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.


Dubnyk will be with Wild on road trip; 'hope' is to play

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk hasn't played since Nov. 16 while dealing with his wife's medical situation. "I've got everything lined up at home,'' he said. "I'm looking forward to getting back with the guys.''


Gophers men's hockey struggling to win series openers

In their eight series openers this season, the Gophers have a 2-4-2 record and have been outscored 31-19.


Dubnyk away from Wild because of wife's serious medical condition

Goalie Devan Dubnyk has missed the past four games with the Wild and will likely be out for a few more because his wife, Jenn, is facing health problems that have required hospitalization.


UND overruns Gophers on ice, in Mariucci stands during 9-3 beating

The third-ranked Fighting Hawks administered the beatdown of the Gophers in front of a raucous pro-North Dakota crowd and raised their record to 11-1-2.


The day Wisconsin finally lost its grip on Paul Bunyan's Axe

A look back at the Gophers' 37-15 victory over Wisconsin last November to finally end the streak.


Thanksgiving night feast: Gophers vs. old nemesis North Dakota

They last played Oct. 27, 2018, but the fierce rivalry persists.


Gophers hockey skates to tie with Wisconsin; Badgers win shootout

Wisconsin surged in the third period, scoring two goals to force overtime. Neither team scored in the overtimes.


Gophers score two in first period, two in third to beat Badgers 4-1

Blake McLaughlin and Scott Reedy scored first-period goals, and Jonny Sorenson and Sampo Ranta scored in the third.


Young Gophers seeking same early spark as Wisconsin men's hockey

When Minnesota and Wisconsin meet this weekend, fans will see two of the nation's youngest men's hockey teams looking to mature quickly. Right now, the Badgers are doing a bit better.


Gophers hockey players looking forward to series at Michigan

Two of them have ties to the state or Wolverines.