Local Sports Archives for 2018-06

Wild come to terms with defenseman Ryan Murphy

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Murphy on a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$275,000).


Murphy, 25 (3/31/93), posted five points (2-3=5) and set career highs with 16 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-8 rating in 21 games with Minnesota in 2017-18, also appearing in his first career Stanley Cup Playoff game with Minnesota. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Aurora, Ont., added 28 points (4-24=28) and 30 PIM in 48 games with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).


Murphy has totaled 42 points (8-34=42) and 54 PIM in 172 games during parts of six NHL seasons with Carolina (2012-17) and Minnesota (2017-18), while totaling 94 points (14-80=94) and 70 PIM in 137 AHL contests with Charlotte (2012-17) and Iowa (2017-18). The right-shot defenseman was originally selected by Carolina in the first round (12th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and signed as a free agent with Minnesota on July 1, 2017.

Wild sign three players to restricted free agent tenders

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has made qualifying offers to the following players: D Matt Dumba, D Nick Seeler and LW Jason Zucker.


The Wild did not make qualifying offers to the following restricted free agents: C Adam Gilmour, D Dylan Labbe, G Steve Michalek and G Adam Vay.


Minnesota Wild draft recap



Filip Johansson


Leksand (Sweden)

6' 0.75"




Jack McBain


Toronto Jr. (CCHL)

6' 3.25"




Alexander Khovanov


Moncton (QMJHL)

5' 10.5"




Connor Dewar


Everett (WHL)

5' 10"




Simon Johansson


Djurgardens IF (SHL)

6' 2"




Damien Giroux


Saginaw (OHL)

5' 9"




Shawn Boudrias


Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

6' 3"




Sam Hentges


Des Moines (USHL)

6' 0"



Aberdeen Wings forward Joey Molenaar commits to St. Cloud State

The Aberdeen Wings are pleased to announce that Forward Joey Molenaar has announced his commitment to St. Cloud State University.  Joey is a 6’ 181LB Forward from Minnesota.  Joey came to the Wings following his High School season with the Minnetonka Skippers, where he served as team captain.  Combined Joey played in 33 games and had 27 goals, 8 assists (35 points) and 20 penalty minutes.  “Joe was a tremendous addition to this years line up.  Joe has high end vision with the ability to score.  Joe will be a great addition to St. Cloud States roster.” Wings Head Coach Scott Langer


“I’m really excited to join St. Cloud.  I’d like to thank the Odde Family & everybody in the Aberdeen Wings organization especially Coach Langer & Coach Bohn for helping me grow as a player and a man.  Super excited to be a part of a great hockey program at St. Cloud.” Joey Molenaar.


Joey joins former Wings players Kevin Fitzgerald and Will Hammer at St. Cloud State University.

T'Wolves select Josh Okogie with 20th overall pick

The Minnesota Timberwolves held the 20th overall pick last night in the first round of the NBA draft.  The Wolves decided to select Josh Okogie from Georgia Tech. Okogie is a 6-4 213 pound shooting guard known for his perimeter defense.


Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau talked about why the team selected Okogie...



Later in the night, Minnesota selected Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop in the 2nd round with the 48th overall pick.

Vikings sign rookie free agent Mike Needham

The Minnesota Vikings have come to terms with rookie linebacker Mike Needham.  Needham is 6’3 224 pounds and played his college football at Southern Utah.  He was an undrafted free agent and spent rookie minicamp with the Arizona Cardinals.  Needham will replace Hercules Mata’afa, a fellow undrafted rookie out of Washington State who suffered a torn ACL during offseason programs and has been waived.    

SDSU announces football game with Northwestern in 2026

South Dakota State has announced the football program has come to terms with Northwestern University out of the Big Ten to play a football game in 2026.  It will be the first ever meeting between the two school and will be played on September 12th.  The Jacks have an FBS program on the schedule seven out of the next eight seasons. 

All options available for Timberwolves draft night with 20th pick

The NBA draft takes place tonight at 7:00 p.m. and will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York.  The Phoenix Suns hold the first overall pick and are expected to select Arizona center Deandre Ayton. 


The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the 20th overall pick and have been mum on their plans.  The Wolves are in a “win now” mode and getting younger is not a top priority with most of their nucleus being under 30 years old.  That is why trading the pick for veteran talent could be a possibility.  Timberwolves general manager Scott Layden talked about the options at 20…


Whether or not Minnesota makes the pick at 20 or trades it away for something else, Layden says the plan is to aggressive all night…


According to Layden, this is one of the best opportunities during the offseason for all teams to improve themselves and other teams in the league know that as well…


Wings assistant Anthony Bohn leaving for ECHL job

Assistant Coach Anthony Bohn is leaving the Aberdeen Wings to take the Assistant Coaching position for the Maine Mariners of the ECHL.  Bohn spent two seasons with the Wings and helped lead them to an overall record of 77-47-8-5 including a Central Division Playoff Championship & a Central Division Regular Season Championship.  One of Coach Bohn’s many responsibilities included a power play that ranked 3rd overall in the NAHL at 25.7%.


“Anthony is a hardworking, professionally driven coach, who He is a great teacher, who genuinely cares about his players.  He has earned his opportunity to move on to the pro level.  We will miss him and wish him the best of luck.” -Wings Owner Greg Odde.


During his time in Aberdeen, Coach Bohn helped 26 players achieve their dreams of playing college hockey.  Of the 26, 22 of them committed to DI Schools.  “I’ve had the opportunity to witness Anthony’s growth first hand, beginning as a player for me in juniors, as an Assistant with me in Aberdeen. He’s proven himself to be a solid coach and leader, and a student of the game. He’s a high-end person, and that translates well into his coaching style. Anthony has one of the smartest minds in the game. His future in the game is bright, and I’m excited to see him continue to push himself and to develop to his full potential. I wish Coach Bohn the very best in his pursuit.” -Wings Head Coach Scott Langer


The Maine Mariners play in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and are an affiliate of the New York Rangers.  2018-2019 will be their inaugural season.  They are located in Portland Main and play their home games at the Cross Insurance Arena.  Coach Bohn will serve under first year Head Coach Riley Armstrong.  Armstrong 33, comes to Portland from the Wheeling Nailers, the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he has been an assistant coach for the past 1 ½ seasons. The Nailers have a record of 61-50-12 during his tenure as assistant coach.


“There are many people I would like to thank, first I would like to thank the entire Odde family for the opportunity to be part of the Wing organization. It truly is a special place to my family and I for these past two years. To be part of two banner years and do it in front of these committed fans made it that much sweeter.


Scott Langer has been a mentor, a friend, I’ve been learning from him from my playing days through my coaching career. For allowing me to grow as a coach and trusting me to teach our players in all situations. I will miss the hours in the office, just the time spent around a good person is what I’ll miss most but thankful I got the experience to do so.


Steve Jennings has one of the best eyes for talent I’ve ever been around, and I’m thankful to grow and learn from a person that is so passionate about evaluating players.


A special thank you goes to John Becanic from Pyramid Hockey, Mike Eaves and Nolan Schaefer for all there help through this process.


Most importantly I would like to thank my family, Falin my wife and our two amazing boys Aki and Tuukka for believing in me, sacrificing and allowing me to follow my coaching dreams.


My family and I would like to say thank you to Danny Briere, Riley Armstrong and Comcast Spectacor for affording us the opportunity to be part of the city of Portland and the Maine Mariners organization.” 

Jacks hire Megan Lueck as women's assistant coach

South Dakota State University women's basketball coach Aaron Johnston  announced Tuesday the hiring of Megan Lueck as an assistant coach.

"Megan will be an outstanding addition to the Jackrabbit family," Johnston said. "She has strong ties to the Midwest and she has worked with outstanding coaches in our profession. Megan's past experiences will help us build on the tradition of success we have established for our program."

Lueck (pronounced LOO-eck) spent last season at Florida State, serving as the video coordinator for a squad that posted a 26-7 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She oversaw all scouting, practice and gameday videos for the Seminoles, while also coaching the practice players, assisting with recruiting efforts and overseeing 15 team managers.

Prior to arriving at Florida State, Lueck spent the 2015-16 season as the women's basketball video coordinator at Vanderbilt University.

A native of Winona, Minnesota, Lueck began her collegiate coaching career by spending a year and a half at Mercer University as a graduate assistant. In addition to managing all film and video operations, she directed basketball camps and helped with the team's marketing and social media efforts.

While at Mercer, Lueck co-founded The Coaching Assist. The connective resource tool bridges a gap between aspiring coaches and current coaches through engaging interviews that offer advice and guidance into pursuing the profession.

A four-year letterwinner at the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 2010-14, Lueck was the Bulldogs' captain in 2013-14 and a three-time NSIC All-Academic Team member. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in secondary education from UMD in 2014 and received her master's degree in educational leadership from Mercer in 2015.

Lueck starred at Winona High School,where she is the program's all-time leading scorer.

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