College hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune covering the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's teams, as well as the NCAA Division III programs at St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior.
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DULUTH, Minn.—When the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey program raises its second NCAA championship banner to the Amsoil Arena rafters on Saturday night, 19 of the 26 players from the 2017-18 national championship squad will be back for another season as Bulldogs. Of the 21 players projected to suit up for the 7 p.m. season opener against Minnesota, 17 played in the 2-1 victory over Notre Dame in the Frozen Four final at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
ST. PAUL—Tom Kurvers has scouted plenty of players over the years at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild prospects development camp scrimmage on Thursday, July 12, was a different experience, however. This time, Kurvers was not the enemy. After 11 seasons working for the Phoenix Coyotes and spending the last decade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Xcel is now the home rink for Kurvers, who was named the Wild's assistant general manager on June 26.
DULUTH — Just because it's June, that doesn't mean Scott Perunovich is impervious to more accolades. The Minnesota Duluth sophomore-to-be added another line to his hockey resume on Saturday after being selected in the second round, No. 45 overall by the St. Louis Blues in the NHL Entry Draft at American Airlines Arena in Dallas.
DULUTH—Neither the National Collegiate Hockey Conference or Western Collegiate Hockey Association currently has a voice on the NCAA men's and women's ice hockey rules committee, which last week proposed eliminating 3-on-3 overtimes periods and shootouts in favor of leaving games tied after a five-minute, 5-on-5 overtime period. But you can bet both leagues will be heard loud and clear during the comment period, which begins this week and concludes in mid-July. The NCAA Playing Rules and Oversight Panel meets July 25 to vote on the final proposal.
DULUTH—Joey Anderson knows himself better than anyone, which is why when it came time to make a decision on whether to return for his junior season at Minnesota Duluth or sign with the New Jersey Devils, he knew he had to take the emotion out of it. It was a decision that couldn't be about him and his younger brother, Mikey.
ST. CLOUD — The last time Brett Larson helped guide Minnesota Duluth to an NCAA title in 2011, it led to his hiring as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Sioux City Musketeers. Now after serving as an assistant coach on another national championship Bulldogs squad, the Duluth native is on the move again. Larson was named the third NCAA Division I head coach at St. Cloud State on Friday, April 13, replacing Bob Motzko, who left after 13 seasons to become head coach at Minnesota.
DULUTH—As Minnesota Duluth's run to the 2017-18 national championship showed, the program is well equipped to deal with the early departures of underclassmen. The team lost three last offseason to the NHL after falling in the NCAA title game to Denver, so it stands to reason the Bulldogs will lose one or more this spring and summer after beating Notre Dame for the crown on Saturday. But how prepared is head coach Scott Sandelin to possibly replace his coaching staff?
INSIDE UMD captain Karson Kuhlman signs with NHL's Bruins, B3 ST. PAUL—Hunter Shepard sat in his locker stall Saturday, April 7, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul grinning ear-to-ear. The former Grand Rapids goaltender just backstopped the University of Minnesota Duluth to its second NCAA championship in program history, stopping 19 of the 20 shots Notre Dame had sent his way.
ST. PAUL — A number of Bulldogs played with heavy hearts Saturday, April 7, during their NCAA championship victory over Notre Dame at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. That was especially true for Minnesota Duluth's junior assistant captain, Parker Mackay, whose friend and former teammate, Conner Lukan, was one of 15 Humboldt Broncos killed Friday in a bus crash.
ST. PAUL — For Minnesota Duluth, X marks the spot. Again. The Bulldogs won their second national championship on Saturday night on the same ice they won their first title back in 2011, beating Notre Dame 2-1 in the final of the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four at Xcel Energy Center before a raucous pro-UMD crowd of 18,303. Just 365 days ago, UMD lost in the national championship game, 3-2 to Denver, at United Center in Chicago. As painful as that day was for players such as Karson Kuhlman and Jared Thomas, both said they'd gladly re-live it.