MINNEAPOLIS (Gophersports.com) -Philadelphia Flyers president and Gopher Hockey alum Paul Holmgren has been tabbed as one of two recipients along with Bill Daly for the 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
"The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport's development.
The recipients will be honored as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, December 4, in Minneapolis. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at http://www.ushockeyhalloffame.com/.
Paul Holmgren, president of the Philadelphia Flyers, played 10 seasons for the Flyers and the Minnesota North Stars. Drafted 108th overall in 1975 by the Flyers, his achievements as a player were highlighted by scoring three goals in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in 1980 - the first time a U.S.-born player scored a hat trick in a Cup Final game. He was also a 1981 NHL All-Star. He went on to serve as assistant coach, head coach, assistant general manager, and general manger of the Flyers before assuming his current position this summer.
Holmgren has been widely involved in furthering the sport throughout his career in various roles for USA Hockey. He has served on the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group since 2009 and was the assistant general manager of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. In addition, he served as the general manager of the 2006 U.S. Men's National Team and was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 1998 Olympic Winter Game and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. As a player, Holmgren competed for the U.S. at the 1974 IIHF World Junior Championship and was invited to play on Team USA for the 1981 Canada Cup, but could not due to injury."
Holmgren played at the University of Minnesota during the 1974-75 campaign and helped the Maroon & Gold sweep the Western Conference Hockey Association season, winning both regular-season and playoff titles. The Gophers earned their second of three-straight NCAA Frozen Four berths that season and eventually fell in the national championship game. A forward, he tallied 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 37 games.
As we get ready to embark upon another Big Ten season, we can't help but reflect on where we started and how far we've come through preseason and our non-conference slate. We knew going into this season that it would be a challenge. We have a tough schedule, both in and out of the conference, much of it on the road and we have a pretty young team overall. Our players came in fit and ready to go as we went through 3 different preseason blocks: defending, possession out of the back and into the middle third and finally the attacking third of the field. Each of these pieces has looked really good at times but there is a lot of work still to be done and we are taking everything a day at a time. We know we have to continue to work defensively as we have given up too many goals in big games. While we have scored in every game, which is great, we want to continue to create and finish a multiple opportunities in every game. Thirteen players have contributed at least one point already this season, 22 players have seen game action and 18 of those players have seen minutes in at least 4 of our 6 games. We are growing and all 26 players on our roster #GiveEverything to help propel the program forward. We are proud of what we are building but we are not satisfied by any means and are excited to jump into Big Ten play this weekend.
The Big Ten is one of the top women's soccer conferences in the country and it is a grind every single game. No matter who has had what kind of season, on any given day, any team can beat any other team which is why we play the games. As a whole, the conference has gotten off to a solid start in the non-conference portion of the season with some ups and downs as teams are developing their identity as we hit conference play. We are excited to travel to Michigan for opening weekend. Tonight, we take on Michigan, who lost a lot of talent from last year's team and has started 6 underclassmen (FR/SO)...we also start 7 underclassmen, so this should be a youthful battle and it is a match up that is always fun. Michigan State is off to a tremendous start as they are undefeated in the non-conference portion of the season and they are scoring goals. We will get to test our grit, our defensive battle and our ability to continue to score goals on the road in the Big Ten. We are ready to #Give Everything in the Big Ten.
I think the strength of our team is our team. As I previously mentioned, 13 players have contributed at least one point already this season, 22 players have seen game action and 18 of those players have seen minutes in at least 4 of our 6 games. We are growing and all 26 players on our roster #GiveEverything to help propel the program forward. Simone has had some big moments and is contributing a lot to our attack. Squires has been scoring goals as a freshman. Stainbrook doesn't have the numbers but is extremely consistent and helps us get dangerous in the attack as we connect through her. Thyken's presence and heart is a staple to our program. Josee is a smooth player in an attacking center mid role. Rachel is great in the air and connects well to help us settle a game down. Rashida's pace is an awesome asset for our backline. Becca is one of the most composed players I have had the privilege to coach. Haley and Ashley can battle defensively as well as attack and make an impact from the back, Tarah is a beast in goal and everyone who steps onto our field, whether it is a game or in training, will #GiveEverything to positively impact the program. This is an awesome group of young women who have the potential to do very well in Big Ten play.
We are excited to get back home for most of October after spending 4 of our 6 non-conference games and 4 of our first 5 Big Ten games on the road. We have some GREAT battles coming to ELR in October, including: Penn State, Ohio State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Maryland, & Rutgers. Pack the Robbie and show these opponents some Minnesota Nice while our women #GiveEverything in Big Ten play!
Barely two weeks have passed since our players came back to campus for the
school year. We have had a total of six individual instruction workouts
with our guys. Along with working our players out on campus, our staff has hit
the road recruiting.
Freshman Bakary Konate is one of Coach Pitino's early standouts.
I have been impressed with several players. As for the
newcomers, Bakary Konate has stood out the most. This year will be
perfect for him to learn under Elliott and Mo. He is a legit 6-11, plays
with a high motor, and is very skilled. He also is a phenomenal kid and a quick
learner. We are very excited! Andre and Deandre continue to progress
on the court as well as in the weight room. They should prove to be a
very strong backcourt.
Next week we will start team practice for a total of two
hours a week. We will bring them along slowly starting with the basic
fundamentals on defense. The look of this year's team will be
different. We will certainly miss our veterans and they will be tough to
replace. All of our newcomers are eager to learn and will have to impact
this team immediately. It will be fun to see who separates themselves.
September 9th marked the beginning of the recruiting
period. The first three days I was in Minnesota, Kansas, and several
different locations in Florida. Last year's NIT championship and 25 wins
has certainly helped in recruiting. We hope to deliver a very strong recruiting
class that tailors to our system. We will try to get quicker and more
athletic. We constantly talk about our tremendous fan base and our second-to-none basketball conference. Expectations will
be higher this season. They should be! We will embrace the challenge.
Hoops season is just around the corner and we need to be ready.
Not too many programs open up their season vs. a top-five team on national
TV. Gopher fans, I must warn you. Ignore anything and everything
that comes out of my father's mouth leading up to this game. He does it on the
golf course all the time and will start playing mind games with all of us soon
enough! Pay no attention to him. He will say they are young and
inexperienced. They are talented, athletic and obviously well-coached.
He will tell everyone we are the overwhelming favorite. Prepare
yourselves. He tried to coach my team last year during the NIT
championship. I am looking forward to watching him try to coach both
teams at once on November 14th! Haha.
The Golden Gophers' next tournament will be the Windon Memorial Classic in Evanston, Ill. (Sept. 21-22). Team qualifying determined the final three spots on the travel roster.
Seven Gophers competed for two automatic spots and one coach's pick. (Tyler Lowenstein and Jose Mendez are exempt from qualifying, and Charlie Duensing did not compete due to a mandatory academic trip.)
Matt Rachey and Runar Arnorsson finished first and second in qualifying to secure a trip to Evanston. Daniel Luftspring was the coaches' pick. Those three will join Mendez and Lowenstein. Full qualifying results are below.
MINNEAPOLIS (Gophersports.com) -Gopher Hockey alum and former team captain Nate Condon has signed a one-year deal with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL) and will also participate in the Colorado Avalanche's upcoming training camp.
A native of Wausau, Wis., Condon certainly left his mark his mark on the Gophers program over his four years with the team including leading the team to the national championship game as a senior.
After missing the NCAA tournament in 2011 as a freshman, Condon helped the Gophers reach the national tournament in each of the next three years including Frozen Four appearances in 2012 and 2014. Condon's class was also the first in program history to win three regular-season conference championships while the inaugural Big Ten regular-season championship in 2014 marked the first time in program history that the Gophers have won three-straight titles.
Voted team captain as a senior, Condon proved to be Minnesota's most durable skater during his tenure with the Maroon & Gold. The forward played in 159 career games and including 158-straight games to end his career. In four years with the team, Condon only missed one contest - the second game of his freshman season.
The senior tallied his 100th career point in Minnesota's 7-3 win over Robert Morris in this year's NCAA tournament opener, becoming the 81st Gopher in program history to reach the 100-point plateau. Condon finished his career with 103 points, 40 goals and 63 assists as a Gopher.
A 2014 graduate of the prestigious Carlson School of Management, Condon doubled majored in finance and accounting at Minnesota. He was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time recipient of Minnesota's John Mayasich Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. Additionally, Condon was named the team's Elwin "Doc" Romnes Leasdership & Sportsmanship Award honoree as well as the University of Minnesota's male representative for the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award as a senior.
Colorado selected Condon 200th overall (seventh round) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
As student-athletes at the University of Minnesota gear up for the first day of classes today on campus, former Gopher basketball player Kelly Roysland will also kick off her first day of school as the head coach of the women's basketball program at Macalester College in St. Paul. Roysland, who starred for the Maroon and Gold from 2004-07, was named the new head coach of the Scots on Aug. 18 and started in her new role on Aug. 29
"I am thrilled and honored to be the next women's basketball coach at
Macalester College," Roysland said in a release announcing her hiring. "It is a great school, in a
competitive conference and I am looking forward to leading the women's
Roysland finished her basketball career at Minnesota ranked 12th (currently 16th) on Minnesota's all-time scoring list with 1,074 career points. She averaged 8.5 points per game over 126 contests for the Gophers, including a team-high 13.2 points per game during her senior season in 2006-07.
As a senior, Roysland was named Minnesota's Most Valuable Player, while earning All-Big Ten third team accolades from the conference's media members and honorable mention honors from the league's coaches. She also fared well in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big Ten acclaim her final three seasons with the Gophers, and was a two-time recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2007 and 2008.
During her Gopher career, Minnesota made three trips to the NCAA Tournament and one appearance in the WNIT. Roysland played in nine NCAA Tournament games, which included reserve roles on the Golden Gophers' 2004 Final Four team and 2005 Sweet Sixteen squad, while averaging 6.6 points per game in those nine contests.
Roysland earned her bachelor's degree in sport management, graduating from Minnesota in 2007 with a 3.365 grade point average. She then compiled a 3.860 GPA to receive a master's degree in exercise science from Minnesota in 2009. She received the University of Minnesota's Presidential Leadership Award in 2007. She is one of three former Gopher players - Carol Ann Shudlick and Lindsay Whalen being the others -- with an endowed scholarship in her name.
Roysland also served as an assistant coach at Minnesota for four seasons
(2010-14), where she worked with the Gophers' guards, as well as having
responsibilities with scouting and recruiting. She aided Minnesota in
securing the 17th-ranked recruiting class in 2011 and the 34th-ranked
recruiting class in 2010 nationally. She also helped guide the team's
guards to numerous accolades, including six All-Big Ten honors, WBCA All-Region 6 and WBCA Honorable Mention
Her father, Mike Roysland, is the head women's basketball coach at Division II member UM Crookston.
Gopher women's hockey alum Krissy Wendell has been named the co-host of a Minnesota high school sports television program airing on 45TV this year. The two-time Olympian will co-host MN Prep Spotlight with Tori Holt. The first installment of the half-hour show is set to air at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.
School Space Media is partnering with Hubbard Broadcasting to air the program on 45TV. MN Prep Spotlight will cover "human interest features and highlights/scores on all parts of Minnesota high school athletics." The program is scheduled to run through the end of the Minnesota State High School League Baseball Tournament and will cover all MSHSL sanctioned athletics.
"I am really excited to join the show," Wendell said. "I have always talked about how passionate I am regarding high school athletics, and I am very eager to get started this coming fall."
"Adding Krissy to our team demonstrates our commitment to providing knowledgeable and insightful analysis into prep sports in Minnesota," said School Space Media's President Brian Nicholson. "Her experience as a prep athlete, a two-time Olympian and lifelong athlete helps Prep Spotlight share stories of interesting and exceptional young athletes and those who help shape them."
Wendell competed for the Gophers for three seasons from 2002-03 through 2004-05. She was a three-time All-American and the 2005 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner. Wendell still ranks second in Gopher women's hockey career scoring with 237 points (106 goals, 131 assists). In addition to winning two NCAA national championships with the Gophers, Wendell competed for Team USA in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Wendell recently joined 45TV as a studio analyst during the MSHSL Girls Hockey Tournament as well.
Summer Blog Photo Gallery Hello folks! This summer has been quite a whirlwind of hard work and good times. I started out the summer at home in Wheaton, Ill. for a couple of weeks where I got to spend some nice quality time with my family, friends, and my dog, Sugar.
It was nice to be home and relax for a bit before I returned back to campus to start my summer classes. I took a Spanish course to fulfill a minor requirement and a course about technology in the elementary classroom for my major, Elementary Education. When I wasn't in class, I was putting in work in the weight room with our strength coach, Sara Wiley, to get ready for the season.
I also spent some time hitting with Erica Meyer in the mornings and volunteering when I could. The rest of my days were filled with some fun projects including: creating fun, new wall art for my room, organizing my ever-growing closet, and catching up on television shows I was too busy to watch during the school year. On nice days, I am fortunate enough to go to the Meyer's house and spend some time on the lake with Erica and some other teammates.
Other than the normal schedule, I had three really special days this summer. The first was tubing down the Apple River with some of my teammates. It was a beautiful day and we just got to lay in some inner tubes and float along the Apple River for three hours just relaxing and talking. When we were done, we headed into Stillwater for a nice dinner and some more fun.
The second was my trip home in the beginning of August for Lollapalooza, a music festival in Chicago. Everyone on the team knows that I am a HUGE music fan, and going to concerts is what makes me happiest. So, going to Lollapalooza is a real treat. This year, my whole family went and it was really special to get to share our love of music and concerts with each other for three days in Chicago.
My third favorite day of summer would have to be actually a couple of days this past week. The seniors on campus got to help the freshmen move into their dorms and get settled. It is really great to see them excited to get started and be a part of the Gopher Softball program. We are really fortunate to be adding six more girls and their families to the Gopher Softball family. These freshmen are extremely talented and great to be around. It is going to be really fun to see their impact this year and in the years to come after my senior class leaves the program.
I am looking forward to starting this fall season; hope to see you all at some games!
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - Gopher Hockey alum Jake Parenteau has agreed to terms with the Orlando Solar Bears of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), adding to the list of former Gophers on the organization's roster entering 2014-15.
A native of Franconia, Minn., Parenteau played in 113 career games for the Maroon & Gold and totaled 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) as a member of the team's defensive corps. Parenteau and the senior class took Minnesota to a pair of Frozen Four appearances in 2012 and 2014 including reaching the national championship game last season. The senior class also guided the Gophers to three-straight regular-season conference championships for the first time in program history (2012-14). The defenseman closed out his academic career by earning Academic All-Big Ten honors and the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award in 2014. He was also honored with Minnesota's Donald M. Clark Community Service Award during his final year with the program.
Orlando now boasts three Gopher Hockey alums on roster with Parenteau joining goaltender Kent Patterson and forward Jacob Cepis.