Category: Gophers Hockey


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 The Minnesota Gophers officially announced their new Athletic Director Norwood Teague to replace Joel Maturi. On February 2nd, Maturi made the announced he is stepping down effective July 1st and the Gophers have been looking for a replacement since.

 Teague was the AD with Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) since 2006 and helped VCU become a powerhouse in the Colonial conference. According to ESPN, under Teague, VCU’s athletic annual fund has grown more than 119 percent, with averaging more than 20 percent annually. He has also led the campaign to build a $10 million practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball and other sports. He didn’t have a football program during his time as AD.

 His first big choice as AD will be whether or not to extend Tubby Smith. Smith has already been in talks of a contract extension before Teague’s arrival.

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Today, USA Hockey announced 17 players that will compete for the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship. The tournament will start on May 4th and end on the 20th, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

There are a few players on this roster with ties to Minnesota hockey and they are:

Forward J.T. Brown (Burnsville, Minn./Tampa Bay Lightning/Univ. of Minnesota Duluth)

Defenseman Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./Carolina Hurricanes/Univ. of Minnesota Duluth)

Defenseman Alex Goligoski (Grand Rapids, Minn./Dallas Stars/Univ. of Minnesota)

Forward Ryan Lasch (Lake Forest, Calif./Lahti Pelicans/St. Cloud State Univ.)

Forward Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, Minn./New York Islanders/Univ. of Minnesota)

The 17 players already picked includes one goaltender, five defensemen and 11 forwards. Here are the other players selected: Continue reading

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 Jack Connolly can add another achievement to his list of accolades while playing for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, Hobey Baker award winner. Connolly led the nation in points by racking up 20 goals and 40 assists in his 4th year as a Bulldog. Three of those four years he was elected as an All-American and last year helped guide the ‘Dogs to their first ever National Championship. The Duluth native, Connolly, marks the 32nd recipient beating out Maine forward Spencer Abbott and Colgate forward Austin Smith.

 The win also marks UMD’s 5th award winner overall, more than any other collegiate team. The most recent winner was 2004 right-winger Junior Lessard. The Gophers are second with 4 proving Minnesota truly is the “State of Hockey.”

 The Minnesota Gophers defeated North Dakota 5-2 to advance to the Frozen Four. Minnesota will face a tough opponent in #1 Boston College who just came off a dominant 4-0 victory over defending champs Minnesota-Duluth. Take a look at the video to watch the Gophers celebrate.

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Fox Sports North has announced it will televise three NCAA hockey regional semifinal games on Saturday. North Dakota vs. Western Michigan will be broadcast on Fox Sports North at 12:30 PM Saturday. Fox Sports North Plus will broadcast Gophers vs. Boston University at 4 PM and Minnesota Duluth vs. Maine at 6:30 PM.

 Congrats to the Women Gopher hockey team for winning the NCAA National Championship with a 4-2 win over Wisconsin. This is the Gopher’s 3rd championship but their first since 2004-05 season. Noora Raty was in net and stopped 42 of the 44 shots from Wisconsin. Sarah Erickson was the other star for Minnesota scoring 2 of their 4 goals. The Gopher mens also have a shot to win it all when they start tournament play on March 24th against Boston University.

 University of Minnesota-Duluth, the defending NCAA Division 1 champs, open tournament play as the 2 seed in the East bracket. Their first matchup comes against 3rd seeded University of Maine Black Bears at 7:30 PM ET on Saturday, March 24th. If they win, they will face the winner between (4) Air Force and (1) Boston College.

 Meanwhile, the Golden Gophers also nabbed the 2nd seed, in the West bracket, and will face 3 seed Boston University. That game is scheduled for 4:00 PM ET on Saturday, March 24th. A victory would result in a matchup against (4) Western Michigan or the WCHA Final Five champs (1) North Dakota. The Gophers’ region takes place in St. Paul so they will have home ice advantage for the first two rounds. It is possible that UMD and Minnesota could meet in the semi-finals if both teams reach the Frozen Four. Check out the complete NCAA tournament bracket below. The Frozen Four will be held in Tampa, Florida this year on April 5th and 7th.

UPDATE: Minnesota and North Dakota will meet in the regional final Sunday at 430pm CT on ESPNU while Minnesota Duluth will play Boston College at 7pm CT Sunday on ESPNU. The winner of each game will face each other in the semifinal game of the Frozen Four on April 5th. The Bracket continues to be updated below to reflect all of the winners.

Minnesota defeated North Dakota to reach the Frozen Four while Minnesota Duluth was beat by Boston College. Minnesota will now take on Boston College in the night game on April 5th in Tampa.

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