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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Minnesota's five NCAA Division I men's programs tried to stage their own state championship — known as the North Star College Cup — from 2014 to 2017, only to give up after four years. Starting in 2018-19, the State of Hockey's five NCAA Division I women's teams will take their shot at succeeding where the men failed. The University of Minnesota's Ridder Arena in Minneapolis will host the inaugural Minnesota Cup on Jan. 5-6, 2019, featuring the Gophers, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State-Mankato and St. Cloud State in a tournament format.
Another former Bulldogs captain is returning to Amsoil Arena. Minnesota Duluth announced Friday the hiring of Hermantown native Adam Krause to the staff of Scott Sandelin as an assistant coach. Krause replaces Duluth native Brett Larson, who last month was hired as the head coach at St. Cloud State.
Former Minnesota Duluth captain Ashleigh Brykaliuk is back with the Bulldogs, this time as an assistant coach, the school announced Monday. Brykaliuk wore the 'C' at UMD for two seasons as a junior and senior from 2015-2017, this after serving on the search committee that hired current head coach Maura Crowell.
Minnesota Duluth won the 2017-18 NCAA men's hockey championship thanks in part to the Anderson brothers of Roseville, Minn. Mikey was a freshman on the blue line while his older brother, Joey, was a top-line wing. To win another national title in 2018-19, the Bulldogs will turn to a new set of brothers — Jackson and Noah Cates of Stillwater, Minn. — and both are very much up to the challenge. "Defending champs, that's a good challenge to go into," Jackson said.
Despite what you may have heard or thought, Lester Park Golf Course will be operational in 2018. After that, however, it's anyone's guess. In early January the city of Duluth assured golfers the 27-hole course on the eastern side of town would be open this season, but no one in the city is committing to the course beyond this summer. According to a News Tribune report, the city projected in December its two municipal golf courses, Lester and Enger Park, will lose a combined $108,000 this year, adding to the $2.2 million operating debt that has already accumulated.
ST. PAUL — Nine days earlier, Minnesota Wild defenseman Carson Soucy was in the stands of Xcel Energy Center with tears in his eyes watching his former Minnesota Duluth teammates celebrate an NCAA championship.
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.
Minnesota Duluth men's hockey assistant coach and Duluth native Brett Larson will be named the third NCAA Division I head coach at St. Cloud State later today, a source has confirmed to the News Tribune. Larson replaces Bob Motzko, who left the Huskies after 13 seasons to become head coach at Minnesota. A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. today in St. Cloud to make the announcement. A former player at Minnesota Duluth and Duluth Denfeld, Larson has served as a UMD assistant coach under Scott Sandelin for a pair of three-season stints from 2008-11 and 2015-18.
Minnesota Duluth senior forward Jared Thomas of Hermantown has signed with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League for the 2018-19 season. He's currently there on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
Minnesota Duluth goaltender and Olympic gold medalist Maddie Rooney says she's not a superstar, even after stopping 29 shots and making two dramatic stops in Team USA's 3-2 shootout win over Canada in the final in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Rooney insists — vehemently, in fact — that she's not famous, even after appearing on "Ellen" and challenging Justin Bieber to a shootout on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon. That humble attitude is what has Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell excited for Rooney's return for her junior season.