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Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey

Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey
Head Coach Don Lucia
9th year, 224–98–29
Home Ice Mariucci Arena
Capacity: 10,000
Surface: 200' x 100'
Conference Affiliation

Team Records

  • All-Time: 1561–867–146 (.635)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 32
  • NCAA Frozen Four Appearances: 19

Championships
Pre-NCAA National Championships (2)

  • 1929, 1940

NCAA National Championships (5)

WCHA Regular Season Championships (12)

  • 1953, 1954, 1970, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1997, 2006, 2007

'''WCHA Tournament Championships (14)

  • 1961, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007

Pageantry
Colors Maroon and Gold             
Fight Song Minnesota Rouser
Mascot Goldy Gopher
Rivals Wisconsin Badgers
North Dakota Fighting Sioux
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. The team also shared the 1929 National Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with Yale and captured the national Amateur Athletic Union (AUU) championship for amateur hockey in 1940. Under current head coach Don Lucia, the Gophers have earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in each of the last eight 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. 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 history

Arenas

Season-by-season results

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 hockey seasons

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

Records as of March 29, 2008.

Season GP W L T OTL Finish Playoffs
2003–04 44 27 14 3 1 T-4th, WCHA Won WCHA Playoffs, 5–4 (North Dakota)
Lost in NCAA Quarterfinals, 1–3 (Minnesota-Duluth)
2004–05 44 28 15 1 1 T-3rd, WCHA Lost in NCAA Semifinals, 2–4 (North Dakota)
2005–06 41 27 9 5 3 1st, WCHA Lost in NCAA First Round, 3–4 (OT) (Holy Cross)
2006–07 44 31 10 3 2 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 4 7th, WCHA Lost in NCAA First Round, 2–5 (Boston College)

Records by opponent

Conference Opponents

Opponent GP W-L-T Win % First Meeting Last Meeting
Alaska-Anchorage 66 45–15–6 0.727 5–1 W
December 21, 1986
4–1 W
March 1, 2008
Colorado College 243 155–81–7 0.652 8–3 W
February 28, 1947
2–1 (OT) W
March 21, 2008
Denver 165 91–64–12 0.588 10–4 W
January 1, 1951
1–2 L
March 22, 2008
Michigan Tech 254 164–76–14 0.673 3–3 T
February 13, 1922
3–1 W
December 1, 2007
Minnesota-Duluth 205 126–67–12 0.644 14–2 W
December 13, 1952
2–3 L
March 8, 2008
Minnesota State 35 27–3–5 0.843 6–2 W
January 2, 1998
3–2 (2OT) W
March 16, 2008
North Dakota 272 138–122–12 0.529 6–1 W
February 4, 1930
1-1 T
February 2, 2008
St. Cloud State 77 42–23–12 0.623 6–0 W
October 3, 1987
3–2 W
March 20, 2008
Wisconsin 245 148–80–17 0.639 3–0 W
January 20, 1922
4–4 T
February 23, 2008

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
Michigan ˠ 257 126–116–15 0.519 2–0 W
January 22, 1923
1–5 L
November 24, 2007
Michigan State ˠ 151 100–41–10 0.700 2–0 W
February 19, 1926
3–3 T
November 23, 2007
Northern Michigan ˠ 56 32–17–7 0.634 3–4 L
March 22, 1980
4–1 W
December 23, 2004
Notre Dame ˠ 37 22–12–3 0.635 2–0 W
February 9, 1925
5–2 W
March 27, 2004
ˠ Denotes former conference opponent

Franchise records

Career

Season

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: 13 (2002–03)
  • Longest overall unbeaten streak: 22 (10/13/2006–1/12/2007)

Game

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)

Players

Current roster

As of November 16, 2007.

Goaltenders
# State align=left Player Catches Year Hometown (Previous School) Previous Team

1 Jeff Frazee L Junior Burnsville, MN (Academy of Holy Angels) USNDT - NAHL
33 Alex Kangas L Freshman Rochester, MN (Rochester Century High School) Indiana - USHL
35 Brent Solei L Senior Coon Rapids, MN (Elk River High School) Fairbanks - NAHL

Defensemen
# State align=left Player Shoots Year Hometown (Previous School) Previous Team

2 Kevin Wehrs L Freshman Plymouth, MN (Wayzata High School) Cedar Rapids - USHL
4 Stu Bickel R Freshman Chanhassen, MN (Eden Prairie High School) Sioux Falls - USHL
5 Derek PeltierC L Senior Plymouth, MN (Robbinsdale Armstrong High School) Cedar Rapids - USHL
6 R.J. Anderson R Junior Lino Lakes, MN (Centennial High School)

20 David Fischer R Sophomore Apple Valley, MN (Apple Valley High School)

27 Brian Schack L Sophomore Lino Lakes, MN (Totino-Grace High School) Southern Minnesota - NAHL
28 Cade Fairchild L Freshman Duluth, MN (Duluth East High School) USNDT - NAHL

Forwards
# State align=left Player Shoots Year Hometown (Previous School) Previous Team

7 Patrick White R Freshman Grand Rapids, MN (Grand Rapids High School) Tri-City - USHL
11 Mike Hoeffel L Freshman North Oaks, MN (Hill-Murray High School) USNDT - NAHL
12 Tony Lucia L Sophomore Plymouth, MN (Wayzata High School) Omaha - USHL
13 Ben Gordon L Senior International Falls, MN (Falls High School) Lincoln - USHL
14 Justin Bostrom R Junior Vadnais Heights, MN (Mounds View High School) Sioux City - USHL
16 Mike Carman L Sophomore Apple Valley, MN (Academy of Holy Angels) USNDT - NAHL
17 Blake WheelerA R Junior Plymouth, MN (Breck School) Green Bay - USHL
19 Evan KaufmannA R Senior Plymouth, MN (Robbinsdale Armstrong High School) River City - USHL
21 Tom Pohl L Senior Red Wing, MN (Red Wing High School) Tri-City - USHL
22 Ryan Flynn R Sophomore Lino Lakes, MN (Centennial High School) USNDT - NAHL
24 Mike HoweA R Senior St. Cloud, MN (St. Cloud Apollo High School) River City - USHL
25 Drew Fisher L Freshman International Falls, MN (Moorhead High School) Sioux Falls - USHL
26 Jay Barriball R Sophomore Prior Lake, MN (Academy of Holy Angels) Sioux Falls - USHL
29 Ryan StoaA L Junior Bloomington, MN (Bloomington Kennedy High School) USNDT - NAHL

Honored members

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.

Coaches

All-Time Coaching Records

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. 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. 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. During this time, assistant head coach Mike Guentzel served as the team's head coach.

References

General

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Footnotes

External links

Official Team Site

Fan Sites

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