Professional Sports

Iron Range Native Matt Niskanen Brings Home The Stanley Cup

The former Virginia-MIB star got his chance to show off the Stanley Cup in front of his hometown.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Fans were outside Miners Memorial Building as early as 6 a.m. to get a chance to see one of the most elegant looking trophies in all of sports. The line extended all around the parking lot with people who wanted to take advantage of this once–in–a–lifetime opportunity. “Who knows when the next opportunity, if ever, would ever…

Duluth FC Wins In Penalty Kicks; Moves on to National Semi-Finals

The Bluegreens captured their first ever regional final championship.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Duluth FC would once again make things interesting in the playoffs as they won on penalty kicks, 4-3, to claim their first ever regional final Saturday night. The Bluegreens would take on AFC Ann Arbor and got off to a quick start, as Gonnie Ben-Tal took the corner kick and Ryan Tyrer headed the ball in…

Hundreds Compete in Park Point Five-Miler on Thursday

The winner finished the race in under 26 minutes.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 47th annual Park Point Five-Miler took place Thursday night. The first person to cross the finish line was Duluth native Nick Nygaard with a time of 25 minutes and 48 seconds. Kim Karezonski of Thunder Bay had the top female time at 30 minutes and 34 seconds. The Park Point Five-Miler brings hundreds of people to the…

Morris Looks To Recapture Junior Welterweight Title

Markus Morris will take on former champ Rondale Hubbert on August 17.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local boxer Markus Morris has his next fight set. The former junior welterweight champ will take on the other former champ Rondale Hubbert for the vacant title on August 17 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. “We knew we’d be fighting each other up in here so I wasn’t really surprised. I knew it was coming close to…

Former Greyhound, Bulldog Welinski Signs With Anaheim

Twins Ports Development Camp insturctor Andy Welinski signs with the Anaheim Ducks.

ANAHEIM, Calif.- Former UMD Bulldog and Twin Ports Development Camp instructor Andy Welinski has signed a one–year, two-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks. The 25-year-old defenseman made his NHL debut last season with the Ducks, recording two assists in seven games. Welinski has also played 119 career AHL games with the San Diego Gulls scoring 16 goals and notching 48…

Bluegreens Thank Fans for Growing Support

Duluth FC say they owe a lot of their success to the fans who show up to the games.

DULUTH, Minn. – What a weekend it was for Duluth FC as the Bluegreens captured their first playoff win in club history. During their penalty shootout when Alberto Ciroi made a save, he immediately looked at the crowd. Same thing with Kyle Farrar when he made the game–winning goal. It’s clear that the players share a special bond with their…

Shepard Dazzles During Wild Camp Scrimmage

The UMD junior goalie put on a show during the Wild's development camp.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – While some college kids are spending their summer on a beach somewhere, UMD junior goalie Hunter Shepard is already getting prepared for next season. The Bulldogs netminder is down at the Xcel Energy Center this week taking part in developmental camp with the Minnesota Wild. A team scrimmage was held yesterday and Shepard was one of…

Learning About Teamwork from the Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings returned to Duluth for their 10th annual Vikings Skills Camp.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, young Vikings fans from across the Northland made their way to Malosky Stadium for the 10th annual Vikings summer skills camp. The camp is designed to teach kids about the importance of teamwork. Former Vikings linebacker EJ Henderson has been coming to Duluth for the past three years and he says the camp has been…

Mrazova Moving Up to NWHL

Former Bulldog Katerina Mrazova signs with the Connecticut Whale.

DULUTH, Minn.- Former Bulldog hockey player Katerina Mrazova has signed with the Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League. The 25 year old just finished her career at UMD scoring 25 goals and notching 50 assists in 117 games. Mrazova has also been a part of the Czech Republic national team competing in many IIHF National championships. She joins…

UMD’s Löwenhielm Signs with Connecticut Whale

The former Bulldog was also a memeber of the Swedish women's national hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Michelle Löwenhielm has signed with the Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League. The 23-year-old just wrapped up her career at UMD playing in 144 games, scoring ten goals and recording 32 assists. As a 19-year-old, she played on the Swedish women’s national hockey team at the 2014 Olympics. Löwenhielm also represented Sweden…

Former Greyhound Rick Rickert Retires From Professional Basketball

The Duluth native was named Minnesota Mr. Basketball back in 2001.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former Duluth basketball star Rick Rickert has retired from professional basketball. The 2001 Minnesota Mr. Basketball winner graduated from Duluth East with a lot of hype behind him. He played college basketball at the University of Minnesota, where he became the first ever Gopher to win the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award. Although he was…

Sislo Signs With New York Islanders

Superior native continues pro career

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Earlier this week it was announced that Pro Development Camp coach, Mike Sislo, has agreed to a one year contract with the New York Islanders. The contract is two–way, meaning he will play for both the organization’s AHL and NHL teams. Prior to this agreement Sislo played for the Tuscon Roadrunners, the AHL affiliate for the Arizona Coyotes, scoring…

Welcome Home JT Brown

Former Bulldog signs with the Minnesota Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn.- Last we saw of JT Brown, he lead the UMD Bulldogs to their first national championship in 2011. After that Brown went on to play with the big boys of the NHL. First with the Tampa bay lightening then heading out west to Anaheim. But the Burnsville native clearly couldn’t stay away for too long because this morning…

Kuhlman goes from a Bulldog to a Bruin

Former UMD Hockey Captain talks about his week at Bruins Development Camp

BOSTON, Mass.- Former Bulldog captain Karson Kuhlman attended Bruins development camp which wrapped up yesterday. The Frozen Four M.V.P. took full advantage of the opporutnity showing the organization everything he has to offer, all while simply being grateful to be a part of the experience. Bruins director of player development Jamie Langenbrunner says Kuhlman is “a kid that has personally been…

Duluth FC’s Joel Person Gives World Cup Predictions

We met with the Bluegreens coach to get his predictions on the knockout round.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC head coach Joel Person is one of the most knowledgeable minds in the Northland when it comes to soccer. In honor of the start of the knockout round of the World Cup, we asked him to break down each match-up and give his prediction. Also, Person told us who he thinks is the favorite left…

Former Bulldog Zoe Hickel Signs With Calgary Inferno

The former UMD women's hockey captain will be re-united with former coach Shannon Miller.

CALGARY, Alberta – Former UMD women’s hockey player Zoe Hickel has signed with the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The 25-year-old will join her former UMD coach Shannon Miller who was named head coach earlier this week. Hickel just wrapped up her rookie year with the Kunlun Red Star, leading the CWHL in assists. Hickel played at…

Duluth FC Hosts Goalie Camp

The Bluegreens were at Stebner Park teaching the fundamentals of goalkeeping.

DULUTH, Minn. – The World Cup fever is in full force, especially in the Northland. And Duluth FC took advantage of that by hosting their first ever goalie camp Thursday at Stebner Park. The campers were split into three groups working on skills like diving for saves and anticipating shots. Alberto Ciroi is one of the instructors and he says…

“Nisky Day” Set for Stanley Cup Celebration

Iron Range native Matt Niskanen will host a Stanley Cup celebration with the local community.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Three weeks after winning the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals, former Virginia-MIB hockey star Matt Niskanen has announced that he will be bringing the Stanley Cup to the Iron Range on Sunday, July 22nd. There are no details at this time about the specific plans or times for that day, but organizers are expecting the celebration…

Duluth FC Completes the Comeback for Fifth Straight Win

The Bluegreens battle back from down 2-0 to defeat the Minnesota TwinStars 3-2.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC gets the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute from Gonnie Ben-Tal as the Bluegreens comeback to beat the Minnesota TwinStars 3-2 Wednesday night at Public Schools Stadium. The win is the fifth in a row for the Bluegreens, who also got goals from Kyle Farrar and Tom Corcoran. Duluth FC now has two games left…

Wild Hire UMD Hall of Famer Tom Kurvers as Asst. GM

The former Hobey Baker Award winner spent the past ten seasons with Tampa Bay.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild have announced that UMD Hall of Famer Tom Kurvers will become their new assistant general manager. The Bloomington, MN native has spent the past 10 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning as the assistant GM and senior advisor to the GM. He also spent time in Phoenix as director of player personnel. In…

Pionk, LeBlanc Captain “Heritage Summer Classic” Teams

The Heritage Summer Classic took place Monday night at the Duluth Heritage Center.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some of the best professional and semi–pro hockey players gathered at the Heritage Center for the annual Heritage Summer Classic. This year, Duluth native Drew LeBlanc and Hermantown native Neal Pionk were named team captains, but their fathers would coach on opposite teams. All the proceeds from the game go to the Ray Peterson Legacy Fund, which…

Tampa Bay Drafts Hermantown Native Cole Koepke

The UMD commit was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

DALLAS, Texas – Hermantown native and UMD commit Cole Koepke will be taking his talents to Tampa Bay as the Lightning selected the forward in the sixth round of the NHL Draft. Koepke currently plays in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers, finishing this past season fifth in the league in goals with 28. Koepke was a senior captain…

Coaches Corner: Duluth FC Previews World Cup

The Bluegreens gave us an unofficial preview of the 2018 World Cup.

DULUTH, Minn. – On this special edition of Coaches Corner, Duluth FC provided us with some insight into who they think will perform well in this year’s World Cup. The countries represented include England, Germany, Brazil and Columbia. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

A Cup for the Iron Range

The local Virginia-MIB hockey community talks about the impact Matt Niskanen's Stanley Cup win will have on youth hockey.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – “I’d be a liar if I said I predicted Matt when he was 8 years old to be a 15–year NHL player,” Keith Hendrickson said. Keith Hendrickson was the head coach of the Virginia–MIB boys hockey team from 1986 to 2011, including the four years where Matt Niskanen donned the blue and white. And he remembers writing…

Duluth FC Back at PSS for Two-Game Homestand

The Bluegreens are coming off a big win over Sioux Falls 2-1.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC got a thrilling win over Sioux Falls Thunder FC on Monday night. Ryan Tyrer scored the go-ahead goal to give the Bluegreens their second win of the season. Duluth FC will be at home for their next two matches starting with Wednesday against VSLT FC, who are #1 in the NPSL North Conference. Duluth FC…

Huskies Ride Seven-Run First Inning to Win over Rox

Duluth wins their third in a row as they top St. Cloud 10-6 at Wade Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – In front of over 2,000 kids on Education Day, the Duluth Huskies hosted the St. Cloud Rox on Tuesday afternoon. Less than 24 hours after a walk off win on Opening Day, this game was much less competitive as the Huskies scored seven runs in the first inning en route to a 10-6 win. Chris Gilbody led…

Break Room to Host Team Shuster in Exhibition Pool Match

The exhibition will kickoff the 8 Ball Classic tournament for this weekend.

DULUTH — The Break Room will be hosting a special exhibition match this Thursday night featuring the gold–medal winning U.S. Olympic curling team and the Masconi Cup USA team. Event coordinator Dan Witzman says he got the idea from watching the Olympics. “The Swedish team, who the U.S. played for the gold medal, said in an interview when asked by…

Former Bulldog Headed to the Pros

UMD linebacker, Zach Bassuener, set to attend Vikings and Bills mini camps

DULUTH — Over the past few years, more and more NFL athletes have been produced by division two programs. The most well known here in Minnesota is current Vikings receiver and Minnesota State Mankato product, Adam Theilen. But there’s other examples as well, such as Denfeld native CJ Ham and now hopfully, former UMD linebacker, Zach Bassuener who is set to appear in…

Eight Ball Classic Coming Back to Duluth

Top Tier Pool Returns to The Break Room

DULUTH, Minn.- Presented by Dennis “Hatchetman” Hatch, The Break Room Duluth, and On The Wire Creative Media. 3RD ANNUAL EIGHTBALL CLASSIC! $5,000 Added (Based on full field). $1,000 entry. Race to 15. Take what you make. Modified BCA rules. Winner breaks. Professional dress code. Meet & greet 4pm – 5pm Friday. Players dinner at 5pm Friday. Calcutta starts Friday @ 6pm….

Starks Looks to Spark Basketball Bounce Back

Starks' Basketball Academy Heads for Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- When describing Duluth Minnesota, basketball may not come to mind, but that’s not how its always been. Dyami Starks is one of the most recognized names in Duluth basketball, after graduating Duluth East, Starks played in college leading his team in scoring, and even play professionally overseas. Now he’s found a new passion, one that combines his love of…

Karson Kuhlman Signs 2-Year NHL Entry Deal

UMD's Senior Captain Signs with the Boston Bruins

ESKO, Minn.-  It seems that just as quickly as one journey ends, a new one begins as UMD Senior Captain Karson  Kuhlman has signed a 2 year entry level deal with the Boston Bruins. During his time with UMD, Kuhlman played in an astonishing 166 consecutive games, the 7th longest streak in NCAA history. The Esko native will join the Providence…

Wild Recall Former UMD Defenseman Soucy

Carson Soucy was the assistant team captain of the '16-'17 Bulldogs team.

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled defenseman Carson Soucy from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). Soucy, 23, has tallied 15 points (1-14=15), 55 penalty minutes (PIM) and a team-leading plus-12 rating in 67 games during his rookie season with Iowa. The 6-foot-5, 208-pound…

Quebec Training Continues For ‘Haitian Temptation’

Update On Al Sands Training Camp In Canada

QUEBEC, Can.- Training camp in only getting more intense for the ‘Haitian Temptation’ Al Sands as some impressive names have rolled into town. Sands’ new sparring partners include 6’6″ Russian champion Arslanbek Mahmudov along with Colombian heavyweight Oscar ‘KaBoom’ Rivas. Al Sands is actually the smallest fighter at this camp at 6’2″ and 220 lbs. but says he’s leaning a ton…

Andy Welinski Recalled to Anaheim

Made NHL Debut December 11th

  ANAHEIM, Calif.-  Former UMD Defenseman Andy Welinski has been called back to the big leagues by the Anaheim Ducks. The Duluth native made his NHL debut December 11th, recording two assists in his first two games. Welinski was drafted by Anaheim 83rd overall in 2011. Anaheim plays a road game Wednesday with Calgary. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports, University of…

‘The Haitian Temptation’ Back In Action

Duluth Professional Boxer Al Sands Heads for Training Camp in Canada

DULUTH, Minn- It’s been nearly 3 months to the day since ‘The Haitian Temptation’ Al Sands returned home from his WBO title fight over in Russia. Never one to stand still long, Sands is already back in action packing his bags for Canada as he heads for yet another intense training camp with a heavy weight fighter. Sands, who fights…

Randolph Signs ECHL Deal with Railers

Duluth Native Lands Pro Contract

DULUTH, Minn- Duluth native Jake Randolph has signed a pro contract with the Worcester Railers of the ECHL. Randolph wrapped up his career with the University of Nebraska-Omaha boasting 27 career goals and 70 assists. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Kirk Cousins Officially Signs with Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings Have Landed Their Prize QB

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) EAGAN, Minn- QB Kirk Cousins has officially signed with the Minnesota Vikings. The deal is reportedly worth $84 million dollars guaranteed, with $6 million dollars in incentives. The largest per–year basis contact in NFL history. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Free Agent QB Kirk Cousins Spotted in Minneapolis

Expected to Sign Deal with the Minnesota Vikings

Photo Cred: KMSP MINNEAPOLIS, Minn- Free agent QB Kirk Cousins has been spotted in downtown Minneapolis. He is expected to sign a 3-year fully guaranteed deal with the Vikings sometime Thursday. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Kirk Cousins is likely to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, per sources

Cousins to visit Vikings; agent says no decision made yet

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is predictably the top priority on Minnesota’s offseason shopping list. Cousins will visit with the Vikings on Wednesday after the league year begins, his agent Mike McCartney said. ESPN reported Tuesday that Cousins will sign with the Vikings, but McCartney said no decision has been made yet by his client….

Duluth’s Golden Moment

Members of U.S.A. Mens' Curling Return Home

DULUTH, Minn- A proud day for the Northland as the U.S.A. Mens’ Curling team returns home after making history in South Korea. Capturing the nations first ever curling gold medal. No lack of drama in the teams’ run to gold and glory, as they recovered from a 2–4 record only to face a dominant team Sweden in the finals. Chisholm…

Football Fans Watch Super Bowl LII in Duluth

Northland Fans Cheered for the Patriots and Eagles in the Big Game

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers may not have made it to the Super Bowl this year, but Northlanders were out at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth enjoying the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. FOX 21 spoke to Patriots fan Colton Sanders while he cheered his team on during their Super Bowl…

Construction Time-Lapse of US Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII

Get an insiders look at the construction process of US Bank Stadium

(Photo Courtesy: EarthCam)Minneapolis, Minn. – On Sunday, February 4, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will face-off at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the biggest game of the year.  EarthCam is helping football fans get excited for this epic game by sharing its broadcast-quality construction time-lapse movie for the host stadium. Showcasing 32 months of progress, viewers can…

Fox Lands Five-Year Deal for Thursday Night Football

The announcement was made in Minnesota as Super Bowl excitement ramps up.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Fox and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal for Thursday night football games. Fox, which has the Sunday afternoon NFC package, will produce all of the games under the deal, which is worth a little more than $3 billion, according to a person with direct knowledge of the terms of the deal who spoke…

Cleveland Indians Phasing Out Chief Wahoo Logo

“Just make the leap already.” - Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak) CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms next year after decades of protests and complaints that the grinning, red-faced caricature used in one version or another since 1947 is racist. The move, announced Monday, came after protracted discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. The…

Philly Fans Behaving Badly

Eagles fans throw beer cans - Vikings fans donate money to fight cancer

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)PHILADELPHIA (AP) —The Minnesota Vikings fans who walked through hostile enemy territory at the NFC championship game had to expect the boos, the obscene gestures, and the shouts to go home; But some behavior surpasses the limit of “unsportsmanlike.” Eagles fans opened coolers and chucked unopened beer cans at Vikings fans. Social media users captured snapshots of fans…

Senators Make Bets on Vikings-Saints Game

Senators make “Cake and Ice Cream Bet." Home state favorites on the line.

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today joined Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) in a friendly “Cake and Ice Cream” bet on Sunday’s NFL playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. In a salute to the Vikings and Minnesota’s many dairy cows, Senator Klobuchar wagered purple-colored homemade ice cream against a king cake from Senator…

Lynx Give Coach Cheryl Reeve Contract Extension

(Courtesy of MN Lynx)MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Following another championship season and several high-profile accolades, the Minnesota Lynx signed Head Coach Cheryl Reeve to a multi-year contract extension Thursday, also giving her the role of general manager in addition to her coaching duties. Reeve won her fourth WNBA title with the Lynx in 2017, notching her 195th total win as the coach of the franchise…