Gopher Underground: Schroeder, Director’s Cup and more

Brian Deutsch


-Men’s hockey freshman forward Jordan Schroeder was named National Rookie of the Year today by College Hockey News. Schroeder led all Division I rookies with 13 goals and 32 assists in 35 games for an average of 1.29 points per game. The Prior Lake native ranks fourth among all players and is the only freshman ranked in the top 50 skaters. Named the WCHA Rookie of the Year last week, Schroeder is expected to be one of the top picks in this year’s NHL Entry Draft.
-Minnesota jumped to No. 2  in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings following the conclusion of most winter sports. NCAA berths by the men and women’s basketball teams were not included in the standings. With 542.75 points in the standings, Minnesota trails only Stanford’s 686.75.
-Gigi Marvin made a wise choice in sitting out of the NCAA Frozen Four skills competition. The women’s hockey senior forward and Patty Kazmaier nominee correctly guessed that she would be named to the U.S. Nation Team, which was released today by USA Hockey. Gophers freshmen Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux also were named to the U.S. roster as was Minnesota assistant Natalie Darwitz. The U.S. team competes in the  IIHF Championships, April 4-12 in Hameenlinna, Finland.
-Jamal Abu-Shamala, Travis Busch and Blake Hoffarber were named as Minnesota’s representatives on the All-Big 10 Academic Team today. It’s the second honor for Abu-Shamala.
-The Minnesota men’s hockey team will hold its annual banquet this Sunday, where team awards will be announced. The Daily will post updates as soon as they become available.