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BIG TEN HOCKEY

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After much hype prior to his arrival, Logan Cooley was worth the wait, as the rookie scored twice and the Minnesota Gophers spoiled the D-I debut of the Lindenwood Lions.
The first-ever game played by Lindenwood on Saturday will mark 102 seasons of Minnesota Gophers hockey, and with a mostly unknown opponent coming to town, the home club will focus on itself and what it needs to improve with an October schedule that gets tougher quickly.
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After 40 years as a college hockey coach, Mel Pearson will not be on a campus this season, having been dismissed from the University of Michigan in August. The claims against him and others there were numerous and thoroughly investigated. In an exclusive hour-long interview with The Rink Live where no topics were off limits, Pearson offered his side of the story regarding the case made against him and his hockey program.
Twenty years after he burst onto the Minnesota hockey scene and led the Gophers to their most recent NCAA title, Thomas Vanek has found a comfortable life as a full-time hockey dad in his adopted home.
He played for USA Hockey in Michigan. He accepted a college scholarship in Indiana. He was drafted by a NHL team in California. But through it all, the love of this game and family keep pulling Brock Faber back to the State of Hockey.
Amid all of the mid-season consternation with Jack LaFontaine leaving and Justen Close taking over the Gophers net last January, a tall, quiet kid with orange pads and a long last name arrived from Michigan by way of Ohio and Texas, and has shown skill, size and an unrelenting work ethic as his "real" rookie season approaches.

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The release of the full Minnesota Gophers 2022-23 schedule shows a three-week road trip, a pair of exhibition games and a pre-Halloween start to their conference schedule.
Before he will don a NHL sweater for what all expect will be a lengthy and lucrative pro career, Logan Cooley will skate for the Minnesota Gophers for at least one season. But when he is ready to try hockey for a paycheck, it will be as a member of the Coyotes.
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Playing at Xcel Energy Center for the first time since he was a Delano high schooler five years ago, Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Ben Meyers had his own cheering section of former Gophers teammates in his return to Minnesota.

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