|Minnesota Golden Gophers
men's ice hockey
|University||University of Minnesota|
|Head coach||Don Lucia
19th season, 438–227–71 (.643)
|Alternate captain(s)||Ryan Lindgren
Surface: 200' x 100'
|Student section||The Ice Box|
|Colors||Maroon and Gold
|Fight song||Minnesota Rouser|
|NCAA Tournament championships|
|1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|1953, 1954, 1961, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|37 total appearances; last 2017|
|NAIA Tournament championships|
|1929 (NAIA), 1940 (AAU)|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|1961, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2015|
|Conference regular season championships|
|1953, 1954, 1970, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
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 Big 10 Conference 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 (AAU) championship for amateur hockey in 1940. The Gophers are currently coached by Don Lucia. Under Don Lucia the Gophers 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 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, and later under coach Doug Woog, who only recruited from Minnesota.
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According to records, the first intercollegiate hockey team at the University of Minnesota was organized in 1895 by Dr. H. A. Parkyn, a Toronto native who also played on the school's football team. An early Minnesota team played the Winnipeg Seven at the now demolished Athletic Park in downtown Minneapolis. They lost 11–3.
In 1900 George Northrup, Paul Joslyn, and A.R. Gibbons headed a committee to create an official varsity hockey club at the U. Although there was some effort to get Northrop Field flooded, it was ultimately decided to play on Como Lake in St. Paul. Although the 1903 season saw the first scheduled organized competitions for Minnesota hockey, ultimately this season would be the last organized hockey season for almost two decades. In 1910 efforts were made to revive competition and outreach to the University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin, other members of the Big Ten Conference, but these plans never materialized.
In January 1914 the Minnesota Board of Regents voted to fund a hockey team. However the University Athletic Board did not officially recognize this team as a varsity team. At this time, a number of fraternity squads existed and other intramural ice hockey competitions were taking place. Professor OS Zelner worked to organize some of this competition. There was also some interest in women’s hockey competition.
In 1920–1921, a hockey team again skated representing the University of Minnesota. For 1921–1922 season the University Athletic Board of Control decided to finally give ice hockey varsity status, answering a petition organized by Merle "Frenchy" DeForest, the president of a new booster organization for the sport, which itself grew out of enthusiasm for hockey among the interfraternal league. During this season, the team finished with a 7–3 record, led by head coach I.D. MacDonald and captain Chester “Chet” Bros. Other members of the 1921–22 team include center Paul Swanson and wingman Frank R. Pond, who were named captains for the following seasons, Swanson in 1922–23 and Pond in 1923–24. DeForest, Swanson and Pond were all members of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, while Bros was a member of Delta Tau Delta.
For the 1923–1924 season Danish Canadian Emil Iverson assumed the role as head coach. During Iverson’s first season as coach the team attained a record of 13–1–0. The team played their games at Minneapolis Arena starting in 1924–1925 season. Such players as Chuck McCabe, Joel Brown, John H. Peterson were accorded All-American honors during this era. Iverson's coaching tenure culminated in Minnesota sharing the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association hockey championship with Yale. Following the 1929–1930 season Emil Iverson accepted a position as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks
Frank Pond, former team captain, became coach in 1930 after the departure of Emil Iverson. The team's Rookie of the Year award is named in his honor.
In the 1952 season, John Mariucci led the Gophers to the National Championship game, with a 23–6 record, after going 13–13 the year before.
Mariucci was a driving force behind the philosophy of stacking the team with Minnesota talent. Even while other programs brought in older and bigger Canadian prospects, Mariucci thoroughly believed in growing the game in Minnesota, from the ground up. He held coaching clinics, and opened ice rinks in numerous Minnesota towns. This, combined with a sense of pride that the Gophers' roster was stacked with Minnesota talent, was monumental for Minnesota taking a real step forward in producing hockey talent.
After coaching one season at Ohio State, Glen Sonmor became the head coach of the Gophers in 1966. Sonmor's Gophers started off slowly, finishing 8th, 5th, and 5th in the WCHA during Sonmor's first 3 seasons behind the bench. Things turned around for the Gophers in the 1969–70 season, as Sonmor led the team to its first WCHA Championship in 16 seasons, finishing with a 21–12–0 record. In the process, Sonmor was named the WCHA Coach of the Year.
The following season, the Gophers ended a 10-year NCAA Tournament drought, along with capturing a WCHA Tournament Championship. Sonmor led the Gophers to the NCAA Championship game, beating Harvard 6–5 in the first round. The Gophers lost to Boston University in the Championship game, by a score of 4–2.
During Sonmor's rather short tenure as Minnesota's head coach, the team saw attendance rise 60 percent. Sonmor finished his career with a 78–80–6 record, and coached 3 All Americans: Gary Gambucci (1968), Murray McLachlan (1970), and Wally Olds (1970). Sonmor left the Gophers after the 1971 season, to coach the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association. Sonmor returned later to be the radio analyst for the Gophers on WCCO-AM.
|1974||Minnesota||4–3||Michigan Tech||Boston, MA||Boston Garden|
|1976||Minnesota||6–4||Michigan Tech||Denver, CO||University of Denver Arena|
|1979||Minnesota||4–3||North Dakota||Detroit, MI||Olympia Stadium|
|2002||Minnesota||4–3 (OT)||Maine||St. Paul, MN||Xcel Energy Center|
|2003||Minnesota||5–1||New Hampshire||Buffalo, NY||HSBC Arena|
Runners-up in 1953, 1954, 1971, 1975, 1981, 1989, and 2014
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 April, 2014.
|2011–12||43||28||14||1||1st, WCHA||Lost in NCAA Frozen Four, 1–6 (Boston College)|
|2012–13||40||26||9||5||Tied 1st, WCHA||Lost in NCAA First Round, 2–3 (OT) (Yale)|
|2013–14||41||28||7||6||1st, Big Ten||Lost in NCAA Championship Game, 4–7 (Union)|
|2014–15||39||23||13||3||1st, Big Ten†||Lost in NCAA First Round, 1–4 (Minnesota-Duluth)|
|2015–16||35||19||16||0||1st, Big Ten||Missed Playoffs|
†Conference Tournament Champions
Big Ten Conference Opponents
Major non-conference opponents
Former WCHA Opponents
The Gophers have historic rivalries with some of the top Ice Hockey programs in the NCAA, including both in-state as well as out of state rivalries.
Out of state rivalries include the University of Wisconsin Badgers and the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks. The Gophers' rivalry against the Badgers is part of the annual "Border Battle," in which both Universities keep a tallied score of all athletic competitions against one another.
The Gophers were engaged in one of the most notorious rivalries in college hockey history with the Boston University Terriers for over 30 years from 1963 to 1995. The rivalry came to its peak during the 1976 NCAA Championship Semi-Final when a bench-clearing brawl occurred only 70 seconds into the game, delaying it for nearly 30 minutes. The Gophers would go on to win the game 4–2 and subsequently, the Championship. Ironically, a number of players on both teams would end up playing together for the gold medal winning Miracle on Ice Team USA during the 1980 Winter Olympics, coached by Gopher Head Coach Herb Brooks. The rivalry began its decline in 1984, when the Gophers would become members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the Terriers to the Hockey East Division, resulting in a steep decline in games against one another.
Due to the fact the State of Minnesota has five NCAA Division I Hockey programs, the Gophers naturally share a rivalry with the remaining four: The University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, St. Cloud State University Huskies, the Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks and the Bemidji State University Beavers. Four of the five programs (excluding Bemidji State) participated in the inaugural North Star College Cup tournament during the 2013–2014 Ice Hockey Season.
As of July 27, 2017.
|#||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Kautz, BrockBrock Kautz||Junior||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||199 lb (90 kg)||1994-06-22||Rochester, Minnesota||Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)||—|
|2||Sadek, JackJack Sadek||Junior||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||197 lb (89 kg)||1997-04-19||Lakeville, Minnesota||Lakeville North (USHS–MN)||MIN, 204th overall 2015|
|3||Glover, JackJack Glover||Senior||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||202 lb (92 kg)||1996-05-17||Golden Valley, Minnesota||USNTDP (USHL)||WPG, 69th overall 2014|
|4||Johnson, SteveSteve Johnson||Senior||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1994-06-27||Excelsior, Minnesota||Omaha (USHL)||LAK, 120th overall 2014|
|5||Lindgren, RyanRyan Lindgren (A)||Sophomore||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||201 lb (91 kg)||1998-02-11||Minneapolis, Minnesota||USNTDP (USHL)||BOS, 49th overall 2016|
|7||McManus, BrannonBrannon McManus||Freshman||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||179 lb (81 kg)||1999-07-05||Newport Beach, California||Chicago (USHL)||—|
|9||Szmatula, MikeMike Szmatula (A)||Senior||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||184 lb (83 kg)||1992-08-10||Commerce Township, Michigan||Northeastern (HEA)||—|
|10||Gates Jr., BrentBrent Gates Jr.||Junior||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||198 lb (90 kg)||1997-08-12||Grand Rapids, Michigan||Green Bay (USHL)||ANA, 80th overall 2015|
|11||Notermann, LukeLuke Notermann||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||177 lb (80 kg)||1997-08-01||Blaine, Minnesota||Blaine (USHS–MN)||—|
|12||Marooney, JoeyJoey Marooney||Sophomore||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||166 lb (75 kg)||1996-02-18||Chaska, Minnesota||Green Bay (USHL)||—|
|13||Munson, CullenCullen Munson||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||181 lb (82 kg)||1996-04-04||Edina, Minnesota||Janesville (NAHL)||—|
|14||Simonson, CurtCurt Simonson||Junior||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||211 lb (96 kg)||1994-11-28||Grand Rapids, Minnesota||Minnesota Magicians (NAHL)||—|
|15||Pitlick, RemRem Pitlick||Sophomore||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1997-04-02||Plymouth, Minnesota||Muskegon (USHL)||NSH, 76th overall 2016|
|16||Ramsey, JackJack Ramsey||Junior||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||196 lb (89 kg)||1995-11-02||Chanhassen, Minnesota||Penticton (BCHL)||CHI, 208th overall 2014|
|17||Novak, TommyTommy Novak||Junior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1997-04-28||River Falls, Wisconsin||Waterloo (USHL)||NSH, 85th overall 2015|
|18||Bristedt, LeonLeon Bristedt (A)||Senior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||189 lb (86 kg)||1995-03-14||Stockholm, Sweden||Linköping J20 (J20 SuperElit)||—|
|19||Reedy, ScottScott Reedy||Freshman||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||203 lb (92 kg)||1999-04-04||Prior Lake, Minnesota||USNTDP (USHL)||SJS, 102nd overall 2017|
|20||Zuhlsdorf, RyanRyan Zuhlsdorf||Sophomore||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||192 lb (87 kg)||1997-07-01||Edina, Minnesota||Dubuque (USHL)||TBL, 150th overall 2015|
|21||Mittelstadt, CaseyCasey Mittelstadt||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||201 lb (91 kg)||1998-11-22||Eden Prairie, Minnesota||Eden Prairie (USHS–MN)||BUF, 8th overall 2017|
|22||Sheehy, TylerTyler Sheehy (C)||Junior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||186 lb (84 kg)||1995-11-20||Burnsville, Minnesota||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|23||Norman, RyanRyan Norman||Junior||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1996-10-25||Maplewood, Minnesota||Shattuck-St. Mary's (Midget AAA)||—|
|24||Knoepke, NateNate Knoepke||Freshman||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||201 lb (91 kg)||1999-04-08||Farmington, Minnesota||USNTDP (USHL)||—|
|26||Romanko, DarianDarian Romanko||Junior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||204 lb (93 kg)||1994-11-09||Shoreview, Minnesota||Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)||—|
|28||Rossini, SamSam Rossini||Freshman||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||198 lb (90 kg)||1998-06-19||Burnsville, Minnesota||Penticton (BCHL)||—|
|29||Nanne, TylerTyler Nanne||Sophomore||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||186 lb (84 kg)||1996-03-17||Edina, Minnesota||Ohio State (Big Ten)||NYR, 142nd overall 2014|
|34||Lehr, NickNick Lehr||Senior||G||5' 11" (1.8 m)||178 lb (81 kg)||1993-03-07||Roseville, Minnesota||Austin (NAHL)||—|
|37||Schierhorn, EricEric Schierhorn||Junior||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1996-02-09||Anchorage, Alaska||Muskegon (USHL)||—|
|40||Robson, MatMat Robson||Sophomore||G||6' 2" (1.88 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||1996-03-26||Toronto, Ontario||Penticton (BCHL)||—|
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.
Golden Gophers players drafted in the first round of the NHL entry draft:
Erik Johnson, Phil Kessel, Thomas Vanek, Blake Wheeler, Kyle Okposo, Erik Rasmussen, Douglas Zmolek, Keith Ballard, Michael Ramsey, Tom P. Chorske, Nick Leddy, Nick Bjugstad, David Fischer, Jordan Schroeder, Kris Chucko, Patrick White, Brady Skjei, James O'Brien, Jeff Taffe.
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. In 2009, Assistant Coach John Hill coached 2 games while Don Lucia was out for medical reasons.
As of completion of 2014–15 season
|1921–22||I. D. MacDonald||1||6–3–1||.650|
|1952–55, 56–66||John Mariucci*||13||197–138–18||.584|
|1955–56||Marsh Ryman* (interim)||1||16–12–1||.569|
|1971–72||Ken Yackel* (interim)||0.5||7–17–0||.250|
|1996||Mike Guentzel* (interim)||—||1–1–0||.500|
|Totals||14 coaches||93 seasons||1733–969–185||.632|
Note: (*) indicates former Gophers player
Team (since 1950)
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