Puck Drop
February 23
John Mayasich in 2013.

John Mayasich named recipient of State of Hockey Legacy Award

The award, presented by the Wild in conjunction with Minnesota Hockey and Fox Sports North, recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary and long-term contributions to hockey in Minnesota.
Puck Drop
February 22
The Gophers’ Scott Reedy (19) faced off against Michigan State’s Tommy Apap during Minnesota’s 5-1 win on Saturday.

Gophers men's, women's hockey teams stay at No. 4 in national polls

Boston College's men and Wisconsin's women retained the No. 1 spots in the U.S. College Hockey Online polls as the rankings were largely unchanged this week.
Gophers
February 21
Gophers forward Cullen Munson (13) celebrated with Ben Meyers (39) and Matt Staudacher (55) after Munson’s first-period goal against Michigan State

Gophers hockey sweeps Michigan State as Big Ten title hopes spike

Four first-period goals set the tone for the Gophers, who have won four games in a row and are sitting well for the end of the season push.
Puck Drop
February 19
Gophers defenseman Mike Koster tried to get a shot around Wisconsin’s Dominick Mersch during a game at Mariucci Arena two weeks ago.

Hockey Mailbag: Wild odds, Gophers seeding, what happened to that goalie?

With the Wild season resumed and the Gophers getting close to the postseason, Randy Johnson answers reader questions about pro and college hockey.
Gophers
February 19
RENÉE JONES SCHNEIDER • Star Tribune Gophers center Jack Perbix (25) has given Bob Motzko added flexibility with the team’s line combinations.

Three things to watch as Gophers men's hockey enters Big Ten stretch run

The Gophers are fighting Wisconsin for the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which comes with a first-round bye.
Gophers
February 18

Series preview: Gophers men's hockey vs. Michigan State

Fourth-ranked Minnesota swept Notre Dame 3-0, 3-0 in South Bend, Ind., last weekend as G Jack LaFontaine stopped all 52 shots he faced.
Puck Drop
February 16
PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh will be the site of the 2021 NCAA men’s Frozen Four on April 8 and 10.

Details on NCAA men's hockey tournament starting to emerge

Mike Kemp, chairman of the NCAA Division I men's ice hockey committee, in a USCHO podcast said subjectivity will play a role in selecting at-large bids to the 16-team field.
Puck Drop
February 15
Goalie Jack LaFontaine has five shutouts this season for the Gophers.

Gophers men move up, women down in latest college hockey polls

A pair of shutouts on the road boosted the U men's hockey team; being swept at home dropped the women from the No, 2 spot they'd held.
Puck Drop
February 12
Jake McCoy in 2016.

Wild's Darby Hendrickson remembers a Richfield hockey treasure

The Wild assistant coach paid tribute to Jake McCoy, the longtime Richfield and Minneapolis coach who died last week at 79.
Colleges
February 10

College hockey takes step toward more diversity, equity and inclusion

A group of 27 NCAA Division I players, coaches and administrators have been meeting, seeking ideas and proposals to bring about the change they desire.
Puck Drop
February 9
Jocelyne, left, and Monique Lamoureux won one gold medal and two silvers in their Olympic careers.

Gold medal-winning Lamoureux twins hang up their skates

The Grand Forks, N.D., natives, who spent one season with the Gophers, helped Team USA win Olympic gold in 2018.
Puck Drop
February 8
Minnesota defenseman Jackson LaCombe (2) and forward Nathan Burke (21) skated off the ice Saturday following their 8-1 loss against Wisconsin.

U men's hockey drops to 5th in poll; women still No. 2 behind Badgers

The Gophers men's team was at No. 2 before getting swept against Wisconsin by scores of 4-1 and 8-1 last weekend.
Gophers
February 6
Wisconsin defenseman Ty Emberson scored a goal against Gophers goaltender Justen Close in the third period.

Eight-goal burst gives Badgers sweep over Gophers, spot in first place

A pair of first-period power-play goals staked Wisconsin to a two-goal lead, and the 11th-ranked Badgers went on to hammer the No. 2 Gophers 8-1 and sweep the Border Battle series.
Gophers
February 6
Wisconsin standout forward Cole Caufield sniped the game-winning goal past Gophers goalie Jack LaFontaine, the first of three third-period goals for t

Big third period sends Wisconsin hockey over Gophers

Cole Caufield, the nation's leading scorer, scored the second of his two goals with 7 minutes left in the third period to start Wisconsin's final surge.
Puck Drop
February 5
Jake McCoy in 2016

Former Gopher, 1964 Olympic hockey player Jake McCoy dies

McCoy, 79, also was a longtime coach at all levels in Richfield and Minneapolis.
Puck Drop
February 5
Goalie Dryden McKay, whose 0.90 goals-against average leads the nation, has led Minnesota State Mankato to a 9-2-1 record.

Amid starts and stops, Minnesota State Mankato keeps plugging along

COVID-19 issues throughout the WCHA have forced the Mavericks men's team to adjust on the fly. Still, coach Mike Hastings has his team hitting its stride in time for this weekend's top-10 matchup against Bowling Green.
Gophers
February 4

Series preview: Gophers men vs. Wisconsin

Series preview: Gophers men vs. Wisconsin7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3M Arena at Mariucci * TV: FSN-Plus * Radio: 103.5-FM, 1130-AM * Stream: BTN-PlusTop two…
Gophers
February 4

Series preview: Gophers women vs. Wisconsin

Series preview: Gophers women vs. Wisconsin6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, Ridder Arena * Stream: BTN-Plus both daysNo. 1 Badgers vs. No. 2 GophersGophers at…
Puck Drop
February 3
The Whitecaps reached the NWHL semifinals for a third consecutive year before the playoffs were suspended Wednesday.

COVID concerns pause NWHL season; Whitecaps had reached semifinals

A league statement said there had been "new positive COVID-19 tests," prompting a suspension of the abbreviated 14-day season.
Puck Drop
February 1
Gophers goalie Jack LaFontaine is 13-3 with a 1.38 goals-against average and .948 save percentage.

Gophers goalie among 11 Hobey Baker nominees with Minnesota ties

Goalie Jack LaFontaine is the lone nominee from the Gophers. Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State each have three players on the list.
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