Golden Nugs: Olympic Props and Award Edition 02.12.14

Former Gopher Anne Schleper - Paul Gilham

Preseason, or in season, several Gophers picked up awards this week!

In an attempt to follow in GopherNation's footsteps to get more nugs up, here is an update on several Gopher sports stories, and awards that have been handed out to Gopher athletes this week!

"The salute to Mayasich is part of Minnesota's Olympic celebration, honoring the university's long-standing history at the Winter Games including six Gopher Hockey alums in Sochi this year (the University of Minnesota has a total of 14 representatives at this year's competition). Mayasich's eight U.S. national team appearances are a U.S. record while the forward earned an Olympic silver medal in 1956 and a gold medal in 1960.

  • As you should be aware by now, the University of Minnesota has several players playing on the US Olympic Women's Hockey team.  The USA team finished pool play with a 2-1 record after losing to Canada 3-2 this morning.  (If this is a spoiler, sorry but it was on live this AM so too bad).  Former Gopher Anne Schleper had a goal and an assist for the US squad this morning. She also had another assist on one of the earlier games to give her three points for the tournament so far.   Amanda Kessel has two goals and two assists for four points, Megan Bozek has two assists for two points, Lee Stecklein has one assist, and Gigi Marvin has so far been kept off of the score sheet.  The US has a bye into the semi-finals where they may once again see the Finish team lead in goal by former Gopher Nora Raty.  The US squad beat Finland 3-1 earlier in pool play.
  • The US Men's Hockey team gets their tournament started tomorrow morning at 6:30 AM against Slovakia.  Former Gophers on that squad include defenseman Paul Martin, and forwards Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler. Former Gopher Thomas Vanek is also playing for Austria.
  • Lastly, Raise the Barn Episode 5 came out as well and is about the emergence of Elliot Eliason and Mo Walker as two of the better big men in the Big Ten.  Watch it Below:
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