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Coaches Corner: Karson Kuhlman and Neal Pionk

For this week's segment, we chat with two former UMD men's hockey standouts.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we hear from former UMD men’s hockey standouts Karson Kuhlman and Neal Pionk as they are back in town to help with the Bulldog Hockey Camp at Amsoil Arena. Categories: Coaches Corner, Friday Night Frenzy, Professional Sports, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

UMD’s Gabbie Hughes Invited to 2021 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival

Hughes was selected to the U23 roster as the festival serves as a pre-camp for the U.S. women's national team trip to the IIHF world championships.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, UMD’s Gabbie Hughes has been invited to the 2021 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival. Hughes was selected to the U23 roster as the festival serves as a pre-camp for the U.S. women’s national team, who is getting ready for the IIHF women’s world championships next month. The Lino Lakes native was named to the All-WCHA…

Duluth FC’s Sidney Warden Named to NPSL National XI Team

This is the third consecutive season that the Bluegreens have a player on the NPSL National XI.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday, Duluth FC striker Sidney Warden was been named to the NPSL National XI team. The Englishman had a historic season for the Bluegreens, scoring 17 goals, a single-season record for Duluth FC, en route to earning the NPSL’s Golden Boot award. Warden was also named to the Midwest Region XI team. This is the third consecutive…

Duluth Native Andy Welinski Signs with Calgary Flames

The former UMD standout has appeared in 46 NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks over the past three seasons

CALGARY, Canada – Thursday, the Calgary Flames announced that they have signed Duluth native Andy Welinski to a one-year deal. The former UMD standout has appeared in 46 NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks over the past three seasons, and even scored his first career NHL goal back in 2019 against the Flames. Welinski brings in a lot of AHL…

Former Bulldogs Neal Pionk, Karson Kuhlman Return to UMD for Youth Hockey Camp

The camp is staffed entirely by members of the men's and women's hockey teams.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey alumni group is filled with guys who are skating professionally in the NHL. And this month, they have returned home to take part in a special youth camp. This week was Week Two of the Bulldog Hockey Camp with over 100 squirts and peewees in attendance. For the scrimmages, each team was coached…

Former UMD Captain Hunter Shepard Signs Two-Year, Two-Way Deal with Washington Capitals

The former UMD captain helped the Bulldogs win back-to-back national titles in 2018 and 2019.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cohasset native and former Bulldog Hunter Shepard has signed a two-year, two-way deal with the Washington Capitals. The 25-year-old appeared in three games last season for the Hershey Bears of the AHL, going undefeated with one shutout and a .969 save percentage. Shepard also played in 21 games for the Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL, recording a…

Duluth Huskies Score Early and Often in Win Over Mankato

Calyn Halvorson led the team with three RBI, while Mike Boeve and Peyton Powell also drove in two runs each.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies scored in all but two innings in the game as they topped Mankato 11-2 Tuesday night at Wade Stadium. Calyn Halvorson led the team with three RBI, while Mike Boeve and Peyton Powell also drove in two runs each. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Main Camp Underway for Minnesota Wilderness

The goal is to cut down the group to just 40 players for their final roster, which will be announced later in the week.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness is hosting its main camp this week at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. The camp brings in around 120 players that the team has found through other camps, the draft, as well as their tendered and returning players. They are split up into teams and play in scrimmages over three days. The goal is…

Boston Bruins Re-Sign Former UMD Defenseman Nick Wolff

Last year, Wolff spent time overseas in Slovakia before appearing in 24 games with the Providence Bruins of the AHL.

BOSTON, Mass. – The Boston Bruins announced this week that they have re-signed former UMD defenseman Nick Wolff to a one-year, two-way deal. Last year, Wolff spent time overseas in Slovakia before appearing in 24 games with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. The former Bulldogs captain powered UMD to three straight national championship appearances and back-to-back national titles in…

Klein, Hanley to Serve as Team Captains for UMD Women’s Hockey Team

Senior defenseman Kailee Skinner will serve as the alternate captain.

DULUTH, Minn. – Every team needs a captain to be a leader and to set a great example. This week, the UMD women’s hockey team announced who will be wearing the “C” this upcoming season. Senior forwards Anna Klein and Kylie Hanley have been named team captains for the 2021-2022 season. Klein served as an alternate captain last season alongside…

Twin Ports Pro Development Camp Returns for Sixth Year with New Instructors

Current UMD players Koby Bender and Ben Patt along with pros Brett Olson, Andy Welinski, Brenden Kotyk and 2012 Hobey Baker winner Jack Connolly are all coaching this week, with Connolly and Patt making their first appearances at the camp which runs through Thursday.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Twin Ports Pro Development Camp is back for their sixth year, allowing local youth hockey players to learn from the pros and current college players who were in their shoes not too long ago. “Anytime you can have the chance to skate with an NHL player or past Hobey Baker, you have to take advantage of…

UMD Defenseman Connor Kelley Picked By Blackhawks in 7th Round of NHL Draft

UMD Defenseman Connor Kelley was selected in the seventh round Saturday afternoon by the Chicago Blackhawks at pick no. 204.

DULUTH, Minn.– The Bulldogs weren’t left out of the NHL Draft day action. UMD Defenseman Connor Kelley was selected in the seventh round Saturday afternoon by the Chicago Blackhawks at pick no. 204. The freshman totaled three goals and two assists. Along with four blocked shots last season for the Bulldogs as they made another Frozen Four appearance. Kelley is…

Coaches Corner: New UWS Baseball Coach TJ Oakes

It's this week's Coaches Corner, we talk to TJ Oakes, the newest head baseball coach for UWS.

SUPERIOR, Wis.– It’s this week’s Coaches Corner, we talk to TJ Oakes, the newest head baseball coach for UWS. The new Yellowjackets leader talks about his coaching experience, what led him to Superior, and what he hopes to accomplish as head coach. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Sports

Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Announces Team Awards from Previous Season

Senior Forward Nick Swaney was the Bulldogs MVP award. Swaney notched a team-high 28 points.

DULUTH, Minn.– The UMD Men’s Hockey team announced their team awards from last season. Senior Forward Nick Swaney was the Bulldogs MVP award. Swaney notched a team-high 28 points. Junior forward Noah Cates for the second year in a row was the Bulldogs’ most inspirational player. The captain earned All-NCHC Second Team honors. Koby Bender was UMD’s most improved player,…

Generations of Bulldogs Men’s Hockey Reunite for Golf Tournament

90 former Bulldogs were in attendance for the golf tournament.

DULUTH, Minn.– As the hockey world takes a pause for the summer, some former UMD Men’s Hockey players traded in their hockey sticks for some golf clubs Friday afternoon. The UMD Men’s Hockey Alumni Golf Tournament at the Northland Country Club has been going on for over two decades. 90 former Bulldogs were in attendance to see if they still…

CSS Women’s Basketball Coach Steps Down After 27 Seasons

DULUTH, Minn.– Longtime St. Scholastica Women’s Basketball Head Coach Stacy Deadrick will step down from her coaching position after 27 seasons with the Saints. Deadrick recorded 324 victories and took home UMAC Coach of the Year honors in the 2013-14 season. During her time on the sidelines, Deadrick has been involved with Saints athletics as a player and coach but…

Former Bulldog, Wild Defenseman Carson Soucy Selected by Seattle in Expansion Draft

Soucy finished with a career high 16 assists this season for the Wild.

SEATTLE, Was. – The Seattle Kraken held their expansion draft on Wednesday night and a Bulldog is headed out west as former UMD defenseman Carson Soucy was selected from the Wild. Soucy established himself on the third pairing this year, finishing with a career high 16 assists and 17 points. The 2013 draft pick had two seasons left on his…

UW-Superior Names TJ Oakes as Head Baseball Coach

Oakes spent the past six seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Saint Mary's University, helping them to the NCAA Tournament this past season. 

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Last month, Frank Pufall resigned as the head coach of the UW-Superior baseball team but it didn’t take long to fill the position as the new coach has been announced. TJ Oakes will lead the UWS baseball team. A Minnesota native, Oakes played at the University of Minnesota and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the…

Former UMD Captain Sydney Brodt Signs Pro Deal in Sweden

The three-year captain finished her career with 40 goals and 58 assists, the 98 points being the 21st most in program history. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD women’s hockey captain Sydney Brodt has signed a one-year deal with the Linkoping Hockey Club (LHC) of the Swedish Hockey League. The three-year captain finished her career with 40 goals and 58 assists, the 98 points being the 21st most in program history. Brodt has spent time with Team USA in the past, earning an…

Huskies Shut Out by Mankato in Final Game Before All Star Break

The Huskies will now have the next few days off for the All-Star break, where Ambren Voitik, Mike Boeve, Will McEntire and Eli Sundquist will represent the Huskies in the game on Tuesday in Mankato.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies tallied five hits but couldn’t get one across as the Mankato MoonDogs got the 1-0 win on Sunday to sweep the two-game series. Mike Boeve led the Huskies with two hits on the day. Cameron Pool had a strong start on the mound, giving up just three hits. Ethan Hammerberg came in with the bases…

Huskies Drop Series Opener to Mankato MoonDogs

Peyton Powell went 3-for-4 at the plate while Ambren Voitik went 2-for-5 with an RBI. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Huskies gave up four runs in the sixth inning and then couldn’t rally back as Mankato got the 6-3 win in the series opener. Peyton Powell went 3-for-4 at the plate while Ambren Voitik went 2-for-5 with an RBI. The Huskies and MoonDogs will wrap up the series on Sunday with first pitch set for 1:05…

Huskies Complete Another Late Rally to Sweep Minnesota Mud Puppies

The Huskies scored six runs in the eighth inning to sweep the two-game series against the Mud Puppies.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the second night in a row, the Duluth Huskies battled back in the eighth inning, six runs on Friday, to get the 10-7 win over the Minnesota Mud Puppies and sweep the series. Charlie Rhee and Ryan McDonald drove in two runs each while Michael Brooks and Calyn Halvorson each scored twice. The Huskies will be…

Duluth FC Wins Regular Season Finale to Clinch Spot in NPSL Playoffs

Dylan Sumner finished with two goals to help send the Bluegreens to the postseason.

DULUTH, Minn. – Dylan Sumner would score twice in the first half as Duluth FC defeated Sioux Falls FC 5-2 Friday night at Public Schools Stadium. Martin Grzywa, Sidney Warden and James Westfield also scored for the Bluegreens, who have clinched their spot in the NPSL playoffs which begin next Tuesday. Categories: College, Friday Night Frenzy, Sports

Silver Bay’s Ero Wallin Commits to St. Cloud State Baseball

Wallin was a finalist for the 2021 Mr. Baseball award, given to the best senior player in the state of Minnesota.

SILVER BAY, Minn. – This week, Silver Bay’s Ero Wallin has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the St. Cloud State baseball team. Wallin was a beast at the plate for the Mariners in his senior year, leading the state in nearly every offensive category, including batting average, home runs and RBI. “Ever since I was a kid,…

St. Scholastica’s Johnson, UW-Superior’s Heidenreich Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Next in the selection process will be conferences picking two nominees to represent them at the next stage.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – This week, the NCAA released the names of the 535 nominees for the Woman of the Year award. Some local names on the list include St. Scholastica’s Hannah Johnson and UW-Superior’s Amber Heidenreich. Johnson is a Two Harbors native and finished her career tied for most tournament wins in program history, as well as the best career…

Eighth-Inning Comeback Pushes Duluth Huskies Past Minnesota Mud Puppies

The Huskies scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and Jared Southard came up with the save in the ninth to keep Duluth on top of their division.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies would erase a three-run deficit in the eighth inning to pick up the comeback win over the Minnesota Mud Puppies 5-4 Thursday night at Wade Stadium. The Huskies scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and Jared Southard came up with the save in the ninth to keep Duluth on top…

Laura Schuler Rejoins UMD Women’s Hockey Coaching Staff

She is no stranger to the program as Schuler was on the Bulldogs coaching staff from 2008 to 2015, including during UMD's NCAA title run in 2010.

DULUTH, Minn. – Big news for the UMD women’s hockey team as they announced Thursday that Canadian Olympic head coach Laura Schuler will be joining the Bulldogs as an assistant coach this upcoming season. She is no stranger to the program as Schuler was on the Bulldogs coaching staff from 2008 to 2015, including during UMD’s NCAA title run in…

Duluth Denfeld’s Mary Johnson Commits to Elmhurst Women’s Soccer

Johnson has been the starting varsity goalie for the Hunters for her junior and senior campaigns.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Duluth Denfeld’s Mary Johnson has committed to joining the Elmhurst University women’s soccer team. Johnson has been the starting varsity goalie for the Hunters for her junior and senior campaigns. And she was busy too, seeing over 50 shots in each season. Johnson is also a member of the Gitchi Gummi soccer club in Duluth….

Duluth Huskies Split Home Doubleheader Against Eau Claire

Duluth will be back at home Thursday night for a two-game series against the Minnesota Mud Puppies.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first and only time this season, the Duluth Huskies hosted a doubleheader at Wade Stadium against Eau Claire. The Huskies took Game One 4-3 and dropped the nightcap to the Express 10-6. Duluth will be back at home Thursday night for a two-game series against the Minnesota Mud Puppies. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

UMD Football Hosts Final Session of Summer Team Camps

The UMD staff hopes that the camp allows teams to get a little ahead on their fall camp work before their seasons begin next month.

DULUTH, Minn. – The final session of UMD football team camps wrapped up Wednesday at Malosky Stadium. 20 teams were on campus for this session as they received training from the Bulldogs’ coaching staff and got to scrimmage against one another as well. “Just really cool to play on this field and just get an opportunity to get a chance…

Merissa Edwards Talks Becoming Interim Athletic Director at St. Scholastica

Edwards becomes just the second female athletic director in the history of St. Scholastica and one of three currently in the MIAC.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, St. Scholastica announced that Merissa Edwards will serve as interim athletic director for the upcoming school year. Edwards’ first task will be overseeing the department’s transition into the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this fall. “We are going up against some schools that are really well-funded, have really good programs, have been successful both athletically and…

UMD’s Nick Bryant to Join USA Hockey for 2022 Winter Olympics

Bryant will serve in a similar role as the hockey operations and event manager for the women's national team ahead of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD women’s hockey director of operations and equipment manager Nick Bryant is leaving the program to permanently join USA Hockey. Bryant will serve in a similar role as the hockey operations and event manager for the women’s national team ahead of the 2022 Beijing Olympics. “I do feel as though the roots that I put down at…

St. Louis County Promotes COVID Vaccines with “Athletes vs. COVID” Campaign

The campaign features short PSAs where each person shares why they got the vaccine and why it's important to encourage others to do so as well.

DULUTH, Minn. – As of today, 70% of adults in the state of Minnesota have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. And according to St. Louis County, there’s still more work to do so they’ve enlisted the help of some local sports celebrities. The county recently started putting out videos called athletes versus COVID, featuring some well known names…

Huskies Bats Come to Life in Sweep of Rochester Honkers

Peyton Powell, Calyn Halvorson and Jesse Pierece drove in two runs each. 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies came out on top of a back-and-forth with the Rochester Honkers, getting the 10-8 win to sweep the two-game series. The Huskies scored their runs in bunches, plating four in the third and five in the seventh to help secure the win. Peyton Powell, Calyn Halvorson and Jesse Pierece drove in two runs each….

Chisholm Native Eli Sundquist Among Four All-Star Selections for Duluth Huskies

Sundquist has been stellar on the mound for the Huskies this season with 39 strikeouts, which ranks fifth in the entire Northwoods League.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday, the Northwoods League announced the rosters for this year’s All-Star game and the Duluth Huskies will have four representatives: infielder Ambren Voitik, third baseman Mike Boeve, along with pitchers will McEntire and Chisholm native Eli Sundquist. “I was pretty surprised. I was happy, excited, just all the above. It was nice to get that nomination to…

Merissa Edwards Named Interim Athletic Director at St. Scholastica

Edwards will oversee St. Scholastica's transition into the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this fall.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday afternoon, the College of St. Scholastica announced that Merissa Edwards has been named the interim athletic director for the 2021-2022 academic year. She’s been part of the athletic department since 2010, including the last four years as the assistant A.D. of compliance and business. Edwards will oversee St. Scholastica’s transition into the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference…

Former UMD Hockey Star Maddie Rooney Vying for Spot on Team USA Roster

Former UMD women's hockey goalie Maddie Rooney has been named to her second U.S. Olympic residency roster.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD women’s hockey goalie Maddie Rooney has been named to her second U.S. Olympic residency roster. She will be one of 27 players vying for a spot on Team USA for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Andover native made international headlines when she backstopped her country to a gold medal over Canada in the 2018 Winter…

Duluth Huskies Get Shutout Win at Home Over Rochester

Jonny Guzman tossed seven one-hit innings while striking out three as the Huskies got the 6-0 shutout win.

DULUTH, Minn. – Jonny Guzman tossed seven one-hit innings while striking out three as the Huskies got the 6-0 shutout win over Rochester on Thursday night. At the plate, Calyn Halvorson went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and two runs scored while Bryan Broecker went 2-for-4 while driving in three runs. Rochester and the Huskies will wrap up the series on…

Grand Rapids’ Kodi Miller Commits to Itasca CC Baseball Team

This past season, Miller finished with a batting average over .350 with two home runs and 26 RBI.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – This week, Grand Rapids standout Kodi Miller has committed to joining the Itasca Community College baseball team. Miller was the varsity catcher for the Thunderhawks for the past four years, including his senior campaign where he helped Grand Rapids advance to the state championship game for the first time in over 30 years. This past season,…

Duluth FC Rolls Past La Crosse with Home Shutout

Sidney Warden scored two goals in the first half.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sidney Warden scored two goals in the first half to help Duluth FC knock off La Crosse Aris FC 6-0 Wednesday night at Public Schools Stadium. James Westfield, Dylan Summer, Danny Torres and Rui Vale also scored for the Bluegreens, who move up to second place in the North Conference Division. Duluth FC will be back in…

Huskies Drop First Game of Second Half to Eau Claire Express

Ambren Voitik drove in the only run for the Huskies.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies were down early and couldn’t fight back, as Eau Claire got the 8-1 win to hand the Huskies their first loss of the second half. Ambren Voitik drove in the only run for the Huskies, an RBI single in the fourth inning while Peyton Powell went 1-for-4 with a run scored. The Express scored…

Minnesota Wilderness Forward, Hermantown Native Jacob Herter Commits to Bethel University

Herter played three years for the Hawks, helping the team win the Class A state championship in 2016 and 2017, and a 3rd place finish in 2018.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Wednesday, Minnesota Wilderness forward Jacob Herter announced he has committed to joining the Bethel University men’s hockey team. The Hermantown native just wrapped up his third season in the NAHL with his best season yet, recording 24 points in 54 games. Prior to playing in juniors, Herter played three years for the Hawks, helping the team win…

St. Scholastica Softball Team Hosts Pitching Clinic

Tuesday's clinic was the first of four that will take place this month.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Scholastica softball team hosted their second-ever camp, specifically for pitching. Tuesday’s clinic was the first of four that will take place this month. And thanks to some overwhelming support, the Saints even added a couple extra sessions to accommodate as many campers as possible. “I don’t know if it’s parents wanting to get kids out…

Winnipeg Jets Agree to Extension with Duluth Native, Former UMD Captain Dominic Toninato

Toninato scored his first goal with the team in Game One of their first round playoff series against Edmonton.

WINNIPEG, Canada – This week, the Winnipeg Jets have agreed to a two-year extension with Duluth native Dominic Toninato. The 27-year-old played two regular season games with the Jets and scored his first goal with the team in Game One of their first round playoff series against Edmonton. The former UMD captain has played in 87 games in the NHL…

UWS Volleyball Team Releases 2021 Schedule

The Yellowjackets will open their season September 3rd at the Central/Grinnell tournament.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The UW-Superior volleyball team released their schedule for the 2021 season. The Yellowjackets will open their season September 3rd at the Central/Grinnell tournament. The following week, UWS will host the 2021 Subway Stinger Classic at the Mertz Mortorelli Gym. The ‘Jackets will open UMAC play at home September 21st against Northland College. The team will then close…

Duluth Huskies Fall at Home to Rochester Honkers

The Huskies will kick-off the second half of their season Tuesday with a road trip to Eau Claire.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Huskies got off to a great start with three runs in the first. But Rochester would heat up late and pick up the road win 8-5 at Wade Stadium. The Huskies will kick-off the second half of their season Tuesday with a road trip to Eau Claire. Categories: College, Northwoods League, Sports

Virginia’s Jack Toman Commits to St. Scholastica Football

This past season, Toman helped the Blue Devils finish 4-4, including winning three of their last four games of the regular season.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – This past weekend, Virginia quarterback Jack Toman signed his National Letter of Intent to join the St. Scholastica football team. This past season, Toman helped the Blue Devils finish 4-4, including winning three of their last four games of the regular season, and picking up a playoff win over Proctor. Virginia would ultimately fall to Aitkin in…

St. Cloud Dominates Huskies to Sweep Weekend Series

Mike Boeve and Cason Tollett drove in the only two runs of the day for the Huskies.

DULUTH, Minn. – The St. Cloud Rox started strong and put up nine in the third inning to get the 12-2 road win over the Huskies on Saturday to sweep the weekend series. The win gives the Rox the first half Great Plains West Division title while the Huskies fall to 1-11 against division foes this season. Mike Boeve went…

Cloquet-Carlton’s Katie Turner Commits to Northern Michigan Women’s Soccer

Last season, Turner was second on the Lumberjacks with 10 goals, including one game-winner, while adding seven assists

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer standout Katie Turner announced on Twitter that she has committed to Northern Michigan University. Last season, Turner was second on the Lumberjacks with 10 goals, including one game-winner, while adding seven assists, as Cloquet-Carlton dropped just one game on their way to winning the section 7A title. In her sophomore season, Turner’s 16 goals…