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December 31, 2021
Minnesota Wild center Rem Pitlick drops a “Hi, Mom” in his video turn.

NHL Winter Classic embraces All-Hockey Hair traditions

A video features Wild and Blues players adopting the classic poses made famous at the state tournament while past team members will be at the event.
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December 29, 2021
Phil Kessel, right, congratulated Arizona teammate Janis Moser on Tuesday in San Jose, Calif.

Gophers men's hockey has new top dog in NHL scoring

Or Coyote, after Phil Kessel's four assists on Tuesday.
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December 10, 2021
Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, shown in November after scoring against Pittsburgh.

'Road to the Winter Classic 2022' episode puts Spurgeon in spotlight

The TNT network series is part of the run-up to the NHL Winter Classic game on Jan. 1 between the Wild and Blues at Target Field.
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November 19, 2021
Wearing No. 41, freshman Avery Stilwell joined Minnesota State four days ago and started Friday night at No. 2 Ohio State.

Minnesota State Mankato tennis player starts in goal vs. No. 2 Ohio State

After four days of practice, Avery Stilwell turned away 45 shots in her collegiate debut, a 6-3 loss to the Buckeyes.
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November 5, 2021
Allie Thunstrom, who scored 24 goals for the Minnesota Whitecaps two seasons ago, hopes to bring the Isobel Cup back to St. Paul.

Whitecaps open a new season Saturday against a familiar foe

The Whitecaps and Boston Pride have forged a rivalry over the past two seasons, battling for the Isobel Cup.
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October 30, 2021
Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay, shown in March during a NCAA College Hockey Regional Final in Loveland, Colo.

Minnesota State Mankato's Dryden McKay sets men's hockey career shutout record

It came in the Mavericks' 7-0 win over Northern Michigan.
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October 29, 2021
Josh Donaldson of the Minnesota Twins

Josh Donaldson just can't escape Toronto

The Twins slugger, a former Blue Jays star, made a stir gearing up for hockey action at an Ontario store and tweaking the struggling Leafs.
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October 28, 2021
Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his hat trick goal against the Ottawa Senators with right wing Anthony Mantha (39) and defen

Forget day to day; T.J. Oshie is week to week

The Washington forward from Warroad took a shot to the foot against Detroit.
October 1, 2021
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, 2021
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.
August 4, 2021
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, 2021
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.
July 28, 2021
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.
July 9, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
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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