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    Cool Minnesota Golden Gophers Offseason 2017: Reload

    Looks like a very good recruiting class coming in. Excited to see where Casey Mittelstadt will fit in the lineup. Who will step in as team leaders next season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    Looks like a very good recruiting class coming in. Excited to see where Casey Mittelstadt will fit in the lineup. Who will step in as team leaders next season?
    Great question. With Szmatula, Bristedt, Johnson, Glover and Lehr being the only returning seniors, you would also think several juniors like Sheehy (assuming he's back), Novak, Sadek, Gates, Ramsey and Schierhorn as also being possibilities. I know little to nothing about their personalities or leadership qualities, but these are basically your returning seniors and juniors who potentially could become team leaders next season.

    Re: Mittelstadt, if he has half the season that all the hype suggests he will have, he'll surpass my expectations. Not suggesting he won't make a big impact on whatever success the Gophers will have next season, but going from high school/USHL to D1 usually requires an adjustment period. Hopefully his will be much shorter than most, which I think it will if he's quickly paired with two other guys that together have the right chemistry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    Great question. With Szmatula, Bristedt, Johnson, Glover and Lehr being the only returning seniors, you would also think several juniors like Sheehy (assuming he's back), Novak, Sadek, Gates, Ramsey and Schierhorn as also being possibilities. I know little to nothing about their personalities or leadership qualities, but these are basically your returning seniors and juniors who potentially could become team leaders next season.

    Re: Mittelstadt, if he has half the season that all the hype suggests he will have, he'll surpass my expectations. Not suggesting he won't make a big impact on whatever success the Gophers will have next season, but going from high school/USHL to D1 usually requires an adjustment period. Hopefully his will be much shorter than most, which I think it will if he's quickly paired with two other guys that together have the right chemistry.
    Rumor has it Casey is dominating the USHL. It's going to be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    Great question. With Szmatula, Bristedt, Johnson, Glover and Lehr being the only returning seniors, you would also think several juniors like Sheehy (assuming he's back), Novak, Sadek, Gates, Ramsey and Schierhorn as also being possibilities. I know little to nothing about their personalities or leadership qualities, but these are basically your returning seniors and juniors who potentially could become team leaders next season.

    Re: Mittelstadt, if he has half the season that all the hype suggests he will have, he'll surpass my expectations. Not suggesting he won't make a big impact on whatever success the Gophers will have next season, but going from high school/USHL to D1 usually requires an adjustment period. Hopefully his will be much shorter than most, which I think it will if he's quickly paired with two other guys that together have the right chemistry.
    Solid senior leadership has been a key motivator in recent years, especially in big games. Can't remember if the Gophers have had a captain from the junior class in recent history. Sheehy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    Solid senior leadership has been a key motivator in recent years, especially in big games. Can't remember if the Gophers have had a captain from the junior class in recent history. Sheehy?
    Kloos was a Captain his Jr. year. Grant Potulny was a captain his Jr. year as well.

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    Ok, I forgot about Kloos as Captain 2015-16. Thanks JoeGopher.

    There's been a lot of talk about attendance being down since the Gophers entered the Big Ten. The Gophers were at 95% capacity at Mariucci for 2016-17, placing them behind Penn State (105.6 percent), North Dakota (100 percent); and behind North Dakota (11,505) and Wisconsin (10,158) in terms of average attendance.

    So how does that translate into revenue? Data on Gopher hockey revenue before and after the Big Ten indicates since moving to the Big Ten, they've averaged $6,549,376 for the past three fiscal years, and that's tops among other Big Ten teams. Prior to the start of the Big Ten they averaged $6,533,533, slightly less.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    Ok, I forgot about Kloos as Captain 2015-16. Thanks JoeGopher.

    There's been a lot of talk about attendance being down since the Gophers entered the Big Ten. The Gophers were at 95% capacity at Mariucci for 2016-17, placing them behind Penn State (105.6 percent), North Dakota (100 percent); and behind North Dakota (11,505) and Wisconsin (10,158) in terms of average attendance.

    So how does that translate into revenue? Data on Gopher hockey revenue before and after the Big Ten indicates since moving to the Big Ten, they've averaged $6,549,376 for the past three fiscal years, and that's tops among other Big Ten teams. Prior to the start of the Big Ten they averaged $6,533,533, slightly less.

    Looks like profit has been quite a bit lower in last few year? Any idea why? I am guessing travel has increased, but imagine there is more to it than just that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    Looks like profit has been quite a bit lower in last few year? Any idea why? I am guessing travel has increased, but imagine there is more to it than just that.
    I noticed that too. Mariucci renovations (scoreboard, etc.)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    I noticed that too. Mariucci renovations (scoreboard, etc.)?
    Tuition has increased quite a bit, so along with it the cost of scholarships. Meanwhile, they've been holding ticket prices steady.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    I noticed that too. Mariucci renovations (scoreboard, etc.)?
    Not sure how that works. Thought a lot of the renovations get paid for by donations. Would donations count as revenue to the hockey program? When did they upgrade teh locker room?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    Not sure how that works. Thought a lot of the renovations get paid for by donations. Would donations count as revenue to the hockey program? When did they upgrade teh locker room?
    I got a tour of the locker room this past season with the Blue Line Club and it is really impressive! Above and beyond all expectations, and should aid in recruiting. They said the upgrades were paid for by donations, which they would be relying on also for modifying the ice surface to something along the lines of 200 x "low 90's" feet. However that's an expensive modification as it will require grading and affect seating in the lower rows, so it sounds like that's still several years off before adequate donations come in to support its cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    Not sure how that works. Thought a lot of the renovations get paid for by donations. Would donations count as revenue to the hockey program? When did they upgrade teh locker room?
    I could be missing some info here, but yes "Contributions" are considered an ice hockey revenue line item on the NCAA Membership Financial Reporting disclosure form:

    1) Amounts received from individuals, corporations, associations, foundations, clubs or other organizations designated for the operations of the athletics program (and specifically designated as ice hockey revenue).
    2) Funds contributed by outside contributors for the payment of debt service, lease payments or rental fee expenses for athletic facilities in the reporting year.
    3) Amounts received above face value for tickets (sometimes the Alumni Association and other charitable organizations that are sanctioned/approved by the University to resell tickets for fund raising endeavors).

    Pledged funds do not appear until they are received, but expenses are reported as incurred. So I think that's why recent margins appear low in some seasons compared to others.

    Even though the U upgraded Mariucci before the 2012-13 hockey season with a new scoreboard and the fascia display that rings the arena, I understand those expenses were completed after the 2012 fiscal year end, and listed on the 2013-14 financial disclosure reflected on the graph.

    An $8 million renovation proposal announced May 2014 included reducing the ice sheet to NHL size of approximately 200 feet (61 m) x 92.5 feet (28.2 m), increased seating capacity, and improved sightlines. As D2D pointed out the remaining renovations to the ice surface and arena seating have yet to receive full funding.

    Overall, travel expenses since moving to the Big Ten have been moderate and stable. Travel expenses for Gopher Hockey for the 2013-14 season totaled $409,704, not much different than the 2015-16 season total ($469,033). RENOVATIONS PROPOSAL (Check out the diagrams and photos of the facilities at the end...love the Rapid Shot and weight room areas!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    I could be missing some info here, but yes "Contributions" are considered an ice hockey revenue line item on the NCAA Membership Financial Reporting disclosure form:

    1) Amounts received from individuals, corporations, associations, foundations, clubs or other organizations designated for the operations of the athletics program (and specifically designated as ice hockey revenue).
    2) Funds contributed by outside contributors for the payment of debt service, lease payments or rental fee expenses for athletic facilities in the reporting year.
    3) Amounts received above face value for tickets (sometimes the Alumni Association and other charitable organizations that are sanctioned/approved by the University to resell tickets for fund raising endeavors).

    Pledged funds do not appear until they are received, but expenses are reported as incurred. So I think that's why recent margins appear low in some seasons compared to others.

    Even though the U upgraded Mariucci before the 2012-13 hockey season with a new scoreboard and the fascia display that rings the arena, I understand those expenses were completed after the 2012 fiscal year end, and listed on the 2013-14 financial disclosure reflected on the graph.

    An $8 million renovation proposal announced May 2014 included reducing the ice sheet to NHL size of approximately 200 feet (61 m) x 92.5 feet (28.2 m), increased seating capacity, and improved sightlines. As D2D pointed out the remaining renovations to the ice surface and arena seating have yet to receive full funding.

    Overall, travel expenses since moving to the Big Ten have been moderate and stable. Travel expenses for Gopher Hockey for the 2013-14 season totaled $409,704, not much different than the 2015-16 season total ($469,033). RENOVATIONS PROPOSAL (Check out the diagrams and photos of the facilities at the end...love the Rapid Shot and weight room areas!).
    Wait. Did you look at the list of names of people involved in the project team. I am not sure we can trust the Architects they hired that they won't sabotage things:

    Project Team
    University of Minnesota

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    Gino Gasparini Recruiting & Arena Specialist

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    Anyone else look at the spreadsheet posted in the thread on polls since 1970? Mn is first in number if weeks in the poll (644/948 compared to 581 for UND in second) and in weeks in first place (143 compared to UND's 115 and 61 for Mich). Poles don't lie.

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    Gophers vs. UND Oct. 20-21 is on the schedule. First time for the Gophers in Grand Forks since Jan. 2012. Big question: Will UND pull jerseys in the handshake line?

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    Really sorry to see Grant Potulny leave the program, but congratulations and best of luck to him at Northern Michigan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4four4 View Post
    Rumor has it Casey is dominating the USHL. It's going to be interesting.
    I've seen Casey play a couple times this season in Green Bay. Very impressive and really showed growth in the time between when I first saw him and last saw him. The kid is the real deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RapidsCity View Post
    I've seen Casey play a couple times this season in Green Bay. Very impressive and really showed growth in the time between when I first saw him and last saw him. The kid is the real deal!
    I'm hoping the Gophers get two years out of him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    Really sorry to see Grant Potulny leave the program, but congratulations and best of luck to him at Northern Michigan.

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    Corey Millen would be a good replacement to work with the offense. I think Potulny did a good job, but I'm happy with the prospect of injecting fresh vision and energy into the program.

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