Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey
|Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey|
|University||University of Minnesota|
|Head coach||Don Lucia|
|14th year, 344–178–59|
Surface: 100' x 200'
|Colors||Maroon and Gold
|Fight song||Minnesota Rouser|
|NCAA Tournament Champions|
|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|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|34 total appearances; last 2013|
|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, 2012, 2013|
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 (AAU) championship for amateur hockey in 1940. 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, and later under coach Doug Woog, who only recruited from 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.
- Minnesota State Fairgrounds Hippodrome (1923–1934)
- St. Paul Auditorium (1932–1950) (occasionally)
- Minneapolis Arena (1925–1950) (primary arena)
- Williams Arena/Old Mariucci Arena (1950–1993)
- Mariucci Arena (1993–present)
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.
|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)|
|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)|
Records by opponent 
Major non-conference opponents
* Former conference opponent.
The Gophers play for the Mariucci-Bessone Trophy with Michigan State and the Mariucci-Renfrew Coaches Trophy with the University of Michigan.
Current roster 
As of October 19, 2012.
|#||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Ht||Wt||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||Michael Shibrowski||Junior||G||6' 2"||194 lb||1990-11-15||Andover, Minnesota||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|2||Brady Skjei||Freshman||D||6' 2"||197 lb||1994-03-26||Lakeville, Minnesota||US NTDP (USHL)||NYR, 28th overall 2012|
|3||Blake Thompson||Sophomore||D||6' 3"||210 lb||1991-07-03||Eden Prairie, Minnesota||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|4||Seth Helgeson (A)||Senior||D||6' 4"||215 lb||1990-10-08||Faribault, Minnesota||Sioux City (USHL)||NJD, 114th overall 2009|
|5||Mike Reilly||Freshman||D||6' 0"||174 lb||1993-07-13||Chanhassen, Minnesota||Penticton (BCHL)||CBJ, 98th overall 2011|
|6||Jake Parenteau||Junior||D||5' 10"||196 lb||1989-06-10||Franconia, Minnesota||Alaska (NAHL)||—|
|7||Kyle Rau||Sophomore||F||5' 8"||173 lb||1992-10-24||Eden Prairie, Minnesota||Sioux Falls (USHL)||FLA, 91st overall 2011|
|9||Ryan Reilly||Freshman||F||5' 7"||168 lb||1991-10-01||Chanhassen, Minnesota||Penticton (BCHL)||—|
|10||Ben Marshall||Sophomore||D||5' 9"||179 lb||1992-08-30||Mahtomedi, Minnesota||Omaha (USHL)||DET, 201st overall 2010|
|11||Sam Warning||Sophomore||F||5' 9"||181 lb||1992-09-29||Chesterfield, Missouri||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|12||Justin Holl||Junior||D||6' 3"||190 lb||1992-01-30||Tonka Bay, Minnesota||Omaha (USHL)||CHI, 54th overall 2010|
|14||Tom Serratore||Junior||F||6' 0"||185 lb||1989-07-16||Colorado Springs, Colorado||Youngstown (USHL)||—|
|15||A.J. Michaelson||Freshman||F||5' 11"||200 lb||1994-02-08||Apple Valley, Minnesota||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|16||Nate Condon||Junior||F||6' 0"||198 lb||1990-05-29||Wausau, Wisconsin||Fargo (USHL)||COL, 200th overall 2008|
|17||Seth Ambroz||Sophomore||F||6' 2"||210 lb||1993-04-03||New Prague, Minnesota||Omaha (USHL)||CBJ, 128th overall 2011|
|18||Christian Horn||Freshman||F||5' 11"||178 lb||1993-06-11||Plymouth, Minnesota||Benilde-St. Margaret's (USHS–MN)||—|
|19||Erik Haula||Junior||F||5' 11"||190 lb||1991-03-23||Pori, Finland||Omaha (USHL)||MIN, 182nd overall 2009|
|20||Mark Alt||Junior||D||6' 3"||205 lb||1991-10-18||Saint Paul, Minnesota||Cretin-Derham Hall (USHS–MN)||CAR, 53rd overall 2010|
|21||Connor Reilly||Freshman||F||5' 11"||174 lb||1991-10-01||Chanhassen, Minnesota||Penticton (BCHL)||—|
|22||Travis Boyd||Sophomore||F||5' 11"||190 lb||1993-09-14||Hopkins, Minnesota||US NTDP (USHL)||WAS, 177th overall 2011|
|23||Jared Larson||Sophomore (RS)||F||6' 2"||195 lb||1989-08-28||Apple Valley, Minnesota||Fairbanks (NAHL)||—|
|24||Zach Budish (C)||Junior (RS)||F||6' 3"||214 lb||1991-05-09||Edina, Minnesota||Edina (USHS–MN)||NSH, 41st overall 2009|
|26||Christian Isackson||Sophomore||F||6' 2"||190 lb||1992-01-20||Pine City, Minnesota||Sioux Falls (USHL)||BUF, 203rd overall 2010|
|27||Nick Bjugstad (A)||Junior||F||6' 6"||220 lb||1992-07-17||Blaine, Minnesota||Blaine (USHS–MN)||FLA, 19th overall 2010|
|29||Nate Schmidt||Junior||D||6' 0"||195 lb||1991-07-16||St. Cloud, Minnesota||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|30||Matt LaPrade||Freshman||G||6' 4"||200 lb||1992-08-06||Chanhassen, Minnesota||Corpus Christi (NAHL)||—|
|31||Ryan Coyne||Freshman||G||6' 0"||198 lb||1993-07-24||Plymouth, Minnesota||Chicago (NAHL)||—|
|32||Adam Wilcox||Freshman||G||6' 0"||186 lb||1992-11-26||South St. Paul, Minnesota||Tri-City (USHL)||TAM, 178th overall 2011|
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.
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.
All-time coaching records 
As of completion of 2010–11 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||89 seasons||1646–938–171||.637|
Note: (*) indicates former Gophers player
Franchise records 
- 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)
Team (since 1950)
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- "Men's Ice Hockey - 2012-13 Roster". University of Minnesota Athletics. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- Gordon, Dick (1956-02-05). "Mariucci by Phone: ‘We Rose to Heights; Russia Too Good’". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2007-03-03.[dead link]
- McGourty, John (2006-11-02). "Sonmor found a way to win at life". NHL. Retrieved 2007-03-03.[dead link]
- Brown, Scott (1996-11-12). "Gopher Hockey Under Scrutiny". USCHO. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
- Mazzocco, Frank (1996-10-21). "Minnesota Head Coach Suspended". USCHO. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
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