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.


St. Paul Saints draw near 'sellout' of 1,489 in home opener

The Saints came marching home and faced the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks after spending a month stationed in Sioux Falls as part of two-team hub in the truncated, six-team American Association.


Pro baseball in Minnesota with fans? Yes, here come the Saints

A long-awaited home opener arrives Tuesday for the defending American Association champs, who will get to play in front of 1,500 people at CHS Field.


Saints coming home: Will return to CHS Field starting Tuesday

Their first true home game after 27 away from St. Paul will be Tuesday's series opener against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. A total of 1,500 fans will be allowed in the ballpark.


St. Thomas men's hockey team to join CCHA in 2021-22

The Tommies will join MSU Mankato, Bemidji State and others in the newly formed conference.


MIAC makes it official, postponing most fall sports until spring

The Division III league expects golf and tennis — designated as low-risk sports — can participate in conference-only competitions this fall.


NSIC delays fall sports, trims football season to eight games

It's unclear what the MIAC's move will mean for winter sports such as hockey and basketball, which usually start their seasons in late October and early November.


New opportunities, challenges for St. Thomas hockey in Division I

As the men's and women's programs make the transition to the highest level of college hockey, coaches Jeff Boeser and Tom Palkowski face an exciting new reality.


For St. Paul Saints, no place like home but Sioux Falls works for now

Despite playing before significantly smaller crowds, the team is continuing its promotional creativity and remains hopeful it can return to CHS Field this season.


State junior college conference scraps some fall sports

The 24-team Minnesota College Athletic Conference canceled the football, volleyball and men's and women's soccer seasons.


Uncertainty builds for fall sports in MIAC, NSIC during pandemic

Local colleges are still planning to go forward with fall sports, but key decisions loom.