Big Ten to Grow Again; Adding Hockey in 2013

The Big Ten is expanding once again, this time in the form of adding a new sport.

On Monday it was announced that the Big Ten would be adding hockey as a conference affiliated sport starting in the 2013-14 winter season.

The Big Ten hockey conference will be made up of six teams; Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Penn State will be the initial members of the league. [Read more…]

NCAA Tourney Hopes Still Alive For 20th Ranked Gopher Hockey Team

The Minnesota Gopher Hockey team is playing its best hockey of the season at the right time.

 

A program that was once a staple of the NCAA Frozen Four, winning the National Championship in 2002 and 2003, has struggled to get back to the Mecca of college hockey.

 

The last two seasons the Gophers have watched the 16-team NCAA tournament from the comfort of their Dinkytown homes. Their last Frozen Four appearance was back in 2005.

 

While reaching this season Frozen Four is still a long shot for the 20th ranked Gophers, getting back into the field of 16– which was at one point this season a long shot– seems more than realistic. [Read more…]

Gophers-Sioux; An Underrated Rivalry

Brett Cloutier-

Over the weekend one of the biggest rivalries took place.

No, it was not the New England Patriots-New York Jets AFC Divisional playoff game.

Nor was it Universal, Disney, Paramount, and Warner Brothers battling it out at the 68th annual Golden Globes.

This rivalry was one in the amateur ranks, and a rivalry that many- even in the sports world- are unaware of the magnitude.

The Minnesota Golden Gopher and North Dakota Fighting Sioux men’s hockey teams took the ice for the 280th and 281st time in this storied rivalry. [Read more…]

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