(Minneapolis, MN) — Golden Gopher men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko says summer workouts for his players have been going well during a chaotic time of year. Several current and future Gopher players are spending some of their summer with Team U-S-A for World Junior training, while others remain on campus for summer school and workouts. Motzko says the leadership is coming from the upper classmen, including the three athletes who were named team captains this week. Those three include defenseman Brock Faber of Maple Grove, defenseman Jackson LaCombe of Eden Prairie, and forward Jaxon Nelson of Magnolia. Motzko says other leaders include goalie Justin Close, defenseman Ryan Johnson and others. In addition to on the ice, several new Gopher players will hear their names called in next week’s N-H-L Entry Draft, including freshman-to-be Logan Cooley, who could be a top five selection.
Gopher head coach Bob Motzko spoke with MNN sports director Mike Grimm: