Stauber returns to Minnesota as volunteer coach

Minnesota men’s hockey coach Don Lucia has named Robb Stauber a volunteer goalies coach for the upcoming season.
Stauber replaces Bob Mason, who is now in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers. Mason was with the Gophers since 1996.
Stauber joins assistant coaches Mike Guentzel and John Hill on Lucia’s staff.
“I’m excited to have Robb aboard as a member of our coaching staff,” Lucia said. “When you think about the great players in Gophers history, Robb’s name immediately comes to mind. Being able to tap into his vast knowledge and experience as a collegiate and professional goaltender will be a real asset to our program.”
Stauber was a first-team All-American and an all-WCHA goalie during his three years at Minnesota. Stauber led the Gophers to a 102-34-4 record and back-to-back WCHA championships in 1987-88 and 1988-89.
After being drafted by the L.A. Kings, he played eight seasons with the Kings, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers.

Women’s cross country
After placing third among 25 teams and beating out five higher-ranked teams at Saturday’s Roy Griak Invitational, Minnesota jumped 11 spots from 23rd to 12th in the FinishLynx women’s cross country poll.
The Gophers placed five runners in the top 55, and were led by Corrine Nimtz who placed eighth.
Ten of the top 26 teams in the preseason poll participated at the meet, with third-ranked Arizona State taking the team title and moving up from 16th in the poll. Brigham Young — which was ranked first in the nation — dropped to fourth after placing second at the meet.
Wisconsin is the only Big Ten school ranked ahead of Minnesota. The Gophers will be racing at the Eau Claire Invitational this Saturday.

— Compiled from area news releases