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.


Stuck in holding pattern, ex-UMD hockey star and family persevere

Border closure is keeping former Bulldogs star from introducing son to Minnesota relatives.


NHL players approve 24-team playoff proposal, but many other hurdles remain

The Wild would qualify for the expanded postseason, facing the Canucks.


Walz allows youth activities in small groups, but USA Cup canceled

Certain youth and recreational activities can go on with "guidance'' and with groups under 10 people but without games as Gov. Tim Walz announced Phase 2 of his Stay Safe MN plan on reopening the state.


NWHL cancels Isobel Cup Final between Whitecaps and Boston Pride

The Whitecaps, who won the NWHL title in 2019, were aiming for a repeat in Boston before the pandemic.


Breaking the ice: One game started it all for girls' high school hockey

South St. Paul defeated Holy Angels 8-0, but the significance of that night in 1994 goes much deeper than the final score.


Honored by Big Ten, Motzko has reason for optimism for U hockey

After being named Big Ten Coach of the Year, Bob Motzko is eager to see what a Gophers team that had 19 freshmen or sophomores last season can do to improve.


They were Minnesota athletes. Now they're on teams fighting COVID-19

These former college athletes sometimes look back to lessons they learned through sports. The one most often mentioned is teamwork.


Vikings first-rounders? Take your pick from these 20 mock drafts

Mock drafters around the country have the Vikings taking everyone from Stefon Diggs' younger brother to an assortment of wide receivers and offensive linemen with their pair of first-round picks.


UMD's Perunovich embraces his Hobey Baker award from home

Normally, Scott Perunovich of Hibbing would have received the honor on a Friday afternoon, on a stage with an applauding crowd. Instead, it took place late night and on TV.


Games have stopped, but St. Thomas' Division I quest continues

The NCAA Division I Council still is scheduled to meet April 23-24, with St. Thomas' proposed move from D-III on the agenda and the Summit League an enthusiastic suitor.