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December 03, 2010

College Hockey | Gosselin, Podein honored by UMD

FELDY: Here's an article that will appear in tomorrow's P-B print edition about two of the more famous hockey players to come out of Rochester, who are connected by more than just their Rochester roots. They're being honored this weekend by the program that is currently ranked No. 1 in Division I college hockey:

Guy Gosselin and Shjon Podein left a lasting impact on the Rochester John Marshall boys hockey program.

Gosselin went on to play on two U.S. Olympic teams (1988, 92), several years of minor league hockey, and five games in the NHL. Podein played all or parts of 12 seasons in the NHL and helped the Colorado Avalanche win a Stanley Cup in 2001.

Both also left a lasting impact on the program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a program that is about to move into the new $70 million-plus Amsoil Arena in Duluth. But the building the Bulldogs are vacating holds a lot of memories for a program that has won three WCHA regular season championships, three conference postseason championships, and has appeared in the NCAA Frozen Four three times.

Gosselin and Podein had a hand in making some of those memories in the old Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC), which will play host to its final men's college hockey games this weekend. The Bulldogs play host to the University of Denver on Friday and Saturday.

During the first intermission of Saturday's game, the 21-member All-DECC team will be recognized. It was voted on solely by UMD hockey alumni, and Gosselin and Podein are both on the team.

Gosselin had a stellar career for the Bulldogs from 1982-87. He played in 160 games as a defenseman, compiling 15 goals and 34 assists, for 49 points. He was a fifth-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1982, and played five games with them in the 1987-88 season.

Podein played at UMD from 1987-90, appearing in 101 games. The forward scored 32 goals and had 27 assists, for 59 career points. He went on to play 12 seasons in the NHL for Edmonton, Philadelphia, Colorado and St. Louis.

Among the other players named to the UMD All-DECC Team are NHL Hall of Famer Brett Hull and former Minnesota North Star Curt Giles.

Rochester native Chris Garner, who played high school hockey at Mayo and graduated in 1997, is the current equipment manager at UMD. Garner is in his third season with the Bulldogs.

UMD has played at the DECC for 45 seasons. The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs are 6-0-0 there this season. Amsoil Arena is scheduled to open on Dec. 30, when UMD plays host to WCHA rival North Dakota in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game.