Gophers
November 20
Gophers senior Grace Zumwinkle tallied 45 points last season.

Gophers women's hockey team picks up where it left off

Minnesota was about to play Ohio State in the NCAA quarterfinals when COVID-19 forced sports to shut down. Eight months later, the Gophers and Buckeyes meet to open the season.
Gophers
November 20
Jonny Sorenson (11) began to celebrate after he lifted a rebound past Penn State goaltender Oskar Autio in the second period

Gophers men's hockey opens season with 4-1 rout over Penn State

Goals from Jonny Sorenson, Scott Reedy, Cullen Munson and Sampo Ranta led the 11th-ranked Gophers over the No. 10 Nittany Lions
Gophers
November 20
Gophers forward Samp Ranta finished an end-to-end rush by scoring against Penn State's Oskar Autio during the third period of Minnesota's season-openi

3 takeaways from Gophers men's season-opening hockey win

This season's conference favorite defeated the defending Big Ten champion in the season opener. Here are things that caught the attention of Gophers coach Bob Motzko.
Gophers
November 19
Sampo Ranta and the Gophers open their season on Thursday and Friday with a series against defending Big Ten champion Penn State.

At long last, college hockey is back in Minnesota tonight

The Gophers men open their season Thursday night, and the women follow on Saturday. It's a welcome sight for college hockey fans .
Gophers
November 16
Gophers forward Grace Zumwinkle (12) tracked the puck in front of Wisconsin Badgers goaltender Kristen Campbell (35) last year at Ridder Arena.

WCHA women's coaches pick Wisconsin in tight race over Gophers

The Badgers got four votes in the preseason coaches poll, while Minnesota garnered the other three. Ohio State and Minnesota Duluth round out the top four.
Gophers
November 16
Sampo Ranta modeling the Gophers' throwback jersey for 2020-21.

Gophers men's hockey getting throwback jerseys to mark 100th year

The alternate uniform will be worn occasionally and has the look of what standouts such as Doug Woog and Lou Nanne wore in the 1960s.
Gophers
November 12
Gophers men's hockey coach Bob Motzko knows the balance throughout the Big Ten won’t make for an easy route to the title for any team.

Motzko knows Gophers have strong hockey team returning

They advanced to the Big Ten tournament semifinals, which were wiped out by COVID-19, and return nine of the top 10 scorers and all three goaltenders from that team.
Gophers
November 12
The arena at the Mankato Civic Center was dark on March 13, the day after the cancellation of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Minnesota St

As college hockey returns, virus will be a constant foe

After an eight-month hiatus, the puck will drop again beginning Friday. It's welcome news, but reality says we should expect more turbulence from the pandemic.
Gophers
November 11
Chaz Lucius of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

Gophers hockey signs Lucius, Broz, Pitlick to letters of intent

The Gophers men's hockey team on Wednesday signed forwards Chaz Lucius, Tristan Broz and Rhett Pitlick to national letters of intent. Lucius is playing at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, while Broz and Pitlick are in the USHL.
Wild
November 10
Mitchell Miller

NHL team gives up draft rights, UND removes player in racist bullying case

The Arizona Coyotes have renounced draft rights to Mitchell Miller, who was also kicked off the UND hockey team, over a conviction for repeatedly abusing a Black schoolmate with a developmental disability.
Gophers
November 10
Gophers forward Brannon McManus

Six Gophers men's games in first portion of season will be on BTN

Minnesota opens its season Nov. 19-20 -- a Thursday and a Friday -- against Penn State at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
Gophers
November 9
Junior captain Sammy Walker, left, and senior forward Scott Reedy are two key players for the Gophers in 2020-21.

Tight race expected, but Gophers are preseason pick in men's hockey

A repeat of 2019-20, when six hockey teams finished within six points of each other, wouldn't surprise the conference's coaches.
Puck Drop
November 6
Tom Garrity, left, and John King have launched pulltabsports.com, which combines entertainment, humor and sports, especially hockey.

Hockey and humor collide for sports marketing and advertising gurus

John King, creator of the "State Tournament All-Hockey Hair Team'' videos, and Tom Garrity, commissioner of the USHL, have launched a sports and entertainment website with Minnesota and hockey in prominent roles.
Gophers
November 6
Gophers men's hockey coach Bob Motzko.

Big Ten hockey's early schedule isn't typical, but it's a start

The conference begins play in a week, and the Gophers men start Nov. 19. Though the schedule is heavy on weekday games, the Big Ten can make that a positive thing, according to coach Bob Motzko.
Gophers
November 3
The Gophers battled Wisconsin in 2019.

WCHA women's league, including Gophers, closing in on schedule

COVID-19 testing differences between schools in the Big Ten and the Northern Sun Conference are expected to have an impact on when teams will play each other.
Gophers
October 30
Minnesota State men's hockey coach Mike Hastings

WCHA schedule brings relief, challenges for Minnesota State's Hastings

The Mavericks men's hockey coach finally got to give his team something tangible to look forward to. Now comes the tough part: navigating the schedule amid COVID-19.
Gophers
October 30
The MacNaughton Cup will again be awarded to the WCHA regular season champion this season.

WCHA announces new schedule with teams starting play Nov. 20

The starting date will fall in between the Big Ten's (Nov. 13) and the NCHC (Dec. 1), with the WCHA the first to announce a specific schedule.
Variety
October 30
Mia Lang, 9, prepped for hockey practice in the parking lot at the Bloomington Ice Arena, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 in Bloomington, MN. ] ELIZABETH

Twin Cities' Hockey Niñas take to the ice to promote state's traditional sport

At a time when hockey officials and boosters are working to expand the sport, particularly among minorities, four girls in Bloomington have made it their mission, as well.
Puck Drop
October 30
Jeffrey Baidoo

Minnesota Hockey oversight group adds equity advisor

Jeffrey Baidoo, a fan relations account executive for the Wild, Baidoo will lead the group in addressing issues of racism, discrimination and antisemitism that are reported to Minnesota Hockey.
Gophers
October 27
Gophers recruit Chaz Lucius of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

Gophers recruit earns 'A' rating on NHL's preliminary draft list

The league's Central Scouting Service projects U.S. National Team Development center Chaz Lucius as a possible first-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft.