Minnesota hockey, from ponds to pros.
Bulldogs joining the All-America goalie are defenseman Scott Perunovich and forwards Justin Richards and Nick Swaney. St. Cloud State defenseman Jack Ahcan also made the team.
The conference will feature change this season, with the addition of three-on-three overtime and talk of future expansion.
'It was a real good first day,' Bob Motzko said after Tuesday's one-hour session. Coaches can have up to four hours per week with their team for on-ice skills instruction before full practices begin in October.
The singer/song-writer paid a visit to Minnesota's locker room following the double-overtime victory last weekend.
The Upper Midwest High School Elite League begins its eight-week run on Saturday, giving additional development opportunities to the best prep hockey players in Minnesota and neighboring states.
The defender spent last season in Austria after earning All-America honors at Minnesota and leading Minnetonka to three state championships.
With a limited number of nonconference dates on the men's hockey schedule, Gophers men's hockey coach Bob Motzko must choose his opponents carefully.
Tom Chorske, Ben Hankinson and Chris McAlpine all played with Bill Guerin for the New Jersey Devils in the 1990s. They applaud the Wild's decision.
NHL stars took time to play some hockey with teams from Minnesota Special Hockey in the Unified Showcase. "They have the brightest smiles and are so fun to be around,'' Nick Bjugstad said.
The U.S. under-18 squad used a late comeback and OT goal to even their series, while the under-22 team surged late to move to 2-0.
Both the U.S. under-18 and under-22 select teams have 12 players with Minnesota ties. Each three-game series starts Wednesday in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Stephanie Anderson, a forward from North St. Paul, spent the past two seasons playing for Chinese teams in the now-defunct Canadian Women's Hockey League.
The former Wild and Gophers forward is working his way back from a knee injury, and got married and traded in the offseason.
Jason Zucker was nearly traded twice by Paul Fenton, who was fired on Tuesday. "Names get floated all the time. I'm glad the trades didn't happen,'' Zucker said.
The NWHL season will be one of transition, with more than 200 players in North America boycotting in hopes of gaining a more financially viable league.
An interesting mix featuring NHL stars, journeymen, prospects and college players is honing its skills and preparing for the upcoming season at Edina's Braemar Arena.
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.