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2017-18 Minnesota Girls’ High School Team Previews

11/09/2017, 12:00pm CST
By Let's Play Hockey

Albert Lea Tigers
Last year: 3-21-1
Conference (record): Big 9 (2-12-1)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Albert Lea City Arena
Head coach: Josh Funk
Years at school: First
Career record: 96-68-13
Assistant coaches: Abby Leach, Laura Wagnen
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Maddy Carstens (19-20--39), senior Hannah Johnson (15-5--20)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Lyrik Blake-Domke (2-11--13)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Maddie Schneider (4.99, .863)
Top newcomers: Ester Yoon, Josie Venem, Jaiden Venem, Taylor Stanek, Alli Dulitz
The coach says: “Maddy Carstens and Lyrik Blake-Domke are nearing the 100-game club and will hit that mark with this years second and third games, respectively. Maddie Schneider, only a freshman, has already played in 51 varsity games in her young career. The Tigers are returning 75% of their team from last year, with 80% of this years team freshmen or sophomores. With a completely new coaching staff, the Tigers will look to compete with the best this year by using their youth, speed, and great senior leadership.”

Alexandria Cardinals
Last year: 16-13-1
Conference (record): Central Lakes (5-7-0)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Runestone Community Center
Head coach: Molly Arola
Years at school: 2
Career record: 16-13-1
Record at school: 16-13-1
Assistant coach: Jeff Doherty
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Kristin Trosvig (39 pts.), junior McKenna Ellingson (36) , senior  Calley Richardson (23), senior Josie Minnerath (14), junior Alexis Heckert (14)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Allison O’Kane (8 pts.), sophomore Mayson Toft (8)
The coach says: “The Cardinals are excited for a new season ahead of us. It will be important for our team’s success to have consistent contributions from all returning players.”

Andover Huskies
Last year: 11-15-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (5-11-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Andover Community Center
Head coach: Melissa Volk
Years at school: 5
Career record: 56-53-5
Record at school: 56-53-5
Assistant coaches: Ronnie Druk, Sarah Thedens, Shannon Kangas, Craig Anderson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Claire Butorac, senior Paige Anderson, sophomore Jamie Nelson
Top returning defensemen: Senior Grace Halvorson, sophomore Kennedy Little, sophomore Elisebeth Tammi
Top returning goaltender: Junior Cassidy Stumo 
Top newcomers: Gabby Krause, Peyton Hemp, Madison Clough
The coach says: “Young dynamic team led by five-year veterans Claire Butorac and Grace Halvorson who have had tremendous impact on our program. ”

Anoka Tornadoes
Last year: 12-13-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (7-8-1)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Anoka Area Ice Arena
Head coach: Chase Evertz
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Andria Baumann, Brian Mashuga, Jaclyn Daggit, Logan Syvock
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Maddie Mashuga (13-12--25), junior Victoria Neumann (15-8--23), senior Jess Steichen (12-10--22), senior Sami Jockisch (7-3--10), senior Cassidy Motter (3-5--8_
Top returning defensemen: Senior Anna Guimont (3-6--9), senior Emma Terzich (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Abby Johnson (3-1-0, 3.56, .853), sophomore Kristi Cameron
The coach says: “Depth at forwards - eight returning. Good work ethic.”

Apple Valley Eagles
Last year: 12-13-2
Conference (record): South Suburban (4-11-2) 
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Apple Valley Sports Arena
Head coach: Don Erdall
Years at school: 8
Career record: 69-111-6
Record at school: 69-111-6
Assistant coaches: Liz Hermes, Rachel Goodman, Rob Walsh
Top returning forwards: Senior Reagan Roelofs (13-4--17), sophomore Lily Leong (4-10--14), senior Kealey Jensen (5-8--13), senior Emma Vogelgesang (3-7--10)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Sophia Leong (15-5--20), sophomore Krista Martinson (2-7--9), senior Josie Segar (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Keni Allen (1-0-0, 1.83, .895), junior Abbey Cobb

Austin Packers
Last year: 7-19-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (6-13-0) 
Section: 1A
Home arena: Riverside Arena
Head coach: Carley Grunewald
Years at school: First
Letterwinners returning/lost: xxx
Top returning forwards: Senior Myia Hoium (10-12--22), junior Jaiden Schuster (10-7--17), junior Lily Holtz (9-7--16), junior Erin Bickler (8-3--11)
Top returning defenseman: Sophomore Jordyn McCormack (13-12--25), 
Top returning goaltender: Junior Faith Sayles

Bemidji Lumberjacks
Last year: 4-21-0
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (2-10-0) 
Section: 8AA
Home arenas: Nymore, BREC, BCA Arena
Head coach: Casey Reierson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 4-21-0
Record at school: 4-21-0
Assistant coaches: Becca Gregg, Laura Carleton, Rob Aitken
Top returning forwards: Junior Maggie Marcotte (3-7--10), freshman Alexis Leitner (6-4--10), senior Hannah Eller (3-2--5)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jacie Lalli (3-5--8), senior Kali Kelm (2-1--3), sophomore Maddie Hanson (2-1--3)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Brooklyn Delap, freshman Nettie Kimble

Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights
Last year: 7-17-2
Conference: Metro West (2-4-1)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: St. Louis Park Rec Center
Head coach: Shjon Podein
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Nick Sperides, Gregg Mellang, Katey Cowan
Top returning forwards: Junior Maria DeCesare (10-5--15), senior Amanda Nylander (6-9--15), sophomore Kensie Malone (5-6--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Megan Truman (3-1--4), senior Maggie Sexton (2-1--3)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Paige Greeley (3.95), sophomore Rose Beeman (2.62)
The coach says: “New coaching staff with a new culture. Too soon to identify strength or weakness. Team with great potential.”

Blaine Bengals
Last year: 24-4-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (13-2-1)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Fogerty Arena
Head coach: Steve Guider
Years at school: 16
Career record: 256-135-31
Record at school: 256-135-31
Assistant coaches: Pete McKenzie, Tim Morris, Tim Stickney, Calla Athman
Letterwinners returning/lost: 8/10
Top returning forwards: Senior Gabby Rosenthal (29-32--61), junior Ramsey Parent (25-30--55), senior Abby Jones (12-7--19), senior DeAnna LeMire (4-11--15), senior Megan McKenzie (4-6--10)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Rachel Lentner (2-4--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Jaela O’Brien (15-3-2, 1.09, .932)
The coach says: “Lost a lot of high quality talent off of last year’s State runner-up team.  Will have to depend on Jaela O’Brien early in goal while our young corps of D develops. Have two very high quality scorers with Gabby Rosenthal and Ramsey Parent.  Our third line returns intact and was one of the best in Minnesota last year.  Exceptionally hardworking and relentless in their play.  Played against most teams’ first lines last season. ”

Blake Bears
Last year: 27-2-1
Conference (record): Independent Metro (5-0-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Blake Ice Arena
Head coach: Shawn Reid
Years at school: 6
Career record: 171-72-11
Record at school: 124-21-7
Assistant coaches: Alex Ward, Ashley Stenerson, Cody Bishop
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Sarah McClanahan (14-20--34), junior Izzy Daniel (17-27--34)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Madeline Wethington (11-10--21), senior Sarah Chute (3-16--19), junior Grace Vojta (2-10--12), senior CC Wallin (2-8--10), senior Kyra Willoughby (5-5--10)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Anna Kruesel (151-0-1, 1.05, .940)
The coach says: “Returning 14 players from last year’s Class A state championship team, expectations are again high for Blake. This will be the first year for Blake in Class AA as they have opted up for the next two-year MSHSL cycle. The regular season schedule is basically unchanged, as Blake has always played one of the most difficult schedules in the state. Blake looks to continue to have balanced scoring over three lines with staunch defense and stellar goaltending.”

Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars
Last year: 8-17-1
Conference (record): Metro West (1-3-0)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Bloomington Ice Garden
Head coach: Mike Ryan
Years at school: 2
Career record: 8-17-1
Record at school: 8-17-1
Assistant coaches: Josh Levine, Kelsey Cline, Josh Waldron
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/2
Top returning forwards: Junior Celena Rea (14-6--20), junior Lucy Bianchi (8-9--17)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Rachel Graff (3-8--11), senior Makenzie Booth, junior Rachel Geist, junior Chloe Lafond
Top returning goaltender: Junior Mara McClain (.890)
The coach says: “This is a really great group of girls. They have a lot of fun and play as a TEAM. Our Seniors (Beth Mosch, Rachel Graff and Makenzie Booth) are great leaders. They are respected, smart, empathetic, volunteer in our community and LOVE playing hockey. These three will set the tone. Mara McClain is one of the top 4 or 5 goalies in the state. Mara's teammates know that she will battle / compete from the drop of the puck and give them an advantage in every game. ”

Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors
Last year: 25-3-0
Conference (record): Central Lakes (10-1-0) 
Section: 8AA
Head coach: Jim Ernster
Years at school: 4
Career record: 48-31-0
Record at school: 48-31-0
Assistant coaches: Alex Citrowske, Amanda Hanson, Carl Sneep, Toby Kvalevog, Sandy Smith
Top returning forwards: Junior Abby Pohlkamp (20-27--47), sophomore Gabbie Smith (13-29--42), sophomore Lindsey Booth (20-16--36)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Sophie Robinson (8-17--25), senior Grace Schulte (8-14--22), sophomore Emma Smith (2-10--12)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Olivia King (24-3-0, 1.75, .917)

Breck Mustangs
Last year: 19-6-3
Conference (record): Independent Metro (1-2-0)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Breck School Anderson Arena
Head coach: Ronda Engelhardt
Years at school: 5
Career record: 73-34-5
Record at school: 73-34-5
Assistant coaches: Angela Zevnik, Sydney O’Keefe, Brennan Poderzay
Top returning forwards: Senior Gabby Billing (8-22--30), junior Carly Beniek (12-17--29), sophomore Olivia Mobley (13-12--25)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Emily Zumwinkle (4-7--11), junior Katherine Solohub (3-5--8), junior Ella Brophy (0-5--5)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Ally Frantzick (19-6-3, 1.69, .931)

Buffalo/Maple Lake/Annandale Bison
Last year: 9-17-1
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (6-4-1)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Buffalo Civic Center
Head coach: Mark Nodvall
Years at school: 2
Career record: 9-17-1
Record at school: 9-17-1
Assistant coaches: Cody Effertz, Cory Carlson, Johanna Ellison
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/6
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Jada Habisch (17-6--23), junior Emma Carlson (6-10--16)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Morgan Wurm (0-7--7), freshman Allisen Carothers (0-5--5), sophomore Julia McAlpin (0-4--4)
The coach says: “While the Bison D–core are still very young, most of them come back with a full year of varsity experience. We will need them to play very disciplined in our zone. Graduating seniors took the majority of goals scored with them so will need a few underclassmen to step up and put the puck in the net.”

Burnsville Blaze
Last year: 9-14-3
Conference (record): South Suburban (4-12-1)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Burnsville Ice Center
Head coach: Tracy Cassano
Years at school: 4
Record at school: 45-57-6
Assistant coaches: Lee Engstrom, Mike Cassano, Wyatt Anderson, Aaron Schram, Kalie Rademacher
Top returning forwards: Junior Jenna Hartung (9-15--24), senior Kennedy Anderson (9-14--23), senior Abigail Tucci (10-3--13)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Lyndsey Howard (5-13--18), sophomore Avery Sawchuk (0-7--7)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Riley Pester (8-13-3, 2.32, .910)

Cambridge-Isanti/Mora/Pine City Bluejackets
Last year: 13-12-0
Conference: Mississippi 8 (5-7-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: David C. Johnson Memorial Arena
Head coach: Corey Bustrom
Years at school: 2
Career record: 25-25-0
Record at school: 25-25-0
Assistant coaches: Shannon Skelton, Brian Guimont, Clint Parnell, Cassey Ott
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Allyson Niebur (22-17--39), sophomore Madelyn Skelton (19-10--29), junior Ashley Schintz (9-16--25), sophomore Chloe Nelson (4-15--19)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Megan Smith, junior Sydney Nuebel, eighth-grader Rilee Winters, junior Riley Parnell
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Breanna Pierson (.903), junior Jayante Kotila (.895)
Top newcomers: Alana Fix, Jasmyn Sibell
The coach says: “The last two seasons have been rebuilding years where we focused on changing the culture of our program. We are 25-25-0 in the last two seasons and are ready for this to be our breakout year. We have a young team but are very talented and will be competitive with every opponent we face this season.”

Centennial Cougars
Last year: 15-12-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (11-5-0)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Centennial Sports Arena
Head coach: Kristina King
Years at school: 5
Career record: 67-38-5
Record at school: 67-38-5
Assistant coaches: Gary Nelson,  Anthony Miller
Top returning forwards: Senior Gabbie Hughes (32-40--72), senior Anneke Linser (23-41--64), junior Maija Almich (16-21--37), senior Hailee Berg (6-12--18), sophomore Allison Pitlick (8-8--16)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Hannah Backman (8-16--24), senior Alana Bordeaux (2-6--8)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Mackenzie Torma (7-1-0, 1.99, .890), junior Mackenna Stoterau (2-2-0, 1.98, .915)

Champlin Park/Coon Rapids Rebels/Cardinals
Last year: 12-14-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (7-9-0) 
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Champlin Ice Forum
Head coach: Jim Koltes
Years at school: 8
Career record: 222-242-12
Record at school: 82-97-5
Assistant coaches: Joe Head, Scott Childers, Dan Shuck, Ashley Giese, Dan Goettl
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/5
Top returning fowards: Senior Liz Zarate (6-6--12), senior Alyssa Brazier (4-4--8), junior Hailey Williams (1-7--8), junior Allie Leuer (4-3--7), senior Jordan Keller (1-5--6), sophomore Anna Beczkalo (3-3--6) 
Top returning defensemen: Senior Alyssa Sweet (4-16--20), senior Myka Sutherland (5-13--18), junior Hannah Lysne (2-7--9)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Baleigh Shuck (9-14-0, 3.09, .903), junior Brooke Freeman (2-0-0, 0.00, 1.000)
Top newcomers: Eliya Johnson, Delaney Johnson, Ava Johnston, Grace Hannula, Abby Peterson, Erica Theisen, Sara McClellen
The coach says: “Being that this is a brand new co-op between Champlin Park and Coon Rapids we are beyond excited to be together. The players have done a great job with off- season training and more importantly off- season bonding. The players that have joined us from Coon Rapids who were at the high school level last year are bringing a confidence with them as they have been very successful the last two seasons at Coon Rapids/Spring Lake Park and we are looking for them to carry that over and show our young players the way.  From the Champlin Park side, we have a lot of players who had their chance to play varsity last year, but we graduated a lot of our scoring so players will need to step up and put more pucks in the net. Our strength early on should be our defense as we have three solid returners from last year and a handful of players battling for minutes. Our goaltenders are experienced as the two juniors have been with us since eighth grade and we have a sophomore newcomer who is ready to push for playing time as well.  There are a lot of unknowns for us but we are excited for the season and there will be some great competition for the varsity spots.”

Chaska/Chanhassen Stormhawks
Last year: 18-9-0
Conference: Metro West (4-0-0)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Chaska Community Center
Head coach: Todd Johnson
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Charles Morin, Megan O'Brian, Andy Tufto, Daniel Olson
Top returning forwards: Senior Abby Weyandt (1-2--3), senior Katie Hanson (1-2--3), junior Abby Anderson (2-0--2)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Sophie Pawlyshyn (1-5--6), junior Brooklynn Berg (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Erica Peterson (.898)

Chisago Lakes Wildcats
Last year: 7-19-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (0-12-0)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Chisago Lakes Arena
Head coach: Dave Burgen
Years at school: 3
Career record: 10-42-0
Record at school: 10-42-0
Assistant coaches: Bob Truax, Ron Kimlinger, Kim Gibson, Steve Barrett
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/8
Top returning forwards: Freshman Jenna Lawry (15-10--25), senior Madison Lundeen (7-11--18), eighth-grader Danielle Burgen (7-7--14), sophomore Claire DeVries (5-7--12)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kya Linnell (3-4--7), senior Sarah Sargeant (1-3--4), freshman Grace DeVries (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Anna Kittleson (6-8-0, 3.55, .862), junior Megan Lerfald (1-11-0, 3.97, .864)
The coach says: “We return four of our top five point leaders from last year. Putting pucks in the net should be a strength for us this season. We have a lot of new young talent that should be able to contribute. We are looking for a goalie to emerge. Our goal is to compete for the Section 5A title.”

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks
Last year: 9-16-1
Conference (record): Lake Superior (1-3-0)
Section: 7A
Home arena: Northwoods Credit Union Arena
Head coach: Courtney Olin
Years at school: 3
Career record: 22-24-5
Record at school: 22-24-5
Assistant coaches: Courtney Josefson, Scott Artnson, Kristi Konietzko, Dave Ellison
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/3
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Kiana Bender (18-11--29), sophomore Taylor Nelson (13-14--27)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Keagen Anderson (2-6--8)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Elise Lund (.900)
Top newcomers: D Tenely Stewart, F Dana Jones 
The coach says: “Young team: Only one senior and five juniors. Twenty-six of 32 players are underclassmen. Returning two of top three scorers (Nelson and Bender). Moved up almost entire 12U B Cloquet state tournament team to current high school team.”

Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders
Last year: 18-8-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (12-4-0) 
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Highland Arena
Head coach: Brooke White-Lancette
Years at school: 2
Career record: 18-8-2
Record at school: 18-8-2
Assistant coaches: Evan Ziegler, Kalli Funk, Jenna Westerham, Alli Altmann
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/5
Top returning forwards: Junior Emily King (17-13--30), senior Anna Klein (14-11--25), senior Erin Meyers (11-8--19), sophomore Olivia Garrity (10-6--16), junior Bri Willier (9-6--15), sophomore Kiera Ryan
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Cece Ziegler (2-18--20), senior Kennedy Spiering (5-7--12), senior Ani Barona
Top returning goaltender: Junior Megan Meyers (14-7-2, 2.01, .919)
The coach says: “This year we are looking forward to a strong team core. This year's team's strength, speed, team unity and work ethic will be keys to our team’s  success this season.”

Crookston Pirates
Last year: 2-20-2
Conference: Greater Minnesota
Section: 8A
Home arena: Crookston Sports Center
Head coach: Jaclyn Martin
Years at school: 3
Assistant coach: Tim Moe
Letterwinners returning/lost: 4/8
Top returning forwards: Freshman Catherine Tiedemann, sophomore Kylee Meier
Top returning defenseman: Freshman MacKenze Epema
Top returning goaltender: Senior Brelee Jobe
The coach says: “Strengths: This is Brelee’s third season as a goaltender and she's really improved since last year. She’s quicker and is reading the shots much better. We also have three new defensemen that will really help her out on the back side. Catherine Tiedemann (forward) has already shown she's gotten faster and stronger since last season as an eighth grader. She’s been starting Varsity since the seventh grade and we'll look to her to lead the forwards. Catherine will be matched up with Aleah Bienek (new eighth grader) most of the year and those two have already developed an on-ice connection that will pave the way in the offensive end. Weaknesses: Numbers. With many new and unexperienced players, our numbers will be weak. We will be running two lines with four defensemen the majority of the year. Our goal is to not let that be our weakness. With everything we're doing outside of on-ice practices (i.e.- dryland, weights, shooting pucks, etc.) our legs will be ready for each game.”

Delano/Rockford Tigers
Last year: 23-5-0
Conference: Wright County (9-3-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena:  Delano Youth Ice Arena
Head coach: Jackie Johnson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 23-5-0
Record at school: 23-5-0
Assistant coaches:  Allison Malecek, Josh Lunderby
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/3
Top returning forwards: Junior Emily Olson (18-22--40), senior Jamie Byrne (12-25--37), junior Anna Keranen (17-20--37)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Anna Kivisto (6-9--15), senior Abby Olson (2-10--12)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Karly Schmidt (1.13), sophomore Grace Glasrud (1.52)
Top newcomers: Chloe Kuechle, Mary Beth Kivisto
The coach says: “Our biggest strength is never giving up. This team is so relentless and willing to sacrifice personal accomplishment for the betterment of the team. I've never been around so many selfless athletes. They truly care about each other and want to come together to achieve the dream. Our strength is our ability to score and make things happen. Our weakness is our inexperience. There are only three girls that have more than one year of varsity experience. Overall, I know this team is going to bring something special to the table this year. They want to be the best and won't settle for anything less.”

Detroit Lakes Lakers
Last year: 4-21-1
Conference (record): Mid-State (0-5-1)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Kent Freeman Arena
Head coach: Gretchen Norby
Years at school: 7
Career record: 57-95-7
Record at school: 57-95-7
Assistant coaches: Bruce Raboin, Dan Maloney, Jeff Norby
Top returning forwards: Junior Abigail King (8-5--13), junior Karrigan Hallisey (7-2--9), junior Lily Burnside (2-6--8)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Payton Carlblom (4-3--7), sophomore Annie Campbell (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Kyndra McDougall

Dodge County Wildcats
Last year: 15-12-1
Conference: Independent
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Dodge County Ice Arena
Head coach: Jeremy Gunderson
Years at school: 11
Career record: 199-86-10
Record at school: 199-86-10
Assistant coaches: Jeff Bolin, Joe Wieners, Bob Montrose, Chad Smallbrock, Tim Fagerlind, Jeremy Schubert
Letterwinners returning/lost: 27/5
Top returning forwards: Junior Olivia Smallbrock (8-9--17), sophomore Kennedy Kraus (4-7--11), sophomore Kayla Schubert (5-5--10), senior Amber Miller (5-4--9), sophomore Malia Schubert (3-5--8), senior Katrina Thoe (5-3--8), senior Ally Gunderson (3-3--6), eighth-grader Lyndi Schubert (1-2--3), junior Kennedy Hodgkins (3-0--3), freshman Anna Braun (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Katie Montrose (14-37--51), senior Rose Kraus (1-4--5), junior Ashley Donovan (1-3--4), senior Carson Borgstrom, senior Lexi Hodgkins
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Annabel Smith
Top newcomers: Hannah Mueller, Sam Eberling, Olivia Lamb, Liz Fagerlind
The coach says: “The Dodge County Wildcats are coming off a 15-12-1 record, losing  in the Section Semi Game in four overtimes to No. 1 seed Lakeville South.  DC lost five good seniors (three goalies and two D’s),  four of which are playing college hockey.  DC will be led by four solid lines of forwards which all return from last year’s team and a  strong defensive corps led by seniors Katie Montrose, Rose Kraus,  along with junior Ashley Donovan and anchored in net by sophomore Annabel Smith. DC will be a very fast and deep team as they return all 12 forwards and four of six D from last year’s team. As an independent, the Wildcats will be playing a very strong strength of schedule with teams like Minnetonka, Blaine, Warroad, Breck,  Chaska/Chanhassan, St. Paul United, Eastview  and other ranked A and AA teams. The Wildcats will be playing in the Warroad  Holiday Tournament. The team should really grow from the difficult schedule and be ready come Section Playoff time.”

Duluth Northern Stars
Last year: 4-22-0
Conference (record): Lake Superior (2-3-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Duluth Heritage Sports Center
Head coach: Jamie Kenyon-Plesha
Years at school: 3
Career record: 15-33-3
Record at school: 15-33-3
Assistant coaches: Linsy Holst, Kari Romano
Letterwinners returning: 20
Top returning forwards: Senior Izzy Sutherland (9-16--25), senior Sydney Schuman (14-5--19), senior Ana Kunst (8-8--16) 
Top returning defenseman: Senior Ella Ierino (1-11--12)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Keelan Syck, sophomore Sarah Spencer
The coach says: “We had no seniors last year. Most of our seniors are three-year varsity letterwinners with a lot of experience.”

Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers
Last year: 7-18-3
Conference: Lake Superior
Section: 7A
Home arena: Mars Lakeview Arena
Head coach: Sean Storie
Years at school: 3
Career record: 22-27-6
Record at school: 22-27-6
Assistant coaches: Angela Larson, Corey Bachand, Emma Stauber
Top returning forwards: Junior Olivia Boettcher (14-8--22), junior Emily Lemker (6-15--21), sophomore Claire Casey (9-6--15), sophomore Victoria Thorson (6-8--14)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Maren Friday (7-4--11), junior Lily Aamodt (0-8--8), junior Clare Boettcher (1--5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Carissa Mudrak (7-17-3, 3.10, .901)

Eagan Wildcats
Last year: 13-10-4
Conference (record): South Suburban (9-4-4)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Eagan Civic Arena
Co-head coaches: Dan Wilson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 152-68-13
Record at school: 13-10-4
Assistant coaches: Mark Baumann, Jeff Kolehmainen, Molly Sparks, Jeff Smith, Caitlin Hart
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Taylor Anderson (21-14--35), senior Abby Barger (4-12--16), sophomore Jenna Ruiz (6-7--13), sophomore Julia Barger (5-4--9)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Brooke Peplinski (4-8--12), senior Kayla Vrieze (2-9--11), senior Maddie Mason (3-3--6), senior Lauryn Roszak (2-1--3)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Maddie Nickell (7-5-2, 1.90, .913), junior Ashley Larson (6-5-2, 2.58, .908)
Top newcomers: Bella Weaver, Emily Cronkhite
The coach says: “Solid and experienced defense that will add to the offense. Will be striving for a conference title and a good push in section 3AA playoffs. Five players on varsity who were on the Eagan High School state soccer championship team.”

East Grand Forks Green Wave
Last year: 16-7-2
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (7-3-2)
Section: 8A
Home arena: East Grand Forks Civic Center
Head coach: Jim Enright
Years at school: 4
Career record: 43-30-4
Record at school: 43-30-4
Assistant coaches: Brian Larson, Hillary Smith, Cory Chupka
Top returning forwards: Senior Nicole Schlenk (13-11--24), senior Livia Pesch (13-7--20), junior Mac McDonald (8-6--14), senior Cynthia Loven (7-6--13), sophomore Kylie Stauss (6-7--13)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Tiffany Hanson (8-12--20), Maddison Lubinski (3-4--7), Meghan Weber (2-3--5)
Top returning goaltender: Senior McKenzie Whalen (1.81, .939)
Top newcomers: CJ Mack, Kendra Emery
The coach says: “We have a strong group of girls coming back to a team that lost the section championship last season by one goal. They are a determined group.  The team as a whole should be an improved group as they are all a year older and have gotten stronger and faster.”

East Ridge Raptors
Last year: 18-10-0
Conference (record): Suburban East  (10-6-0)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Health East Arena
Head coach: Tom Kulenkamp
Years at school: 3
Career record: 222-185-19
Record at school: 32-21-2
Assistant coaches: Emily Klatt, Tim Duggan, Andy Roeser
Letterwinners returning/lost: 7/10
Top returning forwards: Senior Siobhan Claugherty (10-17--27), senior Brehna Walz (7-17--24), sophomore Fiona Claugherty (9-8--17), junior  Katie Flynn (5-5--10)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Addi Scribner (7-10--17), junior Anne Larsen (2-4--6), senior Mac Newman (2-2--4) 
Top returning goaltender: Senior Lindsay Carlson (1.19, .931)
The coach says: “We hope to rally and come together to play a team game and peak and play our best when sections arrive! Keys are to stay healthy and play as a team.”

Eastview Lightning
Last year: 17-12-2
Conference (record): South Suburban (11-5-1) 
Section: 3AA
Head coach: Herb Harvey
Assistant coaches: Scott Kauchick, Ashley Maskel, Ben Storm, Tim Ryan
Top returning forwards: Senior Holly Sodomka (6-13--19), senior Mary Keating (9-8--17), junior Annie Luzum (9-7--16)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Katie Quaintance (6-10--16), senior Olivia Johnson (0-2--2), freshman Lauren Crowl (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Amelia Julian (2-0-1, 0.85, .944)

Eden Prairie Eagles
Last year: 21-7-2
Conference (record): Lake (4-2-2)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Eden Prairie Community Center
Head coach: Jaime Grossman
Years at school: 7
Career record: 258-121-17
Record at school: 134-45-26
Assistant coaches: Brett Bruininks, Jeff Atchison, Grace Olson, Tim Mahoney
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Sydney Langseth (11-14--25), junior Becca Kniss (3-8--11), freshman Grace Kuipers (2-6--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Crystalyn Hengler (12-24--36), senior Gigi Jacobson (0-3--3), junior Rachel DeCesare (1-1--2)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Alexa Dobchuk (21-7-2, 1.44, .935)

Edina Hornets
Last year: 28-1-1
Conference (record): Lake (8-0-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Braemar Arena
Head coach: Sam Reber
Years at school: 2
Career record: 28-1-1
Record at school: 28-1-1
Assistant coaches: Ellie Lee, Josh Reber
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/7
Top returning forwards: Senior Lolita Fidler (24-29--53), senior Emily Oden (24-15--40), junior CC Bowlby (7-20--27)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Brooke Tucker (3-19--22), junior Mallory Uihlein (2-9--11)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Megan Smith (0.33, .975)
Top newcomers: F Tella Jungels, F Hannah Chorske
The coach says: “We’re extremely excited and ready for this season to kick off. We have a great core group of players returning from last year’s roster that will help guide our younger kids along the way. It’s a new year and our players are ready to get back to work.”

Elk River/Zimmerman Elks
Last year: 21-7-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (13-3-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Elk River
Head coach: Dale Sager
Years at school: 4
Career record: 81-48-9
Record at school: 60-19-5
Assistant coaches: Tom Maeckelbergh, Mike Gatzke, Brian Ballenger
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/10
Top returning forwards: Junior Kelsey King (20-15--35), senior Reilly Springman (15-14--29), sophomore Halle Johnson (8-10--18), freshman Allison Fischer (2-2--4)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Madison Bizal (10-20--30), senior Laura Schmierer (1-11--12), senior Ellie Humphrey (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Megan Jung (21-7-0, 1.45, .927), freshman Anna Langton
Top newcomers: Cora Coz, Maddy Christian
The coach says: “Elk River will look to their returners to lead the way in the 2017-18 season. After consecutive large graduating classes, the Elks will look to fill key roles with new players. If this team can come together and work towards the goals they have set, they should once again compete in Section 7AA.”

Eveleth-Gilbert Area Golden Bears
Last year: 2-23-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Home arena: Eveleth Hippodrome
Head coach: Dean Edstrom
Years at school: 3
Career record: 9-39-2
Record at school: 9-39-2
Assistant coach: Brian Ceglar
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Brenna Ceglar (12-7--19), sophomore Sophia Flatley (3-13--16), freshman Anneka Lundgren (8-6--14), sophomore Anna Seitz (4-5--9)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Katie Scherf (5-1--6), junior Bekah Davidson (2-4--6)
Top newcomer: G Rachel Woods
The coach says: “Strengths: Return a good core group of players with varsity experience. Weaknesses: Lack of numbers. We only have 24 players for varsity/JV.”

Fairmont Cardinals
Last year: 9-13-2
Conference (record): Big South (5-9-2) 
Section: 3A
Home arena: Martin County Arena
Head coach: Ashley Olson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 9-13-2
Record at school: 9-13-2
Assistant coach: Eric Householder
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/4
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Joni Becker (7-11--18), eighth-grader Mackenzie Householder (11-7--18)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Courtney Williams 
Top returning goaltender: Senior Emily O’Connor 
The coach says: “With such a young program, our focus has been on building a strong foundation for the future teams at FHS. Our primary emphasis is on individual effort and attitude, as well as individual and team skills. A huge strength in these individuals is their will to work hard. With 6:30 a.m. strength and conditioning practices 2-3 times per week and our normal six-day on-ice schedule, our coaching staff rarely hears a complaint.”

Faribault Falcons
Last year: 12-13-1
Conference (record): Big 9 (10-6-1)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Faribault Ice Arena
Head coach: Alli Miller
Years at school: 4
Career record: 43-33-3
Record at school: 43-33-3
Assistant coaches: Erin Kastner, Kailen Aspelund
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Olivia Williamson (13-14--27), senior Allyson McCoshen (12-14--26), sophomore Haley Lang (12-13--25), junior Ellie Knutson (7-7--14)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Olivia Morelan (0-4--4), sophomore Emily Wilder (0-4--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Camryn Salmonsen (12-13-1, 3.41, .889)

Farmington Tigers
Last year: 18-12-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (8-9-0) 
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Schmitz-Maki Arena
Head coach: Jon Holmes
Years at school: 11
Career record: 149-108-16
Record at school: 149-108-16
Assistant coaches: Al Jenrich, Jason Kohlbeck, Casey Preston, Jared Rowan, Steve Sabetti
Top returning forwards: Senior Ellie Moser (20-7--27), junior Bailey Kelley (12-11--23), junior Marissa Agerter (9-12--21), senior Emily Rubins (6-14--20), junior Jenna Gerold (5-8--13), freshman Carly Lancaster (7-4--11)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Megan Bernu (2-10--12), freshman Brenna Fuhrman, freshman Jayden Seifert, senior Carly Simon, junior Cassie Knutson
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Abby Bollig (1.67, .927), senior Emily Auge (2.03, .917)
The coach says: “The Tigers have all but one letterwinner returning from last year. Farmington will have a stout veteran group, coupled with many young players that will be eager and expected to contribute in a large fashion. The Tigers play in a tough conference that has border battles every night, where the games have more than just systems and x's/o's on the line. These emotional games help the teams in the South Suburban Conference in the post season tremendously.  Farmington will also bring back two stellar senior goalies, Abby Bollig and Emily Auge, along with senior forward and Bemidji commit, Ellie Moser, that will continue to give the team an added spark.”

Fergus Falls Otters
Last year: 14-11-1
Conference (record): Central Lakes (3-7-0) 
Section: 6A
Home arena: Fergus Falls Community Arena
Head coach: Tim Lill
Years at school: 4
Career record: 32-43-2
Record at school: 32-43-2
Assistant coaches: Todd Hershner, Brooks Anderson, Fritz Karsnia
Top returning forwards: Senior Lauren Werner, senior Annika Ohman, junior Sophie Rausch (22-10--32), junior Amy Johnson, sophomore Jade Zeirdon, sophomore Vivian Karsnia
Top returning defensemen: Junior Hallie Sheridan, sophomore Chloe Nelson, freshman Ellie Anderson
Top goaltenders: Junior Maddie Ekund, juniorJadyn McKeever
Top newcomers: Makenna Stenstrom, Lexi McGary, Liz Mattson
The coach says: “ With only two seniors, we are young, but many underclassmen have varsity experience. I look at goaltending to be improved and should be a strength.”

Forest Lake Rangers
Last year: 20-8-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (12-3-1)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: FLAAA Sports Center
Head coach: Todd Gutterman
Years at school: 4
Career record: 51-30-6
Record at school: 51-30-6
Assistant coaches: Craig Muntifering, Andy Richardson, Audrey Hanmer, Amanda Leveille
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Kayla Kasel (33-16--49), senior Kenzie Rugland (16-19--35)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Ellen Nelson (3-13--16), sophomore Courtney Peterson (2-13--15), junior Biz Valley (1-11--12), freshman Rachel Golnitz (4-8--12)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Josie Bothun (18-8-2, 1.75, .928)
The coach says: “We return a strong core of players for the 2017-18 season. Will be very strong defensively and in the nets. Four D that all played key minutes last year are returning and three sophomore goalies led by Josie Bothun who had a great freshman season last year. Lost a lot of scoring with Madi Nolan playing at River Falls and Maddie Kolbow playing at Hamline. Key will be our ability to bury pucks. Seniors Kenzie Rugland and Kayla Kasel will lead the charge offensively. We have a very talented group of sophomores that will have to take that next step offensively. Depth, strong team Defense and solid goaltending will be big factors for the 2017-18 Rangers.”

Grand Rapids/Greenway Lightning
Last year: 18-6-3
Conference: Independent
Section: 7AA
Home arena: IRA Civic Center
Head coach: Brad Hyduke
Years at school: 10
Career record: 110-67-15
Record at school: 110-67-15
Assistant coaches: Ronny Holum, Chris Johnson, Kelsey Johnston, Sydney Helmbrecht
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/9
Top returning forwards: Junior Sadie Peart (20-35--55), junior Maddie Drotts (5-12--17), Mady Shaffer (5-5--10), freshman Claire Vekich, junior Quinn Kasell
Top returning defensemen: Senior Ty Bischoff (12-16--28), junior Sasha Stefan (1-5--6), junior Jazzi Rohloff
Top returning goaltender: Junior Kiya Danielson (1-0-1, 1.39, .889)
Top newcomers: F Ellie Tillma, D Hannah Mark, D Kayden Broking, G Emily Trast
The coach says: “GRG returns our top scoring forward and top scoring defenseman, along with nine other letter winners, from 2016-2017… Balance and depth will be strengths for a team that will need player contributions across grades 9-12 to challenge in a very competitive Section 7AA.”

Hastings Raiders
Last year: 8-17-1
Conference (record): Metro East (7-4-0) 
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Hastings Civic Arena
Head coach: Josh Colvin
Years at school: 2
Career record: 8-17-1
Record at school: 8-17-1
Assistant coaches: Steve Benson, Audra Richards, Jordy Klimek, Lauren Tix
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/5
Top returning forwards: Junior Sam Benson (2-10--12), junior Maddy Junker (5-6--11), senior Josie Kummer (1-4--5), senior Callie McNary (4-0--4), sophomore Taylor Larson (2-1--3)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Laynee Connell (4-12--16), junior Addy Buck (4-5--9), junior Libby Judge (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Alayna Kunshier
The coach says: “We graduated our top three point-producing forwards, but return a deep 11th grade class along with a lot of underclassmen competing for varsity time. Our goaltenders are young but show potential and work hard. Coach Benson in his 76th year will again provide the rock of our team with our strong group of defensmen.”

Henry Sibley Warriors
Last year: 9-17-1
Conference (record): Metro East (0-10-0)
Section: 4A
Home arena: West St. Paul Arena
Head coach: Allie Duellman
Years at school: 3
Career record: 16-37-1
Record at school: 16-37-1
Assistant coaches: Larry Fronzac, Allie Morse, Mark Goldberg, Curt Selander
Letterwinners returning/lost: 8/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Laura Friedman (14-13--27), senior Kalley Partyka (7-5--12, sophomore Emma Nagel (4-8--12)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Annie Gydesen, senior Abbie Wetzel-Edstrom, senior Sam Carlson 
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Paige Erickson (.858)
The coach says: “Our defensive core will be really strong this year as all defense are fourth-year returning players. We will be working on generating offense as we have a very young offensive lineup.”

Hibbing/Chisholm Bluejackets
Last year: 18-12-1
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Head coach: Emily Erickson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 18-12-1
Record at school: 18-12-1
Assistant coaches: Eric Rewertz, Pete Hyduke, Holly Rewertz, Dana Lindstrom, Pat Iozzo, Kaye Collier
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Allie Bussey (12-21--33), sophomore Emma Lundell (2-7--9), junior Maria Gherardi (1-7--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Lillian Rue (6-9--15), freshman Maddie Rewertz (0-4--4), freshman Dorothy Kearney (2-1--3)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Abby Edstrom (14-11-0, 2.32, .907) 

Hill-Murray Pioneers
Last year: 24-6-1
Conference (record): Metro East (8-0-0) 
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Aldrich Arena
Head coach: Bill Schafhauser
Years at school: 11
Career record: 233-50-12
Record at school: 233-50-12
Assistant coaches: Caesare Engstrom, Doug Long, Jenny Magill
Top returning forwards: Senior Abby Boreen (31-31--62), junior Haylee Blinkhorn (16-14--30), senior Morgan Helgeson (17-10--27), sophomore Nina Steigauf (13-12--25), junior Katie Kaufman (10-11--21)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Mariah Keopple (5-29--34), junior Gretchen Greeder (2-8--10), junior Miranda Anthony (5-4--9)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Ava Bailey (20-6-1, 1.58, .930), sophomore Rachel Kennedy (4-0-0, 0.77, .931)

Holy Angels/Richfield Stars
Last year: 8-16-1
Conference (record): Metro West (1-5-1)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Richfield Ice Arena
Head coach: Teige Cahill
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Holly Noble, Rachel Friberg
Letterwinners returning: 11
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Bridget McGuire, junior Jordyn Mans, senior Kate Cressy, senior Finn Larson
Top returning defensemen: Senior Lauren Welsch (1-3--4), junior Grace Hillen, junior Madysen Palmer, junior Sophie Radam
Top returning goaltender: Junior Leah Lood 
Top newcomer: Kaitlyn Kneeland
The coach says: “Looking to improve from last year. Numbers in the program are up from last year. Great goaltending to lead the way. A fast and smart hockey team. All around a great team to be around.”

Holy Family/Waconia Wildfire
Last year: 10-15-1
Conference (record): Wright County (3-9-0) 
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Victoria Recreation Center
Head coach: Randy Koeppl
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Amanda Leveille, Chris Peterson, Jenna Privette
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/1
Top returning forwards: Senior Molly Garin (28-26--54), sophomore Lauren Hickey (17-17--34)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Chloe McEnelly (15-5--20), senior Grace Blood (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Jasmyn Neubert (4-4-0, 3.32, .869)
Top newcomers: F Sydney Paulson, F Bridget Orr, D Taylor Koeppl, G Alex Pellicci, G Sedona Blair, D Maeve Kelly, D Olivia Paidosh
The coach says: “Our two captains – McEnelly and Garin – with 11 combined years of high school hockey will lead a very young and talented group.”


Hopkins/Park Royals
Last year: 15-10-0
Conference (record): Lake (1-7-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Minnetonka Ice Arena
Head coach: Chris Erickson
Years at school: 4
Record at school: 38-36-2
Career record: 172-122-7
Assistant coaches: Tyler Erickson, Ethan Bohn, Shawn McNeil, Macy Leland, Erin McNeil
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/7
Top returning forwards: Senior Kylie Hanley, senior Annika Patterson, senior Kathryn Fredrickson, junior Mary Gleason, freshman Charlotte Rich, freshman Erin Brousseau
Top returning defensemen: Senior Amanda Olsen, senior Kallie Kuehmichel, junior Mary O’Neil
Top returning goaltender: Senior Emily Bolen
Top newcomers: Katherine Kasica, Alma Beaton
The coach says: “We have a number of returning players in the skill areas and will work hard to get our newcomers up to speed and working together. We have quality leadership with Kylie Hanley (UMD), Annika Patterson, Amanda Olson (UW-Superior) and Kallie Kuehmichel. It is a great group of players and we look forward to getting to work.”

Hutchinson Tigers
Last year: 18-7-0
Conference (record): Wright County (7-5-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: Burich Arena
Head coach: Hannah Impola
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Montana Hemling, Tim Swenson
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Alex Hantge (18-14--32), sophomore Ainslea Jensen (6-7--13)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kendal Markovic (4-9--13), senior Olivia Hansen (0-7--7), sophomore Laina Bertiaume (1-4--5)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Emma Barrick-Benson (1.57, .943), senior Ellie Lenarz (1.95, .899)
Top newcomers: Anna Fabel, Britta Johnson, Maddy Seifert, Paige Telecky, Marlee Harlander
The coach says: “We have a young team with a lot of energy. While there may be some adjustment at the beginning of the season, there is a lot of potential.”

International Falls Broncos
Last year: 14-10-1
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Head coach: Gerald Bolstad
Years at school: 9
Assistant coaches: Kevin Erickson, Kevin Gordon, Glenn Marcotte
Top returning forwards: Senior Amber Tilander (35-23--58), junior Grace Bragg (8-17--25), sophomore Maria Vollom (4-6--10)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Morgan Rasmussen (4-7--11), senior Marissa Kerry (4-5--9), senior Kiana Kittelson (2-6--8)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Grace Wegner (13-5-1, 2.65, .879)

Irondale/St. Anthony Knights
Last year: 8-15-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (6-7-1)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: National Sports Center
Head coach: Tom Rodefeld
Years at school: 21
Career record: 249-170-14
Record at school: 249-170-14
Assistant coaches: Jessica Mularie, Brian Jenson, Britta Nundahl, Katie Cotrell, Gina McDonald, Erin Stepka
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/6
Top returning forwards: Junior Emma Fagerlee (3-8--11), senior Mary Herstel (6-3--9), senior Marie Meysembourg (3-4--7), senior Emma Beckman (1-6--7)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Anna Cheney (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Zoe Stegora-Peterson (1-6-0, 3.86, .850)
Top newcomer: D Ari Evans
The coach says: “We lost some great offensive players, but if some of the younger girls can step up, we should be OK. The years that we have had success are the years that we have united and stayed focused. The strength of Irondale this year is that the players want to play as a team, for the team. Every year our girls work hard to grow into great leaders, so any success that we have this year will be from the leadership of our seniors.”

Lakeville North Panthers
Last year: 16-11-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (9-8-0)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Ames Arena
Head coach: Buck Kochevar
Years at school: 13
Career record: 226-95-11
Record at school: 226-95-11
Assistant coaches: Brent Cullaton, Jim Jacka, Eric Scheidel
Letterwinners returning: 13
Top returning forwards: Senior Erin Olson, senior Jayden Neameyer, senior Kylie Nelson, junior Peyton Cullaton, sophomore Olivia Mattis
Top returning defensemen: Senior Maggie Flaherty, senior McKenna Butler, sophomore Meghan Marquardt, sophomore Samantha Lackman
Top returning goaltender: Junior Kallie Schneider
The coach says: “Lakeville North is getting back to its roots - blue collar, hard-working group where no one is above the team. Strength: Goaltender Kallie Schneider is coming off a solid sophomore season looking to match and trump her numbers in her junior year. Solid senior leadership will be a plus for this group of youthful exuberance.”

Lakeville South Cougars
Last year: 18-8-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (15-2-0) 
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Hasse Arena
Head coach: Mark Johnson
Years at school: 3
Career record: 37-14-2
Record at school: 37-14-2
Assistant coaches: Curt Wright, Sierra Vadner, Bruce Anderson, Brian McKinney
Top returning forwards: Senior Emily Fischler (16-14--30), sophomore Lindsey Maloney (3-12--15), senior Jose Saufferer (8-4--12), senior Allison McKinney (3-7--10), senior Alix Donnely (3-3--6)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kyah Orr (5-10--15), senior Saylor Donnelly (3-7--10), junior Macey Ravndalen (0-6--6), junior Jenna Hayes
Top returning goaltender: Senior Lexi Baker (16-8-0, .918)
Top newcomers: Liberty Fettig, Morgan Albrect
The coach says: “Top returning goalie (Lexi Baker), will be strong in the net who has committed to Bemidji State! 
We have a strong leadership core of seven seniors who will step in well to keep the Cougar pride rolling! ”

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons
Last year: 3-20-2
Conference (record): Wright County (0-11-1)
Section: 2A
Home arena: Litchfield Civic Arena
Co-head coaches: Brett Damerow & Matt Hogg
Years at school: First
Assistant coach: Corey Hanson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Jasmin Estrada, senior Kristen Jones, senior Delaney Keaveny, senior Lexi Keskey, senior Anna Brock, senior Gabby Pieti, junior Mary Ridgeway, sophomore Alyssa Olson, sophomore Grace Walsh
Top returning defensemen: Senior Bella Meyer, senior Maddy Larson, junior Courtney Carlson, sophomore Sydney Braaten
The coach says: “We are looking forward to the start of the 2017-2018 season. We have a new coaching staff, as well as a new look to our high school program, with 15U players joining our high school team for the first time. We will have many fresh faces stepping into new roles, including replacing two outstanding senior goaltenders. We hope to be a tough, hardworking, fundamentally sound hockey team.”

Luverne Cardinals
Last year: 10-12-3
Conference (record): Big South (6-6-2)
Section: 3A
Home arena: Blue Mound Ice Arena
Head coach: Tony Sandbulte
Years at school: 5
Career record: 153-68-8
Record at school: 69-31-3
Assistant coaches: Tanner Skattum, Lauren Gacke
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/4
Top returning forwards: Freshman Roz Oye, senior Maddie Dinger, senior Lexi Hinrichs
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Brynn Thier, sophomore Claire Baustian, freshman Regan Feit
Top returning goaltender: Senior Emily Bartels 
Top newcomer: Regan Borke
The coach says: “Our team strength will be our goaltending. Emily Bartels has the ability to keep us in every game. Our team weakness will be our depth, and putting players on the ice with very little varsity experience.  We will need to put extra focus and attention on our offense as we have lost a lot of our scoring to graduation over the last couple of years.”

Mahtomedi Zephyrs
Last year: 11-14-3
Conference (record): Metro East (5-4-2)
Section: 4A
Home arena: St. Croix Rec Center
Head coach: Bill Mauricio
Years at school: 2
Career record: 11-14-3
Record at school: 11-14-3
Assistant coaches: Tom Anitzberger, Megan Gjere, Kasey Marquardt, Will Radke, Aaron Steiner
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Anna Broten (11-5--6), junior Kylie Krawczyk (5-9--14),sophomore Megan Johnson (2-4--6)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Jordyn McAlpine (5-7--12), sophomore Emma Dornseif (4-4--8), senior Marin Ryan (1-3--4), freshman Erika Broten (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Johanna Ficcadenti (9-13-3, 2.04, .906)
Top newcomers: Emme Nelson, Allie Franco, Terah Skillings
The coach says: “The Zephyrs return a strong core from a team that advanced to the Section Final last season. Their Defense should be a strength, as they return Jordyn McAlpine, Emma Dornseif, Marin Ryan, Erika Broten and Emma Donovan. The Zephyrs also have Johanna Ficcadenti returning in goal and she started every game last year for the team. Anna Broten looks to build on her Junior year, as she led the team in scoring in 2016-17. Returners Kylie Krawczyk, Megan Johnson, Emme Nelson and newcomers Allie Franco and Terah Skillings will round out the top two forward lines.”

Mankato East/Loyola Cougars
Last year: 17-11-1
Conference (record): Big 9 (10-7)
Section: 3A
Home arena: All Seasons Arena
Head coach: Amber Prange
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Kelsey Eckstedt, Hannah Vogel
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Camryn Steinberg, junior Madison Davis, sophomore Sydney Kanstrup
Top returning defensemen: Senior Hanna Helms, junior Bri Adams, junior Claire Johnson
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Andrea Schreiber, junior Haley Stockman
Top newcomers: Saisha Dau, Kaylee Eykvyn
The coach says: “The Cougars are returning an experienced team this season. Eleven juniors and seniors make up the 18-girl roster. Team effort and a solid defensive core will be a standard this season for the Cougars.”

Mankato West Scarlets
Last year: 7-18-2
Conference (record): Big 9 (1-11-2)
Section: 3A
Home arena: All Seasons Arena
Head coach: Shaun Reddy
Years at school: 2
Career record: 7-18-2
Record at school: 7-18-2
Assistant coaches: Kent Hays, Katy Kvasnicka, McKenzie Hays, Hannah Davidson 
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Courtney Bloemke (26-20--46), junior Lindsey Hays (16-13--29), sophomore Sunshine Langworthy (16-3--19)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Mckenna Krosch (6-13--19), senior Sydney Morales (4-7--11)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Sarah Olsen (4.50, .895)
Top newcomers: Hannah Wieland, Molly Grundhoffer

Maple Grove Crimson
Last year: 22-5-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (10-1-1)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Maple Grove Community Center
Head coach: Amber Hegland
Years at school: 3
Career record: 209-105-19
Record at school: 44-11-3
Assistant coaches: Kevin Gray, Lance Mayer, Kevin Pote, Mara Pearl
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/12
Top returning forwards: Junior Mannon McMahon (22-29--51), senior Maia Martinez (21-23--44), senior Julia Pias (5-21--26)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Katie Denecke (12-8--20), junior Emma Larson (0-4--4)
Top newcomers: G Lucy Morgan, F/D McKayla Machlitt, G Brooke Cassibo, G Donna Fowler, F Lauren Stenslie, F Tristana Tatur, D Jenna Timm
The coach says: “Strengths: Veteran Leadership, Cohesive Group, Work Ethic, Commitment to Process, Stick Skills, Multiple Scorers, Skating, Young and Excitement of Youth”

Marshall Tigers
Last year: 17-7-1
Conference (record): Big South (13-2-0)
Section: 3A
Home arena: Red Baron Arena & Expo
Head coach: Deanna Suby
Years at school: First
Assistant coach: Cassi Schreckenghaust
Letterwinners returning/lost: 20/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Rachel VanKeulen (19-10--29), junior Sydney Mauch (18-11--29), junior Olivia Peterson (7-6--13)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Courtney Mauch (9-8--17), sophomore Logan Sherman (2-1--3)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Ema Klenken, freshman Lexi Moat

Last year: 10-15-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 5A
Home arena: Parade Ice Gardens
Head coach: Sarma Ozmen
Years at school: 5
Record at school: 34-63-2
Top returning forwards: Junior Erica Lieske (8-14--22), senior Laurel Melnyk (7-9--16), senior Lila Maus (6-7--13), senior Olivia Gaffney (6-4--10), sophomore Anna Melnyk (8-2--10)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Lizzie Mewes (1-10--11), junior Julia Offerdahl (1-7--8), sophomore Ava Miller (2-2--4)
Top goaltender: Senior Lilah Schulz (11-15-0, 3.51, .871)

Minnehaha United
Last year: 10-16-0
Conference (record): Independent Metro (0-3-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Minnehaha Ice Arena
Head coach: Dan Berthiaume
Years at school: 4
Career record: 25-52-1
Record at school: 25-52-1
Assistant coaches: Mike Turner, Kate Wahlin, Sara Lind
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/2
Top returning forward: Senior Justine Hill (12-13--25)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Jodie Clay (8-16--24)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Lauren Schommer
Top newcomer: Maddie Duca
The coach says: “This season MU is making the difficult jump from Section 4A to Section 6AA where the playoff competition will be very stiff, but the team looks to be competitive against most of its opponents during the regular season. Six newcomers give the team more depth than it has had in years.”

Minnesota River Bulldogs
Last year: 5-18-3
Conference (record): Big South (5-6-3) 
Section: 2A
Home arena: Le Sueur Community Center
Head coach: Tom Blaido
Years at school: 9
Career record: 28-53-2
Record at school: 28-53-2
Assistant coaches: Kelley Wilmes, Victoria Sinell
Top returning forwards: Senior Emma Doherty-Bohn (7-8--15), junior Ashley Pudwill (8-6--14)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Whitney Weick (6-4--10), senior Zoe Haugen (2-3--5), senior Kendall Wenner (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Jordan Keeley (5-18-3, 3.25, .929)

Minnetonka Skippers
Last year: 14-10-4
Conference (record): Lake (4-2-2)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Pagel Activity Center
Head coach: Eric Johnson
Years at school: 13
Career record: 230-87-22
Record at school: 230-87-22
Assistant coaches: Adam Kragthorpe, Christina Lee-Balloy, Kim Abrahams, Elizabeth Bresnahan
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Chloe Lewis (7-10--17), senior Madison Fleming (6-10--16), senior Bella Bertogliat (3-9--12), junior Molly McHugh (7-5--12)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Maggie Nicholson (7-15--22), junior Kailey Langefels (7-13--20), senior Grace Hoelscher (1-12--13)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Abby Manlove (2-2-2, .902)
The coach says: “We are a strong skating team anchored by talented defensemen. Roster includes seven seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. We return 51 goals and graduated 34. Junior Kailey Langefels is committed to Ohio State. Sophomore Maggie Nicholson is committed to Minnesota. Sophomore Lacey Martin is committed to Boston University. Senior Chloe Lewis is committed to University of Denver for lacrosse. Senior Grace Hoelscher is committed to College of Holy Cross for Track & XCountry.”

Moorhead Spuds
Last year: 9-13-3
Conference: Greater Minnesota
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Moorhead Sports Center
Head coach: Whitney Restemayer
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Haley Olmstead, Jameson Prim, Coleman Wagner
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Brenna Mjoness, junior Makayla Keller, junior Emily Meye
Top returning defensemen: Senior Emma Cullen, senior Jordan Egerdahl
Top goaltenders: Junior Paige Schmidt, junior Emma Kolo
Top newcomers: Bre Krejci, Ava Kistner

Moose Lake Area Rebels
Last year: 20-6-1
Conference: Independent 
Section: 7A
Home arena: Riverside Arena
Head coach: Joe Mohelsky
Years at school: 12
Career record: 135-138-16
Record at school: 135-138-16
Assistant coaches: Chris Gamst, Amber Ketchmark, Shannon Wilson
Top returning forwards: Senior Jessica Bird (37-21--58), senior Sage Gerard (9-23--32), junior Ruby Mohelsky (6-5--11), junior Lauren Pederson (5-6--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jamie Bird (11-20--31), junior Josie Benzie (0-3--3), senior Kiersten Evenson (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Maddy Gamst (15-10-1, 2.29, .898)
The coach says: “The Moose Lake Lady Rebels will be a very different looking team this season. After losing some high-end players to graduation, the Lady Rebels will work on executing as a more balanced team. With great senior leadership, solid goaltending and a more team- based approach, the Lady Rebels will surprise some teams and will be a top contender in Section 7A.”

Morris/Benson Area Storm
Last year: 2-14-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 6A
Head coach: Abby Daly
Top returning forwards: Junior Halli Watzke (6-6--12), senior Megan Kirkeide (1-7--8), eighth-grader Taryn Picht (4-1--5)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Abbey Hoffman

Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian White Hawks
Last year: 21-8-0
Conference (record): Wright County (10-2-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: Thaler Arena
Co-head coaches: Bob Kuehl & Claire Goldsmith 
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Jim Kurtz, Kayla Ingebretson, Kitty Hurley
Letterwinners returning/lost: 8/8
Top returning forwards: Junior Lauren Burris (13-9--24), junior Emily Schepers (9-11--20), junior Sydney Hules (5-8--13)
Top returning defenseman: Freshman Brooke Pioski (1-15--16), junior Sydney Bowe (1-9--10), senior Katelyn Wagner (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Taylor Smith
Top newcomers: Grace Peterson, Taylor Leonard
The coach says: “We should be solid in our own end. Taylor Smith takes over for All-State goalie Emma Polusny (St. Cloud State). Senior Katelyn Wagner and junior Sydney Bowe return to the blue line and are joined by talented freshman Brooke Pioske, who played center a year ago and Taylor Leonard from 15U. Up front we will count on our talented all junior line of Lauren Burris, Emily Schepers and Sydney Hules for the bulk of our offense. We hope to be able to develop the offensive skills of our other players, many of whom will be playing high school hockey for the first time. We may struggle to score goals. Graduated from last year’s state tournament team are Polusny, Liz Schepers (The Ohio State University), Ellie Burris (Eau Claire) and Hunter Gallus (St. Catherine’s) along with three other solid seniors. We will be a very young team that will improve as the season goes on and hope to be a factor come section time.”

Mounds View Mustangs
Last year: 17-10-0
Conference (record): Suburban East (10-6-0) 
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Schwan Super Rink
Head coach: Paige Jahnke
Years at school: First
Top returning forwards: Senior Annika Brodt (7-15--22), senior Stephanie Anderson (9-10--19), junior Lisa Nadeau (7-10--17), sophomore Maiah Robert (5-10--15), freshman Audrey Jackson (9-5--14), senior Anna Soleheim (4-10--14), senior Lauren Jahnke (6-6--12)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Rae Robert (2-3--5), junior Hana Collins (2-3--5)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Teagen Johnson (17-9-0, 1.93, .907)

New Prague Trojans
Last year: 11-11-3
Conference (record): Wright County (7-5-0)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: New Prague Area Community Center
Head coach: Taylor Ries
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Dan Gullickson, Jordan Anderson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/5
Top returning forwards: Senior Catie Skaja (26-12--38), junior Kaitlyn Blair (8-10--18), junior Lindsey Bjerke (7-6--13), sophomore Abby Pirkl (6-2--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Katie Calliguri (3-3--6), junior Emily Sabol (2-1--3)
Top returning goaltender: Kaylee Brake
Top newcomer: Payton Hard
The coach says: “Team has strong senior leadership at both the F & D position with two Division I commits in Catie Skaja (Minnesota) and Katie Calliguri (Sacred Heart). We lost several defensemen and our starting goalie to graduation. Our success will be dependent on who steps up to fill those roles.”

New Ulm Eagles
Last year: 19-3-4
Conference (record): Big South (14-0-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: New Ulm Civic Center
Head coach: Kristin Faber
Years at school: 5
Career record: 74-28-6
Record at school: 74-28-6
Assistant coaches: Jeremy Reed, Ryan Kenny 
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/2
Top returning forwards: Senior Ali Beltz (31-19--50), senior Dani Weiss (15-12--27), junior Ashtyn Wiltscheck (15-8--23), sophomore Molly Scheid (7-8--15)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Lauren Klein (4-9--13), sophomore Ally Steffensmeier (3-9--12)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Cassie Reed (2-0-0, 0.33, .955)
The coach says: “New Ulm returns a large portion of their roster from last season and looks to continue their success from the last few seasons.  The team has already shown development of skills, physical ability, and maturity in the first week of practice.  We are looking to be very competitive in our confrence schedule and in our section.”

North/Tartan Titans
Last year: 13-12-1
Conference record): Metro East (4-5-1)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Polar Arena/Tartan Arena
Head coach: Nick Fuerst
Career record: 57-44-2
Record at school: 57-44-2
Assistant coaches: Erin Gallagher, Lucas Fuerst, Mike Hall, Sarah Ahlquist
Top returning forwards: Junior Claire Meeder (10-14--24), sophomore Lauren Henriksen (6-8--14), senior Makenzie Brommerich (3-3--6)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Zoe Culshaw-Klein (7-4--11), senior Marissa Hawkins (2-1--3), senior Breanna Cashin (0-3--3), junior Josslen Thieschaffer (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Olivia Schultz (9-7-1, 2.36, .911), senior Natalie Baker (4-5-0, 2.80, .888)

North Shore Storm
Last year: 5-18-1
Conference: Independent 
Section: 7A
Home arena: Rukavina Arena/Lake County Arena
Head coach: Neva Maxwell
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Jessup Pelkey, Zach Vieau
Top returning forwards: Junior Jessie Ketola (7-11--18), junior Callie Klemmer (6-2--8), senior Everly Bauck (4-3--7), senior Cora Carter (3-3--6), sophomore Sydney Haugan (2-4--6)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Mackenzie Dwyer (0-2--2), sophomore Rheo Johnson (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Maureen Dwyer, junior Grace Hietala

North Wright County Riverhawks
Last year: 10-13-2
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (6-6-1)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Moose-Sherritt Arena/St. Michael-Albertville Arena
Head coach: Cailyn McCauley
Years at school: 2
Career record: 10-13-2
Record at school: 10-13-2
Assistant coaches: Tim Hanson, Kevin Finnerty, Brandon Mitchell, Amanda Koep
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/4
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Mackenzi Bougerie (14-8--22), senior Molly Young (7-6--13), senior Lexy Fuerstenberg (6-3--9), sophomore Sydney Lemke (3-6--9), senior Brooke Johnson (5-2--7)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Brinna Martin (6-4--10), junior Payton Allen (1-3--4), junior Lauren Rokala (0-4--4)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Anna LaRose (.923)
The coach says: “We have a strong core of girls returning from last year that will really help us become successful this year!”

Northern Lakes Lightning
Last year: 20-7-0
Conference (record): Mid-State (6-0-0)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Breezy Point Arena
Head coach: Breanna Sheley
Years at school: First
Top returning forwards: Senior Sydney Tietz (24-14--38), sophomore Mandi Soderholm (14-10--24), sophomore Caitlyn Gutzman (7-11--18), sophomore Hayden Boelter (8-7--15)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Lou Kosloski (14-3--17), senior Chelsea Skuzacek (3-13--16), freshman Savannah Abear (3-8--11)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Chaia Tulenchik (20-7-0, 3.06, .876)

Northfield Raiders
Last year: 20-8-3
Conference (record): Big 9 (10-3-1)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Northfield Ice Arena
Head coach: Brent Bielenberg
Years at school: 18
Assistant coaches: Jeff LaPanta, Nick Monson, Paige Haley
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Madi Goldsworthy (22-15--37), freshman Jessica Boland (8-13--21), junior Lizzy Morsching (5-14--19)
Top returning defenseman:  Junior Kate Boland (11-30--41) 
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Mallory Tidona (13-8-2, 1.92, .911), junior Rachel Bielenberg (7-0-1, 1.26, .919)
Top newcomers: Mya Wessling, Jo Jo Taylor
The coach says: “Our strength will begin with goaltending and team defense. With the graduation of eight seniors from last year’s team that finished 4th place in Class A, many of our players will find themselves in new roles of leadership. Depth, speed, and low offense will allow us to compete with teams at the AA level. Ten players on our roster have played in the State Tourney including one of the top goalies in the state, Mallory Tidona, who has proven herself to be a key playoff performer over the last three seasons (8-1-0, .67GA, .967%).”

Orono Spartans
Last year: 9-16-2
Conference (record): Wright County (5-6-1) 
Section: 5A
Home arena: Orono Ice Arena
Co-head coaches: Keith Radloff & Steve Persian
Years at school: 7
Career record: 85-61-14
Record at school: 85-61-14
Assistant coaches: Mike Umland, Jami Anderson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Nicole Neuberger (8-11--19), senior Lizi Norton (8-8--16), senior Grace Limesand (3-6--9), sophomore Molly Martini (4-4--8),  junior Sarah Johnston Gustafson (2-6--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Holly Harrison (2-5--7), senior Ellie Schaible (5-2--7) sophomore Sydney DeCubellis (1-1--2)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Eden Schultz (.900)
Top newcomers: Inga Smith, Gabby Norris, Jillien Cook, Iyla Ryskamp
The coach says: “Our strength will be in our senior class at all positions. They are all ready to assume a leadership role on our team and have the skills and positive attitude to make this a very exciting year. Even though we have a great group of upperclassmen, the rest of our team will be very young and we will experience some growing pains as we go through the process of becoming a strong competitor at the high school level and as we better develop our team offensively.”

Osseo-Park Center Stars
Last year: 6-19-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (1-14-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, Dick Vraa Ice Arena
Head coach: Jermy Lewis
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Michael Ach, Ali Nelson, Chuck Sawicky, Jeremy White
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/5
Top returning forwards: Junior Laura Denchfield (12-13--25), senior Olivia Fredrickson (1-2--3), sophomore Gabrielle Bodin (1-2--3)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Emily Sjelin (2-5--7), Gabrielle Holton (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Sophie Almquist
Top newcomers: Charley Sawicky, Elli Horvath, Alyia Bjork
The coach says: “Formerly North Metro now OPC (Osseo-Park Center). Hardworking young team”

Owatonna Huskies
Last year: 12-7-3
Conference (record): Big 9 (9-4-2)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Owatonna Four Seasons Center
Head coach: Dan Paur
Years at school: First
Career record: 12-36-3
Assistant coach: Joel Tornell
Letterwinners returning: 10
Top returning forwards: Senior Margo Achterkirch, senior Jenna Von Ruden, freshman Sidney Hunst
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jamie Davison , senior Rilee Schmidt, freshman Grace Wolfe
Top returning goaltender: Senior Laura Ebeling 
Top newcomer: Olivie Herzog
The coach says: “We are a young but talented team. Our strength will be in our senior leadership. We hope to contend for a Big 9 Conference championship.”

Park-Cottage Grove Wolfpack
Last year: 8-16-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (3-12-1)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Cottage Grove Ice Arena
Head coach: Steve Morse
Years at school: 8
Career record: 60-109-14
Record at school: 60-109-14
Assistant coaches: Paul McMorrow, Bruce Hill
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/2
Top returning forwards: Senior Tina Press (7-9--16), senior Alivia Kons (3-10--13), senior Heather Degler (7-4--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jess Juhl (3-4--7), junior Megan Morris (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Jocelyn Veary
The coach says: “2017-18 is a year to embrace change!”

Park Rapids Area Panthers
Last year: 9-16-1
Conference (record): Mid-State (1-4-1)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Ted O. Johnson Arena
Head coach: Erik Myhre
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Brad Smith, Mike Rice
Top returning forwards: Junior Alexa Kennedy (16-15--31), senior Taylor Sagen (13-14--27), senior Lexi Hinckley-Smith (10-12--22), senior Taylor Pingrey (15-6--21), senior Paige Myhre (9-11--20)
junior Tara Johanning (15), sophomore  (11), senior  Brooke Jerger (10), junior 
Top returning goaltender: Junior Klohie Mankie

Prairie Centre Blue Devils
Last year: 11-13-2
Conference (record): Mid-State (4-2-0)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Long Prairie, Wadena, Sauk Centre
Head coach: Blair Hovel
Years at school: First
Career record: 63-44-7
Assistant coach: Gabe Stoltman
Top returning forwards: Senior Gabby Olson (15-17--32), junior Ally Ecker (6-9--15), sophomore Shelby Otte (6-5--11), freshman Kayla Sayovitz (3-6--9)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Kylee Hopp (13-12--25), junior Reece Ritter (4-7--11)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Mackenzie Och (7-10-1, 3.19, .864), junior Isabelle Hovel (0-1-1, 1.99, .885)
The coach says: “Strengths: Work ethic, defense, goaltending, a few girls who know how to put the puck in the net. Weaknesses: Passing and skating.”

Princeton/Big Lake/Becker Tigers
Last year: 19-8-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (7-5-0) 
Section: 5A
Head coach: Paul McElhone
Assistant coach: Chris Papesh
Top returning forwards: Junior Maddy Peterson (42-16--58), senior Kenzie Skuza (10-15--25), senior Ellie Schwartz (5-8--13)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Dani Slominski (6-10--16), senior Eden Betzler (2-11--13)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kara Schramel (19-7-0, 2.39, .923)

Prior Lake Lakers
Last year: 8-14-3
Conference (record): South Suburban (6-9-2) 
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Dakotah! Ice Center
Head coach: Kiersten Nelson
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Joey Larsen, Taylor Barsness, Anna Steedman
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/5
Top returning forwards: Senior Katie Huntington (30-12--42), junior Charlotte Huntington (5-11--16), senior Kelly Gleason (7-7--14), senior Leah Pavlish (3-10--13)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Taylor Murray (6-6--12), senior Abby Muller (5-5--10)
Top returning goaltender: Hannah Shultz
Top newcomers: Paige Pavlish, Kya Ochsendorf
The coach says: “Prior Lake has a strong class of returning seniors. The team is determined and worked harder than ever in the off season. The team will look different on the ice this year with the incorporation of new systems and style of play. Prior Lake is excited to start the season and show Minnesota what its got.”

Proctor/Hermantown Mirage
Last year: 19-6-1
Conference (record): Lake Superior (6-0-1)
Section: 7A
Home arena: Proctor Arena, Hermantown Arena
Head coach: Glen Gilderman
Years at school: 20
Career record: 285-197-19
Record at school: 285-197-19
Assistant coaches: Jeff Gunderson, Jeff Laspi, Diana Wokson, Tom Cook
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/5
Top returning forwards: Senior Karie Lenard (7-15--22), junior Dehli Heikes (9-4--13), senior Torii Thomas (5-5--10), senior Talynn Miller (4-5--9), senior Maria Haedrich (3-5--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Olyvia Opsahl (9-11--20), senior Kennedy Halverson (5-12--17)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Ryan Gray (14-5-0, 2.27, .889), junior Samantha Lewis (5-1-1, 1.80, .894
The coach says: “This is a very experienced, skilled group of veteran players who will need to replace most of our scoring from last year. We’re probably not a favorite in Section 7A, but the work ethic of this group of players could surprise. This is the 20-year anniversary of the Mirage program. A new arena is being built in Proctor and will be ready for next season, retiring one of the oldest and coldest rinks in the state.”

Red Wing Wingers
Last year: 18-6-4
Conference (record): Big 9 (11-0-2)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Prairie Island Arena
Head coach: Scott Haley
Years at school: 12
Career record: 185-112-8
Record at school: 185-112-8
Assistant coaches: Dan Anderson, Tony Casci, Elle Anderson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/1
Top returning forwards: Senior Taylor Heise (54-26--80), senior Nicole Oberding (10-13--23)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Emily Hart (11-22--33)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Tyler McGrath (1.54, .935)
The coach says: “The Wingers are in good position to compete for another Big 9 title along with being a contender in Section 1A. The team is led by senior Taylor Heise and junior all-state defender Emily Hart. The team has tremendous depth, returning 16 letterwinners and  excellent  goaltending in Tyler McGrath who will head into her third season as a full-time starter.”

River Lakes Stars
Last year: 8-18-0
Conference (record): Central Lakes (2-10-0) 
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Koronis Civic Arena, River Lakes Civic Arena
Head coach: Amanda Monkman
Years at school: 2
Career record: 8-18-0
Record at school: 8-18-0
Assistant coaches: Mark Johnson, Zach Johnson
Top returning forwards: Senior Sierra Flint (13-4--17), junior Jaiden Deming (2-3--5), senior Carlie Mies (0-5--5)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Courtney Hanson (2-6--8), freshman Olivia Haines (2-2--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Jordyn Tomaszewski (6-12-0, 1.86, .949), junior Nicole Wander (2-6-0, 3.08, .900)

Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper Wings
Last year: 3-20-3
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (1-12-2)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: New Hope Ice Arena
Head coach: Elsa Bruestle
Years at school: 2
Career record: 3-20-3
Record at school: 3-20-3
Assistant coaches: Barrett Boe, Andy Johnson, Caitlin Bishop
Letterwinners returning: 12+
Top returning forwards: Junior Sadie Bresnahan, junior Leah O’Brien, sophomore Isabelle Kriesel, senior Lauren Price
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Hailey Mattson, junior Sara Bobideaux, senior Lindsey Winter, junior Caitlin Quinn
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Nikki Harnett, sophomore Kaylle Launderville
Top newcomers: Sydney Dixon, Paige Loidolt
The coach says: “This group of girls has a lot of depth and is already beginning the season stronger and more talented than any point in the season last year. We have a large group of retuming players and a really talented young group of 8th grade and freshmen skaters. We are coming off of a season of huge growth and development and have a lot of speed and players who are willing to crash the net and win battles in the corner. Areas we are focusing on are finishing on offensive chances and controlling play.”

Rochester Century Panthers
Last year: 6-20-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (5-12-0)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Rochester Recreation Center
Head coach: Tom Aney
Years at school: 3
Career record: 14-38-0
Record at school: 14-38-0
Assistant coaches: Luke Hughes, Tim Fink
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Elizabeth Oyen (6-16--22), junior Victoria Johnson (7-13--20), junior Kylie Lund (6-3--9)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Abbey Holets (2-6--8), junior Jenna Miller (0-6--6), junior Ella Lentz (4-1--5)

Rochester John Marshall Rockets
Last year: 15-10-1
Conference (record): Big 9 (11-3-1)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Graham Arena
Head coach: Josh Chapman
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Brenna Bowland, Jake Potaracke
Top returning forwards: Junior Ally Halverson (13-25--38), sophomore Ashley Koehler (7-7--14), senior Cassidy Greer (3-5--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kaycee Neumann (5-12--17), freshman Greta Freed (3-4--7)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Anysia Heimer (6-0-0, 0.80, .926)
Top newcomers: Lauren Hugeback
The coach says: “I think our team will fare well in the Big 9 once again this year. Our strengths, I believe, will be our returning forwards who have lots of high school experience and lots of skill and knowledge. Our D will be solid as well with two returners and two newcomers who know the game very well. The girls between the pipes will help us out big time as well. This will be our first year without a co-op so our numbers will be down but with our experience and our attitude going into the season we will have a great year!”

Rochester Lourdes Eagles
Last year: 15-10-1 (with Rochester John Marshall)
Conference (record): Big 9 (11-3-1)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Graham Arena
Head coach: Jeff True
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Laura Vannelli, Chris Ratzloff, Mathew Hanzel
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Emma Schmitz, junior Clara Billings, freshman Abigail Wick, sophomore Sarah Davis, eighth-grader Delaney Flemming
Top returning defensemen: Senior Lindsey Angst, sophomore Alisson Smith, freshman Maggie Hanzel
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Clare Brunn, sophomore Corrin Hanson
The coach says: “ Rochester Lourdes is entering its first year as a girls’ high school program. We have been in a cooperative with Rochester John Marshall for the past 10 or so years. Our team is very excited to have its own program. We are led by several young, talented, and extremely motivated and competitive players who I have been receiving emails and phone calls on from a number of D1 and D3 schools. We had a group of four girls represented at the Select 15 camps in St. Cloud –  Emma Schmitz, Alisson Smith, Maggie Hanzel and Corrin Hanson. Schmitz and Hanzel participated in the national camp, and Smith was an alternate. We have also had several girls represented (including those above) at Os Prospects. Those not named above are Clara Billings, Abigail Wick, Sarah Dravis and Delaney Flemming. Our inexperience of playing varsity hockey is our glaring and obvious weakness. However, we have two seniors (Lindsey Angst & Clare Brunn) who are our captains and ready to lead with their play on the ice and their dynamic personalities off the ice. With that inexperience, will come some challenges; however, I’m optimistic this group will see a lot of success and growth throughout the season, and we expect to compete for a section championship. Our strengths as a team are our speed, quickness, physicality, goaltending and several intangibles; vision, intelligence and “hockey smarts.” Despite our youth, many of our players played on a Rochester 15U A team last year that was ranked in the top 5 all season and represented well at the state tournament. How their skills and abilities will transition to the high school level will be the question, but their desire to improve and get better will undoubtedly lead to growth. We have a very strong schedule with many teams which are top ranked in both AA and A polls form last year and who will be again this year. Some of those teams are Wayzata, White Bear Lake, Eden Prairie, St. Paul United, Eagan and others. This team has already come together for 5 different community service projects over the summer, this fall and last spring. Their desire to be involved in the community and together as a team has me not only optimistic about their abilities this season, but represents what we believe is important in our program and will set a precedent for our success not only on the ice, but most importantly off it as well. We have brought on some great assistant coaches who bring a wealth of hockey knowledge to our program, led by our primary assistant Laura Vannelli who coached recently at Breck and Academy of Holy Angels.”

Rochester Mayo Spartans
Last year: 14-12-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (10-7-0) 
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Graham Ice Arena
Head coach: Mike McCormack
Years at school: 4
Career record: 32-43-1
Record at school: 32-43-1
Assistant coaches: Brad Berge, Keegan Hakala, Jesse Neumann
Top returning forwards: Freshman Devynn Priest (17-24--41), senior Brooke Leone (22-15--37), senior Megan Adair (16-20--36), senior Maddi Lutz (11-11--22)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Eryn Fjelsted (21-7--28), senior Lindsey Grafstrom (6-9--15), senior Elena Freund (0-7--7), junior Alexa Hruska (0-6--6)
Top returning goaltenders: Freshman Skylee Hughes (9-6-0, 2.80, .886), senior Sophie Butterfass (5-6-0, 4.86, .835)

Rogers Royals
Last year: 19-6-2
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (9-2-1)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Rogers Activity Center
Head coach: Joel Wesloh
Years at school: 4
Career record: 39-31-9
Record at school: 39-31-9
Assistant coaches: Charlie Levis, Tony Cloud, Ross Orrock
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Paetyn Levis (43-16--59), junior Sami Scherling (5-7--12), junior Marie Reimer (4-5--9), sophomore Ella Achterkirch (5-3--8), senior Jenna Hatcher (4-2--6)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Courtney Johnston (4-13--17), sophomore Sara Parent (4-3--7), sophomore Abby Johnson (1-1--2)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Hailey Hartlage (19-6-2, 1.52, .912)
Top newcomers: Emma Rooks, Allie Hatcher, Josie Bolster
The coach says: “The Royals are looking to defend their first conference title in school history and build off a quarterfinal victory in the playoffs. They will lean heavily on the programs’ all-time leading scorer Paetyn Levis , the Mississippi 8 Defensive Player of the Year Courtney Johnston, and Sophomore goalie Haley Hartlage who set a school record with seven shutouts last season.”

Roseau Rams
Last year: 19-10-1
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (9-2-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Rams Sports Center
Head coach: Steve Huglen
Years at school: 6
Career record: 90-48-5
Record at school: 90-48-5
Assistant coaches: Paul Grafstrom, Kelsey Vatnsdal, Ciscely Nelson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Maggie Crosson, senior Lauren Johnson, senior Gina Wensloff, junior Ella Helgeson, junior Madicyn Holmgren, junior Jodi Ostroski, junior Reese Strand, sophomore Kayla Santl, sophomore Anika Stoskopf
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jenna Byfuglien, senior Ellice Murphy, senior Lindsey Kallis, junior Ellie Hedlund, sophomore Jasmine Verbout, junior Paeyton Spilde, freshman Jordyn Bergstrom, freshman Sophie Helgeson, freshman Mariah Huglen
Top returning goaltender: Junior Kiana Flaig (11-7-1, 1.99, .915)
Top newcomers: Erin Leverington, Olivia Urness, Amy Wensloff, Brooke Zagone, Kate Helgeson
The coach says: “The Rams have alot of experienced returning players but will be looking to replace the scoring of last year's seniors Lindsey Santl, Mack Bergstrom, and Maddie Jerome. The Rams return all-state honorable mention defenseman Ellice Murphy along with 1st team all-section 8AA defenseman Jenna Byfuglien. Senior Lindsey Kallis and Junior Ellie Hedlund also return as members of an experienced D-corps. In goal, Junior Kiana Flaig is back and handled the bulk of playing time in net last season.”      

Rosemount Irish
Last year: 9-16-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (0-9-0) 
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Rosemount Community Center
Head coach: Andrew Conboy
Years at school: 3
Career record: 9-43-0
Record at school: 9-43-0
Assistant coaches: Timothy Conboy, Scott Waslowski, Rachael Kelly, Sarah Tollefson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/4
Top returning forwards: Junior Emma Ginter (8-8--16), sophomore Ashley Tuttle (5-8--13), junior Skylar Smith (6-3-9), freshman Kiersten Browning (6-2--8), eighth-grader Whitney Tuttle (2-4--6)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Ava Nygaard (1-4--5), freshman Lucy Jagoe (1-1--2), freshman Savannah Hutchins
Top returning goaltender: Junior Brynn Kimel (3.28, .891)
Top newcomer: MacKenzie Moss
The coach says: “This team is loaded with potential and youth. For the first time in a few seasons Rosemount will have a JV team. Our strengths will be a mix of depth, speed and skill from our forwards. Expect a big season from Emma Ginter, Ashley and Whitney Tuttle, MacKenzie Moss, Skylar Smith and Kiersten Browning at forward. Returning goalie Brynn Kimel is entering her fourth season starting Varsity. Weakness will be lack of depth on defense and will rely heavily on Lucy Jagoe, Ava NyGaard, and Savannah Hutchins.”

Roseville Area Raiders
Last year: 9-14-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (5-9-2)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Roseville Arena
Head coach: Craig Rosenthal
Years at school: 9
Assistant coaches: Nick Follmer, Tom Paitich, Molly Eagles, Hannah Esselman
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Lexi DeBace, senior Izzy Larson, senior Mia Gaertner
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Lauren Distad, sophomore Ellie King
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Maggie Gilchrist, junior Maddison Lehto
Top newcomer: Riley Tuft
The coach says: “We have five seniors leading the way, four returning underclassmen eager to contribute and eight new players learning the varsity level. Goaltending and team play will be our strengths. Lack of experience may result in our biggest weakness. We have great kids committed to Raider Hockey and the coaching staff is excited to work with them! #raiderpride”

Sartell/Sauk Rapids Storm‘n Sabres
Last year: 18-7-2
Conference (record): Central Lakes (9-3-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Bernick’s Arena
Head coach: Marty Anderson
Years at school: 9
Career record: 139-62-15
Record at school: 139-62-15
Assistant coaches: Jon Erickson, Alex Kampa, Maddie Rainey, Scott Anderson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Brooke Walters (20-25--45), senior Alexa Paulson (8-9--17), senior Lizzy Minnerath (5-6--11)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Grace McCabe (5-5--10)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Maddie De Marais (8-3-1, 1.45, .938), sophomore Chloe Stockinger (10-4-1, 1.70, .933)
Top newcomer: F Anna Orth
The coach says: “Graduating eight letterwinners will make the Storm'n Sabres young to start the season. Two very strong returning goaltenders (Maddie DeMarais and Chloe Stockinger) will be the strength of the team. Brooke Walters will lead the offense and Grace McCabe will anchor the defense.”

Shakopee Sabers
Last year: 15-7-5
Conference (record): South Suburban (8-5-4)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Shakopee Ice Arena
Head coach: Erin Hunt
Years at school: 3
Career record: 83-22-14
Record at school: 28-17-8
Assistant coaches: Josh Fish, Jamey Boots, Colleen Krmpotich, Amy Menke, Lauren Hespenheide
Letterwinners lost: 4
Top returning forwards: Senior Jackie Falk (25 pts.), sophomore Paige McNeil (14), junior Emily Roder (10)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Ally Loiselle (8 pts.), freshman Makenzie Bachelor (5), senior Brooke Hespenheide (4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior  Camryn Noess (.921)
The coach says: “Shakopee returns a veteran group after graduating four seniors last season. The team will be tough defensively and is hoping to score a few more goals this season. We’re hoping to gain a competive edge with a challenging regular season AA non-conference schedule (EP Holiday Tournament, Blake, New Prague, Wayzata, Chaska/ Chanhassen).”

Simley Spartans
Last year: 10-15-1
Conference (record): Metro East (4-6-1)
Section: 3A
Home arena: Veterans Memorial Community Center
Head coach: Tom Patnode
Years at school: 5
Career record: 37-67-2
Record at school: 37-67-2
Assistant coaches: Kari Lundberg, Bob Sherry, Nikki Karg, Jeff Hauck
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Madison Wicke, junior Molly Illetschko, sophomore Emma Heimerl
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Kendall Johnson, sophomore Avery Schwark
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Natalie Biggs, sophomore Hailey Reis
The coach says: “Typical Simley blue collar team.”

South St. Paul Packers
Last year: 13-11-3
Conference (record): Metro East (4-3-2)
Section: 4A
Home arena: Doug Woog Arena
Head coach: Dave Palmquist
Years at school: 24
Career record: 546-246-26
Record at school: 478-152-24
Assistant coaches: Josh Palmquist, Corey McGinn
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/4
Top returning forwards: Freshman Ella Reynolds (13-18--31), senior Mackenna Emery (15-12--27), junior Clair Lehmann (7-3--10)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Makenna Deering (2-17--19), senior Brooke Deering (2-10--12), sophomore Brynn Sexauer (3-7--10)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kaity McKenzie (2.08, .911)
Top newcomers: Gabby Madigan, Avery Newton, Lilie Ramirez
The coach says: “Strengths: We have our entire defensive core returning along with goaltender Kaity McKenzie who has committed to Cornell. We will lean on them to win games along with our depth down the middle at center. Weaknesses: Lost our top scorer and power play quarterback Makena Burke, will have to fill the scoring void she left. Team scoring is something we hope to improve on this season.”

Spring Lake Park Panthers
Last year: 15-10-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (11-4-1)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Fogerty Arena
Head coach: Sandy Nelson
Years at school: 5
Career record: 64-37-4
Record at school: 64-37-4
Assistant coaches: Kyle Ronning, Darren Zabinski, Mike Nelson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/12
Top returning forwards: Senior Kamryn Crawford (5-7--12), sophomore Lundsey Albers (5-1--6), sophomore Sydney Symynkywicz (1-3--4)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Lizzie Northquest (1-8--9), junior Allison Hjulberg (0-1--1), sophomore Anne Carmean (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Sami Miller (1.95, .933)
Top newcomers: F Heather Sager, F Alea Zemlicka, D/F Mary Fetter, D Erin Olson
The coach says: “After a two-year co-op with Coon Rapids, we will be SLP for the first time (we had previously been with St. Anthony). We lost a number of key players to graduation and CR from last season but are excited and ready for a great year. Our strengths will be our goaltending and team speed. Our weakness will be that we are a young team with less experience.” 

St. Cloud Icebreakers
Last year: 18-8-1
Conference (record): Central Lakes (9-3-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex
Head coach: Nick Thibault
Years at school: 3
Career record: 36-15-2
Record at school: 36-15-2
Assistant coaches: Jenna Traut, Mary Spethmann
Top returning forwards: Senior Allie Cornelius (18-19--37), sophomore Gabbie Rud (22-14--36), senior Miranda Milbauer (3-5--8)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Jordann Swingle (2-5--7), senior Sophia O’Neal (0-3-3) 
Top returning goaltender: Senior Emily Musielewicz (18-8-1, 1.79, .936)

St. Francis/North Branch Fighting Saints
Last year: 13-12-1
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (6-5-1)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: East Bethel Ice Arena
Head coach: Emilie Brigham
Years at school: First
Top returning forwards: Senior Sophia Zebro (20-14--34), senior Kaylyn Forliti (9-6--15), junior Lauren White (4-10--14), junior Kylie Wolfe (5-5--10), senior Holly Anderson (4-5--9)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Sydney Green (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Rachel Miller (12-12-1, 2.27, .927)

St. Paul Blades
Last year: 7-18-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 4A
Home arena: Gustafson Ice Arena
Co-head coaches: Ryan Paitich & tim Blase
Assistant coach: Christie Hecker
Top returning forwards: Junior Gianna Gabrielli (8-14--22), junior Grace Dodge (7-13--20)
Top returning defensemen: Eighth-grader Tori Vennemann (0-7--7)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Taylor Nelson (4.00, .881)
Top newcomers: Georgia-Rae Plathe, Solvei Berg-Messerole
The coach says: “The Blades will be a young team coming off a 7-18 season. Senior Captain Eliza Donnelly will bring leadership and determination to the rink every day. They will look for scoring from Gianna Gabrielli and Grace Dodge. They return eighth-grader Tori Vennemann to lead the way on the blue line. Senior goaltender Taylor Nelson will lead the way between the pipes for the Blades.”

St. Paul United
Last year: 21-7-2
Conference (record): Independent Metro (2-3-1)
Section: 4A
Home arena: Historic Drake Arena
Head coach: Nate Mauer
Years at school: 3
Career record: 44-13-3
Record at school: 44-13-3
Assistant coaches: John Cole, Julie Friend, Majec Michalik
Top returning forwards: Senior Sam Burke (46 pts.), junior Catherine Kerin (34), sophomore Jenna Hoops (33)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Bergen Kobenia (17), junior Olivia Williams-Ridge (13)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Jilian Oncay (8-4-1, 1.44, .922)
The coach says: “Seniors Sam Burke, Bergen Kobienia, Olivia Williams Ridge and junior Catherine Kerin will be our captains this year. Sam Burke, a Cornell commit is looking to have a breakout year. We are strong from the net out and will rely on our depth at each position this year.”

Stillwater Area Ponies
Last year: 9-14-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (6-8-2)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: St. Croix Valley Rec Center
Head coach: Lee Gillespie
Years at school: 2
Career record: 9-14-2
Record at school: 9-14-2
Assistant coaches: Nate Wagner, Matt Simcik, Callie Dahl, Amanda Cartony
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/8
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Lauren Einan (7-8--15), senior Ava Yokanovich (4-4--8), junior Hannah Affolter (3-2--5), senior Maya Yokanovich (1-3--4), senior Lauren Gella (3-0--3)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Sophie Schuster (1-3--4), sophomore Lexie Ligday (0-2--2), junior Grace Arkell (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Olivia Knox (.923)
Top newcomers: Morgan Wohlers, Alaina Tanski, Haley Eder-Zdechlik
The coach says: “Strengths are goaltending. We are a young team with just four seniors so have to let our players gain confidence with experience and hopefully some success.”

Thief River Falls Prowlers
Last year: 15-10-0
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (7-4-0)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Ralph Engelstad Arena
Head coach: Brett Johnson
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Corey Poole, Bob Huot, Britney Schwab
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/9
Top returning forwards: Freshman Shelby Breiland (16-13--29), senior Jaimee Nelson (16-12--28), senior Grace Bergland (8-10--18)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Tessa Jorde (13-17--30), sophomore Khloe Lund (11-14--25)
Top returning goaltenders: Gabby Steele (2-2-0, 1.93, .880, Faith Porter (2-0-0, 0.86, .800)
Top newcomers: Mady Anderson, Lexi Huot, Hailey Rogalla
The coach says: “We have a solid group of returning players. We are looking to make a strong appearance in Section 8A and within the Greater Minnesota conference. One of our greatest strengths will be our leadership from our returning players and their willingness to help our younger girls with the transition to high school hockey. We have a group of girls who are hardworking team players and willing to put in the time and effort needed to perform at their best. From my first couple days of practice, a weakness that I see is that we have to learn new systems which will take some time but as I mentioned, we have a hardworking group that is willing to put in the time and effort to learn those systems to help us be successful.”

Totino-Grace Eagles
Last year: 5-19-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (3-10-1)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Schwan Super Rink
Head coach: Jeff Wahl
Years at school: First
Career record: 71-34-2
Record at school: 9-18-0
Assistant coaches: Lexi Slattery, Matt Dahl, Neil Isaacson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Lauren Scheneman, junior Ella Eibensteiner, sophomore Gabby McDonald
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Lilia Linders, senior Alexa Krumm, senior Isabel Lewis
Top returning goaltender: Senior Erin Stehler 
Top newcomers: Ashley Kelly, Olivia Baldwin, Hannah Gray
The coach says: “The Eagles are a young team with a new outlook and are looking forward to an exciting and rewarding future.”

Warroad Warriors
Last year: 19-9-2
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (7-1-2)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Warroad Gardens
Head coach: David Marvin
Years at school: 11
Career record: 223-53-12
Record at school: 223-53-12
Assistant coaches: Darrell Shaugabay, Derrick Comstock, Elizabeth Olson, Layla Marvin
Top returning forwards: Senior Madison Oelkers (39-46--85), junior Joslynn Olson (7-17--24), senior Hannah Christian (3-17--20), freshman Abigail Hardwick (9-9--18), freshman Genevieve Hendrickson (4-13--17), freshman Karlie Meeker (0-17--17)
 sophomore Tiffani Foster (9-11--20), junior 
Top returning defensemen: Junior Kaitlyn Kotlowski (14-20--34), senior Trechelle Bunn (1-6--7)

Waseca Bluejays
Last year: 11-14-1
Conference (record): Big South (6-7-1) 
Section: 1A
Home arena: Waseca Community Arena
Head coach: Kyle Collins
Years at school: 20
Career record: 165-257-14
Record at school: 165-257-14
Assistant coach: Dan Sharpsteen
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Riley Brown (15-12--27), senior Hailie Tegmeier (5-7--12), freshman Isabella Sorenson (4-2--6), freshman Haley Holtz (2-4--6), sophomore Gabby Armstrong (1-2--3), freshman Whitnie Norton (0-3--3), junior Tessa Volkmer (1-0--1), freshman Jacklynn Jeuning (1-0--1)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Jayde Pederson (15-4--9), junior Clare Miller (0-2--2), junior Sierrah Bakken (0-2--2), senior  Regan Krampitz, freshman Paige Benson
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Miranda Watzek (1-1-0, 2.67, .840), freshman Erin Volkmer (2-1-0, 2.40, .830)
Top newcomer: Tanika Johnson
The coach says: “The leadership of our upperclassmen will once again be important to direct the youth of our team. We will be pretty green with our inexperienced goaltenders. Team chemistry and scoring goals will be the desired outcome!”

Wayzata Trojans
Last year: 10-17-0
Conference (record): Lake (1-7-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Plymouth Ice Center
Head coach: Jess Christopherson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 63-94-3
Record at school: 10-17-0
Assistant coaches: Ryan St. Martin, Rachael Bona, Adam Gronlund
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/5
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Sophie Urban, junior Maddie McCollins, junior Alexa Ocel
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Emily Wisnewski, senior Megan Marshall, senior Annika Swanson, sophomore Addy Hackley, junior Mckenzi Schindler
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Grace Boswell-Healey, junior Stephanie Garvis
Top newcomers: Greta Branton, Sloane Matthews, Sara Aadalen, Lucy Hanson, Coco Crandall, Sophie Heyer, Mackenzie Allen, Ruby Moss, Allie Skoro
The coach says: “We are going to be a very talented, up-tempo team. We return all of our varsity defenders and goaltenders...and have added tremendous talent at all three positions. These kids have worked very hard in the off -season and are ready to put Wayzata back in the mix!”

White Bear Lake Bears
Last year: 17-11-0
Conference (record): Suburban East (10-6-0)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Vadnais Heights Sports Center
Head coach: Jerry Kwapick
Years at school: 9
Career record: 109-89-26
Record at school: 109-89-26
Assistant coaches: Mark Domschot, Kevin Hartzell, Randy Kieger, Mike Holland, Carrie Kwapick-Nasvik
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Ashley Healy, senior Claudia Verkerke, junior Sydney Shearen, junior Jordan Gast, junior Sam Olson, sophomore Kenzie Larson, senior Kailee Snyder
Top returning defensemen: Senior Sally Moris, junior Abby DeLaRosa, sophomore Avery Snyder
Top returning goaltender: Junior Calla Frank
Top newcomer: Lauren Maclean
The coach says: “We are returning a solid core from last year, and look to build upon the strong momentum established  last season. The majority of our roster will consist of Junior and Senior returning  players which bring a wealth of experience. We look forward to playing top end teams with our non-conference schedule along with our regular tough conference foes. ”

Willmar Cardinals
Last year: 7-19-1
Conference (record): Central Lakes (1-10-1)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Willmar Civic Center
Head coach: Eric Setrum
Years at school: 2
Career record: 7-19-1
Record at school: 7-19-1
Assistant coaches: Benji Olson, Mitch Berghuis, Peyton Setrum
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/1
Top returning forwards: Freshman Bailey Olson (11-11--22), junior Serena Monson (4-12--16), sophomore Mya Monson (3-6--9), Maddison Garberding (7-2--9)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Hannah Kobienia (10-13--23), senior Natalie Amon (1-5--6), junior Sydney Olson (1-2--3)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Bryton Carlson (7-19-1, 4.89, .839), junior Savana Knutson
Top newcomers: Sophie Kobienia, Ashley Larson
The coach says: “Our team returns all of our defense and five of six top scorers.  We have excellent senior leadership and very strong goaltending. Our freshmen have gained two years of varsity experience and are ready to take a big step forward.”

Windom Area Eagles
Last year: 10-15-0
Conference (record): Southwest (4-10-0) 
Section: 3A
Home arena: Windom City Arena
Head coach: Bill Fredin
Years at school: 3
Career record: 14-33-1
Record at school: 14-33-1
Assistant coaches: Steve Willard, Tim Hogan
Top returning forwards: Senior Molly Boyum (15-7--22), junior Anna Volk (12-6--18), sophomore Abby Ignaszewski (5-1--6), junior Katrina LaCanne (2-4--6)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Abagail Turner (6-3--9), senior Jolyssa Higley-Purrington (2-6--8), eighth-grader Ellyson Bang (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Emily Steen (10-15-0, 2.76, .931)

Woodbury Royals
Last year: 3-23-0
Conference (record): Suburban East (0-16-0)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Health East Sports Center
Head coach: Chris Lepper
Years at school: 6
Career record: 24-105-3
Record at school: 24-105-3
Assistant coaches: Bay Shock, Christine Schendel, Rick Dubois, Paul Moen, Rick Hansen, Maggie Broberg
Letterwinners returning/lost: 23/3
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Isabel Chiemelewski, junior Annika Johnson, junior Lexie Decker, senior Grace Swenson, sophomore Nicole Stickels
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Isabel Lippai, senior Tori Sweeny, senior Erin Jeseritz, sophomore Amelia Karelitz, sophomore Aliza Welch
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Allison Beix, sophomore Erica Gillen, sophomore Anna Julius
The coach says: “Defensively, the Royals should be strong. All five defense are returning from last season. Goaltending has lots of experience at the varsity level. Output from the forward position will be key to the success of the Royals this year.”

Worthington Trojans
Last year: 0-20-0
Conference (record): Big South (0-15-0)
Section: 3A
Head coach: Chad Nickel
Years at school: 2
Career record: 0-20-0
Record at school: 0-20-0
Assistant coaches: Aaron Sieve, Rachel Peters
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Kya Nickle (3-3--6), senior Maddie Schmidt (1-2--3)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Delayne Kuhl (2-4--6), sophomore Hannah Barrie (2-4--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Bailey Kruse

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