Martin signs with New Jersey

Golden Gopher defenseman Paul Martin has decided to forgo his senior year of eligibility and has signed a professional contract with the Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils. Martin will join defensive partner Matt DeMarchi at the Devils' training camp in September.

"Although we will miss him, we are extremely happy for Paul," Golden Gopher Head Coach Don Lucia said. "I know it is a dream come true for him to have an opportunity to play in the NHL. He's been a great hockey player during his three years here, but is an even better person off the ice. He will be a great representative of the University of Minnesota and we thank him for his contributions to this program."


"I have had a great experience at the University of Minnesota, but I'm looking forward to this new opportunity," Martin said. "I want to thank Coach Lucia, his staff and all of my teammates for all of their help and encouragement during my time with the Golden Gophers. It was a difficult decision to leave, but I know the team will continue to have success next season and in the future."


Martin, an Elk River native, was a part of Lucia's first full recruiting class at Minnesota. He was a second-team All-American last season as he ranked among the nation's top blueline scorers with nine goals and 30 assists. Martin was named to the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament team last April as Minnesota captured its second straight national championship. He finished his career with 20 goals and 77 assists for 97 points in 127 games. The Golden Gophers amassed a record of 87-29-15 (.721) during Martin's three seasons and won a pair of NCAA Championships.



The USA women's national volleyball training team defeated Peru, 3-1, to clinch a berth in the Pan American Games tournament quarterfinals at the Pabellon de Voleibol at Olympic Park. The team is coached by Minnesota head coach Mike Hebert. Four players scored in double figures for the United States as it defeated Peru, 3-1, to clinch a berth in the tournament quarterfinals at the Pabellon de Voleibol at Olympic Park. Former Gopher Nicole Branagh scored 19 points, Erin Aldrich had 15, Wiz Bachman of Lakeville finished with 14 poimts and 16-year-old high school phenom Cynthia Barboza added 11 in her first national team start as the USA won 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22 to end pool play.


The win clinched the No. 2 seed in Pool A for the United States, which has won two straight matches after dropping its first contest of the tournament to Brazil, 3-0, on Aug. 3.


The victory also vaulted Team USA into the quarterfinals of the championship round, where it will meet the No. 3 team from Pool B, either Venezuela or Mexico, on Monday, Aug. 11. The American's next opponent will not be determined until after play in Pool B concludes on Friday night.


Hebert was Branagh's head coach at the University of Minnesota, where she earned Big Ten Conference Player of the Year honors in 2000. After Thursday's win he was definitely glad to have her back on his side.


"That was one of the best hitting matches I have ever seen her play," he revealed. "She was taking some pretty tough sets and putting the ball away with some pretty crafty swings. I also thought her jump serve, her hitting out-of-system balls and her overall passing today where excellent."


Pan American Games Volleyball

Pool Play Standings

Pool A


BRA (2-1)

USA (2-1)

PUR (1-2)

PER (1-2)


Pool B

DOM (2-0)

CUB (2-0)

VEN (0-2)

MEX (0-2)


Pool Play Results and Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 3

Pool A

Puerto Rico def. Peru, 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-15)

Brazil def. USA, 3-0 (30-28, 25-13, 25-18)


Monday, Aug. 4

Pool B

Cuba def. Venezuela, 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-16)

Dominican Republic def. Mexico, 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-18)


Tuesday, Aug. 5

Pool A

Peru def. Brazil, 3-2 (25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 15-25, 15-6)

USA def. Puerto Rico, 3-2 (24-26, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 16-14)


Wednesday, Aug. 6

Pool B

Cuba def. Mexico, 3-0 (25-10, 25-23, 25-18)

Dominican Republic def. Venezuela, 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-18)


Thursday, Aug. 7

Pool A

USA def. Peru, 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22)

Brazil def. Puerto Rico, 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 21-25, 30-28)


Friday, Aug. 8

Pool B

Mexico vs. Venezuela, 6 p.m.

Dominican Republic vs. Cuba, 8 p.m.


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