Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.
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MOORHEAD, Minn.—In November, Pittsburgh Penguins center and former Moorhead hockey standout Matt Cullen was standing with teammates Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin looking at a miniature Stanley Cup. The NHL gives one out to each player who wins a title the previous season. Since the age of 2, in the living room of his home, Cullen has been a hockey player. For more than a decade, the 40-year-old has also been a father to 10-year-old Brooks, 8-year-old Wyatt and 6-year-old Joey. In that moment he was both.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—The cliché "no tomorrow" is often used when a Game 7 approaches in sports. Regardless of what happens in Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, May 25, there will most certainly be a Friday.
HALSTAD, Minn.—There is a chance Norman County West High School of Halstad, Minn., will be without girls basketball, boys basketball, football or volleyball next season, as the athletic department awaits a decision on what will become of the district. "Our school board is in the middle of deciding on what they will be doing in a long-term direction," NCW athletic director Nate Albrecht said. "There's some questions in the community about how long we will be a school district or if we should move toward consolidation of school districts with Ada-Borup."
FARGO — Saturday's West Regional championship of the Division I men's hockey tournament at Scheels Arena had to go into overtime. Not because it had to become the first regional since the tournament split into four to have all three games go into overtime. It had to go into overtime for Minnesota-Duluth seniors Dominic Toninato and Alex Iafallo. The 3-2 win over Boston University for UMD was fitting for more than the fact the two seniors had lost 3-2 in back-to-back regional title games the previous two seasons.
FARGO—When they all found out they were headed to Scheels Arena for the West Regional of the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament, University of North Dakota goalie Cam Johnson, Ohio State forward David Gust and University of Minnesota-Duluth forwards Dominic Toninato and Alex Iafallo all contacted each other.
ST. PAUL—Moorhead is headed back to the Minnesota Class 2A boys hockey state tournament for the eighth time behind a 3-2 win over Lakeville South at Xcel Energy Center on Friday, March 10. The Spuds will play the winner of Grand Rapids and Eden Prairie at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
FARGO, N.D. — It was Christmas day and I was in Room 10 of the Medical Cardiac Care Unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center on the south side of Chicago...