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Jess Myers covers college hockey, as well as outdoors, general sports and travel, for The Rink Live and the Forum Communications family of publications. He came to FCC in 2018 after three decades of covering sports as a freelancer for a variety of publications, while working full time in politics and media relations. A native of Warroad, Minn. (the real Hockeytown USA), Myers has a degree in journalism/communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He lives in the Twin Cities. Contact Jess via email at jrmyers@forumcomm.com, or find him on Twitter via @JessRMyers. English speaker.

All of the things that Augustana athletics had on its hockey checklist are now complete, with a coach hired, an arena under construction and Tuesday's announcement that the Vikings will join the CCHA in the fall of 2023.
Advocating that college hockey proceed with "urgency and patience" new NCHC commissioner Heather Weems talked about her background, the tough decisions of the past and the opportunities of the future at her introductory press conference.
Blaming players for a lack of loyalty to their teams when they enter the transfer portal is an outdated idea that does not take the many potential reasons for a player to shop around under consideration.
The 42-year-old also talks about growing up in northern Michigan, his two brothers who work in pro hockey, things he is looking for in hiring a staff and more with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten
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The first-round playoff series between Minnesota and St. Louis may come to an end on Thursday, as the Blues most recent win pushed the Wild to the edge of elimination. And after five contests that have had a bit of everything, anything less than seeing all seven games would be unfortunate.
Minnesota State Mankato opens the 2022-23 season with a Frozen Four rematch versus in-state rival Minnesota, while Michigan Tech will host Bowling Green for their annual Winter Carnival series in 2023.
Former St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks forward shares memories of his career on The Rink Live podcast with Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.
Ben Meyers' year of world traveling will continue, as he and two other former Gophers have been named to Team USA. Also: a quartet of Gophers could go in round one of the NHL Draft, fond memories of Adam Nightingale in Minnesota, and a probable landing spot for Jack Perbix.
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For St. Louis, the back end trouble started before the national anthem was played. Two missing defenders, one blueliner making his playoff debut, and one with some lousy luck spelled an even playoff series after two games.
The announcement comes roughly 12 years after MSU announced that Nightingale, who played forward at the school for two years in the 2000s, would be the Spartans’ new director of hockey operations.