Minnesota’s Bob Motzko talks this year’s Gophers, Big Ten, World Juniors: USCHO Spotlight episode 14

6 Oct 18: Bob Motzko (Minnesota - Head Coach). The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers play against the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in a non-conference matchup at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, MN. (Jim Rosvold/University of Minnesota)
Bob Motzko’s Gophers are “turning the corner” in his first season as Minnesota head coach (photo: Jim Rosvold/University of Minnesota).

After 13 seasons as head coach at his alma mater St. Cloud State, Bob Motzko is in his first season behind the Minnesota bench. Host Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger caught up with Motzko after the Gophers swept Notre Dame on the road to talk about this year’s team, the Big Ten, the spotlight that shines on the coach of a high-profile program, and his thoughts on this year’s USA World Juniors team.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at USCHO.com and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with USCHO.com as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.