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Gophers hockey to honor John Mayasich during Friday game

  • Associated Press
  • February 12, 2014 - 7:29 AM

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota will honor U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer John Mayasich during Friday's Big Ten game against Michigan at Mariucci Arena.

Mayasich will take part in a pregame ceremony before the 8:04 p.m. game. He also will drop a ceremonial puck to kick off the series between the nationally ranked Gophers and Wolverines.

Mayasich was a three-time All-American and is Gopher hockey's all-time leading scorer. The Eveleth native is the only Gopher to have his jersey — No. 8 — retired.

As an international competitor, Mayasich's eight national team appearances are the most in U.S. history. Those appearances include an Olympic silver medal in 1956 followed by a gold medal in 1960.

Mayasich was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.

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