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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Before becoming a national act, the figure skating careers of Bob and Ruby Maxson began on flooded tennis courts in front of the beaming headlights of cars in Duluth. The siblings from Duluth were featured performers in the Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies in 1937 before moving to the Ice Capades in 1946. Bob Maxson, who died in 1999 at the age of 79, and Ruby Maxson, who died in 2003 at 81, will be inducted posthumously into the DECC Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday along with four others.
When Mike Sertich walked into the Minnesota Duluth athletic department offices on the morning of May 25, 1982, it wasn't to accept the job as head coach of the Bulldogs men's hockey team. Sertich, who had resigned his post as Gus Hendrickson's assistant in February, was there to turn down the head coaching position. That's what he said he told his wife, Audie, when he left his home that morning for UMD, and that's what he told Diana Klosowski — athletic director Ralph Romano's executive secretary — when he arrived on campus.
After 18 seasons coaching Minnesota Duluth, Mike Sertich spent three seasons at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Mich. He'd later coach bantam hockey in Hermantown and assist Mark Wick at St. Scholastica as well. But of all the coaching gigs Sertich has held over the past 48 years — including his time as an assistant at Grand Rapids High School — none has been more "inspiring" or more "humbling" in his words than his recent endeavour, assisting with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.
The Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey program received its first verbal commitment from the Class of 2020 on Friday when Clara Van Wieren of Michigan verbally committed to the Bulldogs on Twitter. Read more .
The Minnesota Duluth men's program has found a third goaltender for the 2017-18 season after losing freshman Hunter Miska to the Arizona Coyotes. Read more .
Three former Minnesota Duluth players and a former assistant coach will centralize with the Canadian National Women’s Team in 2017-18 in preparation for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Read more .
After a breakout senior season on the ice and a second consecutive Minnesota Class A state title in boys hockey, Hermantown senior Dylan Kolquist could have extended his hockey career at the junior level next fall. He won't. Instead, Kolquist will take the family business — golf — to Minnesota State-Mankato, where he'll also study finance. "They have a really good business school," Kolquist said. "I really love the coach there (Bryant Black). He's really nice, cares about the kids a lot. A lot of the kids who play on that team are pretty cool."
Senior-to-be Karson Kuhlman, a wing out of Esko, will captain the Bulldogs next season after serving as an assistant captain in 2016-17 as a junior. He’s the lone returning captain from the 2016-17 squad that won the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship and played for a national title at the NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago. Read more .
The NCHC announced a renewed partnership with CBS Sports Network on Tuesday. CBS Sports Network will broadcast 11 NCHC regular season games, plus the semifinals and final of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Read more .
The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey program isn't the only team at Amsoil Arena saying goodbye to its starting goaltender. The Bulldogs women are too, though this farewell is only temporary. UMD sophomore goaltender Maddie Rooney was one of 23 players named Friday to the 2017-18 United States Women's National Team, which will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.