MINNEAPOLIS -Keeping with the state of Minnesota's legacy as the land of pond hockey, the Minnesota men's hockey program unveiled a commemorative jersey for the upcoming OfficeMax Hockey City Classic on Tuesday night at Lake of the Isles Outdoor Rink in Minneapolis.
"It's a throwback kind of game this Sunday, so we wanted to go with a throwback jersey to commemorate the event," Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. "We're looking forward to playing at a historic venue like Soldier Field and playing a competitive series against Wisconsin."
The OfficeMax Hockey City Classic is set for Sunday, Feb. 17 at Chicago's Soldier Field with Minnesota taking on border rival Wisconsin following a matchup between Notre Dame and Miami. Sunday's event marks Minnesota's first outdoor game in the modern era.
"It's exciting for all of us. Growing up in Minnesota, we all played a lot of games outdoors, and now we have the opportunity to play in an outdoor game in college," Minnesota captain and redshirt junior Zach Budish said. "Not many people have that kind of opportunity, and we're sure looking forward to it."
The design of the commemorative jerseys is based off Minnesota's uniforms from the 1960-61 season. That year, the Gophers made their first NCAA tournament appearance in six years, ending the year with a third-place finish in the national tournament under head coach John Mariucci. The team also featured a young Canadian, who would go on to one of the greatest careers ever in the sport of hockey. The 1960-61 season marked Lou Nanne's first season with Minnesota's varsity squad before the hockey legend went on to earn First Team All-America honors in 1963. Nanne would go on to a remarkable career in hockey that included 1980's "Miracle on Ice" gold medal performance by the United States and inductions into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
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