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A fan of hockey from mites to the NHL, Nathan learned heartbreak at the age of six when Norm Green took his Minnesota North Stars to Dallas. Since then the heartbreaking losses have continued between Vikings, Twins, Wild and Timberwolves but he fails to give up the hope of another Twin Cities pro championship.

Presently Nathan covers the University of Minnesota hockey team for Western College Hockey and College Hockey News. In addition, he has attended Frozen Fours and is a NCAA Hockey correspondent for SB Nation.com

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SBN Big Ten Hockey Awards Part II

Who won the oddly weird and specific made up Wellsies?

SB Nation's All-Big Ten Awards

A half-dozen writers covering the Big Ten came together to give their first, second and all-rookie teams.

Big Ten Announces Awards

In its first year, the top two teams in the standings take away most of the individual and all-team awards, respectively.

Breaking down Gopher bracketology

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7 days from Frozen Four selection Sunday, here's who to cheer for and what can and could happen for Minnesota to get the #1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Hockey Tournament

2014 Women's Frozen Four Set

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Minnesota will play WCHA foe Wisconsin in one semifinal while Mercyhurst and Clarkson face off in the other.

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PC's Leaman holds press conference, baby (VIDEO)

Just your normal post game press conference video and OH MY GOD IS THAT A BABY?

B1G Final Standings & Bracket

Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul hosts the 2014 Big Ten tournament.

Three is a Magic Number

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While Minnesota's Kelly Terry wears 10, the senior forward scored 3 goals as the Gophers used a 3 goal third period to advance to its 3rd consecutive Frozen Four (and try for a three-peat).

Gopher women had "good distraction" this week

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Last week the Gophers won a WCHA conference tournament, Hannah Brandt was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award and Monday the team met the President. Today Minnesota will face Boston University...

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Saved by the Buzzer

Watch St. Cloud State captain Kevin Gravel tied the #1 v. #8 NCHC series at 4 with .1 second remaining.

Minnesota wins Big Ten regular season title

Nearly a year to the day from his last overtime winner, Kyle Rau, who scored the Minnesota State HS-winning OT goal for Eden Prairie in 2011, did it again for the Golden Gophers as Minnesota claims...

Gophers playing for B1G Title at Michigan

A win in the final weekend would give Minnesota the first-ever Big Ten regular season championship. It's something the players want to see through.

Women's Hockey Tournament Field Announced

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Eight teams, led by two-time defending champion Minnesota, remain in the hunt for the 2014 Frozen Four in Hamden, Connecticut.

The Ferris WCHA team of them all...

In its first season playing in the WCHA, Ferris State won the regular season conference title. The Bulldogs finished with 42 points,1 more than Minnesota State, and will play Bemidji State next...

Huskies top dog in NCHC

St. Cloud State became Saturday the first team to win the Penrose Cup, awarded to the NCHC regular season champion. The Huskies will face Miami in the first round of the postseason (rest of NCHC...

Regular season title going down to final weekend

The Big Ten regular season title goes down to the final weekend. After the Gophers tied and lost a shootout, Wisconsin stayed alive with an OT win over Penn State. Minnesota leads the Badgers by 5...

"Reilly-ing" towards a title

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All 5 Minnesota goals in a 5-1 win over Ohio State featured contributions from a Reilly. Sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly had a career-high 3 assists while brother Connor had a goal and an assist....

What's at stake over Big Ten's final 2 weekends?

Minnesota can clinch, Michigan can finish anywhere from first to fifth and plenty is on the line during the last two weekends of Big Ten play.

Friday Minnesota State Hockey Tourney Schedule

Updated brackets for Friday's Class A and AA semifinals. All 4 top seeds in Class A and 3 of the 4 in Class AA advanced.

Lakeville North & Eden Prairie advance to AA semis

The Panthers and Eagles each won a close game in Thursday's afternoon session. The two teams will play each other tomorrow night.

Maine's Shore dons Google Glass

Got 35 seconds? Then watch an interesting first-person view of a hockey shift.

Hudson Fasching traded to Buffalo

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Fasching, a Gophers freshman and 2013 4th round draft pick, sees his rights moved from Los Angeles to the Sabres as part of an NHL Trade Deadline Deal. He has 27 points (12G-15A) in 31 games this...

Senior Slack-Off? Not at Mariucci

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Minnesota honored its five seniors Saturday with two majorly contributing in a 2-1 win over Penn State.

Gopher seniors have played big role

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Minnesota's five seniors will be honored tonight. The class, the only one to miss the NCAA Tourney, leaves college with with a Frozen Four appearance, two MacNaughton Cups and in good position for...

Minnesota's Top-Six Top Flight Friday

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Five of the six players on the top two Gopher lines scored goals as Minnesota had several more good chances go off the post or just wide in a dominant 5-1 win over Penn State.

Freibergs to play in spite of drug test report

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Kevin Gordon of the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune reports that Raifs Freibergs is still playing despite possibly failing an Olympic drug test.The Latvian-born Freibergs was the lone NCAA hockey...

Which are the most important remaining B1G series?

As the inaugural conference stretch run heats up, we look at which Big Ten series matter most and rank them from 1-8.

Minnesota picks up pair of NAHL commits

In the last week forward Robin Hoglund (Janesville) and goalie Nick Lehr (Austin) each committed to the Gophers.

UW's Mersch, Rumpel, PSU's Goodwin B1G 3 Stars

Your weekly Big Ten Three Stars post sees a pair of Badgers honored for their roles in Wisconsin's sweep over Michigan State.

CC wins Gold Pan; honors Scott Winkler

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Saturday's 3-1 win came on what would have been Winkler's 24th birthday. Winkler passed away last summer in his native Norway from an undiagnosed heart condition

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