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Minnesota hockey, from ponds to pros.


Goalie Shepard leads four UMD players on preseason All-NCHC team

Minnesota Duluth goalie Hunter Shepard made a save against Providence in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals.

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.


Wisconsin, Gophers are top two picks in WCHA Women's League

Wisconsin, led by goalie Kristen Campbell, and the Gophers battled throughout the 2018-19 season, with Minnesota winning the WCHA regular-season title

The conference will feature change this season, with the addition of three-on-three overtime and talk of future expansion.


Motzko impressed as Gophers hit the ice for first time

Gophers men's hockey coach held a media session on Tuesday after his team's first skils instruction session.

'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.


Video: John Legend addresses Gophers after Fresno State victory

Video: John Legend addresses Gophers after Fresno State victory

The singer/song-writer paid a visit to Minnesota's locker room following the double-overtime victory last weekend.


Need some hockey? Elite prep fall league begins play Saturday

St. Cloud Cathedral defenseman Nate Warner, celebrating a goal in the 2019 state tournament, is one of seven players committed to the Gophers who'll p

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.


Whitecaps sign former Gophers standout Sydney Baldwin

Gophers defender Sydney Baldwin, front, skated against St. Cloud State in a 2018 game.

The defender spent last season in Austria after earning All-America honors at Minnesota and leading Minnetonka to three state championships.


Juggling hockey opponents a challenge for U coach Motzko

Gophers men's hockey coach Bob Motzko.

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.


Minnesota-based ex-teammates sing praises of new Wild GM

Bill Guerin won two Stanley Cups as a player, the first with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.

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.


All smiles when Da Beauty League, Minnesota Special Hockey unite

NHL players in Da Beauty League formed a tunnel for on-ice introductions of Minnesota Special Hockey players during the Unified Showcase on Monday, Au

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.


U.S. women's select teams score victories over Canada

Abbey Murphy, USA Hockey

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.


Minnesotans dominate U-18, U-22 women's hockey teams for series vs. Canada

The Gophers' Grace Zumwinkle is one of 12 players with Minnesota ties on Team USA's Under-22 Select team for its three-game series against Canada.

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.


Whitecaps sign former Bemidji State standout

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.


Former U star Haula readies himself for new NHL adventure

Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula (56) reaches for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Monday, Oc

The former Wild and Gophers forward is working his way back from a knee injury, and got married and traded in the offseason.


Despite attempts to trade him, Zucker doesn't blame fired Wild GM

Wild forward Jason Zucker spoke to the media before his game in Da Beauty League on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Braemar Arena in Edina.

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.


Whitecaps announce 2019-20 schedule; NWHL boycott continues

Minnesota Whitecaps goalie Amanda Leveille celebrates with the Isobel Cup at TRIA Rink on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in St. Paul, Minn. The Whitecaps beat

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.


Summer hockey fun: Da Beauty League is back in town

Players from Team Walser (in blue) and Team Tradition battled for the puck during Da Beauty League play on Wednesday, July 24, at Braemar Arena in Edi

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.


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.