What is Gopher Puck Live?
Gopher Puck Live (GPL) is an online community for all things associated with the University of Minnesota Hockey program. The backbone of GPL is the Community. This is a message board where the fans can gather and discuss the Gophers and other interests that they have in common. In addition to the community, GPL also covers the teams very closely. You can find articles about the men’s team on the home page. Full schedule, standings and future recruits are also available.
GopherPuckLive.com is not affiliated in any way with the University of Minnesota or the BigTen Conference.
Who owns and runs Gopher Puck Live?
GPL is owned by Jovian Enterprises LLC. This is just an umbrella that I, Craig Cotner, put GPL under to help me make this more than just a hobby. On the personal side, I grew up in Bloomington and now live in Norwood Young America, MN. People know me as “Jupiter” on the message board. In fact, most people call me that instead of my real name. You can contact me via email at “gopherpucklive @ gmail.com”.
GPL has Chris Eckes and Eric Vegoe writing articles for us with Jeff Oftos filling in for those two when they are unavailable. They usually provide game recaps along with other breaking news as well.
GPL started back on April 9th, 2003. Back then the main Gopher fans site was PrideOnIce.com (POI). During the 2003 Frozen Four week, POI’s site went down and the guys who ran the site were in Buffalo and could not fix it. So I used my family website to create a temporary message board so that the fans had some place to go until POI was fixed.
After that, GPL was mostly just an alternate place for POI people to talk Gopher Hockey. Back in those days I used to create highlight videos of all of the Gopher games. The video became very popular and was one of the main reasons that the site stayed alive for the first few years. Of course, once the Danny Irmen penalty shot goal video against Wisconsin was posted the game was up. A few people at FSN didn’t like me posting videos so they forced me to shut them down.
For the next few years we grew up to a few hundred registered users. Then on February 11, 2005 Matt & Kyle Baron decided that they were tired of running POI and decided to shut it down. With that shut down they suggested that people come over to GPL if they wanted a place to go. As you can imagine, this place took off pretty fast. We had 78 new registrations on that day and have grown to over 3500 since then. BUT…. On 4/4/2015 I removed all of the users who have never posted, logged in, or have visited in the last 3 years. Brought us back down to about 2400 users.