After speaking out on social media, Winnipeg Jets captain and Twin Cities native Blake Wheeler on Tuesday reiterated his call for societal change and better treatment of African Americans. The former Minnesota Gophers star said his generation and his children's generation need to do better.
Episode 30: The Rink Live video podcast for June 1, 2020
When play begins in the new Central Collegiate Hockey Association in the fall of 2021, the conference will have two teams and a commissioner from Minnesota. And there have been changes atop the hockey structure in the Big Ten.
Episode 29: The Rink Live video podcast for May 25, 2020
A decade ago, former Minnesota Gophers defenseman Stu Bickel was dropping his gloves for a living as a pro hockey player. Today, with his degree recently earned and a two-year stint as a Gophers assistant coach completed, he is ready for his first real coaching experience.
Like many Minnesotans, Gophers hockey coach Bob Motzko is excited for the start of college football season due to high hopes for the U of M. But in this time of pandemic, he also looks to football to provide a road map for how college hockey can restart in the fall.
If the 2020-21 season is played as scheduled, the Minnesota Gophers will get an in-state rival game right out of the gate, with Bemidji State coming to Minneapolis on the first Saturday in October. Also, Ryan Zuhlsdorf headed to free agency, and college hockey gets a 61st team in the New York City suburbs.
In his second season behind the bench for the Minnesota Gophers, Bob Motzko was honored as the top coach in the Big Ten, and a trio of rookies was honored by the conference, which announced its year-end awards after a two-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Episode 27: The Rink Live video podcast for May 11, 2020
Post-hockey plans are up in the air for former Minnesota Gophers defenseman Steve Johnson, which is a solid career goal. While playing pro hockey, two years removed from the U of M, Johnson is also immersed in flight school, earning his pilot's license and aiming to follow his father into commercial aviation someday.
Minnesota forward missed the final 2 games of freshman season after suffering a knee injury in the Big Ten playoffs. Taking classes from home while college campuses are shut down, he is adept at online learning. He is feeling better physically, eager to get back on the ice when it becomes possible.
The ice is out, the coaches' offices, locker rooms are empty and the two dozen graduation ceremonies scheduled for 3M Arena at Mariucci this spring will not happen. But roughly a dozen construction workers are still on the job at the rink every day, finishing the 11,000 square-foot renovation of weight training and alumni areas.
With no hockey games on the horizon, the NHL's Minnesota Wild instead used Xcel Energy Center as the staging area for a blood drive on Wednesday, and saw hundreds turn out to donate to the Red Cross.
Twin Cities-based Gemini Athletic normally designs and manufactures hockey jerseys, but has switched its efforts to try to meet the need for facemasks and gowns as the region fights the coronavirus pandemic.
Bemidji State goalie to pursue master's degree while suiting up for Minnesota Gophers with her sights set on medical school.
While the Minnesota Gophers and the Big Ten have not yet released their 2020-21 season schedules, the team's nonconference games will include a season-opening tournament in Duluth, an October road series at North Dakota, and a return visit by St. Cloud State to the Mariucci Classic. Also, four future Gopher draft prospects, and some classic games can be seen again.
Life has taken some unexpected turns for former Minnesota Gophers forward Jon Waibel in the past decade. After winning 2 national titles at the U of M and coaching junior hockey, he is now a farmer and county commissioner in his hometown, working to slow the spread of coronavirus in the region.
Corey Millen and Tom Chorske lived together when they played for the University of Minnesota and when they were teammates with the NHL's New Jersey Devils. They are reuniting to try to help rebuild NAHL franchise. The Blizzard averaged 33 fans for 28 home games, which was the worst in the league by a wide margin after moving from Brookings, S.D.
After leading the Minnesota Gophers on an impressive midseason turnaround in his second season, coach Bob Motzko was named one of nine finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award on Tuesday. It is given annually to the top coach in Division I college hockey.
Episode 21: The Rink Live video podcast for March 30, 2020
Opponents always knew they were in for a battle when they saw Scott Owens on the other bench, as he led Colorado College to seven NCAA tournament trips and three conference titles in 15 seasons coaching his alma mater. A year after leading Sioux Falls to the USHL title, Owens announced his retirement.
The 2019-20 season ended abruptly for the Minnesota Gophers, and for all of college hockey. While we wait on the team and the Big Ten to had out their official awards, The Rink Live takes a look back at the players and plays that stood out in coach Bob Motzko's second campaign behind the U of M bench.
The planes and the airports were mostly empty as Minnesota Gophers forward Sampo Ranta made his way home to Finland after the college hockey season was cancelled, and toilet paper is as scarce there as here. But during his two-week quarantine, the goal-scorer made an important decision about his future, which will make Gopher fans happy.
Well-done histories of high school, Olympic and professional hockey are available for fans stuck with too much time on their hands and no arenas to visit these days.
The future of Fargo Force forward Aaron Huglen is just one more uncertainty in this time when sports are shut down, after he missed the 2019-20 season due to a back injury. The former Roseau star is hopeful that surgery will return him health and eventually lead to his planned spot on the Minnesota Gophers roster.
Tyler Nanne was supposed to play in Pennsylvania with the Minnesota Gophers last weekend. Instead, the defenseman will make a living in Pennsylvania when pro hockey resumes, after signing a contract with the Hershey (Pa.) Bears of the American Hockey League.
Just days after helping Hill-Murray win a Minnesota state high school title, Charlie Strobel committed to play for the Minnesota Gophers, which surprised some who recall his father and uncle playing for Wisconsin.
The Minnesota Gophers played their final two games knowing that a loss would end their season. They won both, only to see their season end abruptly anyway, after the Big Ten cancelled its three remaining conference playoff games on Thursday, and the NCAA cancelled the playoffs in all sports.