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3 January 2010

Gophers Advance

Posted in: College Hockey,Scores — admin @ 1:30 pm

College Hockey

Dodge Holiday Classic

  • Minnesota 3, Bowling Green 1
  • Northern Michigan 4, Clarkson 0

Championship: Minnesota vs. Northern Michigan
Consolation: Bowling Green vs. Clarkson

1 July 2008

NCAA: Rule Changes for 2008-2009

Posted in: College Hockey,Uncategorized — admin @ 6:00 pm

NCAA Rules Committee Meetings

There are a handful of rule change proposals currently on the table
with the NCAA. One is done. The others are “under review”.
Here are the major candidates:

In: Four official system (two referees, two linesman).

No improvement to the game here.

On the table:

The Kicking rule: (aka “The Notre Dame rule”)
Any deflection off the skate, without evidence of a definite
kicking motion toward the goal, will be considered a goal.

Notre Dame still would have lost the game to BC!

The Icing rule: Just like the NHL, the team that ices
the puck will not be allowed to change players.

This one I like… a lot.

The Shootout rule: Much discussion is going on to
try and eliminate an abundance of ties in college hockey.
Shoot-outs, 4-on-4, 3-on-3 variations have all been discussed.

Re-open the beer garden, and let the teams play a full 20 minutes.

The Faceoff rule: All faceoffs will be held only in the faceoff circles.

Don’t know what to make about this one.

17 June 2008

Mens Hockey: Six Gophers Represent

Posted in: College Hockey,News Items,Uncategorized — admin @ 8:29 pm

U.S. IIHF Junior Evaluation Camp

Gophers to US Evaluation Camp

Six current and future Gophers round out the field of 53 asked
to participate in the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in
Lake Placid New York in August.

The camp determines the roster for the IIHF Under 20 World
Junior Championships, December 26-January 5 in Ottawa, Canada.

Veterans Cade Fairchild, Patrick White, and Mike Hoeffel join
incoming freshman Jake Hansen, Aaron Ness, and Jordan Schroeder
in NY to represent the maroon-and-gold.

Full story at

7 June 2008

College Hockey: Summer Leavin’

Posted in: College Hockey,Uncategorized — admin @ 7:30 am

College Hockey

The Leavin’ Season

WCHA Players that have left their teams for someplace else

  • School / Player, year in school (reason for leaving)
  • Minnesota / Blake Wheeler, junior (announced intent to turn pro)
  • Minnesota / Jeff Frazee, junior (signed w/New Jersey – NHL)
  • Minnesota-Duluth / Jason Garrison, junior (signed w/Florida – NHL)
  • Minnesota State / Jon Kalinski, junior (signed w/Philadelphia – NHL)
  • St. Cloud State / Andreas Nodl , sophomore (signed w/Philadelphia – NHL)
  • North Dakota / T.J. Oshie, junior, signed w/St. Louis – NHL)
  • Denver / Chris Butler, junior – signed w/Buffalo – NHL)
  • Wisconsin / Kyle Turris, freshman – signed w/Phoenix – NHL)
  • Alaska / Jeff Penner, junior – signed w/Boston – NHL)
  • Alaska / Tyler Eckford, junior – signed w/New Jersey – NHL)
  • Alaska / Landon Novotney, freshman, left program
  • Michigan Tech / Michael-Lee Teslak, junior – signed w/Philadelphia – NHL)

1 June 2008

College Hockey: Gopher’s Name New Assistant

Posted in: College Hockey,News Items,Uncategorized — admin @ 10:08 am

College Hockey

Mike Hastings Named
New Gopher Assistant

The Gophers filled their open coaching spot last Thursday,
naming Mike Hastings the new mens assistant hockey coach at the
University. A Crookston native, Hastings is the winningest coach
in USHL history, piling up a 529-210-56 record in 14 seasons with
the Omaha Lancers, including a 2007-08 Clark Cup Championship
and a national junior championship with the team.

Hastings fills the spot opened by the departure of Mike Guentzel.

Full story at

30 May 2008

NHL: Wheeler Rejects Coyotes

Posted in: College Hockey,Pro Hockey,Uncategorized — admin @ 7:06 am

NHL Hockey

Wheeler a Free Agent

In a move that has a bunch of people shaking their heads,
Blake Wheeler rejected the offer of the Phoenix Coyotes
Wednesday, and has elected to become a free agent.

Having signed, Wheeler could have received a maximum
$984,000 + $295,000 signing bonus. Now, Wheeler will
take his chances with another team, but he can earn a
maximum of $875,000 + $87,500 signing bonus.

For their trouble, the Coyotes get the fifth pick in the second round.

Full article from the Arizona Repubilc.

23 May 2008

College Hockey: Gophers Announce Schedule

Posted in: College Hockey,Team Schedules,Uncategorized — admin @ 5:00 am

College Hockey

Gopher Mens Hockey
2008-2009 Schedule

The University of Minnesota Men’s hockey schedule has been
announced. The Gophers play the University of British Columbia
in the exhibition opener, and jump right into the WCHA pool against
St Cloud State and Wisconsin.

Men’s Schedule on

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