The Star Tribune is proud to announce a new hockey beat, adding a layer to our traditional coverage of high school, college and pro hockey. From the ponds to the pros, if it has anything do with hockey and Minnesota, this new report will have it.

Randy Johnson is the Puck Drop reporter and editor. Our former college hockey and football reporter has been a passionate follower of hockey for decades.

We want readers to play a leading role, too. Connect with us via e-mail at or on Twitter at @PuckDropMN, and sign up for the e-mail report to see more opportunities starting next week.

CHRIS CARR, Sports Editor