Puck Drop
January 12
Kirill Kaprizov is scheduled to make his Wild debut on Thursday night at Los Angeles

'It's a great week for hockey' in Minnesota

A twist on 'Badger' Bob Johnson's go-to saying certainly applies this week. The NHL is returning, with fans getting a first glance at the new-look Wild and Russian phenom Kirill Kaprizov.
Wild
January 11
Marcus Johansson

New additions to this season's Wild roster

Here are seven new players who could have an impact in 2021.
Puck Drop
January 11
The Gophers women, led by Grace Zumwinkle, left, and Taylor Heise, will put their No. 1 ranking to the test on Friday and Saturday at No. 2 Wisconsin.

Gophers men, women both ranked No. 1 in national hockey polls

It's the first time both Gophers teams have sat atop the poll since Oct. 27, 2014. The men split with Wisconsin over the weekend while the women won three games against St. Cloud State.
Wild
January 11
Drafted ninth overall last year, 19-year-old Marco Rossi was set to make an intriguing bid for a roster spot before suffering an upper-body injury.

Wild's top draft pick Rossi out indefinitely with upper-body injury

The team announced Sunday that Marco Rossi is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury, an issue the Wild learned of when Rossi reported to Minnesota after competing in the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Gophers
January 11
Taylor Heise (2019 photo) scored 33 seconds into the game and finished with a hat trick, and the Gophers women’s hockey team beat St. Cloud State 4-

Heise's hat trick carries Gophers women's hockey over St. Cloud State

The Gophers beat the Huskies for the third time in four days and for the 17th time in a row.
Gophers
January 11
Forward Jonny Sorenson (shown against Ohio State in November) scored to break a 2-2 tie and help the Gophers beat Wisconsin 5-3 on Sunday.

Gophers get back to winning in men's hockey by beating Badgers

The victory over Wisconsin came a day after their perfect 10-0 start ended and a tough pregame film session.
Gophers
January 9
United States' Matthew Boldy (12) looks for a rebound from Finland goalie Kari Piiroinen (1) during second-period IIHF World Junior Hockey Champio

Gold for six with Minnesota ties

A look at the six players with Minnesota ties for gold medal-winning Team USA in the world junior championship.
Puck Drop
January 9
Players from 14 states were part of a celebration photo of the U.S. team after its championship.

U.S. is well-represented, coast to coast, on world junior championship team

World junior champions are sampling of U.S.'s best.
Puck Drop
January 6
Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin guided Team USA in the 2020 World Junior Championship, and eight players from that team helped secure the 2021 g

For UMD's Sandelin, U.S. World Junior triumph was 'awesome'

The Bulldogs coach led Team USA in last year's tournament and was thrilled for this year's squad that stunned Canada 2-0 in the title game Tuesday night.
Puck Drop
January 5
Sammy Walker celebrated after Brannon McManus boosted the Gophers’ lead over Arizona State to 5-3 in the third period Monday.

'Monday Night Hockey' provided twists, turns and drama

Between a wild, 6-4 win for the Gophers men's team over Arizona State in a game that featured a lacrosse goal, to a thrilling triumph for Team USA in the World Junior Championship, Monday had plenty to offer. More good news: Tuesday has a U.S.-Canada gold medal matchup.
Puck Drop
January 3
Former Wayzata standout Colin Schmidt had one goal and four assists as a freshman for Union in 2019-20.

Gophers add Union transfer Colin Schmidt

The 6-4, 225-pound former Wayzata standout spent one season with the Dutchmen and will be eligible to play immediately for the Gophers.
Puck Drop
December 31, 2020
The Gophers and Minnesota Duluth’s men’s hockey teams met during the 2019-20 regular season but won’t this season. Without nonconference matchup

As college hockey season heats up, NCAA debates will, too

A lack of nonconference play will force the NCAA tournament selection committee to use something other than the PairWise Rankings to pick its field. Conferences already have started staking their claims to the coveted 16 spots.
Puck Drop
December 31, 2020
St. Cloud State freshman forward Veeti Miettinen collected four goals and four assists during the Huskies’ time in the Omaha Pod.

St. Cloud State aims to build on pod hockey success

The Huskies men's team went 6-3 in Omaha, moving to No. 6 in the national rankings. The next challenge for coach Brett Larson's squad is a Saturday-Sunday home series against No. 4 Minnesota Duluth.
Puck Drop
December 31, 2020
Arizona State’s Jax Murray, right, a former Elk River standout, battled Wisconsin’s Anthony Kehrner during a November game in Madison, Wis.

Arizona State's next long, strange hockey trip starts with Gophers

Fresh off a 36-day, 12-game trip through Big Ten country, the Sun Devils embark on the first of two 23-day, eight-game treks, starting Sunday and Monday against top-ranked Minnesota.
Puck Drop
December 18, 2020
St. Cloud State’s Brendan Bushy, left, fended off North Dakota’s Riese Gaber on Wednesday night in Omaha. 

Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State making noise in NCHC's Omaha Pod

As the NCHC's three-week stay in Nebraska enters its final weekend, the Bulldogs are in first place and the Huskies have shown they can hang with the big dogs.
Wild
December 16, 2020
Marco Rossi participated in a skill testing for draft prospects in Hamilton, Ontario, on Jan. 15.

Wild top pick Rossi eager for action in World Junior Championships

The ninth overall choice in the 2020 draft is quarantining in Edmonton with Team Austria.
Randball
December 16, 2020
Minnesota Wild left wing Kevin Fiala (22).

Wild left off top 25 players under 25 list again. When will that change?

The lack of an emerging young star says about as much about the last half-decade of Wild hockey as anything else.
Puck Drop
December 15, 2020
Gophers goalie Jack LaFontaine stopped 67 of 68 shots in a sweep of Michigan.

Two Gophers earn weekly Big Ten hockey honors

Goalie Jack LaFontaine was named first star of the week, while center Ben Meyers was selected as the third star.
Puck Drop
December 15, 2020
Gophers forward Ben Meyers (39) skated during the team’s win over Ohio State on Nov. 24.

Gophers men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time since 2014

Minnesota was voted No. 1 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll, garnering 34 of 40 first-place votes after its 8-0 start to the season.
Puck Drop
December 12, 2020
Gophers freshman defenseman Brock Faber is used to wearing the Team USA sweater. He spent the past two seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Devel

Gophers trio named to U.S. National Junior Team

Defensemen Brock Faber, Ryan Johnson and Jackson LaCombe will play for Team USA in the upcoming World Junior Championship. Three others with Minnesota ties also made the team.
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