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April 8
A statue of Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux, left, stands in front of the PPG Paints Arena, the site of the 2021 NCAA Men

Frozen Four: Four top players to watch

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.
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April 8
Minnesota State players surround goaltender Dryden McKay after beating the Gophers in the regional final.

Frozen Four preview: St. Cloud State vs. Minnesota State Mankato

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.
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April 8
UMass players celebrated their Frozen Four overtime victory over Denver in 2019.

UMass coach calls having top scorer, goalie out only slight disadvantage

Coach Greg Carvel isn't about to concede anything to Minnesota Duluth in a rematch of the 2019 national championship game.
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April 8
UMD Bulldogs forward Cole Koepke (17)

Frozen Four preview: Minnesota Duluth vs. Massachusetts

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.
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April 7
Back view of PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, site of the 2021 NCAA men’s Frozen Four.

Live from Pittsburgh: Frozen Four media day

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.
Colleges
April 6
New St. Thomas men’s hockey coach Rico Blasi was introduced on the St. Paul campus Tuesday afternoon. brian.peterson@startribune.com St. Paul,  MN T

Blasi brings D-I experience to new job as St. Thomas hockey coach

"It's going to be a process," Rico Blasi says of the Tommies' move up.
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April 6
UMass celebrated its Frozen Four semifinal victory over Denver in the 2019 Frozen Four.

UMass without leading goal-scorer, top goalie vs UMD in Frozen Four

Carson Gicewicz and Filip Lindberg are among four Minutemen players who are out of Thursday's semifinal because of COVID-19 contact tracing protocols.
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April 6
Gophers goalie Jared Moe made a save against Arizona State in January.

Gophers goalie crossing border, becoming a Badger

Sophomore Jared Moe, who played high school hockey for Holy Family, announced that he's transferring to Wisconsin.
Puck Drop
April 6
Mike Hastings is 236-89-24 at Minnesota State, including 22-4-1 this season.

Minnesota State Mankato's Hastings named national coach of the year

Mike Hastings won the Spencer Penrose Award after leading the Mavericks to their first NCAA Frozen Four berth.
Colleges
April 6

From Upper Midwest to the Steel City, three state college hockey teams descend on Frozen Four

But UMass hopes to spoil the Minnesota party.
Gophers
April 2
Jack LaFontaine is one of three finalists for the Richter Award.

Gophers goalie LaFontaine announces he'll be back next season

Jack LaFontaine's decision solidified Minnesota's goaltending situation, as backup Jared Moe has entered the transfer portal.
Puck Drop
April 2
Wild GM Bill Guerin, with owner Craig Leipold, will be the assistant GM for the 2022 U.S. men’s Olympic team.

USA Hockey moves have Minnesota flavor

Wild GM Bill Guerin will be the assistant GM of the U.S. men's Olympic team, while the women's team will be headquartered at the Super Rink in Blaine.
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April 2
Mike Hastings, Scott Sandelin and Brett Larson are good friends competing for the Frozen Four title.

Minnesota's three Frozen Four coaches go to school off each other

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.
Puck Drop
April 1
Miami (Ohio) hockey coach Enrico Blasi, in 2009.

Veteran Enrico Blasi to be named St. Thomas men's hockey coach

Blasi, 49, won 398 games and had 10 NCAA tournament teams with the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks.
Puck Drop
April 1
Minnesota State goalie Dryden McKay stopped a shot by the Gophers’ Sammy Walker during the NCAA West Regional final.

Minnesota State goalie McKay among three Hobey Baker finalists

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.
March 30
Olympic gold medalists and former Gophers Dani Cameranesi, left, and Amanda Kessel are part of the U.S. World Championship roster.

8 with Minnesota ties on U.S. women's world hockey championship roster

The team includes 14 members of the gold medal-winning 2018 Olympic team.
Puck Drop
March 29
Minnesota State’s Cade Borchardt, left, and Nathan Smith battled with the Gophers Mike Koster for the puck during the West Regional final.

Not all was lost: Minnesota makes big impression on NCAA hockey

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.
Gophers
March 29
Minnesota State Mankato players surrounded goaltender Dryden McKay as time ran out in the Mavericks’ 4-0 victory over the Gophers for the NCAA West

MSU Mankato gives Gophers dose of own medicine, wins region title

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.
Gophers
March 28
Minnesota State Mankato hockey coach Mike Hastings: “Finally, we get a win and find a way to win a regional and get to the Frozen Four. “For all t

Hastings, Minnesota State Mankato finally reach Frozen Four

Shutout of Gophers comes a day after Mavericks finally get first NCAA victory.
Gophers
March 28

Gophers-Minnesota State Mankato game recap

MSU Mankato forward Ryan Sandelin followed up his overtime winner against Quinnipiac by assisting on the Mavericks' first goal and scoring their second.
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