Producer | Puck Drop

Randy Johnson is the producer of Puck Drop for the Star Tribune. He previously was the beat writer for University of Minnesota football and hockey, along with other college sports.

Johnson also spent 17 years as sports copy editor/layout editor at the Star Tribune after five years in a similar role with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. From 1991 through 1995, he was assistant sports editor and Penn State football beat writer for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.


Gophers hockey beats Michigan 4-2 but Big Ten title slips away

Before the puck dropped Saturday afternoon, the Gophers already knew they were destined for second place behind Wisconsin.


Gophers hockey falls 5-2 to Michigan and out of first place

The third-ranked Gophers no longer can claim the Big Ten title on their own. By falling to the No. 7 Wolverines, Minnesota ceded control of the Big Ten race to Wisconsin.


Our hockey bracketology: Four Minnesota teams in mix with UND as top seed

The men's conference tournaments will help determine whose bubbles will burst, while the teams at the top are solidifying their positions.


Gigi Marvin's passion for hockey, broadcasting unite as she joins FSN

The Olympic gold medalist and former Gophers standout is joining Fox Sports North's broadcast team for Wild games. She will make her debut on March 14.


Gophers women not your average No. 4 seed entering WCHA tourney

The Gophers played almost two-thirds of their schedule against teams ranked among the nation's top five, which helps explain their record.


Women's WCHA Final Faceoff preview

The Gophers play Wisconsin on Saturday in the WCHA semifinals at Ridder Arena.


Gophers hockey one good weekend from Big Ten regular season title

A win and a tie against Michigan would seal it, but the Gophers have their eyes on a bigger prize.


Gophers senior Grace Zumwinkle on All-WCHA first team

League regular-season champion Wisconsin had three-first team honorees, while runner-up Minnesota Duluth had two.


What slow start? Wild takes winning streak into first-place battle in Vegas

Suddenly, a team that few projected to be a division title contender has at least nudged its way into the conversation.


Some movement in college hockey Bracketology down the stretch

College hockey teams are battling for position to make the 16-team field for the NCAA men's tournament. Here's this week's projection of what the field might look like.