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).
Lettieri is the third Gopher Hockey alum to make his NHL debut this season, joining Justin Kloos (Minnesota Wild) and Travis Boyd (Washington Capitals).
A native of Excelsior, Minn., Lettieri played in 149 career games at Minnesota with 83 points (37 goals, 46 assists).
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.
Now tied with Wisconsin for first place in the Big Ten with three games to go, the Gophers picked up goals from Taylor Cammarata, Rem Pitlick and Vinni Lettieri.
Minnesota defeated New Hampshire, 3-2, to win the 2013 Ice Breaker.
Men's Hockey vs. Wisconsin 2-24-17
Men's Hockey vs. Penn State 2-3-17
Men's Hockey vs. Ohio State 12-2-16
Men's Hockey vs. St. Cloud State 10-21-16
Big 10 Tournament Semifinal game vs. Ohio State.
Skated in 149 games for the Gophers with 83 points (37 goals, 46 assists) • 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 • All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2017) • Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016, 2017) • four-year letter winner • Mike Crupi Most Determined Player Award (2017) • signed with the New York Rangers following his senior season.
2016-17 | SENIOR SEASON
All-Big Ten Honorable Mention • skated in all 38 games and averaged nearly a point a game with 37 points in 38 games • posted career highs in points (37) and goals (19) • finished third on the team in scoring • Minnesota's top man in the faceoff circle for the second year in a row, winning .551 of his draws • honored with Minnesota's Mike Crupi Most Determined Player Award • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned fourth letter.
2015-16 | JUNIOR SEASON
Skated in all 37 games as a junior for the Gophers • recorded a new career-high with 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists) • his 19 assists were also a career high • notched points in 19 of 37 games including seven multi-point games • set a new career-best point streak at four from Feb. 5-Feb. 12 • Academic All-Big Ten • earned third letter.
2014-15 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Appeared in 37 games as a sophomore • set new career highs with 12 points and nine goals • also tallied three assists • scored two goals in a 6-2 road victory over Boston College for his first career multi-goal game • added a goal in a 3-2 victory over RIT in the Mariucci Classic • added an assist to a Christian Isackson goal during a 5-2 win over Wisconsin • scored a goal in a 7-5 victory over Wisconsin in Madison • tallied a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory over Ohio State • scored a goal in the Gopher's 300th win at Mariucci Arena, a 6-2 victory over Michigan • scored a goal in a 2-5 loss at Ohio State • netted a goal in a 5-0 route of Penn State • added a goal in the Big Ten tournament semifinal, a 3-0 win over Ohio State • picked up an assist in the NCAA Tournament, a 1-4 loss to Minnesota Duluth • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned second letter.
2013-14 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Played in 37 games as a freshman for the Gophers • totaled eight points (two goals, six assists) • scored a goal for his first collegiate point -- the game winner -- in Minnesota's 3-2 win over New Hampshire to win the Ice Breaker Tournament title • added an assist in a 5-1 win at Bemidji State • notched an assist in Minnesota's 6-2 win over RPI • tallied three assists in Minnesota's home sweep over Michigan including his first career multi-point game in a 4-1 victory • scored a goal in Minnesota's 5-1 win at Ohio State and added an assist in the series finale • appeared in all four NCAA tournament games for the Gophers • earned first letter.
Invited to the 2014 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp • spent time with the U.S. National Development Team Program • represented Team USA at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, posting four points (two goals, two assists) in four games • also dressed with the U.S. Under-18 Team for a pair of games, totaling four points including a goal against Minnesota in a 2-2 exhibition tie.
Skated with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL for the 2012-13 season, tallying 56 points (28 goals, 28 assists) in 61 games • also played for Lincoln at the end of the 2011-12 season, pocketing eight points (four goals, four assists) in 15 games • prior to his junior career, spent two seasons at Minnetonka High School • tallied 60 points (23 goals, 37 points) in 32 games as a junior in 2011-12 • also had 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 25 games as a sophomore in 2010-11.
Born Feb. 6, 1995 • son of Tino and Michelle Lettieri • has one sister, Bianca • father played professional soccer for 11 seasons including a four-year stint with the Minnesota Kicks of the North American Soccer League • grandfather, Lou Nanne, is a former Gopher All-American, a former player, coach and general manager of the Minnesota North Stars and a long-time representative of USA Hockey • uncle, Marty Nanne, also played for the Gophers hockey team • cousin of Gopher teammate, Tyler Nanne.
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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!