Former Gophers Eric Murray, Briean Boddy-Calhoun and De'Vondre Campbell have been invited to the NFL scouting combine, the team announced Thursday.
The combine runs Feb. 26-29 in Indianapolis. Murray and Boddy-Calhoun were third-team All-Big Ten selections at cornerback last season. Boddy-Calhoun dealt with a knee injury after being a first-team all-conference choice in 2014. Murray was a second-team all-conference selection as a junior, and quarterbacks continued to shy away from him last fall.
Campbell was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last fall after finishing third on the team with 92 tackles. The 6-5, 239-pound linebacker was a top high school sprinter in Florida.
Ms. Hockey down to five
Five finalists were named Thursday for the Ms. Hockey Award. They are forwards Sydney Brodt of Mounds View, Carly Bullock of Blake and Presley Norby of Minnetonka and defensemen Katie Robinson of Dodge County and MeKenzie Steffen of Hill-Murray. All are seniors,
The winner will be named at the Ms. Hockey Awards banquet at the RiverCentre in St. Paul on Feb. 21, the day after the state tournament.
U women at UMD
The No. 3 Gophers women's hockey team will make its final regular-season road trip this weekend, playing Minnesota Duluth at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at Amsoil Arena.
Minnesota (25-3-1, 20-3-1 WCHA) has a 17-game unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs (16-0-1).
The Gophers are coming off a 3-0 win and 0-0 tie against North Dakota last weekend at Ridder Arena. The Fighting Hawks won a shootout the second night.
Senior forward Amanda Kessel made her season debut for the Gophers against UND and had two assists and a shootout goal.
• Gophers junior pitcher Sara Groenewegen was named the sixth-best player in espnW's preseason top 25 list. She was 31-7 with a 1.67 ERA last season. Minnesota opens its season with games against Utah Valley at 1:15 p.m. and No. 8 Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. Friday in a Las Vegas tournament.
• Senior forward Suad Suljic of Minnetonka was named the Gatorade boys' soccer player of the year in Minnesota. Suljic had 25 goals and 20 assists last season for the Skippers (16-4).