Summer Video Vault: 1981 Gopher Men's Hockey

Go Gophers! Aaron Broten
Go Gophers!
Aaron Broten
Go Gophers!

June 27, 2013

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Welcome to Gophersports.com's Summer Video Vault. Each week we'll bring you a new video from our archives.

The 1980-81 Gopher men's hockey season remains one of the most memorable in program history for a variety of reasons.

1) Neal Broten returned to campus for his sophomore season after helping Team USA win the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. He did not disappoint as he earned All-WCHA and All-American honors while being named the first-ever Hobey Baker Award winner.

2) The Gophers boasted all three forwards on the All-WCHA first team. Joining Neal Broten was his brother, Aaron, and Steve Ulseth. Ulseth also earned All-American honors and was named the WCHA Player of the Year after tallying 63 points in 28 league games.

3) Aaron Broten put together the greatest scoring season in Gopher hockey history with a school record 106 points on 47 goals and 59 assists. If you ask fans what they believe is the greatest injustice in Gopher hockey history, the answer would probably be Broten not earning All-American honors that season.

4) The Gophers finished the season with a 33-12-0 record, a single-season wins record at the time, and claimed the WCHA regular-season title with a six-point edge in the standings over Wisconsin and Michigan Tech. Minnesota's season would end painfully though, as they were upset by the Badgers, 5-3, in the title game in Duluth.

Check back next week for the next installment of our Summer Video Vault.