Professional Sports

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…

90th Annual Cloquet Golf Invitational Begins This Weekend

The action begins Friday with the championship flights taking place on Sunday. Fans are welcome to attend.

CLOQUET, Minn. – This weekend, the 90th annual Cloquet Golf Invitational will be taking place at the Cloquet Country CLub. This year’s installment will have a few changes, including a 21-and-over age limit. Other than that, it’s expected to be another competitive bracket of 180 golfers, including some of the best names in the Northland. “I think there’s some good…

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…

Esko Native Nick Emanuel Signs First Pro Deal with Great Falls Voyagers

Emanuel is the first Northland player to sign a minor league deal since Hermantown native Kevin Follman. And he's hoping to not be the last.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Earlier this week, Esko native Nick Emanuel signed his first professional deal with the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer Baseball League. This season, the former North Dakota State catcher helped the Bison capture the Summit League championship. The PBL is an independent league that does have a partnership with Major League Baseball. “The big difference,…

Minnesota Wild Defenseman Ian Cole Flies with Navy Blue Angels

The Ann Arbor, MI native comes from a military background with both of his grandfathers having served.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the United States Navy Blue Angels will be performing at the Duluth Airshow. But Wednesday, they welcomed a special guest and a big fan. Minnesota Wild defenseman Ian Cole was in town to fly with the Blue Angels. The Ann Arbor, MI native comes from a military background with both of his grandfathers having served….

Former UMD Hockey Coach Mike Sertich Reacts to Passing of Tom Kurvers

The Saint Paul native was UMD's first-ever Hobey Baker Award winner back in 1984, when he led the Bulldogs to the national championship game.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the hockey world is in mourning for a player who exemplified what it meant to be a Bulldog, on and off the ice. Former UMD hockey legend Tom Kurvers passed away Monday morning after a two-and-a-half year battle with lung cancer. The Saint Paul native was UMD’s first-ever Hobey Baker Award winner back in 1984,…

Port Wing Native Megan Gustafson Signs with Washington Mystics

The Iowa standout was drafted by Dallas 17th overall in the 2019 WNBA draft.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Port Wing native Megan Gustafson signed with the Washington Mystics. The South Shore alum was waived by the Dallas Wings back on May 12th. Gustafson played 34 career games with the Wings, appearing in just one preseason game this season, recording nine points and four rebounds. The Iowa standout was drafted by Dallas 17th overall…

Former Bulldog JT Brown Retires from Pro Hockey to Join Seattle Kraken TV Broadcast Team

Brown played seven years in the NHL with stops in Tampa Bay, Anaheim and right here in Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Former UMD hockey standout JT Brown announced on Twitter Monday that he is retiring from professional hockey. He will be joining the NHL’s newest expansion team, the Seattle Kraken, as a TV analyst. Brown played seven years in the NHL with stops in Tampa Bay, Anaheim and right here in Minnesota. He played last season in…

Shea, King Win Modified Version of William A. Irvin 5K

Just over 1,000 runners took part in this year's modified version of the race, which began and ended at Bayfront Festival Park.

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon weekend is officially underway and Friday’s William A. Irvin 5K kicked off the races. Just over 1,000 runners took part in this year’s modified version of the race, which began and ended at Bayfront Festival Park. The top male finisher was 19-year-old Mason Shea. The River Falls, WI native finished with a time of 16…

Former Bulldog Danielle Beattie (Kohlwey) to Run in U.S. Olympic Team Qualifiers

Kohlwey will run in the 100 meter hurdles Saturday in Eugene, OR.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD track star Danielle Beattie, formerly Kohlwey, will be taking part in the U.S. Olympic Team trials this weekend. Kohlwey will run in the 100 meter hurdles Saturday in Eugene, OR. She currently holds the UMD record in the 100 and 200 meter dash, as well as the 100 meter hurdles, which she also holds the…

Registration Still Open for Sixth Annual Twin Ports Pro Development Camp

The camp will take place from July 26th to the 29th at the Superior Ice Arena.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The time for summer hockey camps is right around the corner. And registration is still open for one of the best in the Northland. The Twin Ports Pro Development Camp is back for its sixth year of providing elite level instruction and training for local boys and girls youth hockey players. A lot of the same faces…

Chicago White Sox Purchase Contract of Hermantown Native Kevin Folman

The former Duluth Husky spent the past three years with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association of Professional Baseball.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Former Duluth Huskies pitcher and Hermantown native Kevin Folman has signed with the Chicago White Sox. This is the second time the White Sox have purchased Folman’s contract, who has spent the past three years with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association of Professional Baseball. Folman played at three levels of the White Sox…

Former UMD Captain Parker Mackay Joins Former AJHL Team’s Coaching Staff

Mackay helped the Saints win two AJHL championships before coming to Duluth to lead UMD to back-to-back national titles.

IRMA, Alberta – Former UMD men’s hockey captain and two-time national champion Parker Mackay has joined the coaching staff of the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Mackay helped the Saints win two AJHL championships before coming to Duluth to lead UMD to back-to-back national titles. He turned pro after college, signing with the Texas Stars of…

Grand Rapids Native Jack Peart Named USHL Rookie of the Year

In 24 games, Peart recorded one goal and 14 assists, finishing sixth on the team in points per game.

FARGO, N.D. – Grand Rapids native Jack Peart has been named USHL Rookie of the Year. The 2021 Mr. Hockey Award winner was stellar on the blueline for the Fargo Force, helping his team advance all the way to the USHL Finals, where they fell to the Chicago Steel. In 24 games, Peart recorded one goal and 14 assists, finishing…

Registration Open for Starks Academy’s Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Camp

The camp is offered for all kids ages seven to 14, whether they are new to the game or looking to sharpen their skills.

DULUTH, Minn. – With summer right around the corner, many sports camps will be making their return after the pandemic wiped out most of them last year. That includes Starks Academy, who will once again partner up with some special guests. This summer, Starks Academy will host the 2021 Northland Timberwolves and Lynx Camp. It will take place August 2nd…

CJ Ham Adds Second Session for Youth Football Camp in Duluth

The second session will be on July 17 from 3-7 p.m. at Duluth Denfeld High School.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth native and Minnesota Vikings fullback CJ Ham announced a few weeks ago that he would be bringing his youth football camp back to Duluth this summer. The camp spots filled up quickly, but Ham announced on Monday that he’s adding another session so even more local kids can attend. The second session will also be on…

Former Bulldog, Thunderhawk Hunter Shepard Dazzles in AHL Debut

Shepard finished with 28 saves in a shutout win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

HERSHEY, Pa. – It has been quite a journey in the pros so far for former UMD goalie Hunter Shepard. After an abrupt end to his college career last year, the Cohasset native signed a pro deal with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. And after starting his career in the ECHL with the South Carolina…

Duluth Boxer Jesse Walters Returns to the Ring Next Month

Walters will head to Alabama in late May for his fourth pro fight.

DULUTH, Minn. – For the first time in over a year, local boxer Jesse Walters of Jungle Gym will lace up his gloves for his next professional fight. Walters will head to Alabama in late May for his fourth pro fight. And while he’s excited to get back in the ring, it will be a bit more of a challenge…

Minnesota Vikings Fullback, Duluth Native CJ Ham to Hold 2nd Annual Youth Football Camp

All proceeds will go towards diversity sponsorship opportunities in the city of Duluth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Two years ago, Minnesota Vikings fullback CJ Ham hosted his first youth football camp in his hometown of Duluth. And this summer, the bruising Pro Bowler is bring it back. Ham will be hosting his second annual camp Saturday July 17th. It will be open for kids ages five to 13, but will be capped at the…

Minnesota Boxing Returns This Weekend in Hinckley

Saturday's event hopes to be a springboard for the return of many tournaments this summer, including the Golden Gloves tourney.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first boxing card in Minnesota in nearly 13 months will be taking place this weekend in Hinckley. The event will be closed to fans as boxers, coaches and officials will be allowed to attend. It will be a test event so if all goes well, promoters will be allowed to get back to holding boxing events….

UMD Forward, Hermantown Native Cole Koepke Signs Two-Year Deal with Tampa Bay

Koepke will join the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL for the remainder of the season on a professional tryout agreement.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the UMD men’s hockey season all wrapped up, the next order of business is finding out who is sticking around for next season and who is moving on. So far this week, Nick Swaney and Jackson Cates inked NHL deals, and another forward is also heading to the pros. Tuesday, junior Cole Koepke signed a two-year…

UMD’s Jackson Cates Signs with Philadelphia Flyers

Jackson was invited and participated in the Flyers annual summer development camp back in 2019.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – UMD junior forward Jackson Cates has signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Stillwater native increased his scoring each year in a Bulldogs uniform. He will join the team right away. This past season, Cates finished with 27 points in 28 games, helping UMD reach the Frozen Four. In total, he racked up 64 points…

UMD’s Nick Swaney Talks Joining Minnesota Wild Organization

Swaney will report Wednesday to the Iowa Wild and spend the rest of the season there.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, UMD standout Nick Swaney signed his first pro contract to join the Minnesota Wild. The Lakeville native says even with the choice of an extra year of eligibility, he felt that this was the right time to begin his professional career. “I think everyone at Duluth, too, knew that if I had the chance…

Nick Swaney Signs One-Year, Entry-Level Contract With Minnesota Wild

Swaney will report to the Iowa Wild of the AHL for the remainder of the season. He's the first current Bulldog to sign a professional contract this offseason.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey senior forward Nick Swaney has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild, the organization announced on Sunday. Swaney will report to the Iowa Wild of the AHL on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the season with his entry-level contract starting in the 2021-22 season. The alternate captain finished his…

Player Signings Build Excitement for Upcoming Duluth FC Season

Duluth FC will open their season at home on May 22nd against the Joy Athletic Club.

DULUTH, Minn. – Wednesday, Duluth FC announced some player signings to begin to build excitement for the upcoming season. The Bluegreens did not get to play at all last year due to the pandemic. But now that the roster almost set and the schedule is finalized, the team is anxious is finally get back on the pitch. “There was always…

Jungle Gym Opens New 24/7 Location in Downtown Duluth

The gym is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for its members with the use of keyless entry cards.

DULUTH, Minn. – One of the most important aspects of any business is growth. Jungle Gym is in the business of boxing and now they’ve expanded into downtown Duluth. The new gym is now located on West First Street and features among other things, a much larger training space for its members. Owner Zach Walters says he always wanted to…

Hayward Wolfpack FC Reveal New Branding, Logo

Team registration begins on March 10th and the season will kick off on May 2nd.

HAYWARD, Wis. – This week, the Hayward United soccer team announced that they are branching off as a separate team and becoming Hayward Wolfpack FC, which includes a new logo. Since its inception in 2017, the team has operated as part of the Hayward United Soccer Club youth organization. The Wolfpack will continue to play in the Wisconsin Primary Amateur…

Duluth FC Announces Schedule for Upcoming 2021 Season

The Bluegreens will play 12 games, starting with their home opener May 22nd against Joy Athletic Club.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, Duluth FC released their schedule for the upcoming season. The Bluegreens will play 12 games, starting with their home opener May 22nd against Joy Athletic Club. They will wrap up their season at Public Schools Stadium as well against Sioux Falls on July 17th. Click here for the full schedule. Duluth FC did not play…

Eveleth Native John Mayasich Granted State of Hockey Legacy Award

The award recognizes individuals who've made extraordinary and long-term contributions to hockey in Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Eveleth native and U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer John Mayasich has been granted the State of Hockey Legacy Award from the Minnesota Wild. Mayasich led the Golden Bears to four straight state championships, going undefeated in each year. He went on to play with the minnesota golden gophers, becoming the program’s all time leader in goals…

UMD’s Jen Walter Talks First Female Referee at Super Bowl, Sarah Thomas

Walter says she was excited to see Thomas break another glass ceiling for women in sports.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunday’s Super Bowl was historic for many reasons. One of the biggest was Sarah Thomas, who became the first female to officiate a Super Bowl game. UMD head softball coach Jen Walter has officiated in softball, volleyball and basketball games for several years and says she was excited to see Thomas break another glass ceiling for women…

Registration Opens Next Week for Minnesota Wild’s “Little Wild Learn to Play” Program

The Duluth Heritage Center will host four days of activities in the month of April for boys and girls ages five to nine.

DULUTH, Minn. – Registration opens on Monday for the Minnesota Wild’s “Little Wild Learn to Play” youth program. The Duluth Heritage Center will host four days of activities in the month of April for boys and girls ages five to nine. The program is intended for kids who have not participated in organized youth hockey programs. For more information, click…

Superior Native Mike Carlson Enjoying Great Start to Spanish Pro Basketball Season

In his debut game, the Duluth Marshall alum hit the game winning three-pointer to give his team their first victory of the season.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior native Mike Carlson has had a superb start to his season in the ACB League, widely considered the best basketball league outside of the NBA. In his debut game, the Duluth Marshall alum hit the game winning three-pointer to give his team their first victory of the season. “I’ve done that in my backyard a couple…

Former UMD Captain Parker Mackay Retires from Pro Hockey

Mackay holds the record for most NCAA tournament games played by one player.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD captain and two-time national champion Parker Mackay announced Tuesday that he retiring from professional hockey after two years. The 2019 Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player cited personal health concerns for the decision. After leading the bulldogs to their second straight national championship, The Irma, Alberta native signed with the Texas Stars. Mackay holds the record…

Former CSS/UMD Defenseman Brenden Kotyk Announces Retirement from Pro Hockey

Kotyk spent the past three years playing in the ECHL with both Toledo and Greenville. He started his pro career with Hartford in the AHL in 2017, and totaled 52 points throughout his pro career. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Former St. Scholastica and UMD defenseman Brenden Kotyk announced on his Twitter on Friday afternoon his retirement from professional hockey. Kotyk spent the past three years playing in the ECHL with both Toledo and Greenville. He started his pro career with Hartford in the AHL in 2017, and totaled 52 points throughout his pro career. Kotyk spent…

Local Family Searching for Stolen Package from Packers Linebacker Christian Kirksey

The jersey was a surprise birthday gift for die-hard Packers fan Betty Anderson, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last month, Betty Anderson celebrated her 90th birthday. As a die-hard Packers fan, she always wanted to go to Lambeau Field. But due to the pandemic, fans aren’t allowed to attend Packers game. So her grand-daughter, McKenzie Thomas, came up with the next best thing. “I wanted to reach out to all the Packers players, just to…

Former Bulldog Jared Thomas Traded to ECHL’s Indy Fuel

The Hermantown native joins fellow Bulldog Peter Krieger, who signed with the Fuel last Friday.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Florida Everblades of the ECHL have traded UMD alum Jared Thomas to the Indy Fuel. It was a short stint with the Everblades for Thomas, who signed with the team on September 20th. The Hermantown native joins fellow Bulldog Peter Krieger, who signed with the Fuel last Friday. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports, University of Minnesota –…

World Championship Boxers Return to Training Site to Thank Local Community

They both trained at the Circle of Discipline Gym in Barnum and Tuesday, they returned to give thanks to the Barnum and Moose Lake communities.

BARNUM, Minn. – Back on August 8th, Minneapolis boxers Jamal “Shango” James and David Morrell Jr. each captured world championship titles on national television. They both trained at the Circle of Discipline Gym in Barnum and Tuesday, they returned to give thanks to the Barnum and Moose Lake communities. James won the WBA interim welterweight crown with a unanimous decision…

Former Bulldog Peter Krieger Signs With ECHL’s Indy Fuel

Krieger spent the past season in Sweden with Vasterviks IK where he recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in 52 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD forward Peter Krieger has signed a contract with the Indy Fuel, the ECHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, for the upcoming season. Krieger spent the past season in Sweden with Vasterviks IK where he recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in 52 games. Krieger spent two seasons with the Bulldogs, scoring 20 goals and recording…

Boston Bruins Re-Sign Former UMD Captain Karson Kuhlman

The 25-year-old appeared in 25 games last season, recording one goal and five assists.

BOSTON, Mass. – The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday that have re-signed former UMD men’s hockey captain Karson Kuhlman to a two-year contract. The 25-year-old appeared in 25 games last season, recording one goal and five assists. The Esko native also skated in five playoff games for Boston in the NHL’s Toronto bubble. Kuhlman originally signed with the Bruins back in…

Former Greyhounds Toninato, Forbort Signed By Winnipeg Jets

Toninato and Forbort joins Hermantown natives and former Bulldogs Neal Pionk and Dylan Samberg in the Jets system. 

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been a busy weekend for local NHL players and now the Winnipeg Jets are slowly becoming the Duluth Jets. Duluth natives and former Duluth East Greyhounds Dominic Toninato and Derek Forbort have signed to one-year contracts with the Jets. The former Bulldog forward Toninato has spent time in the pros with both the Colorado Avalanche and…

Former Bulldog Andy Welinski Signs With Anaheim; Joey Anderson Traded to Toronto

Andy Welinski is headed back to Anaheim after spending the past year while Philadelphia, while Joey Anderson has been traded from New Jersey to Toronto.

DULUTH, Minn. – NHL free agency is in full swing and now two former UMD Bulldogs are on the move. The Anaheim Ducks have signed Duluth native and former UMD defenseman Andy Welinski to a one-year $750,000 contract, while the New Jersey Devils traded former UMD forward Joey Anderson to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Andreas Johnsson. Welinski was…

Hermantown’s Blake Biondi Drafted by Montreal Canadiens

Biondi wrapped a stellar career with the Hawks, being named Mr. Minnesota Hockey this past season.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – With the 109th pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens selected former Hermantown hockey star and current UMD men’s hockey freshman Blake Biondi. Biondi wrapped a stellar career with the Hawks, being named Mr. Minnesota Hockey this past season. He will join another UMD teammate, freshman Jack Smith, who was also drafted by the Canadiens….

Virginia Native, Former UMD Standout Matt Niskanen Retires After 13 Season in the NHL

Two years ago, he helped the Washington Capitals win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Since being drafted to the NHL in 2005, Matt Niskanen has made a name for himself as a physical, two-way defender. But after 13 years of slamming opponents into the boards, the Virginia native is ready to call it a career. According to multiple sources, Niskanen has informed the Philadelphia Flyers and his teammates that he retiring…

Former Yellowjackets Basketball Standout Vid Milenkovic Starts Pro Career in Switzerland

Milenkovic will play for Starwings Basketball part of the Swiss Basketball League, which is the highest tier of basketball in Switzerland.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Former UWS men’s basketball forward Vid Milenkovic will be starting his professional career in Birsfelden, Switzerland for Starwings Basketball. Milenkovic, who’s from Switzerland, had a breakout year last season for the Yellowjackets. He missed two seasons due to injury but saved his best for last, ending with being named to the All-UMAC First-Team. Milenkovic led the team…

Proctor/Hermantown Mirage Head Coach Emma Stauber Re-Signs with Minnesota Whitecaps

The 27-year-old defender will still keep her position as the bench boss for the Mirage.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog and current Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey coach Emma Stauber has re-signed with the Minnesota Whitecaps. The 27-year-old defender will still keep her position as the bench boss for the Mirage. Whitecaps general manager and co-head coach Jack Brodt says Stauber is one of the team’s key defenders as an excellent puck-mover with speed and…

Former UMD Hockey Captain Nick Wolff Signs with Hungarian Pro Team

The plan is for Wolff to stay there for a few months as he awaits more details on the NHL's next season.

EAGAN, Minn. – Former UMD men’s hockey captain Nick Wolff has signed with Hungarian pro hockey team DVTK Polar Bears. The story was first reported by the Star Tribune. The plan is for Wolff to stay there for a few months as he awaits more details on the NHL’s next season. Back in march, the Eagan native signed with the…

Former Bulldog, Hermantown Native Jared Thomas Signs with ECHL’s Florida Everblades

The Hermantown native spent this past season with the Tulsa Oilers, where he tallied 31 points in 50 games.

ESTERO, Fla. – Former UMD men’s hockey standout Jared Thomas has signed with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. The Hermantown native spent this past season with the Tulsa Oilers, where he tallied 31 points in 50 games. Thomas is entering his fourth season of playing pro hockey after helping the Bulldogs win their second-ever national title back in 2018….

Port Wing Native Megan Gustafson Returns Home from WNBA Bubble

Gustafson will be back home for about ten days as she will head to Poland to continue playing basketball during the WNBA's off-season.

DULUTH, Minn. – Port Wing native and Dallas Wings forward Megan Gustafson returned home Monday after spending the past few months in the WNBA bubble down in Florida. The South Shore High School alum appeared in nine games for the Dallas Wings, who missed out on advancing to the WNBA playoffs. The 23-year-old says although the season didn’t go as…

Northern Elite Training Facility Introduces Northland’s First-Ever SkateMill

The Northern Elite Training Facility, which opened just a few weeks ago, has the Northland's first-ever SkateMill, which is a treadmill for skates.

DULUTH, Minn. – Training methods for hockey have come a long way in the past few decades. But now, a new facility has a device that is sure to be a game-changer for any and all hockey players. The Northern Elite Training Facility, which opened just a few weeks ago, has the Northland’s first-ever SkateMill, which is a treadmill for…