Business
October 1
Fallon launches new ad campaign celebrating new NHL game broadcasting on Disney/ESPN networks

Minneapolis-based Fallon launches NHL ad campaign on ESPN, Disney channels

Fallon aimed to capture NHL fans and scenes that convey a sense of intimacy, emotion and sentimentality, the ad agency said.
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August 30
Gophers players celebrated after scoring against Wisconsin on their way to winning the 2021 Big Ten tournament championship.

U opens Big Ten men's hockey vs. Notre Dame, closes with Wisconsin

The Big Ten schedule adds to nonconference games that include home-and-home series with two state rivals in October and Thanksgiving weekend in Grand Forks.
Duluth
August 4
John Arko

Hockey coach John Craig Arko, who made space for Minnesota's youngest players, dies at 79

He saw that Minnesota's most talented young players were missing out on elite playing opportunities in the offseason, so he co-founded the Minnesota Blades in 1989.
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July 29
Natalie Darwitz guided Hamline to a national runner-up finish in 2019 and a semifinal appearance in 2018.

Natalie Darwitz named Gophers assistant women's hockey coach

Darwitz had been the head coach at Hamline. Her assistant at the Division III school, Jake Bobrowski, is also coming to the U.
Olympics
July 28
Joel Johnson helped the Gophers win six NCAA titles as an assistant before moving on to become head coach at St. Thomas.

St. Thomas' Joel Johnson to coach 2022 U.S. women's Olympic hockey

The 47-year-old former Gophers assistant coach also will lead the U.S. women's national team in the World Championship in August.
Gophers
July 9
Kendall Coyne Schofield (26) and Hannah Brandt (20) celebrated after a goal against Finland in the 2018 Winter Olympics en route to the gold medal.

Six Minnesota players among 27 in the mix for U.S. Olympic women's hockey team

The U.S. residency roster includes six players from Minnesota, the most of any state, and eight current or former Gophers, including Amanda Kessel.
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July 2
Minnesota State Mankato players celebrated after a goal at this year’s Frozen Four, in one of the team’s final moments as a WCHA team.

WCHA's men's hockey era officially ends after 70 years

The league shuttered operations this week, as expected, following the departure of seven teams that have joined the newly revived CCHA.
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June 16
The Augustana University campus in Sioux Falls.

Augustana in Sioux Falls plans to add Division I men's hockey

Details of when the school would begin play aren't certain, but the venture has received backing from prominent businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford.
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June 15
St. Cloud State coach Brett Larson has compiled a 63-32-9 record in three seasons with the Huskies.

St. Cloud State men's hockey coach Larson gets 7-year contract extension

Frmer Minnesota Duluth assistant Brett Larson led the Huskies to their first NCAA Division I championship game in April. The extension runs through 2028.
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June 11
WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson presented the MacNaughton Cup to Minnesota State Mankato’s Marc Michaelis, left, and Nick Rivera in 2019.

Robertson leaving WCHA to become commissioner of USHL

The longtime Twin Cities sports executive will take the reins of the Tier I junior league from Tom Garrity in July,
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June 7
Joel Johnson is the interim coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team and has served as Gophers associate head coach since 2011.

St. Thomas hires Gophers assistant to be women's hockey coach

Joel Johnson has been Minnesota's women's team's associate head coach for the past 11 years and is serving as interim coach of the U.S. Women's National Team.
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May 28
North Stars goalie Gilles Meloche, left, got a big hug from team scout and former goalie Gump Worsley after Minnesota beat Montreal 3-2 in Game 7 of t

For North Stars, Game 7 had wins, losses and entertainment

The team appeared in seven Game 7s, going 3-4 but producing some interesting moments along the way.
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May 21
Maddie Rooney, making the shootout save to secure the gold medal in 2018, will be among four goalies in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s selection

Minnesota represented well on U.S. Women's National Team selection camp

The camp in Blaine from June 1-6 will be key in determining the roster for the U.S. in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
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May 20
Mikael Granlund’s diving goal in overtime gave the Wild a 1-0 victory over Colorado in Game 3 of the 2014 first-round series at Xcel Energy Center.

Playoff home cooking: Here are 10 Wild games to savor at the X

With postseason hockey back at Xcel Center on Thursday, here's our list of the Wild's most memorable home playoff games.
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May 18
Wild goalie Cam Talbot stonewalled Jonathan Marchessault and the rest of the Golden Knights in Game 1.

Three keys to victory in Game 2 for Wild vs. Vegas

A series that immediately became intriguing resumes late Tuesday in Las Vegas, and the Wild can expect some pushback from the Golden Knights.
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May 14
Rookie Kirill Kaprizov celebrated with teammates after scoring against Vegas on May 5.

At long last, Wild enters playoffs with some hope

A solid regular season gave Minnesota the No. 3 seed and a first-round matchup with Vegas. So, what might make this postseason different for the Wild? Hint: He wears No. 97.
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May 12
The Gophers and reigning NCAA champion Wisconsin face off Dec. 3-4 in Madison and Jan. 21-22 at Ridder Arena

Gophers women's hockey will open against pair of Frozen Four teams

A visit from Ohio State and a trip to Minnesota Duluth are the early highlights of Minnesota's 2021-22 season.
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May 11
The Gophers and St. Cloud State will meet at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Oct. 15 as part of a home-and-home series.

UMD, St. Cloud State on U men's hockey nonconference 2021-22 schedule

The remainder of the home schedule will be filled by Alaska, Mercyhurst and the six other Big Ten teams. The Mariucci Classic will not be played.
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May 10
St. Cloud State players celebrated their national semifinal victory over Minnesota State Mankato.

St. Cloud State opens season against D-I newcomer St. Thomas

The NCAA men's runner-up Huskies face the Tommies in a home-and-home series on Oct. 2-3 before meeting Minnesota State Mankato, the Gophers and Wisconsin later that month.
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May 10
Rico Blasi was introduced as St. Thomas men’s hockey coach on April 6.

St. Thomas gets 'Hockey Day' slot vs. Mankato next season

The Tommies men will make their Division I debut in 2021-22, while the Mavericks are coming off their first Frozen Four appearance.