Three Gophers selected in NHL Entry Draft

SUNRISE, Fla. – Three incoming freshmen for the Gopher Hockey program were selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft as the University of Minnesota has now featured 197 total draft picks. Brent Gates Jr. and Tommy Novak were selected in the third round by Anaheim (80th overall) and Nashville (85th overall), respectively, while Jack Sadek was drafted in the seventh round by Minnesota (204th overall). A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Gates has spent the last two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL and skated at the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey … Continue reading Three Gophers selected in NHL Entry Draft

Wild take center Joel Eriksson Ek with first round pick of NHL Draft

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild selected center Joel Eriksson Ek (Joel is pronounced Youl) with the 20th pick in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft tonight at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.   “Joel is a big, strong, two-way center that can really shoot the puck,” said Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr. “He’s a character kid with a quality work ethic and has been a leader at every level he’s played at.”   Eriksson Ek, 18 (1/29/97), recorded six points (4-2=6) in 34 games with Farjestad in the Swedish Hockey League and tallied 32 points … Continue reading Wild take center Joel Eriksson Ek with first round pick of NHL Draft

Wolves introduce newest additions to Minnesota fans, media

It was a day that Tyus Jones couldn’t even put into words. Something that he had always dreamed of. That was his description of what Friday was like as he and top draft pick Karl Anthony Towns were introduced  at a press conference on Friday. Jones, who played 5 years of high school basketball at Apple Valley, leading them to a state title his junior year, was traded to the Wolves from Cleveland on draft night in an exchange of picks. The Wolves sent the draft rights to forward Cedi Osman from Turkey, the 31st pick in the 2015 NBA … Continue reading Wolves introduce newest additions to Minnesota fans, media

Q&A with Twins Starter Phil Hughes

There isn’t much Phil Hughes hasn’t experienced in his baseball career. Before joining the Twins last year, the 29-year-old spent seven eventful seasons in the Bronx with the Yankees.  While wearing pinstripes, Hughes was an 18-game winner, an All Star and a world champion.  He also endured several injuries, a 4-14 season and the ravenous New York media.  After surviving that, he can handle anything the Twin Cities throw at him. Fittingly, after an 0-4 start this season, Hughes dug in and has worked his way back to 6-6 and lowered his ERA from 5.11 to 4.20.  His ratio of … Continue reading Q&A with Twins Starter Phil Hughes

Twins recall Alex Meyer from AAA Rochester

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The long awaited Major League debut of Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer is becoming reality. The Twins announced today that they will recall the right-hander from Triple-A Rochester prior to Friday night’s game at Milwaukee.  Meyer, who will be looking to make his major league debut, went 3-3 with a 5.11 ERA (56.1 IP, 32 ER), 30 walks and 61 strikeouts in 17 games (8 starts) for the Red Wings.  Since being converted to a reliever in late May, he has made nine appearances, posting a 0.53 ERA (17.0 IP, 1 ER), with six walks … Continue reading Twins recall Alex Meyer from AAA Rochester

2015-16 Wild Schedule Released

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild’s 2015-16 National Hockey League (NHL) regular season schedule was released today. The Wild opens the season on the road against the Colorado Avalanche at 8 p.m. CT on Thursday, Oct. 8 and then returns home to host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The club will play 11 of its first 12 games against Western Conference opponents including six matches against Central Division foes.       Minnesota will host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. at TCF Bank Stadium as part of the 2016 … Continue reading 2015-16 Wild Schedule Released

Wild’s Dubnyk wins Masterton Trophy

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (pronounced DOOB-nihk) is this year’s recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The award was presented this evening during the 2015 NHL Awards ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Voted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA), the trophy is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. “It’s a tremendous honor to be the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy and I thank the PHWA for … Continue reading Wild’s Dubnyk wins Masterton Trophy