Skjei was known for his speed on the ice and defensive ability on the blue line while with the Gophers, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention honors after his sophomore and junior seasons. In 109 career games at Minnesota, the Lakeville native recorded 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) and helped the Gophers win three straight regular season conference titles and three trips to the NCAA tournament.””Brady had a terrific career here at the University of Minnesota, helping us earn three regular-season titles, a playoff title and three NCAA tournament berths,” head coach Don Lucia said in a statement. “He has beena great program guy – a guy who always put the team first – and we look forward to seeing him continue to develp as a professional player.”Skjei had the option of turning pro last year, but opted to stay at Minnesota along with teammates Hudson Fasching, Kyle Rau, Mike Reilly, and Adam Wilcox for a shot at a national title. The Gophers were not able to live up to lofty expectations this year, and several of Skjei’s former teammates may now join him in the professional ranks. Skjei is the fourth Minnesota player to sign a professional contract after the 2014-15 season after seniors Seth Ambroz, Travis Boyd and Rau. Skjei Leaves Gophers for Pros Ben GotzApril 1, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintUpdated at 3:20 p.m. with statement from Skjei.The Gophers have their first early departure of the last two years.Junior defenseman Brady Skjei will forego his senior season after agreeing to an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on Wednesday. The news was first reported by Let’s Play Hockey.Skjei was the lone first round draft pick on the Gophers roster last season, after being selected 28th overall by the Rangers in the 2012 National Hockey League draft. Skjei will report to the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Harford Wolf Pack, on an amateur tryout.”I have had the best three years of my life at the University of Minnesota, and I will always be proud to be a part of the Gopher hockey program. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates, coaches and fans,” Skjei said in a statement.
There will be encore screenings of NT Lives Fleabag and The Lehman Trilogy at the Fugard Bioscope. Fleabag is written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, pictured. Following previously sold-out screenings, additional presentations of NT Live’s Fleabag and The Lehman Trilogy have been added to the Fugard Bioscope programme.The Fugard Bioscope brings audiences the chance to watch recorded live performances from the world’s best opera, theatre and ballet companies. Screenings are presented on The Fugard Theatre’s full-size high-definition cinema screen with a 7.1 Dolby digital surround sound system.The screening of the play The Lehman Trilogy is on Monday May 25, at 7pm. Three additional screenings of Fleabag will be shown on Monday April 27, at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm.The Lehman Trilogy is the story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons. On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside, dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins, but 163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. The one-woman show Fleabag is written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. There is an age restriction of 15.Tickets for the Fugard Bioscope screenings cost R120 and can be booked directly through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or online at www.thefugard.com where you can also find the full season line up.
Graham Smith has been named Director General of the Rail Delivery Group, which brings Britain’s passenger and freight operators and Network Rail together with the aim of providing leadership to the rail industry.