BLOG: First Week of Practice

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The 2014-15 season officially got underway for the University of Minnesota women's basketball team last week when it opened preseason camp. It also marked the first week of practice for senior Shae Kelley as a Golden Gopher and her last as a student-athlete. Kelley shared her experience in a guest blog for

Go Gophers! Shae Kelley
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The first week of practice at the U has been an exciting one, not just for me, but for the team as well. Having a new coaching staff, we were anxious to see how practice would flow. Not to our surprise, the coaches had prepared us for what practice would be like over the summer. But, instead of practice being one hour, it now is 2.5 to 3 hours of intense, but fun, work. We do a lot of full court drills, because the pace we want to play is fast. Much of our practice consists of playing against the scout team, whether it is half court or a full court scrimmage, we always are playing to win. It is very competitive and we appreciate that, because it is only making us better.

We also have plenty of fun as a team. It can't always be all work and no play. Our video shoots are always goofy and fun to be at, and our personalities really come out during these times. Being a fifth-year senior, this is my last go-round and I want to cherish it as much as I can. My focus on the court is more intense than it's ever been and I know that we have the pieces of the puzzle to make a great run this year. I am excited to play my final year of college with this group of ladies and staff.

I can't wait to see all of our fans at Williams Arena this season.

Shae Kelley

MAGIC Blog: Gophers Update (10/13/14)

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NHL: Wheeler Scores Two in 15 Seconds

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ICYMI last night, Blake Wheeler didn't waste much time before picking up his first goal of the season in last night's 6-2 win over Arizona in Jets' opener. But frankly he wasted even less time before picking up his second of the year. 

The forward scored a pair of goals 15 seconds apart on Friday night including the eventual game winner for Winnipeg. Actually, Wheeler closed out a gap of four goals in less than two minutes between the two teams midway through the first period, but we've got highlights from both of his goals for you -- he added an assist later in the game for good measure. 

NHL: 14 Gophers Earn NHL Roster Spots

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MINNEAPOLIS ( -- Gopher Hockey will list a total of 14 alums on National Hockey League opening rosters as the NHL regular season begins tonight with four games. 

The Maroon & Gold are represented on 10 different NHL teams including the Minnesota Wild, which leads all league teams with four Gophers on roster. 

Gopher Hockey in the NHL
Erik Johnson - Colorado Avalanche
Alex Goligoski - Dallas Stars
Nick Bjugstad - Florida Panthers
Keith Ballard - Minnesota Wild
Stu Bickel - Minnesota Wild
Erik Haula - Minnesota Wild
Thomas Vanek - Minnesota Wild
Nick Leddy - New York Islanders
Kyle Okposo - New York Islanders
Paul Martin - Pittsburgh Penguins
Jordan Leopold - St. Louis Blues
Phil Kessel - Toronto Maple Leafs
Nate Schmidt - Washington Capitals
Blake Wheeler - Winnipeg Jets

Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs kick off the season tonight at 7 p.m. ET against Montreal.

MAGIC Blog: Gophers Update (10/6/14)

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Gopher Hold Preseason Media Day

Head coach Brad Frost, senior captain Rachael Bona and sophomore assistant captain Lee Stecklein previewed the 2014-15 season at the annual preseason media day for Gopher women's hockey yesterday.

Gopher Volleyball in the Media

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Gophers Host Resume Workshop

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BTN Women's Report Features Frost

Head coach Brad Frost appeared on the Big Ten Network's Women's Report this week. Watch the clip below.

Gophers Aide in Hearts for Hammers

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The Golden Gophers had 14 student athletes assist with Hearts for Hammers on Saturday, Sept. 20 in Minneapolis.

As a part of Gopher Global, Minnesota student-athletes assisted in a renovation on  a home of a local disable veteran. The Gopher student-athletes painted, landscaped and fixed household items from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm Saturday in the Bryn Mar neighborhood.

Helping on Saturday were members from three teams: Softball's Sydney Fabian, Brandi McGregor, Hannah Melick, Paige Palkovich, Kaitlyn Richardson and Tyler Walker were in attendance. Men's track's Logan Connors volunteered as well as women's cross country's Molly Eastman, Anne Ferguson, Tamara Gorman, Marnie Kinnaird, Paige Peschel, Stacey Swatek and Tess Wasowicz.

"I really enjoyed volunteering for Hearts and Hammers," cross country's Anne Ferguson said. "We accomplished so much in a short time by painting one of our community's disabled veterans' homes. I really enjoyed speaking with Roy, the homeowner and learning about him and his story. It was great working together with some members of the softball team as well."