Justin Holl, Michael Shibrowski, Tom Serratore, Jake Parenteau, Nate Condon
For five Minnesota seniors,tonight's game against Penn State marks their final time taking the ice at Mariucci Arena. Among their many accolades, this year's group of graduating seniors earned a trip to the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four, won back-to-back MacNaughton Cups as WCHA regular-season champions, set a Minnesota attendance record at the 2014 Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium and helped the Gophers capture the inaugural North Star College Cup. In their four years with the program, the Gophers 92-41-17 -- a .670 winning percentage. Gopher Hockey and the University of Minnesota will honor the senior class before tonight's 6:10 p.m. CT game.
Here's what the seniors had to say about their time with the Maroon & Gold.
Nate Condon | #16 | Forward | Wausau, Wis.
"Over the past four years, I have learned what a great honor it is to play for the Gophers. Minnesota has a storied history that I am very proud to say I could be a small part of. The time that I have been here has made me greatly appreciate the experience of college athletics, as well as recognize the efforts many have made to get me here. The drive to succeed and unwillingness to settle for anything less than exceptional is a value given to me by my parents, Barb and Tim, and my brothers, Nick and Ryan. Without them pushing me constantly I would not be in the situation I am today. I would like to thank them, my teammates, my friends, and everyone else who has made my experience at the 'U' something I will never forget."
Justin Holl | #12 | Defenseman | Tonka Bay, Minn.
"I am honored to be a part of the Gopher Hockey tradition. Playing in front of the best fans in college hockey at the best arena in college hockey has been an unbelievable experience that I will never forget. I would like to thank my family; my parents, Jerry and Sue, my brother, David, and my sister, Julia, for their love and support throughout my hockey career. I would also like to thank my teammates here at the University of Minnesota for an unforgettable four years. Thank you all for making my time here memorable."
Jake Parenteau | #6 | Defenseman | Franconia, Minn.
"I cannot begin to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in my life, but I am incredibly grateful to have had so much support from so many people. Playing hockey at the University of Minnesota has been a dream come true for me, and I am so honored every time I get to put on my jersey. It has been a true privilege to play here at the 'U'. I want to thank my family - especially my parents, Tom and Shellee - and my friends for everything they have done to help me get here. I'd also like to thank all the coaches, teammates and fans who have supported me throughout my career."
Tom Serratore | #14 | Forward | Colorado Springs, Colo.
"I am very fortunate and honored to have been given a chance to wear the 'M' at the University of Minnesota. I am also very grateful to have been surrounded by so many incredible people who have helped me reach my goal of wearing the Maroon and Gold. I would like to thank my family, friends, teammates and coaches along the way who have supported me and helped me grow both on and off the ice. I would especially like to thank my parents, Frank and Carol, for helping me live out my dream of playing college hockey. Thanks for the memories!"
Michael Shibrowski | #1 | Goaltender | Andover, Minn.
"As a kid, I always dreamed of being a Gopher, so to have the opportunity to put on that jersey and wear the 'M' is pretty special. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to play for the University of Minnesota. I want to thank our staff for the opportunity and support along the way, my teammates for the memories and friendships I have created, and my family and friends for all the support. Specifically I'd like to thank my Dad, Gary, Mom, Kathy, and my brother, Aaron, who sacrificed so much to give me the opportunity to be here and for that I will always be grateful. Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout my career. It has been a thrill to play in front of the best fans in college hockey."