North Dakota’s Brock Boeser, a sophomore winger from Burnsville, underwent minor surgery on his right wrist on Wednesday in Minneapolis. Boeser, who led the NCHC with 27 goals and 60 points last season, tried to play through the injury the first 13 games this season and then missed the past five hoping his wrist would heal.
He is expected to return to the Fighting Hawks lineup sometime in January. He will not play for the U.S. team in the IIHF World Junior Championship starting later this month in Montreal and Toronto.
Boeser has seven goals and nine assists this season.
• Concordia (Moorhead) men’s basketball coach Rich Glas recently won his 600th game, becoming only the sixth active Division III coach to reach that milestone. It came Saturday when the Cobbers beat visiting St. Olaf 69-56. Glas’ record is 600-403 in his 37 seasons.
• Gophers All-America senior Luca Wieland was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after breaking his own school record in the heptathlon earlier this month. The native of Saarbrucken, Germany, took first in the heptathlon at the SDSU Holiday Open and Multi with 6,089 points — the third highest score in Big Ten history and the 12th highest in NCAA history.
• St. John’s senior center Ben Eli of Avon, Minn., was named to the American Football Coaches’ Association All-America first team. Eli anchored a line for an offense that averaged 425.3 yards per game, including 211.2 yards on the ground. He played for Albany High School.
• The Gophers women’s gymnastics program was ranked No. 16 in the preseason coaches poll, announced by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics. The Gophers placed 12th at the 2016 NCAA Championships, and won their third Big Ten regular-season title in the past four years.
• The Gophers men’s gymnastics team, ranked No. 4 in a preseason national coaches poll, had an intrasquad meet Wednesday at the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota placed sixth in the 2016 NCAA meet. The Gophers return three All-America gymnasts: senior Zach Liebler, junior Joel Gagnon and sophomore Justin Karstadt.
• Goalie Noora Raty and defenseman Mira Jalosuo, two former Gophers, will play for Finland in a four-team women’s hockey tournament starting Friday in Sweden. Also in the field are Germany and Russia.