Jack Connolly update; USA Juniors lose 5-1 to Finland; Fan Favorite voting; UMD’s freshman class

The News Tribune is doing a year-end Whatever Happened To? series on notable news and sports figures of 2012 from Northeastern Minnesota. Saturday’s update features Jack Connolly, right now in the midst of a two-month hockey break because of injury in Sweden. That story is here.

The U.S. lost 5-1 to Finland on Saturday in the final preliminary game leading to the World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia (which begins Wednesday). Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey has a game recap here.

Voting for Minnesota Duluth’s Fan Favorite player of the season is already underway. Fans can vote right here.

College Hockey News catches up with UMD’s contributing freshman class for a story here.