets First NHL Goal

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A belated congrats to Gophers alum Erik Haula, who scored his first NHL goal on Saturday night in a 3-2 overtime win for the Minnesota Wild over Alex Goligoski and the Dallas Stars. 

The native of Pori, Finland has taken a liking to Hockey Day Minnesota -- the forward has five points (two goals, three assists) in four career appearances in the event. Haula tallied the game-winning goal and two assists in his first appearance as a freshman for the Gophers (a 7-3 Minnesota win over Denver) before picking up an assist in last year's 4-4 overtime tie with North Dakota as a junior in his final collegiate appearance for HDM. 

In 17 games with the Wild this season, Haula has three points and two assists to go along with his first NHL goal -- he's also played 24 games with the organization's AHL affiliate in Iowa with 17 points (nine goals, eight games). 

Haula is one of 15 former Gophers to play in the NHL this season including four program alums (Thomas Vanek, Paul Martin, Blake Wheeler, Phil Kessel) who will compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games next month in Sochi, Russia. 

Gophers in the News: OSU, Hockey City Recap

Since the top-ranked Gophers resumed play in the new year, they have frequently found themselves in the media spotlight. Catch up on the latest Minnesota women's hockey news.

OSU Series Recap, Jan. 10-11:

Pioneer Press: Hannah Brandt's hat trick lifts Minnesota
Jan. 10, 2014

SB Nation College Hockey: Gophers Beat Buckeyes 6-0 behind Hannah Brandt's Hat Trick
Jan. 10, 2014

Star Tribune: Brandt's hat trick leads U women's hockey over Ohio State
Jan. 11, 2014

USCHO: Buckeyes earn tie and shootout win over Gophers thanks to Tarr and Curtis
Jan. 11, 2014

Hockey City Classic Preview:

Fox Sports: Gophers finally get outdoor hockey game, 'electric atmosphere' expected
Jan. 14, 2014

WCCO: Gophers Get Ready To Host Hockey City Classic
Jan. 16, 2014

Pioneer Press: Below-zero wind chill forecast for TCF Bank Stadium Games
Jan. 16, 2014

KARE11: Frigid temps for outdoor hockey? You can 'Bank' on it
Jan. 17, 2014

Star Tribune: U women's hockey team hopes outdoor setting helps regroup from tie
Jan. 17, 2014

Gold and Gopher: Hockey City Classic: Preview of Gophers vs. Mankato
Jan. 17, 2014

WCCO: Outdoor Hockey Returns To 'U' After 80 Years
Jan. 17, 2014

SB Nation College Hockey: 2014 Hockey City Classic: What outdoor hockey means to Minnesota players & coaches
Jan. 17, 2014

Hockey City Classic Recaps:

Bring Me The News: Gophers don't give up a goal in hockey double header
Jan. 17, 2014

Star Tribune: Pond hockey veteran Davis paces U women's hockey to 4-0 victory
Jan. 18, 2014

Pioneer Press: Minnesota women win in outdoor opener
Jan. 18, 2014

Star Tribune: Fans embrace the hockey, cold at TCF Bank Stadium
Jan. 18, 2014

KMSP Fox 9: The 'State of Hockey' braves the cold at TCF Bank
Jan. 18, 2014


Daily Herald: Buffalo Grove native Bozek smiling all the way to Sochi
Jan. 11, 2014

5 Eyewitness News: Gopher Men, Women stay atop Hockey Polls
Jan. 14, 2014

USCHO: Minnesota owes success to more than talent
Jan. 16, 2014

BTN Live: Kessel Leading On and Off the Ice
Jan. 17, 2014

The Gophers and Mavericks wrap up their series at 1 p.m. CT Sunday afternoon at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn.

McCutcheon, Bush Set to Speak at Coaches' Clinic

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Although the Gopher volleyball team is in between the championship and spring seasons, the coaches never rest. Along with the responsibilities all coaches have, two on the Gopher staff will be speaking at a local clinic, Saturday, Jan. 18.

Head coach Hugh McCutcheon and associate head coach Laura Bush will be two of six coaches speaking at the North Country Region Coaching Clinic at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. The clinic, which draws in volleyball coaches throughout the entire north region, will begin at 8:30 a.m. McCutcheon and Bush will each speak for 50 minutes, with time for questions and answers. Approximately 100 coaches will be in attendance.

Gopher Volleyball begins its spring season in March and welcomes newest member Erica Handley as she joins the team this semester. Handley, who played high school volleyball both at Win-E-Mac (McIntosh, Minn.) and Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minn.) transferred to Minnesota after a year at Syracuse. 

Note-McCutcheon Volleyball Camp will host its College Prep Camp July 7-10th. Details & registration at by Feb. 1st. 

Gophers Give Alumni Warm Welcome-Back

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Photo Gallery

History and tradition have long been a large part of the foundation of the Minnesota women's basketball program, and Sunday's game against Northwestern served as a warm "Welcome Back!" to the former Gophers that paved the way for the players that reap the benefits of their hard work and sacrifices today.

Over 50 former Gophers and their families made their way to Williams Arena Sunday to watch Minnesota handily defeat the Wildcats, 94-59, behind a complete team effort on both ends of the floor. But, prior to taking in all of the action on the court, the alumni were able to reminisce and mingle with each other, head coach Pam Borton and the Gopher coaching staff at a pregame reception in the Williams Arena Club Room.

Go Gophers! Final Four Alumni
Go Gophers!Members of the 2004 Final Four team at Alumni Day
Front row (L-R): Shannon Schonrock, Lori Dimitroff, Brian Frye (Director of Operations), April Calhoun
Go Gophers!Back row (L-R): Michael Fischer (Video Coordinator), Moira Novak (Director of Athletic Medicine), Hannah Garry, Jamie Broback, Leslie Hill, Shannon Bolden, Chris Norman (Manager)

At halftime, each of the former Gophers headed onto the raised floor to be recognized by their loyal fans. The fans that still remember each moment of their playing careers. It was a treat for the Gopher faithful to see how their favorite players have blossomed in their lives since their time at Minnesota and to see their growing families.

Those same fans had the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Minnesota's magical run to 2004 NCAA Final Four and the players that made up that remarkable team in the second half. Each member of the Final Four squad received a commemorative plaque and were able to watch a special highlight reel of their journey to New Orleans.

Fans and alumni that weren't in attendance can watch highlights from the 2003-04 season in the video above and check out photos from Alumni Day in the attached photo gallery.   


Richard Pitino Blog: Breaking Down Big Ten Play

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Golden Gopher basketball is already four games into conference play, the first Big Ten action for new head coach Richard Pitino. He takes the time to rate his team's performance in each game -- Michigan, Purdue, Penn State and Michigan State.

Tuesday also saw the release of a new episode of the team's web series, "Raise the Barn," featuring point guard Deandre Mathieu. Watch above or click here to watch that video.

Richard Pitino's Gophers are 2-2 through the first four B1G games.


Good:  We outrebounded Michigan by 14, and had 15 offensive rebounds.  Elliott having 10 rebounds in 24 minutes was big.  He has been our most consistent player.  He has earned the right to become more of a leader on our team.

Bad:  Shot selection!  We are too good of a shooting team to be shooting 26% from the 3-point line.  Typically when that happens it comes down to taking shots we don't practice.

Overall:  Oto and Elliott showed up on the glass.  Austin had 4 big steals.  We watched the film and learned that shot selection is key.  I have a great deal of respect for Coach Beilein and his program.


Good:  We learned from our mistakes in the Michigan game.  We shot 52% against a very good Purdue defense.  Elliott played phenomenal defense on AJ Hammons who was coming off a great game against Ohio State.  Elliott had 6 blocks!  Austin played a great all around game.

Bad:  Last 6 minutes.  We miscommunicated on defense.  We used poor clock management when we had the lead. 

Overall:  Showed flashes of greatness for 33 minutes.  We executed our game plan offensively and defensively.  We made several mistakes that almost cost us a league win.

@ Penn State

Good:  DeAndre and Austin made 2 huge steals at the end of the game.  Elliott changed the game defensively.  We shot 46% from the field in the second half. 

Bad:  Negative assist to turnover ratio wasn't good.  We weren't aggressive enough defensively until the last 2 minutes.

Overall:  A road win in the Big Ten is always something to be proud of!  We found a way to win when nothing was going right. 

Deandre Mathieu and the Gophers nearly came away with an upset at No. 5 Michigan State.

@ Michigan State

Good:  We played with great poise, confidence, and fearlessness.  Every timeout our guys believed we would win the game.  We executed in the first half offensively extremely well.

Bad:  There was a lot!  I counted 50 mistakes that we made throughout the game.  Defensively we didn't execute our pick and roll coverage.  Offensively we got away from throwing the ball inside.  These mistakes will catch up to you against an opponent like Michigan State. 

Overall:  Much like Purdue we showed flashes of greatness, but we also made costly mistakes at the end of the game.  We have to establish our inside attack again.


Can't wait for Thursday night.  Let's show college basketball what The Barn is all about, Gopher fans!


Go Gophers,

Richard Pitino

Fan Vote Open for Hobey Baker Award

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St. Paul, Minn. - As college hockey enters the second half of the season, fans of the collegiate game can now help determine the winner of the 2014 Hobey Baker Award.

Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's highly popular fan-voting phase opens at noon CT on Tuesday, January 14. Visit the Hobey Baker website: www.hobeybakeraward.com. Click on the Vote for Hobey icon and follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of college hockey players.  Please spend some additional time to check out our redesigned website.

This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 9, 2014. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 20 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. The fans' vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.

Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award's namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship. 

Key Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2014 include:

*Top Ten list of candidates:  March 20

*Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists:  April 2

*Hobey Baker Award announcement:  April 11

The 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 11, 2014 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Philadelphia, PA. The 34th annual award announcement honoring college hockey's top player will be televised live. For more info on the Hobey Baker Award or to access the Hobey logo, please visit www.hobeybakeraward.com.

Gophers in the News: Hockey City Classic Opening Ceremony

The Gopher women's hockey team kicks off play in the new year by hosting Ohio State at Ridder Arena in a Friday/Saturday series this weekend. However, everyone is already looking forward to the 2014 Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium next Friday, Jan. 17.

The Hockey City Classic Winter Festival began Thursday night with an opening ceremony and public "Skate with the Greats" event. Catch up on media coverage of the event and stay tuned for much more excitement leading up to the outdoor college hockey double-header next Friday.

Read more:

KSTP: Hockey City Classic Comes to TCF Bank Stadium
Jan. 9, 2014

Star Tribune: Hockey City Classic Winter Festival to open at TCF Bank Stadium
Jan. 9, 2014

Star Tribune: Outdoor hockey, Minnesota style
Jan. 9, 2014

WCCO: 'Light The Lamp' Ceremony Opens Hockey City Classic Winter Festival
Jan. 9, 2014

KSTP: Preps for Hockey City Classic Winter Festival Under Way at TCF Stadium
Jan. 8, 2014

Olympics: Vanek to Skate for Austria at Sochi

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Austria announced its Olympic team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Tuesday with former Gopher and current New York Islander Thomas Vanek headlining the squad. 

Vanek will make his Olympic debut this year with Austria, which has qualified for the Winter Olympics for the first time since 2002. The forward has previously represented his home country on the 2004, 2005 and 2009 Austrian National Teams as well as the Austrian National Junior Team at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championships.

With Vanek's roster spot locked up, the Gophers now have four former players skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics -- Paul Martin, Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler will skate for the U.S. National Team. Additionally, former Gopher All-American and current Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. men's program while Hobey Baker Award winner Robb Stauber will serve as the goaltenders coach for the U.S. women's team. 

Gopher Hockey has sent a representative to every Winter Olympics since 1936 with six representatives in 2014 serving as the most since the 'U' sent six players to Sarajevo in 1984. 

The men's ice hockey competition at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi runs from Feb. 13-13. 

Don Lucia Radio Show Airs Tonight

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Listen to tonight's show: 1500ESPN.com | Archived Radio Broadcasts

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Don Lucia Radio Show returns to the airwaves of 1500 ESPN for the 2013-14 season, airing live on Mondays during the year from the Beacon Public House inside the Commons Hotel on campus. 

Join Coach Lucia and co-hosts Wally Shaver and Jeff Dubay on Mondays throughout the season with each show airing live on 1500 ESPN from 6-6:30 p.m. CT. 

This week, the Don Lucia Radio Show looks back at the 23rd annual Mariucci Classic last weekend that saw the Gophers tie Colgate 2-2 in overtime (Colgate advanced to the championship game via a shootout and then beat No. 2 Ferris State 3-0) and top RPI 6-2. We'll also look ahead to this weekend's Sunday-Monday series at Penn State -- the first-ever series with the Nittany Lions. 

For the second-season in a row, Beacon Public House will host a live viewing of the Don Lucia Radio Show with food and drink specials every Monday night for Gopher Hockey fans. Learn more about Beacon Public House here. 

Rock Ridder Night Scheduled for Jan. 10

Rock Ridder Night Tickets

Gopher women's hockey returns to action at Ridder Arena one week from tonight! Minnesota is pleased to host Rock Ridder Night where all general admission tickets are just $1 when the team hosts Ohio State next Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:07 p.m.

All fans will receive Gopher rally towels to celebrate the Gophers taking the ice for the first time in over a month. Minnesota's last series was a WCHA road sweep at Ohio State, Dec. 7-8, 2013. The Gophers look to make it four-straight victories over the Buckeyes in their first series of 2014.

In addition, Saturday's game of the Ohio State series will feature a Teddy Bear Toss after the first Gopher goal. Fans are invited to bring teddy bears or other stuffed animals to the game and throw them on the ice after the first Minnesota goal. All of the stuffed animals will be donated to Toys for Tots as part of the Gophers' annual toy drive.

Be there for what the Gophers hope will be the fourth sell-out women's hockey crowd in Ridder Arena history (3,400).

Watch Beck on Still Rings

Watch a video of senior Steffen Beck working on his still rings routine last month. The Gophers begin the 2014 season with their annual Alumni Meet at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Beck returns to the Gophers' line-up this season after missing the 2013 season due to injury. Head coach Mike Burns expects Beck to be a contributor on pommel horse and still rings as a senior. As a sophomore in 2012, Beck competed on these two events in every meet, scoring a career high of 14.600 on rings against Penn State.

Gophers Represent on U.S. Olympic Roster

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Four former Gophers will be headed to Sochi next month as part of the  2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. USA Hockey announced the squad on Wednesday as part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic festivities in Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Former Gophers Phil Kessel, Blake Wheeler and Paul Martin were named to the U.S. roster while current Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards will serve as an assistant coach with the U.S. team. 

"We went through a very thorough process to get to today and could not be happier with the team we've selected," said David Poile, general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and also the GM and president of hockey operations for the NHL's Nashville Predators. "We're fortunate to have probably the deepest talent pool we've ever had in our country and that made for some very difficult decisions. In the end, however, we're confident we've selected a group of players that puts us in the best position to have success in Sochi."

The Gophers have had at least one representative in the last 18 Winter Olympic Games, dating back to 1936. While all three Gophers have skated for USA Hockey in the past only Kessel hasskated for the U.S. Olympic team previously, earning a silver medal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Richards, meanwhile, competed as a defenseman for the U.S. at the 1994 Games in Lillehammer. 

"We appreciate the work done by David (Poile) and all those involved in putting this roster together," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "We look forward to what will be a great Olympics in Sochi, where hockey will be at the center of attention."

The men's ice hockey competition at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi runs from Feb. 13-23. For more information on the games as well as the U.S. squad, visit USAHockey.com. 

Related Links: 
Martin Pumped for Opportunity to Play for USA (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Stauber Named to U.S. Women's Olympic Team Staff (Gophersports.com)

Five Gophers Named to USA Olympic Roster

USA Hockey has revealed the Team USA women's ice hockey roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Five current and former Gophers are set to represent the U.S. in Sochi, Russia, in Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper and Lee Stecklein.

USA Hockey, in cooperation with the United States Olympic Committee and National Hockey League, unveiled the Olympic roster during the second intermission of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Gigi Marvin is the lone Olympic veteran among the Gopher representatives. A silver medalist at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., Marvin has also played in six International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championships (gold-2008, 2009, 2011, 2013; silver-2007, 2012) and seven Four Nations Cups (1st-2008, 2011-12; 2nd-2006-07, 2009, 3rd-2013) as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team.

The remaining four Gophers will make their first Olympic appearances this winter.

Megan Bozek has played in two International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championships (gold-2013; silver-2012) and two Four Nations Cups (1st-2012, 3rd-2013) as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team.

Amanda Kessel has played in two IIHF Women's World Championships (gold-2013; silver-2012), two Four Nations Cups (1st-2011, 2012) and one International Ice Hockey Federation Twelve Nations Invitational Series (2011) as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team. She was on the 2013 USWNT at the Four Nations Cup but did not play.

Anne Schleper has played in three International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championships (gold-2011, 2013; silver-2012) and four Four Nations Cups (1st-2008, 2012; 2nd-2010, 3rd-2013) as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team.

Lee Stecklein has played in one International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship (gold-2013) and one Four Nations Cup (3rd-2013) as a member of the U.S. Women's National Team.

Marvin is one of 11 USA athletes with Olympic experience, and Stecklein is the youngest player on the roster.

Read more:
USA Hockey: 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Unveiled
WCCO: 5 Gophers Make U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team
Star Tribune: U.S. Olympic women's hockey team bears strong Minnesota flavor
USA Today: U.S. women's hockey team named for Sochi Olympics
USCHO: Eleven returnees highlight U.S. women's Olympic team
Minnesota Daily: Minnesota to be well-represented at Olympics


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