Do you know about the State of Minnesota Hockey Tournament? It debuts Jan. 24-25 at Xcel Energy Center: Minnesota Duluth vs. Minnesota State-Mankato, and Minnesota vs. St. Cloud State. Tickets through UMD are available here.
J.T. Brown and the Syracuse Crunch are in a deep hole after losing 4-2 Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup final championship series. Grand Rapids leads 3-0. A game story from the Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard is here.
Drew LeBlanc threw out the first pitch before Wednesday’s Minnesota Twins home win over Philadelphia. On Twitter LeBlanc reported:
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@GopherPuckLive is projecting that WCHA referees Derek Shepherd, Brad Shepherd, Todd Anderson and C.J. Beaurline are heading to the NCHC, with Marco Hunt going to the Big Ten.
Nathan Wells of SB Nation, via Jack Hittinger of the Bemidji Pioneer, is projecting a media package for the WCHA, including video streaming of games in a report here.