The seemingly Odd Couple, former Gopher Hockey teammates Nate Schmidt and Erik Haula have Vegas' band of Golden Misfits four wins away from the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season.
Representing the Maroon & Gold are Mark Alt (Colorado), Travis Boyd (Washington), Erik Haula (Vegas), Erik Johnson (Colorado), Phil Kessel (Pittsburgh), Paul Martin (San Jose), Nick Seeler (Minnesota), Nate Schmidt (Vegas), Thomas Vanek (Columbus) and Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg).*
Haula and Schmidt were expansion selections from the Minnesota Wild and the Washington Capitals, respectively, while Bischoff was part of a trade between Vegas and the New York Islanders.
Vinni Lettieri leads all active Gophers in scoring against Michigan with 13 points (six goals, seven assists) including his first career hat trick earlier this year as Minnesota swept the Wolverines at Mariucci Arena.
Phil Kessel is the 10th Gopher Hockey alum to win the Stanley Cup after leading the Penguins in playoff scoring.
Ben Marshall scored with less than a minute to play to send Minnesota past Bemidji State, 4-3.
Pride on Ice: Webisode 2 takes you on the road with the Gophers for their showdown with Wisconsin.
The Golden Gophers scored two late goals to tie North Dakota.
Minnesota opened the Mariucci Classic with a 4-0 win over Air Force.
Minnesota rebounded with a win over Omaha at Mariucci Arena.
2012-13 Junior Season:All-WCHA Second Team honoree alternate team captain appeared in 37 games for the Maroon and Gold this season, setting new career high with 33 assists also set a new career high with 51 points this season as the Gophers' leading scorer ended the regular season tied for the conference lead in points per game with 1.39 led the team in points (46) and assists (30) during the regular season scored his first goal of the season against Michigan State in the season opener (10/12) had two points with a goal and an assist against the Spartans (10/13) scored a goal while being knocked into the goalie and added two assists en route to a three-point night in Mankato versus Minnesota State (11/3) assisted on a pair of power-play goals against the Seawolves (11/9) scored the game-tying goal to gain the Gophers a point in Anchorage (11/10) netted a goal and assisted on another accounting for all of Minnesota's scoring against rival Wisconsin (11/16) had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 10 games against Nebraska Omaha( 11/30-12/1) added two assists to his total during a 4-2 road victory against Colorado College (12/7) collect the second Gopher goal of the game by deflecting home a Kyle Rau shot (12/8) entered the holiday break with a 12-game point streak continues his point streak against Air Force at the Mariucci Classic with an assist and the game-winning goal (12/29) notched a pair of assists before exiting the game with an injury in the title game of the Mariucci Classic against Boston College (12/30) returned to the lineup after missing three games with a hand injury by recording a goal and an assist in a 5-1 victory over North Dakota (1/18) registered two more points, a goal and an assist, in a Gopher victory at Minnesota State (1/26) scored twice, including the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory at St. Cloud State (2/8) collected assists on the Gophers' first two goals of the game at St. Cloud State (2/9) tallied two more goals, including an empty-net goal to ice away a victory over Minnesota Duluth and registered a rating of plus-4 (2/22) named the number-one star for his three-assist performance against Denver in a 5-1 victory (3/2) continued to lead the team in points with three points (1G, 2A,) in the regular season finale at Bemidji State assisted on Minnesota's first three goals in game two of the WCHA playoff series against Bemidji State (3/16) All-WCHA Academic Team honoree
2011-12 Sophomore Season: Led team in points (49) and shots (152) second on the team in goals (20) and assists (29) set career highs in points, goals and assists has recorded a point in 28 of 43 games and team was 21-6-1 in those games dating back to a 2-1 win against St. Cloud State (1/27) he had 21 points (10g-11a) in final 16 games of the season scored 17 points (7g-10a) in eight October games to become the first Gopher since Thomas Vanek to record 17 points in one month (Vanek did it in nine games in November 2002) made his season debut against Sacred Heart (10/7) and had two points (1g-1a) had three points (2g-1a) and won 11 of 17 faceoffs against Sacred Heart (10/8) registered three points (2g-1a) at Minnesota Duluth (10/14) dished out two assists against Vermont (10/21) had three assists against Vermont (10/23) recorded three points (2g-1a) including the game-winner at Alaska Anchorage (10/28) won 11 of 16 faceoffs at Wisconsin (11/11) won 10 of 15 faceoffs and had two assists against St. Cloud State (11/19) took nine shots and scored one goal at Michigan State (11/26) won 14 of 19 faceoffs and scored the game-winning power-play goal against Minnesota State (12/2) won 11 of 15 faceoffs against Michigan Tech (12/9) had two assists against Michigan Tech (12/10) recorded two points (1g-1a) against Niagara (12/30) won eight of 11 faceoffs against Colorado College (1/21) had a goal at St. Cloud State (1/28), snapping a seven-game drought without a goal recorded one goal at Denver (2/11) won nine of 11 faceoffs against Bemidji State (2/17) had three points (2g-1a) against Bemidji State (2/18) dished out two assists at Nebraska Omaha (2/25) won 11 of 14 faceoffs and scored a game-tying shorthanded goal in the third period against Wisconsin (3/3) scored both of Minnesota's goals in a 2-1 win against Alaska Anchorage in Game 1 of the first round of the WCHA playoffs (3/9) had his first four-point game of his career with two goals and two assists against Alaska Anchorage (3/10) in Game 2 of the first round of the WCHA playoffs picked up two assists against North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five semifinals (3/16) scored a power-play goal against North Dakota (3/25) in the NCAA West Regional championship game had one assist against Boston College in the NCAA Frozen Four (4/5).
2010-11 Freshman Season: Skated in 34 games tied for third on the team in points (24) with Mike Hoeffel and Cade Fairchild and tied for first on the team in assists (18) with Fairchild led freshmen in points (24) and assists (18) and was third in goals (6) among freshman recorded 16 (5g-11a) of his 24 points at home led the team with a +10 rating led the team in faceoff attempts (678) and wins (334) team was 12-3-1 when he recorded a point took 11 minor penalties on the year, but only four of those came in his final 25 games of the season made collegiate debut against Massachusetts (10/8) and had two assists recorded two more assists versus Massachusetts (10/9) and was a combined +3 against the Minutemen had one assist against Nebraska-Omaha (10/15) and scored his first collegiate goal against the Mavericks (10/16) five-game point streak ended against St. Cloud State (10/22) assisted on the game-winning goal versus St. Cloud State (10/24) scored Minnesota's first shorthanded goal of the year, had one assist and was +2 at Colorado College (10/29) recorded team-leading eighth assist and was +2 at Colorado College (10/30) won 20 of 30 faceoffs (66.7 percent) versus Colorado College had one assist against Wisconsin (11/6) had two assists (11/19) and one assist (11/20) at Michigan Tech scored third goal of the season against Michigan (11/28), ending a six-game stretch without a goal won 15 of 22 faceoffs (68.1 percent) at Minnesota State (12/3) took a combined 11 shots at Minnesota State (12/3 and 12/4) has at least one point in 11 of 18 games this year missed the Mariucci Classic (12/31-1/1) because he was playing for Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship had an assist in 3-2 win at No. 2 North Dakota (1/14) had a combined four points and was +2 against Denver (Feb. 11-12), recording a goal in the first game of the series and a goal and two assists in the second game notched one goal and two assists against Michigan Tech (2/26).
International: Represented Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship had four goals (including two shorthanded goals) and three assists in seven games at the tournament as Finland finished sixth totaled four goals and four assists in 12 games playing for Finland in two Under-18 World Junior Championships helped the team claim a Bronze Medal in 2009 played for Finland in 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and tied for fifth in the tournament with 10 points (2g-8a).
High School: Played one season with Omaha of the USHL head coach was Bliss Littler tied for fifth in the league with 72 points (28g-44a) tied for fourth in the league with a plus/minus of +36 helped lead Lancers to Western Division Finals was a USHL All-Star and made All-Rookie team played 2008-09 season for Shattuck-St. Mary's head coach was Tom Ward second on the team with 84 points previously played for Ässät of Finland selected by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round, 182nd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Personal: Major is undecided lists golf as his favorite hobby lists most memorable sports thrill as winning the Bronze Medal at the Under-18 World Championships only the second player from outside of North America to play for Minnesota, joining Thomas Vanek of Graz, Austria (2002-04) attended Gross Catholic High School while playing for Omaha in 2009-10 son of Tomi and Minna Haula born March 23, 1991.
Ducks Draft McLaughlin in Third Round
6/23/2018 - M. Ice Hockey
A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., McLaughlin is the 208th player representing the University of Minnesota to be selected at the NHL Entry Draft and the third by the Anaheim Ducks...
Wheeler Named to NHL Second All-Star Team
6/21/2018 - M. Ice Hockey
The forward led the NHL in regular-season assists and was one of two Gopher Hockey alums to finish in the top-10 for regular-season points – Wheeler came in ninth while Phil Kessel ...
Watch: 3M Arena at Mariucci Ice Painting
6/20/2018 - M. Ice Hockey
Watch this time lapse of the ice being painted in the summer of 2018 at 3M Arena at Mariucci, home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers!