Read about the upcoming trip, previously featured on gophersports.com
Paige Tapp gives her best effort in this recent Phrase of the Day.
Briean Boddy-Calhoun is ready to lead (GopherSports.com)
Previewing the spring (ESPN.com)
Gophers have a spring in their step (Star Tribune)
Minnesota begins spring practice (Minnesota Daily)
Jeff Jones makes good first impression (Pioneer Press)
What's the connection between Michigan State's women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant and Coach Kill? (BTN.com)
Prior to heading to Hoffman Estates, Ill., for the 2015 Big Ten Tournament, the University of Minnesota women's basketball team is inviting fans to attend an open practice Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Williams Arena. It will be the final practice for the Golden Gophers before departing for the league tournament at 3:30 p.m.
The Maroon and Gold enters the event as the No. 6 seed for the second-straight season and will face the winner of No. 11 seed Wisconsin and No. 14 seed Purdue Thursday at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Sears Centre Arena. The contest will be broadcast live on BTN.
Fans making the trip to suburban Chicago are invited to the official Gopher fans Sota Social at The Saddle Room Restaurant, located across the street from Sears Centre Arena. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will be located in the Track Room. For more information on The Saddle Room, visit thesaddleroomrestaurant.com.
One of eight coaches in the running to become the 2020 Olympic coach, Kanno was placed at the University of Minnesota by the Japan Volleyball Association. With the international notoriety of head coach Hugh McCutcheon and director of operations, Nao Ikeda, hailing from Japan, the placement was a perfect fit. In his second year helping with the Gopher program, Kanno's skills will also help as the Gophers travel to Japan, March 14-22.
KARE 11 Television recently caught up with Kanno, Ikeda and McCutcheon.
Check out this video feature HERE.
2002 Hobey Baker Award winner Jordan Leopold
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - Welcome home, Jordan Leopold! The 2002 Hobey Baker Award winner and two-time First Team All-American for Gopher Hockey has been acquired at the NHL trade deadline by the Minnesota Wild.
A native of Golden Valley, Minn., Leopold has played in 677 NHL games over a 12-year NHL career, tallying 213 points (67 goals, 146 assists) for seven different organizations (Calgary, Colorado, Florida, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, St. Louis and Columbus). Leopold also represented the U.S. at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
In 164 career games at the University of Minnesota, Leopold scored 45 goals (the most ever by a Gophers defensemen) and had 99 assists (fourth-most among Gophers defensemen) for a career total of 144 points (third most among Gophers defensemen and 32nd all-time at Minnesota). The blue-liner's college career culminated with a memorable weekend in St. Paul as Leopold was named the fourth Hobey Baker Award winner in school history and then proceeded to lead the Maroon & Gold to a national championship the following day at Xcel Energy Center.
The Minnesota team captain twice earned First Team All-America accolades as well as WCHA Defensive Player of the Year honors (2001, 2002) and earned All-WCHA distinctions in each of his four seasons with the Maroon & Gold (First Team: 2000-01, 2001-02; Second Team: 1999-2000; Third Team/All-Rookie Team: 1998-99).
One of 16 Gopher Hockey alums to play in the NHL this season, Leopold is now the sixth former Gopher in the Minnesota Wild organization - joining Thomas Vanek, Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder, Stu Bickel and Keith Ballard. Ballard and Leopold were teammates on Minnesota's national championship squad in 2002.
The University of Minnesota volleyball program has announced the Gophers' 2015 spring schedule, which includes three competition dates in the month of April. Times for the scrimmages will be announced closer to the days of competition.
Minnesota opens the spring season against The University of Illinois, Saturday, April 4 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The Gophers take on Kansas State University Saturday, April 18 (Indianola, Iowa), followed by the Gophers hosting a spring tournament, Saturday, April 25 at the Sports Pavilion.
Prior to the start of spring volleyball, Minnesota will also compete in Tokyo, Japan, March 14-22. Staying in the National Training Center, the Gophers will compete against Japan's World University Games team, who are scheduled to compete at the 2015 World University Games in July.
Minnesota Volleyball Spring Schedule (Times to be announced at later date)
April 4 vs. Illinois (Waukesha, Wis.)
April 18 vs. Kansas State (Indianola, Iowa)
April 25 hosting Spring Tournament, Sports Pavilion
As the Gopher Volleyball Team prepares for their upcoming trip to Japan (March 14-22) the team, coaches and staff are brushing up on their Japanese. This week, we have setter Erica Handley giving us her "Japanese Phrase of the Day".
Arigato Gozaimasu Erica!