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.


Defense, buying into bubble key to hot start for U men's hockey

Off to a 4-0 start and up to No. 5 in the polls, the Gophers men's hockey team takes that momentum on the road for the first time in the 2020-21 season.


Gophers men's hockey roster takes a hit but mostly for positive reasons

The good: Three players are on the U.S. junior national team preliminary roster. The bad: An injury to a top-line wing.


Other Big Ten teams' virus issues suggest 2nd Gophers game could be off

Based on the two Big Ten programs that have canceled games, Wisconsin and Maryland, don't be surprised if the next weekend's Gophers-Northwestern game isn't played


NWHL planning for Lake Placid bubble; no St. Paul games for Whitecaps

The Whitecaps, who won the Isobel Cup in 2019 and were headed to the finals last season, will be among six NWHL teams playing strictly in Lake Placid.


Gophers men's hockey sweeps Ohio State, starts season 4-0

Scott Reedy scored in the first period and Nathan Burke added a rebound in the third as goaltender Jack LaFontaine posted the shutout.


Newcomers help U stop Ohio State in rare Monday-Tuesday series

Two highly recruited defensemen, Brock Faber and Mike Koster, make a big impact in win over Buckeyes.


U men's hockey continues its opening blur of a season Monday

In this compressed season, the Gophers return to action Monday and Tuesday for a series against Ohio State at Mariucci Arena, giving them four games in a six-day span.


Gophers women's hockey shuts out Ohio State to open season

The fourth-ranked Gophers, outshot 36-18 by the Buckeyes, got a goal on their first shot of the game by senior co-captain Grace Zumwinkle and another on their sixth shot on goal by freshman center Josey Dunne


U hockey holds on for season-opening sweep over Penn State

Brannon McManus and Sammy Walker each had a goal and an assist in Minnesota's 3-2 afternoon victory.


Gophers women's hockey team picks up where it left off

Minnesota was about to play Ohio State in the NCAA quarterfinals when COVID-19 forced sports to shut down. Eight months later, the Gophers and Buckeyes meet to open the season.