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NCAA tournament drought weighs heavily on Gophers hockey team

Published 10/12/2011, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) / MCT

The Minnesota Gophers have failed to receive a bid to the NCAA tournament the previous three seasons -- a fate the seniors once would have deemed unfathomable, considering the program's storied legacy that includes five NCAA titles, 19 Frozen Four appearances and 32 tournament appearances. "We don't want to be the first class," senior forward Jake Hansen said, "to go through four years and not play in the tournament.

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