Pat Micheletti, 51, the former Gophers great and a hockey analyst for KFAN (100.3-FM) and 1500ESPN, is recovering at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester after undergoing a kidney transplant Wednesday.
The donor was his 62-year-old brother, Jerry.
"It's incredible," said Alex Micheletti, 24, one of Pat's three children. "That's unconditional love right there. He saved my dad's life."
Doctors say Jerry's kidney was in great condition and functioning perfectly after surgery, according to older brother Tom Micheletti.
"Jerry did it for the baby of the family, which makes it more special," Tom said.
Pat Micheletti is the second-leading scorer in University of Minnesota history with 120 goals and 269 points from 1982-86.
U women to play Duke
The Gophers women's basketball team will play Duke on Thursday, Dec. 3, in Durham, N.C., in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Game time and broadcast information will be announced later.
The Gophers were 23-10 last season and return three starters. The Blue Devils were 23-11 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years.
• Tayler Hill, the former Minneapolis South star, scored 18 points to lead the Washington Mystics to an 89-63 rout over the visiting Lynx in an exhibition game Wednesday. Lindsay Whalen and rookie Reshanda Gray had 10 points apiece to lead the Lynx, who played their expected starters about 1½ quarters.
• Forward Hannah Brandt and defenseman Lee Stecklein will be the co-captains for the Gophers women's hockey team during the 2015-16 season.
• Sophomore righthander Sara Groenewegen of the Gophers was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association second All-America team. Teammate Kaitlyn Richardson, a first baseman who has signed a pro contract with the Dallas Charge, was named to the Senior CLASS Award first All-America team.
• Caitlyn Merzbacher, who won her second Class 2A singles title last fall, was named one of 36 high school All-America players. Merzbacher is the daughter of Gophers coach Chuck Merzbacher, and will join his team this fall.
• Bob Niger, of El Dorado, Calif., shot a 2-under 69 Wednesday at Bent Creek Golf Club in Eden Prairie for medalist honors in a sectional qualifier for the 2015 U.S. Senior Open. Don Berry, of Rogers, shot a 70 and is the first alternate for the national event.