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.


Gophers hockey one good weekend from Big Ten regular season title

A win and a tie against Michigan would seal it, but the Gophers have their eyes on a bigger prize.


Gophers senior Grace Zumwinkle on All-WCHA first team

League regular-season champion Wisconsin had three-first team honorees, while runner-up Minnesota Duluth had two.


What slow start? Wild takes winning streak into first-place battle in Vegas

Suddenly, a team that few projected to be a division title contender has at least nudged its way into the conversation.


Some movement in college hockey Bracketology down the stretch

College hockey teams are battling for position to make the 16-team field for the NCAA men's tournament. Here's this week's projection of what the field might look like.


Trio with Minnesota ties among Richter Award finalists

The Gophers' Jack LaFontaine, Minnesota State Mankato's Dryden McKay and Providence's Jaxson Stauber of Plymouth are in the final nine for the top goalie honor.


Dream Gap Tour will showcase women's hockey's best

The Professional Women's Hockey Players Association will have teams from its Minnesota and New Hampshire regions facing off at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night in a game televised by the NHL Network.


Kahkonen staking a claim to being Wild's regular goalie

Through a four-game winning streak on the road, Kaapo Kahkonen at least temporarily has grabbed the starting job, stopping 103 of the 109 shots he's faced.


Moving Big Ten hockey tournament dates makes Motzko, other coaches happy

Gophers coach Bob Motzko and other coaches got what they wanted on Thursday when the dates for the Big Ten tournament at Notre Dame were changed.


Gophers senior Zumwinkle among 10 finalists for Kazmaier Award

The award goes to the top player in NCAA Division I women's hockey. Zumwinkle, who leads the nation with 16 goals, is one of four WCHA players up for the honor.


PairWise rankings can't answer some NCAA hockey seeding questions

The pandemic spoiled inter-conference matchups that used to help determine the NCAA men's hockey field. Some coaches are wondering where their teams stand.