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2018-19 Minnesota Girls’ High School Team Previews

11/08/2018, 11:15am CST
By Let's Play Hockey

Two-time defending Class AA state champion Edina enters the 2018-19 season with the top ranking in Class AA. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Albert Lea Tigers
Last year: 6-19-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (2-13-0)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Albert Lea City Arena
Head coach: Josh Funk
Years at school: 2
Career record: 102-86-13
Record at school: 6-19-0
Assistant coaches: Jenna Christensen, Tessa Christensen
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/3
Top returning forwards: Junior Katie Steven (6-10--16), junior Mia Fjelsta (9-6--15), sophomore Ally Rasmussen (5-9--14), sophomore Alli Dulitz (5-4--9), sophomore Josie Venem
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Jaiden Venem (2-1--3), junior Daysha Luttrell (1-1--2), sophomore Taylor Stanek
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Maddie Schneider (4.34, .862)
Top newcomers: Lucy Stay, Sydney Collins, Malana Thompson, Kat Uthke
The coach says: “We went through a culture change last season and have made major steps in that this off season. We expect to use that new culture this year and compete in both the conference and section. We will build on our speed and work ethic and use both of those to show that we can compete. The keys to success this season will be outworking our opponents and using our mental toughness to overcome adversity. If we can focus on a "team first" mentality and do the little things right, we will turn some heads this season. We only graduated 3 players from last season and we only have 1 senior this year. The majority of our players are 10th and 11th graders!”


Alexandria Cardinals
Last year: 22-8-0
Conference (record): Central Lakes (8-4-0)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Runestone Community Center
Head coach: Molly Arola
Years at school: 3
Career record: 38-21-1
Record at school: 38-21-1
Assistant coach: Jeff Doherty
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/6
Top returning forwards: Senior McKenna Ellingson (17-11--28), senior  Alexis Heckert (4-17--21), sophomore Marki Oberg (8-11--19), sophomore Anna Doherty (11-6--17), freshman Kaci Trosvig (7-7--14)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Mayson Toft (9-10--19)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Hailee Bailey (9-4-0, 1.66, .915)
The coach says: “The Cardinals will look to replace the leadership and consistency from the graduated seniors and hope to continue the success from last season. It will be crucial for returners of all ages to step up and serve as a larger role in order for the team to be succcessful on and off the ice. Our senior class will need to be the backbone of the team and the young incoming group must learn quickly from them and find their role amongst each other.”


Andover senior goalie Cassidy Stumo posted a 17-7-0 record with a 1.84 goals-against average last season. Photo: Christine Wisch

Andover Huskies
Last year: 23-7-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (11-4-1)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Andover Community Center
Head coach: Melissa Volk
Years at school: 6
Career record: 79-60-6
Record at school: 79-60-6
Assistant coaches: Ronnie Druk, Sarah Thedens, Shannon Kangas
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/2
Top returning forwards: Junior Jamie Nelson (29-42--71), sophomore Peyton Hemp (23-30--53), sophomore Gabrielle Krause (13-5--18), senior Paige Anderson (7-9--16), sophomore Tyra Turner (10-6--16)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Kennedy Little (2-18--20), sophomore Joslin Mumm (1-8--9), junior Elisebeth Tammi (0-7--7), sophomore Madison Clough (3-3--6)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Cassidy Stumo (17-7-0, 1.84, .906), junior Amanda Pelkey (6-0-1, 1.26, .936)
Top newcomers: Madison Kaiser
The coach says: “Young but committed team led by Captains Cassidy Stumo, Paige Anderson, Hannah Stauffeneker and Kennedy Little.”


Anoka Tornadoes
Last year: 9-15-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (6-9-0)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Anoka Area Ice Arena
Head coach: Chase Evertz
Years at school: 2
Career record: 9-15-2
Record at school: 9-15-2
Assistant coaches: Brian Mashuga, Jaclyn Becklin, Logan Syvock, Kari Torgerson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 6/9
Top returning forwards: Junior Maddie Mashuga (8-12--20), senior Aleah Giddings (10-1--11), senior Victoria Neumann (0-8--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Monterey Bertolas (1-1--2), senior Katherine Duerre (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Abby Johnson (4-10-0, 2.24, .912), junior Kristi Cameron (6-5-1, 2.39, .901)
The coach says: “Tight-knit group that should work hard every game to give us a chance to win.”
  

Apple Valley Eagles
Last year: 13-13-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (8-9-0) 
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Apple Valley Sports Arena
Head coach: Don “Auggie” Erdall
Years at school: 9
Career record: 82-122-9
Record at school: 82-122-9
Assistant coaches: Liz Hermes, Rachel Goodman, Rob Walsh
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/7
Top returning forwards: Junior Krista Martinson (8-12--20), junior Lily Leong (10-7--17), senior Lizzy Saxen (8-6--14), senior Emiluy Stehly (6-4--10), senior Anna Johnson Taylor
Top returning defensemen:  Junior Sydney Johnson (4-7--11), senior Makena Nelson (0-10--10)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Keni Allen (13-13-1, 2.16, .915)
The coach says: “The Eagles earned the No. 2 seed last year and are looking to make another run at the Section 3AA championship after a disappointing 1-0 semifinal loss that ended 2018. We lost a strong senior class, but return a lot of scoring, experience, depth and motivation to get to St. Paul. Our success will again be based on goaltending and how well we defend as a team, as well as our depth, commitment to outworking opponents, and players stepping into bigger scoring roles.”


Austin Packers
Last year: 9-16-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (6-12-0) 
Section: 1A
Home arena: Riverside Arena
Head coach: Carley Grunewald
Years at school: 2
Career record: 9-16-0
Record at school: 9-16-0
Assistant coach: Grace Heimsness
Top returning forwards: Senior Lily Holtz (13-22--35), junior Jordyn McCormack (19-14--33), senior Jaiden Schuster (14-14--28), senior Hannah McMasters (11-13--24), senior Erin Bickler (3-9--12)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Jillian Bastyr (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Faith Sayles (4-8-0), sophomore Shelby Davidson-Newkirk (4-6-0)


Bemidji Lumberjacks
Last year: 5-21-0
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (2-9-0) 
Section: 8AA
Home arenas: Nymore, BREC, BCA Arena
Head coach: Mike Johnson
Years at school: First
Top returning forwards: Senior Maggie Marcotte (9-2--11), junior Austyn Tobey (4-5--9), sophomore Alexis Leitner (1-4--5)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Gracie Fisher (1-3--4), junior Maddie Hanson (1-2--3)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Brooklyn Delap (3-6-0), sophomore Nettie Kimble (2-15-0)


Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights
Last year: 9-15-2
Conference: Metro West (2-1-1)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: St. Louis Park Rec Center
Head coach: Shjon Podein
Years at school: 2
Career record: 9-15-2
Record at school: 9-15-2
Assistant coaches: Nick Sperides, Gregg Mellang, Katey Cowan, Molly Munson
Top returning forwards: Freshman MacKenzie Rich (6-7--13), senior Grace Juckiness (6-5--11), sophomore Olivia Haag (3-5--8), senior Sally Calengor (3-3--6)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Anna Podein (1-7--8), sophomore Maya Jones (2-4--6), sophomore Abby Hancock (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Rose Beeman (9-9-1, 1.79, .935)


Blake junior forward Lily Delianedis (7) is one of 14 returning letterwinners from last season’s 24-2-2 team. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Blake Bears
Last year: 24-2-2
Conference (record): Independent Metro (5-0-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Blake Ice Arena
Head coach: Shawn Reid
Years at school: 7
Career record: 195-74-13
Record at school: 148-23-9
Assistant coaches: Alex Ward, Cody Bishop, Kendall Christian
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Izzy Daniel (24-17--41), junior Lily Delianedis (18-23--41), junior Audrey Wethington (12-18--30), junior Addie Burton (13-15--28), senior Maddie Tix (10-11--21)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Madeline Wethington (11-20--31), senior Grace Vojta (2-8--10)
The coach says: “Blake’s first season in Class AA was successful as its only losses were to Class AA champion Edina. Losing five impactful seniors provides many opportunities for players to step up and fill various voids.”


Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars
Last year: 11-13-1
Conference (record): Metro West (4-3-1)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Bloomington Ice Garden
Head coach: Mike Ryan
Years at school: 2
Career record: 19-30-2
Record at school: 19-30-2
Assistant coaches: Josh Levine, Kelsey Cline, Amanda Leveille
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Celena Rea (18-17--35), senior Lucy Bianchi (11-15--26), senior Julia Jones (5-11--16), junior Sophia Jamieson (5-2--7)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Cayla Jungwirth (4-5--9), senior Chloe LaFond, senior Rachel Geist
Top returning goaltender: Senior Mara McClain (11-13-1, 2.97, .900)
Top newcomers: Meghan Wendorf, Grace Schuck
The coach says: “The 2018-19 Jaguars will be led by a wonderful group of Seniors (Chloe LaFond, Julia Jones, Mara McClain, Luci Bianchi, Celena Rea, Rachel Geist and Katie Firpo). These young women have grown up together and truly appreciate how special it is to play High School hockey for their community high school.  Celena and Luci are as exciting to watch as any high school forwards in the state. Chloe, Julia and Rachel each play major roles 5-on-5 and during situational play. And again, for a final season, with Mara McClain in goal the Jaguars have an advantage and opportunity to win. On and off the ice, the 30 individuals that make up this year's JV and Varsity teams are humble and determined. Can't wait!”


Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors
Last year: 23-7-0
Conference (record): Central Lakes (9-1-0) 
Section: 8AA
Head coach: Jim Ernster
Years at school: 5
Career record: 71-38-0
Record at school: 71-38-0
Assistant coaches: Alex Citrowske, Carl Sneep, Tate Rusk, Toby Kvalevog, Sandy Smith
Top returning forwards: Junior Gabbie Smith (15-24--39), senior Cheyenne Abear (20-14--34), senior Abby Pohlkamp (13-9--22), junior Lindsey Booth (5-14--19), senior Ella Kalusche (10-8--18), senior Olivia Wiskow (8-10--18)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Sophie Robinson (10-12--22), sophomore Emma Booth (5-5--10), junior Jenna Nieman (3-6--9),sophomore Taylor Larson (1-6--7), senior Marre Welinske (1-5--6), junior Emma Smith (2-3--5)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Olivia King (12-4-0, 1.78, .913)


Breck senior goaltender Ally Frantzic looks to lead the Mustangs to their second straight and third overall state title. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Breck Mustangs
Last year: 19-10-1
Conference (record): Independent Metro (5-3-2)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Breck School Anderson Arena
Head coach: Keith Radloff
Years at school: First
Career record: 100-61-14
Assistant coaches: Madison Austad, Karina Marette, Rob Rude, Mike Umland, Allison Umland
Top returning forwards: Junior Olivia Mobley (32-17--49), sophomore Sadie Lindsay (16-18--34), junior Ally Qualley (14-17--31), senior Carly Beniek (13-12--25), junior Ashley Halverson (9-13--22), eighth-grader Ava Lindsay (3-7--10)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Emily Zumwinkle (9-10---19), senior Ella Brophy (3-12--15), senior Katherine Solohub (3-9--12)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Ally Frantzick (9-5-0, 2.28, .911), eighth-grader Uma Corniea (10-5-1, 2.16, .915) 
Top newcomers: Elly Klepinger, Estella Retrum
The coach says: “We look forward to building on last year’s strong season with many skilled players returning, along with some new additions that should contribute right away. We have two excellent goalies that will keep us in every game we play.”


Buffalo Bison
Last year: 8-17-1
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (5-7-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Buffalo Civic Center
Head coach: Dave Carothers
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Allie Olson, Mackenzie Johnson, Cody Effertz
Letterwinners lost: 2
Top returning forwards: Junior Jada Habisch (33-15--48), senior Emma Carlson (10-18--28), senior Erica O’Borsky (9-8--17)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Allisen Carothers (2-10--12), junior Julia McAlpin (1-8--9), junior Morgan Wurm (3-3--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kennedy Sohler (8-16-1, 3.55, .891)
Top newcomers: Reagan Wurm, Gracelyn Limke
The coach says: “Buffalo lost two seniors off last year’s roster, so we should have some playing experience on our side. A two-year starting goalie returns with a sophomore goalie that will push her for the starting spot. We return our entire first line and all four defensmen. With the addition of two eighth graders moving up to varsity, I am hoping we can be a solid three-line team with short, but high-energy shifts. Looking to finish games after losing eight one-goal games last year.”


Burnsville Blaze
Last year: 10-13-3
Conference (record): South Suburban (3-11-3)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Burnsville Ice Center
Head coach: Tracy Cassano
Years at school: 5
Record at school: 55-70-9
Assistant coaches: Lee Engstrom, Mike Cassano, Wyatt Anderson, Aaron Schram, Kalie Rademacher, Monique Rothlisberger
Top returning forwards: Senior Jenna Hartung (13-11--24), junior Aubrey Nelvin (7-2--9)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Lyndsey Howard (14-9--23), junior Avery Sawchuk (3-9--12)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Riley Pester (8-7-2, 1.91, .927), sophomore Maria Widen (2-6-1, 2.76, .890)


Cambridge-Isanti/Mora/Pine City Bluejackets
Last year: 18-8-0
Conference: Mississippi 8 (7-5-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: David C. Johnson Memorial Arena
Head coach: Shannon Skelton
Years at school: First
Top returning forwards: Junior Madelyn Skelton (15-19--34), senior Ashley Schintz (11-23--34), sophomore Jasmyn Sibell (14-11--25), freshman Rilee Winters (8-11--19), junior Chloe Nelson (9-9--18)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Alana Fix (3-6--9), senior Sydney Nuebel (1-6--7)
Top returning goaltenders: Jordan Millam (9-6-0, 2.33, .897), senior Jayante Kotila (8-2-0, 1.86, .885)


Centennial junior forward Allison Pitlick is one of 10 returning players from last season’s state’s runner-up team. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Centennial Cougars
Last year: 25-4-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (15-0-1)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Centennial Sports Arena
Head coach: David K.B. Cole
Years at school: First
Career record: 37-18-3
Assistant coaches: Nicki Barrett, Josh Carlson, Mark Lodge, Gary Nelson, Cam Krugerud
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/10
Top returning forwards: Senior Maija Almich (12-16--28), junior Allison Pitlick (9-13--22), sophomore Summer Francis, junior Sydni Griefenhagen
Top returning defensemen: Senior Maddie Harthorn (0-2--2), junior Kenna Gulner
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Mackenna Stoterau (12-4-1, 1.22, .949), senior Anna Gilgosch
Top newcomers: Audrey DuFresne, Lauren O’Hara, Lauren Paar, Hannah Thompson
The coach says: “We are young, however, we are a fast team that intends to play with exceptional tempo. Goalie depth is excellent. Because we graduated two elite scorers, this season we will need more contributions across the entire lineup.”

 

Champlin Park/Coon Rapids Rebels/Cardinals
Last year: 13-10-3
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (10-6-0) 
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Champlin Ice Forum/Coon Rapids Ice Center
Head coach: Jim Koltes
Years at school: 9
Career record: 235-258-15
Record at school: 95-107-8
Assistant coaches: Joe Head, Scott Childers, Dan Shuck, Brandi Delcastilo, Ashley Giese, Dan Goettl
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Delaney Johnson (16-14--30, senior Makenzie Baker (9-10--19), junior Anna Beczkalo (4-11--15), sophomore Erica Theisen (5-5--10), senior Hailey Williams (1-8--9), senior Sofie Sinjem (3-3--6)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Hannah Lysne (1-9--10), sophomore Abby Peterson (0-6--6), senior Emily Peterson (2-2--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Baleigh Shuck (10-9-2, 1.94, .930), junior Eliya Johnson (1-0-1, 1.28, .927), senior Brooke Freeman (2-1-0, 1.00, .930)
Top newcomers: Molly Terebayza, Abby Ness, Jadyn Herr, Brooke Delcastilo, Kennedy Bolander
The coach says: “One of our strengths this year will be our goaltending, led by senior Baleigh Shuck and there will be strong competition from junior Eliya Johnson and senior Brooke Freeman. They will help each other compete every day in practice  Our leading scorers from last year return in Delaney Johnson and Makenzie Baker. However, we will need some players to step up from last year to add some scoring and/or a couple of our newcomers  will need to add some goals. We have a lot of the same type of forwards from 9-12, so we will need them to separate themselves to make the top three lines. Our defense is led by three returners from last year, Hannah Lysne, Abby Petersen and Emily Peterson and they will be asked to help bring along the new D stepping in. We are really looking forward to our second year as CPCR.”


Chaska/Chanhassen Stormhawks
Last year: 12-12-2
Conference: Metro West (2-1-1)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Chaska Community Center
Head coach: Todd Johnson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 12-12-2
Record at school: 12-12-2
Assistant coaches: Charles Morin, Daniel Olson
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Lauren Spear (14-8--22), freshman Katelyn Roberts (10-9--19), sophomore Alex Dixey (8-10--18), sophomore Brier Ziemer (2-9--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Grace Doerring (1-6--7), junior Abby Nelson (2-4--6), sophomore Nina Langley (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Lily Hanson (1-4-0, 3.40, .860)


Chisago Lakes Wildcats
Last year: 8-19-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (1-11-0)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Chisago Lakes Arena
Head coach: Dave Burgen
Years at school: 4
Career record: 18-61-0
Record at school: 18-61-0
Assistant coaches: Bob Truax, Ron Kimlinger, Kim Gibson, Steve Barrett
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/7
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Jenna Lawry (13-14--27), freshman Danielle Burgen (9-14--23), eighth-grader Malie McKinnon (9-7--16), junior Megan Bye (2-6--8), junior Claire DeVries (2-5--7)
Top returning defenseman: Sophomore Grace DeVries (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Megan Lerfald (7-10-0, 3.18, .885)
The coach says: “We return 5 of our top 6 point leaders from last season. We return a very young, but talented group. Offensively, we will put the puck in the net. Our key to success this year will be playing well in our defensive zone. Our goal is to compete for the Mississippi 8 conference and Section 5A titles.”


Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks
Last year: 9-16-1
Conference (record): Lake Superior (3-3-0)
Section: 7A
Home arena: Northwoods Credit Union Arena
Head coach: Courtney Olin
Years at school: 4
Career record: 31-40-6
Record at school: 31-40-6
Assistant coaches: Courtney Josefson, Dave Esse
Top returning forwards: Junior Taylor Nelson (20-17--37), junior Kiana Bender (17-15--32)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Tenley Stewart (2-7--9), senior Keagen Anderson (1-7--8)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Elise Lund (.885)
The coach says: “Daughter/father coaching duo. Courtney Olin (Esse) is head coach and father, Dave Esse (former CEC Lumberjack boys coach for 26 years), is an assistant and coaching with her. After resigning from the boys’ program two years ago, he agreed to come back and help out the girls team as a varsity assistant coach. Taylor Nelson is verbally committed to Bemidji State University for the 2020-21 incoming class.”


Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders
Last year: 13-12-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (10-5-1) 
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Highland Arena
Head coach: Brooke White-Lancette
Years at school: 3
Career record: 31-20-4
Record at school: 31-20-4
Assistant coaches: Jenna Westerham, Randy Westerham, Emily Klatt, Riley Olson, Alli Altmann
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/7
Top returning forwards: Senior Emily King (13-6--19), senior Bri Willier (5-8--13), junior Olivia Garrity (3-3--6), junior Kiera Ryan (3-2--5), senior Makayla Lenz (2-3--5), junior Stella Dolan, sophomore Lexi Bonfe
Top returning defensemen: Junior Cece Ziegler (6-9--15), senior Alexis Rojas-Westell, senior Ali Eiden, sophomore Lily Barrett
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kaelie Smith
The coach says: “Our depth will be our strength this year. The 12 returners will provide excellent leadership for our new players. We expect our freshmen to make an impact right out of the gate. Our chemistry,  speed, grittiness and compete level will result in many entertaining games this season. ”


Crookston Pirates
Last year: 5-21-0
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (0-8-0)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Crookston Sports Center
Head coach: Tim Moe
Years at school: 6
Career record: 96-34-6
Record at school: 96-34-6
Assistant coaches: Tori Demarais, Erin Barnes-Olson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/1
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Catherine Tiedemann (14-10--24), sophomore Mackenze Epema (9-12--21), freshman Aleah Bienek (4-12--16)
Top returning defenseman: Freshman Rylee Solheim (1-4--5), junior Breck Fugleberg (0-3--3), junior Taylor Garrett (1-2--3), freshman Dillynn Wallace (0-1--1)
Top newcomers: Forward Nora Peterson, goalie Grace Koshney
The coach says: “We’ve had poor numbers the past couple of years which looks to be turning around.  Even though we will still be young without a senior that will see significant varsity playing time, we do have experience as we’ll have some sophomores who we will rely on who’ve already had 3 years of varsity experience.  And many freshmen who got thrown into the fire last year as eighth graders.  Our only graduation was our goalie who’d played big minutes for us in her career, so we will need to develop a goaltender quickly.  We are beginning our 3rd year as a co-op with Mayville N.D. and are excited to have 4 girls from Mayville who we will rely on heavily this season.  We’ve also lost a top line Junior forward Kylee Meier 4-5-9 who will miss the season after suffering a knee injury during the soccer season.”


Delano/Rockford Tigers
Last year: 17-10-0
Conference: Wright County (9-3-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena:  Delano Youth Ice Arena
Head coach: Jackie Johnson
Years at school: 3
Career record: 40-15-0
Record at school: 40-15-0
Assistant coaches:  Allison Malecek, Ethan Preisler, Josh Lunderby
Top returning forwards: Senior Emily Olson (16-22--38), senior Anna Keranen (16-20--36), sophomore Mary Beth Kivisto (6-5--11), junior Chloe Kuechle (7-4--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Anna Kivisto (2-7--9), junior Meghan Staunton (4-5--9)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Grace Glasrud (6-7-0, 2.15, .928)


Detroit Lakes Lakers
Last year: 8-17-0
Conference (record): Mid-State (3-3-0)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Kent Freeman Arena
Head coach: Gretchen Norby
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Bruce Raboin, Ali Dohmeier, Andrea Klug, Mike Schiltz, Ally Nielsen
Letterwinners returning/lost: 7/2
Top returning forwards: Senior Karrigan Hallisey (11-10--21), junior Abby King (10-7--17), junior Madyson Melgard (7-6--13)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Payton Carlblom (5-12--17), junior Annie Campbell (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kyndra McDougall (8-16-0, 4.23, .862)
The coach says: “Looking at senior leadership to improve on last year’s effort, and to make a run in the very strong section 8A.”


Dodge County Wildcats
Last year: 15-11-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Dodge County Ice Arena
Head coach: Jeremy Gunderson
Years at school: 13
Career record: 215-97-10
Record at school: 215-97-10
Assistant coaches: Jeff Bolin, Joe Wieners, Chad Smallbrock, Tim Fagerlind, Jeremy Schubert, Tim Faber 
Letterwinners returning/lost: 26/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Olivia Smallbrock (14-19--33), junior Kennedy Kraus (11-11--22), freshman Lyndi Schubert (4-8--12), junior Olivia Lamb (3-8--11) sophomore Anna Braun (2-6--8), Kennedy Hodgkins (3-5--8), junior Malia Schubert (3-4--7)
 Top returning defensemen: Junior Kayla Schubert (14-5--19), senior Ashley Donovan (3-8--11), sophomore Elizabeth Fagerlind (2-5--7), senior Samantha Eberling (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Annabel Smith (2.08, .864)
Top newcomers: McKenna Freerksen, Sky Hughes, Anna Poirier
The coach says: “The Dodge County Wildcats are coming off a 15-11 record losing to the Section Champion Lakeville South. DC lost 8 good seniors,  3 of which are playing college hockey.  DC will be led by 3 Solid Lines of forwards which all return from last year’s team and a strong Defensive Corp of 4 returning starters, and 3 goalies competing for the starting spot. As an Independent, the Wildcats will be playing a very strong strength of schedule with the top-ranked A and AA teams in the state. The Wildcats will be playing in the Warroad  Holiday Tournament this year. The team should really grow from the difficult schedule and be ready come Section Playoff time.”


The Duluth Northern Stars return 14 letterwinners this season, including junior goalie Sarah Spencer. Photo: Christine Wisch

Duluth Northern Stars
Last year: 7-16-2
Conference (record): Lake Superior (1-3-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Duluth Heritage Sports Center
Head coach: Jamie Plesha
Years at school: 4
Career record: 22-49-5
Record at school: 22-49-5
Assistant coaches: Kari Romano-Erickson, Linsy Holst
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/6
Top returning forward: Senior Cassie McClure (8-19--27)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Payton Conlin (1-2--3), senior Taylor Pederson (1-2--3)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Sarah Spencer (4-15-1, 4.17, .846)
Top newcomers: Mya Kunst, Molly Henderson, Annika Lindgren
The coach says: “We are returning 14 varsity letterwinners this year and will have a young, but experienced team. In the past, we have struggled in scoring output, which looks to be a strength this year.”


Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers
Last year: 18-9-0
Conference (record): Lake Superior (3-0-0)
Section: 7A
Home arena: Mars Lakeview Arena
Head coach: Stephanie Erickson
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Ariel Novak, Steve Ruud, James Erickson, Jessica Convery
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Emily Lemker (8-11--19), sophomore Gracie Thomas (13-4--17), senior Olivia Boettcher (10-6--16), junior Tori Thorson (7-8--15)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Maren Friday (7-9--16), senior Lily Aamodt (5-9--14)
Top newcomer: Sophomore Charlesa Prior
The coach says: “Large number of returning players. Young goaltending.”
 

Eagan Wildcats
Last year: 24-6-2
Conference (record): South Suburban (14-2-2)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Eagan Civic Arena
Head coach: Dan Wilson
Years at school: 3
Career record: 176-74-15
Record at school: 55-22-10
Assistant coaches: Jeff Kolehmainen, Molly Sparks, Jeff Smith, Caitlin Hart-Doffing, Mark Baumann
Letterwinners returning: 13
Top returning forwards: Junior Jenna Ruiz (17-23--40), junior Julia Barger (9-13--22), sophomore Emily Cronkhite (9-9--18)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Brooke Peplinski (4-15--19), senior Eva Erickson
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Maddie Nickell (15-4-1, 1.82, .922), senior Ashley Larson (8-2-1, 1.67, .932)
The coach says: “Expectations are high as the Wildcats strive to repeat as South Suburban Conference Champions as well as return to the State Tournament.  Eagan is blessed with good young talent and it will be their time to shine after losing strong defense and forwards to graduation.”


East Grand Forks Green Wave
Last year: 17-8-1
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (6-3-1)
Section: 8A
Home arena: East Grand Forks Civic Center
Head coach: Brian Larson
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Danny Gasperlin,Chelsey Grassel, Josh Beck
Top returning forwards: Senior Madison McDonald (13-17--30), junior Kylie Stauss (8-13--21), freshman Kendra Emery (5-4--9)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Cassidy Mack (4-7--11), senior Maddison Lubinski (3-6--9)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Megan Birkholz (4-0-0, 0.75, .951)


East Ridge Raptors
Last year: 12-13-0
Conference (record): Suburban East  (9-7-0)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Health East Sports Center
Head coach: Kim McClintick
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Scott Waldo, Duane Lindahl, Matt Barry
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/4
Top returning forwards: Junior Fiona Claugherty (32-16--48), senior Mackenzie Werner (5-18--23), senior  Katie Flynn (12-7--19)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Addi Scribner (5-13--18), senior Anne Larsen (5-6--11) 
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Maggie Vance (3.89, .845)
The coach says: “The Raptors look to have strong leadership with a large upper class of 10 seniors and five juniors this year. East Ridge also has a complete new coaching staff and a new athletic director.”


Eastview Lightning
Last year: 9-17-2
Conference (record): South Suburban (4-12-1) 
Section: 3AA
Head coach: Herb Harvey
Assistant coaches: Scott Kauchick, Ashley Maskel, Ben Storm, Tim Ryan
Top returning forwards: Freshman Nora Stepan (9-6--15), sophomore Mikayla Kelley (8-4--12), junior Natalie Bordson (5-6--11)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Olivia Weinberg (0-3--3), sophomore Lauren Crowl (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Amelia Julian (9-17-2, 2.36, .919)


Eden Prairie sophomore forward Grace Kuipers had 10 goals and 16 assists for the 19-11-1 Eagles last season. Photo: Christine Wisch

Eden Prairie Eagles
Last year: 19-11-1
Conference (record): Lake (5-3-0)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Eden Prairie Community Center
Head coach: Jaime Grossman
Years at school: 8
Career record: 277-132-18
Record at school: 153-56-27
Assistant coaches: Brett Bruininks, Gracie Olson, Mitch Benson, Carly Moran, Pete Olson, Jeff Atchison, Tim Mahoney
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/4
Top returning forwards: Junior Sydney Langseth (30-25--55), sophomore Grace Kuipers (10-16--26),  junior Carrie Byrnes (10-15--25), junior Nora Wagner (6-11--17), senior Becca Kniss (4-9--13)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Rachel DeCesare (0-8--8), sophomore Christina Spanier (0-5--5)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Molly Goergen, Brynn McDonald
The coach says: “We return the bulk of our scoring from last year including 8 of our top 9 forwards. We were a team that was more explosive offensively as the season progressed. We are excited about a strong group of forwards this year, and feel this group will be the strength of our team. We will be young but talented on the blue line. We are really excited about the upside of this group. We anticipate some growing and learning early in the season, but think this group has the talent to be a special group. We have a good mix of talent and skill, and this may be one of our better skating group of defenders.We have two goalies who are competing to lead the team in net. Molly Goergen won her one start last year. Both Molly and Brynn McDonald are playing well and eager to prove they are next in a long line of quality EP netminders. We have a good group of freshmen and eighth graders, who will be competing to make an impact on the roster, but only graduating 2 players who played significant roles for us last year means that they will have to work hard to crack the lineup.”


Edina Hornets
Last year: 28-2-1
Conference (record): Lake (7-1-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Braemar Arena
Head coach: Sam Reber
Years at school: 3
Career record: 56-3-2
Record at school: 56-3-2
Assistant coaches: Ellie Lee, Casey Purpur
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/7
Top returning forwards: Senior CC Bowlby (29-28--47), senior Annie Kuehl (21-21--42
Top returning defensemen: Senior Mallory Uihlein (5-21--26), senior Evelyn Adams (3-14--17)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Elli Strittmater (0.71, .948)
Top newcomers: Forward Katie Davis, defenseman Vivian Jungels
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: 10-14-3
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (8-6-2)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Elk River
Head coach: Brian Ballenger
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Mike Gatzke, Ross Oestreich, Maddie Gregersen
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Kelsey King (25-14--39), junior Halle Johnson (9-14--23), sophomore Allison Fischer (4-8--12), freshman Maddy Christian (7-2--9), junior Morgan Gacke
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore  Jenna Korinek, sophomore Cora Coz
Top returning goaltender: Senior Megan Jung (8-14-3, 2.91, .891)
The coach says: “The team is really excited to get started. Great leadership from our returning players and an excellent work ethic should make for a fun and exciting season.”


Eveleth-Gilbert Area Golden Bears
Last year: 9-14-1
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Home arena: Eveleth Hippodrome
Head coach: Dean Edstrom
Years at school: 4
Career record: 18-53-2
Record at school: 18-53-2
Assistant coaches: Brian Ceglar, Steve Gregorich
Top returning forwards: Junior Sophia Flatley (11-12--23), sophomore Anneka Lundgren (10-12--22), junior Anna Seitz (9-10--19), eighth-grader Kylie Baranzelli (5-7--12)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Katie Scherf (6-4--10), senior Bekah Davidson (0-7--7)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Rachel Woods (9-14-1, 3.58, .878)


Fairmont Cardinals
Last year: 2-24-0
Conference (record): Big South (0-15-0) 
Section: 3A
Home arena: Martin County Arena
Head coach: Ashley Olson
Years at school: 3
Career record: 11-37-2
Record at school: 11-37-2
Assistant coach: Eric Householder
Top returning forwards: Junior Joni Becker (9-7--16), freshman Mackenzie Householder (10-4--14), freshman Emily Sokoloski (2-2--4), senior Anna Nordquist (2-2--4)
Top returning defenseman: Freshman Macy Militello (2-1--3) 
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Rachel O’Connor 


Faribault Falcons
Last year: 16-11-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (11-6-0)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Faribault Ice Arena
Head coach: Alli Miller
Years at school: 5
Career record: 59-44-3
Record at school: 59-44-3
Assistant coach: Erin Kastner
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/2
Top returning forwards: Junior Olivia Williamson (32-18--50), junior Haley Lang (14-18--32), senior Kayli Burkhartzmeyer (13-13--26)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Emily Wilder (2-9--11), senior Olivia Morelan (1-4--5), junior Tegan Herrley (3-2--5)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Mikayla Bohner (2-0-0, 3.75, .826)
Top newcomers: Regan Bulger
The coach says: “Returning a large number of our team from last year. We have a number of good goal-scorers this year and girls who have played with each other for a long time. We have some younger girls who will be stepping into major roles this year.”


Farmington senior forward Jenna Gerold posted totals of 16-13--29 last season for the Tigers. Photo: Nick Wosika

Farmington Tigers
Last year: 21-8-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (12-5-0) 
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Schmitz-Maki Arena
Head coach: Jon Holmes
Years at school: 12
Career record: 170-116-16
Record at school: 170-116-16
Assistant coaches: Jason Kohlbeck, Steve Sabetti, Jared Rowan, Steve Mechelke, Casey Preston
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/11
Top returning forwards: Senior Jenna Gerold (16-13--29), freshman Claire Enright (16-11--27), sophomore Carly Lancaster (5-9--14), senior Bailey Kelley (4-5--9)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Brenna Fuhrman (5-12--17), senior Cassie Knutson (2-12--14), sophomore Jayden Seifert (2-9--11)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Ryleigh Furlong, eighth-grader Rylee Bartizal
Top newcomers: Izzy Zwart, Bailey Zimmer, Kelsie Vincent, Grace Auge, Sam Moehle, Olivia Helleson 
The coach says: “The Tigers are very young, but with an ample amount of varsity experience. Also, with a very promising off-season for the youngsters, the Tigers will be looking to the seasoned and well-tested play of seniors Jenna Gerold, Cassie Knutson and Bailey Kelley, to lead the youthful Tiger cubs through the start of the season on and off the ice. Finding some combinations and solid partnering for this young group will be a fun endeavor as they play with a ton of energy and grit. The Tigers have a solid group of youngsters already committed to play collegiate hockey. With others also looking to play collegiate level hockey, they will surely be a high- energy and exciting team to watch.”


Fergus Falls Otters
Last year: 15-12-0
Conference (record): Central Lakes (4-7-0) 
Section: 6A
Home arena: Fergus Falls Community Arena
Head coach: Tim Lill
Years at school: 5
Career record: 49-55-2
Record at school: 49-55-2
Assistant coaches: Todd Hershner, Brooks Anderson, Fritz Karsnia, Nikki Kaasa
Top returning forwards: Senior Sophie Rausch (28-19--47), sophomore Ellie Anderson (14-8--22), senior Amy Johnson (10-9--19), junior Vivian Karsnia (10-7--17), juniorJade Zeirdon (6-7--13)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Hallie Sheridan (13-15--28), junior Chloe Nelson (2-14--16
Top goaltenders: Senior Jadyn McKeever (2.25, .889), senior Maddie Ekund (2.36, .877)
Top newcomers: Piper Andres, Lexi McGary, Marilyn Karsnia, Gabby Brimhall
The coach says: “Alexandria will again be the team to beat. We have a core of strong forwards three lines deep for Class A. Our challenge will be a young blue line. Strong goaltending will define our postseason success.”


Forest Lake returns 17 letterwinners from last season’s 21-5-2 team, including junior forward Brooke Remington. Photo: Nick Wosika

Forest Lake Rangers
Last year: 21-5-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (13-3-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Forest Lake Sports Center
Head coach: Todd Gutterman
Years at school: 5
Career record: 73-35-7
Record at school: 73-35-7
Assistant coaches: Craig Muntifering, Audrey Hanmer, Jennifer Schultz, Amanda Leveille
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/3
Top returning forwards: Junior Brieja Parent (18-15--33), junior Brooke Remington (17-7--24), junior Ashley Mills (8-15--23)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Rachel Golnitz (8-18--26), senior Biz Valley (3-11--14), junior Ellen Nelson (3-7--10)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Ally Goehner (6-1-0, 1.26, .914)
The coach says: “We return a very solid core of players at all positions. Depth and overall solid team defense will be our biggest strengths. Looking forward to another fun and exciting season of girls’ high school hockey.”


Grand Rapids/Greenway Lightning
Last year: 17-9-1
Conference: Independent
Section: 7AA
Home arena: IRA Civic Center
Head coach: Brad Hyduke
Years at school: 11
Career record: 127-76-16
Record at school: 127-76-16
Assistant coaches: Ronny Holum, Kelsey Johnston
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Sadie Peart (24-27--51), sophomore Claire Vekich (22-21--43), senior Maddie Drotts (13-21--34), junior Ellie Tillma (5-20--25), senior Quinn Kasell (8-11--19)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Kayden Broking (3-6--9), senior Sasha Stefan (1-6--7), junior  Hannah Mark (0-3--3), senior Jazzi Rohloff (0-1-1)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Emily Trast (2-1-0, 2.60, .850)
The coach says: “The Lightning return most of our forwards and offensive output from last season along with 5 of 6 defensemen. Competition for depth among the 3rd and 4th line will be a key to the season's development and team depth. A starting goaltending competition among 3 capable goalies will be an additional key for the 18-19 season.”


Hastings Raiders
Last year: 7-18-1
Conference (record): Metro East (5-6-0) 
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Hastings Civic Arena
Head coach: Josh Colvin
Years at school: 3
Career record: 15-35-2
Record at school: 15-35-2
Assistant coaches: Steve Benson, Jordy Klimek, Lauren Tix, Alexa Harrington, Brooke Weber
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Sam Benson (8-13--21), senior Maddy Junker (11-8--19), sophomore Jaida Hanson (5-7--12), junior Taylor Larson (7-5--12)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Libby Judge (3-9--12), senior MacKenzie Putnam (1-5--6), senior Addy Buck (1-2--3), senior Sydney Radke (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Lauren Dubej 
Top newcomers: Kaitlin Petrich, Lexi Ramsbacher, Kiki Radent
The coach says: “The Raiders return a very deep group of seniors, especially on the blue line. Experience between the pipes will be the biggest area for growth, but freshman Lauren Dubej has a year of experience at the high school level and continues to impress. This will be assistant coach Steve Benson’s final year on the bench after 23 years with the Raiders unless he decides to pull another Brett Favre.”


Hibbing/Chisholm Bluejackets
Last year: 9-14-2
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Head coach: Emily Erickson
Years at school: 3
Career record: 29-27-3
Record at school: 29-27-3
Assistant coaches: Eric Rewertz, Pete Hyduke, Holly Rewertz, Dana Lindstrom, Pat Iozzo, Kaye Collier
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/3
Top returning forwards: Junior Allie Bussey (20-16--36), junior Emma Lundell (10-19--29), sophomore Dorothy Kearney (6-8--14)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Maddie Rewertz (1-6--7, sophomore Courtney Anderson (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Abby Edstrom (.924)


Hill-Murray senior forward Katie Kaufman is the Pioneers’ top returning scorer after posting 22-27--49 last season. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Hill-Murray Pioneers
Last year: 24-6-0
Conference (record): Metro East (7-0-0) 
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Aldrich Arena
Co-head coaches: Bill Schafhauser & Caesare Engstrom
Years at school: 12
Career record: 257-56-12
Record at school: 257-56-12
Assistant coaches: Doug Long, Jenny Magill
Letterwinners returning: 11
Top returning forwards: Senior Katie Kaufman (22-27--49), senior Haylee Blinkhorn (18-25--43), junior Nina Steigauf (9-11--20), junior Corrine Brown (9-9--18), sophomore Ava Stinnett (2-4--6)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Joslynn Olson (6-7--13), sophomore Kennedy Morris (5-8--13), senior Gretchen Greeder (2-8--10), freshman Maddie Geer
Top returning goaltender: Junior Rachel Kennedy (6-0-0, 1.17, .926)
Top newcomers: Forward Alli Franco
The coach says: “Speed has always been a strength of ours in the past and we strive to continue to have a strong and fast-paced team. We have a little bit of a rebuilding year this season, but with our returning players and incoming young talent, we are confident we will still be very competitive and will venture for a positive, successful season. We look forward to seeing the girls come together, embrace their roles and strive to be the talented leaders and role models they are all capable of.”


Holy Angels/Richfield Stars
Last year: 7-17-3
Conference (record): Metro West (0-8-1)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Richfield Ice Arena
Head coach: Teige Cahill
Years at school: 2
Career record: 7-17-3
Record at school: 7-17-3
Assistant coaches: Carrie Holldorf, Steve Tipler, Shy Sletta, Holly Noble, Rachel Friberg
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/3
Top returning forwards: Junior Bridget McGuire (12-12--24), senior Grace Hillen (4-6--10)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Madysen Palmer (5-4--9)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Leah Lood (7-16-3, 2.98, .890)
Top newcomers: Kaitlyn Kneeland
The coach says: “The team is looking to improve from last season, with great goaltending and a strong senior class.”


Holy Family Catholic Fire
Last year: 16-9-1 (as Holy Family/Waconia)
Conference (record): Wright County (9-2-1) 
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Victoria Recreation Center
Head coach: Randy Koeppl
Years at school: 2
Career record: 16-9-1
Record at school: 16-9-1
Assistant coaches: Cory Peterson, Jenna Privette, Maki Fadness, Amanda Levidle
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/6
Top returning forwards: Junior Lauren Hickey (11-21--32), sophomore Sadie Long (9-13--22), junior Sydney Paulson (8-11--19), eighth-grader Taylor Koeppl (3-10--13), junior Caitlyn Rock (6-6--12)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Maeve Kelly (0-8--8), eighth-grader Olivia Paidosh (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Alex Pellicci (12-9-1, 2.14, .928), eighth-grader Sedona Blair (4-0-0, 1.62, .918)
Top newcomers: Makenzie Moss, Kayla Woytcke, Madeline Morgan
The coach says: “This will be the first year for Holy Family as they have split from their previous co-op with Waconia. They will be a team without a senior and only three juniors. Saying this team is young is an understatement. They will look to their goalie tandem of Pellicci and Blair to come up big in the nets and for their talented younger core of players to step up. They will be a young, fast and hard-working team that will be fun to watch and difficult to play against.”


Hopkins/Park Royals
Last year: 12-14-0
Conference (record): Lake (1-7-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Minnetonka Ice Arena
Head coach: Ryan St. Martin
Years at school: First
Career record: 47-29-6
Assistant coaches: Clay Casanova, Erin O'Neil, Sierra Vadner
Letterwinners returning/lost: 8/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Mary Gleason (12-11--23), sophomore Charlotte Rich (6-9--15), sophomore Erin Brousseau (7-2--9), freshman Alma Beaton, junior Maia Weiler
Top returning defensemen: Senior Mary O’Neil (1-10--11), junior Sarah McCallon (2-1--3), freshman Kate Kasica
Top newcomers: Megan Stoldorf, Alicia Swenson, Anna Nicholls, Abby Meyer, Justina Valentini, Leah Bosch
The coach says: “This is a very exciting year for the Royals. We are made up of a handful of upperclassmen and many talented underclassmen. We aim to be an aggressive team that moves the puck well and plays smart. Our hope is to hang our hat on our work ethic and how we treat each other. Our goal is to peak in February and compete the hardest when it matters most.”


Hutchinson Tigers
Last year: 14-11-1
Conference (record): Wright County (7-5-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: Burich Arena
Head coach: Hannah Impola
Years at school: 2
Career record: 14-11-1
Record at school: 14-11-1
Assistant coaches: Montana Hemling, Mike Lien
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/3
Top returning forwards: Junior Alex Hantge (21-22--43), sophomore  Anna Fabel (11-15--26), junior Sabrina Tracy (5-11--16), sophomore Maddy Seifert (5-9--14)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Ainslea Jensen (5-10--15), junior Laina Bertiaume (4-4--8), senior Jasmine Schultz
Top newcomers: Goalie Hannah Ladwig
The coach says: “We have a lot of returning players with varsity experience playing in front of young, hard-working goalies. We should have more depth at every position than we did last year which will increase our competitiveness throughout the season with everyone.”


International Falls Broncos
Last year: 13-10-2
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Head coach: Gerald Bolstad
Years at school: 10
Assistant coaches: Glen Marcotte, Kevin Erickson, Michelle McDonald
Top returning forwards: Senior Morgan Rasmussen (15-17--32), senior Grace Bragg (9-11--20), junior Maria Vollom (7-8--15)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Emma Erickson (3-8--11), senior Taylor Sears (4-5--9), senior Faith Black (1-4--5)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Grace Wegner (10-8-1, 2.71, .893), junior Macey Marcotte (3-2-1, 2.96, .862)


Irondale/St. Anthony Knights
Last year: 5-21-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (3-13-0)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: National Sports Center
Head coach: Tom Rodefeld
Years at school: 22
Career record: 265-192-15
Record at school: 265-192-15
Assistant coaches: Jessica Mularie, Brenda O’Connell, Erin Stepka
Letterwinners returning/lost: 8/11
Top returning forwards: Senior Emma Fagerlee (4-6--10), junior Isis Hutchison (2-2--4), sophomore Megan Ellingson (1-2--3), senior Quinn Rodefeld, senior Erica Krahn
Top returning defensemen: Senior Macy Troje, junior Alaina DeGiacomo, junior Caitlin Donohue
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Teagen Johnson, eighth-grader Jennifer Rupp
Top newcomers: Jo Mahlum, Maddie Townsend, Kelsey Lammi, Audrey Backlund
The coach says: “We lost 15 players from last year’s team. Our young players will need to step up sooner, but they have done a great job so far. The strength of Irondale is that our girls work hard to grow into great leaders every year, so any success that we have this year will be from the leadership of our seniors.”


Lakeville North Panthers
Last year: 14-11-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (10-6-1)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Ames Arena
Head coach: Buck Kochevar
Years at school: 14
Career record: 240-106-12
Record at school: 240-106-12
Assistant coaches: Brent Cullaton, Richie Schrick, Jim Jacka
Top returning forwards: Senior Peyton Cullaton (5-9--14), junior Brooke Power (1-7--8), junior Olivia Mattis (3-2--5)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Meghan Marquardt (1-3--4), freshman Meredith Jensen (1-2--3), sophomore Katie Doll (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kallie Schneider (14-11-1, 2.15, .917)
Top newcomers: Goalie Amanda Lackmann, forward Alyssa Antonakis, forward Jamie Pritzlaff
The coach says: “Lakeville North lives and dies with hard work, compete level and clocking shots. We are looking forward to a successful season.”


Lakeville South Cougars
Last year: 20-11-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (12-5-0) 
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Hasse Arena
Head coach: Tim Morris
Years at school: First
Career record: 434-174-25
Assistant coaches: Joel Tornell, Tim Duggan, Terry Brown
Top returning forwards: Senior Amanda Ziemkowski, junior Lindsay Maloney (8-18--26), sophomore Libery Fettig (12-7--19) 
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jenna Hayes (1-8--9), senior Macey Ravndalen (0-6--6)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Becca Macklin


Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons
Last year: 2-24-0
Conference (record): Wright County (0-12-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: Litchfield Civic Arena
Co-head coaches: Brett Damerow & Matt Hogg
Years at school: 2
Career record: 2-24-0
Record at school: 2-24-0
Assistant coach: Corey Hanson
Top returning forwards: Senior Mary Ridgeway, junior Alyssa Olson, junior Sophia Hillman, junior Grace Walsh
Top returning defensemen: Senior Courtney Carlson, junior Sydney Braaten, sophomore Kristin Foley, sophomore Emma DeWolf
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Avery Stiwell
The coach says: “We are looking forward to the season ahead. We have a young, talented, hard-working group of players, who are led by two high character senior captains. We have a very talented goaltender that will give us a chance to win on a nightly basis. We had a tremendous off-season of work, and look forward to the girls reaping some positive results from their efforts.”


Luverne Cardinals
Last year: 16-9-2
Conference (record): Big South (8-5-1)
Section: 3A
Home arena: Blue Mound Ice Arena
Head coach: Tony Sandbulte
Years at school: 6
Career record: 169-77-10
Record at school: 85-40-5
Assistant coach: Ellen Dahl
Top returning forwards: Freshman Kamryn VanBatavia (23-16--39), sophomore Roz Oye (7-11--18), sophomore Shelby Kracht (7-7--14)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Reghan Bork (21-12--33), junior Claire Baustian (16-5--21)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Cheyenne Schutz


Mahtomedi Zephyrs
Last year: 18-9-1
Conference (record): Metro East (9-2-0)
Section: 4A
Home arena: St. Croix Rec Center
Head coach: Bill Mauricio
Years at school: 3
Career record: 29-22-4
Record at school: 29-22-4
Assistant coaches: Megan Gjere, Sarah Bobrowski, Tom Anitzberger, Emily Lobin
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/6
Top returning forwards: Junior Emme Nelson (8-11--19), senior Kylie Krawczyk (11-8--19), junior Megan Johnson (7-12--19), senior Abby Hansen (9-3--12)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Emma Dornseif (4-9--13), sophomore Erika Broten (5-7--12), senior Jordyn McAlpine (5-4--9)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Lauren Hamme (5-1-0, 1.12, .944)
Top newcomers: Karen Miller
The coach says: “The Zephyrs will look to build on a strong 2017-18 season, which saw them finish in second place in the Metro East Conference at 9-2-0 and finished with the most wins in school history (18). The Zephyrs return 12 players who played regular shifts and return seven of their top 10 scorers.”


Mankato East/Loyola Cougars
Last year: 13-14-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (9-7-0)
Section: 3A
Home arena: All Seasons Arena
Head coach: Amber Prange
Years at school: 2
Career record: 13-14-0
Record at school: 13-14-0
Assistant coaches: Hannah Vogel, KC Mckillip, Jake Kelcher, Sierra Maki
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Madison Davis (20-21--41), junior Sydney Kanstrup (9-10--19), sophomore Kaylee Eykyn (3-3--6)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Bri Adams (12-12--24), senior Claire Johnson (3-6--9)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Andrea Schreiber (10-12-0, 3.34, .900)
Top newcomers: Kenzie Keller, Hannah Rigdon
The coach says: “This year the Cougars will look to use their speed to the outside to get pucks to the net. Our senior class is strong and are looking to lead as we work to achieve our goals.”


Mankato West Scarlets
Last year: 15-12-1
Conference (record): Big 9 (7-8-0)
Section: 3A
Home arena: All Seasons Arena
Head coach: Shaun Reddy
Years at school: 3
Career record: 22-30-3
Record at school: 22-30-3
Assistant coaches: Kent Hays, Katy Kvasnicka, Macenzie Hays, Hannah Davidson 
Top returning forwards: Junior Sunshine Langworthy (14-17--31), senior Lindsey Hays (16-14--30), senior Hannah Wieland (4-16--20), sophomore Tealy Krosch (3-7--10)
Top returning defenseman: Senior McKenna Krosch (8-11--19)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Sarah Olsen (13-11-1, 3.44, .881), senior Emma Young (5-1-0, 1.33, .867)


Maple Grove Crimson
Last year: 18-5-4
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (10-3-3)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Maple Grove Community Center
Head coach: Amber Hegland
Years at school: 4
Career record: 227-110-23
Record at school: 62-16-7
Assistant coaches: Kevin Gray, Lance Mayer, Casey Maikkula, Kevin Pote, Mara Pearl
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/5
Top returning forwards: Senior Mannon McMahon (21-31--52), sophomore Lauren Stenslie (12-7--19), junior Chole Corbin (7-11--18), sophomore Tristana Tatur (5-11--16), senior Emily Herdine (3-3--6)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Jenna Timm (0-7--7), senior Emma Larson (0-6--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Luzy Morgan (18-5-5, 1.26, .950)
Top newcomers: Annika Johnson, Tia Rice
The coach says: “Strengths: High number of returners, Positive Leadership, Team Chemistry, Driven, Desire to Improve Daily, Committed to High Work Ethic, Many players with the ability to score, Disciplined system play, High Hockey IQ, Ability to adapt and adjust.”


Marshall sophomore defenseman Emelia Barker looks to help the Tigers return to the state tournament this season. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Marshall Tigers
Last year: 17-12-0
Conference (record): Big South (10-4-0)
Section: 3A
Home arena: Red Baron Arena & Expo
Head coach: Deanna Suby
Years at school: 2
Career record: 17-12-0
Record at school: 17-12-0
Assistant coach: Cassi Schreckenghaust
Top returning forwards: Senior Sydney Mauch (30-16--46), senior Olivia Peterson (12-16--28), sophomore Kaitlyn Timm (9-8--17), senior Jadyn Briffett (4-7--11)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Emelia Barker (2-8--10), junior Logan Sherman (2-7--9)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Emma Klenken (15-9-0, 2.37, .910), junior Lexi Moat (2-3-0, 2.60, .875)


Minneapolis
Last year: 10-16-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 5A
Home arena: Parade Ice Gardens
Head coach: Sarma Ozmen
Years at school: 6
Record at school: 44-79-2
Top returning forwards: Senior Erica Lieske (15-9--24), eighth-grader Maddy Helmstetter (8-9--17), junior Anna Melnyk (2-4--6)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Lizzie Mewes (3-5--8), junior Ava Miller (2-5--7), sophomore Julia Stevens (3-3--6)
Top goaltender: Junior Ruby Sieger (2-3-0, 2.34, .888)


Minnehaha United
Last year: 16-10-1
Conference (record): Independent Metro (0-3-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Minnehaha Ice Arena
Head coach: Dan Berthiaume
Years at school: 5
Career record: 41-62-2
Record at school: 41-62-2
Assistant coaches: Mike Turner, Kate Wahlin, Alyssa Franz
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/3
Top returning forwards: Junior Hannah Schommer (11-5--16), sophomore Emma Bettencourt (2-4--6)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jodie Clay (16-23--39), senior Maddie Duca (15-7--22), junior Lucy Lyngen (6-5--11), senior Leah Lyngen (6-2--8)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Rebecca Skweres (1-1-0, 1.65, .898)
Top newcomers: Emma Barborak, Ava Wasserman


Minnesota River Bulldogs
Last year: 11-14-1
Conference (record): Big South (8-6-0) 
Section: 2A
Home arena: Le Sueur Community Center
Head coach: Tom Blaido
Years at school: 10
Career record: 39-67-3
Record at school: 39-67-3
Assistant coaches: Jeff Fowler, Kris Wilke, Victoria Sinell
Top returning forwards: Senior Ashley Pudwill (8-8--16), junior Keely Olness (8-7--15), senior Hal Overgaard (6-7--13), sophomore Nicole McCabe (8-4--12), senior Kylie Dunning (4-8--12)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Whitney Weick (4-5--9), senior Elle Seaver (0-5--5)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Madison Kisor (0-1-0, 3.31, .917)


Minnetonka senior defenseman Kailey Langefels is one of 10 returning letterwinners from last season’s 13-11-3 team. Photo: Christine Wisch

Minnetonka Skippers
Last year: 13-11-3
Conference (record): Lake (2-6-0)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Pagel Activity Center
Head coach: Eric Johnson
Years at school: 14
Career record: 243-98-25
Record at school: 243-98-25
Assistant coaches: Adam Kragthorpe, Christina Lee-Balloy, Kim Abrahams, Beth Bresnahan, Marit Zelinsky
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/8
Top returning forwards: Junior Lacey Martin (5-12--17), senior Kate Hoelscher (8-2--10), senior Molly McHugh (4-4--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kailey Langefels (9-9--18), junior Maggie Nicholson (5-8--13), sophomore Rory Guilday (2-4--6)
The coach says: “We have a large junior class with returning forwards Kylie Melz, Emily Bayless, Lisa Laroche, Anna Sorenson and Olivia Meredith. We add one sophomore forward, Kayley Crawford. We add one sophomore defenseman, Hanna Baskin. We add one junior goaltender, Aiden Edge and one sophomore goaltender, Brynn Dulac. Five returning players have made college commitments: Langefels - Holy Cross, McHugh - Gustavus, Nicholson - Minnesota, Martin - Boston University, Guilday - Cornell.”


Moorhead Spuds
Last year: 10-16-1
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (2-6-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Moorhead Sports Center
Head coach: Whitney Restemayer
Years at school: 2
Career record: 10-16-1
Record at school: 10-16-1
Assistant coaches: Haley Olmstead, Jameson Prim
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Brianna Krejci (12-6--18), senior Makayla Keller (10-3--13), sophomore Ava Kistner (3-7--10)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Emma Cullen, senior Jordan Egerdahl
Top goaltenders: Senior Emma Kolo (9-7-0, 2.92, .880), senior Paige Schmidt (1-6-1, 3.37, .891)


Moose Lake Area Rebels
Last year: 9-16-1
Conference: Independent 
Section: 7A
Home arena: Riverside Arena
Head coach: Chris Gamst
Years at school: First
Career Record: 135-138-16
Top returning forwards: Junior Jamie Benzie (15-11--26), freshman Gabby Gamst (3-4--7), junior Savannah Gamst (3-2--5)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Abby Painovich (6-10--16), junior Michaela Belanger (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Jo Ruby Wekseth (1-2-0, 1.55, .922)


Morris/Benson Area Storm
Last year: 1-17-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 6A
Head coach: Abby Daly
Assistant coach: Mitch Bruns
Top returning forwards: Senior Hallie Watzke (4-4--8), freshman Taryn Picht (7-1--8), eighth-grader Kortney Sanasack (2-2--4)


Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian White Hawks
Last year: 9-15-2
Conference (record): Wright County (2-8-2)
Section: 2A
Home arena: Thaler Arena
Co-head coaches: Bob Kuehl & Claire Goldsmith 
Years at school: 2
Assistant coaches: Jim Kurtz, Kayla Ellis, Joe Graphenteen, Kitty Hurley
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Emily Schepers (14-10--24), senior Lauren Burris (8-14--22), senior Sydney Hules (9-7--16), freshman Kailey Niccum (10-4--14), sophomore Grace Peterson (3-9--12)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Brooke Pioski (3-9--12), freshman Montana Courneya (2-4--6), sophomore Taylor Leonard (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Taylor Smith (9-15-2, 2.29)
Top newcomers: Forward Sydney Leonard, forward Gretta Pioske, defenseman Emily Wendorf
The coach says: “The MWHS/W-M/SW Christian White Hawks look to be much improved this season. Many of our players a year ago were in their first year of high school hockey. In addition, we’ve added three of the top eighthgrade players in the state from the U12 A ranks.  All three are expected to make an impact. We will be able to skate three solid lines that should be able to score, which was our biggest weakness a year ago.  Our team speed is very good and we should be able to forecheck and put a lot of pressure on teams. Defensively, we’re young but solid. Sophomores Brooke Pioske and Taylor Leonard are shut-down defensemen who can also help move the puck up ice. We expect more scoring from our D than last season. Senior goalie Taylor Smith is poised for a great senior season after starting for the first time last season. We should be strong in our own end of the ice. While still young (only six upperclassmen) on the Varsity, we feel we’re building a strong team. Thirteen of these players were either in the Premier Prep League or Elite Leagues this fall preparing for the season. If we can put the puck in the net on a consistent basis and stay healthy, it will be a very successful season with a real chance to make a run at Section time.”


Mounds View Mustangs
Last year: 17-9-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (10-4-1) 
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Schwan Super Rink
Head coach: Paige Jahnke
Years at school: 2
Career record: 17-9-1
Record at school: 17-9-1
Top returning forwards: Senior Lisa Nadeau (8-11--19), sophomore Audrey Jackson (9-7--16), senior Hana Collins (4-10--14), junior Maiah Robert (1-7--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Rae Robert (2-3--5), junior Hana Collins (2-3--5), junior Sophi Coltvet (1-4--5), senior Jessica Kennedy (0-4--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Teagen Johnson (14-7-1, 1.66, .932)


New Prague Trojans
Last year: 14-11-1
Conference (record): Wright County (8-3-1)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: New Prague Area Community Center
Head coach: Taylor Ries
Years at school: 2
Career record: 14-11-1
Record at school: 14-11-1
Assistant coaches: Kevin Cassidy, Rachael Kelly
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Lindsey Bjerke (22-17--39), senior Lexi Kocina (6-8--14), junior Abby Pirkl (5-8--13)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kaitlyn Blair (12-16--28), senior Emily Sabol (4-5--9)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Mariah Marek (10-6-1, 2.78, .906)
Top newcomers: Hanah Robasse, Cece Madsen, Ellie Skaja
The coach says: “The Trojans will be a defensive-minded team with strong goaltending. They will be looking for players to step up offensively and replace the point production they lost from graduating forward Catie Skaja who is currently playing for the Gophers.”


New Ulm head coach Kristin Faber looks to lead the Eagles to their ninth state tournament appearance. Photo: Christine Wisch

New Ulm Eagles
Last year: 23-6-1
Conference (record): Big South (14-0-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: New Ulm Civic Center
Head coach: Kristin Faber
Years at school: 6
Career record: 97-34-7
Record at school: 97-34-7
Assistant coach: Jeremy Reed
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Ashtyn Wiltscheck (21-26--47), junior Molly Scheid (11-9--20), senior Jackie Cowing (4-10--14), senior Elle Cooper (6-5--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Madeline Gag (7-12--19), junior Ally Steffensmeier (5-12--17), junior Alexa Steffl (1-10--11)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Cassie Reed (20-5-1, 1.61, .900)
The coach says: “New Ulm returns a large group of upperclassmen who will provide leadership and experience throughout the season. We graduated a lot of scoring last year and will be looking for some players to step up and put the puck in the net. Defensively, we have a group of strong, physical players who are able to see the ice and provide a calm presence on the ice.”


North/Tartan Titans
Last year: 4-18-4
Conference record): Metro East (2-6-1)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Polar Arena/Tartan Arena
Head coach: Nick Fuerst
Career record: 61-62-6
Record at school: 61-62-6
Assistant coaches: Ellie Tabaka, Jaimee Nowicki, Lucas Fuerst, Mike Hall, Sarah Ahlquist
Top returning forwards: Junior Lauren Henriksen (611-1--12), junior Hailey Sutton (4-2--6), senior Kylie Thompson (0-4--4)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Jayden Thieschafer (1-1--2)


North Shore Storm
Last year: 7-19-0
Conference: Independent 
Section: 7A
Home arena: Rukavina Arena/Lake County Arena
Head coach: Neva Maxwell
Years at school: 2
Career record: 7-19-0
Record at school: 7-19-0
Assistant coaches: Zach Vieau, Steve Graden
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/7
Top returning forwards: Senior Jessie Ketola (19-8--27), senior Callie Klemmer (9-11--20), senior Gracie Komarek (7-6--13), junior Megan Maxey (3-4--7)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Livia Hoff (1-4--5), sophomore Maia Conlan
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Maureen Dwyer (6-17-0, 3.80, .879), senior Lilka Mojkowski


North Wright County Riverhawks
Last year: 18-7-1
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (11-1-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Moose-Sherritt Arena/St. Michael-Albertville Arena
Head coach: Cailyn McCauley
Years at school: 3
Career record: 28-20-3
Record at school: 28-20-3
Assistant coaches: Kevin Finnerty, Tim Hanson, Brandon Mitchell, Amanda Koep, Kaleigh Hamann
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/5
Top returning forwards: Junior MacKenzie Bougerie (26-25--51), junior Sydney Lemke (12-17--29), freshman Chloe Finnery (11-16--27)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Brinna Martin (3-19--22), senior Payton Allen (9-9--18), senior Lauren Rokala (4-5--9)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Anna LaRose (.937)
The coach says: “The NWC Riverhawks have a good core of returners this coming year! We are really looking forward to what a veteran team has to bring this year!”


Juniors Caitlyn Gutzman (22) and Hayden Boelter (9) are two of Northern Lakes’ top returning forwards. Photo: Christine Wisch

Northern Lakes Lightning
Last year: 9-16-0
Conference (record): Mid-State (5-1-0)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Breezy Point Arena
Head coach: Breanna Sheley
Years at school: 2
Career record: 9-16-0
Record at school: 9-16-0
Assistant coaches: Doug Bowdish, Jeff Balmer, Greg Yee, Vic Peterson
Top returning forwards: Junior Caitlyn Gutzman (18-11--29), junior Hayden Boelter (3-10--13), junior Ellie Saxerud (4-7--11)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Alyssa Kosloski (10-11--21), sophomore Savannah Abear (4-10--14)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Maddie Wahoske (9-16-0, 4.30, .811)


Northfield Raiders
Last year: 15-9-2
Conference (record): Big 9 (10-2-0)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Northfield Ice Arena
Head coach: Brent Bielenberg
Years at school: 19
Assistant coaches: Jeff LaPanta, Nick Monson, Brittney Laue, Paige Haley
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/3
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Jessica Boland (17-12--29), senior Lizzy Morsching (10-13--23), sophomore Mya Wesling (8-11--19)
Top returning defensemen:  Senior Kate Boland (14-19--33), freshman Cambria Monson (6-11--17), senior Siri Lindell (2-5--7)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Rachel Bielenberg (5-2-0, 2.29, .872)
Top newcomers: Payton Fox, JoJo Taylor
The coach says: “We have a strong senior class with great leadership and a lot of our younger players got varsity experience last year. We return all five of our varsity defensemen from last year (including Bemidji State commit, Kate Boland) and seven of our top eight scorers from last year (including Mankato State commit, Jessica Boland). In the nets, Rachel Bielenberg will carry the load as the number one goalie after playing in 15 games over the past two seasons as a backup.  Although our focus will remain tough team defense, I believe we will have a dynamic offense this season and a number of kids having career years. Team play and depth will be keys to success this year.”


Orono Spartans
Last year: 9-15-2
Conference (record): Wright County (4-6-2) 
Section: 5A
Home arena: Orono Ice Arena
Head coach: Sean Fish
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Prentice Keller, Taylor Neisen 
Letterwinners lost: 4
Top returning forwards: Freshman Iyla Ryskamp (5-9--14), sophomore Gabby Norris (3-3--6), senior Sarah Gustafson (3-3--6), junior Claire Suchy (4-2--6)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Sydney DeCubellis (3-12--15), junior Molly Martini (5-7--12)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Anna Lisle (5-8-2, 2.55, .920)
Top newcomer: Mae Grandy
The coach says: “Strengths, goaltending, D-core and a balanced scoring attack. Three seniors, the rest are underclassmen.”


Osseo-Park Center Stars
Last year: 6-19-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (3-12-1)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, Dick Vraa Ice Arena
Head coach: Jeremy Lewis
Years at school: 2
Career record: 6-19-1
Record at school: 6-19-1
Assistant coaches: Michael Ach, Chuck Sawicky
Top returning forwards: Senior Laura Denchfield (19-11--30), sophomore Charley Sawicky (7-8--15), sophomore Elli Horvath (5-7--12), junior Gabrielle Bodin (3-8--11)
Top returning defenseman: Sophomore Beth Denchfield (0-4--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Sophie Almquist (6-19-1, 3.86, .889)


Owatonna defenseman Chloe Schmidt and goalie Asia Buryska return from last season’s 16-9-0 team. Photo: Christine Wisch

Owatonna Huskies
Last year: 16-9-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (11-5-0)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Owatonna Four Seasons Center
Head coach: Sarah Murray
Years at school: First
Top returning forwards: Senior Maylynn Prokopec (13-12--25), sophomore Sydney Hunst (11-6--17), freshman Olivia Herzog (7-3--10), sophomore Anna Herzog (8-2--10)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Chloe Schmidt (11-19--30), sophomore Grace Wolfe (3-11--14), senior Kiley Friedrichs (5-7--12)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Asia Buryska (2-0-0, 0.38, .976)


Park-Cottage Grove Wolfpack
Last year: 13-12-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (8-71)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Cottage Grove Ice Arena
Head coach: Steve Morse
Years at school: 9
Career record: 73-121-15
Record at school: 73-121-15
Assistant coaches: Anna Keys, Bruce Hill, Paul McMorrow
Top returning forwards: Junior Adie Stienke (10-21--31), junior Mackenzie Husaby (10-6--16), junior Alli Lentz (8-7--15), junior Emma Henderson (7-6--13)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Megan Morris (2-8--10), sophomore Carissa Oberding (2-2--4)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Jocelyn Veary (13-12-1, 3.19, .881)

 

Park Rapids Area Panthers
Last year: 4-22-0
Conference (record): Mid-State (0-6-0)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Ted O. Johnson Arena
Head coach: Erik Myhre
Years at school: 2
Career record: 4-22-0
Record at school: 4-22-0
Assistant coaches: Brad Smith, Mike Rice
Top returning forwards: Senior Alexa Kennedy (8-4--12), sophomore Elise Rice (1-3--4), freshman Abigale Strandlie (0-4--4)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Katie Sagen (1-2--3), senior Kinley Nordin (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kylee Pachel


Prairie Centre Blue Devils
Last year: 12-14-0
Conference (record): Mid-State (4-2-0)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Long Prairie, Wadena, Sauk Centre
Head coach: Jason Brown
Years at school: First
Top returning forwards: Junior Shelby Otte (11-16--27), senior Ally Ecker (10-14--24), sophomore Kayla Sayovitz (8-7--15), senior Josie Formanek (4-6--10)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kylee Hopp (20-10--30), senior Reece Ritter (7-8--15)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Mackenzie Och (6-9-0, 3.61, .871), senior Isabelle Hovel (6-5-0, 3.35, .880)


Princeton/Big Lake/Becker Tigers
Last year: 13-11-2
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (5-7-0) 
Section: 7AA
Head coach: Paul McElhone
Assistant coaches: Carlee Stenslie, Chris Papesh, Ryan McElhone, John Stenslie, Joel Scattarelli
Top returning forwards: Senior Maddy Peterson (31-20--51), sophomore Emily Moore (4-13--17), junior Keallie Abrahamson (4-4--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Dani Slominski (6-17--23), sophomore Sydney Eckert (1-6--7)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Emily Pangerl


Prior Lake Lakers
Last year: 12-14-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (6-11-0) 
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Dakotah! Ice Center
Head coach: Kiersten Nelson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 12-14-1
Record at school: 12-14-1
Assistant coaches: Taylor Barsness, Joe Kanz, Joey Larsen, Joel Pykkonen 
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/7
Top returning forwards: Senior Charlotte Huntington (5-21--26), junior Paige Pavlish (7-11--18), senior Taylor Thomas (3-5--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Heather Olinger (5-12--17), sophomore Mackenzie Salentre (1-6--7), junior Kya Ochsendorf (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Brianna Elbon (4-1-1, 4.05, .853)
Top newcomers: Payton Bloedow, Lindsey Grove, Josie Reed
The coach says: “Prior Lake will have a new look this year with some strong returning players and some new faces. The team will look different on the ice this year with the owning of new systems and style of play. Prior Lake is excited to start the season and make a new name for themselves.”


Proctor/Hermantown brings back 13 letterwinners from last season’s state tournament team. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Proctor/Hermantown Mirage
Last year: 17-14-0
Conference (record): Lake Superior (5-1-0)
Section: 7A
Home arena: Proctor Arena, Hermantown Arena
Head coach: Glen Gilderman
Years at school: 21
Career record: 302-211-19
Record at school: 302-211-19
Assistant coaches: Jeff Gunderson, Jeff Laspi, Diana Wokson, Tom Cook, Sarah Petite
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Dehli Heikes (14-14--28), senior Kaitlyn Fawcett (5-12--17), junior Megan Madill (8-2--10), senior Brianhna Bryant (7-2--9)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Ella Anick (10-6--16), junior Braelyn Sathers (1-1--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Ryan Gray (2.05, .905), senior Sam Lewis (2.56, .867)
The coach says: “With 13 returning letterwinners who have been to the State Tourney a couple of times, we’ll have a good mix of veterans and new players from last year’s second place in the state 15U A team. We have strong goaltending returning and a solid D core. Scoring needs to increase this season.”


Red Wing Wingers
Last year: 24-6-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (12-1-0)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Prairie Island Arena
Head coach: Nicole Olson
Years at school: First
Assistant coach: Bob Kibes
Top returning forward: Senior Delaynee Fox (1-6--7)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Emily Hart (12-29--41), sophomore Eliza DiNatale (5-6--11), junior Meg Grove (0-6--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Tyler McGrath (24-6-0, 1.64, .931)


River Lakes Stars
Last year: 8-16-1
Conference (record): Central Lakes (2-10-1) 
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Koronis Civic Arena, River Lakes Civic Arena
Head coach: Rand Roeske
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Mark Johnson, Alexis Klatt
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Brooke Lemke (9-11--20), freshman Kianna Roeske (5-9--14), sophomore Hannah Zimmer (5-5--10), sophomore Bree Griffin (5-3--8), junior Ivy Bolle (3-3--6), senior Shelby Gately
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Olivia Haines (2-6--8), sophomore Brianna Deming (4-3--7), junior Tyra Johnson (1-2--3), sophomore Paige Blattner
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Nicole Wander (7-13-0, 2.90, .896), sophomore Hailey Kreamer
Top newcomers: Abby Bullard, McKynzie Cremers, Jordyn Bebus, Eva Schueler
The coach says: “We are a young team with experience. We hope to build off of a section final run from last season. Our girls are able to skate with all the teams we play. If we are able to score more this year, we will be successful.”


Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper Wings
Last year: 4-22-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (1-15-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: New Hope Ice Arena
Head coach: Elsa Bruestle
Years at school: 3
Career record: 7-42-4
Record at school: 7-42-4
Assistant coaches: Barrett Boe, Andy Johnson, Caitlin Bishop
Top returning forwards: Senior Leah O’Brien (3-6--9), junior Isabelle Kriesel (4-3--7), sophomore Olivia Adams (1-4--5)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Caitlin Quinn (5-5--10), senior Sara Robideaux (3-3--6)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Kaylle Launderville, senior Nikki Harnett


Rochester Century Panthers
Last year: 4-22-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (1-16-0)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Rochester Recreation Center
Head coach: Tom Aney
Years at school: 4
Career record: 18-60-0
Record at school: 18-60-0
Assistant coaches: Luke Hughes, Tim Fink
Top returning forwards: Senior Victoria Johnson (15-24--39), junior Elizabeth Oyen (11-9--20), senior Kylie Lund (2-6--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Ella Lentz (11-7--18), junior Megan Andrist (3-2--5), sophomore Katherine Thorvilson (2-2--4), senior Jenna Miller (1-2--3)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Macy Lund, junior Samantha Quarve


Rochester John Marshall Rockets
Last year: 7-19-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (4-13-0)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Graham Arena
Head coach: Josh Chapman
Years at school: 2
Career record: 7-19-0
Record at school: 7-19-0
Assistant coaches: Mia Bruesewitz, Jake Potaracke, Kaycee Neumann
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Ally Halverson (17-11--28), junior Ashley Koehler (14-4--18), sophomore Greta Freed (8-10--18)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Josie Nichols (3-7--10), senior Lauren Hugeback (3-5--8)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Anysia Heimer (5-13-0, 5.46, .844)
Top newcomer: Mara Dealing
The coach says: “I feel we will fare well in the Big 9 this year.Our top line is going to be pretty solid with Ally Halverson, Ashley Koehler and Greta Freed all returning. Our back end will be better this year with more experienced players. Their time in high school last year was good for them and will do well this year. We are relying a lot on our junior goalie Anysia Heimer.She has a lot of playing time behind her. If she is solid in net this year, the team will do well.”


Rochester Lourdes Eagles
Last year: 15-13-0
Conference (record): Independent
Section: 1A
Home arena: Graham Arena
Head coach: Jeff True
Years at school: 2
Career record: 15-13-0
Record at school: 15-13-0
Assistant coaches: Laura Vannelli, Chris Ratzloff, Matt Hanzel, Jim Renn
Letterwinners returning/lost: 20/2
Top returning forwards: Senior Clara Billings, junior Emma Schmitz, junior Sarah Davis, sophomore Abby Wick
Top returning defensemen: Senior ali Ratzloff, senior Paige McPeak, junior Allison Smith, sophomore Maggie Hanzel
Top returning goaltender: Junior Corrin Hanson


Rochester Mayo Spartans
Last year: 20-6-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (14-4-0) 
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Graham Ice Arena
Head coach: Mike McCormack
Years at school: 5
Career record: 52-49-1
Record at school: 52-49-1
Assistant coaches: Keegan Hakala, Brad Berge, Jesse Neumann, Nicole Rawlings
Top returning forward: Sophomore Devynn Priest (15-15--30)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Luella Bianco (1-9--10), senior Alexa Hruska (1-7--8), sophomore Maggie Augeson (1-7--8)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Skylee Hughes (11-2-0, 2.15, .894)


Rogers Royals
Last year: 15-9-3
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (9-3-0)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Rogers Activity Center
Head coach: Joel Wesloh
Years at school: 5
Career record: 54-40-12
Record at school: 54-40-12
Assistant coaches: Charlie Levis, Laurel Gabrielson, Ross Orrock, Ross Reemts
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Sami Scherling (12-25--37), senior Marie Reimer (8-15--23), junior Allison Hatcher (4-9--13)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Abby Johnson (3-8--11), junior Sara Parent (1-7--8), freshman Josie Bolster (1-1--2)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Hailey Hartlage (15-9-3, 2.26, .881)
Top newcomers: Avery Farrell, Anna Scherling, Paige Vreeman, Ava Boxwell
The coach says: “We need to have a number of players step up with the graduation of the program’s all-time leading scorer in Paetyn Levis (Ohio State) and two-time conference defenseman of the year in Courtney Johnston (Bethel). We do have a strong group of newcomers that will compete for varsity time and should be one of the deepest Royal teams ever. Returning goalie Haley Hartlage will be in her third season as the starter.”


Roseau Rams
Last year: 22-6-0
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (8-2-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Rams Sports Center
Head coach: Steve Huglen
Years at school: 7
Career record: 112-54-5
Record at school: 112-54-5
Assistant coaches: Amande Giles, Paul Grafstrom
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/8
Top returning forwards: Junior Kayla Santl (29-20--49), junior Anika Stoskopf (10-25--35), senior Reese Strand (11-12--23), senior Ella Helgeson (8-10--18), senior Madicyn Holmgren (1-4--5), junior Brooke Zagone (2-1--3), sophomore Kate Helgeson (1-1--2)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Sophie Helgeson (1-7--8), senior Ellie Hedlund (1-6--7), sophomore Mariah Huglen (1-1--2), sophomore Jordyn Bergstrom (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Kiana Flaig (21-5-0, 1.08, .937), Josee Johnson (1-1-0, 2.00, .889)
Top newcomers: Jasmine, Verbout, Savannah Byfuglien, Olivia Urness, Amy Wensloff, Veronica Jacques, Ginevra Johnson, Memphis Mertens, Celine Stroot, Justine Vonasek
The coach says: “Senior goalie Kiana Flaig, All-Section 8AA, returns after winning 21 games in goal last season.  She was also second in the state with a 1.03 GAA, tied for second in the state with 10 shutouts, and tied for eighth in the state with a save % of .939.  Also returning is All-Section 8AA forward Kayla Santl who led the team with 49 points last year and linemate Anika Stoskopf with 35 points. The Rams expect a solid group of experienced forwards and defensemen returning in front of Kiana Flaig. Along with Flaig, the Rams have good leadership returning with seniors Ellie Hedlund, Reese Strand, Madicyn Holmgren, Ella Helgeson, and Paetyn Spilde leading the way.”      


Rosemount Irish
Last year: 6-18-2
Conference (record): South Suburban (0-9-0) 
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Rosemount Community Center
Head coach: Andrew Conboy
Years at school: 4
Career record: 15-61-2
Record at school: 15-61-2
Assistant coaches: Chris Raebel, Alicia Blaz, Dr. Timothy Conboy
Top returning forwards: Freshman Whitney Tuttle (12-13--25), junior Ashley Tuttle (8-8--16), senior Emma Ginter (8-8--16), sophomore Ava Nygaard (9-4--13), sophomore Kiersten Browning (5-6--11)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Savannah Hutchins (0-7--7), sophomore Lucy Jagoe (1-3--4), senior Skylar Smith (2-2--4), freshman Ava Webster (0-4--4), sophomore Kaleigh Swoope (2-2--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Bridget Heffron (4.52, .869), senior Brynn Kimel (2-6-1, 3.53, .886)
 

Roseville Area Raiders
Last year: 5-21-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (2-14-0)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Roseville Arena
Head coach: Craig Rosenthal
Years at school: 10
Assistant coaches: Nick Follmer, Tom Paitich, Molly Eagles, Ryan Paitich
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/5
Top returning forwards: Junior Ali Granovsky, freshman Kate Haug, senior Riley Tuft
Top returning defensemen: Senior Chloe Sundeen, junior Ellie King, sophomore Lauren Distad
Top returning goaltender: Senior Maddison Lehto
Top newcomers: Forward Zoe Zarembinski, goalie Jori Jones
The coach says: “We have one of the best goalies in the state. She will make us competitive. With several players returning, we hope to be stronger on both offense and defense. Incoming players will provide healthy competition in the program. We will need players to step up and put the puck in the net. The coaching staff is excited to work with a great group of girls.”


Sartell/Sauk Rapids Storm‘n Sabres
Last year: 10-12-4
Conference (record): Central Lakes (5-5-2)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Bernick’s Arena
Head coach: Marty Anderson
Years at school: 10
Career record: 149-74-19
Record at school: 149-74-19
Assistant coaches: Alex Kampa, Jon Erickson, Stephanie Drown, Scott Anderson
Top returning forwards: Junior Anna Orth (9-12--21), sophomore Lauren Wensel (1-10--11), junior Mallory Heder (5-4--9)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Grace McCabe (8-11--19), senior Carlie Hansen (1-4--5), sophomore Morgan Cromwell (0-4--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Maddie De Marais (6-5-1, 3.04, .896), junior Chloe Stockinger (4-7-3, 1.89, .940)


Shakopee Sabers
Last year: 14-11-3
Conference (record): South Suburban (8-7-2)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Shakopee Ice Arena
Head coach: Erin Hunt
Years at school: 4
Career record: 97-33-17
Record at school: 42-28-11
Assistant coaches: Lauren Hespenheide, Josh Fish, Colleen Krmpotich
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/9
Top returning forwards: Senior Emily Roder (6-8--14), junior Paige McNeil (6-4--10)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Holly Eckers (2-7--9), sophomore Makenzie Bachelor (2-2--4), junior Paige Peterson
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Brianna Eastman, junior Sidney Hearn
The coach says: “Strengths: Strong returning defensive core along with some great talent up front, great group of leaders, very hardworking and positive attitudes that will help make this year successful. Weaknesses: Young team, looking to get all forwards to contribute to goal scoring.”


Simley Spartans
Last year: 7-15-2
Conference (record): Metro East (3-6-2)
Section: 4A
Home arena: Veterans Memorial Community Center
Head coach: Tom Patnode
Years at school: 5
Career record: 45-83-4
Record at school: 45-83-4
Assistant coaches: Kari Lundberg, Bob Sherry, Nicole Karg, Jeff Hauck
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/2
Top returning forwards: Senior Molly Illetschko (23-21--44), junior Avery Schwark (13-14--27), sophomore Kate Carlson (12-12--24)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Kendall Johnson (5-12--17), junior Jordan Juers (4-5--9), senior Meg O’Connor (1-7--8)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Hailey Reis (.886)
The coach says: “This team has a good number of returning players at 11. We will have more depth in the program than we have seen in over seven years. We expect to have the ability to play three lines as a regular rotation this season, something we have not been able to do in the past. That coupled with having three veteran players on defense that have played at the high school level more  years should be the backbone of our team. This might be the fastest team we have had top to bottom as well and we will compete.”


South St. Paul Packers
Last year: 20-6-2
Conference (record): Metro East (6-2-1)
Section: 4A
Home arena: Doug Woog Arena
Head coach: Dave Palmquist
Years at school: 25
Career record: 566-252-28
Record at school: 498-158-26
Assistant coaches: Josh Palmquist, Corey McGinn, Mike Moline
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/6
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Ella Reynolds (12-22--34), senior Savannah Lenarz (8-19--27), junior Gabby Madigan (3-7--10), senior Clair Lehmann (3-5--8)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Makenna Deering (6-20--26), junior Brynn Sexauer (3-13--16), freshman Lilie Ramirez (2-4--6)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Ashlie Buchan)
Top newcomers: Paige Erickson, Gabby Ogren, Ashley Jerikovsky, Delaney Norman
The coach says: “We have a fast, physical group that is hungry to have success this season. Great defensive core with all four having at least one full season of varsity experience. Solid forward group with quality depth down the middle of the ice. Will have to fill the void that Cornell commit Kaity McKenzie left in net after graduation last season.”


Spring Lake Park Panthers
Last year: 11-15-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (9-7-0)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Fogerty Arena
Head coach: Sandy Nelson
Years at school: 6
Career record: 75-52-4
Record at school: 75-52-4
Assistant coaches: Kyle Ronning, Darren Zabinski, Mike Nelson
Top returning forwards: Junior Sydney Symynkywicz (6-16--22), junior Lindsey Albers (12-3--15), sophomore Heather Sager (3-6--9)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Lizzie Northquest (6-6--12), junior Anne Carmean (0-5--5), senior Allison Hjulberg (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Katie Thomas


St. Cloud Icebreakers
Last year: 18-8-1
Conference (record): Central Lakes (9-5-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex
Head coach: Mark Chamernick
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Robert Davidson, Rob Poganski, Jenna Traut, Brooke Rundell
Letterwinners returning/lost: 7/9
Top returning forwards: Junior Gabbie Rud (23-35--58), freshman Taylor Holm (1-4--5), junior Madison Dahnke (1-0--1)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Jordann Swingle (2-8--10) 
Top newcomers: Charita Lewis
The coach says: “We lost our goalie (playing at Concordia) and one of our top scorers (playing at SCSU). We will have many new girls from our 15U A team. Our strength will be speed. Our weakness will be goaltending. Our two goalies have not played a varsity game.”


St. Francis/North Branch senior defenseman Sydney Green posted totals of 3-6--9 last season. Photo: Christine Wisch

St. Francis/North Branch Fighting Saints
Last year: 13-12-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (4-8-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: East Bethel Ice Arena
Head coach: Cory Denney
Years at school: First
Top returning forwards: Senior Kylie Wolfe (4-7--11), senior Lauren White (8-2--10), sophomore Jenna Kurkowski (3-4--7)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Sydney Green (3-6--9)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Rachel Miller (12-12-0, 2.01, .931)


St. Paul United
Last year: 21-10-0
Conference (record): Independent Metro (1-4-0)
Section: 4A
Home arena: Historic Drake Arena
Head coach: Mark Johnson
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Donnie Williams, Julie Friend, Allison Linde, Grace Dwyer
Letterwinners returning/lost: 8/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Catherine Kerin (13-29--42), junior Jenna Hoops (21-13--34)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Meredith Killian (5-16--21), sophomore Eleanor Winges (3-8--11)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Jilian Oncay (11-6-0, 2.05, .884), senior Kenzie Giese (7-2-0, 1.66, .914)
The coach says: “Team has great chemistry. Although losing some great talent, the United team will be focusing highly on TEAM aspects to get back to the State Tournament. The girls have worked extremely hard in the off season! ”

 

St. Paul/Sibley Warriors
Last year: 8-18-0 (Henry Sibley)/2-24-0 (St. Paul Blades)
Conference: Metro East
Section: 4A
Home arena: West St. Paul Arena
Co-head coaches: Allie Duellman & Tim Blase
Years at school: 4 (Duellman)/First (Blase)
Career record: 24-55-1 (Duellman)
Record at school: 24-55-1 (Duellman)
Assistant coaches: Allie Morse, Chrissie Hecker, Mark Goldberg
Top returning forwards: Senior Gigi Gabrielli (14-3--17), senior Abby Ludwig (3-8--11), junior Emma Nagel (5-6--11), freshman Solvei Berg-Messerole (3-8--11), senior Grace Dodge (3-5--8)
Top returning defenseman: Sophomore Georgia-Rae Plathe (1-4--5)
Top newcomers: Elyynor Hack, Veronica Morse
The coach says: “This will be the first year St. Paul and Sibley will be a co-op. With that it brings some growing pains in terms of getting to know one another and developing cohesion. The St. Paul and Sibley coaching staffs have also blended and are working great with one another. We expect the team to have a great deal of depth and talent at forward and two goaltenders that will have a healthy competition throughout the season. We are inexperienced at defense, but have a group of kids who are eager to learn and develop. Both sides of the co-op bring great veteran leadership and experience. We expect to compete in our conference night in and night out and make some noise in the playoffs.”


Stillwater Area Ponies
Last year: 8-15-3
Conference (record): Suburban East (7-9-0)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: St. Croix Valley Rec Center
Head coach: Lee Gillespie
Years at school: 3
Career record: 17-30-5
Record at school: 17-30-5
Assistant coaches: Nate Wagner, Matt Simcik, Callie Dahl, Amanda Cartony
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/4
Top returning forwards: Junior Lauren Einan (9-10--19), sophomore Morgan Wohlers (9-9--18), junior Haley Eder-Zdechlik (6-7--13), junior Alaina Tanski (4-7--11), senior Hannah Affolter (3-5--8), sophomore Lexi Huber (3-3--6)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Sophie Schuster (5-10--15), junior Lexie Ligday (0-7--7), senior Grace Arkell (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Grace Roeske (.881)
The coach says: “Should be more experienced and improved offensively and on defense. We have a big hole to fill in the net with graduation of All-Conference goalie Olivia Knox.”


Thief River Falls Prowlers
Last year: 17-6-2
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (7-3-0)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Ralph Engelstad Arena
Head coach: Brett Johnson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 72-101-9
Record at school: 17-6-2
Assistant coaches: Corey Poole, Bob Huot, Britney Schwab
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/4
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Shelby Breiland (25-17--42), senior Hannah Magnusson (9-6--15)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Khloe Lund (7-17--24), junior Lexi Huot (1-7--8), junior Katie Nelson (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Faith Porter (8-3-1), Gabby Steele (9-3-1)
Top newcomers: Mady Anderson, Lexi Huot, Hailey Rogalla
The coach says: “Our strengths will be on the defensive side of the puck. We return both of our goalies who had a great season last year and four out of five defensemen. We also return our leading scorer from the past two seasons. We will be looking for our younger girls who are returning from last season to step up and play some important roles for us.”


Totino-Grace Eagles
Last year: 8-16-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (4-8-1)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Schwan Super Rink
Head coach: Jeff Wahl
Years at school: 2
Career record: 79-50-4
Record at school: 8-16-2
Assistant coaches: Robin Anderson, Kaitlin Howard, Neil Isaacson, Matt Dahl
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/5
Top returning forwards: Senior Ella Eibensteiner, senior Ashley Kelley, junior Gabby McDonald, sophomore Hannah Gray, junior Rachel Zastoupil, sophomore Olivia Baldwin
Top returning defensemen: Junior Lilia Linders, senior Grace Hill, sophomore Amya Davis, junior Andrea Carlson
Top returning goaltender: Junior Jordyn Vowels
Top newcomers: Callie Else, Kiley Wahlin, Kiera Laney, Mary Blaska
The coach says: “We have good experience returning at forward and will be looking for depth at defense. Goaltending will be solid. Improved scoring potential and overall experience will help us get better as a team as the season progresses.”


Waconia Wildcats
Last year: 16-8-1 (as HolyFamily/Waconia)
Conference (record): Wright County (9-2-1) 
Section: 2A
Home arena: Waconia Ice Arena
Co-head coaches: Jen Hempel, Leah Johnson
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Colleen Stanley, Erin McNeill
Top returning forwards: Junior Mallory Vacek (8-2--10), senior Ellie Erenstein (0-5--5)
The coach says: “This is our inaugural season as Waconia girls’ hockey. The Wildcats will look to our upperclassmen for leadership as we will be a young group this year. We are excited for our first year and hope to grow as a team as the season progresses.”


Warroad senior goalie Quinn Kuntz posted a 15-2-0 record with a 0.77 GAA and .960 save percentage last season. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Warroad Warriors
Last year: 24-4-2
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (8-1-1)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Warroad Gardens
Head coach: David Marvin
Years at school: 12
Career record: 247-57-14
Record at school: 247-57-14
Assistant coaches: Beth Olson, Layla Marvin, Darrell Shaugabay, Derrick Comstock
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Genevieve Hendrickson (16-54--70), junior Hannah Corneliusen (42-20--62), sophomore Abbey Hardwick (11-26--37), junior Marlie Johnston (11-24--35), junior Julianna Teske (10-18--28), senior McKenzie Oelkers (9-13--22)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kaitlyn Kotlowski (16-22--38), sophomore Karlie Meeker (5-23--28)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Quinn Kuntz (15-2-0, 0.77, .960), senior Jenelle Manitowabi (5-1-0, 0.84, .929), junior Syd Otto (4-1-2, 2.38, .857)


Waseca Bluejays
Last year: 7-19-0
Conference (record): Big South (6-7-0) 
Section: 1A
Home arena: Waseca Community Arena
Head coach: Sarah Tollefson
Years at school: First
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Isabella Sorenson (6-5--11),junior Haley Holtz (4-3--7), sophomore Jacklynn Jeuning (6-1--7)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Jayde Pederson (29-13--42), senior Clare Miller (4-4--8),
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Miranda Watzek (5-13-0, 4.90, .872), sophomore Erin Volkmer (2-6-0, 4.92, .824)


Wayzata Trojans
Last year: 19-8-1
Conference (record): Lake (5-3-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Plymouth Ice Center
Head coach: Jess Scott
Years at school: 3
Career record: 82-102-4
Record at school: 29-26-1
Assistant coaches: Mira Jalosuo, Rachael Bona, Adam Gronlund, Annie McNeill (JV), Paige Johnson (JV)
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/5
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Gretchen Branton (18-12--30), freshman Sloane Matthews (13-12--25), senior Alexa Ocel (16-9--25), senior Maddie McCollins (12-12--24), junior Sophie Urban (9-14--23)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Emily Wisnewski (5-4--9), senior McKenzie Schnidler (1-7--8), junior Addy Hackley (4-0--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Stephanie Garvis (9-5-1, 1.71, .931)
The coach says: “We have a veteran team that made a splash last season, winning 19 games and finishing tied second in the talented Lake Conference. With a tie against Blake and big wins over ranked teams, the girls are hungry to take that next step out of section play. We look to be a very up-tempo and aggressive team, led by an experienced goalie and defensive core. Some high-end forwards give us the ability to create and our depth will be a huge factor.”


White Bear Lake Bears
Last year: 16-7-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (10-5-1)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Vadnais Heights Sports Center
Head coach: Jerry Kwapick
Years at school: 10
Career record: 125-94-28
Record at school: 125-94-28
Assistant coaches: Randy Kieger, Mark Domschot, Mike Holland, Carrie Kwapick-Nasvik, Katie Letourneau
Letterwinners returning: 15
Top returning forwards: Senior Sydney Shearen (21-28--49), senior Jordan Gast (7-6--13), senior Olicia Reif (2-7--9), junior Jilian Moor (4-3--7)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Abby DeLaRosa (11-16--27, senior Lauren MacLean (4-7--11), junior Avery Snyder (0-6--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Calla Frank (1.43, .945)
Top newcomers: Rylie Dawe, Maren Shoeberl, Ashlyn Jungwirth
The coach says: “We return a strong nucleus from our team last year. We have great senior leadership who will support the development of our younger players. Hard working players who are comitted to each other and will hold each other accountable. We play in a conference that has strong competition and a lot of parity. In addition, we have what I feel is the most challenging non-conference schedule we have ever had in my entire tenure. We look forward to the challenges we will encounter for all of our games and look to get better in the process.”


Willmar Cardinals
Last year: 11-15-1
Conference (record): Central Lakes (1-10-1)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Willmar Civic Center
Head coach: Eric Setrum
Years at school: 3
Career record: 19-34-2
Record at school: 19-34-2
Assistant coaches: Benji Olson, Mitch Berghuis, Amanda Broman, Anna Mullarkey
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/5
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Bailey Olson (13-13--26), sophomore Madison Garberding (15-8--23), senior Serena Monson (8-15--23), junior Mya Monson (8-9--17)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Sydney Olson (3-6--9), sophomore Tanna Christensen (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Savana Knutson (11-15-1, 2.31, .927)
Top newcomers: Ashley Larson, Kessa Mara, Nina Dawson
The coach says: “Willmar will be very strong up front returning our top for scorers, senior captain Serena Monson, Bailey Olson, Madison Garberding and Mya Monson.  Our defense, led by senior captain Sydney Olson, is young and will be backstopped by senior captain Savana Knutson in goal. We return all of our scoring and strong goaltending. We hope to make some noise in the CLC and section this year.”


Windom Area Eagles
Last year: 10-13-1
Conference (record): Southwest (4-8-1) 
Section: 3A
Home arena: Windom City Arena
Head coach: Bill Fredin
Years at school: 4
Career record: 24-46-2
Record at school: 24-46-2
Assistant coaches: Kylie Norell, Steve Willard
Top returning forwards: Senior Anna Volk (15-5--20), junior Abby Ignaszewski (4-5--9), eighth-grader Miranda Cory (2-4--6), senior Katrina LaCanne (1-4--5)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Ellyson Bang (4-5--9), senior Abagail Turner (5-3--8), sophomore Meakin Bang (1-4--5)


Woodbury Royals
Last year: 4-22-0
Conference (record): Suburban East (1-15-0)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Health East Sports Center
Head coach: Chris Lepper
Years at school: 7
Career record: 28-127-3
Record at school: 28-127-3
Assistant coaches: Bay Shock, Christine Schendel, Katie Kantrud, Rick Dubois, Paul Moen
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/2
Top returning forwards: Senior Annika Johnson, junior Isabel Chiemelewski, junior Amelia Karelitz, sophomore Nicole Stickels, sophomore Hayley Zwackman, junior Elizabeth Molnau 
Top returning defensemen: Junior Isabel Lippai, senior Lexie Decker
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Allison Beix, junior Erica Gillen, junior Anna Julius
Top newcomers: Elizabeth Lange, Erika Roepke, Hannah Graunke 
The coach says: “Returning a lot of players from last year’s team. Experienced players from last years’ varsity mixing with new talent should make the Royals a much stronger overall team with more depth. Scoring was an issue for the Royals last season. If the Royals plan on making a move in the conference, they have to find the back of the net on a consistent basis.”


Worthington Trojans
Last year: 7-16-0
Conference (record): Big South (5-10-0)
Section: 3A
Head coach: Chad Nickel
Years at school: 3
Career record: 7-36-0
Record at school: 7-36-0
Assistant coaches: Aaron Seive, Rachel Peters
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Ashton Fogelman (16-5--21), freshman Kessy Aljets (9-7--16), junior Kya Nickle (7-5--12), junior Delayne Kuhl (4-6--10)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Hannah Barrie (3-1--4), freshman Kory Nickel (1-2--3)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Kaylee Bents

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