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Candidates announced for 2018 Reed Larson Award

03/01/2018, 10:45am CST
By Let's Play Hockey

20 nominees named for award presented to Minnesota's top senior boys’ high school defenseman.

In hockey, forwards and goaltenders tend to get the most attention with their gaudy offensive numbers and highlight-reel saves, respectively. Meanwhile, on the blue line are those who play tough defense, guard the front of the net and start the offensive rush up the ice.

Let’s Play Hockey is proud to announce the 20 candidates for the 2018 Reed Larson Award, an annual award presented to the state’s top senior boys’ high school defenseman. 

The candidates have scored an average of seven goals and 19 assists this season for their respective teams. All 20 players have been bound to the textbooks for the past several years as they check in with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.60. 

Reed Larson, a native of Minneapolis, played on the blue line for Minneapolis Roosevelt High School and the University of Minnesota, followed by 904 regular season games in the NHL, most notably as a captain of the Detroit Red Wings. He finished his career with 685 points and is now enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

The winner of the Reed Larson Award will be based on the following criteria: academics, community/extra-curricular activities, citizenship, coachability and, of course, on-ice performance. 

The winner of the Reed Larson Award will be presented at one of the State Tournament Banquets on Tuesday or Wednesday, March 6 or 7 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

Past recipients: 2017 Dylan Samberg (Hermantown), 2016 Wyatt Aamodt (Hermantown), 2015 Jacob Olson (Hill-Murray), 2014 Luc Snuggerud (Eden Prairie), 2013 Jake Bischoff (Grand Rapids).

2018 Reed Larson Award Candidates

Tyler Borsch Maple Grove 25 3 15 18
Nate Clark Benilde-St. Margaret's 26 4 17 21
Garrett Daly Lakeville North 27 6 20 26
Brehdan Engum Burnsville 27 6 15 21
Jimmy Fischer Northfield 27 3 25 28
Carl Fish St. Paul Johnson 26 6 16 22
Chase Foley St. Thomas Academy 25 20 27 47
Ethan Gauer Farmington 20 4 18 22
Andrew Hicks Minnetonka 27 4 15 19
Jeron Hirschfeld St. Cloud Cathedral 27 2 31 33
Luke LaMaster Duluth East 27 4 36 40
Kearby Larson North St. Paul 25 10 16 26
Parker Larson Moorhead 28 4 17 21
Tristan Larson Bloomington Jefferson 25 8 15 23
Hank Nagel Mound Westonka 27 10 10 20
Garrett Sandberg St. Michael-Albertville 27 9 17 26
Willy Stauber Duluth Marshall 26 10 21 31
Nick Strom Breck 20 10 16 26
Riley Zangs Holy Angels 26 1 7 8
Brady Ziemer Holy Family 28 7 22 29

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