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Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey
Gopherhockeylogo
University University of Minnesota
Conference WCHA
Head coach Don Lucia
10th year, 224–98–29[1]
Arena Mariucci Arena
Capacity: 10,000
Surface: 100' x 200'
Location Minneapolis, MN
Colors Maroon and Gold

             

Fight song Minnesota Rouser
Mascot Goldy Gopher
Rivals Wisconsin Badgers
North Dakota Fighting Sioux


NCAA Tournament Champions
1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
19 total appearances; last 2005
NCAA Tournament Appearances
32 total appearances; last 2008
Conference Tournament Champions
1961, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007
Conference Regular Season Champions
1953, 1954, 1970, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1997, 2006, 2007

The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey team is the college ice hockey team at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. They are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I ice hockey. The Golden Gophers have won five NCAA national championships, in 1974, 1976, 1979, 2002 and 2003.[2] The team also shared the 1929 National Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with Yale.[3] and captured the national Amateur Athletic Union (AUU) championship for amateur hockey in 1940.[4][5] Under current head coach Don Lucia, the Gophers have earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in eight of the last nine seasons, including five number 1 seeds and three appearances in the Frozen Four. The team's main rivalries are with the University of Wisconsin and the University of North Dakota, although several other schools claim Minnesota as their archrival.

For much of the team's recent history, there has been a strong recruiting emphasis on Minnesota-born high school and junior hockey players, as opposed to out-of-state, Canadian, or European players. In fact, under coach Doug Woog, every single recruit grew up playing hockey in Minnesota.[6] This practice has been a source of pride for the team and its fans, because it can claim that its success is the result of home-grown talent.

Team historyEdit

ArenasEdit

Season-by-season resultsEdit

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Golden Gophers. For the full season-by-season history, see Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey seasons

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Records as of March 29, 2008.

Season GP W L T Finish Playoffs
2005–06 41 27 9 5 1st, WCHA Lost in NCAA First Round, 3–4 (OT) (Holy Cross)
2006–07 44 31 10 3 1st, WCHA Won WCHA Playoffs, 3–2 (OT) (North Dakota)
Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 2–3 (OT) (North Dakota)
2007–08 45 19 13 9 7th, WCHA Lost in NCAA First Round, 2–5 (Boston College)
2008–09 37 17 13 7 5th, WCHA
2009–10 39 18 19 2 7th, WCHA

Records by opponentEdit

Conference opponents

Opponent GP W-L-T Win % First meeting Last meeting
Alaska-Anchorage 72 49–16–7 0.729 5–1 W
December 21, 1986
1–2 L
January 30, 2010
Bemidji State 8 7–1–0 0.875 9–3 W
October 14, 2000
2–6 L
November 15, 2009
Colorado College 249 158–84–7 0.649 8–3 W
February 28, 1947
7–4 W
February 20, 2010
Denver 171 92–69–12 0.573 10–4 W
January 1, 1951
1–5 L
February 13, 2010
Michigan Tech 260 168–77–15 0.675 3–3 T
February 13, 1922
3–2 W
December 12, 2009
Minnesota-Duluth 212 128–71–13 0.634 14–2 W
December 13, 1952
0–3 L
February 27, 2010
Minnesota State 41 29–6–6 0.780 6–2 W
January 2, 1998
6–2 W
December 5, 2009
Nebraska-Omaha 3 1–2–0 0.333 7–3 W
October 11, 2003
2–4 L
October 16, 2010
North Dakota 281 140–127–14 0.523 6–1 W
February 4, 1930
1–4 L
March 14, 2010
St. Cloud State 85 48–25–12 0.635 6–0 W
October 3, 1987
1–4 L
January 23, 2010
Wisconsin 253 151–84–18 0.632 3–0 W
January 20, 1922
6–1 W
March 7, 2010

Major non-conference opponents

Opponent GP W-L-T Win % First meeting Last meeting
Boston College 27 14–11–2 0.556 14–1 W
March 11, 1954
2–5 L
March 29, 2008
Boston University 26 11–13–2 0.462 4–2 W
December 20, 1963
1–2 L
January 3, 2005
ˠMichigan 259 126–118–15 0.515 2–0 W
January 22, 1923
0–6 L
November 27, 2009
ˠMichigan State 153 101–41–11 0.696 2–0 W
February 19, 1926
2–1 W
November 28, 2009
ˠNorthern Michigan 57 32–18–7 0.623 3–4 L
March 22, 1980
2–4 L
January 3, 2010
ˠNotre Dame 37 22–12–3 0.635 2–0 W
February 9, 1925
5–2 W
March 27, 2004

ˠ Denotes former conference opponent.

Franchise recordsEdit

CareerEdit

SeasonEdit

Players

  • Most goals in a season: Tim Harrer, 53 (1979–80)
  • Most assists in a season: Aaron Broten, 59 (1980–81)
  • Most points in a season: Aaron Broten, 106 (1980–81)
  • Most penalty minutes in a season: Pat Micheletti, 154 (1984–85)
  • Most points in a season, defenseman: Mike Crowley, 63 (1995–96)
  • Most points in a season, rookie: Aaron Broten, 72 (1979–80)
  • Most wins in a season:
  • Most shutouts in a season: Robb Stauber, 5 (1987–88)
  • Most power play goals in a season (since 1975): Tim Harrer, 27 (1979–80)

Team (since 1950)

  • Most wins in a season: 35 (1985–86)
  • Most WCHA wins in a season: 28 (1987–88)
  • Most overtime games in a season: 16 (2007–08)
  • Longest overall unbeaten streak: 22 (10/13/2006–1/12/2007)

GameEdit

Player

  • Most goals in a game: John Mayasich, 6 (vs Winnipeg, 12/10/1954)
  • Most assists in a game: 11 players, 5 (last time: Gino Guyer vs Mercyhurst, 3/27/2003)
  • Most points in a game: John Mayasich, 8 (at Michigan, 1/14/1955)
  • Most penalty minutes in a game: Mike Crupi, 27 (at Michigan, 1/13/1967)

Team

  • Most goals in a game: 16 (at Brown, 12/21/1979 & at Maine, 1/4/1986)
  • Most goals in a period: 8 (at Michigan, 1/5/1979 & at CC, 3/1/1947)
  • Most assists in a period: 14 (vs Maine, 1/4/1986)
  • Most penalty minutes in a game: 109 (at UMD, 3/14/1998)
  • Most penalty minutes in a period: 81 (at UMD, 3/14/1998)

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of August 20, 2010. [1]

Goaltenders
# State Player Catches Year Hometown Previous Team
30 Flag of Minnesota Jake Kremer L Junior Eden Prairie, Minnesota Bismarck (NAHL)
33 Flag of Minnesota Alex Kangas L Senior Rochester, Minnesota Indiana (USHL)
35 Flag of Minnesota Kent Patterson L Junior Plymouth, Minnesota Cedar Rapids (USHL)
<center>Defensemen
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
2 Flag of Minnesota Kevin Wehrs L Senior Plymouth, Minnesota Cedar Rapids (USHL)
4 Flag of Minnesota Seth Helgeson R Sophomore Faribault, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
6 Flag of Minnesota Jake Parenteau L Freshman Shafer, Minnesota Alaska (NAHL)
10 Flag of Minnesota Aaron Ness L Junior Roseau, Minnesota Roseau High School
20 Flag of Minnesota Mark Alt R Freshman St. Paul, Minnesota Cretin-Derham Hall
12 Flag of Minnesota Justin Holl R Freshman Tonka Bay, Minnesota Minnetonka HS
28 Flag of Minnesota Cade Fairchild L Senior Duluth, Minnesota US NTDP (NAHL)
29 Flag of Minnesota Nate Schmidt L Freshman St. Cloud, Minnesota Fargo (USHL)
<center>Forwards
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
7 Flag of Minnesota Patrick White R Senior Grand Rapids, Minnesota Tri-City (USHL)
9 Flag of Minnesota Taylor Matson R Junior Mound, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL)
11 Flag of Minnesota Mike Hoeffel L Senior North Oaks, Minnesota US NTDP (NAHL)
13 Flag of Minnesota Nico Sacchetti L Junior Virginia, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
14 Flag of Minnesota Tom Serratore L Freshman Virginia, Minnesota Phantoms (USHL)
15 Flag of Minnesota Joe Miller R Junior Plymouth, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
16 Flag of Wisconsin Nate Condon L Freshman Wausau, Wisconsin Fargo (USHL)
17 Flag of Ohio Jacob Cepis L Senior Parma, Ohio Bowling Green (CCHA)
18 Flag of Minnesota Nick Larson R Junior Stillwater, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
19 Flag of Finland Erik Haula L Freshman Pori, Finland Omaha (USHL)
21 Flag of Minnesota Jake Hansen R Junior White Bear Lake, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
22 Flag of Minnesota Max Gardiner L Freshman Edina, Minnesota Minnetonka HS
23 Flag of Minnesota Jared Larson R Freshman Apple Valley, Minnesota Fairbanks (NAHL)
24 Flag of Minnesota Zach Budish R Sophomore Edina, Minnesota Edina High School
26 Flag of Minnesota Jay Barriball R Senior Prior Lake, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL)
27 Flag of Minnesota Nick Bjugstad R Freshman Blaine, Minnesota Blaine High School


Honored membersEdit

See also: Minnesota Golden Gophers men's hockey notable players and award winners

Retired Numbers: The Gophers have retired only one number. On November 15, 1998, the team retired John Mayasich's number 8. Mayasich, a two-time All-American, played four seasons with the Gophers (1951–1955) and holds team records for goals and points scored both in a game and for a career. Despite playing as a member of the silver medal 1956 and gold medal 1960 Winter Olympic U.S. hockey teams, he never played professionally.

Hobey Baker Award: Four players from the University of Minnesota have won the Hobey Baker Award, awarded annually to "the outstanding collegiate hockey player in the United States." Neal Broten (1978–1981) became the award's first recipient in 1981. Robb Stauber (1986–1989) won the award as a sophomore in 1988, becoming the first goaltender to be so honored. Brian Bonin (1992–1996) won the award in 1996 after nearly winning it the previous season. In 2002, Jordan Leopold (1998–2002) became the first University of Minnesota player to win both the Hobey Baker Award and an NCAA Championship in the same season.

CoachesEdit

All-time coaching recordsEdit

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1921–22 I. D. MacDonald 1 6–3–1 .650
1922–30 Emil Iverson 8 82–20–11 .761
1930–35 Frank Pond* 5 46–24–4 .649
1935–47 Larry Armstrong 12 125–54–10 .691
1947–52 Doc Romnes 5 53–59–0 .473
1952–55, 56–66 John Mariucci* 13 197–138–18 .584
1955–56 Marsh Ryman* (interim) 1 16–12–1 .569
1966–71 Glen Sonmor 4.5 77–80–6 .510
1971–72 Ken Yackel* (interim) 0.5 7–17–0 .250
1972–79 Herb Brooks* 7 167–97–18 .624
1979–85 Brad Buetow* 6 171–75–8 .689
1985–99 Doug Woog* 14 390–187–40 .663
1996 Mike Guentzel* (interim) 1–1–0 .500
1999–present Don Lucia 9 224–98–29 .679
Totals 14 coaches 86 seasons 1561–867–146 .635

Note: (*) indicates former Gophers player

In their eighty-five season history, the Gophers have had a total of fourteen head coaches, including three interim coaches. John Mariucci took a one-year leave of absence during the 1955–1956 season to serve as head coach of the U.S. men's hockey team that won the silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics.[8] Halfway through the 1971–1972 season, Glen Sonmor left the Gophers to become the general manager and head coach for the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association.[9] Doug Woog was suspended for two games during the 1996–1997 season for concealing an illegal payment to a former player after his scholarship ended.[10] During this time, assistant head coach Mike Guentzel served as the team's head coach.[11] In 2009, Assistant Coach John Hill coached 2 games while Don Lucia was out for medical reasons.

ReferencesEdit

General Edit

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