Christian Isackson is known for being a member of Gopher Hockey, but this past June he traveled with a completely different team than he ever has before
The No. 8/10 Gopher Hockey program makes its 36th all-time appearance in the NCAA tournament this weekend, competing at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H.
The Gophers take on the winner of Thursday's Ohio State/Penn State game on Friday at 3:30 p.m. CT in semifinal action.
Minnesota's second-straight Big Ten title stands as the 16th overall in Gopher Hockey's 94-year history.
Minnesota opened the weekend with a 5-0 shutout over the Nittany Lions at Mariucci Arena.
Top-ranked Minnesota defeated Minnesota, 4-1, at Mariucci Arena.
The Golden Gophers defeated Michigan State, 5-1, in the season opener.
Minnesota blanked Lethbridge, 7-0, behind Christian Isackson's hat trick.
2014-15 | SENIOR SEASON
Played in 39 games during his senior campaign • totaled 7 points on 3 goals and 4 assists • finished his career with 31 points from 8 goals and 23 assists • tallied an assist in a 3-2 win over RIT in the Mariucci Classic • netted his first goal of the season in a 5-2 win versus Wisconsin • added a goal during a 4-4 tie at Wisconsin • picked up an assist in a 4-2 victory over Ohio State • scored a goal in a 2-1 victory over Penn State in Happy Valley • added an assist in the Gopher's 6-2 victory over Penn State to secure the Big Ten regular season crown.
2013-14 | JUNIOR SEASON
Skated in 19 games for the Gophers • collected four points with one goal and three assists as a junior • registered his first point of the season with an assist in a 6-1 win against Boston College • collected an assist on a Michael Brodzinski power-play goal against Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 24 • recorded his fourth-career multi-point game with a goal and an assist at Michigan State in a 3-2 win over the Spartans • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned third letter.
2012-13 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Appeared in all 40 games for the Gophers • recorded 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) after being held without a point as a freshman • recorded his first goal as a Gopher in a 5-1 victory over the Spartans of Michigan State • recorded a pair of assists against the Spartans on Oct. 13 • tallied his second goal of the season to give the Gophers the lead against Nebraska Omaha Nov. 30 • assisted on Ryan Reilly's first collegiate goal in the second period off a Mariucci Classic game vs. Air Force • collected a point for the second-straight day to help the Gophers past Boston College to the Mariucci Classic title • extended his point streak to three games with a goal against Notre Dame on Jan. 8• tallied a point for the fourth-straight game with an assist against Alaska Anchorage on Oct. 11 • recorded an assist on Seth Ambroz's goal during the Hockey City Classic in Chicago • recorded the primary assist on a Nick Bjugstad power-play goal at Bemidji State • notched a two-point night, with a goal and an assist, in a 5-1 victory at Bemidji State to close out the regular season • assisted on Kyle Rau's game-winning goal in game one of the WCHA playoff series against Bemidji State • earned second letter.
2011-12 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Skated in 11 games • made his collegiate debut against Sacred Heart on Oct. 8• won eight of 10 faceoffs at St. Cloud State (1/28) • earned first letter.
Played on the U.S. Under-18 Select Team at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in Piestany, Slovakia • shared the team lead in scoring with Gopher teammate Sam Warning by putting up two goals and two assists in three games • led team with a plus-5 rating • played in four games and recorded an assist for the second-place U.S. Under-17 Select Team at the 2008 Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia.
Spent 2010-11 playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL • played under head coach Kevin Hartzell on the same team as fellow Gopher Kyle Rau (Rau joined the team after the high school season ended) • led the Stampede in scoring during the regular season with 44 points • played prep hockey for St. Thomas Academy under Greg Vannelli and former Gopher Tom Vannelli • was a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award and was a first team all-state selection in 2009-10 • honorable mention for the all-state hockey team in 2008-09 • three-time All-Classic Suburban Conference selection • helped lead Cadets to a Class A state championship in 2007-08.
Born Jan. 20, 1992 • drafted in the seventh round (203rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres • major is business and marketing education • hobbies include wakeboarding and golfing • most memorable sports thrill was winning the Class A Minnesota High School State tournament • son of Tracy Isackson.
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