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.


College hockey pushed through challenging season to a UMass title

Hockey East claims it's "State of Hockey," but Minnesota can make a strong rebuttal.


St. Cloud State's run ends with shutout loss in Frozen Four title game

UMass gave the Huskies no room to operate on the ice, dominating a 5-0 victory


Ex-Gopher Garrett Wait found right fit on line with UMass star

He had the overtime goal in a semifinal win over UMD.


St. Cloud State's daily focus worked well

Brett Larson and the Huskies navigated a season filled with challenges brought on by COVID-19.


Live from Pittsburgh: Frozen Four pregame

St. Cloud State and Massachusetts meet for the Division I men's championship. The Huskies lineup hasn't changed from the semifinals, while the Minutemen return two key players to their lineup.


Gophers' Jack LaFontaine wins Richter Award, given to nation's top goalie

LaFontaine, who went 22-7 this season, has announced that he will return to the Gophers next season.


Wisconsin's Cole Caufield wins Hobey Baker Award

The nation's leading goal scorer, Caufield has signed with the Montreal Canadiens.


Minnesota Duluth's overtime heartbreak halts an incredible ride

The Bulldogs delivered big moment after big moment in the postseason before getting clipped by Massachusetts on Thursday.


Live from Pittsburgh: Frozen Four Friday

St. Cloud State and Massachusetts are the last teams standings, and Randy Johnson provides updates leading into Saturday's NCAA championship game.


Ex-Gopher sinks UMD's three-peat hopes as UMass wins in overtime

The Bulldogs gave up a one-goal lead in the third period, and lost late in the first overtime when former Gophers player Garrett Wait scored for UMass.