The Gophers now have eight defensemen for next season with the addition of Chris Rial, a 6-5, 205 D-man for the Kenai River Brown Bears.
The U of M lost three D-men -- seniors Cade Fairchild and Kevin Wehrs and junior Aaron Ness -- who averaged 5-10, 185.
They are bringing in two small D-men, Ben Marshall (5-10, 166), of Omaha of the USHL and Chris Student (5-9, 170), a transfer from Northweastern who practiced with team this season but couldn't play.
But Rial adds size, especially if he can put on a little muscle this offseason.
With him the Gophers could pair one small D-man with a big one which they did most of this past season.
Here are their big D-men:
Seth Helgeson, 6-5, 217
Chris Rial, 6-5, 205
Mark Alt, 6-3, 194
Justin Holl, 6-2, 180
The four small D-men
Nate Schmidt, 5-11, 199 ... actually heavier than Alt and Holl, a little feisty too
Jake Parenteau, 5-10, 188
Chris Student, 5-9, 170
Ben Marshall, 5-10, 166
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The Gophers opened 0-7 last season and struggled to a 21-30 final record. Their 2016 season starts Friday in Arizona.
The Gophers, who have won eight of their past nine games, have to stay hot in the stretch run to make the NCAA tournament.
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