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Continued: Gophers hockey foundation is built on defense

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 9, 2014 - 7:08 AM

The players like it that way, especially after three years of results.

“We put an emphasis and premium on having skating defensemen that can defend and that can get the puck out of our end. … This year’s group fits well together,” Guentzel said. “I have a belief in the way we should play, and they understand my expectations and get after it. I’m critical, I’m analytical, I’m a lot of different things to these kids, but they understand my expectation level and I hold them accountable and they hold me accountable.”

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