Minnesota Sports Briefs: Two Minnesotans on All-NHL rookie teamMinnesota Sports
-- Two Minnesota natives were among the five players chosen on the NHL All-Rookie team for 2012.
Two Minnesota natives were among the five players chosen on the NHL All-Rookie team for 2012.
Carolina's Justin Faulk of South St. Paul led the league in ice time for rookie defenseman. The 19-year-old Minnesota-Duluth product scored eight goals, including five on the power play. Jake Gardiner of Minnetonka also made the honor squad. The Toronto Maple Leaf standout led NHL rookie defenseman in scoring with seven goals and 23 assists. The 21-year-old registered 20-minutes of ice time or more in 56 games this season. Joining the two Minnesotans on the all-rookie team are Jhonas Enroth of Buffalo, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Edmonton, Adam Henrique of New Jersey, and Gabriel Landeskog of Colorado.
Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and his staff are in Pittsburgh for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft which will begin tomorrow. Minnesota holds the No. 7 overall selection and then six more picks over the next seven total rounds. The Wild own four of the top 100 picks in the draft. Fletcher says there will be a quality player available with the seventh pick and he will not draft a goaltender.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player Wednesday night. Malkin had 50 goals and 59 assists this past season. Malkin also won the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL's most outstanding player, as well as the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points. Meanwhile, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers won the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender. Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers took home the Lady Byng Trophy. Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators won the James Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman. Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes won the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was voted the recipient of the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues won the Jack Adams Award as the top head coach. Doug Armstrong of the Blues was named the General Manager of the Year.
The National Hockey League has approved two new rules One would give a minor penalty to any player who uses his gloved hand to "conceal" the puck or prevent an opponent from playing it. In addition, if the offending player does this while in his own crease, a penalty shot will ensue for the opposition. The second new rule will implement a minor penalty to any player who uses his hand to direct the puck while taking a face-off.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx will try to bounce back from their first defeat of the year when they host the New York Liberty tonight at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Lynx are 10-1 after losing in Seattle on Sunday night. New York is 4-7 on the season. Tip-off this evening is slated for 7 p.m.
The Miami Heat host the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the NBA Finals tonight. The Heat took a commanding 3-1 lead in the seven-game series with a 104-98 win in Game Four. LeBron James can capture his first title with a victory tonight. Tip-off is 8 p.m.
College football is moving closer to using a playoff system to crown a national champion. A consensus agreement has been reached among BCS league commissioners which would bring about a four-team playoff format. There are no exact details on how the teams will be picked.
A St. Paul native known for his colorful artwork and handbar moustache has passed away in New York. LeRoy Neiman was best known for quickly capturing the energy of major sporting and leisure events on canvas. He produced live drawings of the world chess tournament between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer in Iceland in 1972 as well as live drawings of the Olympics produced for TV. Leroy Neiman was 91.
(Undated) -- Here are results from Wednesday's games in the American Association:
St. Paul 8, Lincoln 2 (suspended in 7th)
Fargo-Moorhead 6, Sioux City 5 (final)
Winnipeg 4, Sioux Falls 1 (final)
Kansas City 15, El Paso 11 (final)
Wichita 6, Amarillo 2 (final)
Rockland 5, Grand Prairie 4 (final)
Laredo 8, Gary 1 (final)
Here are results from Wednesday's games in the Northwoods League:
Rochester 6, Alexandria 3 (final)
Mankato 3, Duluth 1 (final)
Willmar 5, St. Cloud 4 (final)
Wisconsin 15, Lakeshore 11 (final)
LaCrosse 8, Battle Creek 3 (final)
Green Bay 3, Madison 2 (final)
Eau Claire at Wisconsin Rapids, ppd (rain)
Waterloo at Thunder Bay, ppd (rain)