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Gopher Brock Faber discusses being named to Team USA, his family's influence, not playing high school hockey

Sophomore from Maple Grove will join the Olympic team on Sunday after series against Notre Dame. The Los Angeles Kings draft pick discusses his career with the National Team Development Program, playing in two IIHF World Junior Championships and more

Brock Faber
University of Minnesota Athletics

Brock Faber grew up in Maple Grove, but did not end up playing high school hockey in Minnesota.

Faber played two full seasons with the US National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Mich. His parents, Jay and Karri, played sports growing up, but not hockey.

He discusses the inspiration his family provides, this season's University of Minnesota men's hockey team, being named to the Olympic team, playing in two IIHF World Junior Championship tournaments, his development as a player and more with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.

Brock Faber skating
Minnesota defenseman Brock Faber was one of three Gophers playing defense for the American team that won the 2021 IIHF World Junior gold medal in Canada on Jan. 5, 2021.
Rena Laverty / USA Hockey photo

Time stamps:

:50 Playing against Notre Dame


2:15 The whirlwind day that the World Junior Championships were cancelled and he was named to the Olympic team

3:40 Winning the 2021 World Junior Championship gold medal

5:00 Playing in the Olympics vs. playing for Team USA with the National Team Development Program, in world juniors

6:15 His athletic parents, how they influenced him and the inspiration he receives from his sister Paige

9:00 Not playing high school hockey, how Notre Dame's Trevor Janicke helped him make that decision

10:50 Decision to play for the Gophers was easy

11:40 Getting drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, going to L.A. for Olympic camp

13:50 The number of players on the Olympic roster he has played on a team with previously


14:30 Describing his development as a player, his strengths and being a 19-year-old sophomore

17:20 Talking about the Gophers defensemen, having former defensemen Garrett Raboin and Paul Martin as coaches

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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