State of Hockey Roundup – Nov. 29

This is the first edition of the State of Hockey Roundup, a weekly collection of hockey stories from around Minnesota. If you have a story you’d like to share, please add a link in the comment section below.

A big blow to the hockey world and the Minnesota Wild family, as Josh Harding announces that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an incurable autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system. However, the goaltender plans to turn the news into an inspirational success story (via Michael Russo, Star Tribune).

When Jack Jablonski suffered a spinal chord injury during a junior varsity high school hockey game last December, the hockey world rallied around him. Now, he’s traveling down the long road of rehabilitation and brining hope with him. A feature story that catches up to Jablonski, his family and his journey: “After the Hit” (via Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune).

Kevin Falness previews this weekend’s Minnesota hockey matchups and talks to Jablonski in the State of Hockey Report (via Wild.com).

The State of Hockey pipeline runs through Houston, as the Wild’s AHL affiliate is in action tonight, hosting the Oklahoma City Barons (via Josh Fisher, Aeros official site).

Katie Baker visited the State of Hockey for the recent Gopher/Wisconsin men’s and Gopher/Mankato women’s games and does an excellent job of capturing what she calls “Hockey Eden” (via Grantland).

Minnesota Hockey has officially joined Twitter. Give them a follow @MinnHockey.

The WCHA named Roseville-native and University of Minnesota defenseman Lee Stecklein Rookie of the Week. Check out the rest of the student athletes the WCHA named as men’s and women’s Players of the Week (WCHA official site).

The Gopher Women’s Hockey team looks to extend its record-setting, 24-game win streak this weekend. You can see a game on the cheap, as tickets at Ridder Arena for Saturday, Dec. 1 game against Wisconsin are only a buck (Gophers official site).

Is there a better feeling than skating for your country? Eight Minnesota hockey players were selected to the U.S. Women’s Under-18 team for the IIHF World Championship tournament in Finland (via MN Hockey Hub).

A look at the upcoming weekend in the WCHA (via Tyler Buckentine and Joe Paisley, USCHO.com).

Jim Rich (audio) from FOX 9 and Husky Productions previews this weekend’s matchups in the WCHA (via Wild.com).

St. Cloud State freshman forward from Finland, Kalle Kossila is adjusting to life in the State of Hockey, and seems to be getting the hang it. There just seems to be something about Finns playing in Minn. (via Mick Hatten, St. Cloud Times).

You wouldn’t be far off if you though goalies were a little off kilter. Shane Frederick is nice and calls it ‘personality,’ but the rest of us call them straight weird (via The Free Press).

Five high school hockey team and players to watch this winter (via Bruce Brothers, Pioneer Press).

After merging two bitter rivals, North Shore earned its first win in program history on Tuesday. Not a bad start (via Zack Friedli, MNHockeyHub).

Tim Kolehmainen previews the young Bemidji Lumberjacks (via Breakdown Sports USA, YouTube).

Talks are in the works for building another ice arena in Mankato. (Mankato Free Press).

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