End of an era: Gophers vs. North Dakota

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2013 - 11:51 AM

After 83 years of feuding, teams will play their final regular-season WCHA series.

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bstjernJan. 17, 13 8:34 PM

What a shame.

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cptkirkJan. 17, 13 8:56 PM

You can blame Lucia as one of the money grubbers who forsook the WCHA and the greatest college hockey rivalry bar none for the big ten. What a joke. He is not a hockey purest and wish he would just leave so we can get a coach who appreciates tradition and rivalries.

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tmrichardsonJan. 17, 1310:04 PM

It's actually quite striking to know all the facts in this one. Wisconsin has the same policy the U does in regards to indian nicknames, yet they WILL be continuing to play UND in the coming years. Meanwhile, Lucia schedules Colorado State--not a big ten school, and a school he used to coach at--and Notre Dame, where Lucia's son conveniently happens to play. Then there's the matter of the U of MN happily scheduling play with Florida State in basketball, a team whose racist use of nicknames, chants, and pageantry is legendary. MN and ND fans here ought to really question the U of MN on this one.

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MagicJan. 17, 1310:21 PM

Been watching the chippy Canadians take cheapshots at the Gophers for over 40 years. I will NOT miss this rivalry in the least. If I were Lucia, I would tell North Dakota to F off and Good Riddance, I guarantee North Dakota needs the Gophers more than the Gophers need the chippy Canadians.

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WaterloverJan. 17, 1310:28 PM

cptkirk- I'm not a fan of MN but Lucia isn't to blame here. The Big 10 and pretty much all of the other Big 10 hockey playing teams are to blame. Lucia and MN would prefer to stay as is. Which games sound better, MN vs. Denver or MN vs Penn State? MN vs Colorado College or MN vs Ohio State? MN vs. Mighigan State doesn't have near the appeal that MN vs UMD. MN vs MI and MN vs WI will always be draws, for the sake of the U and its hockey fans they can only hope MI State, Penn State and Ohio State become good draws but it'll take time....

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WaterloverJan. 17, 1310:33 PM

tmrichardson- WHAT? First, before you claim people should know all the facts, make sure your own are correct! Colorado State does not have a hockey team nor did The Don ever coach there. You are thinking Colorado College. As for WI playing UND, yes they will but they only scheduled UND after they dropped the nickname. MN, and other schools who have policies against playing against schools with Native American Nicknames play FL State because FL State has rec'd approval from the Seminole Tribe to use the name and to honor it. UND was never able to get approval from the Sioux Tribes of North Dakota to continue to use and honor the name.

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tmrichardsonJan. 17, 1311:30 PM

Right on the CC, waterlover, missed that one despite having watched them play in person many times. But if the issue is REALLY about racism--and NOT about $$, then the Florida State mention is highly relevant! Of course racism is just a front--neither the U of MN nor UND really cared about whether UND's use of the Fighting Sioux name and tradition was racist in the end. And if we are talking facts--there are two Sioux tribes located within the boundaries of North Dakota. One of them APPROVED the continuing use of the name--the other refused to allow a band vote despite many band members claiming that it would pass if they had. So saying the Sioux in ND didn't approve of the nickname is flat out wrong. One tribe actually did, the other we'll never know for certain. And if Wisconsin could schedule UND after they dropped the nickname, how can you argue that MN could not as well? The answer of course--they had already scheduled the Don's sons team and his old team, CC.

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melonicityJan. 17, 1311:48 PM

i think this will put a serious dent in the UND program and i couldnt be happier about it. if the MN kids wont get to play against MN what is the draw to go up there and play in a second class conferance? i wont miss the leathernecks throwing punches in the hand shake line...

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dirtydogsJan. 18, 13 7:44 AM

Will Don Lucia finally have a team that comes out and plays a good game on a Friday night? My prediction is the answer is NO and Lucia will lay yet another Friday night egg. NoDak 4 Gophers 2. But they will win Saturday night. COME ON DON....GET THE TEAM FIRED UP TONIGHT!!!!

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chucker81Jan. 18, 13 8:01 AM

Let's honor the rivalry and say goodbye by sweeping the Whioux out of town.

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