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Continued: Gophers hockey recalls when outside ice was nice

“My dad always built a rink outside our house and we’d go out there and play pipe. I shot the puck [once] and it went off the crossbar, came back and hit my brother in the face. That was the end of him showing off his skating skills. He went back to putting the [goalie] pads on outdoors. We went old-school, socks on our heads, so no face protection.”

Freshman defenseman Jake Bischoff

“Looking around up in Grand Rapids and just seeing everyone there bundled up [for Minnesota Hockey Day 2013]. … It was like a blizzard and really cold. … It was probably 30- or 40-miles per hour wind gusts. … Skating into the wind you could barely move at times.”

Senior forward Nate Condon

“We had a hockey rink about a mile or so away and my brothers and I would always walk over to it. We always had to carry goalie pads, skates and everything ’cause it was always one forward, one defenseman and one goalie. My parents would drive over and picks us up, thankfully, ’cause we wouldn’t have been able to make it back.”

Associate head coach Mike Guentzel

“Going home from school as fast as I could to change and go to the outdoor rink and get there for sunlight. I just loved that every day. I’d go down two blocks to the city rink and if it needed to be shoveled, we’d shovel. If not, we’d just drop the puck and play. … I’d go home at 5:30 for dinner and be right back there at 6:30. For me that was a ritual every day.”



 

  • guide: the Hockey City Classic at tcf bank stadium

    guide: the Hockey City Classic at tcf bank stadium

    the games One ticket gets you into both games:

    3:30 p.m.: Gates open.

    4:30 p.m.: Gophers women vs. MSU Mankato

    8 p.m.: Gophers men vs. Ohio State

    Re-entry will be allowed until 8 p.m. To leave the stadium, you must go to Gate E and scan your ticket so you will be allowed back in the stadium.

    at the games

    • The facility will operate under gameday protocol; alcoholic beverages will be sold at concession stands.

    • The video board will display all live game action.

    Parking opens at 2 p.m.

    All surface parking areas on the East Bank campus are sold out. Parking will be available on the West Bank campus and the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Shuttles from the Fairgrounds will start at 5 p.m. Parking will be available at the Oak Street, Washington Avenue and Church Street ramps.

    Tailgating allowed

    Pregame celebrations will be permitted on East Bank surface lots only, beginning at 2 p.m. and running until midnight.

    weather: dress warm

    Forecast: Cold! Single-digit temps, with “feels like” readings around minus-5.

    A big warming house: Mariucci Arena will be open to fans starting at 2 p.m. Food and drinks (no alcohol) will be for sale. The Gophers women’s game will be broadcast on the video board. Mariucci Arena will close at 8 p.m. There will be no designated warming areas once the men’s game starts.

    JASON GONZALEZ

    VIDEO: Intersport VP Drew Russell explains what it took to bring the Hockey City Classic to Minnesota and TCF Bank Stadium.

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2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.X24-7
Sep 27 - at Michigan 2:30 pmX30-14
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern 11 amX24-17
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 amX39-38
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 amX28-24
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa TBA
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State TBA
Nov 22 - at Nebraska TBA
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