Gopher Hockey opens practice for new season

Updated: September 11, 2019 05:50 PM

As he prepares for his second season at the helm of the Gopher hockey team, head coach Bob Motzko offered a forecast.

"This is gonna be a fun team to follow," Motzko said as he concluded a media availability following one of his team's first practice sessions of the new season.


Click the video box on this page to watch Bob Motzko's entire media availability at Mariucci Arena during his team's first week of practice ahead of the new season

The 2019-20 edtion of Gopher hockey will be young.  This year's team has 11 freshmen - with 12 newcomers counting Michigan-transfer and junior goalie Jack LaFontaine.  On top of that are another 8 sophomores, bringing the underclass total to 19 players.

There are only three seniors - Holy Family-grad Joey Marooney and Edina-natives Tyler Nanne and Ryan Zuhlsdorf

Among the incoming class are some highly touted first-year players.

Bryce Brodzinki - the fourth of Blaine's Brodzinski brothers to play Division-I college hockey - comes in as the state's reigning Mr. Hockey Award winner.

Among the other highly touted newcomers are former Luverne star Jaxon Nelson, Delano's Ben Meyers, Elk River's Jack Perbix, Irvine California-native and first-round NHL draft pick Ryan Johnson, and goalies Jared Moe from Holy Family and Justen Close from Saskatchewan.

The Gophers first game is a home exhibition against Mount Royal on Sunday, October 6th.

They begin the regular season at Colorado College the weekend of October 11-12, and play their home opener against Niagara on Friday, October 18th.

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