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AHL: Seven Gophers Set for Calder Cup Playoffs

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Link: Rau is Rampageous for Playoffs (San Antonio)

MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - Seven Gopher Hockey alums are set to compete in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs, starting Wednesday night with eight quarterfinal, best-of-five series. 

Hershey Bears 

Hartford Wolf Pack

Rockford IceHogs

Syracuse Crunch

San Antonio Rampage

Richards to Coach U.S. National Team

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Todd Richards
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Link: USA Hockey

MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - Former Gopher Hockey All-American and current Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards has been named the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team ahead of the upcoming 2015 IIHF Men's World Championships next month, May 1-17, in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic. 

The Crystal, Minn., native was a four-year letter winner (1986-89) at the University of Minnesota and remains the school's all-time top scoring defenseman with 158 points (also leads all Minnesota defensemen with 128 assists) in 167 career games. Richards was a Second Team All-American as a senior in 1989 and led the Gophers to Frozen Four berths in each of his four seasons with the Maroon & Gold. Minnesota also won back-to-back WCHA regular-season titles in his final two campaigns. 

Richards, who is representing the United States in international competition for the third time, will be making his debut as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. Previously, he served as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia, and also the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team during the IIHF World Championship in Germany.

Currently, Richards serves as head coach of the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets. His team was plagued by injuries for much of the 2014-15 season, however, finished the regular season with wins in 16 of its last 17 games. Prior to being named head coach on May 14, 2012, Richards was the interim head coach for 41 games during the 2011-12 season after holding the position of assistant coach for the first half of that year. He began his NHL head-coaching career in 2009-10 with the Minnesota Wild where he spent two seasons. Prior to joining the Wild, he was an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09 and helped lead the club to the NHL's best regular-season record.

Richards coached in the American Hockey League from 2002-06, including as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Admirals during the team's 2004 Calder Cup championship. He returned to the Calder Cup Final in 2008 as head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 

As a player, Richards enjoyed a 13-season professional career, including eight games in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers.

-Pride On Ice-

NHL: Eight Gophers Set for Playoff Action

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Paul Martin
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Link: 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central

MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - Eight Gopher Hockey alums have helped their teams earn NHL playoff berths and the right to battle for this year's Stanley Cup starting Wednesday, April 15.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Paul Martin - Reached the playoffs in each of his 11 NHL seasons dating back to 2004 (2005 campaign was lost to the lockout)... six playoff appearances with New Jersey and now five with Pittsburgh...38 career playoff points (five goals, 33 assists) in 80 games...his 33 career playoff assists rank second among former Gophers (Neal Broten: 63) while Martin ranks fourth all-time among Gopher alums with 38 career playoff points (Broten: 98, Paul Holmgren: 51, Mike Antonovich: 42).

Minnesota Wild

Thomas Vanek - 53 career NHL playoff games...has made six career playoff appearances with three different teams...30 points (20 goals, 10 assists)...Vanek's 20 playoff goals are third most all-time among Gopher Hockey alums (Broten: 35, Mike Antonovich: 22) while his 30 points are fifth all-time among Gopher alums.

Jordan Schroeder - NHL playoff debut.

Jordan Leopold - Minnesota is the sixth team that Leopold has helped reach the playoffs...ninth overall playoff appearance with 17 assists in 71 games.

Erik Haula - Tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) in 13 playoff games last year for the Wild.

Winnipeg Jets

Blake Wheeler - First playoff appearance with Winnipeg and his third overall (helped Boston reach the playoffs in 2009 and 2010 - his first two NHL seasons)...has six points (one goal, five assists) in 21 career playoff games.

New York Islanders

Nick Leddy - Fifith-straight playoff appearance and first with the Islanders (four with Chicago including a Stanley Cup championship in 2013)...one of nine Gophers on the Stanley Cup (Mike Polich, Frank Pietrangelo, Bob Johnson, Tom Chorske, Neal Broten, Chris McAlpine, Ben Clymer, Alex Goligoski, Nick Leddy)...10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 54 career playoff games.

Kyle Okposo - Second playoff appearance...tallied four points (three goals, one assist) in six games for the Islanders during the 2013 playoffs.

-Pride On Ice-

Hawkeye Classic Qualifying

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The Gophers are holding a qualifying tournament for the Hawkeye Classic. Jose Mendez, Jon DuToit and Runar Arnorsson are exempt. There will be one automatic qualifier and one coaches' pick. The first three rounds are complete, including a Friday round at the home of the 2016 Ryder Cup, Hazeltine.

Round 1 - Minneapolis GC - Par 72 - 6,348 Yards
Round 2 - Hazeltine National GC - Par 72 - 7,185 Yards
Round 3 - Minikahda Club - Par 72 - 6,875 Yards
Charlie Duensing 73-75-77--225 (+9)
Grady Meyer 73-78-76--227 (+11)
Tyler Lowenstein 70-77-81--228 (+12)
Riley Johnson 72-73-84--229 (+13)
Daniel Luftspring 74-78-83--235 (+19)
William Leaf 73-80-83--236 (+20)
Matt Rachey 74-78-89--241 (+25)

Round 4 will be played Tuesday at Minneapolis Golf Club, with a par of 70.

Last Week in Gopher Volleyball

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In case you missed it, take a look back at what happened in Gopher Volleyball last week. Gophers are in action again on April 18 as they face Kansas State in Iowa.

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4 months of non-stop training and we finally get a chance to put maroon and gold on again this weekend

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