Day after story breaks, team doesn’t have much to say

by Chris Lempesis

Minnesota’s men’s hockey team was, for the most part, mum before practice Monday regarding a story that ran on KMSP-TV Sunday night that showed undercover footage of some underage members of the team drinking at Blarney Pub & Grill in Dinkytown.

Sophomore forward Evan Kaufmann, one of the underage players shown drinking at Blarney (Kaufmann is now 21 years old), responded with a simple “no thanks” when asked if he cared to comment on the story.

Coach Don Lucia basically denied comment, as well, saying he’ll talk about the situation when it’s all over. He hinted that might happen as soon as Wednesday, usually the only day of the week Lucia makes himself available for in-person interviews.

He gave no word as to whether any disciplinary action would take place as a result of the story.

Lucia also said he was not aware of the story until Thursday afternoon.

That was the day KMSP reporters waited for some of the players featured in the story – such as freshman goaltender Jeff Frazee, sophomore defenseman Derek Peltier and Kaufmann – outside of Mariucci Arena looking for comment.

One player willing to comment on the situation Monday, albeit briefly, was senior forward and team captain Gino Guyer.

“If anything, (this situation is) gonna make us stronger,” Guyer said. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Guyer also said that the players all have one another’s back.

“We’re in each other’s corners all the way,” he said.