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Minnesota hockey, from ponds to pros.


Gophers, Minnesota Duluth each have four recruits in NHL draft scouting rankings

Andover defenseman Wyatt Kaiser, right, shot against Elk River goalie Josh Koziol during sectional play.

Andover's Wyatt Kaiser, at No. 37, is the highest-ranked future Bulldog by NHL Central Scouting, while Brock Faber, of Maple Grove and the U.S. National Team Development Program, tops future Gophers at No. 44.


College hockey mailbag: Three-peats, mythical matchups and Olympic ice

Minnesota Duluth goalie Hunter Shepard, stopping a shot against the Gophers in October, was seeking a third consecutive national title for the Bulldog

We don't have the NCAA Frozen Four this week, but we still have a chance to talk hockey. Readers weighed in with some interesting questions.


Minnesota Duluth's Dylan Samberg signs with Jets, will forgo senior season

Minnesota Duluth defenseman Dylan Samberg (4).

The defenseman from Hermantown, Minn., is the third Bulldogs junior to leave for pro hockey, joining Scott Perunovich and Justin Richards.


UMD's Scott Perunovich among final three for Hobey Baker honor

Defenseman Scott Perunovich,left, helped Minnesota Duluth win back-to-back national championships.

Perunovich, a junior from Hibbing, helped Minnesota Duluth win back-to-back national championships, and had the Bulldogs in the running for a three-peat.


Minnesota Duluth star defenseman Scott Perunovich agrees to terms with Blues

Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich led the NCHC in scoring this season.

The junior from Hibbing, Minn., and Hobey Baker Award top 10 finalist will forgo his senior season with the Bulldogs to join the St. Louis organization. He was a second-round draft pick in 2018.


No NCAA hockey tournament? We're making our picks anyway

Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, was set to hold the NCAA men's Frozen Four.

Puck Drop editor Randy Johnson and national hockey contributor Nate Wells take you step by step to the Frozen Four in Detroit for a couple of projections of what might have been.


'Put to the test.' Motzko, U hockey adjusting to abrupt end of season

Gophers coach Bob Motzko loses only three seniors from his 2019-20 team.

Changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have produced new challenges for the men's hockey coach, who'll try to build on a strong second half to the season.


Minnesota Duluth's Perunovich named NCHC player of the year

Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich, left, was named NCHC player of the year.

The junior from Hibbing, Minn., won the league scoring title and is a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.


Six with Minnesota ties named to U.S. Under-17 National Team

They are part of 23 players selected for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Mich.


College Hockey Mailbag: When will the Gophers men contend (and draw fans) again?

One of the highlights of the season for a young Gophers team was winning the Mariucci Classic. The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers played the B

Coach Bob Motzko's team was on the outside of the NCAA tournament bubble when the season was halted. Returning to national prominence is the solution to fixing attendance issues.


Staying connected to hockey: Four things you can do

Steve Carlson (left) and Jeff Carlson (center), who starred along with Dave Hanson (not pictured) as the infamous "Hansen brothers" in the 1977 movie

Because of the coronavirus, we must practice social distancing. That doesn't mean we have to distance ourselves from hockey.


Local author captures a colorful lifetime in the "forgotten sport" of bandy

Chris Middlebrook's self-published "The Bandy Chronicles-My Pursuit of a Forgotten Sport." It contains 118 short stories ranging from funny to touching.


Minnesota State's Michaelis signs with Vancouver Canucks

Minnesota State Mankato's Marc Michaelis had 71 goals and 91 assists in his college career.

The undrafted senior is a Hobey Baker Award top 10 finalist and the WCHA player of the year.


Minnesota State's Marc Michaelis named WCHA player of the year

Minnesota State Mankato senior forward Marc Michaelis was named the WCHA player of the year.

The senior led the Mavericks to their third consecutive MacNaughton Cup as league regular-season champions.


NCHC, WCHA Big Ten cancel postseason hockey tournaments

Goaltender Hunter Shepard and Minnesota Duluth won't get a chance to defend their NCHC tournament title.

The moves were made in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Minnesota State, Bemidji State, Minnesota Duluth and the Gophers were to play this weekend.


Day 4 boys' hockey All-Tournament Team

Hill-Murray's Charlie Strobel matches dad's feat, is joined by Mahtomedi's overtime hero Colin Hagstrom on list of Championship Saturday's biggest stars


Standouts moving to state, standing out at hockey tourney hardly a new thing

Standouts moving to state, standing out at hockey tourney hardly a new thing

Tournament teams have been bolstered by standout players from Manitoba, Ontario, Wisconsin and even Europe since at least the 1950s


Goalies-turned-coaches big part of state tourney lore

Goalies-turned-coaches big part of state tourney lore

Edina's Willard Ikola, Mahtomedi's Jeff Poeschl and Hill-Murray's Bill Lechner were all in the spotlight on Saturday


Day 3 boys' hockey All-Tourney Team

Day 3 boys' hockey All-Tourney Team

Hermantown's 'Ball of Hate' Cole Antcliff and manchilld Joey Pierce join Mahtomedi sniper Adam Johnson among semifinal standouts


Day 2 boys' hockey All-Tournament Team

Day 2 boys' hockey All-Tournament Team

Blake's Joe Miller, Eden Prairie's Ben Steeves pad their highlight reels; Tommy Aitkin's brilliance crucial in St. Thomas Academy upset