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MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS

Blaming players for a lack of loyalty to their teams when they enter the transfer portal is an outdated idea that does not take the many potential reasons for a player to shop around under consideration.
Minnesota State Mankato opens the 2022-23 season with a Frozen Four rematch versus in-state rival Minnesota, while Michigan Tech will host Bowling Green for their annual Winter Carnival series in 2023.
The Chaska Hawks and Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman began skating around the age of three and has been one of the biggest names in North American skater rankings leading up to the draft in July.
Ben Meyers' year of world traveling will continue, as he and two other former Gophers have been named to Team USA. Also: a quartet of Gophers could go in round one of the NHL Draft, fond memories of Adam Nightingale in Minnesota, and a probable landing spot for Jack Perbix.

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The announcement comes roughly 12 years after MSU announced that Nightingale, who played forward at the school for two years in the 2000s, would be the Spartans’ new director of hockey operations.
Three years ago it seemed inevitable, but the losses caused by the pandemic shutdown and rising construction costs have killed the plans to add Division I hockey at the University of Illinois
The first month of the college hockey offseason has been anything but quiet for the Minnesota Gophers, with seven players headed to the transfer portal, three huge names returning, and one prominent recruit changing course. An update on who's going, who's staying and the unanswered questions that remain.
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Playing at Xcel Energy Center for the first time since he was a Delano high schooler five years ago, Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Ben Meyers had his own cheering section of former Gophers teammates in his return to Minnesota.
After one productive but injury-shortened college hockey season, Minnesota Gophers freshman forward Chaz Lucius signed his first professional contract with designs on playing in the NHL next season.
The 37-year-old who grew up in Detroit Lakes discusses his visions for the Vikings, putting together a staff, a roster, helping pick equipment, having input on a new arena. He also discusses helping coach two teams to Frozen Four appearances and shares memories from his playing, coaching careers.

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After a season of international hockey and an Olympic silver medal, Grace Zumwinkle will be back in her familiar maroon and gold uniform next winter. And a former Gopher takes a pioneering position in Pittsburgh, and more nonconference schedule news for the Gophers men.
As a player, the former defenseman was a walk-on, an All-WCHA pick and two-year captain.
New head coach's first task is to hire an assistant coach, start recruiting players. University has already begun work on finding a conference for the Vikings to join.

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