Wild
January 8
Russia’s Semyon Chistyakov (6) checked Austria’s Marco Rossi (23) during a World Junior Championship game on Dec. 29.

Wild first round pick Marco Rossi delayed at training camp

After playing in the world junior tournament in Edmonton, Rossi had to quarantine after arriving in Minnesota.
Wild
January 7
Kirill Kaprizov skated in his first practice with the Wild on Monday at Tria Rink in St. Paul.

In his first week, Kirill Kaprizov fits in well with Wild

Kaprizov arrived in the Twin Cities weeks before training camp started, and he hasn't looked out of place now that the group is officially practicing.
Wild
January 7
Coach Dean Evason ran the Wild through practice on Monday at Tria Rink.

Wild coach Evason plans to ride with hot goalie

Cam Talbot embraces the philosophy as he starts his first season as the team's No. 1 netminder.
Wild
January 6

In his first week, Kirill Kaprizov fits in well with Wild

The Russian standout is adjusting to life on and off the ice in Minnesota.
Puck Drop
January 6
Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin guided Team USA in the 2020 World Junior Championship, and eight players from that team helped secure the 2021 g

For UMD's Sandelin, U.S. World Junior triumph was 'awesome'

The Bulldogs coach led Team USA in last year's tournament and was thrilled for this year's squad that stunned Canada 2-0 in the title game Tuesday night.
Variety
January 6
Top, park keeper Leslee Hagberg sprayed another layer of water on a Minneapolis skating rink. Above, Ali Hassan helped keep his 4-year-old daughter, S

The art (and science) of making outdoor ice rinks in Minnesota

Minneapolis rink-makers wield fire hoses and flood boxes, shovel ice shavings, and fight frost boils to provide smooth ice.
Wild
January 6
Marcus Johansson got instruction from assistant coach Bob Woods at the Wild’s first practice on Monday.

Johansson is no longer center of attention with Wild

After being acquired from Buffalo in a trade for Eric Staal, Marcus Johansson is starting out at wing.
Wild
January 6
Zach Parise put in some extra work during the Wild’s first practice of the season Monday at Tria Rink.

Wild gets Parise work at the faceoff dot for power plays

The team will give added emphasis to special teams with the season opener only a week away.
Wild
January 5
The Minnesota Wild took to the ice for the first day of training camp at Tria Rink, Monday, January 4, 2021 in St. Paul, MN.

Fiala held out of part of practice at unusual Wild training camp opener

Flexibility kicks in when Fiala's delay alters Wild lines on Day 1.
Wild
January 5
Wild forwards Nick Bjugstad, left, and Zach Parise were on the ice for the team’s first day of practice at Tria Rink in St. Paul on Monday.

Parise would have liked Wild captaincy, but applauds Spurgeon

Team hits the ice for first practice as it gets ready for 2021 NHL season.
Wild
January 3
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon is only the second-full time captain in Wild history.

Spurgeon takes on 'huge honor' as new Wild captain

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will continue as alternate captains as the team prepares for a shortened season.
Sports
January 3
Gophers defenseman Brock Faber of Team USA checked Slovakia’s Rayen Petrovicky on Saturday.

Americans join Canada, Finland and Russia in semifinals of World Juniors

John Farinacci scored twice, Cole Caufield scored on his 20th birthday and the United States advanced to the semifinals with a 5-2 victory over Slovakia. Team USA will play Finland on Monday.
Wild
January 2
Former Nashville center Nick Bonino is part of the Wild’s roster makeover for 2021

Welcome back, Wild: NHL makes its return, and it's a new world

After months of uncertainty about how the NHL would return following its bubble-wrapped playoffs, the league finalized a 56-game, division-based season last month that will start on the heels of an expedited training camp.
Sports
January 2
Cutting the cord. Star Tribune illustration.

Reusse: Trying to keep up with local sports via streaming was a failure

FSN has disappeared from YouTubeTV and Hulu, meaning cord-cutters of all ages are unable to watch their favorite teams. This columnist has had it.
Sports
January 2
Kirill Kaprizov, right, has finally left Russia to join the Wild and embark on a career in the NHL.

Five questions for the Wild going into training camp

Wild training camp may be shorter than usual, but that hasn't given players and coaches less to do to prepare for puck drop.
Sports
January 2
United States’ John Farinacci (25), Bobby Brink (24) and Brett Berard (21) celebrate a goal against the Czech Republic on Dec. 29.

'Now the real tournament begins': U.S. team peaking going into World Junior quarters

The Americans, the top seed out of Group B, play Slovakia on Saturday night.
Sports
January 1
Randy Sexton was assistant general manager of the Buffalo Sabres last season.

Former NHL GM Randy Sexton joins Wild as senior advisor

The veteran NHL executive has run the Senators and Panthers during his career.
Randball
January 1
Will the Twins be the first local pro team to replace cardboard fans with real ones?

Goodbye, 2020. What's ahead for Minnesota sports in 2021?

Let's peer into our crystal ball and answer 10 big questions looming over local sports teams in the new year.
Gophers
December 31, 2020
United States’ Ryan Johnson celebrates his goal against Sweden during the second period of an IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship game Thursday, D

Minnesota ties help Team USA shut out Sweden, clinch top Group B seed at World Juniors

Farmington's Drew Helleson and Ryan Johnson of the Gophers each scored in Thursday's 4-0 rout.
Wild
December 31, 2020
The Wild will be practicing at Tria Rink in St. Paul for the first time since July.

Wild sets training camp schedule, roster

The team will hold its first practice Monday and have scrimmages at Xcel Energy Center on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10.
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