Minneapolis, Minn. — Bob Motzko’s first season behind the bench for the Gophers started off hot with a tie and win against in-state rival Minnesota-Duluth, but then the rollercoaster dipped with losses to North Dakota in Las Vegas, being swept by Minnesota State and then dropping home games to St. Lawrence and Ferris State putting them in a PairWise Ranking prison with a 5-6-4 record and losses to the 59th and 57th team in the […]
Minneapolis, Minn. — Gopher men’s hockey season ticket sales for 2017-18 are down eight percent with 5,474 tickets sold compared to last season’s 5,977. The number continues a downward trend for sales since their first year in the Big Ten when the university sold 7,394 season tickets. Minnesota men’s hockey ‘pick-your-pack’ tickets went on sale Tuesday to Gophers Score members and will go on sale to the public Wednesday. GopherPuckLive has tracked season ticket scanning […]
Senior Associate Athletics Director Tom McGinnis also addresses Big Ten expansion and specific efforts to improve fan experience with Gopher Hockey Minneapolis, Minn. — The University of Minnesota consistently runs the top revenue producing men’s hockey program in the nation and has racked up a college hockey record six consecutive regular season titles, but an average of 2,583 tickets per home game went unscanned this past season, dampening the atmosphere at Mariucci Arena. Minnesota’s 2016-17 […]
Minneapolis, Minn. — The band didn’t get to play the Battle Hymn Saturday night, but a Justin Kloos goal and last minute stand returned the Gophers alone atop the Big Ten Standings with a 3-2 win in front of 10,469 at Mariucci Arena. “I actually didn’t see it go in, I just heard the crowd so I was pretty pumped,” said Kloos. “Crowd was great, that was really fun, one of the most fun games […]
After adding Notre Dame as a sports affiliate to men’s hockey in late March, the Big Ten will officially announce sometime this off-season that campus sites are coming to Big Ten Hockey Tournament starting in 2017-18. It’s expected that the higher seeds will be the host for all games in conference tournament play. The format will include a best-of-three first round with the top seed getting a bye, a single elimination semi-final, and then a […]
This is the last Podcast for the 2015/16 season. We covered A LOT. The Gopher season ended at the B1G Tournament. Brodzinski & Fasching are leaving. Attendance problems at Mariucci continue. Notre Dame coming to the B1G. Women win yet another NCAA Championship. The season didn’t end great, but the podcast was outstanding. You can listen to the podcast above, or via iTunes / Google Play. Check out older episodes on the Podcast Page.
The trendy thing to do this season has been writing hot takes on the atmosphere at Mariucci Arena since the formation of the Big Ten Hockey Conference. Star Tribune’s Rachel Blount authored an article calling the Big Ten” a buzzkill for Minnesota fans.” Andy Greder wrote this season that the “gap is widening between the Big Ten and the NCHC” for the Pioneer Press. And of course Cory Zurowski wrote in City Pages about the […]
The Big Ten Hockey Tournament experienced dismal paid attendance and actual attendance this past weekend. The conference reported paid attendance as 25,933 for the five games, but anyone watching knew the actual attendance was a fraction of the reported numbers. The University of Minnesota has never had a problem selling hockey tickets. Gopher hockey had a lengthy waiting list for season tickets for years and fans still have a strong appetite to see the Pride […]