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Ryan Johnson

Native of Irvine, Calif. • son of Craig and Brittany Johnson • has two siblings (Eric and Shea) • father played for the Gophers before a 10-year career in the NHL • selected in the first round (31st overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres — the 21st first round draft pick in program history • Johnson is the sixth Gopher Hockey player drafted by Buffalo in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, joining […]

Jackson LaCombe

A native of Eden Prairie, Minn. • son of Chris and Sandy LaCombe • has one brother (James) and two sisters (Stina, Steph) • selected in the second round (39th overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks — Minnesota’s highest draft pick by the organization.

Ben Brinkman

Native of Edina, Minn. • son of Mark and Megan Brinkman • has one sister, Quinn, and one brother, Charlie • competed in the 2018 USA Hockey All-America Prospects Game at Xcel Energy Center where he was coached by Gopher Hockey alum Jordan Leopold • selected in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars.

Jack Perbix

A native of Elk River, Minn. • son of Jay and Lisa Perbix • brother, Nick, plays hockey at St. Cloud State • father played hockey at Gustavus Adolphus • selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft • competed in the 2017 USA Hockey All-American prospects game.

Bryce Brodzinski

A native of Blaine, Minn. • son of Mike and Kathy Brodzinski • has three brothers (Jonny, Michael and Easton) • father played hockey at the University of Minnesota and was teammates with Bob Motzko at St. Cloud State • Michael Brodzinski played for the Gophers, Jonny Brodzinski played hockey at St. Cloud State and Easton currently plays hockey for the Huskies • selected in the seventh round (196th overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the […]

Sampo Ranta

Native of Naantali, Finland • son of Esa and Ruusa Ranta • has one sister, Essi, and one brother, Roope • selected in the third round (78th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche • the second Finnish player in Gopher Hockey history following Erik Haula • first player in program history to wear No. 58.

Jaxon Nelson

Native of Magnolia, Minn. • son of Jennifer and Chad Nelson • has two siblings (Taylor and Mallory) • an honor roll student at Luverne High School • plans to study agricultural business • competed in the 2017 USA Hockey All-American prospects game.