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Minnesota hockey, from ponds to pros.


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


Some fans cringe as private schools dominate 2A hockey semifinals

St. Thomas Academy's student section celebrated after the Cadets scored during their 3-2 upset of top-seeded Andover on Thursday night in the Class 2A

The unofficial rooting protocol for the boys' state tournament has often followed this order: Northern Minnesota schools, Twin Cities public schools, suburban public schools, Edina and private schools.


Ticket-holder who attended first 75 state tournaments remembered

Ticket-holder who attended first 75 state tournaments remembered

Bill Murray died in January at age 97 having attended the first 75 state tournaments. He held season tickets since at least 1956, the year the Minnesota State High School League began keeping track.


Legendary prep coach Ikola getting statue at Edina's Braemar Arena

Legendary prep coach Ikola getting statue at Edina's Braemar Arena

The unveiling of a life-sized statue of the hounds-tooth cap wearing Willard Ikola, who guided Edina to eight state championships in his 33-year career, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.


Wednesday's Class 1A blowouts promise compelling semifinals on Friday

Defending champion St. Cloud Cathedral celebrated one of its 11 goals against Mankato East/Loyola during Thursday's Class 1A quarterfinal at Xcel Ener

While running-time victories by Warroad, St. Cloud Cathedral and Hermantown might not have been must-see TV, that dominance set up semifinals to savor.