Gopher hockey recruit ready to live dream

Growing up in northern Minnesota, Ben Gordon dreamed of playing hockey for the Minnesota Gophers. After another year with the Lincoln Stars in the USHL, Gordon will live that dream. He recently talked about his future and what it will be like becoming a Gopher.

Growing up in northern Minnesota, Ben Gordon spent his winter days and nights playing hockey. Gordon, who is from International Falls, also spent those days and nights dreaming of someday playing hockey for the Gophers.

So when the recruiting process began for the talented 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward, Gordon knew where he wanted to go all along: Minnesota.

Most kids who grow up in Minnesota playing hockey dream of playing for the Gophers," said Gordon. "So when the opportunity came for me I didn't even hesitate to sign with them."

Gordon spent last season playing with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League, and was part of a team that included four future Gophers. Ryan Potulny and Danny Irmen, both freshman with the Gophers this season, and Brent Borgen, who will join the Gophers for the 2004-2005 season, also played with the Stars. Like Borgen, Gordon will join the Gophers for the 2004-2005 season. Last season, Lincoln won the Clark Cup and the Anderson Cup, claiming the USHL playoff title and the USA Tier I Junior Hockey national championships.

Is it a sign of things to come for Minnesota? Or maybe a sign that the recent championship run will continue?

"I sure hope so," said Gordon. "Winning the Clark Cup was great, so I can't imagine what it would be like to win a national championship. There were times when we (the Gophers recruits) would watch the Gophers and joke around that that would be us someday, winning titles."

Gordon will spend another year with Lincoln and knows it will be a good thing for him.

"I have a lot of physical maturing to do yet," said Gordon. "I know I can get stronger and faster, and playing the amount of games we do against the competition in the USHL will only help me accomplish that."

Matt Krumrie covers Gophers hockey for GoldenSports.Net. He can be reached at gopherhockeyinsider@yahoo.com.

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