Does anyone see a problem with this paragraph or this news story? I would if the comments were being made by a Fighting Sioux hockey coach or came from a Fighting Sioux beat writer.
Seriously! I don’t get this entitlement mindset. Good teams beat who ever they are scheduled to play and they don’t care where their scheduled takes them to play. I am surprised that Lucia would allow these types of comments to be printed in a newspaper blog post. Not to blow UND’s horn but they start the season by playing in the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage Alaska then travel to Maine to play the Black Bears. So UND will play half of their non-conference games on the road.
On favorable schedule:
* The Gophers only play four series this season outside the state of Minnesota. They play at CC Oct. 29-30, at Michigan Tech Nov. 19-20, at North Dakota Jan. 14-15 and at Wisconsin Feb. 18-19.
All six non-conference games are at Mariucci Arena as well as an exhibition game on Jan. 7 against the under-18 U.S. national development team.
Lucia joking around: “We go to Grand Forks, that’s in another country. … We don’t have a real heavy travel schedule. All of our non-conference games are at home. So we have a real good schedule this year. It’s hard to believe that basically in a month and a day or two we will be starting hockey season.”
The Gophers’ first official practice is Saturday, Oct. 2.
Of Minnesota’s 34 regular-season games, 20 are at home. The Gophers also play two exhibition games at home, the first on Oct. 3 against British Columbia. [Goal Gophers]
To top it off the Gophers are loading up on cup cakes to play in the Dodge Holiday Cup Cake classic as well, when they play Union College and Ferris State University. To their credit the Gophers do play Michigan and Michigan State, albeit at home. I know the University of Minnesota doesn’t like to travel from the friendly confines of “the John” but playing non conference games in hostile arenas build character.