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Gophers, Lucia agree to contract extension through 2014-15 season

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota hockey coach Don Lucia has agreed to terms on a contract extension through the 2014-15 season.

The school announced the deal Wednesday.

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After winning consecutive national championships in 2002 and 2003, the Gophers have fallen off in recent years and missed the NCAA tournament three straight seasons. Lucia dealt with a rare disease during the 2008-09 season that caused numbness, headaches and forced him away from the team for days at a time.

Athletics director Joel Maturi says Lucia is "the right man" to lead the Gophers as "the premier program in the country."

Lucia has started his 13th season at the school. The Gophers are off to a 4-0 start.

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