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.


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

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WCHA's uncertainty grows with Alaska financial emergency

The WCHA will have men's hockey this season, but it remains uncertain if the Alaska programs will survive and be part of it.


WCHA's demise stems from geography, struggling programs

Seven teams plan to abandon the league, compounding problems for Alaska's two college hockey programs.


Seven schools, including Mankato, Bemidji State, begin process of leaving WCHA

The three current members of the WCHA men's league that aren't involved in the move are the ones that are the furthest away from the Minnesota-based conference — Alabama Huntsville, Alaska and Alaska Anchorage.


Ngannou takes UFC main event at Target Center; 'Crochet Boss' wins

Maurice Greene's victory created Saturday night's the buzz around the octagon. Hours later, Francis Ngannou put a cap on the night with a quick and decisive TKO.


Dream weaver: Meet UFC's mean Maurice Greene, aka 'The Crochet Boss'

The St. Cloud resident, who got hooked on crocheting before his fighting career, will challenge Brazil's Junior Albini in a heavyweight UFC bout Saturday at Target Center.


Gophers men's hockey gets much younger with signing of 11 players

The Gophers announced a class of 11 incoming freshmen for 2019-20, a group that includes six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies