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Don Lucia Agrees To 3 Year Contract Extension To Coach Gophers Hockey

There’s a little more stability in Dinkytown.

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The University of Minnesota hockey coach has been rumored to be signing a three-year extension and mentioned as much before the season. However it is now official as two-time national champion coach Don Lucia has signed a three-year extension.

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From the school:

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Don is a championship caliber coach and is deserving of this extension," said Maturi. “He has led the University of Minnesota to two national titles and recently battled through a significant illness. He is now totally healthy and fully committed to Minnesota. I believe Gopher Hockey to be the premier program in the country and Don is the right man to continue to lead our student athletes.”

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When the idea of an extension for Lucia came up in March after the Gophers missed their third straight NCAA Tournament, many fans were upset. But a 4-0 start to the season has helped changed the mood; what a difference winning makes.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.