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A New Beginning at Minnesota

Instead of doing a story about Bob Motzko, the new hockey coach at Minnesota… I thought I would just head down to the U and capture the event in pictures. There were a lot of familiar faces at the news conference today. To see all three of the most recent coaches together was pretty special. (Woog, Lucia & Motzko)   So below are a few of my favorite photos from today.

New Brushed Steel 3M Branding Coming to 3M Arena at Mariucci.
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Gophers Sports Sells 3M Naming Rights to Mariucci Arena

Minneapolis, Minn. — Seeking new revenue streams to fund their $169 million athlete village, the University of Minnesota announced a 14-year, $11.2 million sponsorship agreement with 3M on Monday.  The Gopher hockey facility will now be known as 3M Arena at Mariucci, and funding from naming rights will directly support construction of the new Athletes Village. “I feel like we’re enhancing our program, we talk all the time, we’re such a visual element of the […]

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Lucia Signs Two-Year Extension Through 2018-19 Season

Minneapolis, Minn. — As the Gopher athletic department leadership changed from Norwood Teague, to Beth Goetz, to Mark Coyle, their men’s hockey coach Don Lucia continued to work under a contract set to expire after the 2016-17 season. That uncertainty was resolved Thursday morning as Lucia signed a two-year extension worth $621,250 per year keeping him under contract through his 20th season with Minnesota. The deal includes increases in base pay from $350,000 in 2016-17 […]