Former Gophers Prepped for NHL Playoff Run


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Nov 11, 2008
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Fourteen former Minnesota men's hockey players are set to begin the 2023 National Hockey League playoffs as the quest for the Stanley Cup begins tonight at 6 p.m. Teammates from the Golden Gophers 2013-14 and 2014-15 teams, Hudson Fasching and Brady Skjei, battle against each other for the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes, respectively, in the first game of the playoffs.

Erik Johnson is the latest representing the Maroon and Gold to hoist the NHL's ultimate prize when he won the title a season ago with the Colorado Avalanche. Alex Goligoski (2009) and Phil Kessel (2016 & 2017) also won the trophy in their careers with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a total of 12 former Gopher players or coaches hold the distinction of being a Stanley Cup champion.

Minnesota has sent an NCAA-record 123 players to the NHL in team history, including 26 this season alone, which is more than any other collegiate program. Brock Faber (Minnesota Wild), Matthew Knies (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jackson LaCombe (Anaheim Ducks) and Sammy Walker (Minnesota Wild) all made their professional debuts this year.

Golden Gophers in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Brady Skjei, Carolina Hurricanes
Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche
Ben Meyers, Colorado Avalanche
Nick Bjugstad, Edmonton Oilers
Brock Faber, Minnesota Wild
Alex Goligoski, Minnesota Wild
Erik Haula, New Jersey Devils
Hudson Fasching, New York Islanders
Ryan Lindgren, New York Rangers
Justin Holl, Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Knies, Toronto Maple Leafs
Phil Kessel, Vegas Golden Knights
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets
Nate Schmidt, Winnipeg Jets

Go Gophers!!

I have to be honest, I had no idea Hudson Fasching was still playing in the NHL.

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