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Frmer Minnesota Duluth assistant Brett Larson led the Huskies to their first NCAA Division I championship game in April. The extension runs through 2028.
Three-star recruit Zach Evans is the nation's 46th-rated running back in the recruiting Class of 2022, according to 247Sports' composite rankings of major recruiting services.
The longtime Twin Cities sports executive will take the reins of the Tier I junior league from Tom Garrity in July,
The Tommies advanced to the best-of-three final series, but lost the first two games to the Maryland school in St. Thomas' final Division III competition.
Joel Johnson has been Minnesota's women's team's associate head coach for the past 11 years and is serving as interim coach of the U.S. Women's National Team.
The team appeared in seven Game 7s, going 3-4 but producing some interesting moments along the way.
The decision put the Wild on the power play, leading to its second goal. "It was a challenge that everyone felt we should take," one Vegas player said.
The visit from the Buckeyes will mark the first time (in a non-pandemic season) that the Gophers will open at home in more than a quarter-century.
Relaxed COVID-19 restrictions allowed for more than 11,000 to watch Vegas and Minnesota on Monday night.
After going 0-for-2 in six minutes with the man advantage in Saturday's 4-0 Game 4 loss to Vegas, the Wild power play is 0-for-8 in the series, and coach Dean Evason is looking for answers.
After winning the season series with Vegas, the Wild has witnessed a different story in the playoffs.
The Vegas defenseman had two assists Thursday night as his team rolled to a 5-2 victory.
The camp in Blaine from June 1-6 will be key in determining the roster for the U.S. in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
With postseason hockey back at Xcel Center on Thursday, here's our list of the Wild's most memorable home playoff games.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba bristled at being labeled underdogs to the Golden Knights.
Former Wild draft pick Alex Tuch played on Vegas' top line in Game 1, bringing speed and energy.
A series that immediately became intriguing resumes late Tuesday in Las Vegas, and the Wild can expect some pushback from the Golden Knights.
A scoreless game set the stage for the young center's most important goal.
The Wild won the regular-season series, but the stakes get raised as the teams prepare to open on the Strip.
He will be in the postseason with a third NHL team, after previously playing for Florida and Pittsburgh.
A solid regular season gave Minnesota the No. 3 seed and a first-round matchup with Vegas. So, what might make this postseason different for the Wild? Hint: He wears No. 97.
A visit from Ohio State and a trip to Minnesota Duluth are the early highlights of Minnesota's 2021-22 season.
Gardenhire would have to settle for some energy but little fun, no victory and only two hits from his team from his team in its lopsided loss to the Iowa Cubs.
The remainder of the home schedule will be filled by Alaska, Mercyhurst and the six other Big Ten teams. The Mariucci Classic will not be played.
The NCAA men's runner-up Huskies face the Tommies in a home-and-home series on Oct. 2-3 before meeting Minnesota State Mankato, the Gophers and Wisconsin later that month.
The Tommies men will make their Division I debut in 2021-22, while the Mavericks are coming off their first Frozen Four appearance.
Three homers in first two innings vs. No. 19 Michigan fueled a fitting senior send-off, as well as making a case for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Wild took offense when Vegas players went after rookie standout Kirill Kaprizov in their last game. Coach Dean Evason liked how his team responded to the illegal hit.
For the first round of the playoffs, the Wild plans to be at 25% capacity — approximately 4,500 fans. Wild season ticket-holders will have the chance to purchase tickets starting next week.
Tom Palkowski coached the Tommies for 14 years and earned the 2019 Division III national women's hockey coach of the year award.
Defensive lineman Keonte Schad played in 17 games over the past two seasons, making 21 tackles.
The game kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Rashod Bateman is joining a team that was last in the NFL in passing yards per game last season and doesn't have a high-profile wide receiver.
Quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Trey Lance went with the first three selections. The Vikings traded down and took Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw at No. 23; the U's Rashod Bateman went to Baltimore four picks later.
The Gophers posted a 3-4 record and saw their offense take a step back from its record-setting 2019 ways. It all came during the coronavirus pandemic and amid the emotionally charged backdrop of the city of Minneapolis.
Hockey East claims it's "State of Hockey," but Minnesota can make a strong rebuttal.
UMass gave the Huskies no room to operate on the ice, dominating a 5-0 victory
He had the overtime goal in a semifinal win over UMD.
Brett Larson and the Huskies navigated a season filled with challenges brought on by COVID-19.
St. Cloud State and Massachusetts meet for the Division I men's championship. The Huskies lineup hasn't changed from the semifinals, while the Minutemen return two key players to their lineup.
LaFontaine, who went 22-7 this season, has announced that he will return to the Gophers next season.
The nation's leading goal scorer, Caufield has signed with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Bulldogs delivered big moment after big moment in the postseason before getting clipped by Massachusetts on Thursday.
St. Cloud State and Massachusetts are the last teams standings, and Randy Johnson provides updates leading into Saturday's NCAA championship game.
The Bulldogs gave up a one-goal lead in the third period, and lost late in the first overtime when former Gophers player Garrett Wait scored for UMass.
Nolan Walker redirected a shot from the point with 54 seconds remaining, sending St. Cloud State to its first NCAA title game.
Minnesota State Mankato won its first two NCAA Division I tournament games this season and a fourth WCHA regular-season title in a row.
St. Cloud State and Minnesota State Mankato start things off with the first semifinal at 4 p.m. (Central). In the 8 p.m. semifinal, Minnesota Duluth faces Massachusetts and will be without goalie Ryan Fanti.
The semifinals start this afternoon with St. Cloud State vs. Minnesota State at 4 p.m., followed by UMD playing UMass.
When Minnesota State Mankato meets St. Cloud State, and Minnesota Duluth takes on Massachusetts in the Frozen Four semifinals, there will be no shortage of star power.
The Huskies are playing in their second Frozen Four, making their debut in 2013 with a 4-1 semifinal loss to Quinnipiac. The Mavericks are playing in their first Frozen Four.
Coach Greg Carvel isn't about to concede anything to Minnesota Duluth in a rematch of the 2019 national championship game.
The Bulldogs are playing in their fourth consecutive Frozen Four and have won the past two, 2-1 over Notre Dame in 2018 and 3-0 over Massachusetts in 2019.
All four teams are practicing Wednesday for the first time since arriving in Pennsylvania on Monday, and virtual news conferences are following the drills. Randy Johnson will be updating throughout the afternoon.
St. Cloud State, Minnesota State and UMD all qualified for this week's Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. It's a sense of shared accomplishment among the teams and their communities.
Carson Gicewicz and Filip Lindberg are among four Minutemen players who are out of Thursday's semifinal because of COVID-19 contact tracing protocols.
Sophomore Jared Moe, who played high school hockey for Holy Family, announced that he's transferring to Wisconsin.
Mike Hastings won the Spencer Penrose Award after leading the Mavericks to their first NCAA Frozen Four berth.
But UMass hopes to spoil the Minnesota party.
Jack LaFontaine's decision solidified Minnesota's goaltending situation, as backup Jared Moe has entered the transfer portal.
Mike Hastings, Scott Sandelin and Brett Larson are good friends chasing the same goal – the national title. Along the way, they haven't been hesitant to share knowledge.
The goalie joins North Dakota forward Shane Pinto and Wisconsin forward Cole Caufield as finalists for the award that honors the top player in men's college hockey.
The team includes 14 members of the gold medal-winning 2018 Olympic team.
Three state teams will make Minnesota the dominant presence at the Frozen Four. But Bob Motzko's Gophers went from No. 1 region seed to a spot on the sidelines.
Here's a look at the impact of each of the five teams from Minnesota in the NCAA men's hockey tournament, which will feature three state teams in the Frozen Four.
The Mavericks played the Gophers' kind of game — grabbing an early lead and controlling the puck — to earn the program's first trip to the Frozen Four.
Shutout of Gophers comes a day after Mavericks finally get first NCAA victory.
The Bulldogs advanced to their fourth consecutive Frozen Four when a little-used freshman scored in the longest game in NCAA tournament history.
Bob Motzko's Gophers and Mike Hastings' Minnesota State Mankato team meet in the NCAA West Regional final on Sunday night in Loveland, Colo.
The Gophers face MSU Mankato for a Frozen Four berth on Sunday.
The Mavericks earned their first NCAA tournament victory in dramatic fashion.
One of these two Minnesota schools will be in the Frozen Four.
It begins Saturday with St. Cloud State playing at noon and ends with the Gophers starting at 9 p.m. In between, Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth are playing for Frozen Four berths.
When Bob Motzko was introduced as Gophers men's hockey coach three years ago, he didn't shy away from the expectations that go hand-in-hand with the job.
The Gophers, the lone remaining Big Ten team in the field, face a battle-tested Mavericks team.