Once the hero, Grant Potulny now coaching Gophers at Frozen 4

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MINNEAPOLIS - Every player on the University of Minnesota men's hockey team is a newcomer to the Frozen Four. No name on the roster has appeared in a national semifinal game, let alone the national championship.

That is not the same for the Gophers coaching staff.

For assistant coach Grant Potulny, the Frozen Four is somewhat of a familiar place. During his four seasons playing for the Gophers, Potulny won back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003. The North Dakota native scored the game winning goal in overtime against Maine in the 2002 national title game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Now, the Gophers are back in the Frozen Four for the first time since 2005 and Potulny is passing along his knowledge from behind the bench.

Potulny spoke to Randy Shaver before heading to Tampa for the Gophers national semifinal game against Boston College.

Thursday's game is a 7 p.m. start at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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