Gopher defenseman Skjei confirms return to U


Gopher Hockey defenseman Brady Skjei confirmed that he will return to the University of Minnesota for his junior season in 2014-15.

Skjei was participating at the New York Rangers Prospect Development Camp when he informed the organization of his decision on Thursday.

"I can't wait to come back and build off of what we accomplished last year," Skjei said in a press release. "It's a new season and a new team, but I'm excited about our potential."

Skjei has helped the Gophers to back-to-back regular season conference titles since he joined the team in 2012-13. He posted career highs last year with 14 points, six goals and eight assists.

The Lakeville native has tallied 17 points in 76 games for the Gophers.

He is the 19th Gopher to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers selected Skjei 28th overall in 2012.

Skjei joins fellow junior defenseman Mike Reilly putting off professional hockey to return to the Gophers. His decision leaves just Kyle Rau and Adam Wilcox as the only remaining question marks for the Gophers.

Back in May, Rau told the Star Tribune he didn't want to rush his decision. After the NHL draft and the start of free agency an announcement on Rau could be coming soon.

According to the Star Tribune, talk around the team is that Wilcox has also decided to return, but no announcement has been made yet.

Next Up

Justin Fields

5 quarterbacks the Vikings could select in the 2021 NFL Draft

Will the Vikings get a successor for Kirk Cousins?

Chet Holmgren

ESPN to televise Chet Holmgren's college decision on Monday

Holmgren has narrowed his list of suitors to seven schools.

Minneapolis City Hall

Minneapolis to create unarmed traffic enforcement division

It wouldn't be part of the police department.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild score 5 unanswered goals to sweep Sharks

The Sharks scored first but the Wild stormed back in a 5-2 victory.

Rocco Baldelli

Twins-Angels postponed Saturday and Sunday due to COVID

Outfielder Kyle Garlick and one other player tested positive on Saturday.


Curfew set at 11 p.m. in Brooklyn Center, Champlin Saturday

More protests are expected in Brooklyn Center.

Image from iOS (1)

Victim killed in multi-vehicle crash that closed Hwy. 62 ID'd as woman, 23

The four-vehicle crash closed the eastbound highway for several hours.

protest, Daunte Wright, Brooklyn Center

Photographer reports being maced and punched by police, other journalists detained

It came just hours after a court order prevented law enforcement from using force against the news media.