Men’s Hockey | 04/16/2022 12:35:00
MINNEAPOLIS — Gopher Hockey captain, second-team All-American, Big Ten player of the year, and U.S. Olympian Ben Meyer will become the 119th University of Minnesota product to play in the NHL when the forward makes his Colorado Avalanche debut on Saturday night.
Meyers and the Avalanche host the Carolina Hurricanes at Ball Arena with a puck drop at 8:00 p.m. CT.
After signing an entry-level two-year contract with Colorado earlier this week, Meyers will become the 25th Gopher Hockey player to take the ice in an NHL game this year while the 119 all-time alumni of the NHL of Maroon & Gold punctuate all college hockey. programs.
A native of Delano, Minnesota, Meyers capped off a remarkable year as Minnesota’s leading scorer and second Gophers player in program history to be named a Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalist while leading the Maroon & Gold to a Big Ten regular season title and an appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four.
Meyers, who helped Minnesota to its 39th NCAA Tournament appearance and 22nd-place finish in the Frozen Four this year, led Minnesota with 17 goals and 41 points (both career highs for the junior) in 34 games. as the first Gopher to show 40 or more. points in a season since All-Americans Rem Pitlick (45) and Tyler Sheehy (41) in 2018-19. In 102 games with Minnesota, Meyers had 95 career points (39 goals, 56 assists).
Meyers was named the 2021-22 Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selection after leading Minnesota to the Big Ten regular-season championship (Minnesota’s fifth in nine-year franchise history). the Big Ten conference) and an NCAA Tournament appearance for the second year in a row. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten as a sophomore while helping Minnesota capture the 2021 Big Ten Tournament title and was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2019-20.
The Frozen Four wasn’t the only big stage Meyers played on this year, as the forward made his American hockey debut as one of four Gophers on the USA men’s Olympic ice hockey team. United States in 2022 in Beijing. He then finished second among American scorers with four points (two goals, two assists) in four games.
A two-time All-Big Ten academic selection (earning the honor each year he was eligible), Meyers holds a 3.54 GPA while majoring in Entrepreneurial Management at the Carlson School of Management.
Prior to joining the Gophers, Meyers helped the Fargo Force win the organization’s first USHL Clark Cup in 2018 and captained Delano High School in its first state tournament appearance in 2017.