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Author: Cat Silverman

Tucson Roadrunners ride perfect development tandem into AHL postseason

For the first time since the 1997-98 season, when Shane Doan and Danny Briere were still in the AHL as 19- and 20-year olds, an Arizona Coyotes minor league affiliate will head into the postseason as their conference’s regular season champions. The Tucson Roadrunners wrapped up their 2017-18 campaign  on Saturday night, when they hosted the San Diego Gulls at the Tucson Convention Center. In a show of surprising dominance for the club, though, their spot in the standings had already been secured. With a 41-20-5-1 record heading into that last contest, they could have finished with no fewer...

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Kristen Campbell: how Grand Forks helped elevate Wisconsin’s next big thing

“The most chaotic experience I had ever been a part of.” Kristen Campbell’s last two years have been enough to cause anyone whiplash. After paying her dues with the promising University of North Dakota women’s hockey program, she had hoped that her 2017-18 season would find her between the pipes for the majority of the games at UND. She had redshirted her freshman year, played five games her sophomore, and was ready for her coming-out party on the ice. Instead, she was rocked by one of the more callous moves in modern NCAA history. The University of North Dakota women’s ice hockey program had spawned nine Olympians in just a 15-year span. They had yet to win an NCAA championship, but girls wanted to play there; with the iconic Lamoureux twins as alumni of the program, they had a seemingly bright future. Then, in late March, word came down from the top through text messages and tweets. The program – along with men’s and women’s swimming and diving – was given the axe, two years after UND had cut both men’s baseball and golf for budgetary reasons. From a financial standpoint, it was a decision the school felt they had to make, but the hockey community is in near-unanimous agreement that the execution was downright embarrassing. A lot about it, Campbell explained in reflection, didn’t add up. Selfless to...

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After stellar season, Darcy Kuemper poised for Team Canada debut

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 27-year-old Darcy Kuemper comes from a nation of goaltending powerhouses. Although the gap is closing, the percentage of NHL goaltenders that have come from Canada remains significant. Of the 95 goaltenders who ended up appearing on an NHL roster during the 2017-18 season, 39 are Canadian-born; with those kinds of numbers, the national team remains saturated with talent year after year. For the first time, though, Kuemper has risen to the top of the pack. It was confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Kuemper, who posted a .920 save percentage in 29 collective games between...

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36-year-old EBUG Scott Foster makes seven stops in Blackhawks Thursday night win

Emergency backup goaltenders are always fun to hear about, even if they never even make it out to the bench. When they make it to the bench, it’s even more exciting – but when they get into the game, it can get especially fun. Particularly when they’re 36-years old and haven’t played professional hockey at any level. Scott Foster played for four years at Western Michigan University, putting up 21 appearances in the 2002-03 season, 33 in 2003-04, and failing to register a single game his third year before making just one appearance in the team’s 2005-06 campaign, playing...

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Petr Mrazek’s newest mask is gritty enough for Philadelphia hockey

Petr Mrazek’s mask for the 2017-18 season, back in Detroit, was a tribute to everything old and new about hockey in the Motor City. Now, though, he’s made a mid-season move to Broad Street, where he’s helping the Philadelphia Flyers fight for their playoff lives as the team’s newest starter to get a shot at the number one role. It’s a new city – only the second NHL team he’s played for so far – and a new style of hockey, with new fans and a whole new history surrounding the franchise. For that, he and Swedish mask artist...

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