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Gophers name Lucia men’s hockey coach

April 12, 1999

Less than 72 hours after Doug Woog ended his 14-year tenure as Gophers men's hockey coach, the University introduced his replacement. After meeting with the search committee on Thursday night, Don Lucia...

Woog’s departure marks end of era for Gophers hockey

April 7, 1999

With the spotlights glaring and tape recorders rolling, Doug Woog hesitated for a moment before joining men's athletics director Mark Dienhart at the table where he would announce his retirement as Gophers...

WCHA bids adieu to Woog adieu

April 7, 1999

Doug Woog made a habit of beating up on the WCHA, posting a career winning percentage of more than .600 against every other team currently in the league. But rather than root for Woog's resignation, which...

Student makes good on whupass warnings

November 28, 1998

High-strung University student Ronny Sassbottom had been saying something like this might happen for a long time, but it wasn't until the Thursday preceding a previous Friday that his warnings were finally...

McLean leads, U golfers follow

August 24, 1998

When a long-hitting 19-year-old stepped out of the Australian outback to win the NCAA championship in May, less than five months after arriving in the United States, the short list college golf's best...

Clymer to take NHL plunge

August 19, 1998

Gophers defenseman Ben Clymer, who would have entered this season as one of college hockey's top players at his position, informed the Minnesota coaching staff last week that he would forego his remaining...

U fullback Evans faces assault charge

August 14, 1998

Minnesota running back Byron Evans is accused of assaulting a former girlfriend, his second arrest in four months. Evans, 22, a redshirt junior from Texas City, Texas, pleaded innocent last month in Hennepin...

The big guns: Katzenmoyer, Dayne

August 7, 1998

CHICAGO -- Thanks to the Big Ten's convoluted scheduling process, Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and Ohio State linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer -- two of the nation's premier players at their respective...

Lewis makes Team USA cut

July 17, 1998

Gophers forward Quincy Lewis and Connecticut guard Khalid El-Amin of Minneapolis were among the 12 players named Thursday to the USA Basketball Goodwill Games team. Lewis is one of four Big Ten players...

Woog’s golfing embarrasses U

June 9, 1998

After the Gophers men's hockey team suffered a sub-par season, coach Doug Woog headed into the off-season hoping his golf game might not do the same. He was wrong. Woog the golfer continues to wallow...

Ice Pimps making hockey look mean

June 5, 1998

Aggressive hockey is back in Minneapolis. Fueled by the sensual tones of Barry White and pre-game meals of lettuce and unsweetened tea, the Ice Pimps have lit a fire under the rear end of the University...

Men’s golfer stuns NCAA field

June 1, 1998

This won't do much to quiet those Tiger Woods comparisons. Long-hitting Gophers golfer James McLean, a 19-year-old freshman from Wahgunjah, Australia, who's been in the United States for just five months,...

Hall of famers reflect on bygone era

May 14, 1998

It was 69 years in coming, but former Minneapolis Lakers great Vern Mikkelsen finally got his chance. He made the most of it. Mikkelsen and former Gophers and Lakers coach John Kundla visited with a group...

CHA votes Mankato St. into league

May 4, 1998

What began as a fledgling club program 30 years ago is now a full-fledged member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Despite rumors in recent weeks that Mankato State's bid for WCHA membership...

Coaches: Prep hockey needs a boost

April 30, 1998

After a storied college and professional hockey playing career, John Mariucci took over as coach of the Gophers hockey team in 1952. He helped turn an average program into a perennial national contender,...

Summit…Discipline…Disciple…Littlejohn

April 10, 1998

As their new coach walked through the door and into the locker room in the basement of the Sports Pavilion, a month of anticipation boiled over into a frenzy of excitement. Finally, members of the Gophers...

Three players leave women’s hoops team

March 30, 1998

Former Gophers women's basketball player Lynda Hass said "personality conflicts" with the coaching staff led to her decision to ask women's athletics director Chris Voelz for a release from her scholarship. "Things...

Late collapse knocks Ufrom playoffs

March 17, 1998

DULUTH, Minn. -- Sounding hoarse and looking spent, Gophers men's hockey coach Doug Woog hesitated for a long moment before saying that no, he'd never been through a loss like this. "I'm thinking," Woog...

U prepares for the road less traveled

March 13, 1998

When the Gophers men's hockey team last went on the road for the first round of the playoffs, senior co-captain Casey Hankinson couldn't walk across the living room, much less streak down a sheet of ice. That...

WCHA playoffs: intriguing match-ups, few surprises

March 11, 1998

It's not quite a tournament on the scale of the NCAA men's basketball free-for-all, but the WCHA postseason begins on Friday with five best-of-three series. The top five teams in regular season play --...

Indiana vs. Purdue gives tourney life

March 9, 1998

and Tim Klobuchar CHICAGO -- The Gophers-Northwestern game that opened the inaugural Big Ten tournament didn't exactly get the conference's new baby off to a rousing start. There were more empty seats...

Balance a key against Spartans

March 6, 1998

CHICAGO -- The first game of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament served not only to kick off what could become an early March tradition, but also to debut the Sam and Quincy Show, with your hosts, Sam Jacobson...

Not hosting games hurts U, WCHA

March 4, 1998

For the first time in 12 years, Mariucci Arena will not be the site of a postseason series. And while that will surely leave some egos bruised, the pocketbooks of both the Minnesota athletics department...

Nickname search begins for U’s Spehar

March 3, 1998

Those who didn't get the chance to see it on any of the multiple airings of ESPN's SportsCenter on Sunday night and Monday morning missed a doozy. Dave Spehar's first-period goal on Friday against Colorado...

Men’s hockey loses pair of road games

March 2, 1998

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- In 1806, when Zebulon Pike attempted to reach the mountain peak that would later bear his name, he said, "It can't be done." The Gophers men's hockey team must know how ol' Zeb...

Four goals can’t cheer up the Gophers’ Smith

March 2, 1998

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- His four goals and an assist against Colorado College on Saturday may not have earned Gophers junior Wyatt Smith the win he wanted, but they did get him a longer shower. Smith...

Sweep a must in drive for five

February 27, 1998

A season ago, the Gophers men's hockey team returned home from its series with Colorado College with a win and a tie. Those three points propelled Minnesota to a final-weekend showdown with Wisconsin,...

Top-five finish not out of reach for U

February 25, 1998

North Dakota effectively locked up its second straight WCHA title over the weekend, sweeping at Denver while second-place Wisconsin and St. Cloud State were both swept. UND now has an eight-point lead...

DeBus continues solid play in sweep

February 24, 1998

His senior season has been well below expectations, but in recent weeks Gophers goaltender Steve DeBus has begun to make the best of a bad situation. Against Wisconsin early this month, he limited the...

sweeps, but gains no ground

February 23, 1998

Start with figure skating, then throw out the sequined outfits, the triple lutzes and the teary adolescents, and there you have it: This weekend in Gophers men's hockey. Minnesota's opponent, Alaska-Anchorage,...

Injuries mount for hard-luck Gophers

February 23, 1998

If you're looking for a fun way to get a Gophers men's hockey player to demonstrate his checking technique, mention that he's the one of the few players to avoid the injury bug. Then turn, face the wall...

UAA hopes to bore into win column

February 20, 1998

Alaska-Anchorage coach Dean Talafous has heard it all before. During his first head coaching stint, at Division III Wisconsin-River Falls in the mid-80s, fans criticized Talafous for coaching a slow-down,...

Wisconsin tries to avoid late swoon

February 18, 1998

With little more than a month remaining in the 1996-97 season, the Wisconsin men's hockey team was tied for second place. But an onslaught of injuries caught up with the Badgers, and they didn't win a...

Six wins a must for .500 record

February 17, 1998

It may go down as one of the more embarrassing losses in recent Gophers history, during a season in which there have been several. But after surrendering a three-goal first-period lead by allowing North...

Five-goal third sinks Gophers

February 16, 1998

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- If it had any hope of earning a split in a weekend series with North Dakota, the Gophers men's hockey team knew it had to avoid the same sorry start that decided the opener, a 4-2...

DeBus makes the stops, but Minnesota falls flat

February 16, 1998

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Steve DeBus didn't deserve his fate this weekend. The Gophers men's hockey team lost a pair of games at North Dakota, an outcome that's become something of a tradition over the past...

Goehring, Spehar to face each other again

February 13, 1998

The Gophers' Dave Spehar, then with Duluth East, was the sniper -- shrewd and swift. Apple Valley goaltender Karl Goehring, now a freshman at North Dakota, was small of stature, but positively Herculean...

MD unlikely to return favor over weekend

February 11, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey team did North Dakota a big favor last weekend by sweeping Wisconsin and knocking it out of first place. But the Sioux aren't likely to return that favor and allow themselves...

DeBus rewarded for weekend

February 10, 1998

Gophers goaltender Steve DeBus received his second Defensive Player of the Week award of the season on Monday in return for his stellar weekend against Wisconsin. He stopped 54 of 55 shots in the Gophers'...

Shades of ’97 from U hockey, hoops

February 9, 1998

This was no Thrilla in Manila, no Rumble in the Jungle. No butterflies were afloat and no bees were a-stinging. But the Gophers men's hockey team did play a decent Muhammad Ali to Wisconsin's Joe Frazier...

Gophers’ hex on Badgers continues

February 9, 1998

History can be the most formidable of foes. Wisconsin learned that lesson -- again -- this weekend, as the Gophers men's hockey team swept the series soundly and surely, winning 4-1 and 7-0 and pushing...

Men’s hockey looks to cool off Wisconsin

February 6, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey team is reeling. Minnesota is 17 points behind first-place Wisconsin in the WCHA, coming off a sweep by Michigan Tech and playing without its captain. And here's coach Doug Woog,...

Badgers say best hockey is yet to come

February 4, 1998

While North Dakota was busy beating up on Mankato State, Wisconsin kept up with its winning ways over the weekend. The Badgers swept Alaska-Anchorage, winning 2-1 and 3-1, to take over sole possession...

Ill feelings reach new heights in Tech series

February 3, 1998

The rivalry between the Gophers men's hockey team and Michigan Tech is nearly 70 years old, but it's hard to believe a couple of old acquaintances could stay angry for so long. The Huskies whipped Minnesota...

U teams lose games, cool on road

February 2, 1998

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- For a few short days in late January, the Gophers men's hockey team was back. The we're-better-than-our-record refrain was beginning to sound reasonable. Goals were coming in bunches....

U’s drive for five continues vs. Tech

January 30, 1998

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- It's Winter Carnival time at Michigan Tech, which means behemoth ice sculptures fill the front yards of the school's fraternities and sororities in celebration of the majesty of the...

Inside track tough to get in WCHA

January 29, 1998

Getting hit upside the head by a flying puck might sting a little, and a skate blade cut across the jugular will probably bleed. But these examples pale in comparison to the understatement that the race...

News doesn’t overwhelm injury-riddled Hankinson

January 27, 1998

Casey Hankinson is in bad shape, but my, what a humanitarian. The Gophers men's hockey captain was slowed by a hip pointer and a nasty case of the flu last week. And the sprained left thumb he suffered...

Gophers’ wins lead to war of words with UMD

January 26, 1998

If only we could get inside the mind of Minnesota-Duluth men's hockey coach Mike Sertich and wander around for awhile. Perhaps then we could see what he meant when he derided the Gophers' "arrogance"...

U busts out in sweep of Bulldogs

January 26, 1998

Las Vegas bookmakers have been known to offer their clients some rather inane wagers during Super Bowl week -- the over-under on the number of trips Packers nose tackle Gilbert Brown would make to the...