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Minnesota hockey, from ponds to pros.


Three former Gophers trying to make their mark in Wild's development camp

Former Gophers goalie Mat Robson made a save during the Wild's development camp on Tuesday.

Forward Tyler Sheehy, goalie Mat Robson and defenseman Jack Sadek are learning on the fly while beginning their pro careers.


Hockey Day Minnesota coming to Minneapolis on Jan. 18

Minnetonka and Andover battled during subzero temperatures during the 2019 Hockey Day Minnesota in Bemidji.

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.


Motzko encouraged with Gophers' showing in NHL draft

Ryan Johnson, an incoming Gophers defenseman, accepted his Buffalo Sabres jersey from General Manager Jason Botterill after being selected with 31st o

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.''


Who's going where? What about the Wild? Our NHL mock draft

Jack Hughes of the U.S. National Team Development Program is the odds-on favorite to be selected first overall in the NHL draft on Friday night

Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are the consensus top two picks, but after that, things could get interesting.


Seven Minnesotans selected for USA Hockey's World Junior Summer Showcase

Bobby Brink is one of six Minnesotans selected for USA Hockey's World Junior Summer Showcase.

The players will be competing for roster spots for the World Junior Championship.


University of Illinois inches closer to adding hockey program

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman is hopeful that the Illini will have a hockey team playing in the Big Ten in the fall of 2022.

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.


Busy, crucial offseason for Wild is about to ramp up

The future of Jason Zucker will be a key offseason question for the Wild and General Manger Paul Fenton, who twice tried to trade the winger this spri

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.


Defender Boulier re-signs with Whitecaps despite player boycott

The Minnesota Whitecaps Amanda Boulier (8) shoots from her knees during the second period of the Whitecaps 5-1 win over the Metropolitan Riveters in t

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.


Ex-UMD star Kuhlman makes memorable Stanley Cup Final debut

Boston Bruins center Karson Kuhlman (83) was congratulated after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of Game 6 of the N

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.


Sandelin, Minnesota Duluth agree to four-year extension

Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin greeted fans before the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four in St. Paul.

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.


Whitecaps sign Gophers standout Nicole Schammel

Gophers forward Nicole Schammel, shown in a 2018 photo, signed with the Minnesota Whitecaps on Friday, June 7, 2019.

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.


Another Whitecaps player re-signs instead of joining boycott

Jonna Curtis, top, a forward on Team Stecklein, battled for the puck with Michelle Picard, a defender on Team Szabados, during the NWHL All-Star Hocke

Jonna Curtis, the former Elk River and New Hampshire standout was the newcomer of the year for the National Women's Hockey League champions.


Gophers men's hockey schedule features a November to remember

Brannon McManus, left, and the Gophers will play host to two-time defending NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth, led by goalie Hunter Shepard, on Oct. 25 a

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.


WCHA names NSIC's Flowers as women's league commissioner

Jennifer Flowers was named the WCHA's vice president and women's league commissioner on Monday, June 3, 2019, in Bloomington.

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.


Report: UMD's Sandelin to interview for Anaheim's head-coaching job

Minnesota-Duluth coach Scott Sandelin

Scott Sandelin has guided the Bulldogs to three NCAA championships, including back-to-back titles the past two seasons.


In NAHL title game, defense, depth and a pair of stars stood out

The Aberdeen Wings celebrated their 2-1 victory over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the North American Hockey League's Robertson Cup championship game on T

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.


Former Wild teammates Niederreiter, Coyle mix it up

Charlie Coyle, left, and Nino Niederreiter with the Wild.

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.


North Stars days: Following the '91 Stanley Cup Final from enemy turf

The North Stars' Brian Bellows, center, tried to get the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tom Barrasso during the 1991 Stanley Cup Final.

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.


Questions on the NWHL? Rachel Blount has the answers

Whitecaps players celebrated with the Isobel Cup after beating the Buffalo Beauts 2-1 in overtime for the NWHL championship on March 17 at TRIA Rink i

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.


Replay, overtime among hot topics for college hockey coaches

Gophers coach Bob Motzko would like to see video replay reviews tightened up in college hockey.

Gophers coach Bob Motzko gave an update after last week's American Hockey Coaches Association Convention in Florida.