Both the U.S. under-18 and under-22 select teams have 12 players with Minnesota ties. Each three-game series starts Wednesday in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Rob McClanahan was elevated from assistant coach after Greg May resigned as Blake's head coach to become director of operations for the University of Minnesota men's hockey team.
The U.S. under-18 squad used a late comeback and OT goal to even their series, while the under-22 team surged late to move to 2-0.
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Jim Bowers' operatic voice thrilled North Stars fans.
Jason Zucker was nearly traded twice by Paul Fenton, who was fired on Tuesday. "Names get floated all the time. I'm glad the trades didn't happen,'' Zucker said.
Fourteen months after he was brought on, Paul Fenton was fired by Craig Leipold. "It was a realization that our organization was a little different than what Paul was fitting into."
Stephanie Anderson, a forward from North St. Paul, spent the past two seasons playing for Chinese teams in the now-defunct Canadian Women's Hockey League.
The former Wild and Gophers forward is working his way back from a knee injury, and got married and traded in the offseason.