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Gopher Offseason 2021...

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Post by Bertogliat » Tue Apr 06 1:03 pm

So far....this thread sucks.

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Post by Laxref » Tue Apr 06 1:13 pm

Any word on any non-conference opponents on the sched?

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Post by frozen4champs » Tue Apr 06 1:17 pm

For those that missed it in the season thread, Tampa beat writer says Walker staying in school.

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Post by Bonin21 » Tue Apr 06 1:33 pm

Is Walker the first ever three year captain? He could be a four year captain, technically, and that would never be matched.

No one else should leave early for the pros. If they do they're making the wrong decision. If Sanderson can stay none of the D should be leaving.
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Post by Bertogliat » Tue Apr 06 2:34 pm

Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Apr 06 1:33 pm
Is Walker the first ever three year captain? He could be a four year captain, technically, and that would never be matched.

No one else should leave early for the pros. If they do they're making the wrong decision. If Sanderson can stay none of the D should be leaving.
I believe Casey Hankinson was a 3 year captain.

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Post by Bonin21 » Tue Apr 06 6:15 pm

If there is a top 6 winger left available in the portal as a one year rental the Gophers should be going after them.

I think Cameron Wright is the only one left at the moment. Copeland and Theisen are tier 2.
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Post by YoungEagle » Tue Apr 06 7:29 pm

I may be in the minority here but I wish Moe luck.
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Post by davescharf » Tue Apr 06 7:32 pm

Bertogliat wrote:
Tue Apr 06 2:34 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Apr 06 1:33 pm
Is Walker the first ever three year captain? He could be a four year captain, technically, and that would never be matched.

No one else should leave early for the pros. If they do they're making the wrong decision. If Sanderson can stay none of the D should be leaving.
I believe Casey Hankinson was a 3 year captain.
Grant Potulny was a 3 year captain wasn’t he?
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Post by Bonin21 » Tue Apr 06 7:37 pm

davescharf wrote:
Tue Apr 06 7:32 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Tue Apr 06 2:34 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Apr 06 1:33 pm
Is Walker the first ever three year captain? He could be a four year captain, technically, and that would never be matched.

No one else should leave early for the pros. If they do they're making the wrong decision. If Sanderson can stay none of the D should be leaving.
I believe Casey Hankinson was a 3 year captain.
Grant Potulny was a 3 year captain wasn’t he?
Based on what I've found neither of those two wore the C three years.
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Post by davescharf » Tue Apr 06 7:48 pm

Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Apr 06 7:37 pm
davescharf wrote:
Tue Apr 06 7:32 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Tue Apr 06 2:34 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Apr 06 1:33 pm
Is Walker the first ever three year captain? He could be a four year captain, technically, and that would never be matched.

No one else should leave early for the pros. If they do they're making the wrong decision. If Sanderson can stay none of the D should be leaving.
I believe Casey Hankinson was a 3 year captain.
Grant Potulny was a 3 year captain wasn’t he?
Based on what I've found neither of those two wore the C three years.
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Post by Bonin21 » Tue Apr 06 7:50 pm

davescharf wrote:
Tue Apr 06 7:48 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Apr 06 7:37 pm
davescharf wrote:
Tue Apr 06 7:32 pm
Bertogliat wrote:
Tue Apr 06 2:34 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Apr 06 1:33 pm
Is Walker the first ever three year captain? He could be a four year captain, technically, and that would never be matched.

No one else should leave early for the pros. If they do they're making the wrong decision. If Sanderson can stay none of the D should be leaving.
I believe Casey Hankinson was a 3 year captain.
Grant Potulny was a 3 year captain wasn’t he?
Based on what I've found neither of those two wore the C three years.
https://gophersports.com/sports/mens-ic ... tulny/5437
He was an assistant captain as a sophomore for Minnesota's 2002 national championship team and then captained the team the following two years, including the Gophers' 2003 national title squad.
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Post by maroon_and_gold » Tue Apr 06 8:51 pm

Top 5 scorers (points) are... Walker, McLaughlin, Meyers, Lucius, LaCombe if I were to guess.

Should be lots of balanced scoring just like this year. Defense and goaltending should be what puts us over the edge.

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Post by 5 O.T. » Wed Apr 07 10:14 am

Bertogliat wrote:
Tue Apr 06 2:34 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Apr 06 1:33 pm
Is Walker the first ever three year captain? He could be a four year captain, technically, and that would never be matched.

No one else should leave early for the pros. If they do they're making the wrong decision. If Sanderson can stay none of the D should be leaving.
I believe Casey Hankinson was a 3 year captain.
Casey Hankinson wore the "C" for one season. He was an alternate captain his Jr. year on the '97 team along with Nick Checco. Mike Crowley was the captain in '97. Casey was the captain his Sr. year on the '98 team. Ryan Kraft and Steve DeBus were the alternates that season.

1997 Team Picture
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According to gopherhockeyhistory.com, Allan Opsahl was the only three time captain in the 45,46,47 seasons.
http://gopherhockeyhistory.com/players/captains.asp?offset=20

Several recent players have worn the "C" for two seasons. Grant Potulny, Kyle Rau, Justin Kloos, Tyler Sheehy and Sammy Walker. Several players have also worn the "A" for multiple seasons.

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Post by maroon_and_gold » Wed Apr 07 10:36 am

Meyers and McLaughlin should have A’s and I’m very confident Laffer will be given a C which begs the question: who was the last gopher tendy to wear the C?

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Post by Cowgirl » Wed Apr 07 10:52 am

maroon_and_gold wrote:
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Meyers and McLaughlin should have A’s and I’m very confident Laffer will be given a C which begs the question: who was the last gopher tendy to wear the C?
You think they’d take the C away from Walker and give it to someone else? I think co-captains would be more likely.

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YoungEagle wrote:
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I may be in the minority here but I wish Moe luck.
I wish Moe the best too. Here's hoping he shocks the world by somehow getting nominated for the Richter Award while his team fails to win a game!

By the way, is Beydoun coming back? If so, I imagine Moe will have a tough time getting in the crease next year.

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Celsior wrote:
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By the way, is Beydoun coming back? If so, I imagine Moe will have a tough time getting in the crease next year.
Pretty sure he's gone and it's the "Moe/Rowe Show"
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Post by maroon_and_gold » Wed Apr 07 12:23 pm

Cowgirl wrote:
Wed Apr 07 10:52 am
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Wed Apr 07 10:36 am
Meyers and McLaughlin should have A’s and I’m very confident Laffer will be given a C which begs the question: who was the last gopher tendy to wear the C?
You think they’d take the C away from Walker and give it to someone else? I think co-captains would be more likely.
No I’m thinking Laffer and Sammy with the C’s. It’s been very common w tBob (Sheehy and Gates in 2019, Sammy and Nanne in 2020).

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Post by Bertogliat » Wed Apr 07 3:03 pm

5 O.T. wrote:
Wed Apr 07 10:14 am
Bertogliat wrote:
Tue Apr 06 2:34 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Apr 06 1:33 pm
Is Walker the first ever three year captain? He could be a four year captain, technically, and that would never be matched.

No one else should leave early for the pros. If they do they're making the wrong decision. If Sanderson can stay none of the D should be leaving.
I believe Casey Hankinson was a 3 year captain.
Casey Hankinson wore the "C" for one season. He was an alternate captain his Jr. year on the '97 team along with Nick Checco. Mike Crowley was the captain in '97. Casey was the captain his Sr. year on the '98 team. Ryan Kraft and Steve DeBus were the alternates that season.

1997 Team Picture
https://gophersports.com/images/2013/7/18/7250317.jpeg
1998 Team Picture
https://gophersports.com/images/2013/7/18/7250316.jpeg

According to gopherhockeyhistory.com, Allan Opsahl was the only three time captain in the 45,46,47 seasons.
http://gopherhockeyhistory.com/players/captains.asp?offset=20

Several recent players have worn the "C" for two seasons. Grant Potulny, Kyle Rau, Justin Kloos, Tyler Sheehy and Sammy Walker. Several players have also worn the "A" for multiple seasons.
It's frustrating because the list on gopherhockeyhistory is not complete. They don't even list Hankinson as someone who "wore the C and the A" and the list of assistant captains is missing the year 1995-1996.

The team photo from 95-96 (Casey's sophomore year) shows Dan Trebil with the A, but no C or second A.
https://gophersports.com/images/2013/7/18/7250319.jpeg

GopherSports has a list of all captains, but for some reason only lists two captains, even if there was a C and 2A. I swear I remember him wearing a letter in his sophomore year.

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Post by 5 O.T. » Wed Apr 07 4:53 pm

Bertogliat wrote:
Wed Apr 07 3:03 pm
5 O.T. wrote:
Wed Apr 07 10:14 am
Bertogliat wrote:
Tue Apr 06 2:34 pm
Bonin21 wrote:
Tue Apr 06 1:33 pm
Is Walker the first ever three year captain? He could be a four year captain, technically, and that would never be matched.

No one else should leave early for the pros. If they do they're making the wrong decision. If Sanderson can stay none of the D should be leaving.
I believe Casey Hankinson was a 3 year captain.
Casey Hankinson wore the "C" for one season. He was an alternate captain his Jr. year on the '97 team along with Nick Checco. Mike Crowley was the captain in '97. Casey was the captain his Sr. year on the '98 team. Ryan Kraft and Steve DeBus were the alternates that season.

1997 Team Picture
https://gophersports.com/images/2013/7/18/7250317.jpeg
1998 Team Picture
https://gophersports.com/images/2013/7/18/7250316.jpeg

According to gopherhockeyhistory.com, Allan Opsahl was the only three time captain in the 45,46,47 seasons.
http://gopherhockeyhistory.com/players/captains.asp?offset=20

Several recent players have worn the "C" for two seasons. Grant Potulny, Kyle Rau, Justin Kloos, Tyler Sheehy and Sammy Walker. Several players have also worn the "A" for multiple seasons.
It's frustrating because the list on gopherhockeyhistory is not complete. They don't even list Hankinson as someone who "wore the C and the A" and the list of assistant captains is missing the year 1995-1996.

The team photo from 95-96 (Casey's sophomore year) shows Dan Trebil with the A, but no C or second A.
https://gophersports.com/images/2013/7/18/7250319.jpeg

GopherSports has a list of all captains, but for some reason only lists two captains, even if there was a C and 2A. I swear I remember him wearing a letter in his sophomore year.
Come on Jesse, you were on that 95-96 team. Shouldn't you know? :biggrin2: Isn't that you on the end of the row, far right. :club: :wink:

I'm pretty sure the "C" was worn by Brian Bonin in the 95-96 season which was his senior season. On his profile page at gopherhockeyhistory it lists him that season as captain. One explanation regarding the 95-96 team picture is it was taken before the season started. All the freshman in the picture had their heads freshly shaved which tells me it was likely an early picture shot in the pre-season. Possible that the time the picture was taken the team hadn't yet voted for the captain.

There's something wrong with the gopherhockey history site too. It gets stuck on pages or won't show parts of lists such as what you describe with the Captains list. Some information is somewhat incomplete. The player profiles usually have the most accurate information. but even then it doesn't make the distinction between C or A. That site has been malfunctioning for a long time. The Gophersports site provides even less detail.

It's possible you might be thinking of Ben. All three Hankinson brothers wore the "C". Peter in 89-90, Ben in 90-91 and Casey in 97-98. I don't have any recollection of Casey having an "A" his sophomore season. If the gopherhockeyhistory site functioned properly the mystery would be solved.

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Post by Laxref » Wed Apr 07 6:30 pm

So, we know Bob said we are out of next year’s Icebreaker due to a prior commitment. Is it possible that commitment is a game Vs St Thomas at the X??

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Post by FargoGopher7 » Wed Apr 07 6:54 pm

maroon_and_gold wrote:
Tue Apr 06 8:51 pm
Top 5 scorers (points) are... Walker, McLaughlin, Meyers, Lucius, LaCombe if I were to guess.

Should be lots of balanced scoring just like this year. Defense and goaltending should be what puts us over the edge.
From the few time I watch lucius I could see him leading the team in goal or even points

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Laxref wrote:
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So, we know Bob said we are out of next year’s Icebreaker due to a prior commitment. Is it possible that commitment is a game Vs St Thomas at the X??
They would not sell enough tickets for that to be worth it. Just play at Mariucci.
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Bonin21 wrote:
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If there is a top 6 winger left available in the portal as a one year rental the Gophers should be going after them.

I think Cameron Wright is the only one left at the moment. Copeland and Theisen are tier 2.
More likely than these two might be Knies' brother, who I had forgotten about.
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Post by JDUBBS1280 » Fri Apr 09 1:50 pm

Per Russo - Meyers likely coming back.
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JDUBBS1280 wrote:
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Per Russo - Meyers likely coming back.
It would be nice to maybe finish that degree or go Russell Wilson on the bit and not bother with classes for that last semester.

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He needs to really step it up if he's even going to be a departure risk next spring. As of now he's a four year player and leaving would be unwise.
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He should do fairly well as a 5th year player in the NCHC. I wish him many many goals against UND, UMD, and SCSU.
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He should do fairly well as a 5th year player in the NCHC. I wish him many many goals against UND, UMN, and SCSU.
You wish he scores many goals against the Gophers? :D

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frozen4champs wrote:
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He should do fairly well as a 5th year player in the NCHC. I wish him many many goals against UND, UMN, and SCSU.
You wish he scores many goals against the Gophers? :D
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frozen4champs wrote:
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He should do fairly well as a 5th year player in the NCHC. I wish him many many goals against UND, UMN, and SCSU.
You wish he scores many goals against the Gophers? :D
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Post by wincav » Fri Apr 09 5:07 pm

Congratulations to Jack! Well deserved award.

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Post by gopheritall » Fri Apr 09 5:09 pm

Seems strange a goalie in the hobey hattrick doesnt win it. Not complaining, love Jack, just seems odd.

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Post by Cowgirl » Fri Apr 09 5:11 pm

Way to go Laffer!!

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Post by Cowgirl » Fri Apr 09 5:12 pm

gopheritall wrote:
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Seems strange a goalie in the hobey hattrick doesnt win it. Not complaining, love Jack, just seems odd.
Maybe he’s getting a different award so they are sharing the love?

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Post by frozen4champs » Fri Apr 09 5:13 pm

Going to have to add space to the murals...

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Tears flowing already
Must have been a crap record book ha...but let’s not turn everything into a screw UMD thread.

Super happy for Laffer. Well earned. He’s been a stud thus far. Did Wilcox ever get nominated or in the final 3 for this? He had that one unreal year. Just curious.
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Re: Gopher Offseason 2021...

Post by frozen4champs » Fri Apr 09 5:23 pm

YoungEagle wrote:
Fri Apr 09 5:19 pm
frozen4champs wrote:
Fri Apr 09 5:06 pm
Tears flowing already
Must have been a crap record book ha...but let’s not turn everything into a screw UMD thread.

Super happy for Laffer. Well earned. He’s been a stud thus far. Did Wilcox ever get nominated or in the final 3 for this? He had that one unreal year. Just curious.
Wilcox was a finalist for Ritcher and lost to Connor Hellebuyck in 2014

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Post by Karlsson » Fri Apr 09 5:38 pm

Cowgirl wrote:
Fri Apr 09 5:12 pm
gopheritall wrote:
Fri Apr 09 5:09 pm
Seems strange a goalie in the hobey hattrick doesnt win it. Not complaining, love Jack, just seems odd.
Maybe he’s getting a different award so they are sharing the love?
I think it shows that the committee choosing the Hobey hat trick got it wrong having McKay in there.

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Post by Bale » Fri Apr 09 5:41 pm

Gee....color me surprised.

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Post by Gopherguy05 » Fri Apr 09 5:42 pm

Voting was done after conference tournaments but before regionals...so about the perfect time for Laffer to win.

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Post by frozen4champs » Fri Apr 09 5:49 pm

By the way Kato fans-media are responding to Laffers win, it is like he ran over their dog or something.

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Post by Maize » Fri Apr 09 5:50 pm

gopheritall wrote:
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Seems strange a goalie in the hobey hattrick doesnt win it. Not complaining, love Jack, just seems odd.
Two different committees voting and two different times they vote. Richter vote was done before the regionals and Hobey vote was done after the regionals. Also, I believe Hobey vote is just picking one name, but Richter vote is ranked choice for three candidates. I could see everyone that voted for McKay also picking LaFontaine, but some people that picked LaFontaine not including McKay.

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Post by Cowgirl » Fri Apr 09 5:58 pm

So they couldn’t interview Caufield with the other two immediately before the award was announced because he was busy with his current team, but they did after (five minutes later) - or was it prerecorded aka he already knew??

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Cowgirl wrote:
Fri Apr 09 5:58 pm
So they couldn’t interview Caufield with the other two immediately before the award was announced because he was busy with his current team, but they did after (five minutes later) - or was it prerecorded aka he already knew??
Pre recorded. Plus, the little guy has his 1st AHL game tonight starting at 6pm, so I'm sure he was in full pregame mode.

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Post by frozen4champs » Fri Apr 09 6:48 pm

The Kato players are now tweeting up a storm on the injustice of McKay. The thing is that it could have gone either way. If Caufield didn't win the Hobey, that would have been an injustice.

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When you consider the vast superiority of the NCHC to the Big 10, I don't see Brannon cracking the lineup.

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Post by Cowgirl » Fri Apr 09 7:44 pm

frozen4champs wrote:
Fri Apr 09 6:02 pm
Cowgirl wrote:
Fri Apr 09 5:58 pm
So they couldn’t interview Caufield with the other two immediately before the award was announced because he was busy with his current team, but they did after (five minutes later) - or was it prerecorded aka he already knew??
Pre recorded. Plus, the little guy has his 1st AHL game tonight starting at 6pm, so I'm sure he was in full pregame mode.
Is the Hobey typically awarded with the winner already knowing in advance - or is that only done when the winner is unavailable?

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Post by Karlsson » Fri Apr 09 7:50 pm

Cowgirl wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:44 pm
frozen4champs wrote:
Fri Apr 09 6:02 pm
Cowgirl wrote:
Fri Apr 09 5:58 pm
So they couldn’t interview Caufield with the other two immediately before the award was announced because he was busy with his current team, but they did after (five minutes later) - or was it prerecorded aka he already knew??
Pre recorded. Plus, the little guy has his 1st AHL game tonight starting at 6pm, so I'm sure he was in full pregame mode.
Is the Hobey typically awarded with the winner already knowing in advance - or is that only done when the winner is unavailable?
They probably just don't show it if he loses. Not that there was really any chance of that happening.

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Post by maroon_and_gold » Fri Apr 09 7:50 pm

Two more faces on the mural👍 two great players. And McKay did get robbed lol.

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Post by Karlsson » Fri Apr 09 7:57 pm

maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:50 pm
Two more faces on the mural👍 two great players. And McKay did get robbed lol.
Did he though? He made 240 less saves and had a save percentage 10 points lower.

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Karlsson wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:57 pm
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:50 pm
Two more faces on the mural👍 two great players. And McKay did get robbed lol.
Did he though? He made 240 less saves and had a save percentage 10 points lower.
Really? Did not know that. Was just going by the old fashioned eye test. He was a brick wall in our regional game but then again that could’ve been a product of the team defense in front of him.

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Post by Cowgirl » Fri Apr 09 8:06 pm

Karlsson wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:50 pm
Cowgirl wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:44 pm
frozen4champs wrote:
Fri Apr 09 6:02 pm
Cowgirl wrote:
Fri Apr 09 5:58 pm
So they couldn’t interview Caufield with the other two immediately before the award was announced because he was busy with his current team, but they did after (five minutes later) - or was it prerecorded aka he already knew??
Pre recorded. Plus, the little guy has his 1st AHL game tonight starting at 6pm, so I'm sure he was in full pregame mode.
Is the Hobey typically awarded with the winner already knowing in advance - or is that only done when the winner is unavailable?
They probably just don't show it if he loses. Not that there was really any chance of that happening.
It was a video of him discussing his win so I can’t imagine they would have recorded in advance without it being legit!

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Post by Bale » Fri Apr 09 8:28 pm

maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:00 pm
Karlsson wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:57 pm
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:50 pm
Two more faces on the mural👍 two great players. And McKay did get robbed lol.
Did he though? He made 240 less saves and had a save percentage 10 points lower.
Really? Did not know that. Was just going by the old fashioned eye test. He was a brick wall in our regional game but then again that could’ve been a product of the team defense in front of him.
Let's be honest, the conference continues to work against both teams and individual players. Everyone doubts the quality of mankato as a team because of the conference and the same thing happens to individual players. And God forbid you have a good team around a player, because that's another strike against him.

This was proven last year when he lost to swayman. McKay literally had better stats in every category except the number of saves. That was the knock and rationalization. What's being said by these awards is that if you are in the wcha, you aren't allowed to have a bad game or you will be penalized. Remember, McKay was considered one of the favorites for the hobey until he had one bad game and I distinctly remember people saying that he lost the hobby. Then he had another bad game in the conference tourney and he lost the Richter.

And the reason that so many players and fans are upset is because msu has been discounted over and over and over, to many this is just one more slap in the face to the program (and, yes, I know it's overly dramatic but that's likely how people would describe it). Personally, I'm not surprised. In fact i said as much to jup just a week ago. If you listened to guys like women, he made it very obvious he was discounting everything...and almost reveling in it.

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Re: Gopher Offseason 2021...

Post by frozen4champs » Fri Apr 09 8:39 pm

Bale wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:28 pm
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:00 pm
Karlsson wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:57 pm
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:50 pm
Two more faces on the mural👍 two great players. And McKay did get robbed lol.
Did he though? He made 240 less saves and had a save percentage 10 points lower.
Really? Did not know that. Was just going by the old fashioned eye test. He was a brick wall in our regional game but then again that could’ve been a product of the team defense in front of him.
Let's be honest, the conference continues to work against both teams and individual players. Everyone doubts the quality of mankato as a team because of the conference and the same thing happens to individual players. And God forbid you have a good team around a player, because that's another strike against him.

This was proven last year when he lost to swayman. McKay literally had better stats in every category except the number of saves. That was the knock and rationalization. What's being said by these awards is that if you are in the wcha, you aren't allowed to have a bad game or you will be penalized. Remember, McKay was considered one of the favorites for the hobey until he had one bad game and I distinctly remember people saying that he lost the hobby. Then he had another bad game in the conference tourney and he lost the Richter.

And the reason that so many players and fans are upset is because msu has been discounted over and over and over, to many this is just one more slap in the face to the program (and, yes, I know it's overly dramatic but that's likely how people would describe it). Personally, I'm not surprised. In fact i said as much to jup just a week ago. If you listened to guys like women, he made it very obvious he was discounting everything...and almost reveling in it.
I get the disappointment of McKay not winning it, but it is not like Laffer is a 3rd string goalie with a GAA of 5.76. It was a coin flip in my opinion, and I would have been ok with McKay winning it. I honestly thought Knight would somehow sneak in and win it based on his history with USA hockey. I also understand his teammates having his back, but the media members reactions have been over the top. They act like it was a no brainer, and again, Laffer had a very, very good year.

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Post by maroon_and_gold » Fri Apr 09 8:46 pm

Someone’s gotta teach Jack how to play the puck over the offseason lol

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Post by Norm » Fri Apr 09 9:01 pm

maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:00 pm
Karlsson wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:57 pm
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:50 pm
Two more faces on the mural👍 two great players. And McKay did get robbed lol.
Did he though? He made 240 less saves and had a save percentage 10 points lower.
Really? Did not know that. Was just going by the old fashioned eye test. He was a brick wall in our regional game but then again that could’ve been a product of the team defense in front of him.
I don't know how he was a brick wall against us. Hell, he was never really tested.

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Re: Gopher Offseason 2021...

Post by Bale » Fri Apr 09 9:02 pm

frozen4champs wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:39 pm
Bale wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:28 pm
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:00 pm
Karlsson wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:57 pm
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:50 pm
Two more faces on the mural👍 two great players. And McKay did get robbed lol.
Did he though? He made 240 less saves and had a save percentage 10 points lower.
Really? Did not know that. Was just going by the old fashioned eye test. He was a brick wall in our regional game but then again that could’ve been a product of the team defense in front of him.
Let's be honest, the conference continues to work against both teams and individual players. Everyone doubts the quality of mankato as a team because of the conference and the same thing happens to individual players. And God forbid you have a good team around a player, because that's another strike against him.

This was proven last year when he lost to swayman. McKay literally had better stats in every category except the number of saves. That was the knock and rationalization. What's being said by these awards is that if you are in the wcha, you aren't allowed to have a bad game or you will be penalized. Remember, McKay was considered one of the favorites for the hobey until he had one bad game and I distinctly remember people saying that he lost the hobby. Then he had another bad game in the conference tourney and he lost the Richter.

And the reason that so many players and fans are upset is because msu has been discounted over and over and over, to many this is just one more slap in the face to the program (and, yes, I know it's overly dramatic but that's likely how people would describe it). Personally, I'm not surprised. In fact i said as much to jup just a week ago. If you listened to guys like women, he made it very obvious he was discounting everything...and almost reveling in it.
I get the disappointment of McKay not winning it, but it is not like Laffer is a 3rd string goalie with a GAA of 5.76. It was a coin flip in my opinion, and I would have been ok with McKay winning it. I honestly thought Knight would somehow sneak in and win it based on his history with USA hockey. I also understand his teammates having his back, but the media members reactions have been over the top. They act like it was a no brainer, and again, Laffer had a very, very good year.
Just curious what/who you thought was.over the top. I the shane frederick was bending over backwards to NOT do what you're suggesting.

I just think it's interesting the way non-wcha media/fans work to discount him so much. He's not an nhl draftees, but imagine a guy having 24 shutouts in 3 years in the big ten, hockey east or nchc (and make no mistake they each have some pretty bad teams too). People would be drooling.

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Post by maroon_and_gold » Fri Apr 09 9:36 pm

For what it’s worth I did think McKay was gonna get it but like people are saying it really was a coin flip

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Wilcox was a finalist for Ritcher and lost to Connor Hellebuyck in 2014
Think that guy he lost to turned out to be decent
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Someone’s gotta teach Jack how to play the puck over the offseason lol
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Lacombe had the quietest second team all american season I can remember in my life. Not that not noticing D is a bad thing, I was just very surprised to see that one.

Any of Faber/Lacombe/Johnson/Koster could be a second team all american again next year with the first two having potential for first team alongside Sanderson/Power/Kaiser.
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trixR4kids wrote:
Fri Apr 09 10:14 pm
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:46 pm
Someone’s gotta teach Jack how to play the puck over the offseason lol
See every goalie ever, minus Brodeur and Turco maybe.
That may be true, but one of the things Mankato St. did against the Gophers was to put the puck right on LaFontaine and force him to handle the puck or give them the offensive zone face off. One glaring issue was when the Gophers were on the power play and Jack had to cover the puck. That was a highly effective strategy and if we want to move to the next level, this is an area he needs to improve upon.

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At this point he probably is what he is and we'll get that for one more season. Trying to change something now might get inside his head. His job is not to win games for the Gophers next year like it is for some goalies on bad teams. It's to stop the ones he should, like he did this year much better than last year.
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The 3 things that stood out from this--
1. Laffer said really nice things about Moe, and called out the people on social media who were not nice to Moe
2. The biggest smile from him was talking about Wait's goal and how happy he and his teammates are for him. Wait was his roommate last year.
3. Just a regular Friday night for him as he is writing his thesis for a class.

Of all the players that have come through Minnesota, Laffer is in my top 5. Seems like a great, thoughtful young man and leader. If he can come close to this years numbers next year, it will be fun. #UnFinishedBusiness

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Post by frozen4champs » Sat Apr 10 8:36 am

Bale wrote:
Fri Apr 09 9:02 pm
frozen4champs wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:39 pm
Bale wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:28 pm
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:00 pm
Karlsson wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:57 pm
maroon_and_gold wrote:
Fri Apr 09 7:50 pm
Two more faces on the mural👍 two great players. And McKay did get robbed lol.
Did he though? He made 240 less saves and had a save percentage 10 points lower.
Really? Did not know that. Was just going by the old fashioned eye test. He was a brick wall in our regional game but then again that could’ve been a product of the team defense in front of him.
Let's be honest, the conference continues to work against both teams and individual players. Everyone doubts the quality of mankato as a team because of the conference and the same thing happens to individual players. And God forbid you have a good team around a player, because that's another strike against him.

This was proven last year when he lost to swayman. McKay literally had better stats in every category except the number of saves. That was the knock and rationalization. What's being said by these awards is that if you are in the wcha, you aren't allowed to have a bad game or you will be penalized. Remember, McKay was considered one of the favorites for the hobey until he had one bad game and I distinctly remember people saying that he lost the hobby. Then he had another bad game in the conference tourney and he lost the Richter.

And the reason that so many players and fans are upset is because msu has been discounted over and over and over, to many this is just one more slap in the face to the program (and, yes, I know it's overly dramatic but that's likely how people would describe it). Personally, I'm not surprised. In fact i said as much to jup just a week ago. If you listened to guys like women, he made it very obvious he was discounting everything...and almost reveling in it.
I get the disappointment of McKay not winning it, but it is not like Laffer is a 3rd string goalie with a GAA of 5.76. It was a coin flip in my opinion, and I would have been ok with McKay winning it. I honestly thought Knight would somehow sneak in and win it based on his history with USA hockey. I also understand his teammates having his back, but the media members reactions have been over the top. They act like it was a no brainer, and again, Laffer had a very, very good year.
Just curious what/who you thought was.over the top. I the shane frederick was bending over backwards to NOT do what you're suggesting.

I just think it's interesting the way non-wcha media/fans work to discount him so much. He's not an nhl draftees, but imagine a guy having 24 shutouts in 3 years in the big ten, hockey east or nchc (and make no mistake they each have some pretty bad teams too). People would be drooling.
Again, I think it was a toss up, and feel that either player could have won. A couple of things on twitter stand out for me. Shane pointed out that McKay is only 5'11'' and undrafted. What has that have to do with anything? So the voters did not vote for McKay because he is shorter? :confused2: Also McKay's record over the past 3 years is being brought up. There is no argument that his last 3 years have been great, and much better than Laffer, but it is based on this year, and one could argue that it is too close to call. When Dan Myers chimes in and Bruce "Jock Sniffer and I hate MINNESOTA with a passion" Ciskie says that it was a JOKE Laffer won, that is over the top. If the votes ever come out, I would imagine that it was a razor thin win by Laffer. Luckily no one died, and if McKay comes back, this may give him and the rest of the team more fuel to their fire. ( BTW, I wish Kato would have beaten SCSU)

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Re: Gopher Offseason 2021...

Post by bearpaw28 » Sat Apr 10 8:59 am

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frozen4champs wrote:
Sat Apr 10 7:39 am
Jupiter wrote:
Fri Apr 09 8:15 pm
The 3 things that stood out from this--
1. Laffer said really nice things about Moe, and called out the people on social media who were not nice to Moe
2. The biggest smile from him was talking about Wait's goal and how happy he and his teammates are for him. Wait was his roommate last year.
3. Just a regular Friday night for him as he is writing his thesis for a class.

Of all the players that have come through Minnesota, Laffer is in my top 5. Seems like a great, thoughtful young man and leader. If he can come close to this years numbers next year, it will be fun. #UnFinishedBusiness
Congrats to Laffer! ☝️ Clearly a great kid and a class act! He understands what Moe is going through (transferring ) to get playing time, he had to do it himself. Also nice to see the way Jack & other Gopher players are happy for Wait scoring the OT goal getting his team to the ship game 👍

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