Three Minnesotans are among the 22 American hockey officials who have been chosen to work at International Ice Hockey Federation tournaments in 2012.
Thomas Sterns of Prior Lake will be a referee at the World Junior Championships from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.
Dana Penkivech of Apple Valley will be a linesmen in the Division III World Junior Championships from Jan. 16-22 in Dunedin, New Zealand.
And Kristine Langley of St. Louis Park will be a referee at the Division II, Group A Women's World Championships from March 25-31 in Maribor, Slovenia.
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Sara Groenewegen put the Gophers softball team on her shoulders this weekend and carried her teammates to the Big Ten tournament title.
The Gophers opened 0-7 last season and struggled to a 21-30 final record. Their 2016 season starts Friday in Arizona.
The Gophers, who have won eight of their past nine games, have to stay hot in the stretch run to make the NCAA tournament.
The Gophers need to finish strong to make the NCAA field again.
The Gophers softball team beat Utah Valley 9-0 and No. 8 Oklahoma 1-0 on Friday in its first two games of the season.