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5mn_Major
05-15-2012, 10:43 AM
BSU's AD Goeb has a few thoughts on MN cup and an upcoming MN visit to BSU:

Minnesota Cup

Goeb is working together with Minnesota’s four other Division I hockey schools, all currently in the WCHA, to create an annual “Minnesota Cup” midseason tournament at the Xcel Energy Center starting in 2013-14.

Minnesota would play in the four-team tournament each year with the other schools (Bemidji State, St. Cloud State, Minnesota-Duluth and Mankato) participating on a rotating basis.

Goeb said the Cup is “going to happen,” but Bemidji State is tentatively the first team out of the rotation and not expected to participate the first year.

“I think it’s going to be a lot like the Final Five in many ways,” Goeb said. “I think it’s a win-win for hockey and a win-win for Bemidji State with everything going on in the WCHA.”

Goeb said there is a tentative plan to have Minnesota play a non-conference series at the Sanford Center in 2013-14.

“It (Minnesota Cup) works for us,” Goeb said. “We’re trying to make it very attractive. That’s why it would be important that Minnesota comes here. That needs to happen. It’s good for our fans and us to have Minnesota come here if we’re not in it that first year.”


Greetings, Gophers.

So, there's a very, very high likelihood that I'll be meandering through Minneapolis before heading toward East Lansing to start a vacation that I have coming up in October. And, with apparent good timing on my side, it looks as though I'll be getting into town near the second weekend in October.

I think you might see where I'm going with this: I'd like to try to scratch a bulletpoint off my college hockey bucket list and see a game (or, two, if the Thursday-Friday rumors become reality) at Mariucci when my Spartans are in town.

I have many questions, but I'll squeeze my list down to this:

1.) What's the likelihood of me nabbing a single SRO ticket (or, heck, an actual seat) through Minnesota's athletics website for each game, say, one month or two months prior to gameday? When do tickets normally go on sale through the Minnesota athletics website?
2.) What are tickets at Mariucci going for nowadays? Still around the $30-$35 range? How much will parking set me back, and do you have any lot recommendations?
3.) Do you have any recommendations for lodging near the rink? I'll be honest: I'm looking for something on the cheap. Basically, I just need a bed to sleep in and a WiFi connection to search the USCHO forums on.

Oh, and any other pre- and/or post-game Minneapolis-St. Paul-related recommendations would be fine, too.

Should probably see Mall of America (as cliche as that is). In fact, if I were in town for a day, I'd probably stay by the U...and longer and I'd probably stay down in Bloomington at a cheap place as you can spend quite a bit of time there. Of course, the chain of lakes in the west part of the city or the Missippippi in the east are both great.

4four4
05-15-2012, 12:03 PM
FSN needs to change the entire Gopher broadcast team. I like how Hankinson does games and wish they'd use him instead of Gorg. I don't know if he has the time/desire to be the full time analyst but I like listening to him far more.

You got half of your wish. The Wild hired LaPlanta.

SanTropez
05-15-2012, 12:50 PM
BSU's AD Goeb has a few thoughts on MN cup and an upcoming MN visit to BSU:

Minnesota Cup

Goeb is working together with Minnesota’s four other Division I hockey schools, all currently in the WCHA, to create an annual “Minnesota Cup” midseason tournament at the Xcel Energy Center starting in 2013-14.

Minnesota would play in the four-team tournament each year with the other schools (Bemidji State, St. Cloud State, Minnesota-Duluth and Mankato) participating on a rotating basis.

Goeb said the Cup is “going to happen,” but Bemidji State is tentatively the first team out of the rotation and not expected to participate the first year.

“I think it’s going to be a lot like the Final Five in many ways,” Goeb said. “I think it’s a win-win for hockey and a win-win for Bemidji State with everything going on in the WCHA.”

Goeb said there is a tentative plan to have Minnesota play a non-conference series at the Sanford Center in 2013-14.

“It (Minnesota Cup) works for us,” Goeb said. “We’re trying to make it very attractive. That’s why it would be important that Minnesota comes here. That needs to happen. It’s good for our fans and us to have Minnesota come here if we’re not in it that first year.”




Sounds like a good "tourney" to go watch at the X every year, I'll be there.

MinnFan
05-17-2012, 11:25 AM
You got half of your wish. The Wild hired LaPlanta.

Any rumors as to who is on the short list for play-by-play?

4four4
05-17-2012, 11:36 AM
Any rumors as to who is on the short list for play-by-play?

I haven't heard anything, I am guessing the door is wide open.

scsutommyboy
05-17-2012, 12:40 PM
Sounds like a good "tourney" to go watch at the X every year, I'll be there.

I heard it is replacing the current dodge classic for Gopher season ticket holders. Does anybody know if that is true? If so it will be a cool thing for Gophers fans because your team will be in it every year. As for me I won't go when my team isn't playing in and I bet other teams fans will probably be the same. It will be a good tourney, but it will never be like the WCHA final five. :(

5mn_Major
05-17-2012, 03:59 PM
I heard it is replacing the current dodge classic for Gopher season ticket holders. Does anybody know if that is true? If so it will be a cool thing for Gophers fans because your team will be in it every year. As for me I won't go when my team isn't playing in and I bet other teams fans will probably be the same. It will be a good tourney, but it will never be like the WCHA final five. :(

I would bet it would replace the Dodge. I can't imagine fitting another tourney in like that.

If many of the teams had good seasons going, I could see how attendance in some years could rival WCHA, NCHC and BTHC tourneys depending on where they're held. If only it wasn't at holiday season.

mnstate0fhockey
05-17-2012, 06:11 PM
“@RomanStrib: Cammarata, a future Gopher, picked top rookie in USHL. More on Roman Empire blog at http://t.co/n7mcjL8V”

“@USHL: Taylor Cammarata has been named #USHL Rookie of the Year. Full story & video from @Cammy12Scores' standout rookie yr: http://t.co/VTdk4eHx”

HarleyMC
05-18-2012, 05:57 PM
“@RomanStrib: Cammarata, a future Gopher, picked top rookie in USHL. More on Roman Empire blog at http://t.co/n7mcjL8V”

“@USHL: Taylor Cammarata has been named #USHL Rookie of the Year. Full story & video from @Cammy12Scores' standout rookie yr: http://t.co/VTdk4eHx”

@ 5'6"/145 lbs. (soaking wet) he'd be wise to hit the weight room or he's paint in D1 hockey regardless of what he does in the USHL.

4four4
05-18-2012, 06:47 PM
I heard it is replacing the current dodge classic for Gopher season ticket holders. Does anybody know if that is true? If so it will be a cool thing for Gophers fans because your team will be in it every year. As for me I won't go when my team isn't playing in and I bet other teams fans will probably be the same. It will be a good tourney, but it will never be like the WCHA final five. :(

that is so 2013.....

Slap Shot
05-18-2012, 10:39 PM
@ 5'6"/145 lbs. (soaking wet) he'd be wise to hit the weight room or he's paint in D1 hockey regardless of what he does in the USHL.

Maybe he should transfer to BC.

HarleyMC
05-20-2012, 01:15 PM
Maybe he should transfer to BC.

He wouldn't make the cut...too small.

state of hockey
05-20-2012, 01:35 PM
Anyone remember what Nathan Gerbe weighed a week into being 17?

Slap Shot
05-20-2012, 07:20 PM
He wouldn't make the cut...too small.

You follow BC much?

ScoobyDoo
05-20-2012, 09:02 PM
@ 5'6"/145 lbs. (soaking wet) he'd be wise to hit the weight room or he's paint in D1 hockey regardless of what he does in the USHL.

He'll be fine.

REDMEN2002
05-20-2012, 10:33 PM
You follow BC much?

Judging by his posts leading up to the NCAA semis, I would say no.

HarleyMC
05-20-2012, 11:09 PM
You follow BC much?

Do you? @ 5'6"/145 he would be pioneering new ground despite with BC's propensity for recruiting midgets. My point was he needs to put on some muscle mass and a couple inches or he'll struggle in D1 (e.g. Ness). If you would like to make this statement your hobby for the summer Slap, I'm ok with that...enjoy.


Judging by his posts leading up to the NCAA semis, I would say no.

Which ones are those? Put up or shutup.

mnstate0fhockey
05-21-2012, 12:24 AM
Do you? @ 5'6"/145 he would be pioneering new ground despite with BC's propensity for recruiting midgets. My point was he needs to put on some muscle mass and a couple inches or he'll struggle in D1 (e.g. Ness). If you would like to make this statement your hobby for the summer Slap, I'm ok with that...enjoy.


He just turned 17. He won't hit campus at 145 lbs. I agree with Slap Shot and Scooby, he'll be fine.

SanTropez
05-21-2012, 02:17 PM
Ryan Duncan was listed at 5'6" 142 pounds, I think he was just fine playing D1. Cammarata should be a good one, can't wait to watch him playing for the Maroon and Gold.

ScoobyDoo
05-21-2012, 02:21 PM
Ryan Duncan was listed at 5'6" 142 pounds, I think he was just fine playing D1. Cammarata should be a good one, can't wait to watch him playing for the Maroon and Gold.
Gee, Duncan was pretty awesome too. Wonder what's up Harley's ***?