Randy Johnson | Star Tribune
Producer | Puck Drop

Randy Johnson is the producer of Puck Drop for the Star Tribune. He previously was the beat writer for University of Minnesota football and hockey, along with other college sports.

Johnson also spent 17 years as sports copy editor/layout editor at the Star Tribune after five years in a similar role with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. From 1991 through 1995, he was assistant sports editor and Penn State football beat writer for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.


Saints sweep Sioux City to win American Association championship

A grand slam by Chesny Young put the Saints ahead in the sixth inning, en route to their first title in 15 years.


Former Brooks assistant Blatherwick receives national hockey award

Jack Blatherwick, a longtime Minnesota high school coach, received the 2019 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey.


Ousted St. Thomas to open awkward football season as one of MIAC favorites

In May, the MIAC Presidents' Council announced it was involuntarily removing St. Thomas, which will line up on the football field against schools that demanded the Tommies find somewhere else to play.


Former Gophers and Olympic star Wendell picked for U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Krissy Wendell, one of the most-decorated players in Minnesota history, will be one of five 2019 inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, USA Hockey announced Wednesday.


Lance puts on a show for 34,544 at Target Field in NDSU's 57-10 rout

Redshirt freshman Trey Lance completed 10 of 11 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns and added 116 rushing yards, including TD runs of 61 and 33 yards.


Bison invasion: 35,000 fans expected for NDSU opener at Target Field

The Twin Cities area has more than 15,000 North Dakota State alumni, so there's a built-in fan base that can augment the caravan that will travel down I-94 from Fargo.


Wild veterans excited about Guerin. 'When he's talking, you're listening.'

"Just hearing how confident he is in the way he's thinking is going to be good for us.," said veteran defenseman Jared Spurgeon.


Parise shocked by firing of Wild's GM, wonders what's ahead for team

Zach Parise says he's looking forward to seeing who will be chosen to replace Paul Fenton and the direction the new leadership will take the Wild after last season's struggles.


St. Thomas coach defends program: 'I cannot apologize for who we are'

St. Thomas has two more seasons of MIAC football before it embarks on a to-be-determined future after being ousted from the conference.


Jason Zucker's still here, even after Wild General Manager Paul Fenton gets ousted

Winger didn't relish Paul Fenton's firing, even after he was nearly traded twice.