NORTHFIELD, Minn. — For years, Mike Eaves and his wife have had a nightly ritual at their lake place in southern Minnesota. “Wine at Nine” is when they pour themselves glasses of Merlot, sit by the fireplace and gaze out at the water (or ice) of Circle Lake, enjoying the tranquility. It’s a scene they may be able to replicate in Eaves’ new job, but the body of water — Lake Erie — will be significantly larger.
MINNEAPOLIS — Amid the eclectic mix of former and current Minnesota Gophers hanging out in the well-appointed players’ lounge deep inside their home rink, future Gophers defenseman Jackson LaCombe found a quiet corner to talk about what may come next.
ST. PAUL — As he prepares for his second NHL Draft at the helm of the Minnesota Wild — but his first with a full season running the team under his belt — general manager Paul Fenton is seemingly taking the Fleetwood Mac approach to the club’s prospects. Namely, “Don’t stop thinkin’ about tomorrow.”
ROSEAU, Minn. — There’s something perfectly appropriate about talking with Aaron Huglen at a coffee shop next door to Polaris, the famed northwestern Minnesota outdoor vehicle manufacturer. Roseau, a town of 2,600 which sits 10 minutes south of the Canadian border, is most widely known for sending snowmobiles, ATVs and exemplary hockey players out into the world. Huglen, who graduated from Roseau High School in May, looks to be the next one to roll off the hockey assembly line, located a few blocks away at Memorial Arena.
MINNEAPOLIS — Greg May, head hockey coach at the Blake School, loses count when he considers the schools that reached out to him about forward Tristan Broz in the past few months. After conversations and visits with coaches at close to a dozen programs, Broz decided that there’s no place like home. On Monday evening, June 10, Broz, who will be a junior at Blake next season, announced via Twitter that he’s chosen to be a Minnesota Gopher in a few years.
ST. PAUL -- If you use your cell phone to post on social media about your perception that mining is hazardous to our air and water quality, and we need to promote wind energy instead, Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni will revel in the irony, just a little bit.
MADISON, Wis. -- Hockey players often live a nomadic life. Take Noah Weber, for example. Originally from Eagle River, Wis., the hard-nosed forward who turned 21 in February has already gotten his mail in Faribault, Minn., Madison, Wis., and Kearney, Neb., during various stops in his hockey career. He was ready to add Colorado Springs, Colo., to that list, but life gets in the way sometimes. And when things get tough, it’s common to want to be closer to home.
MINNEAPOLIS — After a feast of roast turkey, green bean casserole and that cranberry sauce that retains the shape of the can it came in, many families follow up their Thanksgiving dinner with a spirited game of touch football in the backyard. The Minnesota Gophers will try something different this season, and will renew one of their more storied rivalries on Thanksgiving Day.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The challenges were clearly laid out in front of new Western Collegiate Hockey Association women’s commissioner Jennifer Flowers on her first day on the job. And still, she offered an air of excitement about what lies ahead.
MINNEAPOLIS -- What is sure to be a youthful Minnesota Gophers roster next season got just a little bit younger on Friday. The Rink Live has learned from multiple sources that defenseman Clayton Phillips intends to transfer to another program. Phillips, who hails from Edina, recently completed his sophomore season with the Gophers. Under NCAA transfer rules he would need to sit out for a year before he is eligible to play at another Division I program.