Pohl, Taffe to sign with NHL clubs

By Troy Young

Look for announcements soon regarding the future of Gophers national champions Johnny Pohl and Jeff Taffe.

Pohl, a Red Wing graduate, will soon be signing with the National Hockey League St. Louis Blues organization. The Blues have two minor league affiliates: The Worcester (Mass.) IceCats of the American Hockey League and the Peoria (Ill.) Rivermen of the East Coast Hockey League. Pohl most likely will start in Worcester.

Taffe, a Hastings, Minn., native and former member of the Rochester Mustangs, will be signing with the Phoenix Coyotes. His probable destination is Springfield in the AHL. Former Gophers Erik Westrum and Wyatt Smith are also in the Coyotes organization.


Despite undergoing shoulder surgery, Austin's Brent Cummings is expected to return to the USHL next season and play for Topeka.

Senior defenseman Mike Stuart was given the Steve Ebert Award for his combination of dedication, desire, ability and sportsmanship by Colorado College at its awards banquet last Thursday. Stuart was an assistant captain this season, and helped the Tigers to a 27-13-3 record. …; Brother Colin Stuart, a sophomore, was voted recipient of the Dave Peterson Award as most improved player.

St. Charles senior and two-time all-state catcher Kate Peterson signed a national letter of intent to play softball for Division II Northern State next year.

Mayo senior and Big Nine all-conference forward/midfielder Millie Suk has committed to play soccer for Division III Augsburg. Suk is a recipient of a four-year academic Regent's scholarship.

2001 Century graduate Ben Schloesser and the Gustavus Adolphus men's golf team are ranked sixth in the most recent Golf Coaches Association of America Division III poll.

Rochester supervisor of athletics Gary Addington celebrated his 54th birthday on Sunday.

The sixth annual Minnesota Golf Association Women's Mid Amateur Championship is May 30-31 at Cannon Golf Club in Cannon Falls. …; The 81st MGA Senior Championship is Aug. 26-28 at Rochester Golf &; Country Club.

Construction at the Rochester Golf &; Country Club is scheduled to begin just after Labor Day. The existing clubhouse foundation will remain, but the rest of the building will undergo a major renovation. Club officials say construction should be completed by next spring.


There are three new softball coaches in the Three Rivers Conference: Chatfield's Lori Sternberg, Plainview's Jennifer Garin and Goodhue's Ed Stern.

The Rochester-based Minnesota Chill professional volleyball team takes a bus to all road games. A round-trip to Chicago is 686 miles, a round-trip to St. Louis is 1,036 miles and a round-trip to Grand Rapids is 1,141 miles. If the league expands to, say, Texas, which is a possibility, you can bet teams will be flying.

Mayo boys golf coach Neil McCormack enters his 36th year of coaching this spring.

Troy Young's local sports notes run every Thursday and Saturday in the Post-Bulletin. He can be reached at

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