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Gopher Hockey: Minnesota defenseman Mike Reilly announces he will return for junior season

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Don Lucia got some good news this week.

Matt Christians

The University of Minnesota announced that defenseman Mike Reilly will return to Minneapolis for his senior season. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and All-American informed the team of his decision this week, according to the press release.

The Chanhassen, Minn. native was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Reilly, whose father and two brothers also played for the Gophers, had nine goals and 24 assists last season as Don Lucia's squad fell just short of a national championship, losing 7-4 to Union in the NCAA final.