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Jason Gonzalez is the Gophers men's hockey beat writer and part of the University of Minnesota sports coverage team. He has a hand in all Gophers athletics news and the happenings around the Big Ten. Read Jason's Ice Gold blog here
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Fans get royal treatment in stadium planning

Fans get royal treatment in stadium planning

U.S. Bank Stadium promises one of the best experiences in the NFL and new standard for watching any event at the new state-of-the-art facility.
Wild's top pick out to win fans over (despite Badgers roots)

Wild's top pick out to win fans over (despite Badgers roots)

"From the University of Wisconsin …," echoed throughout the X when Luke Kunin was taken in the NHL draft. The crowd didn't exactly go wild.
Two recent defeats don't concern Lynx too much

Two recent defeats don't concern Lynx too much

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said her team's foundation is solid even though it has lost the past two games by a combined 42 points.
Vikings legends remember Buddy Ryan, a longtime NFL coach

Vikings legends remember Buddy Ryan, a longtime NFL coach

Longtime NFL coach Buddy Ryan, who died Tuesday at age 82, spent two of his 27 seasons with the Vikings in 1976-77 as the defensive…
Kevin Love just might stay with Cavaliers

Kevin Love just might stay with Cavaliers

  Kevin Love seems to have a future in Cleveland. The aftermath of his redemptive effort in Game 7 of the NBA Finals has been…
A day to 'celebrate the excellence' as 12-0 Lynx meet 11-0 Sparks

A day to 'celebrate the excellence' as 12-0 Lynx meet 11-0 Sparks

The Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks will meet Tuesday afternoon in what is almost certainly the most-hyped regular-season game in WNBA history.
Sendejo's discipline may help in battle for starting spot

Sendejo's discipline may help in battle for starting spot

One year after his future with the team seemed uncertain, the Vikings rewarded Andrew Sendejo with a four-year contract extension worth $16 million.

WCHA switches playoff format to all on-campus games

The revised format is expected to draw more.
Gophers hockey recruit Mittelstadt to play next year at Eden Prairie

Gophers hockey recruit Mittelstadt to play next year at Eden Prairie

Speedy Eagles center Casey Mittelstadt said he will play for Green Bay in the USHL but return in time for his senior season.
Travel ban decision upsets, puzzles St. Cloud State baseball team

Travel ban decision upsets, puzzles St. Cloud State baseball team

Players, parents and fans of the highly ranked St. Cloud State Huskies were still trying to understand the news that dreams of playing for a national championship could be denied.
Minnesota teams barred from national baseball tournaments in NC

Minnesota teams barred from national baseball tournaments in NC

The Minnesota State College and Universities system announced that all sports travel is nonessential, meaning future trips to North Carolina would be prohibited.
Fantasy sports industry on verge of a big win at Minnesota Capitol

Fantasy sports industry on verge of a big win at Minnesota Capitol

But it's not silencing critics who say it's still gambling.
Vikings, Minneapolis want to host NFL draft – possibly as soon as 2018

Vikings, Minneapolis want to host NFL draft – possibly as soon as 2018

Team suggests new Eagan practice site could hold event.
Big Ten will not pursue Arizona State for hockey

Big Ten will not pursue Arizona State for hockey

A source involved in the conversations between the school and conference confirmed that the Big Ten will not extend an invitation to the nation's newest Division I program.
Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III wants to put together a balanced team

Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III wants to put together a balanced team

His approach will be focused on building the best pairings instead of just the best 12 players.
'Keep an open mind' Twins ask fans who don't like new safety netting

'Keep an open mind' Twins ask fans who don't like new safety netting

Cindy Redmond and Bruce Kane sat shoulder to shoulder a few rows behind the first base dugout Monday afternoon. Their perspectives were markedly different.

Gophers recruits Ryan Lindgren, Casey Mittelstadt defend program

Both say critics of Don Lucia's team are too harsh.
Twins opinions from all over

Twins opinions from all over

The Twins' young talent is elevating the outside perception of the organization, but the excitement doesn't stop with the rookies. The experts are relatively positive…

Sunday Q&A with Runar Arnorsson and Sean Donnelly, Gophers record-holders

One shot a 62 on the golf course, the other threw a hammer more than 74 meters.
College hockey referee who tripped on ice before tourney game dies

College hockey referee who tripped on ice before tourney game dies

Butch Mousseaux was injured at the WCHA Final Five during warmups before the Ferris State-Michigan Tech game. It was reported that he fell, hitting his head on the ice.
With Banham gone, Gophers women will seek more balanced scoring

With Banham gone, Gophers women will seek more balanced scoring

Marlene Stollings said the Gophers were 'obviously' trying to hide some defensive weaknesses with the way they used star Rachel Banham. She vowed that will change.
Seven teams helps Big Ten hockey, but what about eight?

Seven teams helps Big Ten hockey, but what about eight?

Will an eighth Big Ten hockey team be added? The question came quickly from fans after Tuesday's news of Notre Dame joining in 2017. There are possibilities spread from coast to coast:
Notre Dame to join Big Ten in hockey in 2017-18

Notre Dame to join Big Ten in hockey in 2017-18

The Fighting Irish will be the Big Ten's seventh hockey program.
Fasching leaves Gophers for pros, but others aren't likely to follow

Fasching leaves Gophers for pros, but others aren't likely to follow

Hudson Fasching's departure is significant, but the better news for Gophers fans is that not many will follow him off campus this spring.
On court, on gridiron, Badgers on unmatched run of excellence

On court, on gridiron, Badgers on unmatched run of excellence

The Badgers will play in a third consecutive Sweet 16 this week and are the only remaining team to achieve this feat. They played in the past two Final Fours and finished national runner-up a year ago.
For 3 Minnesota college hockey teams, it's titles or bust this weekend

For 3 Minnesota college hockey teams, it's titles or bust this weekend

Only St. Cloud State is in firm position to make the NCAA tournament. The U, UMD and Mankato have work to do.

Gophers clinch Big Ten regular-season hockey title

The bigger prize would be a conference tournament championship next weekend.
Badgers edge Gophers, deny them Big Ten hockey title for now

Badgers edge Gophers, deny them Big Ten hockey title for now

Minnesota appeared to tie the score with five seconds left, but the goal was waived off.
Ex-Totino-Grace player begins 'long recovery' after paralyzing injury

Ex-Totino-Grace player begins 'long recovery' after paralyzing injury

Matt Olson, a onetime standout defenseman at Totino-Grace, remains unable to move his arms or legs after he stumbled and fell headfirst into the boards while chasing down the puck during a junior hockey game.
Things to do outdoors today: Play golf, watch baseball

Things to do outdoors today: Play golf, watch baseball

Several golf courses across the Twin Cities and beyond have decided to open, and college baseball teams are shaking up their schedules for the chance to play outside.
Wild win comes with big assists from former Gophers

Wild win comes with big assists from former Gophers

U alums Vanek, Haula and Reilly come up strong in big game back where they started.
Outdoor family night a reminder about having fun for Wild

Outdoor family night a reminder about having fun for Wild

Everyone from grandparents to former teammates took to the TCF Bank Stadium ice.
From football field to hockey rink: Makeover at TCF Bank Stadium

From football field to hockey rink: Makeover at TCF Bank Stadium

Last week's frigid temperatures actually meant it was too cold to make ice for the first outdoor NHL game to be played in Minnesota.
Gophers star Amanda Kessel returns to women's hockey team

Gophers star Amanda Kessel returns to women's hockey team

Kessel missed the last two seasons with the Gophers. She suffered a concussion while playing for the USA in Sochi.
After a big comeback against Purdue, Gophers wrestle No. 2 Iowa next

After a big comeback against Purdue, Gophers wrestle No. 2 Iowa next

Junior Ben Morgan had a memorable duals debut.
Not just Jared: Minnesota connections in Super Bowl

Not just Jared: Minnesota connections in Super Bowl

T hough the Vikings aren't playing in the Super Bowl, it doesn't mean Minnesota's presence won't be felt. We've found several connections to the Vikings or…
Wild seeks to go into All-Star break feeling good about itself

Wild seeks to go into All-Star break feeling good about itself

After Saturday's 4-3 loss at San Jose, Wild coach Mike Yeo recalled that the final game before last year's NHL All-Star break turned into a "real rallying point" for his team.
Lucia tells criticized hockey players he's proud of them

Lucia tells criticized hockey players he's proud of them

Despite negativity flaring up after three months of playing losing hockey, Don Lucia has been impressed with how his young group works.

Daily fantasy sports: Here to stay in Minnesota?

The Legislature is expected to take up the growing conundrum surrounding daily fantasy sports when Minnesota lawmakers convene for the year on March 8.
Lucia feels the heat but wants to keep his seat as Gophers coach

Lucia feels the heat but wants to keep his seat as Gophers coach

Don Lucia has experienced both championship celebrations and the fury of Gophers hockey fans over the years. He said that some people have wanted him gone for years because he's not a Minnesota graduate.
Yeo builds some play time into Wild's practice

Yeo builds some play time into Wild's practice

The Wild spent 60 minutes Sunday afternoon with the team's part-time skating and skills instructor, Aaron Ness, trying to work out the kinks that have led to four straight losses and back-to-back shutouts.
Third-period goals help Gophers hockey sweep Michigan State

Third-period goals help Gophers hockey sweep Michigan State

The Gophers are above .500 this season after sweeping Michigan State.
Gophers hockey scores early, often in rout of Michigan State

Gophers hockey scores early, often in rout of Michigan State

Hudson Fasching scored two goals for the second straight game and Leon Bristedt compiled three assists for the Gophers in a 5-2 victory.
Vikings rookie CB Waynes believes he can make bigger impact

Vikings rookie CB Waynes believes he can make bigger impact

With Terence Newman becoming a free agent, there is a chance Waynes could slide into a starting role next season.
Vikings notes: Third-coldest game in NFL history sees temperature hit 6 below

Vikings notes: Third-coldest game in NFL history sees temperature hit 6 below

The frigid conditions evidently had an impact on the flow of the wild-card matchup that ended with Seattle rallying and then holding on for a 10-9 victory.
Vikings notes: Turner says the cold won't move him to change game plan

Vikings notes: Turner says the cold won't move him to change game plan

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner doesn't expect the extreme cold to largely affect the Vikings' play-calling in Sunday's wild-card game against Seattle at TCF Bank Stadium.
Vikings to cope with cold in different ways

Vikings to cope with cold in different ways

The Vikings haven't had an outdoor home playoff game since 1976. Sunday's will be one for the (weather) record books.
Zimmer: 'Spotty' Bridgewater needs to settle down

Zimmer: 'Spotty' Bridgewater needs to settle down

The Vikings quarterback's bad game came after three quality outings against Arizona, Chicago and the New York Giants in which he combined for 734 passing yards, five touchdown passes, no interceptions and an average passer rating of 118.6.
After one-game return, Vikings' Joseph likely to sit out again

After one-game return, Vikings' Joseph likely to sit out again

Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph missed a third consecutive practice Friday and is doubtful for Sunday's regular-season finale at Green Bay.
Vikings Peterson sets sights on third NFL rushing title

Vikings Peterson sets sights on third NFL rushing title

Adrian Peterson can become only the second player to win an NFL rushing title after age 30.
Zimmer is happy to have Vikings skilled trio back

Zimmer is happy to have Vikings skilled trio back

A few seconds into Mike Zimmer's news conference on Monday, the Vikings coach emphasized the importance of having safety Harrison Smith, nose tackle Linval Joseph and linebacker Anthony Barr back on the field together Sunday night in a 49-17 victory over the New York Giants.
Vikings notes: Zimmer grateful to U as TCF Bank Stadium stay nears its end

Vikings notes: Zimmer grateful to U as TCF Bank Stadium stay nears its end

The Vikings played their final regular-season game at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday night. The two-year relationship with the University of Minnesota whizzed by for…
Vikings notes: Third-down conversions show a turnaround

Vikings notes: Third-down conversions show a turnaround

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been nearly perfect when passing on third down over the past two weeks.
Vikings notes: Peterson OK after ankle injury

Vikings notes: Peterson OK after ankle injury

Adrian Peterson said he knew his first-half left ankle injury wasn't serious, "but it hurt like heck initially."
Vikings notes: Joseph could return for Bears game; Barr, Smith both out

Vikings notes: Joseph could return for Bears game; Barr, Smith both out

The Vikings' injured defensive corps didn't make much progress this week with two of their three top players ruled out and the other questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.
Given chance to play, rookie safety Harris led Vikings in tackles

Given chance to play, rookie safety Harris led Vikings in tackles

Undrafted free agent Anthony Harris had eight tackles last week in his first start for the Vikings.
No Viking misses injured nose tackle Joseph more than Floyd

No Viking misses injured nose tackle Joseph more than Floyd

Sharrif Floyd has spent the past two weeks filling in for Linval Joseph, out because of a toe injury, while Tom Johnson has taken over Floyd's position at the three-technique tackle spot.
Zimmer breaks down Vikings' final offensive play

Zimmer breaks down Vikings' final offensive play

The Cardinals strip-sacked Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on third-and-10 from the Arizona 31 and recovered the ball with 5 seconds remaining.
Wild notes: Dubnyk skips two-game road trip to heal

Wild notes: Dubnyk skips two-game road trip to heal

Devan Dubnyk, hampered by a groin strain, stayed behind for the Wild's two-game western road trip. Darcy Kuemper will start his second consecutive game Friday night at Arizona.
Vikings add a pair of safeties as Exum goes on IR

Vikings add a pair of safeties as Exum goes on IR

The Vikings signed safeties Shaun Prater and Anthony Harris to the 53-man roster Tuesday and placed safety Antone Exum Jr. on injured reserve.
Four injured Vikings safeties miss practice, and three others on defense

Four injured Vikings safeties miss practice, and three others on defense

The Vikings practiced without four safeties, two linebackers and a nose tackle on Monday and it'll be at least a few weeks until safety Antone Exum Jr. is back on the field.
Eight carries leave Peterson flustered over Vikings' play-calling

Eight carries leave Peterson flustered over Vikings' play-calling

Peterson wasn't happy with his team's play-calling a week after he ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns at Atlanta. He said the Vikings were outcoached and outplayed.
Fresh start, lesser competition: Gophers open Big Ten hockey

Fresh start, lesser competition: Gophers open Big Ten hockey

The Big Ten has gone through growing pains since forming in 2013-14 and has earned only three NCAA tournament bids, two of which were automatic.
Vikings tight end Rudolph drops his embarrassment

Vikings tight end Rudolph drops his embarrassment

Tight end Kyle Rudolph has gotten past his gaffe in Oakland with superb blocking and a long TD catch vs. Packers.
Line takes blame for part of Vikings' woes

Line takes blame for part of Vikings' woes

The line accounted for three of the Vikings' eight penalties — a fourth was declined — and allowed six sacks in the 30-13 loss to the Packers.
Vikings notes: Defense helps Lacy to his first 100-yard day of 2015

Vikings notes: Defense helps Lacy to his first 100-yard day of 2015

Eddie Lacy continued his success against the Vikings by running for 100 yards on 22 carries in Green Bay’s 30-13 victory Sunday at TCF…
Gophers use clock well against Illinois at end of first half

Gophers use clock well against Illinois at end of first half

The Gophers scored on Illinois just before the half on a 15-play drive.
Vikings' Hunter hoping for sack in first shot at Packers' QB

Vikings' Hunter hoping for sack in first shot at Packers' QB

Danielle Hunter, the NFL's youngest player, seeks a sack of a superstar to add to rookie achievements.
Vikings rookies to get first taste of Packers rivalry

Vikings rookies to get first taste of Packers rivalry

Many of the young faces around the Vikings locker room are still new to the rivalry with Green Bay. Rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs said Monday he hasn't heard much about it, and first-year defensive end Danielle Hunter couldn't say much about it.

Gophers fall 3-2 to MSU Mankato in overtime

The Gophers frittered away prosperity, losing a 2-goal lead with 3:30 left.
Scorers finally show up for Gophers hockey in victory over MSU Mankato

Scorers finally show up for Gophers hockey in victory over MSU Mankato

Lettieri and Cammarata got goals, and renewed confidence, in U's victory.
Gophers, MSU Mankato both hope hockey rebounds continue

Gophers, MSU Mankato both hope hockey rebounds continue

In-state rivals meet this weekend hoping to build on recent successes.
Zimmer says Vikings have to keep winning close games

Zimmer says Vikings have to keep winning close games

The past two victories had game-ending field goals, and the combined margin of victory during the current four-game winning streak is only 21 points.
Vikings notes: Linebacker Cole lost for the season after fracturing ankle

Vikings notes: Linebacker Cole lost for the season after fracturing ankle

The Vikings lost middle linebacker Audie Cole for the season after he fractured his right ankle in Sunday's 21-18 victory against St. Louis.
Keeping penalties down becoming part of the Vikings' culture

Keeping penalties down becoming part of the Vikings' culture

It's no fluke that the Vikings are NFL's least-penalized team. Zimmer demands it.
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