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Brock Faber, Matthew Knies and Logan Cooley will skate for Team USA when the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship begins on Aug. 9, as that trio of Minnesota Gophers was named to the Americans' 25-man roster.
Roughly 48 hours after parting ways with Mel Pearson, the University of Michigan picked a former Wolverines player — recruited by Pearson — and assistant coach to lead their program for the coming season.
The American team leadership will have a Big Ten flair, with former Michigan standout Thomas Bordeleau and Notre Dame star Landon Slaggert named alternate captains.
With a pair of commitments this week, the Minnesota Gophers will be adding a familiar name at forward and an adopted Minnesotan on defense in future years. Plus, a Gophers captain will wear the C in international competition.

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After five years as their head coach and another 23 as an assistant coach there, Mel Pearson will not return to coach the Michigan Wolverines next season, per a published report. The dismissal comes in the wake of a damning law firm report on transgressions within the hockey program.
A decade ago, I got to know Mel Pearson when he was a college hockey head coach for the first time, and met one of the sport's good guys. As a damning report on his time at Michigan is revealed, it is fair to be disappointed, bewildered and disgusted.
From Minnesota to Michigan to New York to Quebec to Virginia, then back to Michigan before (hopefully) a trip to Alberta for World Juniors, incoming Gophers defenseman Ryan Chesley will be well-traveled by the time he gets to Dinkytown.
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Last season, Jack LaFontaine got one NHL start to prove himself with the Carolina Hurricanes. After being a top-10 draft pick a generation ago, Jason Herter got one game, just one, to prove himself at the NHL level.
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After just 75 minutes on the ice in the NHL, Jack LaFontaine was effectively laid off by the Carolina Hurricanes, who had rushed him out of college in the middle of the Minnesota Gophers' season. It serves a reminder that in pro sports, the athletes are too often treated like chess pieces and not people.
The Minnesota Gophers are adding another burst of experience to their already loaded women's roster, as defender Lizi Norton is transferring from UMD. Also, former men's captain Sammy Walker will test the free agent waters, and Buckeyes national champion Liz Schepers signs with the hometown Whitecaps.

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Before he will don a NHL sweater for what all expect will be a lengthy and lucrative pro career, Logan Cooley will skate for the Minnesota Gophers for at least one season. But when he is ready to try hockey for a paycheck, it will be as a member of the Coyotes.
A winner of NCAA titles with Denver and Providence comes to Minnesota after helping Ohio State to its first modern era Big Ten crown
One day after becoming a Minnesota Gophers co-captain and seeing his NHL rights traded to the Minnesota Wild, Brock Faber talked about the whirlwind past 24 months and his bright on-ice future.

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