MINNEAPOLIS — Fox Sports North TV analyst Ben Clymer spent just one season with the Minnesota Gophers hockey team before moving on to play more than 400 games on defense in the NHL.
It is a similar story (without the NHL defense part) for Bobbie Bohlig, who spent one season as FSN’s sideline reporter for Gopher hockey. In late June, when Bohlig’s FSN contract expired, she learned that she will not return to the broadcast team for the coming season, whenever that may begin.
In a text message exchange with The Rink Live, Bohlig confirmed that June 30 was her last day with FSN. Always open about her faith, Bohlig said she has spent the past few weeks, “trying to figure out where God is calling me next.”
Bohlig, 26, came to FSN after two years of broadcasting work at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. A Minnesota native, she was a student broadcaster at St. Cloud State and golfed for three years at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Bohlig worked 20 Gophers home games for the broadcast network this season. She took the FSN job last fall, after former sideline reporter Katie Emmer moved to Philadelphia to work on the broadcast crew for the NHL’s Flyers.
FSN generally announces its broadcast schedule and team close to the start of the season, so a replacement will likely not be named until sometime in the fall at the earliest.
Schmidt with lone Gophers playoff goal so far
There are 17 Gophers alumni on NHL playoff rosters, which is the most of any college hockey program, but that number is shrinking. With Tuesday’s elimination of the New York Rangers, who were swept in three games by the Carolina Hurricanes, the seasons for defenseman Ryan Lindgren and forward Vinni Lettieri are done.
While Lettieri did not crack the Rangers’ lineup for any of the three games, Lindgren had one assist and averaged better than 20 minutes of ice time per game.
The lone goal from a former Gopher, so far, came from an unlikely source of offense, when Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt scored the tying goal in the third period of his team’s playoff opener versus Dallas, as the Knights rallied from 3-2 down to beat the Stars 5-3.
Other Gophers on the scoresheet so far include:
— forward Phil Kessel, who had a pair of assists in the Arizona Coyotes’ playoff opening win over Nashville
— defenseman Brady Skjei, who had an assist in the Hurricanes’ series sweep over the Rangers
— forward Blake Wheeler, who has recorded one assist so far for the Winnipeg Jets, who trail 2-1 in their best-of-five series with the Calgary Flames
Wheeler, the Jets’ captain, is the lone Gopher to drop the gloves in the playoffs so far. He and Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk had a throw-down in the opening period of their playoff series after a Tkachuk hit injured Mark Scheifele, who is Winnipeg’s top center.
Buckeyes welcome Force forward
We are thinking that Joe Dunlap will find winters in central Ohio to be generally milder than the one he spent in Fargo, N.D., or even those in his native New England. Dunlap, who played 48 games for the Fargo Force last season, was one of eight newcomers announced by Ohio State this week, and is expected to skate for the Buckeyes as a freshman whenever the 2020-21 college hockey season begins.
Dunlap, who hails from Windham, N.H., had 11 goals and 17 assists for the Force last season, and won the team’s Iron Man award. He is listed as 6 feet tall, 185 pounds and will wear jersey No. 21 for the Buckeyes, who went 20-11-5 and finished second in the Big Ten last season under head coach Steve Rohlik.