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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Minnesota.
Jim Brewer (1973, basketball)
Brewer earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1973. He ranks among Minnesota's career leaders in several categories, ranking first in rebounding average (12.09) and third in rebounds (907). He was named the Big Ten-Chicago Tribune MVP in 1972 after helping guide the Gophers to the Big Ten Championship. Brewer was also tabbed first-team All-Big Ten in 1973, All-Big Ten honorable mention in 1972 and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 1971. During his final season at Minnesota, he was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America first team. The three-time Minnesota MVP was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team. A first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1973, Brewer played nine seasons in the NBA and was a member of the 1982 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship team. He is the uncle of former NBA player and current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
Uta (Herrmann) Wolfe (1992, swimming)
Wolfe, a recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1992, was a four-time Big Ten Champion for Minnesota. She was named an All-American and Academic All-American in 1992. Currently, she is an assistant professor at St. Thomas University, St. Paul, Minn. Her academic interests include interaction between the senses and vision-motor control, or the way movements are guided by vision. She recently discovered a new multi-sensory illusion.
George MacKinnon (1929, football)
MacKinnon was an All-America center for Minnesota and earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1929. Following his playing career, he served as an assistant coach for the Gophers from 1929-31. Afterwards, he served as a U.S. Navy officer during World War II. He became an attorney involved in high-profile labor racketeering cases and later a politician. MacKinnon served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1969 until his death in 1995.
Carol Ann Shudlick (1994, basketball)
A 1994 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Shudlick led Minnesota to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in her senior season and was named the Wade Trophy winner and Big Ten Player of the Year that same year. Shudlick ranks in the top 10 in numerous Gopher categories, including second in scoring (2,097), seventh in blocks (84) and steals (173), and eighth in rebounds (727). She was a two-time All-American, three-time All-Big Ten selection and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Following her collegiate career, Shudlick played professionally overseas and in the ABL. She was inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame and was honored on the NCAA's list of 209 student-athletes named "NCAA Women's Basketball's Finest."
Michael J. Polich (1975, hockey)
Polich, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1975, helped lead Minnesota to its first NCAA championship in 1974. The Hibbing, Minn., native paced the Gophers in scoring for three straight seasons, tallying 159 career points (70 goals, 89 assists) in 149 career games. As a senior in 1974-75, Polich was named a first-team All-American after notching 25 goals and 62 points. He went on to play in 226 games in the NHL, including three seasons with the Minnesota North Stars.
Cassie Busse (2004, volleyball)
Busse earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2004. She led Minnesota to four-straight NCAA Tournaments, including the national semifinals in 2003, where she was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team. Busse was a two-time All-American, Academic All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honoree, and earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition three times. The opposite side hitter was the 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year and guided the Gophers to their only Big Ten Championship in 2002. The Shakopee, Minn., native ranks seventh in kills (1,502) and eighth in attack percentage (.294) and aces (168) in the Minnesota record book. Following her collegiate career, Busse joined the U.S. national team in 2005.
A total of 38 players from Big Ten schools are taking part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which opened on Wednesday. Representing five Big Ten schools, the players can be found on 14 of the 16 teams that qualified for the NHL postseason.
A full list of players can be found below.
Mike Brown (San Jose)
Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim)
Luke Glendening (Detroit)
Carl Hagelin (New York Rangers)
Jack Johnson (Columbus)
Max Pacioretty (Montreal)
Michigan State (10)
Justin Abdelkader (Detroit)
Adam Hall (Philadelphia)
Shawn Horcoff (Dallas)
Duncan Keith (Chicago)
Torey Krug (Boston)
Drew Miller (Detroit)
Ryan Miller (St. Louis)
Chris Mueller (Dallas)
Corey Potter (Boston)
Corey Tropp (Columbus)
Keith Ballard (Minnesota)
Alex Goligoski (Dallas)
Erik Haula (Minnesota)
Erik Johnson (Colorado)
Nick Leddy (Chicago)
Jordan Leopold (St. Louis)
Paul Martin (Pittsburgh)
Thomas Vanek (Montreal)
Ohio State (4)
Matt Bartkowski (Boston)
Nate Guenin (Colorado)
Cal Heeter (Philadelphia)
R.J. Umburger (Columbus)
Rene Bourque (Montreal)
Adam Burish (San Jose)
Brian Elliott (St. Louis)
Dany Heatley (Minnesota)
Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers)
Joe Pavelski (San Jose)
Jack Skille (Columbus)
Brendan Smith (Detroit)
Derek Stepan (New York Rangers)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota)
Wisconsin's Mike Eaves (1978, hockey)
Eaves, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1978, is Wisconsin's career points leader with 267 points (94 goals, 173 assists) in 160 career games. A two-time first-team All-American, Eaves was a three-year captain for the Badgers, leading the squad to the 1977 NCAA title. He went on to record 226 points in 324 career games in the National Hockey League before moving into the coaching profession. Eaves took the helm at his alma mater in 2002 and helped the Badgers claim their sixth NCAA crown in 2006.
A total of four Big Ten teams appear in the final USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls for the 2013-14 season, released on Monday. After its national runner-up finish, Minnesota checks in at No. 2 in both polls.The Gophers were the No. 1 team in at least one poll for 20 weeks this season and were never ranked lower than No. 5, including 24 consecutive weeks in the top two. Minnesota concluded the season with a record of 28-7-6.
Big Ten Tournament Champion Wisconsin checks in at No. 7 in both polls after finishing the season with a record of 24-11-2. Michigan follows at No. 16 in the USCHO.com poll while Ohio State rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 20 in the USCHO.com poll. The Wolverines also received votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Michigan State University.
Shawn Horcoff (2000, hockey)
Before embarking on a career in the National Hockey League that now includes more than 800 games played, Horcoff was a model student-athlete in East Lansing. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2000, the same year that he was named a first-team All-America selection. Horcoff, who was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, currently plays for the Dallas Stars and eclipsed the 450-point plateau for his career this season.
Greg Kelser (1979, basketball)
Kelser, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1979, was the leading scorer and rebounder on Michigan State's 1979 NCAA Championship team. He was the first Spartan to score more than 2,000 points and collect at least 1,000 rebounds in his career. Kelser's 2,014 points rank fourth at Michigan State and his 1,092 rebounds are second all-time. In 1979, he earned All-America honors, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named to the Wooden Award All-America Team. He also collected Academic All-America honors in 1979. Kelser was a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons and played six seasons in the NBA. He is the lead analyst for the Pistons on Fox Sports Detroit and also serves as a college basketball analyst on BTN. Kelser earned the Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Val Sterk (1997, volleyball)
One of the most decorated student-athletes in Spartan volleyball history, Sterk earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1997. She was a four-year letterwinner for Michigan State from 1993-96, leading the Spartans to three NCAA Tournaments and a share of the Big Ten title in 1996. Sterk was the National Co-Player of the Year in 1995, a two-time first-team All-American (1995-96), a third-team Academic All-America honoree (1996) and a three-time first-team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten selection (1994-96). She has left her mark in Michigan State's record book, ranking in the top 10 in nine different career categories, including first in attack percentage (.379) and block solos (128). She led the Spartans in hitting efficiency and solo blocks every year of her career. Following her time in East Lansing, Sterk went on to compete on the U.S. National Team from 1997-2000 and was inducted into the Michigan State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
Allyssa DeHaan (2010, basketball)
DeHaan earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2010 and currently ranks third in NCAA history with 503 career blocks. She holds four of the top 10 spots on the conference's single-season block list, including the top two spots. She was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, four-time All-Defensive Team pick and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. DeHaan was tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2007 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, the same year she earned AP honorable mention All-America status. In addition to her defensive prowess, she ranks fourth in Michigan State history in points (1,649) and fifth in rebounds (919). In 2011, DeHaan enrolled in Grand Valley State's post-graduate physician's assistant program and joined the Lakers' volleyball team.
Kelly Miller (1984, hockey)
Miller, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1984, tallied 164 points (82 goals, 82 assists) during his 165-game collegiate career. As a senior captain in 1984-85, Miller led the Spartans to a school-record 38 wins and was named a First-Team All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist. Miller went on to play in more than 1,000 games during a 15-year career in the NHL. He completed his MBA at Michigan State in 1995 and returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2011.
Robert Jasson (1958, hockey)
Jasson, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1958, tallied 34 points from the blue line between 1955-56 and 1957-58. Named the team's Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the 1956-57 campaign, Jasson helped lead the Spartans to their first winning record in program history in 1957-58. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jasson was a two-year captain for Michigan State, wearing the "C" in 1956-57 and 1957-58. He was just the second two-year captain in program history.
Jenilee Rathje (2012, volleyball)
A 2012 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Rathje was a four-year letterwinner for Michigan State, leading the Spartans to three NCAA Championship appearances. She ranks first in Michigan State history in matches (142) and sets (496) played. She is also eighth in kills (1,486) and block assists (332) and 10th in total blocks (366). The Mount Pleasant, Mich., native was named third-team All-America and an Academic All-American in 2011. Rathje was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She was twice named MVP of the Spartans in 2010 and 2011. Rathje currently coaches volleyball at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy in Pontiac, Mich.
Justin Kloos, Sam Warning, Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching all scored
for Minnesota while goalie Adam Wilcox stopped 41 shots, but it was not enough as the Gophers fell to Union 7-4 Saturday night in the NCAA championship game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Minnesota finished as the national runner-up for the seventh time in program history.Saturday, April 12
Union 7, MINNESOTA 4 - RECAP
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Minnesota, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Hockey Championship, will
meet No. 1 seed Union Saturday evening in the championship game
of the Frozen Four at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The Gophers are seeking their sixth national title and first since 2003.
NCAA Championship Schedule: Saturday, April 12
FROZEN FOUR (Philadelphia, Pa.)
No.1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 1 Union, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
All times Eastern
Six Big Ten hockey standouts from three conference schools were named CCM Hockey All-Americans for the 2013-14 season tonight at the NCAA Men's Division I Frozen Four in Philadelphia, Pa. Minnesota led all Big Ten programs with three All-Americans followed by Wisconsin with two and Ohio State with one.
Three conference players earned spots on the first team, including Minnesota sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly, Ohio State junior forward Ryan Dzingel and Wisconsin junior defenseman Jake McCabe.
An additional three Big Ten players claimed spots on the second team, including Minnesota teammates Kyle Rau (junior, forward) and Adam Wilcox (sophomore, goalie) and Wisconsin senior forward Michael Mersch.
The full list of 25 honorees can be found here
Michigan's Jason Botterill (1997, hockey)
Botterill, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1997, tallied 186 points in 150 career games, including 57 points (32 goals, 25 assists) during Michigan's run to the 1995-96 NCAA title. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Botterill played in 88 games in the National Hockey League over six seasons. Following the conclusion of his playing career, Botterill returned to Michigan to earn his MBA in 2007. He is currently the Assistant General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Senior defenseman Justin Holl scored his first goal of the season with less than one second remaining in regulation to lead top-seeded Minnesota to a 2-1 victory over North Dakota Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, the Gophers clinched a spot in Saturday's national championship game against Union. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.Thursday, April 10
MINNESOTA 2, North Dakota 1 - RECAP
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