FloHockey Sits Down With WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson
Jun 23, 2021On June 30, WCHA president and men’s Commissioner Bill Robertson will complete his final contract. From that point on the Men’s WCHA, the granddaddy of college hockey circuits will cease to exist after 70 years of play. Robertson, on the other hand, has emerged from a nearly untenable two-year stint as a lame-duck commissioner to take over as president and commissioner of the USHL, America’s premier junior league. FloHockey’s Tim Rappleye caught up with the immensely popular commissioner to hear his tale of surviving and thriving.
Coast To Coast: AHA, WCHA Alum Featured In Pro Playoff Pushes
May 4, 2021Coast To Coast is FloHockey’s monthly, cohesive news on North American hockey and live-streaming partnerships.
NCAA Hockey Transfer Portal Chaos For Lake Superior State & The CCHA
Apr 28, 2021The era of NCAA free agency has swept through college hockey like a thunderclap. Also known as the “Transfer Portal,” it has delivered both pain and pleasure to Division I teams, depending on what side of the portal you are on.
Minnesota State, The Frozen Four & Bill Robertson's WCHA Farewell
Apr 13, 2021Minnesota native Bill Robertson took over the helm of the revamped WCHA in 2014. In two months he will be charting new waters as college hockey’s league of distinction for seven decades will cease to exist. FloHockey’s Tim Rappleye got a chance to debrief the man known as Billy Rob following the Frozen Four, a gratifying finale to a most challenging season.
Minnesota State Departs Frozen Four After Painful Loss To St. Cloud State
Apr 9, 2021NCAA hockey media protocol is an emotional meat grinder. Three of the four teams in Pittsburgh will face, and ultimately surrender, to their season’s mortality, a step or two from snatching that coveted brass ring.
Dryden McKay & The Minnesota State Mavericks Are Proving People Wrong
Apr 2, 2021On Thursday, Dryden McKay — College Hockey’s Mr. Zero — was named a Hobey Hat Trick Finalist, the only goalie among the final three candidates for the NCAA player of the year. The announcement came less than two weeks after the All-American had hit an all-time low point as a Division I athlete.
The State Of Minnesota Is Dominating The 2021 NCAA Hockey Tournament
Mar 31, 2021The opening round of the 2021 NCAA Hockey Tournament featured all five Division I hockey programs from the state of Minnesota, adding to its unofficial nickname as The State of Hockey.
Ryan Sandelin Bags Minnesota State Winner With Mom's Heart In The Balance
Mar 29, 2021Wendy Sandelin couldn’t take the pressure of watching her son Ryan battle through NCAA sudden death, so she grabbed a shovel and headed into the Duluth night.
Minnesota State, Lake Superior & Bemidji Carry WCHA Banner To NCAA Tourney
Mar 24, 2021During last Sunday’s NCAA hockey selection show, WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson was tucking into a well-deserved feast at his favorite steakhouse. He was celebrating his 60th birthday, surrounded by friends and family. At 6 PM Minneapolis time he beamed ESPN onto his mobile device. Somewhere between his appetizer and his ribeye, he got the best birthday present imaginable: three WCHA teams selected into the national tournament, a first for the WCHA since the 2013 realignment.
Lake Superior State Ends 25-Year Drought With WCHA Championship Win
Mar 22, 2021March is not a pretty month in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan: the potholes haven’t been repaired. only one tee box is open among the city golf courses, and the sun still cuts a low arc to the south. But on Saturday, the Soo’s venerable Christopher Columbus Hall felt like Mardi Gras. A robust collection of college hockey lovers gathered to root their beloved Lake Superior State Lakers into the NCAA tournament. It had been 25 years since the former champs attended college hockey’s marquee event.
Julian Napravnik Continues The German Influence & Potulny Phones A Friend
Mar 18, 2021On Tuesday, the WCHA announced the All-Decade team, and former Minnesota State center Marc Michaelis was named to the squad. A week prior, his former Mavs teammate and countryman Julian Napravnik had been named the WCHA’s Offensive Player of the Year, the same honor Michaelis won this time last year.
WCHA RinkRap: Minnesota State Heavyweight & Bemidji Goaltending Clinic
Mar 16, 2021This week on RinkRap: a sleeping giant rumbles, a wake-up call for the league heavyweights, a goaltending clinic in Bemidji, and a dangerous floater steeled by adversity.
7 Minnesota State Seniors Make History With 4th MacNaughton Cup
Mar 8, 2021The No. 4-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks are used to contending at the highest levels of college hockey, but as the years go by new chronicles develop in Mankato, and in 2021, it’s the celebration of a fourth-consecutive MacNaughton Cup for seven seniors.
WCHA RinkRap: Surprise Minnesota State Hero & Lake State's Ashton Calder
Mar 8, 2021This week on the WCHA RinkRap: a practice player makes good in Mankato, a Soo local carries the hopes of Laker Nation, and three-on-three overtime takes a hiatus
Trophy Wars: MacNaughton vs Beanpot As Minnesota State Wins The WCHA
Mar 3, 2021College hockey is intensely provincial, particularly when it comes to the age-old geographic rivalry East vs West. It’s a battle that has been waged on center stage in both the 1960 and 1980 USA gold medal Olympic teams. And now it has spread to the trophy case.