Runestone Community Center expansion project

by Jackson Boline Let’s Play Hockey Contributor The city of Alexandria is close to adding a fourth sheet of ice on the west side of the Runestone Community Center, attached to the “West Rink.” This $20 Million project has been in the works for the past 14 years.  “We have about $11.2 million committed through […]

2023 INDUCTEES NAMED TO WISCONSIN HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

The board of directors of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame has selected three candidates for induction into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in September 2023. Karyn Bye, from Hudson; Sis Paulsen from Stoughton; and Terry Watkins from Menomonie, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Eagle […]

A new beginning for women’s professional hockey

      By Jackson Boline A single professional women’s hockey league could finally be on the horizon in North America. After years of division between two leagues, it looks as if one league will soon be a reality.  The Professional Hockey Federation (PHF) and the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association (PWHPA) announced a merger […]

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Like father like son

Robby Grendahl takes over as Wadena-Deer Creek Head Coach By Jackson Boline The Wadena-Deer Creek boy’s hockey team has a new leader behind the bench after Scott Woods decided to step down after seven years as the Wolverine’s head coach. Robby Grendahl is stepping in after being alongside Woods for his tenure as an assistant […]

Heart to Heart

Austin Dwyer is the recipient of the 2023 Patrick Schoonover Award By Bryan Zollman Austin Dwyer was seven years old when Patrick Schoonover collapsed and died at age 14 on the ice during a bantam hockey game. Both were playing in the Eastview Hockey Association. Aaron Dwyer, Austin’s dad, was on the Eastview Hockey Board […]

Pav’s Greatest Assist

The Ranch – Teammates for Life was Mark Pavelich’s final dream By Bryan Zollman Mark Pavelich was known for the assist he made on the game-winning goal in the 1980 Miracle On Ice game. But his greatest assist came July 8 with the unveiling of a statue in Sauk Centre, Minn., and a ceremonial ribbon […]

Officially Speaking: The Hand pass and Analytical Greatness

By Mark Lichtenfeld Most people reading this column could care less about the nuances of officiating. What they really want is to peruse the OS analysis about various issues and important matters which will help them and/or their kids negotiate their respective ways to successful careers. This is where OS excels. By utilizing the finer […]

Minnesota Wild announces executive promotions

 SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE) and Minnesota Wild Owner and Governor Craig Leipold announced today three executive promotions to strategically position the organization for future evolution and continued growth.  Matt Majka, most recently serving as President and Alternate Governor, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of MSE, which includes the Minnesota Wild, Iowa Wild, and […]

University of St. Thomas to take on Minnesota State University 
in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women’s Face-Off Classic

Two of the top women’s teams from the country’s premier hockey conference will battle in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women’s Face-Off Classic, Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. CST, at Maple Grove Ice Arena in Maple Grove, Minn. The contest will feature the University of St. Thomas against Minnesota State University, two members […]

Darwitz, Bobrowski to lead Hill-Murray girls program

Natalie Darwitz, perhaps the state’s most celebrated female hockey player, is still making headlines. On June 6 it was announced Darwitz was leaving the University of Minnesota Gopher Women’s program after two years serving as an associate head coach with Brad Frost.  It took only a couple of days for Darwtiz’s name to resurface when it […]