MINNEAPOLIS-The University of Minnesota and Gopher men's hockey head coach Don Lucia have agreed to a two-year extension that will keep the two-time national champion coach under contract through the 2018-19 season - Lucia's 20th at Minnesota.

The 2016-17 season stands as Lucia's 18th at Minnesota and 30th overall as a Division I head coach. A native of Grand Rapids, Lucia holds the Gophers record for coaching victories (415-219-68, .640) while his 694 career wins rank eighth all-time in NCAA history regardless of division (694-374-97, .638).

A four-time conference coach of the year and the 1994 Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year, Lucia led the Maroon & Gold to back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003.

Under Lucia's leadership, the Gophers return to action this year as the three-time defending Big Ten regular-season champions and have won five-straight regular-season conference titles - a feat that matches the NCAA record.

Minnesota opened the 2016-17 season Friday at Alaska Anchorage and plays Alaska again Sunday, Oct. 9. The Maroon & Gold host the U.S. Under-18 Team at Mariucci Arena Oct. 14 before the official regular-season home opener against St. Cloud State Oct. 21.

-- GopherSports.com