Minnesota Adds Exhibition Opener Against Team Japan
July 31, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota women’s hockey program and head coach Brad Frost announced today that the team will host Team Japan in an exhibition contest to open the 2013-14 season on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Ridder Arena.
The exhibition opener is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start time as Minnesota, which announced its 34-game regular-season schedule last week, takes on Team Japan for the first-time ever.
The Japanese Women’s National Team has already qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia with the upcoming Olympic Games marking Team Japan’s first Olympic competition since serving as host nation in Nagano in 1998. Team Japan will compete in Group B, alongside Sweden, Germany and Russia.
The Gophers are coming off their second-straight national championship and the program’s fourth overall. Last season, Minnesota completed a perfect 41-0 season and have now won 49-straight games – an NCAA record. Minnesota was named the Big Ten Women’s Team of the Year while Frost was tagged as the Big Ten Women’s Coach of the Year.