On the back of University of North Dakota netminder Zane Gothberg’s helmet is a caricature of an elderly woman with long, curly hair, oversized oval-shaped earrings and large, black-rimmed glasses. She is holding a Diet Coke and has a sweater with UND ascribed across her chest. Below the picture are four words:
Love you Grandma Susie.
“It took a toll on me when she passed away,” says Gothberg, whose grandmother taught at North Dakota, “so it is a nice tribute to have and kind of a little analogy: She’s always got my back.”