Minnesota hockey, from ponds to pros.
Forward Tyler Sheehy, goalie Mat Robson and defenseman Jack Sadek are learning on the fly while beginning their pro careers.
The three-day outdoor event at Parade Stadium will feature the Minneapolis boys' and girls' teams, plus a Gophers women's game and an NHL alumni contest.
Seven players who have either signed with Minnesota or verbally committed to the program were selected this weekend. "It's a pretty special time for us,'' coach Bob Motzko said, "... but now the work begins.''
Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are the consensus top two picks, but after that, things could get interesting.
The players will be competing for roster spots for the World Junior Championship.
Athletic director Josh Whitman said the school was close to an announcement within the past six weeks, but partnerships still need to be completed. The target date for beginning Big Ten play is the fall of 2022.
With next week's NHL draft and free agency starting July 1, GM Paul Fenton has some important decisions to make. The status of Jason Zucker is the biggest.
She becomes the fifth player to join the defending NWHL champions for the 2019-20 season. Meanwhile, more than 200 of the top players in North America are boycotting the NWHL for financial reasons.
The Esko, Minn., native and former Bulldogs captain scored a third-period goal for the Boston Bruins in their 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 on Sunday night.
Scott Sandelin, who has led the Bulldogs to three NCAA championships, including the past two, interviewed with the NHL's Anaheim Ducks this week. The new deal runs through the 2024-25 season.
Minnesota's leading scorer in 2018-19 is the fourth player to sign with the defending National Women's Hockey League champions for the upcoming season.
Jonna Curtis, the former Elk River and New Hampshire standout was the newcomer of the year for the National Women's Hockey League champions.
Among games that jump out in Minnesota's 2019-20 schedule are a home-and-home series with Minnesota Duluth, a Thanksgiving home series against North Dakota and an All-Minnesota Mariucci Classic.
The Iowa native and former Winona State volleyball player takes over for Katie Million, who left to become USA Hockey's director of women's national team programs.
Scott Sandelin has guided the Bulldogs to three NCAA championships, including back-to-back titles the past two seasons.
The Aberdeen Wings won their first championship with a 2-1 victory over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, and goalie Matt Vernon for the victors and center Jonny Sorenson for the runners-up turned heads.
Both were traded during the season and are meeting in the Eastern Conference finals, and in Game 3 on Tuesday they scuffled for a bit. Coyle's Boston Bruins lead Niederreiter's Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 in the series.
Following the 1991 Stanley Cup Final for a North Stars fan working in Pennsylvania was an interesting experience. Randy Johnson recalls what it was like when the Stars battled the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Star Tribune hockey writer takes a look at the players' boycott of the league and what we might see going forward as they seek a better financial situation.
Gophers coach Bob Motzko gave an update after last week's American Hockey Coaches Association Convention in Florida.