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February 12
1980 Team USA earned unlikely tie in first taste of real competition

1980 Team USA earned unlikely tie in first taste of real competition

The team's path toward its miracle began 40 years ago Wednesday, a 2-2 tie with Sweden in a game that afterward felt just as good as a win
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February 11
New book "Tourney Time" captures the essence of Minnesota's crown jewel hockey event

New book "Tourney Time" captures the essence of Minnesota's crown jewel hockey event

The authors, both with connections to the Star Tribune, went behind-the-scenes to tell the boys' state hockey tournament's stories in vivid detail.
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February 7
Final exhibition for 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team was a big flop on a big stage

Final exhibition for 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team was a big flop on a big stage

Second in a series of occasional posts looking back 40 years to the Miracle on Ice.
Wild
February 5
United States Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks, speaks to members of the team during a break in practice

1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team took long, tiring road to Lake Placid

Before the start of the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., Team USA played a 60-game build-up at arenas from Madison Square Garden to Minnesota's Iron Range.
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January 16
Doug Woog named Hockey Legacy Award recipient

Doug Woog named Hockey Legacy Award recipient

The late Gophers coach was honored for his years of service to hockey.
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January 16
Hockey Day Minnesota: What to watch; how to watch

Hockey Day Minnesota: What to watch; how to watch

FSN's 16 hours of coverage includes five games and a variety of hockey stories.
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January 15
Hockey Day Minnesota conjures memories both frozen and fun

Hockey Day Minnesota conjures memories both frozen and fun

A creation of Fox Sports North and the Minnesota Wild to showcase the sport, Hockey Day Minnesota drops the puck for its 14th time -- this one a three-day event outdoors at Parade Stadium on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis.
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January 10

Cottage Grove peewee dazzles with lacrosse-style goal

Thirteen-year-old Jackson Rudh imitated NHL star's Andrei Svechnikov, successfully, in a recent game at Cottage Grove Arena.
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January 9

Lights, camera, hockey action! Two local filmmakers do it all "4 The Love of Puck"

Directors and producers Adam Howard and Casimir Semlak, former Mounds View High School hockey players, have chronicled hockey's culture from Europe to California to St. Paul.
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January 3
Goalie Skylar Vetter of Lakeville led Team USA onto the ice for the gold medal game against Canada in the Under-18 Women's World Championship. Vetter

Team USA's under-18 women's world championship comes with big assist from Minnesota

Minnetonka's Maggie Nicholson had the assist on the winning goal in Team USA's thrilling, 2-1 overtime win over Canada, and Lakeville's Skylar Vetter made 31 saves. The team, which had 12 players with Minnesota ties, was coached by Minnesota Duluth's Maura Crowell.
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December 31, 2019
Brannon McManus, left, and tournament MVP Jack LaFontaine celebrated after the Gophers defeated St. Cloud State 4-1 on Sunday to win the Mariucci Clas

Gophers men's hockey team hopes Mariucci Classic title can be a second-half springboard

Coach Bob Motzko's team had back-to-back strong efforts to win the all-Minnesota tournament. Now the team's challenge is to sustain that good play.
Gophers
December 27, 2019
The "Wooger'' jerseys the Gophers will wear Saturday night in the Mariucci Classic.

Gophers to honor 'Wooger' during Mariucci Classic

The team will wear gold jerseys with "Wooger'' name plate, plus a patch, on Saturday night to pay tribute to former player and coach Doug Woog.
Gophers
December 27, 2019
Mariucci Classic features star power, impact players

Mariucci Classic features star power, impact players

The Gophers, Bemidji State, Minnesota State Mankato and St. Cloud State play in an all-Minnesota tournament on Saturday and Sunday, and each team has a player that could be the 'X' factor.
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December 18, 2019
White Bear Lake goalie Tyler Steffens prepared to make a save against Hill-Murray during the Bears' 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday night at Aldrich Arena

White Bear Lake tops Hill-Murray as rivals put on a thrilling show

In a matchup of unbeaten boys' teams, the Bears emerged with a 3-2 overtime win in front of a boisterous crowd at Aldrich Arena.
Gophers
December 17, 2019
Doug Woog, who died Saturday at age 75, guided the Gophers to six Frozen Four berths, but the national championship eluded him. He had a near-miss in

National title that got away won't define former U coach Woog

On April 1, 1989, the Gophers came within a couple of inches of winning what would have been the only NCAA championship for Doug Woog, who died on Saturday.
Gophers
December 17, 2019
Upon his hiring as Gophers men's hockey coach in 2018, Bob Motzko was flanked by Doug Woog, left, the coach from 1985-99, and Don Lucia, the coach fro

'The Wooger' made impact when U's Motzko was a young coach

Minnesota's men's hockey coach Bob Motzko learned a lot from Doug Woog, on and off the ice. "He became an iconic figure of the people for the sport of hockey.''
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December 13, 2019
Girls and boys Outdoor Classics on tap at Roseville's Oval

Girls and boys Outdoor Classics on tap at Roseville's Oval

Hundreds of youth hockey players will hit the ice Saturday at the Guardian John Rose MN Oval for a pair of hockey celebrations.
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December 13, 2019
Krissy Wendell spoke to reporters before being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Thursday in Washington.

Krissy Wendell, Jack Blatherwick honored at U.S. Hockey Hall ceremony

Wendell was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, while Blatherwick received the Lester Patrick Trophy for oustanding service to U.S. hockey.
Gophers
December 13, 2019
Gophers forward Brannon McManus scored against Minnesota Duluth goalie Hunter Shepard in 2018.

Holiday goals: A Christmas wish list for men's college hockey teams

From improved goaltending to bravery on the road, check out what the Beavers, Huskies, Bulldogs, Mavericks and Gophers could use.
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December 11, 2019
Wild captain Mikko Koivu prepared to take the ice for Tuesday's pregame ceremony.

Wild throws a fitting tribute to captain Mikko Koivu

Although the team's 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim was disappointing, the celebration of Koivu's 1,000th NHL game and visits from his old friends warmed hearts on a frigid night.
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December 10, 2019
Minnesota State goalie Dryden McKay has four shutouts and a 1.06 goals-against average for the No. 1-ranked Mavericks

Impromptu visit to Mankato shows Mavericks hockey has something going on

With the nation's top-ranked men's team and a fun downtown experience, Minnesota State hockey is a hidden gem.
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December 9, 2019
Boston College goalie Spencer Knight has a 1.73 goals-against average.

College hockey weekend rewind: Boston College, North Dakota keep rolling

The Eagles have won nine straight, while UND posted an impressive road sweep. Trending the other way: Denver and Wisconsin.
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December 9, 2019
Gophers defenseman Ryan Johnson, center, was selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

U.S. world junior preliminary roster features Gophers' Ryan Johnson, three Minnesotans

Denver's Bobby Brink, Wisconsin's K'Andre Miller and Notre Dame's Trevor Janicke also made the 28-player roster, which participate in a training camp Dec. 16-17.
Wild
December 6, 2019
The Wild's Mats Zuccarello, right, celebrated with Jason Zucker after scoring the go-ahead goal in the third period of Minnesota's 5-4 victory over Ta

The Wild in the playoffs? Suddenly, the notion isn't so far-fetched

By beating Tampa Bay on Thursday night, coach Bruce Boudreau's team won its fifth consecutive game and sits in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.
Gophers
December 4, 2019
Gophers goalie Sydney Scobee earned WCHA and NCAA honors after stopping 48 of 50 shots during the Country Classic in Nashville.

For Gophers women's hockey, playing in Nashville like a bowl trip

Coach Brad Frost's team took in Music City's sights and sounds, bought cowboy hats and played a couple of strong games.

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