Incoming freshmen Scott Reedy and Casey Mittelstadt along with verbal commits Clayton Phillips and Sammy Walker were selected in Friday’s 2017 NHL Draft. Mittelstadt, an Eden Prairie native and incoming Gophers freshman, went eighth overall to the Buffalo Sabres.
Every young athlete dreams of growing up and being drafted by their hometown team at a professional level — and for junior pitcher Lucas Gilbreath — that dream became reality Tuesday. The Rockies chose Gilbreath with the 206th selection in the seventh round, four years after their selection of Gilbreath in the 36th round in 2013.
Six Minnesota athletes went to Eugene, Oregon to compete in the NCAA Track and Field Championships on June 8 and all left with All-American honors. Madeline Strandemo, Taylor Wiebke, Emma Spagnola, Emerald Egwim, Angie Guenther and Temi Ogunrinde earned All-American accolades in the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
The Gophers wrapped up their season this week in Eugene, Oregon as seniors Nate Roese, Luca Wieland, Mitch Hechsel and sophomore Obsa Ali competed in their final events of the year at the NCAA Championships. Wieland, competing in the decathlon, fell just short of the perfect ending in his final year with the Gophers. Wieland — who led all decathletes through the first day — finished third overall with a final score of 8,146, the second highest in school history.
Senior Luca Wieland has found a multitude of successes in his four years as a Minnesota athlete. Wieland’s various accolades include a national championship individual title, All-American honors and three Big Ten championships.
Multiple players from last season’s Gophers women’s hockey team will don colors other than maroon and gold on the ice next winter. Three Gophers, Amy Potomak, Sarah Potomak and Kelly Pannek, are taking Olympic redshirts for the 2016-17 season for international competition along with six other former Minnesota players, who were named to their respective national teams for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “We recruit incredible student-athletes, and [we] know we’ll be impacted every four years by the Olympics,” said head coach Brad Frost.