"Don Lucia" is the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's hockey team. He has twice led the Golden Gophers to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship/NCAA National Championship title, in 2002 and 2003. Under Lucia, the Golden Gophers have won three MacNaughton Cups (awarded to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association/WCHA's regular season champion) and won the Broadmoor Trophy three times (awarded to the WCHA playoff champion). He has coached one Hobey Baker Award winner, Jordan Leopold. Lucia graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981.

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If you came into our dressing room and watched him, you would think he's a fifth-line player, not one of the best players. He will handle the spotlight with class, but he doesn't search for the spotlight. He's humble. He would rather blend in with the crowd.

It's going to be a big boost for Boston University. They had a lot of tradition, but let's face it: They needed a new building.

When he has the puck, he doesn't slow down. It's like in football, when they talk about 40 (yard) speed and game speed. Some great running backs seem quicker when they have the ball, and that's Phil with the puck on his stick.

The bottom line is Craig went out on his terms and he should do so with his head held high. It's better to go out too soon in this business than too late.

Our seniors are crushed, and it's always hard to go in the locker room after that last game. But I think we got as much as we could out of this group. You don't have to be the best all year, and they are the better team.

I'm just surprised at the timing a little bit. The bottom line is, I just hope the people of St. Cloud can appreciate what a great job Craig did in ushering St. Cloud into Division I and into the National Hockey Center and increasing attendance from about 2,000 a game.

I don't know if it was nerves or what, but we were a little tentative at first. We had a lot of young guys in a difficult situation.

He'll also get some time on the blue line.

He says he feels better today than he did at any time last year. So we should be real deep up front.