Phil Kessel is the 10th Gopher Hockey alum to win the Stanley Cup after leading the Penguins in playoff scoring.
A native of Lakeville, Minn., Skjei has played in all four preliminary games for the U.S. and scored the team's final goal in the win over France.
Skjei joins former Gophers teammate Hudson Fasching on the U.S. roster while Minnesota All-American alum Todd Richards will serve as an assistant coach.
Four Gopher Hockey alums will make their Stanley Cup Playoff debuts this season.
The defenseman will become the 109th Gopher Hockey alum to play in the NHL when New York takes on Edmonton.
The Golden Gophers beat Penn State, 3-2, in the first meeting between the two programs.
Seth Ambroz scored his second goal of the game in the final minute to lead Minnesota past Wisconsin 4-3.
Minnesota scored four first-period goals in a 6-1 win over Boston College.
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.
Pride on Ice: Webisode 2 takes you on the road with the Gophers for their showdown with Wisconsin.
Minnesota vs. Union photos by USA TODAY Sports
Collected 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in 109 career games with Minnesota • two-time All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2014, 2015) • two-time All-Big Ten Academic Honoree (2014, 2015) • three-year letter winner (2013, 2014, 2015) • signed an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on April 1, 2015, foregoing his senior season at Minnesota.
2014-15 | JUNIOR SEASON
Appeared in 33 games as a junior. • Totaled 10 points on a goal and 9 assists. • 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).
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.
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.
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.
OT Winner Keeps `U' Streaking
The Maroon & Gold have now won seven-straight games and nine of the last 10 contests.
Around the Rink: Connor Reilly
A native of Chanhassen, Minn., Reilly has collected 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) in 114 career games with the Gophers.
Border Battle on Deck
Friday’s series opener is set for 7 p.m. CT with Saturday’s finale scheduled for 5 p.m.