Wild
May 22
Vancouver's J.T. Miller tried to score as Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk blocked the net at Xcel Energy Center in January. The Wild would face the Canucks i

NHL players approve 24-team playoff proposal, but many other hurdles remain

The Wild would qualify for the expanded postseason, facing the Canucks.
Gophers
May 22
Alabama Huntsville has been an NCAA Division I team since 1988-89 and spent the past seven years in the WCHA.

Alabama Huntsville eliminating its men's hockey program immediately

Financial issues brought on by the coronavirus pandemic prompted the school to drop the Division I sport, plus two others. That leaves the WCHA with nine teams for the 2020-21 season.
Puck Drop
May 22
Boyd Paavlova submitted this 1960 U.S. Olympic jersey, worn by his father, Rod Paavola, a member of that gold medal-winning team.

Sweet Sweaters: The Tournament

We've picked our final 16 of favorite hockey sweaters their their stories submitted by readers, and now we're playing them down to the Fabulous Four. This week, it's the Sandelin Regional.
Wild
May 22
Eric Staal spoke on a Zoom teleconference Thursday.

Staal on finishing NHL season: 'I have a hard time envisioning it'

The latest return-to-play scenario reportedly being considered for pro hockey wouldn't wrap up the regular season nor jump to a normal playoff structure.
Wild
May 22
Under an NHL Return to Play scenario that includes 24 teams, the Wild and Canucks could face off in a five-game play-in series.

Lessons and hope after 10 weeks of hockey's upheaval

We've learned terms like "social distancing'' and "flattening the curve'' since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in March. Now, the NHL is taking steps toward returning, a sign of hope for many.
Puck Drop
May 15
Whitecaps players celebrated their 1-0 overtime victory over the Metropolitan Riveters on March 8 at Tria Rink in St. Paul.

NWHL cancels Isobel Cup Final between Whitecaps and Boston Pride

The Whitecaps, who won the NWHL title in 2019, were aiming for a repeat in Boston before the pandemic.
Gophers
May 15
Tom Chorske, a former standout for the Gophers and a Stanley Cup winner with the New Jersey Devils, is the general manager of the NAHL's St. Cloud Nor

Ex-Gophers Chorske, Millen putting their brand on St. Cloud hockey

Tom Chorske and Corey Millen are GM and coach, respectively, for the newly renamed St. Cloud Norsemen, a North American Hockey League team that's had problems on and off the ice.
Gophers
May 15
Gophers men's hockey coach Bob Motzko.

Mankato, Duluth, Bemidji, UND: Motzko emphasizes hockey rivalries

Even before the coronavirus pandemic prompted schools to cut costs by trimming travel, Motzko wanted to play Minnesota's other Division I teams and North Dakota.
Puck Drop
May 15
South St. Paul coach Dave Palmquist and Holy Angels coach Lynn Olson flanked Packers eighth-grade forward Kelly Kegley in a commemorative photo later

Breaking the ice: One game started it all for girls' high school hockey

South St. Paul defeated Holy Angels 8-0, but the significance of that night in 1994 goes much deeper than the final score.
Gophers
May 14
Bob Motzko, who was named Big Ten Hockey Coach of the Year on Monday, guided the Gophers to a 16-14-7 record with a team that featured 19 freshmen or

Honored by Big Ten, Motzko has reason for optimism for U hockey

After being named Big Ten Coach of the Year, Bob Motzko is eager to see what a Gophers team that had 19 freshmen or sophomores last season can do to improve.
Gophers
May 12
The Mankato Civic Center, home of the Minnesota State Mavericks, was dark after the cancellation of the season due to the coronavirus.

College hockey mailbag: On attendance and expectations for 2020-21

If or when college hockey returns, how will it look for fans? The coronavirus pandemic makes that uncertain.
May 11
Fans watched an Iowa Wild game from the VIP area at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

American Hockey League cancels rest of season, playoffs

While the Calder Cup will not be handed out for the first time since 1936, the 31-team AHL hopes to return next season.
Gophers
May 11
Bob Motzko led the Gophers to a second-place tie in the Big Ten in 2019-20.

U's Motzko named Big Ten coach of the year in men's hockey

Bob Motzko, in his second year as Gophers coach, led Minnesota to a 16-14-7 record and second place in the Big Ten. Player honors were announced, too.
Vikings
May 7
Pro sports mailbags: From Vikings problems to next season's rosters.

Pro sports mailbags: From Vikings problems to next season's rosters.

Reporters who cover Minnesota's six major pro sports teams took your questions via Twitter and email this week. Here are their answers to some of the biggest issues you raised.
Gophers
May 1
Bemidji State goalie Lauren Bench.

Gophers women's hockey team lands goalie transfer from Bemidji State

Lauren Bench, who'll join Minnesota as a graduate transfer, started 31 games for the Beavers in 2019-20 and played in 63 over the past three seasons.
Gophers
May 1
Long Island University's women's hockey team played its inaugural season in 2019-20 and had immediate success, winning its conference tournament. LIU

Good hockey news: Long Island U plans to go Division I next season

The coronavirus pandemic has cast a cloud over the college sports world. Then came Thursday, when LIU revealed that it's adding Division I men's hockey.
Duluth
April 30
Minnesota Duluth associate head coach Jason Herter, right, with head coach Scott Sandelin

UMD assistant coach Herter leaving to pursue new hockey opportunities

The associate head coach under Scott Sandelin was part of the Bulldogs' back-to-back NCAA championship teams. He has head coaching and general manager experience in the USHL.
Puck Drop
April 29
Gophers forward Alex Woken

Whitecaps select Gophers in first two rounds of NWHL draft

Forward Alex Woken and defender Patti Marshall are the latest players with Minnesota connections to join the team. The draft concludes with the third through fifth rounds Wednesday night.
Gophers
April 21
Bemidji State is one of seven teams that will leave the WCHA for the new CCHA following the 2020-21 season.

College hockey mailbag: Navigating the sport's uncertain future

Answers about the WCHA, the new CCHA and the Gophers all come with the qualifier that the coronavirus pandemic continues to make everything a moving target.
Gophers
April 20
Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman

Report: Illinois puts varsity hockey plans on hold during coronavirus fallout

Athletic director Josh Whitman told the Champaign News-Gazette that he's hopeful it's "a short-term pause and not a long-term no.'' He had planned to announce a Division I men's team as early as May.

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