In the third episode of Gopher Hockey: Pride on Ice the Gopher men's hockey team reflects on the 2013 Hockey City Classic outdoor game vs. Wisconsin and ahead to the WCHA Final Five and NCAA Tournament.
2014-15 | JUNIOR SEASON Picked up his first goal of the season in a 5 - 3 victory over Bemidji State. • Added an assist in a 6 - 2 road win over Boston College. • Tallied an assist on a Sam Warning goal during a 5 - 2 victory over Wisconsin. • Notched an assist during North Star College Cup action against Minnesota State. • Tallied 2 assists during a 7 - 5 victory over Wisconsin. • Added an assist on a Justin Kloos power play goal in a 2 - 1 victory at Penn State. • Notched an assist in a 4 - 2 Gopher victory at Ohio State.
2013-14 | SOPHOMORE SEASON Honorable Mention All-Big Ten • NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team member • played in 40 games as a sophomore • set new career highs for points (14), goals (six) and asssits (eight) • made his season debut in Minnesota's 6-0 win over Mercyhurst • tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the Boston College series • added an assist in Minnesota's 4-1 win over Minnesota State • scored his second goal of the season in a 4-3 battle at home against Wisconsin • tallied another goal against Penn State in a 3-2 win for the Gophers in the first-ever game between the two programs • tallied three goals at Michigan including a new career-high of two in the regular-season finale • tallied three assists in the NCAA tournament • opened the tournament with a pair of assists in Minnesota's 7-3 win over Robert Morris • added another assist in the Gophers' 3-2 win over North Dakota in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned second letter.
2012-13 | FRESHMAN SEASON Skated in 36 games for the Gophers this season as a freshman • collected three points with a goal and two assists in 2012-13 • owned a +11 rating for the season • made his collegiate debut partnering on defense with Nate Schmidt against Michigan State (10/12) • recorded the first two points of his Gopher career with a goal and an assist against Michigan State (10/13) • assisted on a Nate Schmidt's goal in the third period to give the Gophers a cushion in a win over St. Cloud State (2/8).
INTERNATIONAL Represented the U.S. at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship alongside Gophers teammate Hudson Fasching and head coach Don Lucia • had one assist in five games at the tournament in Swedenbhad a tournament-high plus-10 rating and added an assist in six games for gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2012 Under-18 Men's World Championship in Breclav, Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic • had a goal and two assists in four games at the 2012 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament in Pori, Finland for third-place United States • helped U.S. Under-17 Team win the 2011 Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament title in Piestany, Slovakia • notched one goal and three assists at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Portage La Prairie and Winnipeg, Man. for second-place United States • had two goals and three assists for first-place Team USA at the 2010 Under-17 Four Nations Cup in Woodridge, Ill.
HIGH SCHOOL/JUNIORS Two-year member of the U.S. National Development Team in Ann Arbor, Mich. under Danton Cole • skated for Randy Schmitz for two seasons at Lakeville North • helped lead Panthers to a Section 1AA championship in 2009-10 and was named team's MVP • two-time All-Lake Conference honoree • named Lakeville North's Rookie of the Year in 2008-09 • also played quarterback for the Panthers' football team • selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.
PERSONAL Plans to study business and marketing education • honor roll student that graduated from Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mich.) with honors • hobbies include golfing, playing football, and going to his cabin • most memorable sports thrill was winning the 2012 Under-18 World Championship • grandfather Stan Skjei and relative Brett Sadek played football for Minnesota • son of Scott and Michele Skjei • born March 26, 1994.