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Press Conference: Don Lucia Steps Down as Gopher Hockey Head Coach

August 20, 2019


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>>AN OPEN STATEMENT. >>AN OPEN STATEMENT.
WE WILL OPEN UP FOR QUESTIONS. WE WILL OPEN UP FOR QUESTIONS.
YOU CAN BE PROFESSIONAL TO EACH YOU CAN BE PROFESSIONAL TO EACH
OTHER. OTHER.
I DON’T KNOW IF JESS CAN DO I DON’T KNOW IF JESS CAN DO
THAT. THAT.
WHENEVER YOU’RE READY, MARK, GOK WHENEVER YOU’RE READY, MARK, GOK
LASTING AND JUST REALLY GRATEFUL LASTING AND JUST REALLY GRATEFUL
FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.
I’VE BEEN BLESSED TO WORK WITH A I’VE BEEN BLESSED TO WORK WITH A
LOT OF REALLY GOOD COACHES AND LOT OF REALLY GOOD COACHES AND
IS NOT A FINER GENTLEMAN THAN IS NOT A FINER GENTLEMAN THAN
THIS GUY RIGHT HERE, SO JUST THIS GUY RIGHT HERE, SO JUST
REALLY THANKFUL FOR DON AND REALLY THANKFUL FOR DON AND
JOYCE AND THEIR FAMILY AND THE JOYCE AND THEIR FAMILY AND THE
IMPACT THEY’VE HAD ON OUR IMPACT THEY’VE HAD ON OUR
PROGRAM. PROGRAM.
>>THANKS, MARK. >>THANKS, MARK.
HE STILL WORKING AWAY AT 98. HE STILL WORKING AWAY AT 98.
NORMALLY I DON’T WRITE ANYTHING NORMALLY I DON’T WRITE ANYTHING
DOWN BUT I DIDN’T WANT TO FORGET DOWN BUT I DIDN’T WANT TO FORGET
ANYTHING TODAY. ANYTHING TODAY.
I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME
QUESTIONS. QUESTIONS.
SINCE 1967, MY LIFE IS BEEN SINCE 1967, MY LIFE IS BEEN
CONSUMED BY THE GREAT GAME OF CONSUMED BY THE GREAT GAME OF
HOCKEY. HOCKEY.
IN SIXTH GRADE I HAD TO MAKE A IN SIXTH GRADE I HAD TO MAKE A
DECISION IF I WOULD PLAY HOCKEY DECISION IF I WOULD PLAY HOCKEY
OR BASKETBALL. OR BASKETBALL.
AS MY BROTHER SAID, IF I CHOSE AS MY BROTHER SAID, IF I CHOSE
BASKETBALL I WOULD BE TEACHING BASKETBALL I WOULD BE TEACHING
AND COACHING AT BLACK DUCK AND COACHING AT BLACK DUCK
INSTEAD OF THE UNIVERSITY OF INSTEAD OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
MINNESOTA. MINNESOTA.
TO MY COACHES GROWING UP IN TO MY COACHES GROWING UP IN
GRAND RAPIDS, THANK YOU. GRAND RAPIDS, THANK YOU.
MIKE, NELSON, CHRISTIANSEN, MIKE, NELSON, CHRISTIANSEN,
TOMMY D, YOU TAUGHT ME SO MANY TOMMY D, YOU TAUGHT ME SO MANY
LIFE LESSONS THAT HAVE BEEN THE LIFE LESSONS THAT HAVE BEEN THE
FOUNDATION OF MY LIFE AND FOUNDATION OF MY LIFE AND
COACHING PHILOSOPHY. COACHING PHILOSOPHY.
LEFTY SMITH, THANK YOU. LEFTY SMITH, THANK YOU.
I APPRECIATE YOU NOW MORE THAN I APPRECIATE YOU NOW MORE THAN
EVER. EVER.
WHO TAUGHT ME THAT WINNING THE WHO TAUGHT ME THAT WINNING THE
RIGHT WAY WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT WAY WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT
WAY. WAY.
ACADEMICS AND INTEGRITY FOR THE ACADEMICS AND INTEGRITY FOR THE
FOUNDATION OF THE NOTRE DAME FOUNDATION OF THE NOTRE DAME
PROGRAM. PROGRAM.
IT IS A LESSON I HAVE NEVER IT IS A LESSON I HAVE NEVER
FORGOTTEN. FORGOTTEN.
RICK SCHAEFER, THANK YOU FOR RICK SCHAEFER, THANK YOU FOR
BELIEVING THAT I WOULD BE A GOOD BELIEVING THAT I WOULD BE A GOOD
FIT AT NOTRE DAME AND STARTING FIT AT NOTRE DAME AND STARTING
ME ON MY COACHING JOURNEY IN ME ON MY COACHING JOURNEY IN
ALASKA. ALASKA.
WITHOUT YOU I WOULDN’T BE WITHOUT YOU I WOULDN’T BE
COACHING AT MINNESOTA OR HAVE COACHING AT MINNESOTA OR HAVE
MET MY FUTURE WIFE. MET MY FUTURE WIFE.
SHELDON, THANK YOU FOR A CHANCE SHELDON, THANK YOU FOR A CHANCE
AT A 28-YEAR-OLD ASSISTANT AT A 28-YEAR-OLD ASSISTANT
COACH. COACH.
WHAT A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO WHAT A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO
LEARN ON THE JOB AT ALASKA LEARN ON THE JOB AT ALASKA
FAIRBANKS. FAIRBANKS.
MAX TAYLOR, THANK YOU FOR MAX TAYLOR, THANK YOU FOR
BELIEVING THAT I COULD COACHING BELIEVING THAT I COULD COACHING
THE W CHA AND RETURN THE TEAM THE W CHA AND RETURN THE TEAM
BACK TO RELEVANCE. BACK TO RELEVANCE.
IT WAS INTIMIDATING WALKING IN IT WAS INTIMIDATING WALKING IN
THE LEAGUE WITH LEGENDS, GINO THE LEAGUE WITH LEGENDS, GINO
CASPER MINNIE, RICK AND MIKE’S CASPER MINNIE, RICK AND MIKE’S
SHORTAGE. SHORTAGE.
I GROW AND GAIN CONFIDENCE I GROW AND GAIN CONFIDENCE
BECAUSE OF IT. BECAUSE OF IT.
MARK DIENHART, THANK YOU FOR MARK DIENHART, THANK YOU FOR
GIVING ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVING ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO
COACH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COACH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF
MINNESOTA. MINNESOTA.
I NEVER DREAMED I WOULD HAVE A I NEVER DREAMED I WOULD HAVE A
CHANCE, BUT COULDN’T TURN IT CHANCE, BUT COULDN’T TURN IT
DOWN WHEN OFFERED. DOWN WHEN OFFERED.
MY DREAM WAS TO WIN A NATIONAL MY DREAM WAS TO WIN A NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP, I KNEW WE WOULD CHAMPIONSHIP, I KNEW WE WOULD
HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY AT HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY AT
MINNESOTA. MINNESOTA.
JOE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR JOE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR
FRIENDSHIP, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FRIENDSHIP, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
YOUR BELIEF IN ME WHEN I WAS YOUR BELIEF IN ME WHEN I WAS
ILL. ILL.
YOUR BELIEF ALLOWED ME TO FINISH YOUR BELIEF ALLOWED ME TO FINISH
MY COACHING CAREER AT MINNESOTA. MY COACHING CAREER AT MINNESOTA.
DOUG, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRACE DOUG, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRACE
AND FRIENDSHIP DURING THE AND FRIENDSHIP DURING THE
TRANSITION. TRANSITION.
ONLY YOU UNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS ONLY YOU UNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS
GOING THROUGH AT TIMES COACHING GOING THROUGH AT TIMES COACHING
AT MINNESOTA. AT MINNESOTA.
YOUR SUPPORT WAS GENUINE AND YOUR SUPPORT WAS GENUINE AND
APPRECIATED. APPRECIATED.
TO MY STAFF AND COACHES OVER THE TO MY STAFF AND COACHES OVER THE
YEARS, THANK YOU. YEARS, THANK YOU.
YOU DID ALL THE WORK BEHIND THE YOU DID ALL THE WORK BEHIND THE
SCENES FOR OUR TEAMS TO BE SCENES FOR OUR TEAMS TO BE
SUCCESSFUL. SUCCESSFUL.
IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH
YOU EVERY DAY. YOU EVERY DAY.
TO ALL THE PLAYERS OVER THE TO ALL THE PLAYERS OVER THE
YEARS, THANK YOU. YEARS, THANK YOU.
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR TIME I HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR TIME
HERE AND GREW AS A PERSON AND A HERE AND GREW AS A PERSON AND A
PLAYER. PLAYER.
I TRUST THE LESSONS YOU LEARNED I TRUST THE LESSONS YOU LEARNED
WILL SERVE YOU THE REST OF YOUR WILL SERVE YOU THE REST OF YOUR
LIFE. LIFE.
THERE WAS NEVER A DAY I DIDN’T THERE WAS NEVER A DAY I DIDN’T
ENJOY GOING TO PRACTICE AND ENJOY GOING TO PRACTICE AND
COACHING — AND WORKING WITH COACHING — AND WORKING WITH
YOU. YOU.
TO MIKE ENZO, THANK YOU. TO MIKE ENZO, THANK YOU.
WE SPENT 16 YEARS TOGETHER AND WE SPENT 16 YEARS TOGETHER AND
HUNG 14 BANNERS. HUNG 14 BANNERS.
IT WAS FUN TO WATCH OUR BOYS IT WAS FUN TO WATCH OUR BOYS
GROW UP AROUND OUR JOBS. GROW UP AROUND OUR JOBS.
YOU ARE GO FOR HOCKEY. YOU ARE GO FOR HOCKEY.
THE LAST 19 YEARS HAVE BEEN THE LAST 19 YEARS HAVE BEEN
BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE
IMAGINED. IMAGINED.
I WANTED TO HAVE SUCCESS AT I WANTED TO HAVE SUCCESS AT
MINNESOTA WITHOUT SACRIFICING MINNESOTA WITHOUT SACRIFICING
ACADEMICS OR INTEGRITY. ACADEMICS OR INTEGRITY.
I’M PROUD THAT ALL OF OUR I’M PROUD THAT ALL OF OUR
PLAYERS ARE GRADUATING, I’M PLAYERS ARE GRADUATING, I’M
PROUD TO UNDERSTAND HOW PROUD TO UNDERSTAND HOW
IMPORTANT MAKING GOOD CHOICES IMPORTANT MAKING GOOD CHOICES
ARE AWAY FROM THE RINK. ARE AWAY FROM THE RINK.
THEY UNDERSTAND THE PROGRAM IS THEY UNDERSTAND THE PROGRAM IS
MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY COACH OR MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY COACH OR
PLAYER. PLAYER.
PLAYING AT MINNESOTA COMES WITH PLAYING AT MINNESOTA COMES WITH
A TREMENDOUS RESPONSIBILITY. A TREMENDOUS RESPONSIBILITY.
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS HAVE BEEN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS HAVE BEEN
GREAT, BUT ALL THE FRIENDSHIPS GREAT, BUT ALL THE FRIENDSHIPS
OVER THE YEARS BEEN EVEN MORE TO OVER THE YEARS BEEN EVEN MORE TO
ME. ME.
TO ALL THE GOPHER FANS OVER THE TO ALL THE GOPHER FANS OVER THE
LAST 19 YEARS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED LAST 19 YEARS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED
ENCOURAGEMENT, SUPPORT, AND EVEN ENCOURAGEMENT, SUPPORT, AND EVEN
CRITICISM, THANK YOU. CRITICISM, THANK YOU.
ALL ARE NEEDED TO HOLD OUR ALL ARE NEEDED TO HOLD OUR
PROGRAM ACCOUNTABLE TO SUCH A PROGRAM ACCOUNTABLE TO SUCH A
HIGH STANDARD. HIGH STANDARD.
TO USA HOCKEY AND JIMMY TO USA HOCKEY AND JIMMY
JOHANSSON, THANK YOU. JOHANSSON, THANK YOU.
YOU GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO YOU GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO
COACH NUMEROUS TEAMS AT THE COACH NUMEROUS TEAMS AT THE
INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.
LOU, YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT AND LOU, YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT AND
WISDOM HAVE SERVED ME WELL IN MY WISDOM HAVE SERVED ME WELL IN MY
CAREER. CAREER.
TO MY PARENTS AND BROTHER, TO MY PARENTS AND BROTHER,
THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING SUCH A THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING SUCH A
LOVING FAMILY TO GROW UP IN. LOVING FAMILY TO GROW UP IN.
MY MOTHER PROVIDED MY FAITH, MY MY MOTHER PROVIDED MY FAITH, MY
FATHER MY STRENGTH AND THE FATHER MY STRENGTH AND THE
BELIEF IN MYSELF. BELIEF IN MYSELF.
TO MY WIFE JOYCE AND OUR FOUR TO MY WIFE JOYCE AND OUR FOUR
CHILDREN, ALLIE, JESSICA, TONY CHILDREN, ALLIE, JESSICA, TONY
AND MARIO, THANK YOU FOR AND MARIO, THANK YOU FOR
ALLOWING ME TO PURSUE MY DREAMS ALLOWING ME TO PURSUE MY DREAMS
AND PASSION. AND PASSION.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU SACRIFICED THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU SACRIFICED
AND UNDERSTANDING WHEN I MISSED AND UNDERSTANDING WHEN I MISSED
SO MANY OF YOUR EVENTS OVER THE SO MANY OF YOUR EVENTS OVER THE
YEARS. YEARS.
I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SPENDING I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SPENDING
MORE TIME WITH YOU AND MY MORE TIME WITH YOU AND MY
GRANDCHILDREN. GRANDCHILDREN.
TO MARK COYLE AND TOM TO MARK COYLE AND TOM
McGINNIS, THANK YOU FOR McGINNIS, THANK YOU FOR
ALLOWING ME TO LEAVE ON MY TERMS ALLOWING ME TO LEAVE ON MY TERMS
AND FULFILL MY FINAL GOAL AT AND FULFILL MY FINAL GOAL AT
GOPHER HOCKEY, RAISING MONEY TO GOPHER HOCKEY, RAISING MONEY TO
FINISH THE WEIGHT ROOM AND FINISH THE WEIGHT ROOM AND
UPGRADES AT 3M AND MARIUCCI. UPGRADES AT 3M AND MARIUCCI.
IN CLOSING, I SAW THIS QUOTE A IN CLOSING, I SAW THIS QUOTE A
COUPLE MONTHS AGO. COUPLE MONTHS AGO.
TREY GAUDI SAID IT BEST WHEN HE TREY GAUDI SAID IT BEST WHEN HE
DIDN’T SEEK REELECTION. DIDN’T SEEK REELECTION.
THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES TEACHES THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES TEACHES
US THERE’S A TIME TO COMMENT A US THERE’S A TIME TO COMMENT A
TIME TO GO. TIME TO GO.
THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR ME TO THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR ME TO
LEAP COACHING AND MOVE ONTO THE LEAP COACHING AND MOVE ONTO THE
NEXT PHASE OF MY LIFE. NEXT PHASE OF MY LIFE.
THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
>>[INAUDIBLE] >>[INAUDIBLE]
>>Coach Lucia: I THINK IT WAS >>Coach Lucia: I THINK IT WAS
EVERYTHING I EXPECTED IT TO BE, EVERYTHING I EXPECTED IT TO BE,
TO BE HONEST. TO BE HONEST.
OBVIOUSLY OVER TIME THINGS OBVIOUSLY OVER TIME THINGS
CHANGE. CHANGE.
I THINK THE BIGGEST CHANGE WE’VE I THINK THE BIGGEST CHANGE WE’VE
SEEN IS THE EARLY RECRUITMENT OF SEEN IS THE EARLY RECRUITMENT OF
NINTH AND TENTH GRADERS AND NINTH AND TENTH GRADERS AND
OBVIOUSLY TO SQUEEZE ON THE OBVIOUSLY TO SQUEEZE ON THE
OTHER SIDE OF THE NHL WITH OTHER SIDE OF THE NHL WITH
PLAYERS DEPARTING EARLY. PLAYERS DEPARTING EARLY.
OBVIOUSLY SOCIAL MEDIA IS A OBVIOUSLY SOCIAL MEDIA IS A
BIGGER THING THAN WHAT IT USED BIGGER THING THAN WHAT IT USED
TO BE. TO BE.
YOU HAVE TO HAVE THICK SKIN TO YOU HAVE TO HAVE THICK SKIN TO
COACH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COACH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF
MINNESOTA AND I THINK MINE IS MINNESOTA AND I THINK MINE IS
LIKE ALLIGATOR SKIN RIGHT NOW. LIKE ALLIGATOR SKIN RIGHT NOW.
THAT GOES WITH THE TERRITORY AND THAT GOES WITH THE TERRITORY AND
IF YOU WOULD’VE TOLD ME 20 YEARS IF YOU WOULD’VE TOLD ME 20 YEARS
AGO WHEN I CAME HERE 19 YEARS AGO WHEN I CAME HERE 19 YEARS
AGO, I WAS 40 YEARS OLD I’D AGO, I WAS 40 YEARS OLD I’D
STILL BE HERE AT THIS TIME, I’D STILL BE HERE AT THIS TIME, I’D
SAY SIGN ME UP. SAY SIGN ME UP.
I FEEL LUCKY. I FEEL LUCKY.
THINGS THAT GO THROUGH YOUR THINGS THAT GO THROUGH YOUR
MIND. MIND.
19 YEARS AGO I CAME HERE AND 19 YEARS AGO I CAME HERE AND
MARIO WAS IN KINDERGARTEN. MARIO WAS IN KINDERGARTEN.
NOW MY GRANDDAUGHTER IS IN NOW MY GRANDDAUGHTER IS IN
KINDERGARTEN AND I FEEL REALLY KINDERGARTEN AND I FEEL REALLY
BLESSED THAT I CAN RAISE MY BLESSED THAT I CAN RAISE MY
FAMILY HERE IN A GREAT CITY FAMILY HERE IN A GREAT CITY
AROUND THE UNIVERSITY. AROUND THE UNIVERSITY.
HOCKEY HAS BEEN SUCH A PART OF HOCKEY HAS BEEN SUCH A PART OF
OUR LIFE. OUR LIFE.
JOYCE ALWAYS TOOK THE KIDS TO JOYCE ALWAYS TOOK THE KIDS TO
THE GAMES, EVEN BACK IN THE THE GAMES, EVEN BACK IN THE
ALASKA DAYS. ALASKA DAYS.
THEY HAD THEIR ROW AND SHE WAS THEY HAD THEIR ROW AND SHE WAS
ALWAYS A PART OF IT. ALWAYS A PART OF IT.
I KNOW WHEN I TALK TO MY KIDS I KNOW WHEN I TALK TO MY KIDS
THE LAST FEW WEEKS, THEIR THE LAST FEW WEEKS, THEIR
COMMENTS ALWAYS WHAT ARE WE COMMENTS ALWAYS WHAT ARE WE
GOING TO DO IN THE WINTER? GOING TO DO IN THE WINTER?
IT’S BEEN SUCH A PART OF OUR IT’S BEEN SUCH A PART OF OUR
LIFE. LIFE.
I GIVE JOYCE A LOT OF CREDIT I GIVE JOYCE A LOT OF CREDIT
BECAUSE SHE HAD TO HOLD THE FORT BECAUSE SHE HAD TO HOLD THE FORT
DOWN. DOWN.
HER BIG COMMENT ALWAYS WAS WHEN HER BIG COMMENT ALWAYS WAS WHEN
THE SEASON ENDED AND I WOULD BE THE SEASON ENDED AND I WOULD BE
HOME MORE AND HAVING THESE HOME MORE AND HAVING THESE
EDICTS, SHE WOULD SAY WE GOT EDICTS, SHE WOULD SAY WE GOT
ALONG JUST FINE WITHOUT YOU, ALONG JUST FINE WITHOUT YOU,
DON’T CHANGE THE RULES NOW. DON’T CHANGE THE RULES NOW.
I THINK THAT FOR ME, HONESTLY, I I THINK THAT FOR ME, HONESTLY, I
WAS NEVER ONE TO SAY I’M GOING WAS NEVER ONE TO SAY I’M GOING
TO COACH UNTIL I’M 65 OR 70. TO COACH UNTIL I’M 65 OR 70.
I LOOKED AT AROUND 60, IT WAS I LOOKED AT AROUND 60, IT WAS
PROBABLY NOT A BAD TIME. PROBABLY NOT A BAD TIME.
I’VE ALWAYS FELT THAT THIS IS A I’VE ALWAYS FELT THAT THIS IS A
GREAT JOB. GREAT JOB.
SOMEBODY ELSE SHOULD HAVE AN SOMEBODY ELSE SHOULD HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY TOO. OPPORTUNITY TOO.
I THINK THAT MARK AND I HAVE HAD I THINK THAT MARK AND I HAVE HAD
A LOT OF TALKS THE LAST COUPLE A LOT OF TALKS THE LAST COUPLE
YEARS. YEARS.
I THINK HE KIND OF KNOWS — I I THINK HE KIND OF KNOWS — I
TALKED TO TOM McGINNIS A LOT TALKED TO TOM McGINNIS A LOT
TOO. TOO.
BUT I THINK LAST SUMMER BUT I THINK LAST SUMMER
ESPECIALLY, I MET A BANTAM GAME ESPECIALLY, I MET A BANTAM GAME
AND IT’S AUGUST ON A WEEKEND AND AND IT’S AUGUST ON A WEEKEND AND
I’M SINGULARLY WANT TO BE HERE I’M SINGULARLY WANT TO BE HERE
IN AUGUST? IN AUGUST?
SO YOU GO THROUGH THINGS LIKE SO YOU GO THROUGH THINGS LIKE
THAT AND AS THE YEAR GOES ON, I THAT AND AS THE YEAR GOES ON, I
THOUGHT AM I GOING TO DO IT MUCH THOUGHT AM I GOING TO DO IT MUCH
MORE THAN THIS BACK MAYBE NOT. MORE THAN THIS BACK MAYBE NOT.
YOU’D RATHER GIVE IT UP ONE YEAR YOU’D RATHER GIVE IT UP ONE YEAR
TOO SOON THAN ONE YEAR TOO LATE. TOO SOON THAN ONE YEAR TOO LATE.
MARK AND I HAD DISCUSSIONS. MARK AND I HAD DISCUSSIONS.
WE NEVER HAD ANY DISCUSSIONS WE NEVER HAD ANY DISCUSSIONS
ABOUT ME NOT COACHING NEXT YEAR ABOUT ME NOT COACHING NEXT YEAR
BUT I THINK DEEP DOWN I FELT BUT I THINK DEEP DOWN I FELT
LIKE I REALLY DON’T WANT TO GO LIKE I REALLY DON’T WANT TO GO
IN THE LAST YEAR, WHAT CAN I DO IN THE LAST YEAR, WHAT CAN I DO
TO HELP GOPHER HOCKEY? TO HELP GOPHER HOCKEY?
I THINK WE’VE SEEN THE ADDITION I THINK WE’VE SEEN THE ADDITION
OF THE DOWNSTAIRS, THE NEW OF THE DOWNSTAIRS, THE NEW
LOCKER ROOM, WHAT AN IMPACT THAT LOCKER ROOM, WHAT AN IMPACT THAT
HAS HAD FOR RECRUITING. HAS HAD FOR RECRUITING.
I THINK THAT FACTORS IN. I THINK THAT FACTORS IN.
ONE OF THE THINGS I WORKED HARD ONE OF THE THINGS I WORKED HARD
AT THE FUND-RAISING IS I WANT TO AT THE FUND-RAISING IS I WANT TO
SEE THIS FINISHED OFF FOR THE SEE THIS FINISHED OFF FOR THE
NEXT PERSON. NEXT PERSON.
THE ATHLETIC VILLAGE WAS BUILT, THE ATHLETIC VILLAGE WAS BUILT,
OUR OFFICES ARE MOVED OVER HERE OUR OFFICES ARE MOVED OVER HERE
SOMETIME THIS SUMMER, YOU START SOMETIME THIS SUMMER, YOU START
TO THINK IS A TIME FOR THE NEXT TO THINK IS A TIME FOR THE NEXT
GUY TO MOVE INTO A NEW OFFICE? GUY TO MOVE INTO A NEW OFFICE?
I DON’T THINK IT WAS ANY ONE I DON’T THINK IT WAS ANY ONE
THING. THING.
I THINK PRETTY MUCH I KNEW LAST I THINK PRETTY MUCH I KNEW LAST
MONTH OR TWO. MONTH OR TWO.
EVEN WHEN THINGS WERE GOING WELL EVEN WHEN THINGS WERE GOING WELL
AND WITHOUT WE WERE GOING TO BE AND WITHOUT WE WERE GOING TO BE
IN THE NCAA, IT REALLY HAS IN THE NCAA, IT REALLY HAS
NOTHING TO DO WITH MISSING THE NOTHING TO DO WITH MISSING THE
NCAA OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. NCAA OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.
IN MY MIND I KIND OF KNEW WHERE IN MY MIND I KIND OF KNEW WHERE
I WAS AT A FEW WEEKS BACK. I WAS AT A FEW WEEKS BACK.
>>FROZEN FOR BACK IN ST. PAUL >>FROZEN FOR BACK IN ST. PAUL
THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR.
YOU THINK BACK AND ALL THE GREAT YOU THINK BACK AND ALL THE GREAT
MOMENTS. MOMENTS.
2002 THE BEST OF THEM? 2002 THE BEST OF THEM?
>>Coach Lucia: I THINK OF >>Coach Lucia: I THINK OF
WHEN YOU THINK OF ON THE ICE, WHEN YOU THINK OF ON THE ICE,
THAT WAS A GREAT MOMENT. THAT WAS A GREAT MOMENT.
I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE — I TOLD I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE — I TOLD
THIS TO OUR PLAYERS WHEN WE WERE THIS TO OUR PLAYERS WHEN WE WERE
GETTING ON THE STRETCH. GETTING ON THE STRETCH.
I’VE EXPERIENCED IT ALL AS A I’VE EXPERIENCED IT ALL AS A
COACH. COACH.
THAT’S WHAT THE JOURNEY IS ALL THAT’S WHAT THE JOURNEY IS ALL
ABOUT TO ME. ABOUT TO ME.
WHAT HAVEN’T I EXPERIENCED? WHAT HAVEN’T I EXPERIENCED?
LET’S SEE, WE WON A NATIONAL LET’S SEE, WE WON A NATIONAL
TITLE IN OVERTIME AT ONE POINT. TITLE IN OVERTIME AT ONE POINT.
WE LOST A NATIONAL TITLE IN WE LOST A NATIONAL TITLE IN
OVERTIME AT ONE POINT. OVERTIME AT ONE POINT.
WE WON THE FINAL FIVE AND OVER, WE WON THE FINAL FIVE AND OVER,
LOST IN OVERTIME. LOST IN OVERTIME.
THE LONGEST GAME IN THE HISTORY THE LONGEST GAME IN THE HISTORY
OF COLLEGE HOCKEY, 129 AND A OF COLLEGE HOCKEY, 129 AND A
HALF MINUTES. HALF MINUTES.
CHANCE TO GO START A PROGRAM UP CHANCE TO GO START A PROGRAM UP
IN ALASKA. IN ALASKA.
A CHANCE TO HELP THOSE PROGRAMS A CHANCE TO HELP THOSE PROGRAMS
GET TO THE CCHA AND WCHA AT THAT GET TO THE CCHA AND WCHA AT THAT
TIME. TIME.
WENT TO CC WHEN THEY MAY HAVE WENT TO CC WHEN THEY MAY HAVE
FOLDED THEIR PROGRAM IF WE FOLDED THEIR PROGRAM IF WE
HADN’T DONE WELL, BUILT A NEW HADN’T DONE WELL, BUILT A NEW
ARENA. ARENA.
I’VE EXPERIENCED SO MUCH THAT I’VE EXPERIENCED SO MUCH THAT
I’M JUST THANKFUL I’VE HAD ALL I’M JUST THANKFUL I’VE HAD ALL
THOSE OPPORTUNITIES AND GETTING THOSE OPPORTUNITIES AND GETTING
BACK TO MINNESOTA, YET YOU HAVE BACK TO MINNESOTA, YET YOU HAVE
MOMENTS, THE MATT KOWALSKI GOAL. MOMENTS, THE MATT KOWALSKI GOAL.
I CAN THINK BACK JUST GETTING TO I CAN THINK BACK JUST GETTING TO
THE FROZEN FOR THAT YEAR IN THE FROZEN FOR THAT YEAR IN
EAST LANSING. EAST LANSING.
SCORING THE GOAL. SCORING THE GOAL.
KIND OF IRONIC THE FIRST KIND OF IRONIC THE FIRST
NONMINNESOTA RECRUIT. NONMINNESOTA RECRUIT.
YOU TAKE GRIEF FOR THAT, BUT I YOU TAKE GRIEF FOR THAT, BUT I
ALWAYS SAID WHEN I CAME HERE ALWAYS SAID WHEN I CAME HERE
THAT I WAS GOING TO DO IT THE THAT I WAS GOING TO DO IT THE
WAY I THOUGHT IT SHOULD BE DONE. WAY I THOUGHT IT SHOULD BE DONE.
SO WHEN I LEAVE THERE’S NO SO WHEN I LEAVE THERE’S NO
REGRETS. REGRETS.
BUT HE SCORED THE WINNING GOAL. BUT HE SCORED THE WINNING GOAL.
WHAT A GREAT MOMENT. WHAT A GREAT MOMENT.
THOMAS VANEK COMES IN THE NEXT THOMAS VANEK COMES IN THE NEXT
YEAR AND DOES IT AGAIN. YEAR AND DOES IT AGAIN.
BLAKE WHEELER’S DIVING GOAL IN BLAKE WHEELER’S DIVING GOAL IN
THE FINAL FIVE. THE FINAL FIVE.
JUSTIN HALL’S GOAL IN THE FROZEN JUSTIN HALL’S GOAL IN THE FROZEN
FOUR A FEW YEARS BACK. FOUR A FEW YEARS BACK.
THERE’S SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES, THERE’S SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES,
BUT IT’S NOT JUST THAT. BUT IT’S NOT JUST THAT.
IT’S SITTING BACK IN THE IT’S SITTING BACK IN THE
COACHING ROOM WITH MIKE AND COACHING ROOM WITH MIKE AND
EVERYBODY AND YOU ARE GRINDING EVERYBODY AND YOU ARE GRINDING
IT OUT AND IT’S LIKE YOU LOSE IT OUT AND IT’S LIKE YOU LOSE
THE NIGHT BEFORE AND YOU’VE GOT THE NIGHT BEFORE AND YOU’VE GOT
TO EMBRACE THE GRIND SOMETIMES. TO EMBRACE THE GRIND SOMETIMES.
IT’S NOT FUN, BUT YOU DO IT FOR IT’S NOT FUN, BUT YOU DO IT FOR
THE KIDS. THE KIDS.
YOU WANT TO HAVE THE KIDS HAVE YOU WANT TO HAVE THE KIDS HAVE
SUCCESS. SUCCESS.
I THINK THAT’S THE MOST I THINK THAT’S THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING. IMPORTANT THING.
I FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT WHERE I FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT WHERE
THE PROGRAM IS AT. THE PROGRAM IS AT.
I FEEL GOOD ABOUT OUR CULTURE. I FEEL GOOD ABOUT OUR CULTURE.
I FEEL GOOD THAT WE HAVE A I FEEL GOOD THAT WE HAVE A
SYSTEM IN PLACE THAT EVERYBODY SYSTEM IN PLACE THAT EVERYBODY
GRADUATES. GRADUATES.
I FEEL GOOD THAT WE HAVE A I FEEL GOOD THAT WE HAVE A
SYSTEM IN PLACE WITH THE PLAYERS SYSTEM IN PLACE WITH THE PLAYERS
UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF HOW UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF HOW
YOU ACT AND WHAT YOU DO AND HOW YOU ACT AND WHAT YOU DO AND HOW
YOU REPRESENT UNIVERSITY OF YOU REPRESENT UNIVERSITY OF
MINNESOTA HOCKEY PROGRAM. MINNESOTA HOCKEY PROGRAM.
I TELL THE STORY, AND I SAY IT I TELL THE STORY, AND I SAY IT
TO THE RECRUITS. TO THE RECRUITS.
IF YOU COME TO MINNESOTA, THIS IF YOU COME TO MINNESOTA, THIS
IS 24/7, 365 DAYS A YEAR. IS 24/7, 365 DAYS A YEAR.
YOU HAVE TO BE ON. YOU HAVE TO BE ON.
LAST SUMMER JUST GETS LAST SUMMER JUST GETS
REINFORCED. REINFORCED.
MY WIFE AND I WENT TO A MY WIFE AND I WENT TO A
TOURNAMENT IN THE TOURNAMENT IN THE
CZECH REPUBLIC. CZECH REPUBLIC.
WE ARE FLYING OUT OF BERLIN. WE ARE FLYING OUT OF BERLIN.
SOMEBODY COMES UP TO ME, ARE YOU SOMEBODY COMES UP TO ME, ARE YOU
THE GOPHER HOCKEY COACH? THE GOPHER HOCKEY COACH?
AND THAT’S THE WAY IT IS AND AND THAT’S THE WAY IT IS AND
I’VE ALWAYS TAKEN THAT AS A I’VE ALWAYS TAKEN THAT AS A
RESPONSIBILITY THAT GOES WITH RESPONSIBILITY THAT GOES WITH
THIS JOB. THIS JOB.
IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLY GREAT JOB. IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLY GREAT JOB.
WE DO HAVE TREMENDOUS FAN WE DO HAVE TREMENDOUS FAN
SUPPORT. SUPPORT.
I KNOW THERE’S BEEN ANGST ABOUT I KNOW THERE’S BEEN ANGST ABOUT
SWITCHING TO THE BIG TEN, BUT AT SWITCHING TO THE BIG TEN, BUT AT
THIS POINT OUR FANS HAVE TO THIS POINT OUR FANS HAVE TO
EMBRACE IT FOR THE GOOD OF THE EMBRACE IT FOR THE GOOD OF THE
PROGRAM. PROGRAM.
THE BIG TEN TODAY IS AN THE BIG TEN TODAY IS AN
OUTSTANDING CONFERENCE. OUTSTANDING CONFERENCE.
I HAD A SITUATION AROUND I HAD A SITUATION AROUND
CHRISTMAS TIME AND I’M AT A GAME CHRISTMAS TIME AND I’M AT A GAME
AND SOMEBODY COMES UP TO ME, I AND SOMEBODY COMES UP TO ME, I
MISSED THE OLD WCHA AND MY MISSED THE OLD WCHA AND MY
RESPONSE WAS WHAT WCHA DO YOU RESPONSE WAS WHAT WCHA DO YOU
MISS? MISS?
THE WCHA I PLAYED IN, MICHIGAN, THE WCHA I PLAYED IN, MICHIGAN,
MICHIGAN STATE, NOTRE DAME, MICHIGAN STATE, NOTRE DAME,
WISCONSIN, WE ARE KIND OF BACK WISCONSIN, WE ARE KIND OF BACK
TO THE FUTURE. TO THE FUTURE.
IT’S A GREAT LEAGUE. IT’S A GREAT LEAGUE.
WE SEE IT THIS YEAR. WE SEE IT THIS YEAR.
FOUR TEAMS ARE IN IT, TWO NUMBER FOUR TEAMS ARE IN IT, TWO NUMBER
ONE SEEDS. ONE SEEDS.
WITHOUT THE UPSETS WE WOULD HAVE WITHOUT THE UPSETS WE WOULD HAVE
BEEN IN, BUT IT DIDN’T COME TO BEEN IN, BUT IT DIDN’T COME TO
BE. BE.
I REMEMBER I HAD A TEXT ON I REMEMBER I HAD A TEXT ON
SATURDAY WHEN ALL THAT PLAYED SATURDAY WHEN ALL THAT PLAYED
ITSELF OUT. ITSELF OUT.
OBVIOUSLY I WISH I WAS IN NCAA OBVIOUSLY I WISH I WAS IN NCAA
PRESS CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND PRESS CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND
HERE AND COULD HAVE DONE IT A HERE AND COULD HAVE DONE IT A
LITTLE BIT LONGER, BUT I WENT TO LITTLE BIT LONGER, BUT I WENT TO
CHURCH ON SATURDAY. CHURCH ON SATURDAY.
DIDN’T WANT TO DEAL WITH THE DIDN’T WANT TO DEAL WITH THE
NORTH DAKOTA GAME AND CAME OUT NORTH DAKOTA GAME AND CAME OUT
AND MY WIFE LOOKED AT HER PHONE AND MY WIFE LOOKED AT HER PHONE
AND SHE SAID NORTH DAKOTA WON. AND SHE SAID NORTH DAKOTA WON.
AND THEN LO AND BEHOLD, TONY AND THEN LO AND BEHOLD, TONY
TEXTED ME, THERE’S 1 OUT OF 64 TEXTED ME, THERE’S 1 OUT OF 64
SCENARIOS YOU DON’T GET IN AND SCENARIOS YOU DON’T GET IN AND
THEN I LOOK AT THE SIX GAMES AND THEN I LOOK AT THE SIX GAMES AND
I TEXTED A FRIEND AND WHEN HE I TEXTED A FRIEND AND WHEN HE
ASKED IF WE WERE AND HAD TO TEXT ASKED IF WE WERE AND HAD TO TEXT
BACK, THERE’S ONE SCENARIO. BACK, THERE’S ONE SCENARIO.
WE HAVE TO LOSE ALL THE SIX WE HAVE TO LOSE ALL THE SIX
GAMES. GAMES.
I SAID IF WE LOSE ALL SIX OF I SAID IF WE LOSE ALL SIX OF
THESE GAMES, THE GOOD LORD IS THESE GAMES, THE GOOD LORD IS
TELLING ME IT’S TIME TO DO TELLING ME IT’S TIME TO DO
SOMETHING ELSE. SOMETHING ELSE.
MAYBE IT’S HIS WAY OF TELLING MAYBE IT’S HIS WAY OF TELLING
OLD DON IT’S TIME TO DO OLD DON IT’S TIME TO DO
SOMETHING ELSE, BUT I FEEL SO SOMETHING ELSE, BUT I FEEL SO
BLESSED AND LUCKY TO DO WHAT BLESSED AND LUCKY TO DO WHAT
I’VE DONE. I’VE DONE.
JEFF SAUER SAID IT BEST, NEVER JEFF SAUER SAID IT BEST, NEVER
FELT THE DAY BUT HE WENT TO FELT THE DAY BUT HE WENT TO
WORK. WORK.
IT HITS YOU. IT HITS YOU.
THE LAST TWO YEARS, RON MASON THE LAST TWO YEARS, RON MASON
DIES IN HIS EARLY 70s, JEFF DIES IN HIS EARLY 70s, JEFF
SAUER. SAUER.
YOU GO TO WISCONSIN, HE’S NOT YOU GO TO WISCONSIN, HE’S NOT
THERE ANYMORE. THERE ANYMORE.
WHAT DO I WANT TO DO IN THE NEXT WHAT DO I WANT TO DO IN THE NEXT
PHASE? PHASE?
DO I WANT TO BE 65 YEARS OLD DO I WANT TO BE 65 YEARS OLD
GOING TO ARRANGE EVERYDAY? GOING TO ARRANGE EVERYDAY?
OR DO I WANT TO BE 65 AND HAVE OR DO I WANT TO BE 65 AND HAVE
MORE TIME WITH MY WIFE AND MY MORE TIME WITH MY WIFE AND MY
GRANDCHILDREN AND GO TO A GAME GRANDCHILDREN AND GO TO A GAME
ON A SATURDAY MORNING. ON A SATURDAY MORNING.
I THINK ALL THESE COME INTO I THINK ALL THESE COME INTO
PLAY, BUT IT’S LIKE I’VE BEEN SO PLAY, BUT IT’S LIKE I’VE BEEN SO
LUCKY AND FORTUNATE TO DO WHAT LUCKY AND FORTUNATE TO DO WHAT
I’VE DONE. I’VE DONE.
>>THERE MUST’VE BEEN SOME >>THERE MUST’VE BEEN SOME
PEOPLE ASKING TO COME AND BUILD PEOPLE ASKING TO COME AND BUILD
ANOTHER PROGRAM SOMEWHERE OR GO ANOTHER PROGRAM SOMEWHERE OR GO
TO THE NHL IN THESE PAST FEW TO THE NHL IN THESE PAST FEW
YEARS. YEARS.
DID YOU ENTERTAIN THAT? DID YOU ENTERTAIN THAT?
WAS THERE SOME OF THAT THAT CAME WAS THERE SOME OF THAT THAT CAME
CLOSE? CLOSE?
>>Coach Lucia: I THINK THERE >>Coach Lucia: I THINK THERE
WAS 110 YEARS AGO THAT CAME WAS 110 YEARS AGO THAT CAME
REALLY CLOSE, BUT ULTIMATELY IT REALLY CLOSE, BUT ULTIMATELY IT
WASN’T THE TIME. WASN’T THE TIME.
I ELECTED NOT TO GO. I ELECTED NOT TO GO.
I DON’T REGRET IT, NOT DOING IT. I DON’T REGRET IT, NOT DOING IT.
AS I SAID, I FEEL REALLY BLESSED AS I SAID, I FEEL REALLY BLESSED
THAT MY KIDS WERE RAISED HERE. THAT MY KIDS WERE RAISED HERE.
THIS IS HOME. THIS IS HOME.
THEY LIVE HERE AND IT’S NICE, MY THEY LIVE HERE AND IT’S NICE, MY
DAUGHTER IS A MILE AND A HALF DAUGHTER IS A MILE AND A HALF
AWAY I CAN POP IN AND HOLD THE AWAY I CAN POP IN AND HOLD THE
GRANDKIDS AND GET THEM ALL RILED GRANDKIDS AND GET THEM ALL RILED
UP AND THEN GO HOME. UP AND THEN GO HOME.
I ENJOY GETTING UP AND WATCHING I ENJOY GETTING UP AND WATCHING
MY DAUGHTER ON TV EVERY MORNING. MY DAUGHTER ON TV EVERY MORNING.
TONY, I KID HIM THE BEST THING TONY, I KID HIM THE BEST THING
THAT HAPPENED TO HIM AS HE HAD THAT HAPPENED TO HIM AS HE HAD
CONCUSSIONS AND HAD TO QUIT CONCUSSIONS AND HAD TO QUIT
HOCKEY AND NOW HE IS A PRESIDENT HOCKEY AND NOW HE IS A PRESIDENT
OF A COMPANY IN TOWN. OF A COMPANY IN TOWN.
THIS IS HOME TO THE LUCIAS. THIS IS HOME TO THE LUCIAS.
I FEEL VERY BLESSED TO BE A PART I FEEL VERY BLESSED TO BE A PART
OF THIS COMMUNITY. OF THIS COMMUNITY.
>>[INAUDIBLE] >>[INAUDIBLE]
>>Coach Lucia: I HOPE I’M >>Coach Lucia: I HOPE I’M
THERE FOR THEM DOUG WAS THERE THERE FOR THEM DOUG WAS THERE
FOR ME. FOR ME.
THAT’S THE THING I LOOK AT. THAT’S THE THING I LOOK AT.
DOUG AND I HAD A REALLY GOOD DOUG AND I HAD A REALLY GOOD
RELATIONSHIP. RELATIONSHIP.
I REMEMBER THE FIRST GAME WE WON I REMEMBER THE FIRST GAME WE WON
I WOULD COME DOWN TO THE I WOULD COME DOWN TO THE
LOCKER ROOM, IS IN THE LOCKER ROOM, IS IN THE
LOCKER ROOM EATING PIZZA WITH LOCKER ROOM EATING PIZZA WITH
THE GUYS BEFORE I EVEN GET IN THE GUYS BEFORE I EVEN GET IN
THERE AFTER THE MEDIA. THERE AFTER THE MEDIA.
THAT’S THE WAY I WANTED IT. THAT’S THE WAY I WANTED IT.
HE BUILT THIS PROGRAM. HE BUILT THIS PROGRAM.
HE WAS A PART OF IT AND I WANTED HE WAS A PART OF IT AND I WANTED
TO COME HERE BECAUSE THE TO COME HERE BECAUSE THE
TRADITION AND TRYING TO ADD TO TRADITION AND TRYING TO ADD TO
IT AND THAT’S WHAT YOU FEEL GOOD IT AND THAT’S WHAT YOU FEEL GOOD
ABOUT, WHEN YOU WALK AWAY AT ABOUT, WHEN YOU WALK AWAY AT
SOME POINT IN TIME. SOME POINT IN TIME.
MARK IS GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A MARK IS GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A
DIFFICULT DECISION. DIFFICULT DECISION.
I TOOK A LOT OF GRIEF BECAUSE I I TOOK A LOT OF GRIEF BECAUSE I
WASN’T AN ALUM. WASN’T AN ALUM.
THAT’S THE REALITY OF IT, BUT THAT’S THE REALITY OF IT, BUT
THERE’S NOTHING I COULD DO ABOUT THERE’S NOTHING I COULD DO ABOUT
THAT, SO THAT’S GOING TO BE A THAT, SO THAT’S GOING TO BE A
BIG DECISION TO HIRE AN ALUM OR BIG DECISION TO HIRE AN ALUM OR
NOT NOT A MOM AND I’VE USUALLY NOT NOT A MOM AND I’VE USUALLY
MIKE IS SITTING OUT THERE AND MIKE IS SITTING OUT THERE AND
HE’S DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB HERE. HE’S DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB HERE.
BEEN A PART OF SO MANY BEEN A PART OF SO MANY
CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS AND I KNOW HE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS AND I KNOW HE
WOULD DO A GREAT JOB. WOULD DO A GREAT JOB.
I’M SURE THEY’RE LOOKING AT SOME I’M SURE THEY’RE LOOKING AT SOME
OTHERS, BUT IT WILL BE A OTHERS, BUT IT WILL BE A
DIFFICULT CHOICE. DIFFICULT CHOICE.
MARK WANTS TO HELP — ME TO HELP MARK WANTS TO HELP — ME TO HELP
IN ANY ENDEAVOR. IN ANY ENDEAVOR.
I’D BE HAPPY TO GIVE THEM MY I’D BE HAPPY TO GIVE THEM MY
TWO CENTS. TWO CENTS.
OBVIOUSLY IT’S NOT GOING TO BE OBVIOUSLY IT’S NOT GOING TO BE
MY DECISION, BUT THERE WILL BE A MY DECISION, BUT THERE WILL BE A
LOT OF GOOD CANDIDATES, THERE LOT OF GOOD CANDIDATES, THERE
SHOULD BE. SHOULD BE.
JUST LIKE IT WAS MY TIME 20 JUST LIKE IT WAS MY TIME 20
YEARS AGO, IT’S SOMEBODY ELSE’S YEARS AGO, IT’S SOMEBODY ELSE’S
TIME NOW AND I WILL DO ANYTHING TIME NOW AND I WILL DO ANYTHING
I CAN TO HELP THE NEW COACH, I CAN TO HELP THE NEW COACH,
EVEN BE A SOUNDING BOARD AT TIME EVEN BE A SOUNDING BOARD AT TIME
WHEN THE NEEDLES ARE FLYING IN WHEN THE NEEDLES ARE FLYING IN
THE VOODOO DOLLS, WHICH CAN THE VOODOO DOLLS, WHICH CAN
HAPPEN. HAPPEN.
THE EXPECTATIONS THAT ARE THERE, THE EXPECTATIONS THAT ARE THERE,
BUT YOU KNOW THAT GOING IN. BUT YOU KNOW THAT GOING IN.
THAT’S THE REALITY. THAT’S THE REALITY.
YOU COME HERE BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU COME HERE BECAUSE YOU KNOW
YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE
TO WIN AT A HIGH LEVEL. TO WIN AT A HIGH LEVEL.
IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE GOING TO IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE GOING TO
EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY.
COLLEGE HOCKEY THERE’S MORE COLLEGE HOCKEY THERE’S MORE
PARITY THAN EVER BEFORE. PARITY THAN EVER BEFORE.
WE HAVE FIVE REALLY GOOD TEAMS WE HAVE FIVE REALLY GOOD TEAMS
IN OUR STATE. IN OUR STATE.
I THINK WE SHOULD CELEBRATE I THINK WE SHOULD CELEBRATE
THAT. THAT.
THAT’S A GOOD THING. THAT’S A GOOD THING.
THERE’S MORE COLLEGE HOCKEY THERE’S MORE COLLEGE HOCKEY
PLAYERS BEING PRODUCED ALL PLAYERS BEING PRODUCED ALL
ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAN EVER ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAN EVER
BEFORE AND I THINK THAT’S A GOOD BEFORE AND I THINK THAT’S A GOOD
THING TOO. THING TOO.
>>YOU CAN CONFIRM YOU ARE >>YOU CAN CONFIRM YOU ARE
RETIRING? RETIRING?
>>Coach Lucia: I CONFIRM. >>Coach Lucia: I CONFIRM.
MY WIFE ASKED ME ABOUT THAT, MY WIFE ASKED ME ABOUT THAT,
BACK TO THE FUTURE, RIGHT? BACK TO THE FUTURE, RIGHT?
THEY NEED SOME GOOD YOUNG THEY NEED SOME GOOD YOUNG
PEOPLE. PEOPLE.
I’VE ACTUALLY TALKED TO SOME OF I’VE ACTUALLY TALKED TO SOME OF
THEM ABOUT SOME CANDIDATES AND THEM ABOUT SOME CANDIDATES AND
TRY TO HELP IN THAT WAY. TRY TO HELP IN THAT WAY.
AS I TOLD THEM, I’VE ALWAYS GOT AS I TOLD THEM, I’VE ALWAYS GOT
A SOFT SPOT FOR UP THERE. A SOFT SPOT FOR UP THERE.
THE OLD SAYING FOR ME AS I WENT THE OLD SAYING FOR ME AS I WENT
TO ALASKA FOR YEAR AND LEFT 12 TO ALASKA FOR YEAR AND LEFT 12
YEARS LATER WITH A WIFE AND FOUR YEARS LATER WITH A WIFE AND FOUR
KIDS. KIDS.
THE WINTERS WERE LONG, DARK AND THE WINTERS WERE LONG, DARK AND
COLD. COLD.
I HAD TO GET OUT OF THERE OR I I HAD TO GET OUT OF THERE OR I
MIGHT HAVE HAD TEN. MIGHT HAVE HAD TEN.
>>[INAUDIBLE] >>[INAUDIBLE]
>>Coach Lucia: OBVIOUSLY YOU >>Coach Lucia: OBVIOUSLY YOU
KNOW JUST STARTING THAT PROCESS KNOW JUST STARTING THAT PROCESS
AND I CAN TELL YOU WHEN I LEFT AND I CAN TELL YOU WHEN I LEFT
IN 2005, I LEARNED A VERY IN 2005, I LEARNED A VERY
VALUABLE LESSON WHEN COACH SMITH VALUABLE LESSON WHEN COACH SMITH
LEFT TO COME APPEAR, BEING A LEFT TO COME APPEAR, BEING A
YOUNG ADMINISTRATOR, YOU THINK YOUNG ADMINISTRATOR, YOU THINK
ANYBODY WANTS THAT HEAD COACHING ANYBODY WANTS THAT HEAD COACHING
JOB, YOU LEARN REALLY QUICK THAT JOB, YOU LEARN REALLY QUICK THAT
THERE’S ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE THERE’S ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE
THAT CAN TAKE THAT JOB AND THAT CAN TAKE THAT JOB AND
MINNESOTA HOCKEY IS LIKE MINNESOTA HOCKEY IS LIKE
KENTUCKY BASKETBALL. KENTUCKY BASKETBALL.
TAKE THAT EXPERIENCE. TAKE THAT EXPERIENCE.
OBVIOUSLY SELFISHLY WE FEEL LIKE OBVIOUSLY SELFISHLY WE FEEL LIKE
WE HAVE THE BEST HOCKEY JOB IN WE HAVE THE BEST HOCKEY JOB IN
THE COUNTRY. THE COUNTRY.
WE ARE VERY PROUD OF WHAT WE WE ARE VERY PROUD OF WHAT WE
HAVE. HAVE.
WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TRADITION WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TRADITION
AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING
THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE
RIGHT PEOPLE AND MAKING SURE WE RIGHT PEOPLE AND MAKING SURE WE
HAVE THE BEST FIT FOR OUR HAVE THE BEST FIT FOR OUR
STUDENT ATHLETES IN OUR PROGRAM. STUDENT ATHLETES IN OUR PROGRAM.
I THINK ANY HD WOULD TELL YOU I THINK ANY HD WOULD TELL YOU
THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE A LIST OF THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE A LIST OF
COACHES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN COACHES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN
AND I DON’T PUT A NUMBER ON AND I DON’T PUT A NUMBER ON
THAT, BUT WE STARTED TO IDENTIFY THAT, BUT WE STARTED TO IDENTIFY
SOME PEOPLE AND WE WILL MOVE SOME PEOPLE AND WE WILL MOVE
FORWARD IN A PROCESS THAT IS FORWARD IN A PROCESS THAT IS
EFFICIENT, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY EFFICIENT, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY
WE WANT TO FIND THE BEST FIT FOR WE WANT TO FIND THE BEST FIT FOR
MINNESOTA, SOMEBODY WHO MINNESOTA, SOMEBODY WHO
UNDERSTANDS WHAT THIS PROGRAM UNDERSTANDS WHAT THIS PROGRAM
MEANS. MEANS.
I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME THIS I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME THIS
PROGRAM IN A LOT OF WAYS IS THE PROGRAM IN A LOT OF WAYS IS THE
HEARTBEAT OF THE STATE. HEARTBEAT OF THE STATE.
WE NEED SOMEBODY WAS GOING TO WE NEED SOMEBODY WAS GOING TO
EMBRACE THAT AND UNDERSTAND EMBRACE THAT AND UNDERSTAND
THAT. THAT.
>>DO HAVE A DATE FOR WHEN YOU >>DO HAVE A DATE FOR WHEN YOU
HOPE TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT? HOPE TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT?
>>Mark: NOT AT ALL. >>Mark: NOT AT ALL.
AND I HAD A CHANCE TO MEET WITH AND I HAD A CHANCE TO MEET WITH
THE TEAM THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE TEAM THIS AFTERNOON WITH
COACH LUCIA. COACH LUCIA.
I TOLD THE STUDENT ATHLETES IT’S I TOLD THE STUDENT ATHLETES IT’S
GOING TO FEEL LIKE YEARS, BUT GOING TO FEEL LIKE YEARS, BUT
AGAIN, IT’S ON US TO FIND THE AGAIN, IT’S ON US TO FIND THE
BEST FIT FOR THIS PROGRAM. BEST FIT FOR THIS PROGRAM.
>>[INAUDIBLE] >>[INAUDIBLE]
>>Mark: RIGHT NOW WE JUST >>Mark: RIGHT NOW WE JUST
WANT TO GATHER INFORMATION. WANT TO GATHER INFORMATION.
I KNOW THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO I KNOW THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO
PEOPLE HERE. PEOPLE HERE.
I ALSO KNOW THAT IT’S VERY I ALSO KNOW THAT IT’S VERY
IMPORTANT TO FIND THE RIGHT FIT IMPORTANT TO FIND THE RIGHT FIT
FOR OUR STUDENT ATHLETES AND OUR FOR OUR STUDENT ATHLETES AND OUR
DEPARTMENT AND WHAT WE ARE DEPARTMENT AND WHAT WE ARE
TRYING TO BUILD HERE. TRYING TO BUILD HERE.
>>HOW MUCH HAS THIS JOB >>HOW MUCH HAS THIS JOB
CHANGED? CHANGED?
THERE WAS AT ONE TIME A LIST OF THERE WAS AT ONE TIME A LIST OF
SEASON TICKETS THAT WAS A LONG SEASON TICKETS THAT WAS A LONG
LIST. LIST.
MOVING CONFERENCES DEFINITELY MOVING CONFERENCES DEFINITELY
IMPACTED IT. IMPACTED IT.
FOR BOTH OF YOU HOW MUCH HAS FOR BOTH OF YOU HOW MUCH HAS
THIS JOB REALLY CHANGED IN THAT THIS JOB REALLY CHANGED IN THAT
19 YEARS AND REALLY THE LAST 19 YEARS AND REALLY THE LAST
FIVE? FIVE?
>>Coach Lucia: I THINK IT’S A >>Coach Lucia: I THINK IT’S A
COMBINATION OF, THROUGHOUT THE COMBINATION OF, THROUGHOUT THE
’90s THERE WAS NO NHL. ’90s THERE WAS NO NHL.
OBVIOUSLY THE WILD AND ANY PRO OBVIOUSLY THE WILD AND ANY PRO
SPORT HAS AN IMPACT. SPORT HAS AN IMPACT.
I THINK IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A I THINK IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A
PERFECT STORM OF PRIORITY PERFECT STORM OF PRIORITY
SEATING AT THE SAME TIME AS SEATING AT THE SAME TIME AS
MOVING TO THE BIG TEN. MOVING TO THE BIG TEN.
THERE WAS A LOT OF ANGST ABOUT THERE WAS A LOT OF ANGST ABOUT
THE BIG TEN. THE BIG TEN.
A LOT OF PEOPLE MISTAKENLY A LOT OF PEOPLE MISTAKENLY
BELIEVE WE WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR BELIEVE WE WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR
IT. IT.
THE REALITY IS THAT WHEN THE REALITY IS THAT WHEN
PENN STATE ADDED HOCKEY, THERE PENN STATE ADDED HOCKEY, THERE
WERE SIX TEAMS AND THERE WAS WERE SIX TEAMS AND THERE WAS
GOING TO BE A BIG TEN HOCKEY GOING TO BE A BIG TEN HOCKEY
CONFERENCE. CONFERENCE.
NOW WHAT DO WE DO MOVING NOW WHAT DO WE DO MOVING
FORWARD, AND AT THE SAME TIME FORWARD, AND AT THE SAME TIME
WHEN THE BIG TEN FORM, WHEN THE BIG TEN FORM,
UNFORTUNATELY, SOME OF THE UNFORTUNATELY, SOME OF THE
PREMIER PROGRAMS WERE A LITTLE PREMIER PROGRAMS WERE A LITTLE
BIT OF A DOWN CYCLE. BIT OF A DOWN CYCLE.
AS YOU SEE, THAT’S NOT TRUE AS YOU SEE, THAT’S NOT TRUE
ANYMORE. ANYMORE.
WE WON AT HOME AND PROBABLY IN WE WON AT HOME AND PROBABLY IN
THE LAST SEVEN YEARS WE PROBABLY THE LAST SEVEN YEARS WE PROBABLY
WON AS MANY HOME GAMES AS WON AS MANY HOME GAMES AS
ANYBODY IN COLLEGE HOCKEY. ANYBODY IN COLLEGE HOCKEY.
AND IT WAS THE TEAMS WERE AND IT WAS THE TEAMS WERE
PLAYING AREN’T VERY GOOD. PLAYING AREN’T VERY GOOD.
WE HAD THE NUMBER ONE STRENGTH WE HAD THE NUMBER ONE STRENGTH
OF SCHEDULE IN THE COUNTRY THIS OF SCHEDULE IN THE COUNTRY THIS
YEAR AND IT WASN’T EVEN CLOSE. YEAR AND IT WASN’T EVEN CLOSE.
I THINK WE HAD 23 OF OUR 38 I THINK WE HAD 23 OF OUR 38
GAMES WERE AGAINST THE NCAA GAMES WERE AGAINST THE NCAA
FIELD THIS YEAR. FIELD THIS YEAR.
THE BIG TEN’S QUALITY RIGHT NOW. THE BIG TEN’S QUALITY RIGHT NOW.
THERE’S A REALLY PLAYERS IN THE THERE’S A REALLY PLAYERS IN THE
BIG TEN. BIG TEN.
THERE’S MORE REALLY GOOD PLAYERS THERE’S MORE REALLY GOOD PLAYERS
COMING IN THE BIG TEN. COMING IN THE BIG TEN.
THE COACHING IS OUTSTANDING. THE COACHING IS OUTSTANDING.
THERE ARE VETERAN COACHES. THERE ARE VETERAN COACHES.
EVERY PROGRAM IN THE BIG TEN EVERY PROGRAM IN THE BIG TEN
WANTS TO WIN AT A HIGH LEVEL. WANTS TO WIN AT A HIGH LEVEL.
AND OUR FANS NEED TO COME BACK AND OUR FANS NEED TO COME BACK
AND EMBRACE THAT. AND EMBRACE THAT.
WE HAVE TO DO MORE. WE HAVE TO DO MORE.
HOPEFULLY THEY CAN SEE IT. HOPEFULLY THEY CAN SEE IT.
SOME PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY SAYING SOME PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY SAYING
I’M STALE, I’VE BEEN HERE TOO I’M STALE, I’VE BEEN HERE TOO
LONG. LONG.
YOU GET THAT AND WE WANT NEW YOU GET THAT AND WE WANT NEW
BLOOD. BLOOD.
I’M HOPEFUL THAT I CAN LOOK OUT I’M HOPEFUL THAT I CAN LOOK OUT
THERE NEXT YEAR AND THERE WILL THERE NEXT YEAR AND THERE WILL
BE MORE PEOPLE IN THE SEATS AND BE MORE PEOPLE IN THE SEATS AND
GET BEHIND THE PROGRAM, BECAUSE GET BEHIND THE PROGRAM, BECAUSE
YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT.
THE ALUMNI HAVE TO BE LOCKSTEP THE ALUMNI HAVE TO BE LOCKSTEP
TO BEHIND THE PROGRAM. TO BEHIND THE PROGRAM.
THEY LIVE IN THIS COMMUNITY. THEY LIVE IN THIS COMMUNITY.
WHAT THEY SAY INFLUENCES WHAT WHAT THEY SAY INFLUENCES WHAT
PEOPLE THINK. PEOPLE THINK.
THAT’S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. THAT’S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL.
THE FANS HAVE TO PACK THE THE FANS HAVE TO PACK THE
BUILDING. BUILDING.
WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THAT AND WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THAT AND
IF WE DO, I THINK GOPHER HOCKEY IF WE DO, I THINK GOPHER HOCKEY
IS WHERE WE ALL WANTED AND IS WHERE WE ALL WANTED AND
EXPECTED TO BE. EXPECTED TO BE.
>>WITH YOUR LEFT ON THE >>WITH YOUR LEFT ON THE
CONTRACT, IS THIS A BUY OUT CONTRACT, IS THIS A BUY OUT
SITUATION OR WHAT WILL YOUR GOAL SITUATION OR WHAT WILL YOUR GOAL
BE NEXT YEAR? BE NEXT YEAR?
>>Director Coyle: I WANT TO >>Director Coyle: I WANT TO
MAKE IT VERY CLEAR WHEN DON AND MAKE IT VERY CLEAR WHEN DON AND
I, BEING TOGETHER WHEN I WAS A I, BEING TOGETHER WHEN I WAS A
MARIUCCI FOR THOSE FOUR YEARS, MARIUCCI FOR THOSE FOUR YEARS,
WE KNOW EACH OTHER WELL. WE KNOW EACH OTHER WELL.
WE’VE HAD LOTS OF CONVERSATIONS WE’VE HAD LOTS OF CONVERSATIONS
AND DON IS GOING TO WORK CLOSELY AND DON IS GOING TO WORK CLOSELY
WITH US, BE A SPECIAL ASSISTANT WITH US, BE A SPECIAL ASSISTANT
TO THE MEDIA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TO THE MEDIA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
AND AS HE MENTIONED WORKING AND AS HE MENTIONED WORKING
TOWARDS FUND-RAISING GOALS. TOWARDS FUND-RAISING GOALS.
I CAN TELL YOU IT’S WHAT MAKES I CAN TELL YOU IT’S WHAT MAKES
DON WHO DON IS. DON WHO DON IS.
HE REITERATES ME TIME AND TIME HE REITERATES ME TIME AND TIME
AGAIN. AGAIN.
HE WANTS TO DO WHAT’S BEST FOR HE WANTS TO DO WHAT’S BEST FOR
GOPHER HOCKEY. GOPHER HOCKEY.
WE FEEL THIS ROLE IS WHAT’S BETH WE FEEL THIS ROLE IS WHAT’S BETH
THOMAS BEST FOR GOPHER HOCKEY THOMAS BEST FOR GOPHER HOCKEY
AND WE’RE GRATEFUL HE WILL BE AND WE’RE GRATEFUL HE WILL BE
AROUND TO HELP US. AROUND TO HELP US.
>>[INAUDIBLE] >>[INAUDIBLE]
>>Director Coyle: I THINK >>Director Coyle: I THINK
THAT’S ALWAYS THE GOAL, BUT 98 THAT’S ALWAYS THE GOAL, BUT 98
YEARS OF GOPHER HOCKEY AND WE YEARS OF GOPHER HOCKEY AND WE
WON FIVE. WON FIVE.
AS LONG AS I COACHED, HE WANTED AS LONG AS I COACHED, HE WANTED
TO TRY TO ALWAYS BE IN THE HUNT, TO TRY TO ALWAYS BE IN THE HUNT,
THAT WAS MICHAEL. THAT WAS MICHAEL.
I ALWAYS FELT THAT — MY GOAL I ALWAYS FELT THAT — MY GOAL
EVERY YEAR WAS TO TRY TO HANG A EVERY YEAR WAS TO TRY TO HANG A
BANNER, QUITE FRANKLY. BANNER, QUITE FRANKLY.
BECAUSE IF WE HUNG A BANNER I BECAUSE IF WE HUNG A BANNER I
KNEW WE WERE IN THE HUNT. KNEW WE WERE IN THE HUNT.
AND THEN IT’S THE OLD ADAGE, IN AND THEN IT’S THE OLD ADAGE, IN
A SINGLE GAME TOURNAMENT, I A SINGLE GAME TOURNAMENT, I
BOYCOTT YOU HAVE TO BE GOOD, YOU BOYCOTT YOU HAVE TO BE GOOD, YOU
HAVE TO BE LUCKY AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE TO BE LUCKY AND YOU HAVE TO
BE HEALTHY. BE HEALTHY.
IT COULD BE THE DRAW. IT COULD BE THE DRAW.
YOU KNOCKED OUT THREE OR FOUR YOU KNOCKED OUT THREE OR FOUR
TIMES BY THE EVENTUAL NATIONAL TIMES BY THE EVENTUAL NATIONAL
CHAMPIONS. CHAMPIONS.
GETTING READY TO GO ON A PLANE GETTING READY TO GO ON A PLANE
AND HE TAKES A SHOT AND BREAKS AND HE TAKES A SHOT AND BREAKS
HIS FINGER AND DOESN’T KNOW IF HIS FINGER AND DOESN’T KNOW IF
HE CAN PLAY. HE CAN PLAY.
DOES THAT COST US ONE IMPACT DOES THAT COST US ONE IMPACT
IT’S HARD. IT’S HARD.
IT’S REALLY HARD. IT’S REALLY HARD.
TO ME IT’S TANGIBLE WHEN YOU TO ME IT’S TANGIBLE WHEN YOU
TELL HER PLAYERS IN THE TELL HER PLAYERS IN THE
RECRUITING PROCESS, IF YOU CAN RECRUITING PROCESS, IF YOU CAN
WIN A LEAGUE TITLE, IT’S HARD TO WIN A LEAGUE TITLE, IT’S HARD TO
DO. DO.
WE ARE AT MADISON A FEW WEEKS WE ARE AT MADISON A FEW WEEKS
BACK IN THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS BACK IN THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS
BEING PLAYED AND YOU LOOK AROUND BEING PLAYED AND YOU LOOK AROUND
THE CALL CENTER IN THIS MATTER THE CALL CENTER IN THIS MATTER
THAT AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU LOP THAT AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU LOP
AND YOU SEE WISCONSIN HAS HAD A AND YOU SEE WISCONSIN HAS HAD A
PRETTY GOOD PROGRAM OVER THE PRETTY GOOD PROGRAM OVER THE
YEARS. YEARS.
IN THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAMS IN THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAMS
THEY WON PRECONFERENCE TITLES. THEY WON PRECONFERENCE TITLES.
THREE. THREE.
BUT IF YOU CAN HANG A BANNER, AS BUT IF YOU CAN HANG A BANNER, AS
A PLAYER, SOME DATE ON THE LINE A PLAYER, SOME DATE ON THE LINE
YOU’RE GOING TO COME BACK WITH YOU’RE GOING TO COME BACK WITH
YOUR KID AND SAY I WAS PART OF YOUR KID AND SAY I WAS PART OF
THAT. THAT.
I CAME TO MINNESOTA BECAUSE OF I CAME TO MINNESOTA BECAUSE OF
THE HISTORY, THE TRADITION, AND THE HISTORY, THE TRADITION, AND
I ADDED TO THAT. I ADDED TO THAT.
THAT WAS ALWAYS HOW I FELT. THAT WAS ALWAYS HOW I FELT.
SO IT’S NOT 40 YEARS AGO WHEN SO IT’S NOT 40 YEARS AGO WHEN
THE TOP TWO TEAMS IN ONE THE TOP TWO TEAMS IN ONE
CONFERENCE ON THE TOP TWO TEAMS CONFERENCE ON THE TOP TWO TEAMS
AND ANOTHER CONFERENCE WENT TO AND ANOTHER CONFERENCE WENT TO
THE FROZEN FOUR. THE FROZEN FOUR.
NOW THERE ARE SIX CONFERENCES. NOW THERE ARE SIX CONFERENCES.
IT’S HARDER THAN EVER JUST TO IT’S HARDER THAN EVER JUST TO
GET TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT. GET TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.
GO THROUGH HOW MANY TEAMS THE GO THROUGH HOW MANY TEAMS THE
LAST TEN YEARS, DIFFERENT TEAMS LAST TEN YEARS, DIFFERENT TEAMS
HAVE BEEN TO THE NCAA. HAVE BEEN TO THE NCAA.
HOW MANY HAVE BEEN TO A FROZEN HOW MANY HAVE BEEN TO A FROZEN
FOUR? FOUR?
YOU DIDN’T USED TO BE LIKE THAT. YOU DIDN’T USED TO BE LIKE THAT.
THE GOAL SHOULD NEVER CHANGE. THE GOAL SHOULD NEVER CHANGE.
THE EXPECTATION, YOU WANT TO THE EXPECTATION, YOU WANT TO
HAVE THAT. HAVE THAT.
I THINK YOU WANT TO EMBRACE I THINK YOU WANT TO EMBRACE
THAT. THAT.
BUT YOU ALSO HAD TO BE BUT YOU ALSO HAD TO BE
REALISTIC. REALISTIC.
WHAT’S CLASSIFIED AS A GOOD WHAT’S CLASSIFIED AS A GOOD
SEASON? SEASON?
TO ME IT WAS NEVER YOU DIDN’T TO ME IT WAS NEVER YOU DIDN’T
WIN A NATIONAL TITLE, THEREFORE WIN A NATIONAL TITLE, THEREFORE
IT WAS A FAILURE. IT WAS A FAILURE.
UP UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO, RON UP UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO, RON
MASON WAS THE WINNINGEST COACH MASON WAS THE WINNINGEST COACH
IN COLLEGE HOCKEY AND THEY WON IN COLLEGE HOCKEY AND THEY WON
IT ONCE. IT ONCE.
A LOT OF GOOD PROGRAMS. A LOT OF GOOD PROGRAMS.
NORTH DAKOTA WON ONE, THEY WANT NORTH DAKOTA WON ONE, THEY WANT
17, 18 YEARS AND HOW MANY TIMES 17, 18 YEARS AND HOW MANY TIMES
HAVE THEY KNOCKED ON THE DOOR? HAVE THEY KNOCKED ON THE DOOR?
IT’S HARD TO DO. IT’S HARD TO DO.
JUST TWO YEARS IN A ROW NOW JUST TWO YEARS IN A ROW NOW
HASN’T GONE TO AN NCAA HASN’T GONE TO AN NCAA
TOURNAMENT. TOURNAMENT.
IT’S DIFFICULT. IT’S DIFFICULT.
WHY? WHY?
SO MANY MORE PROGRAMS, EARLY SO MANY MORE PROGRAMS, EARLY
RECRUITING, THE NHL PULLING GUYS RECRUITING, THE NHL PULLING GUYS
OUT. OUT.
WE WOULDN’T HAVE WON A NATIONAL WE WOULDN’T HAVE WON A NATIONAL
TITLE IN 2002 IF LEOPOLD WOULD TITLE IN 2002 IF LEOPOLD WOULD
HAVE SIGNED AND JOHNNY WOULD HAVE SIGNED AND JOHNNY WOULD
HAVE SIGNED. HAVE SIGNED.
THEY CAME BACK AS SENIORS AND THEY CAME BACK AS SENIORS AND
LEOPOLD WON. LEOPOLD WON.
YOU HAVE TO FIND A WAY. YOU HAVE TO FIND A WAY.
WE TALK ABOUT IT, WE HAVE TO WE TALK ABOUT IT, WE HAVE TO
FIND A WAY TO GET OLDER. FIND A WAY TO GET OLDER.
WE ARE FOREVER YOUNG. WE ARE FOREVER YOUNG.
IN THIS DAY AND AGE, A LOT OF IN THIS DAY AND AGE, A LOT OF
THE SUCCESSFUL TEAM LET THE THE SUCCESSFUL TEAM LET THE
UNDER 22, 23, 24. UNDER 22, 23, 24.
HOW DO WE FIND A WAY TO GET HOW DO WE FIND A WAY TO GET
OLDER? OLDER?
THOSE ARE DISCUSSIONS YOU HAVE. THOSE ARE DISCUSSIONS YOU HAVE.
WE WENT THROUGH THAT STRETCH IN WE WENT THROUGH THAT STRETCH IN
THE LATE 2000S WHERE WE LOST SO THE LATE 2000S WHERE WE LOST SO
MANY PLAYERS IN SUCH A SHORT MANY PLAYERS IN SUCH A SHORT
TIME YOU COULDN’T CATCH UP. TIME YOU COULDN’T CATCH UP.
I THINK WE WENT THROUGH 11 IN I THINK WE WENT THROUGH 11 IN
THREE YEARS, UNDERCLASSMEN ENTER THREE YEARS, UNDERCLASSMEN ENTER
SENIORS. SENIORS.
YOU COULDN’T CATCH UP, SO IT’S YOU COULDN’T CATCH UP, SO IT’S
LIKE OKAY WE’VE GOT TO RETHINK LIKE OKAY WE’VE GOT TO RETHINK
THIS. THIS.
WE’VE GOT TO HAVE SOME ELITE WE’VE GOT TO HAVE SOME ELITE
YOUNG PLAYERS, WE HAVE TO HAVE YOUNG PLAYERS, WE HAVE TO HAVE
SOME GOOD COLLEGE PLAYERS TOO. SOME GOOD COLLEGE PLAYERS TOO.
EVEN IF THAT MEANS LETTING A EVEN IF THAT MEANS LETTING A
REALLY ELITE PLAYER GO, BECAUSE REALLY ELITE PLAYER GO, BECAUSE
WHAT’S BETTER, A ONE-YEAR WHAT’S BETTER, A ONE-YEAR
PLAYER, OR A REALLY GOOD FOR PLAYER, OR A REALLY GOOD FOR
YOUR PLAYER? YOUR PLAYER?
>>YOU THINK YOUR CRITICS DURING>>YOU THINK YOUR CRITICS DURING
YOUR INTRODUCTION. YOUR INTRODUCTION.
HOW MUCH OF THAT OUTSIDE NOISE HOW MUCH OF THAT OUTSIDE NOISE
IS FILTERED DOWN TO YOU? IS FILTERED DOWN TO YOU?
>>Coach Lucia: I DON’T READ >>Coach Lucia: I DON’T READ
TWITTER. TWITTER.
I ALWAYS TOOK THE TACK THAT I I ALWAYS TOOK THE TACK THAT I
DON’T READ THE PAPER DURING THE DON’T READ THE PAPER DURING THE
WINTER. WINTER.
I DON’T GET ON THE MESSAGE I DON’T GET ON THE MESSAGE
BOARDS, BECAUSE I KNOW — I TOLD BOARDS, BECAUSE I KNOW — I TOLD
THE PLAYERS THE SAME THING. THE PLAYERS THE SAME THING.
IF WE DON’T PLAY WELL OR WE IF WE DON’T PLAY WELL OR WE
LOSE, WE ARE GOING TO GET LOSE, WE ARE GOING TO GET
CRUCIFIED. CRUCIFIED.
YOU ARE THE WORST PLAYER, I’M YOU ARE THE WORST PLAYER, I’M
THE WORST COACH. THE WORST COACH.
I ALWAYS WANT TO TAKE THE TACK I ALWAYS WANT TO TAKE THE TACK
THAT I FELT IF I READ THAT STUFF THAT I FELT IF I READ THAT STUFF
IT WOULD AFFECT ME WHEN I WENT IT WOULD AFFECT ME WHEN I WENT
TO WORK, AND I NEVER WANTED TO TO WORK, AND I NEVER WANTED TO
ALLOW THAT — I NEVER WANTED TO ALLOW THAT — I NEVER WANTED TO
GO TO WORK AND SAY I’M DOWN GO TO WORK AND SAY I’M DOWN
BECAUSE OF WHAT SOMEBODY IS BECAUSE OF WHAT SOMEBODY IS
SAYING. SAYING.
I WANTED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE ALL I WANTED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE ALL
MY ENERGY AND ALL MY FOCUS TO MY ENERGY AND ALL MY FOCUS TO
GET TO MY PLAYERS THAT DATE AND GET TO MY PLAYERS THAT DATE AND
THAT’S WHY I REALLY DIDN’T. THAT’S WHY I REALLY DIDN’T.
THERE WERE SOME BRUTAL ARTICLES THERE WERE SOME BRUTAL ARTICLES
OVER THE YEARS, SOME OF IT IS OVER THE YEARS, SOME OF IT IS
NOT TRUE. NOT TRUE.
I HONESTLY DIDN’T READ IT. I HONESTLY DIDN’T READ IT.
HOPEFULLY THE PLAYERS DON’T, HOPEFULLY THE PLAYERS DON’T,
HOPEFULLY THE ASSISTANT COACHES. HOPEFULLY THE ASSISTANT COACHES.
IT’S HARD. IT’S HARD.
I THINK THE THING MY PARENTS — I THINK THE THING MY PARENTS —
MY WIFE AND KIDS ENJOY THE MOST MY WIFE AND KIDS ENJOY THE MOST
IS FAKE DON LUCIA, BECAUSE IS FAKE DON LUCIA, BECAUSE
THAT’S FUNNY. THAT’S FUNNY.
THEY WILL SHOW ME A FEW OF THEY WILL SHOW ME A FEW OF
THOSE, BUT YOU HAVE TO PUT THE THOSE, BUT YOU HAVE TO PUT THE
BLINDERS ON. BLINDERS ON.
YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU
ARE DOING AND JUST STAY THE ARE DOING AND JUST STAY THE
COURSE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING COURSE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING
THAT YOU FEEL YOU ARE DOING IT THAT YOU FEEL YOU ARE DOING IT
THE RIGHT WAY. THE RIGHT WAY.
AND THAT’S WHAT MY TAKE AWAY AND THAT’S WHAT MY TAKE AWAY
FROM MY 19 YEARS IS. FROM MY 19 YEARS IS.
I’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO IT THE I’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO IT THE
RIGHT WAY. RIGHT WAY.
WHAT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME? WHAT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME?
WINNING WAS IMPORTANT, BUT GOING WINNING WAS IMPORTANT, BUT GOING
TO CLASS WAS IMPORTANT. TO CLASS WAS IMPORTANT.
GETTING GOOD GRADES WAS GETTING GOOD GRADES WAS
IMPORTANT. IMPORTANT.
GRADUATION WAS IMPORTANT. GRADUATION WAS IMPORTANT.
I SEE CHRIS IS UP THERE AND HE’S I SEE CHRIS IS UP THERE AND HE’S
DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB WITH OUR DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB WITH OUR
TEAM FROM AN ACADEMIC TEAM FROM AN ACADEMIC
STANDPOINT. STANDPOINT.
HE DESERVES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT HE DESERVES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT
OF CREDIT FOR THAT, BUT THE OF CREDIT FOR THAT, BUT THE
PLAYERS DESERVE A LOT OF CREDIT PLAYERS DESERVE A LOT OF CREDIT
TOO FOR GRADUATING IN THREE AND TOO FOR GRADUATING IN THREE AND
A HALF YEARS COMING IN AND A HALF YEARS COMING IN AND
GRADUATING IN THREE KNOWING HE’S GRADUATING IN THREE KNOWING HE’S
GOING TO BE AN NHL PLAYER. GOING TO BE AN NHL PLAYER.
OUR PLAYERS DESERVE A LOT OF OUR PLAYERS DESERVE A LOT OF
CREDIT FOR UNDERSTANDING THE CREDIT FOR UNDERSTANDING THE
IMPORTANCE OF HOW THEY CONDUCT IMPORTANCE OF HOW THEY CONDUCT
THEMSELVES AWAY FROM THE RINK THEMSELVES AWAY FROM THE RINK
AND I’M REALLY PROUD OF THAT. AND I’M REALLY PROUD OF THAT.
I SAID WHEN I CAME HERE — 19 I SAID WHEN I CAME HERE — 19
YEARS AGO I CAME HERE AND I SAID YEARS AGO I CAME HERE AND I SAID
I UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THIS I UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THIS
PROGRAM IS. PROGRAM IS.
I NEVER GOT TO PLAY HERE. I NEVER GOT TO PLAY HERE.
KIRBY WAS IN MY HOUSE AND HE WAS KIRBY WAS IN MY HOUSE AND HE WAS
SMART ENOUGH TO GIVE A SMART ENOUGH TO GIVE A
SCHOLARSHIP TO SOMEBODY ELSE BUT SCHOLARSHIP TO SOMEBODY ELSE BUT
ME. ME.
I ENDED UP GOING SOMEPLACE ELSE, I ENDED UP GOING SOMEPLACE ELSE,
IT WORKED OUT GREAT FOR ME. IT WORKED OUT GREAT FOR ME.
I NEVER GRINNED I WOULD SOMEDAY I NEVER GRINNED I WOULD SOMEDAY
BE THE COCHAIR, BUT I KNEW THE
RESPONSIBILITY THAT CAME WITH RESPONSIBILITY THAT CAME WITH
IT. IT.
I KNEW THE INTEGRITY OF THE I KNEW THE INTEGRITY OF THE
PROGRAM HAD BECOME SO IMPORTANT. PROGRAM HAD BECOME SO IMPORTANT.
I WANTED TO HAVE A PROGRAM THAT I WANTED TO HAVE A PROGRAM THAT
OUR STATE COULD BE PROUD OF. OUR STATE COULD BE PROUD OF.
I THINK FOR THE MOST PART WE’VE I THINK FOR THE MOST PART WE’VE
DONE THAT. DONE THAT.
THERE’S A YEAR OR TWO WHERE WE THERE’S A YEAR OR TWO WHERE WE
WOULD SAY WE DIDN’T HAVE A VERY WOULD SAY WE DIDN’T HAVE A VERY
GOOD YEAR, BUT FOR THE MOST GOOD YEAR, BUT FOR THE MOST
PART, WE DID A LOT OF GOOD PART, WE DID A LOT OF GOOD
THINGS, AND THAT’S WHAT I THINGS, AND THAT’S WHAT I
REMEMBER. REMEMBER.
I’M SURE A LOT MORE PEOPLE ARE I’M SURE A LOT MORE PEOPLE ARE
GOING TO LIKE ME NOW THAT I’M GOING TO LIKE ME NOW THAT I’M
NOT COACHING AND PROBABLY ONE A NOT COACHING AND PROBABLY ONE A
COACH. COACH.
I’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO HOLD MY I’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO HOLD MY
HEAD HIGH. HEAD HIGH.
I’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO IT THE I’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO IT THE
RIGHT WAY. RIGHT WAY.
MY PREVIOUS COACHES TOMMY THAT, MY PREVIOUS COACHES TOMMY THAT,
MY DAD TAUGHT ME THAT, MY MOM MY DAD TAUGHT ME THAT, MY MOM
TAUGHT ME THAT. TAUGHT ME THAT.
I TRY TO PASS IT ON TO OUR I TRY TO PASS IT ON TO OUR
PLAYERS AND I THINK I TAKE A LOT PLAYERS AND I THINK I TAKE A LOT
OF PRIDE IN HOW THEY’VE ALWAYS OF PRIDE IN HOW THEY’VE ALWAYS
CONDUCTED THEMSELVES. CONDUCTED THEMSELVES.
THAT’S WHY I FEEL GOOD RIGHT THAT’S WHY I FEEL GOOD RIGHT
NOW. NOW.
WHEN MARK AND I HAVE TALKED THE WHEN MARK AND I HAVE TALKED THE
LAST FEW WEEKS, I EVEN TOLD LAST FEW WEEKS, I EVEN TOLD
MARK, I THINK I’M PRETTY MUCH MARK, I THINK I’M PRETTY MUCH
READY TO GO ON THIS PATH READY TO GO ON THIS PATH
REGARDLESS OF — AT THE TIME REGARDLESS OF — AT THE TIME
WITHOUT WE WERE GOING TO BE IN WITHOUT WE WERE GOING TO BE IN
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT. THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.
I THINK I DID TELL THEM, I SAID I THINK I DID TELL THEM, I SAID
I DON’T CARE FOR THOSE GO TO THE I DON’T CARE FOR THOSE GO TO THE
FROZEN FOUR. FROZEN FOUR.
I THINK I’M READY. I THINK I’M READY.
I THINK I’M READY. I THINK I’M READY.
I DON’T WANT WINNING A GAME OR I DON’T WANT WINNING A GAME OR
LOSING A GAME TO INFLUENCE KIND LOSING A GAME TO INFLUENCE KIND
OF HOW I FEEL. OF HOW I FEEL.
TURNING 60, IT’S TIME, IT’S TURNING 60, IT’S TIME, IT’S
SOMEBODY ELSE’S TURN AND I HOPE SOMEBODY ELSE’S TURN AND I HOPE
I CAN BE A MENTOR, I HOPE I CAN I CAN BE A MENTOR, I HOPE I CAN
BE A FRIEND, AND I HOPE I CAN BE A FRIEND, AND I HOPE I CAN
RAISE THE MONEY TO FINISH OFF RAISE THE MONEY TO FINISH OFF
MARIUCCI ARENA. MARIUCCI ARENA.
>>[INAUDIBLE] >>[INAUDIBLE]
>>Coach Lucia: I REMEMBER >>Coach Lucia: I REMEMBER
WHEN I TOOK THE JOB, IT’S A GOOD WHEN I TOOK THE JOB, IT’S A GOOD
SOUND BITE IF YOU EVER SEE SOME SOUND BITE IF YOU EVER SEE SOME
OF HIS — SITTING IN HIS HOUSE OF HIS — SITTING IN HIS HOUSE
AT COLORADO SPRINGS AND FRANK AT COLORADO SPRINGS AND FRANK
HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND OVER THE HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND OVER THE
YEARS. YEARS.
HE SAID THE ONE THING ABOUT HE SAID THE ONE THING ABOUT
GOPHER HOCKEY, HE SAYS THAT GOT GOPHER HOCKEY, HE SAYS THAT GOT
A LOT OF BLANK U MONEY. A LOT OF BLANK U MONEY.
THEY JUST SAY BLANK YOU AND THEY JUST SAY BLANK YOU AND
WRITE YOU A CHECK IN YOUR OUT OF WRITE YOU A CHECK IN YOUR OUT OF
THERE. THERE.
THAT’S FRANK. THAT’S FRANK.
I KNEW THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT I I KNEW THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT I
WANTED TO DO. WANTED TO DO.
I KNOW THAT OVER THE YEARS — I KNOW THAT OVER THE YEARS —
WHEN WE LEFT, I TOLD MY WIFE, WHEN WE LEFT, I TOLD MY WIFE,
THE KIDS WERE LITTLE. THE KIDS WERE LITTLE.
KINDERGARTNERS. KINDERGARTNERS.
I THINK ALLIE WAS GOING INTO I THINK ALLIE WAS GOING INTO
TENTH GRADE. TENTH GRADE.
JESSE AND NINTH, AND TONY AND JESSE AND NINTH, AND TONY AND
NINTH. NINTH.
OFFERED ME A 15 YEAR CONTRACT TO OFFERED ME A 15 YEAR CONTRACT TO
STAY, BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT IF I STAY, BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT IF I
DON’T DO IT I MIGHT REGRET AT DON’T DO IT I MIGHT REGRET AT
THE REST OF MY LIFE, AND I TOLD THE REST OF MY LIFE, AND I TOLD
HER, I SAID THE LAST FIVE YEARS HER, I SAID THE LAST FIVE YEARS
AND WE DON’T DO WELL ENOUGH AND WE DON’T DO WELL ENOUGH
THERE WAS A BAD ONE. THERE WAS A BAD ONE.
BUT I’VE GOT TO TRY. BUT I’VE GOT TO TRY.
NO DIFFERENT THAN WHEN WE ARE UP NO DIFFERENT THAN WHEN WE ARE UP
IN ALASKA AND SHE WAS PREGNANT IN ALASKA AND SHE WAS PREGNANT
WITH MARIO AND I TOOK THE JOB AT WITH MARIO AND I TOOK THE JOB AT
THAT TIME. THAT TIME.
THERE WAS ONLY A ONE-YEAR THERE WAS ONLY A ONE-YEAR
GUARANTEE THERE WERE GOING TO GUARANTEE THERE WERE GOING TO
HAVE A HOCKEY PROGRAM. HAVE A HOCKEY PROGRAM.
BUT SHE TOOK A LEAVE OF ABSENCE BUT SHE TOOK A LEAVE OF ABSENCE
FOR HER TEACHING JOB, SO WE FOR HER TEACHING JOB, SO WE
COULD ALWAYS GO BACK IF IT COULD ALWAYS GO BACK IF IT
DIDN’T WORK OUT. DIDN’T WORK OUT.
YOU’RE WILLING SOMETIMES TO TAKE YOU’RE WILLING SOMETIMES TO TAKE
THAT LEAP OF FAITH AND LIKE I THAT LEAP OF FAITH AND LIKE I
SAID, I’VE BEEN BLESSED. SAID, I’VE BEEN BLESSED.
I HAVE A TREMENDOUS FAITH AND I I HAVE A TREMENDOUS FAITH AND I
FEEL REALLY LUCKY, AND THAT’S FEEL REALLY LUCKY, AND THAT’S
WHY I THINK — TOUGH WITH THE WHY I THINK — TOUGH WITH THE
PLAYERS. PLAYERS.
AT ANY TIME YOU’RE WITH THE AT ANY TIME YOU’RE WITH THE
PLAYERS IT’S DIFFICULT. PLAYERS IT’S DIFFICULT.
BUT I FEEL REALLY GOOD AND I’M BUT I FEEL REALLY GOOD AND I’M
APPRECIATIVE OF MARK AND TOM APPRECIATIVE OF MARK AND TOM
EVERYBODY IN THE DEPARTMENT WILL EVERYBODY IN THE DEPARTMENT WILL
HAVE HELPED FACILITATE THAT, HAVE HELPED FACILITATE THAT,
BECAUSE I ALWAYS SAID, AT THE BECAUSE I ALWAYS SAID, AT THE
END I HOPE I GET TREATED WELL END I HOPE I GET TREATED WELL
AND IN THE RIGHT WAY, AND AND IN THE RIGHT WAY, AND
THEY’VE DONE THAT. THEY’VE DONE THAT.
AND THAT’S WHY I NEVER WANTED — AND THAT’S WHY I NEVER WANTED —
IF WE WIN THIS GAME, I’M HERE IF WE WIN THIS GAME, I’M HERE
ARE NOT HERE. ARE NOT HERE.
YOU FEEL AT TIMES, YOU RUN YOUR YOU FEEL AT TIMES, YOU RUN YOUR
COURSE, YOU FEEL GOOD. COURSE, YOU FEEL GOOD.
I SAID, DO I WANT TO GO WATCH I SAID, DO I WANT TO GO WATCH
BANA PLAYERS ANYMORE? BANA PLAYERS ANYMORE?
I SORT OF STRUGGLE WITH — AND I I SORT OF STRUGGLE WITH — AND I
TOLD RECRUITS, I CAN’T GUARANTEE TOLD RECRUITS, I CAN’T GUARANTEE
I’M GOING TO BE HERE YOUR WHOLE I’M GOING TO BE HERE YOUR WHOLE
TIME, BUT I WILL SAY THIS, THE TIME, BUT I WILL SAY THIS, THE
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA IS A UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA IS A
GREAT PLACE TO PLAY HOCKEY. GREAT PLACE TO PLAY HOCKEY.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA IS THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA IS
BIGGER THAN DON LUCIA OR ANY BIGGER THAN DON LUCIA OR ANY
PLAYER. PLAYER.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA WILL THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA WILL
HAVE AN OUTSTANDING COACH. HAVE AN OUTSTANDING COACH.
YOU’RE NOT COMING HERE BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT COMING HERE BECAUSE
OF ME, YOU ARE COMING HERE THE OF ME, YOU ARE COMING HERE THE
PROGRAM. PROGRAM.
I THINK THE LAST COUPLE YEARS. I THINK THE LAST COUPLE YEARS.
YOU WERE DEALING WITH A NINTH YOU WERE DEALING WITH A NINTH
GRADER. GRADER.
YOU ARE TALKING EIGHT YEARS. YOU ARE TALKING EIGHT YEARS.
THAT’S WHERE IT IS TODAY. THAT’S WHERE IT IS TODAY.
SOME ASK, SOME DON’T. SOME ASK, SOME DON’T.
I WAS VERY TRUTHFUL IN MY I WAS VERY TRUTHFUL IN MY
ANSWER, BECAUSE I ALWAYS SET AS ANSWER, BECAUSE I ALWAYS SET AS
A COACH, I ALWAYS WANTED TO A COACH, I ALWAYS WANTED TO
TREAT THE PLAYERS LIKE MY OWN TREAT THE PLAYERS LIKE MY OWN
KIDS. KIDS.
LIKE I TREATED MY OWN CHILDREN. LIKE I TREATED MY OWN CHILDREN.
I TOLD THEM, I SAID, I MAY NOT I TOLD THEM, I SAID, I MAY NOT
LIKE YOU ALL THE TIME, BUT I LIKE YOU ALL THE TIME, BUT I
WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, JUST LIKE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, JUST LIKE
MY KIDS. MY KIDS.
YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE ME MAD. YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE ME MAD.
MY KIDS MAKE ME MAD, BUT IT’S MY KIDS MAKE ME MAD, BUT IT’S
NEVER PERSONAL, AND THAT’S THE NEVER PERSONAL, AND THAT’S THE
TACTILE BOYS TRIED TO TAKE. TACTILE BOYS TRIED TO TAKE.
>>[INAUDIBLE]

4 Comments

  • Reply monez14 March 21, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Finally. Thought Don would die on the bench before he gave up his spot. What a lifeless drone he’s been the past 5-6 years. He seems like a nice guy but it was selfish for him to be a placeholder for so long

  • Reply A.R. Gentum March 21, 2018 at 2:41 am

    It's about fucking time. A department store mannequin has always been a better option than
    "has been Lucia." Dean Blais, are you there? We need you.

  • Reply John Connelly March 21, 2018 at 3:21 am

    the big ten screwed up college hockey

  • Reply Eric Piche March 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    It’s gotta be a thought realization to come to, but it’s much better than holding on to the bitter end. Thanks Don Lucia!

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