2017-18 Minnesota High School Hockey Preview

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Every November dawns the beginning of a new year for boys high school hockey in most of the states across the U.S., but for one state, it’s the beginning of something else.

Minnesota, affectionately known as “The State of Hockey,” is home to approximately 265 high school teams and 6,500 students that battle one another for the right to secure 16 spots in the 2 boys state tournaments (Class A and Class AA).

Last season, Grand Rapids, Hermantown captured Minnesota State Titles on the ice of Xcel Center in St. Paul, MN.

In recent years, the tournaments attendance is a little over 20,000, better than the average attendance of most NHL teams. If you’re looking to get tickets for the Class AA tournament you might want to get to the rink a little early as nearly 1,000 names are on the waiting list to get season tickets. The roughly 3,800 season ticket holders take up roughly 11,000 of the seats available while participating schools receive around 1,400-1,500 tickets. The scarce amount of unsold tickets go on sale an hour before the first game kicks off and people are lined up outside the doors well before that to see some of the best hockey in the country.

Below is a list compiled by Cawlidge Hawkey Insider of some of the top players in Minnesota that will be playing this season in order based on their current school.

Bryce Brodzinski
Class: Junior
Position: Forward
School: Blaine High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (18 Goals, 27 Assists, 45 Points) 27 Games Played
Commitment: St. Cloud State University (2019-20)

Will Hillman

Class: Junior
Position: Forward
School: Blaine High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (17 Goals, 23 Assists, 40 Points) 27 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

 

Nick Strom
Class: Senior
Position: Defense
School: Breck High School (Class A)
2016-17 Stats: (8 Goals, 18 Assists, 26 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Jake Braccini
Class: Sophomore
Position: Forward
School: Buffalo High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (78 Goals, 62 Assists, 140 Points) 45 Games Played. Played Bantam AA*
Commitment: University of Minnesota (2020-2021)

Brehdan Engum
Class: Senior
Position: Defense
School: Burnsville High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (6 Goals, 19 Assists, 25 Points) 29 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Hayden Brickner
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Centennial High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (14 Goals, 23 Assists, 37 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Shane Lavelle
Class: Sophomore
Position: Forward
School: Chaska High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (17 Goals, 19 Assists, 36 Points) 26 Games Played
Commitment: University of Wisconsin (2020-21)

Mike Koster
Class: Junior
Position: Defense
School: Chaska High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (16 Goals, 19 Assists, 35 Points) 26 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Landon Langenbrunner
Class: Junior
Position: Forward
School: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (15 Goals, 18 Assists, 33 Points) 27 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Matt Gleason

Class: Sophomore
Position: Forward
School: Cretin-Derham Hall (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (23 Goals, 20 Assists, 43 Points) 27 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

 

Joey Gimberlin

Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Cretin-Derham Hall (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (17 Goals, 15 Assists, 32 Points) 27 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

 

Jackson Hjelle

Class: Senior
Position: Goalie
School: Delano High School (Class A)
2016-17 Stats: (19-3-1, 2.17 GAA, .919 Sv%) 24 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

 

Ryder Donovan
Class: Junior
Position: Forward
School: Duluth East High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (11 Goals, 22 Assists, 33 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: University of North Dakota (2019-20)

Garrett Worth
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Duluth East High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (21 Goals, 13 Assists, 34 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Luke LaMaster
Class: Senior
Position: Defense
School: Duluth East High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (6 Goals, 10 Assists, 16 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Ian Mageau
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Duluth East High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (9 Goals, 28 Assists, 37 Points) 26 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Levi Stauber

Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Duluth Marshall High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (27 Goals, 24 Assists, 51 Points) 26 Games Played
Commitment: Michigan Tech University (2019-20)

George Grannis
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Duluth Marshall High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (16 Goals, 31 Assists, 47 Points) 26 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Jack Jensen
Class: Junior
Position: Forward
School: Eden Prairie High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (18 Goals, 25 Assists, 43 Points) 30 Games Played
Commitment: University of Minnesota (2019-20)

Sam Walker
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Edina High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (24 Goals, 28 Assists, 52 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: University of Minnesota (2018-19)

Ben Brinkman
Class: Junior
Position: Defense
School: Edina High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (12 Goals, 12 Assists, 24 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: University of Minnesota (2019-20)

Demetrios Koumontzis
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Edina High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (2 Goals, 7 Assists, 9 Points) 11 Games Played. Played for Phoenix Jr. Coyotes*
Commitment: Arizona State University (2018-19)

Jake Boltmann
Class: Sophomore
Position: Defense
School: Edina High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (3 Goals, 11 Assists, 14 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: University of Minnesota (2019-20)

Lewis Crosby
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Edina High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (19 Goals, 25 Assists, 44 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Jett Jungels

Class: Junior
Position: Forward
School: Edina High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (21 Goals, 22 Assists, 43 Points) 28 GP
Commitment: Northern Michigan University (2019-20)

Michael Vorlicky
Class: Junior
Position: Forward/Defense
School: Edina High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (3 Goals, 7 Assists, 10 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Jake Perbix
Class: Junior
Position: Forward
School: Elk River High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (17 Goals, 23 Assists, 40 Points) 27 Games Played
Commitment: University of Notre Dame (2019-20)

Connor Bizal

Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Elk River High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (13 Goals, 27 Assists, 40 Points) 27 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

 

Gabe Holum
Class: Senior
Position: Goalie
School: Grand Rapids High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (10-2-1, 2.13 GAA, .910 Sv%)
Commitment: Uncommitted

Ben Troumbly
Class: Sophomore
Position: Forward
School: Greenway High School (Class A)
2016-17 Stats: (84 Goals, 89 Assists, 173 Points) 38 Games Played. Played Bantam AA*
Commitment: St. Cloud State University (2020-21)

Tyler Watkins
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Hermantown High School (Class A)
2016-17 Stats: (22 goals, 28 Assists, 50 Points) 31 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Blake Biondi
Class: Sophomore
Position: Forward
School: Hermantown High School (Class A)
2016-17 Stats: (42 Goals, 39 Assists, 81 Points) 38 Games Played. Played Bantam AA*
Commitment: University of Minnesota-Duluth (2021-22)

Brett Oberle

Class: Sophomore
Position: Defense
School: Hill-Murray High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (2 Goals, 7 Assists, 9 points) 30 Games Played
Commitment: University of Minnesota-Duluth (2020-21)

Ben Helgeson
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Hill-Murray High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (13 Goals, 15 Assists, 28 Points) 30 Games Played
Commitment: University of Wisconsin (2019-20)

Ben Almquist
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Holy Family Catholic High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (22 Goals, 35 Assists, 57 Points)
Commitment: University of Wisconsin (2019-20)

Brady Ziemer
Class: Senior
Position: Defenseman
School: Holy Family Catholic High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (4 Goals, 19 Assists, 23 Points) 26 Games Played
Commitment: St. Cloud State University (2019-20)

Garrett Daly

Class: Senior
Position: Defense
School: Lakeville North High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (3 Goals, 9 Assists, 12 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Bowling Green University (2019-20)

 

Blake Brandt
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Lakeville North High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (23 Goals, 27 Assists, 50 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Ethan Haider
Class: Sophomore
Position: Goalie
School: Maple Grove High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (13-5-0, 2.17 GAA, .914 Sv%) 18 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Bobby Brink
Class: Sophomore
Position: Forward
School: Minnetonka High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (10 Goals, 20 Assists, 30 Points) 27 Games Played
Commitment: University of Denver (2020-21)

Ethan Frisch
Class: Junior
Position: Defense
School: Moorhead High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (7 Goals, 13 Assists, 20 Points) 31 Games Played
Commitment: University of North Dakota (2019-20)

Carter Randklev

Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Moorhead High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (33 Goals, 27 Assists, 60 Points) 31 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Lance Leonard
Class: Senior
Position: Goalie
School: Moorhead High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (21-4-3, 1.64 GAA, .927 Sv%) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Cole O’Connell

Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Moorhead High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (22 Goals, 31 Assists, 53 Points) 31 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

 

Brady Meyer
Class: Junior
Position: Forward
School: North Branch High School (Class A)
2016-17 Stats: (33 Goals, 25 Assists, 58 Points) 26 Games Played
Commitment: University of Minnesota-Duluth (2019-20)

Jackson Jutting
Class: Sophomore
Position: Forward
School: Prior Lake High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (11 Goals, 18 Assists, 29 Points) 27 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Aaron Huglen

Class: Junior
Position: Forward
School: Roseau High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (8 Goals, 16 Assists, 24 Points) 25 Games Played
Commitment: University of Minnesota (2020-21)

 

Alex Verbout
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Roseau High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (19 Goals, 18 Assists, 37 Points) 27 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Nick Portz
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: St. Cloud High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (24 Goals, 21 Assists, 45 Points) 24 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Nate Warner

Class: Sophomore
Position: Forward
School: St. Cloud Cathedral (Class A)
2016-17 Stats: (21 Goals, 28 Assists, 49 Points)
Commitment: St. Cloud State University (2020-21)

Luke Mobley
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: St. Louis Park High School (Class A)
2016-17 Stats: (18 Goals, 25 Assists, 43 Points) 22 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Carl Fish
Class: Senior
Position: Defense
School: St. Paul Johnson High School (Class A)
2016-17 Stats: (5 Goals, 13 Assists, 18 Points) 26 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Atticus Kelly

Class: Senior
Position: Goalie
School: St. Thomas Academy
2016-17 Stats: (15-3-1, 1.29 GAA, .927 Sv%) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Ray Christy
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: St. Thomas Academy (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (17 Goals, 30 Assists, 47 Points) 31 Games Played
Commitment: Colorado College (2019-20)

Robert Christy

Class: Junior
Position: Forward
School: St. Thomas Academy (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (17 Goals, 23 Assists, 40 Points) 31 Games Played
Commitment: Colorado College (2020-21)

Chase Foley
Class: Senior
Position: Forward/Defense
School: St. Thomas Academy (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (9 Goals, 19 Assists, 28 Points) 30 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Payton Matsui
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: St. Thomas Academy (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (21 Goals, 14 Assists, 35 Points) 31 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Jake Seitz
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl High School (Class A)
2016-17 Stats: (19 Goals, 11 Assists, 30 Points) 14 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

Colin Schmidt
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Wayzata High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (11 Goals, 15 Assists, 26 Points) 31 Games Played
Commitment: University of Minnesota (2018-19)

Griffin Ness
Class: Senior
Position: Forward
School: Wayzata High School (Class AA)
2016-17 Stats: (13 Goals, 15 Assists, 28 Points) 28 Games Played
Commitment: Uncommitted

(All player photos courtesy of Cawlidge Hawkey Insider)

Main Image: Grand Rapids, Hermantown Capture Minnesota State Titles on the Ice of Xcel Center in St. Paul, MN. (Photo courtesy of Dave Moore)

 

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