SEASON: 56 | YEAR: 2004
HEAD COACH: HAROLD HIGGINS


Game 627 | January 21 | Torii Hunter, Rod Carew
Hunter led the team in RBIs during the 2004 season and won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove award as the league's best-fielding center fielder. Carew, the team's Hall of Fame second baseman, once again worked with the younger players in spring training on hitting and base-running skills.

Game 628 | February 5 | Phil Housley, Reed Larson, Frank Supovitz
Minnesota honored many of its hockey legends in conjunction with the 2004 NHL All-Star Game in St. Paul. Supovitz was the NHL executive in charge of staging the game. Housley, a high school star at South St. Paul, retired from the NHL in 2003 as the leading American-born scorer in league history. He was later surpassed by former North Star Mike Modano. Larson, a high school star at Minneapolis Roosevelt, played three years for Herb Brooks as a Gopher and went on to a 13-year career in the NHL, including a stint with the Minnesota North Stars.

Game 629 | March 17 | Pam Borton, Lindsay Whalen
Just four days before beginning play in the NCAA Final Four; Coach Borton and guard Whalen talked about the path to the Final Four in New Orleans. Whalen scored 31 in a first-round victory over UCLA. She added 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as the Gophers beat Kansas State 80-61. Center Janel McCarville scored 25 points with 15 rebounds as Boston College fell 76-63. Whalen had 27 points to lead the Gophers past favored Duke 82-75. Minnesota lost to champion Connecticut 67-58 in New Orleans.

Game 630 | April 6 | Mark Madsen, Fred Hoiberg
Signed as free agents in the off season, both Madsen and Hoiberg quickly established themselves as solid members of both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the community. Madsen, who played three seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, received an economics degree from Stanford University. He gave the Timberwolves a strong inside presence. Hoiberg, one of the top three-point shooters in the NBA, graduated from Iowa State. He had open heart surgery in 2005 that forced him to retire as an active player, but he became the team's assistant general manager in 2007.