Extends Lucia's Deal
head coach Don Lucia has signed a three-year contract extension,
Gopher athletic director Joel Maturi announced. Lucia, currently
in his seventh season with the Golden Gophers, is now committed
to Minnesota through the 2011-12 season. His previous contract
extended through the end of the 2008-09 season.
"We wanted to make sure that Don Lucia
remained at Minnesota and we are excited to have him signed
through the end of the 2012 season," Maturi said. "With
the success he has brought to the men's hockey program,
we are fortunate to have Don at the helm for the next seven
years. We're looking forward to more NCAA Frozen Four appearances
and national championships with Coach Lucia behind the Minnesota
"I¹m grateful for the trust that
Joel has put in me," Lucia said. "There is nowhere
else I'd rather be coaching than here at the University
of Minnesota. I'm looking forward to my next seven years
as head coach of the Golden Gophers."
Lucia, 47, has guided the Golden Gophers to
a 169-80-25 (.662) mark during his six-plus seasons. He
is two wins behind Brad Buetow (171-75-8 from 1979-85) for
third place on Minnesota¹s all-time coaching wins list.
In 18-plus seasons overall as a head coach, Lucia has compiled
a 448-235-54 (.645) record.
Leaves Notre Dame For OHL
forward Victor Oreskovich is leaving Notre Dame for the
Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers, Fighting Irish
coach Jeff Jackson announced today.
Oreskovich, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right wing
from Oakville, Ont., scored two goals and one assist in
nine games for Notre Dame this season. In 37 games with
the Fighting Irish last season, the second-round selection
of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2004 NHL Draft recorded
a goal and two assists.
Kitchener acquired the Oreskovich's OHL rights
in a trade with the Windsor Spitfires earlier this week.
CCHA has reprimanded Lake Superior State head coach Jim
Roque and fined him $1,000 for a violation of the conference's
"Good Conduct Regulations."
The Lakers' coach was cited for published
comments he made following his team's game at Ohio State
on Nov. 19.
"I showed the officials before the game
tonight some clips," Roque told USCHO.com, "and
the supervisor [Neil Armstrong] here, and they decided,
proceeded, to stick it to my team. So, a rookie coach got
taken out to the woodshed tonight, and that's the way it
"I screwed it up for my team. It's my
fault. My guys played hard, played a lot of chances. I don't
need to see the video tonight; we were outstanding. And
we were good last night. We were very good last night.
"He's [referee Mark Wilkins] apologizing
before the game that he missed two checking from behind,
it doesn't help me today. And you guys [Ohio State] on Tuesday
night won the game because of a checking from behind in
the third against State.
"Proud of my guys, though. We came here
to pass the test and we passed with flying colors. We're
going to be a good team. I like our team."
CCHA regulations stipulate, in part, that,
"No employee (e.g., coaches, athletic staff members,
etc.) or student-athlete of a member institution shall make
derogatory remarks to the press or public about opponents
Adds Skills Competition to Frozen Four Friday
Four Friday just got a little busier.
NCAA announced Tuesday that the final weekend of the 2005-06
season will mark the debut of the Frozen Four Skills Challenge.
A handful of seniors from both men’s and women’s
teams would be invited to take part in the event, which
will be patterned after the NHL’s skills competition.
Center, site of the Frozen Four, would also host the Skills
Challenge, which is tentatively scheduled for Friday, April
7. The competition’s start time has not been determined,
nor has the list of events. In its press release, however,
the NCAA says familiar contests such as fastest shot, fastest
skater and most accurate shooter are likely.
for the Skills Challenge will cost $10. 2006 Frozen Four
ticket holders will get the first chance to purchase tickets
for the event through a mailing the NCAA will send out next
week. The general public will be able to buy tickets starting
February 18 through the Bradley Center box office and Ticketmaster.
Suspends LSSU's Wheeler
CCHA announced that freshman defenseman Matt Wheeler of
Lake Superior State has been suspended for four games as
the result of a spearing incident that occurred in a game
at Western Michigan on Nov. 4.
supplemental disciplinary action was taken by the CCHA after
a review of the incident that occurred at 9:32 of the third
period and resulted in the player receiving a major penalty
for spearing and a disqualification penalty.
will be required to serve this suspension during Lake Superior
State's next two regularly scheduled series on Nov. 11-12
against Miami and on Nov. 18-19 against Ohio State.
Suspended for One Game
Hockey League Commissioner Steve Hagwell has announced that
Cornell head coach Mike Schafer has been suspended for one
game due to his post-game conduct last weekend against Michigan
will serve his suspension this Friday, Nov. 4, when the
Big Red plays at Yale. He will return to the bench Saturday
to several sources, after Michigan State's 4-3 win at Lynah
Rink in Ithaca Saturday night, Schafer confronted Spartan
defenseman Corey Potter on the ice, by some reports pushing
Potter. The Spartans had been celebrating the win and saluting
a small group of Michigan State fans in the building.
Cornell Department of Athletics and Physical Education respects
the authority of the ECACHL," athletic director Andy
Noel said. "Coach Schafer tried to calm a situation
before it escalated. He regrets grabbing the jersey of an
opposing player in an attempt to guide the team safely off
the ice. We addressed this matter internally, and with this
suspension consider the matter closed. Mike is a tremendous
teacher of young men and a great role model in our community.
We continue to offer Mike and his program our unwavering
Lansing State Journal reported that Schafer called
the Michigan State hockey office on Monday to apologize
for his actions.
suspension is Schafer's second in three years; in January
of 2004 he was suspended one game for post-game comments
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