Weber decides to leave Gophers

Gophers hockey goaltender Travis Weber has announced he will leave the team and university for personal reasons.

University of Minnesota starting goaltender Travis Weber has decided to leave the Golden Gopher men's hockey team for personal reasons. A junior from Hibbing, Minn., Weber has also withdrawn from the University. Weber's decision leaves Minnesota with two goaltenders on the roster in junior Justin Johnson and newcomer Kellen Briggs.

"We're obviously disappointed that Travis has decided to leave the team and withdraw from school," Gophers head coach Don Lucia said. "It is a loss for our team and we'll miss having Travis as part of the program. I hope at some point he will decide to return to school and complete his degree."

"This was a very difficult decision, but I believe it is the right thing for me to do at this point in my life," Weber said. "I have no doubt that the team will continue to have success in the future. I want to thank Coach Lucia, his coaching staff and my teammates for all of their help and support during my time with the Golden Gophers."

Weber came into his own during his sophomore season with the Golden Gophers. After appearing in 10 games as a freshman, Weber backstopped Minnesota to its second consecutive NCAA Championship last April in Buffalo, N.Y. He was named to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team after stopping 57 of 60 shots in wins over Michigan and New Hampshire. He finished the season with an 18-6-7 record with a 2.50 goals-against-average and .902 save percentage. Weber finishes his career with a 24-8-7 record in 44 appearances. He ranks second in school history with a 2.64 goals-against-average, as well as an .896 save percentage and two career shutouts.

Minnesota opens the 2003-04 season against Maine on Friday, Oct. 10 in the Maverick Stampede in Omaha, Neb. Wisconsin and host Nebraska-Omaha round out the tournament field.

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