Joe Christensen | Star Tribune
Sports enterprise reporter | General assignment

Joe Christensen is a general assignment/sports enterprise reporter who previously spent 15 years covering Major League Baseball and four covering NCAA football. He is a Faribault, Minn., native and University of Minnesota graduate whose other newspaper stops have included the Baltimore Sun and Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise.


Demands of year-round sports are pushing kids to the limit

Minnesota athletes are pushing themselves to extremes, developing highly polished skills while families make major investments of money and time. The first of our three-part series examines how all of those hours bring increased risks of injury -- and burnout.


Wall-to-wall mayhem: Gophers, UND finally return rivalry to Grand Forks

None of the players, on either side, has been through a Minnesota-UND game in Grand Forks. But Gophers coach Don Lucia has told players what to expect.


Parise leaves ice at practice; Wild suits up assistant to help out

To deal with the Wild's injury-created shortage of players. coach Bruce Boudreau had 45-year-old assistant Darby Hendrickson take the ice to have enough bodies for practice.


Sluggish Gophers hockey opens Big Ten with home loss to Penn State

Playing without captain Tyler Sheehy, the Gophers fell 3-1 to the Nittany Lions.


Can Gophers fans finally learn to love Big Ten hockey?

Four of the Big Ten's seven hockey schools made the 16-team NCAA field last season, including newcomer Notre Dame, which went to the Frozen Four.


Gophers fall to UMD 4-3 in OT to lose season opener

The Bulldogs more than doubled the Gophers' shots on goal and beat their in-state rival for the eighth consecutive meeting.


Mittelstadt is big addition, but U wants widespread improvement

Optimism surrounds more than the talented hockey freshman from Eden Prairie.


Gophers hockey on TV? For some big upcoming games, not in the Twin Cities

Upcoming Gophers men's hockey rivalry games at Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota will be televised — but not in wide swaths of Minnesota.In college hockey,…


With Zach Parise ailing, Wild sign Daniel Winnik to fill in

With a back issue keeping Zach Parise out for at least the Wild's first two games, the team officially added veteran winger Daniel…


Granlund's breakthrough season rewarded with new contract

There is no mistaking Mikael Granlund's singular importance to the Wild, as it prepares to open a new season Thursday at Detroit.