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.

Gophers hockey loses out on chance at Big Ten bye

Minnesota needed to beat Michigan on Friday night at 3M Arena at Mariucci for a chance to win the Big Ten title outright. Instead, the Gophers tied Michigan 2-2, then lost the extra point in a shootout.

Donato getting praise even if he's not getting big minutes for Wild

For Ryan Donato, fourth-line duty has meant making the most of his opportunities. His 12 goals in 55 games rank sixth on the team

U approaching Big Ten hockey title -- if it can finally solve Penn State

Red-hot Minnesota plays this weekend at Penn State, where the Gophers have lost six straight by a lopsided, with a chance to clinch the Big Ten title.

MSU Mankato rebounds for 2-0 win over Bemidji State in Mariucci Classic

The Mavericks, drubbed 7-2 by St. Cloud State in the all-Minnesota tournament on Saturday, were engaged from the get-go

Quick-strike Gophers shut down St. Cloud State to win Mariucci Classic

Goals by Sammy Walker, Tyler Nanne and Bryce Brodzinski in a span of 1 minute, 40 seconds in the second period helped the Gophers claim the championship

Woog remembered for 'dignity and respect' at celebration of life

Former players, teammates, friends, family and a former governor on Sunday saluted former Gophers coach Doug Woog, who died Dec. 14.

Blake McLaughlin's late goal sends Gophers past Bemidji State

Coach Bob Motzko got his 300th victory and a chance to play his former team.

Doug Woog's life to be celebrated Sunday at South St. Paul High School

A public celebration of the life of Doug Woog will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at South St. Paul High School.

St. Cloud State routs No. 2 Minnesota State Mankato 7-2 at Mariucci Classic

Freshman Zach Okabe scored four goals, a tournament single-game record.

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.''