Feb. 19, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – Want to own a piece of Gopher hockey history? Here’s your chance. The Minnesota men’s hockey program has donated its commemorative jerseys from the Hockey City Classic to Defending the Blue Line. The jerseys are now up for auction online at DefendingTheBlueLine.org with bidding open until 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Minnesota’s first outdoor game of the modern era, the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic was held Feb. 17 at Chicago’s Soldier Field between the Gophers and border-rival Wisconsin.
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 the 1980 "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.
Due to NCAA compliance rules, the unsigned jerseys will not be autographed, and the name plates on the back will be removed. The jerseys will retain the Minnesota Golden Gophers logo on the front, jersey numbers throughout the item, and any special patches from the Hockey City Classic.
The online auction is owned by Defending The Blue Line. The University of Minnesota, the Gopher hockey program, or any of their respective affiliates participates in any aspect of the sale of the items offered through Defending The Blue Line. More information for the online auction can be found at DefendingTheBlueLine.org.
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