Twins
June 6
When will pro sports return? Soon. Here's what we know

When will pro sports return? Soon. Here's what we know

Professional sports leagues in the United States — MLB being the major exception — made significant strides last week as they try to come back.
TV & Media
June 5
Mike Max interviews protesters at Bobby and Steve’s Auto World in Minneapolis on Sunday, May 31. Protesters were surrounded by MPD and arrested in a

How WCCO sports anchor Mike Max became a frontline reporter at the George Floyd protests

During the crisis, WCCO sports director Mike Max has shown he can cover civil unrest as well as any hard-news reporter. Maybe even better.
Wild
June 4
NHL finalizes playoff details; practice facilities open Monday

NHL finalizes playoff details; practice facilities open Monday

Teams will be able to open their practice facilities with no more than six players skating at a time without coaches in Phase 2 of the league's Return To Play protocol. Here are more details.
Wild
June 3
“We’re just excited about the opportunity to battle for [the Stanley Cup].” Coach Dean Evason about the Wild being in the playoffs

'We have an opportunity': Wild coach Evason eager to resume play

If the NHL resumes, the Wild will face Vancouver in a best-of-five qualifying round. "We're certainly looking at it as the first round of the playoffs," Wild coach Dean Evason said.
Wild
June 2
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Athletes aren't staying on sidelines following George Floyd's killing

While speaking out a generation ago might have been deemed harmful to a brand, staying silent during a time of national crisis in 2020 can create an impression of being complacent at best and complicit at worst.
Wild
May 29
Iowa Wild's Mayhew named American Hockey League MVP

Iowa Wild's Mayhew named American Hockey League MVP

Gerry Mayhew scored a league-high 39 goals, the most by an AHL skater since 2011-12, and he finished third in points with 61 through 49 games
Wild
May 28
Willie Mitchell, center, celebrated a Wild goal, with teammate against Vancouver in the 2003 NHL playoffs.

Former Wild defenseman Mitchell still driven to succeed

Willie Mitchell, the tough ex-Wild player who appeared in 900-plus games over 15 NHL seasons, is now part owner of a resort on Vancouver Island.
Wild
May 28
Xcel Energy Center, seen here with a tribute to Prince prior to a Wild playoff game in 2016.

Twin Cities trying to sell themselves as hosts for planned NHL revival

Although large gatherings still are prohibited by Gov. Tim Walz, restrictions could loosen by the time the NHL selects its cities, or the state could make an exception for the NHL..
Wild
May 28

FAQ: The NHL's planned return to the ice

You have questions about the possible restart of the NHL season. We have answers.
Wild
May 27
The Xcel Energy Center, home of the Wild, might be in the mix as an NHL Hub City for its planned restart.

Souhan: Restarted NHL season could play right into Wild's hands

Had the NHL stuck to the traditional 16-team bracket, the Wild would have been out. Instead, it will get to play a best-of-five series against Vancouver. Minnesota's players could have the edge.
Wild
May 27
Best teams will suffer the most when NHL, NBA start up. Here's why

Best teams will suffer the most when NHL, NBA start up. Here's why

Faced with a choice of getting creative or having no chance at starting (or re-starting) seasons, pro sports leagues are pretty much making up things as they go along.
Wild
May 26
The Wild's Marcus Foligno, above right, celebrates with Greg Pateryn, left, Mats Zuccarello, second from left and Jonas Brodin after a goal on March 8

NHL declares regular season over; Wild makes postseason - if there is one

If action resumes, and it wouldn't until July at the earliest, the Wild would face Vancouver in a play-in series.
Wild
May 26
This photo of an empty Nationwide Arena, taken prior to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Bruins last May, will likely resemble wh

The NHL's Return Plan: What you need to know

Twenty-four teams will make the postseason. There will be two hubs, one in the east and one in the west, to house teams for play.
Wild
May 26
Wild players practicing at Tria Rink in 2018.

NHL expected to announce return-to-play format today; Wild would make playoffs

Gary Bettman is set to make a televised address at 3:30 p.m. about what hockey would look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer.
Wild
May 26
Kaapo Kahkonen

Iowa Wild's Kahkonen voted AHL's outstanding goaltender

The Iowa Wild's Kaapo Kahkonen has been recognized as the American Hockey League's outstanding goaltender for the 2019-20 season.
Vikings
May 26
Jerry Havens, the soldier whose life Rich Nuessle helped save in Vietnam, visits Nuessle’s grave every year to pay his respects.

Reusse: Remembering a good Marine and a beloved sports photojournalist

Rich Nuessle was once a staple in the Twin Cities sports media. If you were in that circle and failed to have a wacky adventure with Rich, you had to be in quarantine. Behind the fun, though, was a hero with a tortured soul.
Outdoors
May 26
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Mailbag: Star Tribune sports editors answer your questions this week

Have a question about how and why we do the things we do? The Star Tribune's sports editors will be answering your questions in this week's mailbag.
Wild
May 23
Wild forward Marcus Foligno (17) tangled with Jets defenseman Tyler Myers (57) during the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. Myers is now with the Canucks, wh

Souhan: Fans should enjoy any Wild playoff run even if sportstuff will be missing

Sportstuff won't return for Stanley Cup playoffs, but fans should try to enjoy the sport at least.
Wild
May 22
Vancouver's J.T. Miller tried to score as Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk blocked the net at Xcel Energy Center in January. The Wild would face the Canucks i

NHL players approve 24-team playoff proposal, but many other hurdles remain

The Wild would qualify for the expanded postseason, facing the Canucks.
Wild
May 22
Eric Staal spoke on a Zoom teleconference Thursday.

Staal on finishing NHL season: 'I have a hard time envisioning it'

The latest return-to-play scenario reportedly being considered for pro hockey wouldn't wrap up the regular season nor jump to a normal playoff structure.

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