Gophers in the News: Olympics Update

Women's hockey competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics is underway! Check out some of the media coverage, including mentions of the seven Golden Gopher Olympians competing for Team USA and Finland.

Yahoo Sports: Goalie Noora Raty, a 2-time NCAA champion, gives Finland a chance to reach women's hockey podium
Feb. 7, 2014

Pioneer Press: Noora Raty: Ex-Gophers goalie key to Finland's Olympic Hockey Hopes
Feb. 7, 2014

USA Hockey: U.S. Women Beat Finland, 3-1, to Open Olympic Play
Feb. 8, 2014

Star Tribune: U.S. Women overpower Finland, ex-Gopher goalie Raty
Feb. 8, 2014

Pioneer Press: Raty beaten early but not often
Feb. 8, 2014

SB Nation: Winter Olympics 2014 hockey schedule: USA, Canada women kick things off
Feb. 8, 2014

Indianapolis Star: Olympics a Blessing for US Women's hockey player
Feb. 9, 2014

The Hockey News: Finnish goalie Noora Raty justifies spot among THN People of Power
Feb. 10, 2014

ESPN Olympics: 2014 Winter Olympics: Megan Bozek
Feb. 10, 2014

KARE11: Results in: USA Women's Hockey takes on Switzerland
Feb. 10, 2014

Bleacher Report: Hockey's Power Siblings: Phil and Amanda Kessel Look to Cement Legacies in Sochi
Feb. 10, 2014

USA Hockey: U.S. Women Skate Past Switzerland 9-0
Feb. 10, 2014

Sporting News: 2014 Sochi Olympics: Amanda Kessel scores twice, U.S. women rout Swiss
Feb. 10, 2014

Washington Post: After injury, Amanda Kessel back for USA Hockey
Feb. 10, 2014

NCAA: Golden Gopher Amanda Kessel helps U.S. team make history in win vs. Swiss
Feb. 10, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Eye on Sochi: US defeats Finland 3-1
Feb. 10, 2014 

USA Hockey: Record-Setting Day for U.S. Women
Feb. 10, 2014

NBC Olympics: Amanda Kessel leads U.S. hockey
Feb. 10, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Eye on Sochi: USA Wins, Finland Loses
Feb. 11, 2014

USA Hockey: Kessel Hitting Her Stride Just in Time
Feb. 11, 2014

KARE 11: Waconia cheers for local Olympian
Feb. 12, 2014

Gophers in the News: Olympics Preview

Catch up on some of the coverage of the Olympic Gophers leading up to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Minnesota Daily: Gophers ready to watch old teammates
Feb. 6, 2014

NBC Olympics: Finland's Noora Raty sets sights on gold (and possibly Olympic hockey stardom)
Feb. 6, 2014

NBC Olympics: Are U.S. and Canada on golden collision course in hockey?
Feb. 5, 2014

ESPN Olympics Blog: A rare early test for Team USA
Feb. 5, 2014

Bleacher Report: Olympic Women's Hockey 2014: Complete Guide for Sochi Winter Olympics
Feb. 5, 2014

New York Times: Minnesota's Olympic Hockey Cradle (Pop. 1,781)
Feb. 4, 2014

Pioneer Press: Minnesota Women Take Blue Line to Sochi Olympics
Feb. 4, 2014

NBC Olympics: U.S.' Amanda Kessel finally ready for Olympic debut
Feb. 4, 2014

Los Angeles Times: Amanda Kessel getting back up to speed for U.S. Women's Hockey Team
Feb. 4, 2014

Bleacher Report: Amanda Kessel: Olympic Profile of U.S. Hockey Standout for Sochi 2014
Feb. 4, 2014

Star Tribune: U.S. women's hockey defense built around Gophers' players
Jan. 30, 2014

ESPN-W: Kessel Ready for Olympic Challenge
Jan. 31, 2014

New York Times: In Rinks Beyond Sochi, a Chance for Players Left Behind
Jan. 31, 2014

UMN News: Carlson School Undergrad to Compete in Sochi Olympics
Jan. 21, 2014

Gophers to Host "Gold Out" on Saturday

The Gopher women's hockey team is pleased to host a "Gold Out" for Saturday's game against Bemidji State at Ridder Arena. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m., and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a free gold t-shirt courtesy of the University of Minnesota's Unlimited Dance Marathon to benefit Amplatz Children's Hospital.

Minnesota will also recognize a special Goldy's Hero this Saturday. Prior to the game, the Gophers will hold a ceremonial puck drop in honor of Lilah Kelley. Lilah is the daughter of Gopher women's hockey alum Jenelle (Philipczyk) Kelley and the niece of current Bemidji State player Jenessa Philipczyk. Lilah is a patient at Amplatz Children's Hospital.

Saturday is also Student Day for the Gophers, and all University of Minnesota students will receive free admission with a valid U-Card.

Following Saturday's game, the Gophers will hold a season ticket holder/VIP Pass-holder autograph session on the concourse.

About the Unlimited Dance Marathon
University of Minnesota student-athletes are hosting the first-annual Unlimited Dance Marathon, a 12-hour dance marathon at Mariucci Arena on Feb. 22-23. The event is designed to raise funds and awareness for Amplatz Children's Hospital. In addition to the no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon, the event will feature personal stories from children and families served through the resources that Amplatz provides. The event aims to unite the campus and the entire student-body to truly impact the lives of some incredible kids.

Learn more:
Donate now: Unlimited Dance Marathon

Future Gophers Up for Ms. Hockey Award

Three future Gopher women's hockey players have been named semifinalists for the 2014 Minnesota Ms. Hockey Award. Let's Play Hockey newspaper announced that Sydney Baldwin, Kelly Pannek and Nina Rodgers are among the 10 semifinalists for annual award, which will be presented to the top senior girls' high school hockey player in Minnesota.

All 10 players named as semifinalists are committed to a Division I school for next season, including six in the WCHA. The semifinalists have scored an average of 24 goals and 26 assists this season for their respective teams. All 10 players have been bound to the textbooks for the past several years as they check in with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.7.

The five finalists for the Ms. Hockey Award will be named in the Feb. 13 edition of Let's Play Hockey with the winner announced at the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 11:30 a.m., at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

The 10 semifinalists for the Let's Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award were also announced this week. The five finalists for the Senior Goalie of the Year Award will be named in the Feb. 6 edition of Let's Play Hockey. Both awards are sponsored by Let's Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild and Shakopee Chevrolet.

In addition to on-ice talent, criteria for the Ms. Hockey Award include academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.

Past winners include several current and former Gophers: 2013 Dani Cameranesi (Blake), 2012 Hannah Brandt (Hill-Murray), 2011 Karley Sylvester (Warroad), 2010 Bethany Brausen (Roseville), 2009 Becky Kortum (Hopkins), 2008 Sarah Erickson (Bemidji), 2007 Katharine Chute (Blake), 2006 Allie Thunstrom (North St. Paul), 2005 Gigi Marvin (Warroad), 2004 Erica McKenzie (Hastings), 2003 Andrea Nichols (Hibbing/Chisholm), 2002 Ashley Albrecht (South St. Paul), 2001 Renee Curtin (Roseville), 2000 Krissy Wendell (Park Center), 1999 Ronda Curtin (Roseville), 1998 Laura Slominski (Burnsville), 1997 Annamarie Holmes (Apple Valley), 1996 Winny Brodt (Roseville).

Read more:
Let's Play Hockey: 2014 Ms. Hockey, Senior Goalie semifinalists announced

Gophers in the News: UND, Olympics Preview

Catch up on Gopher women's hockey in the news this week. The media recapped Minnesota's sweep over St. Cloud State last weekend and previewed this weekend's series at North Dakota, along with previewing the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Star Tribune: U women's hockey wins on Leveille's third consecutive shutout
Jan. 25, 2014

Pioneer Press: Meghan Lorence scores twice in 3-0 win over St. Cloud State
Jan. 25, 2014

Star Tribune: Gophers women's hockey sweeps St. Cloud State
Jan. 25, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota sweeps SCSU amid penalties
Jan. 27, 2014

USCHO: Lorence scores twice as Minnesota shuts out St. Cloud State
Jan. 24, 2014

GopherSports: Gophers Volunteer with Special Olympics
Jan. 28, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers shoot to avenge loss to UND
Jan. 30, 2014

Star Tribune: 'Extra fire' on both sides of Gophers-UND women's hockey rivalry
Jan. 31, 2014

Grand Forks Herald: UND to host Minnesota in rivalry game this weekend
Jan. 31, 2014

Let's Play Hockey: 2014 Ms. Hockey, Senior Goalie semifinalists announced
Jan. 30, 2014

New York Times: In Rinks Beyond Sochi, a Chance for Players Left Behind
Jan. 31, 2014

Check out in-depth stories on Rachel Ramsey and Hannah Brandt that appeared this week.

Minnesota Daily: Ramsey carries the torch
Jan. 28, 2014

Kaz Watch: Hannah Brandt stays golden as Gophers sophomore
Jan. 28, 2014

The pre-Olympics coverage includes plenty of ties to Gopher women's hockey, too.

NCAA.com: Putting School On Hold To Chase Gold
Jan. 28, 2014

NBC Olympics: Women's Olympic hockey tournament preview
Jan. 28, 2014

NBC Olympics: U.S., Canadian women's Olympic teams top contenders for gold in Sochi
Jan. 28, 2014

NBC Olympics: Team USA Class of 2014 Yearbook

NBC Sports: On The Ice With The U.S. Women's Hockey Team (Part 1)
Jan. 27, 2014

Women's Hockey Life: Lee Stecklein Towers Over the Competition as She Earns Spot on Ambitious US Squad
Jan. 22, 2014

Gopher Sports Update: U.S. Olympian Lee Stecklein
Jan. 28, 2014

USA Hockey: Olympians Donate 300 Total Sets of OneGoal Hockey Equipment to Youth Hockey Associations
Jan. 29, 2014

Minnesota Hockey Magazine: Gopher Olympians donate 60 sets of youth hockey equipment
Jan. 29, 2014

KARE11: Road To Sochi: U.S. women's hockey team goes for gold
Jan. 29, 2014

Gophers Clinch WCHA Home Ice

With a month remaining in the regular season, Minnesota and Wisconsin both have clinched home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs after recording league sweeps last weekend. Meanwhile, North Dakota, which collected five of six points on Jan. 24-25, needs just one more point to guarantee that it will finish in the top four and host a first round league playoff series.

Minnesota (24-1-1, 18-1-1-0 WCHA, 55 points) remains in the league lead, one point ahead of Wisconsin (21-3-2, 17-3-2-1 WCHA, 54 points), which has played two more games than the Gophers. North Dakota (16-5-3, 13-3-3-2 WCHA, 44 points) is nine points back but also holds two games at hand on UW and fourth place Minnesota Duluth (12-10-4, 10-8-4-3 WCHA, 37 points). Bemidji State (9-14-3, 6-12-2-1 WCHA, 21 points) holds on to fifth place, but just two points ahead of streaking Ohio State (9-12-5, 4-12-5-2, 19 points) which is unbeaten in five straight games. Minnesota State (9-19-0, 4-18-0-0 WCHA, 12 points) and St. Cloud State (4-20-3, 3-15-2-1 WCHA, 12 points) are tied for seventh place.

The WCHA postseason championship begins with a best-of-three first round Feb. 28-March 2. The four winning teams advance to the 2014 WCHA Final Face-off to square of for the WCHA crown at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., March 7-8.

The Final Face-off begins with two semifinal games at 4:07 p.m. CT and 7:07 p.m. CT on Friday, March 7. The semifinal winners will then play at 7:07 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 8 in the championship game. The winner of the WCHA Final Face-off receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Minnesota has won the last two WCHA Final Face-off titles, defeating Minnesota Duluth 2-0 in the 2012 title game and topping North Dakota 2-0 to claim the 2013 crown.

Single-game and tournament package tickets for the 2014 WCHA Final Faceo-off are now on sale. Tickets for all Sanford Center events may be purchased at the Sanford Center ticket office, any Ticketmaster retail location, Lueken's Village Foods, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

More Info:
WCHA Final Face-off

Gophers Volunteer With Special Olympics

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The University of Minnesota women's hockey team was in full force as 14 members of the team volunteered with the Special Olympics at the state poly hockey tournament, Sunday, Jan. 26 in Golden Valley, Minn.

The Gopher contingent of Milica McMillen, Sidney Peters, Amanda Leveille, Kate Flug, Kate Schipper, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Paige Haley, Kelsey Cline, Shyler Sletta, Baylee Gillianders, Sarah Davis, Bethany Brausen and Kelly Terry were in attendance from 12-6. The group interacted with the participants and presented awards during the Special Olympics ceremony.

The Gopher women's hockey team has always had a long-standing tradition of community service. Earlier this month, the team held a teddy bear toss to donate to Toys for Tots, while Feb. 8 game against Bemidiji State, the team will hold a Gold Out as proceeds go towards Amplatz Children's Hospital and Unlimited Dance Marathon.

Future Gophers Named to U.S. U-18 Squad

Today USA Hockey announced the 22 players that have been selected to the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that will take part in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's Under-18 World Championship, March 23-30, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. The roster includes future Gophers Sydney Baldwin and Nina Rodgers, who will join Minnesota in fall 2014.

Baldwin and Rodgers are two of nine players on the roster who helped the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team collect the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship in Heinola, Finland.

The team was selected following the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Winter Camp, held Dec. 27-31, at Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship is being played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 and the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Read more:

USA Hockey Release: 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Unveiled
U.S. Roster: 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team
GopherSports.com: Women's Hockey Signs Four 

Gophers in the News: MSU Recap, SCSU Preview

Catch up on recent media coverage of Gopher women's hockey, including more recaps of Minnesota's sweep over Minnesota State and the outdoor Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium and previews of Minnesota's series with St. Cloud State this weekend.

Minnesota Daily: Minnesota handles Mankato with ease in sweep
Jan. 21, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Hockey City Classic sets attendance mark
Jan. 21, 2014

USCHO: Davis in the middle of Minnesota's outdoor shutout of Minnesota State
Jan. 17, 2014

Gold and Gopher: Hockey City Classic: Outdoor hockey debut a success for U
Jan. 19, 2014

USCHO: Photo Gallery: Hockey City Classic
Jan. 18, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gophers women's hockey: Four-goal second sinks MS Mankato
Jan. 19, 2014

USCHO: WCHA referee wears helmet camera at the Hockey City Classic
Jan. 19, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Brandt finds niche as go-to player
Jan. 23, 2014

Gophers in the News: OSU, Hockey City Recap

Since the top-ranked Gophers resumed play in the new year, they have frequently found themselves in the media spotlight. Catch up on the latest Minnesota women's hockey news.

OSU Series Recap, Jan. 10-11:

Pioneer Press: Hannah Brandt's hat trick lifts Minnesota
Jan. 10, 2014

SB Nation College Hockey: Gophers Beat Buckeyes 6-0 behind Hannah Brandt's Hat Trick
Jan. 10, 2014

Star Tribune: Brandt's hat trick leads U women's hockey over Ohio State
Jan. 11, 2014

USCHO: Buckeyes earn tie and shootout win over Gophers thanks to Tarr and Curtis
Jan. 11, 2014

Hockey City Classic Preview:

Fox Sports: Gophers finally get outdoor hockey game, 'electric atmosphere' expected
Jan. 14, 2014

WCCO: Gophers Get Ready To Host Hockey City Classic
Jan. 16, 2014

Pioneer Press: Below-zero wind chill forecast for TCF Bank Stadium Games
Jan. 16, 2014

KARE11: Frigid temps for outdoor hockey? You can 'Bank' on it
Jan. 17, 2014

Star Tribune: U women's hockey team hopes outdoor setting helps regroup from tie
Jan. 17, 2014

Gold and Gopher: Hockey City Classic: Preview of Gophers vs. Mankato
Jan. 17, 2014

WCCO: Outdoor Hockey Returns To 'U' After 80 Years
Jan. 17, 2014

SB Nation College Hockey: 2014 Hockey City Classic: What outdoor hockey means to Minnesota players & coaches
Jan. 17, 2014

Hockey City Classic Recaps:

Bring Me The News: Gophers don't give up a goal in hockey double header
Jan. 17, 2014

Star Tribune: Pond hockey veteran Davis paces U women's hockey to 4-0 victory
Jan. 18, 2014

Pioneer Press: Minnesota women win in outdoor opener
Jan. 18, 2014

Star Tribune: Fans embrace the hockey, cold at TCF Bank Stadium
Jan. 18, 2014

KMSP Fox 9: The 'State of Hockey' braves the cold at TCF Bank
Jan. 18, 2014

Extras

Daily Herald: Buffalo Grove native Bozek smiling all the way to Sochi
Jan. 11, 2014

5 Eyewitness News: Gopher Men, Women stay atop Hockey Polls
Jan. 14, 2014

USCHO: Minnesota owes success to more than talent
Jan. 16, 2014

BTN Live: Kessel Leading On and Off the Ice
Jan. 17, 2014

The Gophers and Mavericks wrap up their series at 1 p.m. CT Sunday afternoon at All Seasons Arena in Mankato, Minn.