Saturday’s opener is set for 6:30 p.m. CT in St. Cloud (CBS Sports, NCHC.tv) while Sunday’s finale will be held at 3M Arena at Mariucci at 6:00 p.m. CT (FOX Sports North, TSN2, BTN2Go, FOX Sports Go, TSNGo).
Kloos will be the 113th Gopher Hockey alum to suit up in an NHL game and the 14th to do so as a member of the Minnesota Wild.
A native of Lakeville, Minn., Kloos was one of the nation's top scorers in his college career -- leading all active Big Ten players and ranking third among active NCAA players with 150 career points (63 goals, 87 assists).
Saturday's NCAA opener is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU, Watch ESPN, 1500 ESPN and the Gopher Radio Network.
The No. 4/5 Gopher Hockey claimed the league's Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year awards as well as two-thirds of this year's First Team All-Big Ten selections.
Justin Kloos recorded the hat trick as Minnesota beat St. Cloud State in overtime.
Minnesota beat Michigan, 5-3, on Friday night at Mariucci Arena.
Sam Warning's hat trick led Minnesota to a 4-2 win and sweep of Ohio State.
Minnesota beat RPI, 6-2, in the Mariucci Classic.
The Gopher hockey team routed UMD, 6-1, at Mariucci Arena.
Men's Hockey vs. Michigan St. 3-10-17
Men's Hockey vs. Penn State 2-3-17
Men's Hockey vs. Minnesota State 11-19-16
Big 10 Tournament Semifinal game vs. Ohio State.
Men's Hockey vs. Michigan State 1-15-16
CAREER NOTES AND HONORS
Team captain (2016, 2017) • skated in all 155 games during his four years with the program and totaled 150 career points (63 goals, 87 assists), ranking 28th all-time in scoring at Minnesota • the 82nd member of Minnesota's 100-Point Club • First Team All-Big Ten (2017), Second Team All-Big Ten (2016) • helped Minnesota capture four-straight Big Ten regular-season championships as well as the 2015 Big Ten Tournament title • made three NCAA tournament appearances including a national championship berth in 2014 • John Mariucci Most Valuable Player Award (2016, 2017) and Elwin "Doc" Romnes Leadership & Sportsmanship Award (2016, 2017) • Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016, 2017) • four-year letter winner • signed with the Minnesota Wild following his senior season.
2016-17 | SENIOR SEASON
Team Captain • First Team All-Big Ten • skated in all 38 games • helped Minnesota win its fourth-straight Big Ten regular-season championship • ranked second on the team and fourth in the Big Ten with 43 points (18 goals, 25 points) -- matching his career high • his 18 goals were also a career high • honored with Minnesota's John Mariucci Most Valuable Player Award and the Elwin "Doc" Romnes Leadership & Sportsmanship Award • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned fourth letter.
2015-16 | JUNIOR SEASON
Team captain • Second Team All-Big Ten • skated in all 37 games • led the Gophers and finished fourth in Big Ten scoring with a career-high 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) • his 27 assists were also a career high while his 16 goals matched his career high from 2013-14 • tied for third in the nation with four short-handed goals • team was 16-6-0 when he tallied a point • posted a career-high four-point game (one goal, three assists) in an overtime win against Ohio State on Dec. 4 • matched the performance with four points (one goal, three assists) against Penn State on Jan. 9 -- the showing kicked off an 11-game point streak and a seven-game goal streak for Kloos (both career longs) • Kloos notched multi-point games in eight of 11 contests during the streak with 23 total points over the stretch • became the 82nd Gopher to join Minnesota's 100-Point Club on March 4 in a win at Michigan State • ended the season on a four-game point streak including three points in the regular-season finale as the Gophers captured the Big Ten regular-season title • honored with Minnesota's John Mariucci Most Valuable Player Award and the Elwin "Doc" Romnes Leadership & Sportsmanship Award • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned third letter.
2014-15 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Appeared in all 39 games as a sophomore • totaled 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists), matching his freshman point total • tallied his first collegiate hat trick in a 4-3 overtime victory against St. Cloud State on Nov. 1 • scored the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory against Michigan to help the Maroon & Gold secure the Big Ten tournament title • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned second letter.
2013-14 | FRESHMAN SEASON
NCAA West Regional Most Outstanding Player and All-Tournament Team member • appeared in all 41 games as a freshman • scored 16 goals to become the first Gophers' freshman to lead the team in goal scoring since Jay Barriball in 2006-07 • finished fourth on the team in points with 32 (16 goals, 16 assists) and led all Minnesota freshman • team was 17-2-3 when he tallied a point and 6-1-1 in games where he had multiple points • scored a power-play goal for his first collegiate point in the season opener -- a 6-0 win over Mercyhurst • scored his first empty-net goal against Penn State in a 5-2 victory while also adding two assists in the game • tallied a goal in Minnesota's 3-2 win at Michigan to clinch the inaugural Big Ten regular-season title • played in all four NCAA tournament games • tallied a goal in the NCAA opener -- a 7-3 win over Robert Morris • scored twice in Minnesota's 4-0 win over St. Cloud State -- including his first game winner -- to send the Gophers to the NCAA Frozen Four • had two points (one goal, one assist) in the national championship game against Union • earned first letter.
Skated for Team USA at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge.
Skated with the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks for parts of three seasons including the entire 2012-13 campaign • finished second in the USHL with 87 points behind Black Hawks linemate and Gophers classmate Taylor Cammarata • his 58 assists in 2012-13 were the second most in Waterloo history • earned All-USHL First Team honors • saw action in two USHL games with Waterloo in 2011-12, scoring four points (two goals, two assists) • also played 10 games for the Black Hawks in 2010-11, adding five points (three goals, two assists) • prior to his tenure in the USHL, skated with Lakeville South High School and led the state in scoring with 103 points in 31 games during his senior season • honored as Minnesota's Mr. Hockey in 2012 • helped Lakeville South to a Minnesota State Hockey Tournament Appearance.
Born Nov. 30, 1993 • son of Tom and Mary Kloos • has one brother, John • cousin, Carrie Thompson, played collegiate women's hockey at Dartmouth.
Rinkside: One Game at a Time
1/17/2018 - M. Ice Hockey
The No. 13/14 Gopher Hockey program is heading east this week for a rare Thursday/Saturday series against Big Ten opponent Michigan State.
Gophers to Battle Spartans in B1G Series
1/16/2018 - M. Ice Hockey
The No. 13/14 Gopher Hockey program continues the 2017-18 campaign this week with a rare Thursday/Saturday series against Michigan State.
Early Offense Pushes Michigan past Gophers
1/13/2018 - M. Ice Hockey
The No. 9-ranked Gopher Hockey program fell 3-1 against Michigan to close out a series victory for the Wolverines at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Saturday evening.