Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey


Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey
Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey
Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey.svg
University University of Minnesota
Conference WCHA
Head coach Don Lucia
13th year, 301–161–53[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
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
Current uniform
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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 seasons during a nine year time span, 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. This helped high school ice hockey grow in Minnesota, particularly under Hall of Famer John Mariucci, who refused to recruit players from Canada and under whom high school ice hockey grew significantly in Minnesota over tenfold,[6] and later under coach Doug Woog, who only recruited from Minnesota.[7] 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.

Contents

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

Records as of March 25, 2011.[9]

Season GP W L T Finish Playoffs
2006–07 44 31 10 3 1st, WCHA Lost in NCAA West Regional Final, 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 Lost in WCHA Final Five Quarterfinal, 1–2 (Minnesota-Duluth)
2009–10 39 18 19 2 7th, WCHA Lost in WCHA Tournament First Round, 1–2 (North Dakota)
2010–11 36 16 14 6 5th, WCHA Lost in WCHA First Round, 0–2 (Alaska Anchorage)

Records by opponent

Conference opponents

Opponent GP W-L-T Win % First meeting Last meeting
Alaska-Anchorage 78 52–19–7 0.712 5–1 W
December 21, 1986
3–1 W
October 29, 2011
Bemidji State 10 8–1–1 0.850 9–3 W
October 14, 2000
3–2 W (OT)
March 5, 2011
Colorado College 251 160–84–7 0.651 8–3 W
February 28, 1947
9–4 W
October 30, 2010
Denver 175 93–70–12 0.566 10–4 W
January 1, 1951
7–3 W
February 12, 2011
Michigan Tech 264 172–77–15 0.680 3–3 T
February 13, 1922
5–2 W
February 26, 2011
Minnesota-Duluth 218 131–72–15 0.635 14–2 W
December 13, 1952
5–4 W
October 15, 2011
Minnesota State 43 29–8–6 0.744 6–2 W
January 2, 1998
1–2 L
December 4, 2010
Nebraska-Omaha 3 1–2–0 0.333 7–3 W
October 11, 2003
2–4 L
October 16, 2010
North Dakota 285 143–128–14 0.526 6–1 W
February 4, 1930
3-2 W
November 5, 2011
St. Cloud State 89 50–27–12 0.629 6–0 W
October 3, 1987
5–0 W
November 19, 2011
Wisconsin 259 153–86–20 0.629 3–0 W
January 20, 1922
4–1 W
November 12, 2011

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 260 127–118–15 0.517 2–0 W
January 22, 1923
3–1 W
November 28, 2010
*†Michigan State 154 101–42–11 0.692 2–0 W
February 19, 1926
2–5 L
November 26, 2010
*Northern Michigan 57 32–18–7 0.623 3–4 L
March 22, 1980
2–4 L
January 3, 2010
*Notre Dame 37 22–12–3 0.635 2–0 W
February 9, 1925
5–2 W
March 27, 2004
Ohio State 13 12–1–0 0.923 10–1 W
December 26, 1968
2–1 W
October 26, 2007

* Former conference opponent.
† Future conference opponent.

Players

Current roster

As of August 17, 2011.[10]

Goaltenders
# State Player Catches Year Hometown Previous Team
1 Minnesota Michael Shibrowski L Sophomore Andover, Minnesota Colorado College (WCHA)
30 Minnesota Jake Kremer L Senior Eden Prairie, Minnesota Bismarck (NAHL)
35 Minnesota Kent Patterson L Senior Plymouth, Minnesota Cedar Rapids (USHL)
Defensemen
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
3 Minnesota Chris Student R Sophomore Edina, Minnesota Northeastern (HE)
4 Minnesota Seth Helgeson L Junior Faribault, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
5 Minnesota Blake Thompson R Freshman Eden Prairie, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
6 Minnesota Jake Parenteau L Sophomore Shafer, Minnesota Alaska (NAHL)
10 Minnesota Ben Marshall L Freshman Roseau, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
12 Minnesota Justin Holl R Sophomore Tonka Bay, Minnesota Minnetonka HS
20 Minnesota Mark Alt R Sophomore St. Paul, Minnesota Cretin-Derham Hall
29 Minnesota Nate Schmidt L Sophomore St. Cloud, Minnesota Fargo (USHL)
Forwards
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
7 Minnesota Kyle Rau L Freshman Eden Prairie, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL)
9 Minnesota Taylor Matson R Senior Mound, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL)
11 Missouri Sam Warning R Freshman Chesterfield, Missouri Cedar Rapids (NAHL)
13 Minnesota Nico Sacchetti L Senior Virginia, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
14 Colorado Tom Serratore L Sophomore Colorado Springs, Colorado Phantoms (USHL)
15 Minnesota Joe Miller R Senior Plymouth, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
16 Wisconsin Nate Condon L Sophomore Wausau, Wisconsin Fargo (USHL)
17 Minnesota Seth Ambroz R Freshman New Prague, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
18 Minnesota Nick Larson R Senior Stillwater, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
19 Finland Erik Haula L Sophomore Pori, Finland Omaha (USHL)
21 Minnesota Jake Hansen R Senior White Bear Lake, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
22 Minnesota Travis Boyd R Freshman Hopkins, Minnesota US NTDP (USHL)
23 Minnesota Jared Larson L Sophomore Apple Valley, Minnesota Fairbanks (NAHL)
24 Minnesota Zach Budish R RS Sophomore Edina, Minnesota Edina High School
26 Minnesota Christian Isackson R Freshman Pine City, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL)
27 Minnesota Nick Bjugstad R Sophomore Blaine, Minnesota Blaine High School

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

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] During this time, assistant head coach Mike Guentzel served as the team's head coach.[14] In 2009, Assistant Coach John Hill coached 2 games while Don Lucia was out for medical reasons.

All-time coaching records

As of completion of 2010–11 season[9]

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 13 300–161–53 .651
Totals 14 coaches 89 seasons 1628–926–170 .629

Note: (*) indicates former Gophers player

Franchise records

Career

  • Most goals in a career: John Mayasich, 144 (1951–55)
  • Most assists in a career: Larry Olimb, 159 (1988–92)
  • Most points in a career: John Mayasich, 298 (1951–55)
  • Most penalty minutes in a career: Matt DeMarchi, 473 (1999–03)
  • Most points in a career, defenseman: Todd Richards, 158 (1985–89)
  • Most wins in a career, Kellen Briggs, 84 (2003–07)
  • Most shutouts in a career, Kellen Briggs, 11 (2003–07)

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: Kent Patterson, 6 (2011)
  • 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)

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)

References

General

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Don Lucia - Year by Year Statistics". http://www.gopherhockeyhistory.com/coaches/stats/luciaStats.asp. 
  2. ^ "Official 2007 Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Records Book". NCAA.org (National Collegiate Athletic Association). 2006. http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/ice_hockey/m_w_ice_hockey_records_book/2007/2007_m_w_ice_hockey_records.pdf. Retrieved 2007-10-26. [dead link]
  3. ^ McLaughlin, Don (1929-03-16). "Minnesota Sweeps Marquette Series; Justify Title Rights". Minnesota Daily. http://www.mndaily.com/archive/archives/1929/03161929.pdf. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  4. ^ Quale, Otto (1940-03-05). "National AAU Title Tops Unbeaten Year". Minnesota Daily. http://www.mndaily.com/archive/archives/1940/03051940.pdf. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  5. ^ MacDonald, Gordon (1998). "A Colossal Embroglio: Control of Amateur Ice Hockey in the United States and the 1948 Olympic Winter Games". OLYMPIKA: The International Journal of Olympic Studies (International Centre for Olympic Studies) VII: 43–60. http://www.aafla.org/SportsLibrary/Olympika/Olympika_1998/olympika0701d.pdf. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Legends of Hockey -- The Legends -- Honoured Builder -- Mariucci, John -- Biography". http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=b198501&type=Builder&page=bio&list=ByName#photo. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  7. ^ Moline, Joe (2006-10-13). "The Big Scoring Question Answered...Sort of". GopherHole.com. http://www.gopherhole.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=610. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Gopher Hockey History - The Arenas". November 9, 2006. http://www.gopherhockeyhistory.com/arenas/arenas.asp. 
  9. ^ a b "Minnesota Men's Hockey Team History". U.S. College Hockey Online. 1996-2011. http://www.uscho.com/stats/history/minnesota/mens-hockey/2010-2011/. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey - 2011-12 Roster". University of Minnesota Athletics. http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-hockey/mtt/minn-m-hockey-mtt.html. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ Gordon, Dick (1956-02-05). "Mariucci by Phone: ‘We Rose to Heights; Russia Too Good’". Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/blogs/oldnews/?p=65. Retrieved 2007-03-03. [dead link]
  12. ^ McGourty, John (2006-11-02). "Sonmor found a way to win at life". NHL. http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=282362. Retrieved 2007-03-03. [dead link]
  13. ^ Brown, Scott (1996-11-12). "Gopher Hockey Under Scrutiny". USCHO. http://www.uscho.com/news/id,920/GopherHockeyUnderScrutiny.html. Retrieved 2007-03-03. 
  14. ^ Mazzocco, Frank (1996-10-21). "Minnesota Head Coach Suspended". USCHO. http://www.uscho.com/news/id,921/MinnesotaHeadCoachSuspended.html. Retrieved 2007-03-03. 

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