The 1996-97 season was the 75th in Golden Gopher Hockey history. The team wore these gold alternate jerseys for special occasions. They originally had 75th anniversary patches on the chest. Many of the jerseys from this set were recycled for the 1997-98 season as well.
1997 - 1998 Hankinson Style Alternate
The 1997-98 season was marked with a new alternate jersey style. It was designed by team captain Casey Hankinson and produced by the Gemini Company. It was worn a few select times and then replaced by the gold style that had been worn the previous year.
Ben Clymer 1997-98
Clymer only played one game in the 1997-98 season for the Gophers. It was against the Michigan Wolverines at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. During that game he injured his shoulder. Following his recovery he went pro and enjoyed a successful NHL career, lifting the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
1998 - 1999 Soccer Style Alternates
The 1998 - 99 season brought, yet another, set of gold alternate jerseys to Mariucci Arena. The jerseys were worn in very few games as they seemed to have been designed for outdoor play. Rather than a standard mesh or knit fabric, these jerseys had a soft lining, almost like fleece or flannel, which made them too hot to play in for any length of time. To celebrate the all Minnesotan roster, the lower back of the jerseys had a State of Minnesota patch with the hometown of the player in script underneath the state.