Gophers, Lucia agree to two-year extension through 2018-19

BY foxsports • October 6, 2016

The Minnesota Gophers and men's hockey coach Don Lucia have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the program announced Thursday.

The program did not announce terms of the extension.

Lucia has coached at Minnesota for 17 years, leading the Gophers to the 2002 and 2003 national championships and five straight regular-season conference titles. The Grand Rapids, Minn., native is 415-219-68 with the program and 694-374-97 in his 29 seasons as a Division I head coach.

"I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished here at the University of Minnesota," Lucia said in a release. "We have high expectations for ourselves just like we know people have high expectations for us, and our program is proud of the bar we have set. We require dedication and excellence in everything we do, and everybody in our locker room buys into that. We've had that mindset since we got here, and our goals aren't going to change."

Minnesota opens the 2016-17 season on Friday at Alaska Anchorage. FOX Sports North will broadcast 17 Gophers hockey games this season.

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