1996 Hobey Baker Award Winner
The third player in the history of Golden Gopher hockey got his name inscribed on the base of the Hobey Baker Award on March 29, 1996, in Cincinnati, Ohio, when Brian Bonin earned the award he had barely missed out on the previous year. The White Bear Lake, Minn., native led the nation in scoring his senior campaign, and was named a first-team All-American, WCHA Player of the Year, first-team All-WCHA, and team Most Valuable Player in both his junior and senior seasons. Bonin, who became just the second Golden Gopher in the last 11 years to score 80-plus points in a season, also ripped off a 20-game consecutive scoring streak, which extended from the end of his junior season through part of his senior year.
In the course of Bonin's four-year career, the Maroon and Gold made two NCAA final four appearances while compiling a winning percentage of .660 (105-50 -17) and winning three WCHA Playoff Championships. Bonin was named to the WCHA All-Academic team three times as he pursued his degree in chemistry. A draftee of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, Bonin is currently playing professionally in Europe, after spending time with the Minnesota Wild. Bonin started his professional career with Cleveland of the International Hockey League in 1996.
BONIN'S CAREER STATISTICS Year GP G A TP P/PIM PP GW SH HT 92-93 38 10 18 28 5/10 5 1 0 0 93-94 42 24 20 44 7/14 7 7 1 1 94-95 44 32 31 63 14/28 12 4 2 2 95-96 42 34 47 81 15/30 12 6 4 1 Total 166 100 116 216 41/82 36 18 7 4
Gophers Close Out First Half at MSU
The Maroon & Gold enter this weekend’s series with a 110-45-15 all-time record against Michigan State including a 45-27-8 mark on the road against the Spartans.
Sheehy Tabbed B1G Second Star
The sophomore leads the Gophers with 20 points and nine goals this year while his 11 assists are tied for the team lead.
Around the Rink: Vinni Lettieri
A native of Excelsior, Minn., Lettieri ranks second on the Gophers with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 14 games this season.