State Of Hockey Roundup – Dec. 20

The State of Hockey Roundup is 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.

The International Ice Hockey Federation previews the United States World Junior Team, coached by State of Hockey legend Phil Housley (via YouTube).

Eagan senior forward Cullen Wilox is scoring big goals at crucial times and living up to his nickname: “Big Willy.” (via Walker Orenstein, MN Hockey Hub).

The Warroad Warriors are led by group of youngsters that has the traditional powerhouse off to a hot start this season (via Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports, YouTube).

The ice and cold is a far cry from the climate of Martu Zibinski’s native homeland Liberia, Africa. But when in Minnesota, do as the Minnesotans. Zibinski signed up to play girl’s hockey and is goaltending for the Minneapolis 12U B Storm team (via Peter Knutson, Let’s Play Hockey).

It must’ve been a crazy game of poker. Former North Star Brad Maxwell talks about being traded by Phil Esposito, former GM of the New York Rangers, back to Minnesota after Espo lost him in a card game (via Scott Tiffany, Minnesota Hockey

A group of Minnesotans proves that some things get better with age. The Minnesota Old Timers 60+ hockey team took home the gold medal at the 2012 Austrian International Oldies Ice Hockey Classic (via Bill Rossini, Minnesota Hockey

WCHA weekly honors went to two players with Minnesota ties. Goaltender Andrew Walsh from Bemidji State was the Defensive Player of the Week, while Ham Lake native Jonny Brodzinski from St. Cloud State was named Rookie of the Week (via WCHA official site).

Wild radio host Kevin Falness breaks down St. Cloud State’s rise to the top of the WCHA and the conference’s contribution to the US World Junior Team in This Week in the WCHA (via PONDcast).

Falness also takes listeners on a trip around Minnesota in the State of Hockey Report (via PONDcast).

There are a few ways you can catch the attention of Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo. Aaron Paitich details five ways to impress the Minnesota bench boss (via Minnesota Hockey official site).

The Wild coaching staff including Mike Yeo, Darby Hendrickson and Darryl Sydor hosted the Minnesota Warriors, a hockey team made up of disabled military veterans, for a practice yesterday at Xcel Energy Center. WildTV will have a video of the session.


WildTV was in St. Cloud earlier this week to film a story on a few Huskies for’s upcoming Hockey Day Minnesota coverage. While we were there, we took a tour of the renovations to the National Hockey and Events Center and snapped a few photos of the progress.



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