Big Ten Announces Coverage for Hockey Media Day

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Park Ridge, Ill. - Big Ten hockey fans will have several ways to follow their favorite teams, players and coaches as they participate in Big Ten Hockey Media Day on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

All six coaches' press conferences will be streamed live on BTN.com. Live streaming begins at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT and is available for free through the Big Ten Digital Network.

Visit http://www.GopherSports.com/AllAccess for more information. Fans can also follow @B1GHockey on Twitter throughout the day for highlights of the event and are encouraged to use the hash tag #B1GMediaDay to join the conversation. Transcripts of each coach's press conference will be posted on www.bigten.org later that day.

Minnesota to Host Ohio State as Part of Hockey Day Minnesota

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The University of Minnesota men's hockey team will host Ohio State as part of Hockey Day Minnesota 2014 on Sat., Jan. 18, the Minnesota Wild, FOX Sports North and Minnesota Hockey announced today. The Gophers and Buckeyes will face off at Mariucci Arena at 5 p.m. CT with FOX Sports North broadcasting the action along with 1500 ESPN. 

The Gophers are 4-2-1 all-time in Hockey Day Minnesota action and have not lost in their last three appearances. 

Hockey Day Minnesota 2014 falls one day after the 2014 Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium, providing a full weekend of action for hockey fans across the state of Minnesota. 

The Hockey Day Minnesota 2014 schedule is as follows:

High School Games (at Handke Pit, Elk River)

10:15 a.m. Rochester Lourdes vs. Cloquet/Esko/Carlton (boys)

1 p.m. Elk River vs. Stillwater (boys)

4 p.m. Elk River vs. Anoka girls (*tape delay on FS North) 

College Game (at Mariucci Arena)

5 p.m. Minnesota Golden Gophers men's hockey vs. Ohio State 

Wild Game (at Xcel Energy Center)

8 p.m. Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars


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Gopher Hockey head coach Don Lucia has signed on to run this year's Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon to help raise funds for Defending The Blue Line, a Minnesota-based non-profit that aims to provide hockey opportunities for military families across the country. 

An avid runner throughout the year, Lucia will take part in the 32nd annual event, set for Sunday, Oct. 6 with a start line near the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis and a finish line near the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. Lucia and the Gophers open the 2013-14 season the following weekend at Mariucci Arena with the Ice Breaker Tournament. 

"We have a great relationship with Defending The Blue Line, and I couldn't be happier to help out with such a great cause," Lucia said. "I've been doing a lot of training, I feel good about the run, and I'm excited to be out there in a few weeks raising money and awareness for Defending The Blue Line."  

Lucia and the Gophers previously helped Defending the Blue Line raise $25,000 through the online auction of the team's game-worn jerseys from the 2013 Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field in Chicago. 

Defending The Blue Line has been accepted as a Twin Cities Marathon Charity Partner for the 2013 race. Fans are can donate to Lucia's cause at the following link (DTBL.org

Mariucci Arena Celebrates 20 Years

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Yesterday, Gopher Athletics celebrated a notable milestone on campus as Mariucci Arena celebrated its 20th birthday. The home of Gopher Hockey officially opened on Aug. 21, 1993 with an alumni game and has been one of the premiere hockey facilities in the nation ever since. 

We dug through our archives and came up with a couple notable Mariucci Arena facts in honor of yesterday's birthday. 

-Since opening Mariucci Arena, the Gophers are 275-112-42 at their home rink -- that's a .690 winning percentage. Recently, Minnesota went 14-3-3 at Mariucci Arena in 2012-13 while the team is 31-9-3 on home ice since the start of the 2011-12 season. 

-Mariucci Arena is made of 256,580 bricks including 2,000 from Memorial Stadium. 

-850 tons of steel and 1,917,754 pounds of reinforcing steel were used during the construction of Mariucci Arena. 

-The refrigeration piping under the ice would stretch 11.36 miles. 

We also asked our fans to share their favorite Mariucci Arena memory with us...here are some of the top responses. 

Eyes on Sweden: Brady Skjei Blog

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On March 23, 2013, Minnesota head coach Don Lucia was named the head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team by USA Hockey. With Lucia behind the bench, the Red, White and Blue will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. 

In addition to Lucia, five current Gophers are competing for a roster spot on next year's U.S. squad. Sophomore defenseman Brady Skjei, freshman forward Hudson Fasching, freshman forward Taylor Cammarata and freshman defenseman Michael Brodzinski are currently participating at the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid. Freshman defenseman Tommy Vannelli is also in the hunt for a roster spot for the U.S. team. 

Next year, the U.S. program will seek its fourth medal in five years including a gold-medal performance in 2013 with Gophers defenseman Mike Reilly on the roster and assistant coach Grant Potulny on staff. As the tournament approaches, Gophersports.com will provide updates using "Eyes on Sweden".

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Editor's Note: Gophers sophomore defenseman Brady Skjei will contribute periodic blogs throughout the National Junior Evaluation Camp. In his first report, Skjei brings us up to speed with the first few days of camp. 

"Greetings from Lake Placid, 

We're a couple days into camp now, and so far things have gone really well. Having the experience from last year has been really helpful for me personally, and I'm doing my best to help out the new guys. So far, we've had a couple good practices/scrimmages, and I am pleased with my play so far.  I am trying to make the game simple and be a strong, shut-down guy but also jump up in the play once in a while.  

One of the best parts of the camp has been getting to know the other guys in camp and hanging out off the ice. All of the other Gopher guys have been playing strong too, and it's nice getting to know them more while we are out here.  

We had the first round of cuts yesterday, so we're down to around 30 guys. It's difficult because everyone is here for the same reason -- to help the U.S. win, and you don't want anyone to have to go home. But it's part of the game. At this point, we're all used to it, and you just move on one way or the other. For me personally, I'm just trying to work hard and compete and do what ever i can to make the team. 

One thing that everyone in Minnesota might enjoy knowing is how much respect everyone here has for Coach Lucia and the staff. 

We have a game today against Sweden, so I better wrap this up and start getting ready. Hope everybody is enjoying summer back home." 



Eyes on Sweden: Four Gophers Make Cut

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On March 23, 2013, Minnesota head coach Don Lucia was named the head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team by USA Hockey. With Lucia behind the bench, the Red, White and Blue will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. 

In addition to Lucia, five current Gophers are competing for a roster spot on next year's U.S. squad. Sophomore defenseman Brady Skjei, freshman forward Hudson Fasching, freshman forward Taylor Cammarata, freshman defenseman Tommy Vannelli and freshman defenseman Michael Brodzinski are currently participating at the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid. 

Next year, the U.S. program will seek its fourth medal in five years including a gold-medal performance in 2013 with Gophers defenseman Mike Reilly on the roster and assistant coach Grant Potulny on staff. As the tournament approaches, Gophersports.com will provide updates under using "Eyes on Sweden."to a spot to be kept and other guys we just want to get a better read." 

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USA Hockey trimmed the National Junior Evaluation Camp roster from 44 players down to 31 earlier this morning with four Gophers making the cut for the final week of camp. 

Defensemen Brady Skjei and Michael Brodzinski and forwards Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching are among the players who made the cut and will take on Canada (Sat.), Finland (Thurs.) and Sweden (Wed.) later this week. 

"The whole point is for us as a staff to have the best evaluation and the best reads on these kids at the end of the week. Even though some kids are getting sent home doesn't mean they aren't candidates to make the team," Lucia said. "Certain guys have played their way to a spot to be kept and other guys we just want to get a better read." 

Eyes on Sweden: First Day of Camp

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On March 23, 2013, Minnesota head coach Don Lucia was named the head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team by USA Hockey. With Lucia behind the bench, the Red, White and Blue will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. 

In addition to Lucia, five current Gophers are competing for a roster spot on next year's U.S. squad. Sophomore defenseman Brady Skjei, freshman forward Hudson Fasching, freshman forward Taylor Cammarata, freshman defenseman Tommy Vannelli and freshman defenseman Michael Brodzinski are currently participating at the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid. 

Next year, the U.S. program will seek its fourth medal in five years including a gold-medal performance in 2013 with Gophers defenseman Mike Reilly on the roster and assistant coach Grant Potulny on staff. As the tournament approaches, Gophersports.com will provide updates under using "Eyes on Sweden." 

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From USA Hockey, 

Day 1 of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp began this morning with 45-minute practices for Team Blue and Team White. The skate was up-tempo and featured a brief introduction of the concepts and systems that Don Lucia, head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team, wants to implement for Team USA. Later this afternoon there will be a Blue-White intrasquad game at the Olympic Center's USA Rink.

                                
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On March 23, 2013, Minnesota head coach Don Lucia was named the head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team by USA Hockey. With Lucia behind the bench, the Red, White and Blue will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. 

In addition to Lucia, five current Gophers will compete for a roster spot on next year's U.S. squad. Sophomore defenseman Brady Skjei, freshman forward Hudson Fasching, freshman forward Taylor Cammarata, freshman defenseman Tommy Vannelli and freshman defenseman Michael Brodzinski will all be in action at the upcoming 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid. 

Next year, the U.S. program will seek its fourth medal in five years including a gold-medal performance in 2013 with Gophers defenseman Mike Reilly on the roster and assistant coach Grant Potulny on staff. As the tournament approaches, Gophersports.com will provide updates under using "Eyes on Sweden." 

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today additional details surrounding its 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp set to take place in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the Olympic Training Center from Aug. 3-10.

COOPER/KLEINEDORST TO SERVE AS CAMP ASSISTANT COACHES

Jon Cooper (Tampa, Fla.) and Kurt Kleinendorst (Grand Rapids, Minn.) will serve as assistant camp coaches.

Cooper is the head coach of the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning, a position he was promoted to midway through the 2012-13 campaign. Previously, he was head coach of the Lightning's top American Hockey League affiliates in Syracuse (2012-13) and Norfolk (2010-12). He led the Norfolk Admirals to the 2012 Calder Cup Championship. Cooper also spent two seasons (2008-10) as head coach of the United States Hockey League's Green Bay Gamblers. The Gamblers won the 2010 Clark Cup Championship and Cooper received the General Manager and Coach of the Year Awards.

Kleinendorst has been a head coach at the AHL, ECHL, NCAA Men's Division I, USHL and international levels. During the 2009-10 campaign, he was head coach of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Under-18 Team. He led Team USA to the gold medal at the 2010 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship. In 2008, he was an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team. Most recently, Kleinendorst was head coach of the University of Alabama-Huntsville men's ice hockey team for the 2012-13 season. In the AHL, he was head coach of the Binghamton Senators from 2010-12 and the Lowell Devils from 2006-09. He coached the ECHL's Raleigh IceCaps from 1991-94 and 1995-97. For the NHL's New Jersey Devils, Kleinendorst was an assistant coach (2000-01), professional scout (2001-02) and special assistant scout (2002-06).

ROSTERS FOR TEAM BLUE/TEAM WHITE ANNOUNCED

The 44 athletes participating in the NJEC have been separated into two groups for the first three days of practices and games vs. Finland and Sweden.

For the Team Blue roster, click here

For the Team White roster, click here

On Aug. 6, Team USA will trim its roster and a single U.S. squad will finish the camp with practices and games against Canada, Finland and Sweden.

Team Blue will be coached by Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud State Univ.) and Jon Cooper(Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Lightning). Team White will be coached by Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass./Boston College) and Kurt Kleinendorst (Grand Rapids, Minn.).

FASTHOCKEY TO STREAM ALL CAMP GAMES LIVE

USA Hockey, in partnership with FASTHockey, is providing live streaming coverage of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Games will be offered on a pay-per-view basis. FASTHockey uses a unique game-credit system for viewing games, offering discounts to customers who watch multiple games. Users who want to watch one or more games must first sign up for a free account at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com. Users can then buy game credits - a single game ranges from $7.99 (when one game credit is purchased) to $5.99 (when 50 game credits are purchased). Game credits never expire and can be used to watch live games or access on-demand content.

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The NJEC will convene 44 U.S. players, all vying for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. In addition to daily practices, the U.S. will play international games against Canada, Finland and Sweden.

For a complete schedule of the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp click here. Tickets for all games that are part of the camp can be purchased online at WhiteFaceLakePlacid.com, by phone at (518) 523-3330 or in person at the Olympic Center Box Office.

NOTES: Use the hashtag #NJEC on Twitter to join the conversation surrounding the camp ... The 2014 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected following a pre-tournament camp Dec. 15-18 to be held in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area ... Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head coach of the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team, was named head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team on March 23. Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn.), head coach of the St. Cloud State University men's ice hockey team, Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), associate head coach of the Boston College men's ice hockey team and David Lassonde (Denver, Colo.) assistant coach of the University of Denver's men's ice hockey team will serve as assistant coaches. The video coordinator is Dan Muse (Clinton, Conn.), assistant coach of Yale University's men's ice hockey team ... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fifth consecutive year.

Jordan Schroeder Re-Signs with Vancouver Canucks

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Gopher Hockey alum Jordan Schroeder has re-signed with the Vancouver Canucks, the NHL organization announced on Wednesday. The one-year, one-way contract keeps Schroeder with the organization that drafted him 22nd overall in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. 

A native of Prior Lake, Minn. Schroeder split last season between the Canucks and the team's AHL affiliate -- the Chicago Wolves. Schroeder made his NHL debut in 2013, scoring three goals and six assists in 31 games. He finished fourth on the Wolves in scoring with 12 goals and added 21 assists in 42 games. 

ProHockeyTalk notes that Schroeder is the current favorite to start the season as the Canucks' third-line center. 

"I'll play anywhere they want me to play, Schroeder told The Province. "I've just got to do what I do, use my speed and be confident." 

The 2009 WCHA Rookie of the Year, Schroeder spent two years with the Gophers, tallying 73 points in 72 career games before signing with Vancouver. On the international stage, Schroeder has appeared in three World Junior Championships; his 27 points (20 goals) in the World Junior Championships are the most ever by an American. 
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Link: Future Ice Breaker Tournament Sites Announced (College Hockey Inc.)

The start of the 2013-14 season is now just 80 days away, but the 2014-15 schedule is beginning to take shape already as College Hockey, Inc., announced today that Minnesota will compete at the  2014 Ice Breaker Tournament to open the season. Notre Dame will host the 2014 competition at Compton Family Ice Arena with Minnesota Duluth  and RPI also competing in the tournament. 

Minnesota, which also opens the 2013-14 season by hosting the 2013 Ice Breaker Tournament at Mariucci Arena on Oct. 11-12  (Clarkson, Mercyhurst and New Hampshire also competing), has made two previous appearances at the Ice Breaker Tournament. In 1998, the second year of the tournament, Boston College won the title at Mariucci Arena. In 2007, the event took place at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul with the host Golden Gophers winning the tournament.

College Hockey Inc., which manages the Ice Breaker Tournament on behalf of the Hockey Commissioners Association, also announced that Maine will host the 2015 tournament at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. The rest of the 2015 field will be announced at a later date.