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BIG TEN HOCKEY

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.
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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.
Long before Reggie Lutz was born, his father Danny faced a medical challenge that he has stared down and never let affect what he does as a hockey dad. Also: Gophers forward Schmidt honored for classroom work, and Denver is a surprisingly good seafood town.
Denver played the defensive game it needed to play in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals, limiting powerful Michigan's offense and holding off the Wolverines long enough to win in overtime and advance to the national title game.

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Michigan wants to run-and-gun, Minnesota State Mankato wants to do its own thing, and Denver's Bobby Brink wants to advance and maybe play his boyhood heroes for the NCAA title as the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals get underway.
The trophy given to the top player in men's college hockey will be returning to Minnesota, one way or another, as two Minnesotans and a Chicagoan who plays in Minnesota are the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.
The Gophers rested. The Wolverines played games. The Mavericks had almost too much rest. But all three won their regionals after college hockey added an off day this season for the first time.
Goals in the first and third periods, along with a solid performance in goal from Justen Close, lifted the Minnesota Gophers past Western Michigan and back to the Frozen Four on coach Bob Motzko's birthday
One day after he was named the Player of the Year in the Big Ten, Minnesota forward was also named a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and could become the first Gopher in two decades to win the trophy. Minnesota State University-Mankato has a pair of finalists in goalie Dryden McKay and forward Nathan Smith.
After an odd one-year absence, the Minnesota Gophers are back in the NCAA women's hockey tournament as the number two overall seed, and will host either Harvard or Minnesota Duluth for a trip to the Frozen Four.

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After two-plus seasons as a backup goaltender, with no extended playing time in sight, Justen Close was thrust into the Minnesota Gophers’ starters role a month ago. His success has come in part due to his universal respect from his teammates.
Episode 106: The Rink Live video podcast for Nov. 23, 2021
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