Friday, May 18, 2018

May 2018 College Hockey Mailbag (The Athletic)

This week I participated, along with a few others, in answering questions from Athletic subscribers and Twitter followers. We ended up enough college hockey questions to split the whole thing into three parts based on schools. (Part III also has a couple more general college hockey questions.) I can't thank everyone enough for sending such thoughtful questions. Hopefully, we do something similar soon.

They can be read below.

Part I: On Mankato, Bemidji, North Dakota and the NSCC

Part II: On the Gophers' men's and women's programs

Part III: On the national champions and St. Cloud State


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Podcast: That Gopher Hockey Puckcast Episode 28

On episode 28 of That Gopher Hockey Puckcast, the 2017-18 season comes to an end.

This week, Nate Wells, Drew Cove and producer Tom Schreier discuss the men's Frozen Four fallout that saw Minnesota Duluth win the 2018 national championship over Notre Dame. The three look at the event in St. Paul, what Minnesota can learn from UMD's run to a second national championship and Nate gives his two big takeaways of the weekend.

Also discussed are Gophers in the NHL playoffs, new coach Bob Motzko's past success getting the most out of recruits and offseason podcast plans. Plus: Which Gopher do they think starts a club bass fishing team?

Those who think age is just a number can directly download here.



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Plugs and stuff


-Drew can be found on Twitter @covedrew and covers Minnesota men's hockey, softball and football for the Minnesota Daily.

-Nate can be found here on this website and at The Athletic (as well as every other website if the various links here don't make clear). You can follow him on Twitter @gopherstate and like/subscribe to his Facebook page. His latest feature is on 2018 Humanitarian Award winner Sidney Peters.

Non-Gopher Stories (March & April 2018)

Much like the radio and podcast article, I thought it'd be best to put all my recent coverage from non-Minnesota stories in one spot. Feel free to click and read up although as a head's up, everything is from the not-free The Athletic.


Minnesota High School State Boys Hockey Tournament Coverage:

-Wednesday Dispatch
-Thursday Dispatch
-Friday Dispatch
-Saturday Dispatch

Women's Frozen Four Coverage:

-With ex-Gophers at the helm, Ohio State comfortable at this Frozen Four
-In WCHA country, Clarkson wins first all-ECAC Frozen Four

Men's West Regional

-Everything's on the line in the latest clash between Minnesota State, Minnesota Duluth
-OT veterans of Minnesota Duluth rally for thrilling win over Minnesota State
-Minnesota Duluth hoping to ride 2011 parallels to another title


Men's Frozen Four Coverage:

-Notre Dame's Minnesota contingent making their mark, fishing for a title (The Athletic Minnesota)
-Stars' Tufte, Minnesota Duluth wins NCAA title (The Athletic Dallas)
-Stars prospect Cecconi grows as player and leader (The Athletic Dallas)

Feature: The Humanitarian Spirit of Sidney Peters (The Athletic)

When you spend a lifetime tying your identity to hockey, discovering who you are outside the game can be difficult.

That was the case for Sidney Peters in fall 2013 when she stepped on campus at the University of Minnesota. One of the top goalies in her age group, the Geneva, Illinois, native saw herself competing right away for a starting spot. Instead, she sat behind Amanda Leveille, redshirting her first year and playing a combined 17 games the next two.

It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Sitting on the bench forced Peters to figure out who she was without hockey. Over the past four years she has logged over 800 volunteer hours, traveled to Haiti as a certified Emergency Medical Technician and figured out her post-hockey career; all while backstopping the Gophers to a Frozen Four last season and WCHA Final Faceoff championship this year.

Her work away from the ice resulted in Peters being one of five finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, which will be presented Friday afternoon to college hockey’s “finest citizen” for leadership in community service.


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Radio and other podcasts Nate recently appeared (March-April 2018)

With the end of the season, a coaching change and multiple Frozen Fours, I've been in busy mode lately. One side effect is not having the time to post every little thing to the site. There was a lot of content between articles, radio appearances, podcasts and more.

Now that the season is over, I'm trying to catch up. In lieu of posting every little thing as its own, I thought it might be best if I put all the radio and podcast appearances together in one post.

Here it is:

WCCO Radio with Steve Thomson:
-March 18th
-March 25th
- April 8th

NPR "All Things Considered" with Tom Crann
-March 27, 2018

Bruce Ciskie Show

Giles and the Goalie Podcast
-Episode 145

Interstate Hockey Podcast
-Episode 11

Podcast: That Gopher Hockey Puckcast Episode 27 (with Declan Goff)

Author's note: Catching up reposting older content. This is originally from April 2nd.

On episode 27 of That Gopher Hockey Puckcast, we kick off the Bob Motzko Era.

News broke for a second consecutive Tuesday, meaning Nate Wells, Drew Cove and producer Tom Schreier had an entire week to come up with their thoughts on the newest University of Minnesota men's hockey head coach, along with covering an introductory press conference. Joining them is old friend Declan Goff, who has covered both St. Cloud State and Minnesota. He brings his unique perspective in what the former Huskies head coach will bring to his new role as Gophers head coach.

Plus: The three also discuss the upcoming Frozen Four in St. Paul

Those believing Motzko joined the NWO can directly download here.


As a reminder, if you subscribed to our old podcast, that feed will no longer work. You need to subscribe to the 'Cast In Gold feed wherever you listen to podcasts. Here it is on iTunes. While you're at it, please leave a review and give us five stars. It helps out the podcast.

Plugs and stuff

-Declan freelance writes for Minnesota Hockey Magazine. He can be found on Twitter @dexstweets.

-Drew can be found on Twitter @covedrew and covers Minnesota men's hockey, softball and football for the Minnesota Daily.

-Nate can be found here on this website and at The Athletic (as well as every other website if the various links here don't make clear). You can follow him on Twitter @gopherstate and like/subscribe to his Facebook page.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Podcast: That Gopher Hockey Puckcast (Episode 26)

On episode 26 of That Gopher Hockey Puckcast, we officially pay our respects to Don Lucia Era.

Minnesota's head coach stepped down after a 19-year run in charge of the Gophers. Drew Cove, Nate Wells and producer Tom Schreier discuss the ramifications of the coaching change, the challenges the next coach (this was recorded prior to the news of Bob Motzko's hiring) will face along with the team losing a pair of players to early departures in Ryan Lindgren and Casey Mittelstadt.

Plus: A giant mailbag that answers several questions, including the Frozen Four and what were Drew and Nate's favorite pieces to write this season.

Those reading their favorite Frank Serratore quotes can directly download here.


As a reminder, if you subscribed to our old podcast, that feed will no longer work. You need to subscribe to the 'Cast In Gold feed wherever you listen to podcasts. Here it is on iTunes.


Plugs and stuff:


-Drew can be found on Twitter @covedrew and covers Minnesota men's hockey, football and softball for the Minnesota Daily.

-Nate can be found here on this website and at The Athletic (as well as every other website if the various links here don't make clear). You can follow him on Twitter @gopherstate and like/subscribe to his Facebook page. His latest story comes from the West Regional and explores the parallels between the 2011 and 2018 UMD teams, right down to Jack Connolly coming in to speak with the latest Bulldogs team to make an St. Paul Frozen Four.