Minnesota Sports Briefs: New proposal made for Vikings stadiumMinnesota Sports
-- Now, for the latest in the saga of a new Vikings stadium plan. On Monday, Minneapolis leaders rallied Monday to press their case for a new Vikings stadium, saying the project could mean 7,500 union jobs for Minnesota's construction industry.
MINNEAPOLIS - Now, for the latest in the saga of a new Vikings stadium plan. On Monday, Minneapolis leaders rallied Monday to press their case for a new Vikings stadium, saying the project could mean 7,500 union jobs for Minnesota's construction industry.
Also, a new plan for a stadium emerged on Monday -- a site in a parking lot next to the Metrodome which would cut playing time at TCF Bank Stadium. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is developing the plan which could get the Vikings in a new stadium by 2016.
The Minnesota Wild will see a familiar face on the opposing bench tonight when they go against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The man who coached Minnesota the two previous seasons is now the interim head coach of the Blue Jackets. Todd Richards took over last month. This will be the first time he faces his old club. Minnesota has a pair of 4-2 wins over the Blue Jackets this season, but both wins came before November 15th. Tonight's game starts at 6 p.m.
Minnesota defenseman Nate Prosser of Elk River has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Wild. The 25-year-old Prosser has six assists in 23 games with Minnesota this season. The Wild team is 14-7-2 when Prosser plays. He has played in 19 games at AHL Houston and recorded four assists in that time. Prosser played college hockey at Colorado College and was originally signed as a free agent in 2010.
Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff had to be helped off the ice during Monday's practice after colliding with former Gopher Jordan Leopold of Golden Valley. Ruff suffered three broken ribs after running into the defenseman. Ruff is expected to be at practice today. Buffalo starts a four-game homestand on Wednesday against the Bruins.
Boston University jumped from third to first in this week's USCHO.dot national men's hockey poll. Minnesota did not play over the weekend and help steady at No. 2. Minnesota-Duluth was last week's top-ranked team, but split a pair of games at Alaska-Anchorage over the weekend. St. Cloud State is receiving votes in this week's poll. Minnesota remains the No. 2 team in the women's national survey. Minnesota-Duluth holds steady at No. 9. Wisconsin remains the top-ranked women's collegiate hockey team.
The MIAC has named this week's men's and women's hockey Players of the Week. St. Olaf senior forward Peter Rohn of Vettre, Norway is the men's Player of the Week after scoring three goals and handing out three assists in a pair of wins over Augsburg. St. Catherine senior Cassie Rooney of Plymouth is the women's honoree. She scored a hat trick in a Wildcat win on Friday over Concordia-Moorhead.
A man from Wheaton in western Minnesota is the latest victim of a fatal ice fishing accident. The body of 50-year-old Charles Krauth was found early yesterday morning in about seven feet of water on Mud Lake. The Traverse County Sheriff's Office received a call late Sunday night after Krauth did not return home from ice fishing. Krauth's pickup was located near the White Rock Dam before his four-wheeler and dog were spotted by a hole in the ice. Deputies say the ice on Mud Lake was less than one inch thick.