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2018-19 Minnesota Boys’ Class AA High School Team Previews

11/21/2018, 10:45am CST
By Let's Play Hockey

The trek to the X begins this week in the State of Hockey

Over 18,000 fans packed Xcel Energy Center last March to see Minnetonka down Duluth East 5-2 in the 2018 Class AA championship game. Photo: Nick Wosika

Andover Huskies
Last year: 22-6-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (8-2-0)
Section: 7AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Andover Community Center
Head coach: Mark Manney
Career record (years): 123-106-11 (9)
Assistant coaches: Bill Thoreson, Brett Barta, Jake Mellem, Al Fritsinger, Mark Cotter
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Charlie Schoen (29-34--63), senior Nick Dainty (22-36--58), junior Luke Kron (10-18--28), junior Gunnar Thoreson (12-9--21)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Mitchell Wolfe (2-14--16), junior Wyatt Kaiser (4-12--16), junior Eric Chartier (1-15--16), senior Dylan Livgard (2-11--13)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Ben Fritsinger (18-4-0, 1.87, .926)
The coach says: “We expect to have a very good team this season. Eleven of our top 12 scorers return including eight of our top nine forwards, our top four defensemen and our starting goalie from a team that finished the year 22-6, losing in overtime in the Section 7AA final. Our biggest strength will be our experience, as noted above, but we also have some other qualities that could make this season successful. We will be a quick team that is tenacious on the puck. We have a very mobile defensive corps that likes to join the rush, and a strong starting goalie that can steal a game when needed. Overall, expectations are high in Andover for 2018-19.”

Anoka Tornadoes
Last year: 9-14-4
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (1-8-1)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 1985, 90, 97, 98, 2003 Champs, 16
Home arena: Anoka Area Ice Arena
Head coach: Jerrid Reinholz
Career record (years): 20-29-5 (2)
Assistant coaches: Justin Reinholz, Ted Mishulis, Troy Riddle
Top returning forwards: Senior Quinn Putt (7-5--12), senior Alex Heidenreich (6-5--11)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Brendan Sloth (2-9--11)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Nathan Hadley (0-5-3, 4.70, .865)

Apple Valley Eagles
Last year: 11-15-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (5-13-0)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 1981, 92, 93, 96 Champs, 2010
Home arena: Apple Valley Sports Arena
Head coach: Chris Sikich
Career record (years): 39-90-2 (5)
Assistant coaches: Adam Robson, Mike Otto, Tony Sikich, Tommy Erickson, Pete Sikich
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/13
Top returning forwards: Junior Luke Bonin (8-8--16), senior AJ Kasner (6-1--7), senior Luke Martinson (2-5--7), junior Joe Prouty (4-2--6)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Andy Hedberg (2-11--13)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Evan Melville (4-7-0, 3.24, .906), senior Ethan Kapps 
The coach says: “We believe that our strength is in going to be in the net, with two returning goalies with varsity experience.  We also have six skaters that played a lot of minutes for us last year that we are going to count on for leadership.”

Armstrong/Cooper Wings
Last year: 11-14-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (8-8-2)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1959 (as Robbinsdale)
Home arena: New Hope Ice Arena
Head coach: Danny Charleston
Career record (years): 59-86-11 (7)
Assistant coaches: Jake Schuman, Mike Phillippi
Top returning forwards: Senior Jonah Jangula (16-20--36), senior Drew Eid (12-22--34), sophomore Noah Weisjahn (4-9--13), junior Jack Campion (4-7--11), junior Ben Anderson (5-5--10)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Bjorn Jensen (3-13--16), junior Evan Axell (2-4--6), senior Sam Schreiner (0-6--6), senior Carter Lucas (3-2--5)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Colin Spellman (3-5-1, 3.41, .876)

Bemidji Lumberjacks
Last year: 10-16-0
Conference (record): Mariucci (5-6-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: 1972, 73, 74, 76, 85, 86, 2015, 16
Home arena: Bemidji Community Arena
Head coach: Eric Monsrud
Career record (years): 10-16-0 (1)
Assistant coaches: Kraig Petrowske, Travis Smith
Top returning forwards: Senior Hunter Olson (13-13--26), senior Zak Justice (6-7--13), senior Andrew Dondelinger (4-5--9)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Casey McNamara (3-4--7), sophomore Tate Hammitt (3-4--7)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Broc Waldhausen (0-2-0, 3.84, .830), junior Andrew Johanns

Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights
Last year: 12-12-2
Conference (record): Metro West (7-0-2)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1999 Champs, 2001 Champs, 08, 12 Champs
Home arena: St. Louis Park Rec Center
Head coach: Ken Pauly
Career record (years): 472-240-32 (28)
Assistant coaches: Dave Liebrenz, John Russo, Tom Klein, Chris Gernentz
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Ian Bahr (6-6--12), senior Jett Johnson (4-7--11), sophomore Jonah Mortenson (5-3--8), junior Charlie Bischel (1-5--6)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Nate Schweitzer (5-11--16), sophomore James Callahan (1-11--12), junior Seamus Foley (2-9--11)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Carson Limesand (11-9-2, 2.67, .893)
The coach says: “We have been in the process of rebuilding the last two years and last season saw some very positive steps.  Last year’s team went undefeated in conference play on its way to capturing the Metro West Conference title.  Going into the 2018-19 season, we believe we are poised to take another big step in our reclamation project. With Carson Limesand in goal - along with some strong contenders for the number two position - our goalie situation has stabilized. While our blueline will not have one senior, Junior Nate Schweitzer will lead a young and talented group. Still need to find some consistent goal scorers if we are going to be a legitimate top five team.”

Blaine Bengals
Last year: 10-14-3
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (2-7-1)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 1992, 96, 99, 2000 Champs, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 15
Home arena: Fogerty Arena
Head coach: Chris Carroll
Career record (years): 69-38-5 (4)
Assistant coaches: Jonathan Kell, Nick Kulenkamp, Steve Witkowski
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Bryce Brodzinski (29-28--57), senior Will Hillmasn (17-22--39), junior Carsen Richels (14-18--32)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Zach Shaffer (0-6--6), junior Kaden Brazinsky (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Joe Daninger (4-7-2, 3.07, .906)
The coach says: “The challenges from the 2017-18 season will serve as a meaningful vehicle in building a tough and grateful culture that will help propel this year’s team to new expectations. The 2018-19 team will return 16 -letter winners, which include some very highly gifted athletes. Top-end talent, combined with veteran experience, should create a platform for success for this year’s Bengals.”

Blake Bears
Last year: 16-9-1
Conference (record): Independent Metro (8-0-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1995, 99, 2006, 07, 08
Home arena: Blake Arena
Head coach: Greg May
Career record (years): 67-41-3 (4)
Assistant coaches: Jay Phillips, Tom Doyle, Kasey Boyd, JT Wyman, Nick Oslund, Corbin Chapman, Dan Delianedis
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/5
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Tristan Broz (20-30--50), sophomore Joe Miller (14-25--39), junior Jack Sabre (7-12--19), senior Blake Weyerhaeuser (5-8--13)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Will Svenddal (8-19--27), junior Lachen Reid (2-8--10)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Aksel Reid (16-9-1, 2.42, .897)
The coach says: “The expectations for us at Blake continue to grow as we enter our second year in Class AA. We will have a very competitive group with a large chunk of our 2017-18 group returning. We will have pretty good  team speed and some skill and playmaking abilities to go along with it. The keys to having success this season will be adding some toughness and physicality to our skill level as well as playing a mature style on the ice in all three zones, both with and without the puck.”


Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars
Last year: 10-15-1
Conference (record): Metro West (4-4-1)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 1980, 81 Champs, 82, 85, 86, 88, 89 Champs, 92 Champs, 93 Champs, 94 Champs, 95, 97, 98, 2000, 02, 05
Home arena: Bloomington Ice Garden
Head coach: Mike Terwilliger
Career record (years): First season
Assistant coaches: Chris Knauff, Matt Elsen, Keith George, Virg Senescall, Donnie Williams
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/10
Top returning forwards: Junior Grayson Hight (8-13--21), senior Carter Eha (10-8--18), junior Carson Jacobs (11-6--17), senior Justin Johnson (6-9--15), senior Collin Anderson (4-10--14)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Cole Jungwirth (1-12--13), senior Gavin Wendorf (3-9--12)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Basil Kamsheh (1-2-0, 2.85, .897)
The coach says: “We return seven of our top nine scorers and one goalie that played in six games last year. We’ve had a great off-season of work and are excited for the challenge of the season. We like our team speed and will work to develop our depth at both forward and defense.”

Brainerd Warriors
Last year: 20-7-0
Conference (record): Central Lakes (10-0-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Brainerd Area Civic Center
Head coach: Dave Aus
Career record (years): 293-189-17 (19)
Assistant coaches: Kurt King, Dave Stengrim, Jake Brandt
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Wyatt Andres (18-15--33), senior Mason Kruse (10-16--26), senior Riley Andres (7-18--25)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Joe Klang (3-16--19), junior Westin Andres (1-13--14), senior Gavin Andres (2-8--10)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Jacob Mitchell (5-0-0, 0.80, .955), Luke Saiko
The coach says: “The Warriors return a strong group of seniors who have high expectations for the season. We did graduate some top-end kids last season and a  very strong leadership class. The team this season will have a lot of speed and experience. Goaltending should be solid with Jacob Mitchell and Luke Saiko between the  pipes. The defense is a veteran group who has played a lot of minutes the past couple of years. Up front, we will be led by Mason Kruse and Wyatt Andres who have been impact players for the past two seasons. We like our team’s speed and skill.”

Buffalo junior forward Jake Braccini is one of 20 returning letterwinners from last season’s 13-13-0 Bison team. Photo: Christine Wisch

Buffalo Bison
Last year: 13-13-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (7-3-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Buffalo Civic Center
Head coach: Aaron Johnson
Career record (years): 156-123-12 (11)
Assistant coaches: Bruce Johnson, Scott Goodmanson, Chris Pullar, Bill Manuel, Thomas Johnson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 20/2
Top returning forwards:  Junior Jake Braccini (20-14--34), junior Tyler Braccini (9-12--21), senior Ryan Nelson (8-12--20), senior Ben Klein (10-7--17)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Joe McNamara (4-10--14), senior Calvin James (4-9--13), junior Joe Carothers (2-4--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Nathan Mueller (11-12-0, 2.49, .913)
The coach says: “The Buffalo Bison return to the ice with a ton of experience and heightened expectations for the 2018-19 campaign. The Bison expect to compete for the Mississippi 8 Conference title and to make a run for one of the top seeds of Section 8AA. After watching rival and next door neighbor St. Michael-Albertville make a run to the state tournament a year ago with a deep, veteran squad; the Bison are using the same blueprint to make a run at the Section 8AA title. The Bison graduated just two players from last season, return 20 letterwinners, and 95 percent of their scoring from a season ago. In goal, the Bison return Elite League goalie Nathan Mueller (49 starts, 2.32 GAA, .913 SV%, 10 shutouts). He returns for his third year as the starting goalie. On defense, Buffalo returns a ton of experience. Led by seniors Joe McNamara and Calvin James, the blueline has six returning players with significant varsity playing time. The forwards see depth in the senior and junior class. The Bison return their top six forwards, led by seniors Ben Klein, Ryan Nelson, and Treyton Welch. The juniors are led by the terrific twins, Jake and Tyler Braccini. Jake led the team in scoring a season ago and looks to build on a solid sophomore campaign. The keys for success on the ice is greater offensive output throughout the lineup and continued improvement defensively, and strong play from goalie Mueller. Last year’s lessons are now in the past. We just need to work each day and every day at taking the next step as a group. If all of us are on that same page, there’s no reason we won’t be successful this year.”

Burnsville Blaze
Last year: 11-16-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (9-9-0)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 1983, 84, 85 Champs, 86 Champs, 87, 90, 91, 2007, 16
Home arena: Burnsville Ice Center
Head coach: Steve Beaulieu
Career record (years): First season
Assistant coaches: Bodhi Engum, Mike Holmquist,
Dan Boeser, Frank Senta, Jake Senta
Top returning forwards: Senior Logan Kittleson (10-10--20), junior Tim Urlaub (9-6--15), junior Korey Bell (5-6--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Conor Thomas (1-11--12), junior Joey Anderson (2-6--8)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Connor Hayden (4-6-0, 2.30, .920)

Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets
Last year: 4-22-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (0-10-0)
Section: 7AA
State trips: 1992
Home arena: Isanti County David C. Johnson Arena
Head coach: Jared Ziebarth
Career record (years): First season
Assistant coaches: Alyson Treichel, Janel Crawford, Jeremy Anderson, Tom Treichel
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Easton Parnell (14-8--22), sophomore Nathan Schibilla (9-7--16), sophomore Jacob Ziebarth (7-6--13)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Ryan Olsen (3-3--6), junior Jayden Meier (2-2--4), junior Blake Carlson (1-2--3)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Brody Nelson

Centennial Cougars
Last year: 20-8-3
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (13-2-2)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 2004 Champs, 13, 14, 18
Home arena: Centennial
Head coach: Ritch Menne
Career record (years): 129-58-13 (7)
Assistant coaches: Chris Johnson, Gary Tolkinen, Ted Cheesebrough
Top returning forwards: Senior Joshua Hermes (6-3--9), junior Jake Pierson (5-3--8)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Alexander Brouillet (0-7--7)

Champlin Park Rebels
Last year: 13-11-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (9-8-1)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 1995
Home arena: Champlin Ice Forum
Co-head coaches: Pat Janostin & Tommy Potter
Career record (years): 101-142-14 (10)
Assistant coaches: Derek Witte, Corey Grandner, Tyler Nelson, Chad Damerow
Top returning forwards: Senior Jack Karges (12-16--28), senior Derek Roberts (19-7--26), senior Ayden Grant (8-8--16)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Samuel Lee (2-4--6), senior Adam Brenny (1-4--5)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Brennan Boynton (13-8-2, 2.04, .925)

Chanhassen Storm
Last year: 9-16-1
Conference (record): Metro West (2-8-0)
Section: 2AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Victoria Field House
Head coach: Jessie Willis
Career record (years): 9-16-1 (1)
Assistant coaches: Antti Laaksonen, Steve Delich, Dan Hoehne, Bryson Burkholder, Sam Sather
Top returning forwards: Junior Tyler Davidson (7-8--15), senior Preston Willier (6-6--12), senior Hans Lovig (3-2--5)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Caden Groff (2-9--11), junior Cole Severson (1-6--7), senior Jacob Langheinrich (1-4--5)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Josh Weyandt (7-13-1, 3.79, .891), sophomore Cade Corbin (2-3-0, 2.80, .894)

Chaska Hawks
Last year: 18-9-0
Conference (record): Metro West (7-3-0)
Section: 2AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Chaska Community Center
Head coach: Dave Snuggerud
Assistant coaches: Jake Krey, Sean Bloomfield, Thor Josefson, Lance Pitlick
Top returning forwards: Junior Rhett Pitlick (21-29--50), junior Shane Lavelle (18-14--32), junior Nick Olmscheid (14-9--23), senior Blaine Warnert (13-8--21), senior Ethan Benz (8-12--20)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Mike Koster (15-42--57), junior Calvin Barrett (7-19--26), junior William Magnuson (4-18--22), senior Billy Bronson (4-7--11)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Justin Bach (12-8-0, 3.13, .892)

With 25-23--48 last season, senior forward Landon Langenbrunner is Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s top returning scorer. Photo: Tim Kolehmainen

Cloquet/Esko/Carlton Lumberjacks
Last year: 17-8-1
Conference (record): Lake Superior (5-1-0)
Section: 7AA
State trips: 1982, 92, 93, 2002, 08
Home arena: Cloquet Area Recreation Center
Head coach: Shea Walters
Career record (years): First season
Assistant coaches: Erik Hanson, Adam Pavlatos, Scott Kishel
Top returning forwards: Senior Landon Langenbrunner (25-23--48), senior Jon Baker (9-22--31), senior Gavin Rasmussen (14-13--27), senior Kade Bender (8-6--14), junior Aaron Moore (5-8--13)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Dane Stoyanoff (6-19--25), senior Andy Acers (4-8--12), senior Nick Baker (2-4--6)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Owen Carlson (15-7-1, 2.52, .894)

Coon Rapids Cardinals
Last year: 5-21-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (1-17-0)
Section: 5AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Coon Rapids Ice Center
Head coach: Steve Moe
Assistant coaches: Jacob Mars, Jeff Zimmel, Tony Hirte, Adam Gronlund
Top returning forwards: Senior Kirby Pieri (7-10--17), junior Tommy Carls (9-6--15), senior Derek Knapp (3-4--7)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jake VanHulzen (1-3--4), senior Alec Erickson (0-4--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Danny Protas, junior Connor Wise

Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders
Last year: 21-4-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (14-0-2)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1988, 2006 Champs, 09
Home arena: Highland Arena
Head coach: Matt Funk
Career record (years): First season
Assistant coaches: Brian Murphy, Charlie Basco, Paul Ryan
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/11
Top returning forwards: Junior Matt Gleason (30-22--52), junior Nick Davison (11-22--33), senior Grayson Milosch (11-18--29), senior Zach Brydges (12-10--22)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Daniel Magnuson (10-24--34), junior Preston Thelemann (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Senior George Maguire (11-1-0, 2.16, .897)
The coach says: “This team brings back a lot of key depth in all three phases from last year. Up front it brings back some of the top scorers from last year’s team and this group should be able to go with anyone. The group is led by junior Matthew Gleason, junior Nick Davison, senior Grayson Milosch and senior Zach Brydges. Senior Robby Klein is poised to make a big jump this year with a balance of grit and scoring ability. Defensively, there is a solid core that can play at both ends of the rink with senior Danny Magnuson, junior Preston Thelemann, and incoming senior transfer Ryne Mohrman. The goaltending duties will be led by senior George Maguire who went 11-1 in split duties last year.”

Dodge County Wildcats
Last year: 13-13-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 1AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Four Seasons Arena
Head coach: Nick Worden
Career record (years): 13-13-0 (1)
Assistant coach: Drew Wohlfiel
Top returning forwards: Junior Cade Spreiter (7-11--18), senior Nicholas Retzer (9-5--14), junior Logan Gauthier (3-2--5), senior Adam Smith (2-3--5)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Keegan Kuhn (9-8--17), senior Isaiah Jensen (3-2--5), junior Brenden Postier (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Cole Kundert (13-13-0, 3.19, .888)

Duluth East senior forward Ryder Donovan, a future UND Fighting Hawk, enters the season as a Mr. Hockey Award favorite. Photo: Christine Wisch

Duluth East Greyhounds
Last year: 25-3-3
Conference: Independent
Section: 7AA
State trips: 1958, 60 Champs, 61, 64, 75, 91, 94, 95 Champs, 96, 97, 98 Champs, 2000, 03, 04, 05, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18
Home arena: Duluth Heritage Sports Center
Head coach: Mike Randolph
Career record (years): 622-177-28 (30)
Assistant coaches: Brendan Brooks, Dylan Mills, Louie Krenzen, Mike Renier, Jake Boese,Tim Cortes
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Ryder Donovan (14-48--62), senior Ricky Lyle (20-15--35), junior Logan Anderson (10-20--30), senior Brendan Baker (9-15--24), senior Jack FitzGerald (8-9--17)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Hunter Paine (5-22--27), senior Carson Cochran (2-11--13)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Lukan Hanson (7-1-1, 2.46, .872)
The coach says: “Our expectations are to win our section and make it back to St. Paul. Our strength will be up front with our forward depth and our top defense. Keys to a successful season will be getting better as the season goes on, staying healthy and playing a complete team game.”

Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers
Last year: 17-8-2
Conference (record): Lake Superior (3-1-1)
Section: 7AA
State trips: 2001, 05, 06, 07, 08, 12, 13
Home arena: Mars Lakeview Arena
Head coach: Bill Owens
Career record (years): First season
Assistant coaches: Jordan Shockley, Mike Swanson, Steve Pitoscia
Top returning forwards: Senior Carter Sullivan (9-12--21), senior Keelan Golat (4-15--19), senior Aiden Bachand (4-14--18)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Peter Hansen (11-16--27), junior Grif Pichetti (1-7--8)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Alex Busick (2-0-0, 2.14, .918)

Eagan Wildcats
Last year: 14-10-2
Conference (record): South Suburban (8-8-2)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 2006, 11, 12, 14
Home arena: Eagan Ice Arena
Head coach: Mike Taylor
Career record (years): 239-134-16 (16)
Assistant coaches: Doug Wattson, Mike Thomas
Top returning forwards: Senior Keegan Johnson (10-33--43), senior Nick Sherek (23-18--41), junior Jonny Meiers (15-15--30)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jack Mason (1-9--10), senior Matt Bergom (3-6--9), senior Eli Dolney (3-3--6)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Derek Manzella (1-0-0, 1.00, .941)

East Ridge Raptors
Last year: 14-13-0
Conference (record): Suburban East (8-8-0)
Section: 3AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Cottage Grove Ice Arena
Head coach: Dustin Vogelgesang
Career record (years): 14-13-0 (1)
Assistant coaches: Dan LaCroix, Mike Tracy, David Cole, Kori Pearson, Mike Fox
Top returning forwards: Junior Marco Troje (19-6--25), senior Tanner Stafne (10-13--23), senior Caden Pratt (2-14--16), senior Carter Seidl (9-5--14), junior Jack Brown (4-10--14)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Nick Basten (1-5--6), sophomore Caden Nienow (1-4--5), senior Ethan Gerst (1-2--3)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Tomy Ogren (11-10-0, 2.56, .899)

Eastview Lightning
Last year: 23-5-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (15-3-0)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 2001, 13
Home arena: Apple Valley Sports Arena
Head coach: Drey Bradley
Assistant coaches: Sam Bauler, Ryan O'Shea, Nick Casalenda, Sam Nettell
Top returning forwards: Senior Zach Anderson (24-27--51), junior Ryan Quaintance (12-13--25), senior Adam Kratz (5-11--16)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Davis Carlson (2-14--16), junior Caden EspindaBanick (0-6--6), junior Jason Hill (0-3--3)

Senior forward Jack Jensen looks to lead Eden Prairie to its fifth state tournament in the last six seasons. Photo: Nick Wosika

Eden Prairie Eagles
Last year: 10-15-1
Conference (record): Lake (1-6-0)
Section: 2AA
State trips: 1992, 99, 2001, 03, 09 Champs, 11 Champs, 14, 15, 16, 17
Home arena: Eden Prairie Civic Center
Head coach: Lee Smith
Career record (years): 467-197-35 (25)
Assistant coaches: Paul Ranheim, Tom Gerdes, Matt Bertram
Top returning forwards: Senior Jack Jensen (20-18--38), senior Carson Jones (10-11--21), junior John Mittelstadt (7-9--16), senior Sam Wilhite (10-6--16)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Keegan Langefels (5-9--14), senior Sam Pajor (1-6--7), senior Max Argetsinger (2-3--5)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Ben Bullis (2-3-1, 2.96, .852)

Edina Hornets
Last year: 28-3-0
Conference (record): Lake (6-2-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1973, 74 Champs, 77, 78 Champs, 79 Champs (East), 81 (West), 55, 56, 57, 60, 62, 67, 68, 69 Champs, 70, 71 Champs, 72, 82 Champs, 83, 84 Champs, 87, 88 Champs, 89, 95, 96, 97 Champs, 98, 2000, 07, 08, 09, 10 Champs, 11, 12, 13 Champs, 14 Champs, 15, 18
Home arena: Braemar Ice Arena
Head coach: Curt Giles
Career record: 403-124-20
Assistant coaches: Dave Terwilliger, Dick Blooston, Josh Harding, Greg Aslakson
Top returning forwards: Senior Mason Nevers (27-40--67), senior Jett Jungels (30-34--64), senior Liam Malmquist (15-13--28), senior Peter Colby (5-9--14)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Jake Boltmann (2-14--16), senior Mike Vorlicky (2-14--16), senior Mason Reiners (1-10--11)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Ramsey Bell (4-0-0, 1.00, .920)

Elk River/Zimmerman Elks
Last year: 19-8-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (13-4-0)
Section: 7AA
State tourney appearances: 1993, 99, 2001 Champs, 02, 04, 05
Home arena: Elk River Ice Arena
Head coach: Ben Gustafson
Career record (years): 41-13-0 (2)
Assistant coaches: Justin Micek, Mike Jackson
Top returning forwards: Junior Zach Michaelis (19-36--55), junior Austen Humphrey (9-9--18), senior Mitch Maass (3-4--7)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Joey Foss (11-23--34), junior Jack Ferry (2-4--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kyle Esperum (16-8-0, 2.64, .882)

Farmington Tigers
Last year: 7-19-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (3-15-0)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1994, 2000, 16
Home arena: Schmitz-Maki Arena
Head coach: John Marsh
Career record (years): 7-19-0 (1)
Assistant coaches: Andrew Thomas, Rich Kadrlik
Top returning forwards: Senior Zach Willis (18-20--38), senior Mason Enright (12-20--32), senior Quinn Rudrud (13-8--21), senior Josh Ask (6-10--16)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Ryan Rouleau (3-6--9), senior Ethan Harvey (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Kenneth Lacroix (4-13-0, 3.83, .866), senior Tyler Block (2-3-0, 4.40, .826)

Forest Lake Rangers
Last year: 14-11-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (9-7-0)
Section: 7AA
State trips: None
Home arena: FLAAA Sports Center
Head coach: Jon Loo
Career record (years): 38-58-8 (4)
Assistant coaches: Chad Zowin, Bill Coleman, Matt Schugel, Matt Wethammer, Christian Gaffy
Top returning forwards: Senior Dalton Saltness (14-13--27), senior Jacob Zowin (6-6--12), senior Matt Hunt (6-3--9), senior Derek Palmer (3-5--8)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Cole Carpenter (5-8--13), junior Blake Speidel (1-2--3)

Grand Rapids Thunderhawks
Last year: 7-19-1
Conference: Independent
Section: 7AA
State trips: 1972, 74, 75 Champs, 76 Champs, 77, 78, 79, 80 Champs, 81, 88, 90, 91, 2006, 07, 16, 17 Champs
Home arena: IRA Civic Center
Head coach: Chris Marinucci
Assistant coaches: Beau Geisler, Eric Glorvigen, Roger Mischke
Top returning forwards: Senior Anthony DelGreco (5-6--11), senior Kobie Koenig (1-6--7), junior Wyatt Miskovich (1-3--4), junior Maccrea Murphy (1-2--3)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Kam Jaeger (0-5--5)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Carter Clafton

Hastings Raiders
Last year: 6-20-1
Conference (record): Metro East (3-9-0)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 1971, 85, 98, 99, 2000, 01
Home arena: Hastings Civic Arena
Head coach: Adam Welch
Career record (years): 20-56-1 (3)
Assistant coaches: Drew Bauer, Matt Klein, Ryan Bussey
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/9
Top returning forwards: Junior Leo Otto (16-10--26), sophomore Jonathon Peine (7-18--25), senior Logan Boogren (4-12--16)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Alex Foster (2-2--4), senior Isaac Flynn (2-1--3)
The coach says: “We return a lot of key players from last year’s team. We believe we are going to have depth at the forward position as we return eight of our 11 top scorers, including our top  two guys. (Leo Otto and Jonathon Peine).”

Senior goalie Remington Keopple looks to backstop Hill-Murray to its thrd straight state tournament this season. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Hill-Murray Pioneers
Last year: 13-13-4
Conference (record): Classic Suburban (5-4-1)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 83 Champs, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 91 Champs, 92, 93, 97, 99, 2000, 02, 06, 07, 08 Champs, 09, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18
Home arena: Aldrich Arena
Head coach: Bill Lechner
Career record (years): 498-216-28 (28)
Assistant coaches: Mark Tollefsbol, Pat Schafhauser
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/5
Top returning forwards: Freshman Nick Pierre (9-3--12), junior Charlie Strobel (8-3--11), senior Vincent Hurley (4-7--11), senior Joseph Quast (4-5--9)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Brett Oberle (5-20--25), sophomore Matthew Fleischhacker (3-13--16)
Top returning goaltenders:  Junior Remington Keopple (11-12-3, 2.84, .890), junior Wyatt Vint (2-1-1, 2.54, .856)
The coach says: “We have five of our six defensemen returning, starting goalie and nine letterwinner forwards back in the program. With our young team surging at the end of last season and picking up a Section Championship, and State Tournament run against the eventual State Champion, Minnetonka, we are very excited about the upcoming season. Great team summer workouts and depth in program have us excited about 2018-19!”

Holy Angels Stars
Last year: 11-13-2
Conference: Independent
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1999, 2002 Champs, 03, 04, 05 Champs
Home arena: Richfield Ice Arena
Head coach: Patrick Griswold
Career record (years): 89-84-6 (8)
Assistant coaches: Bill McClellan, Connor Beaupre, Curt Rau
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/11
Top returning forwards: Junior Owen Neuharth (8-25--33), sophomore Noah Griswold (13-15--28), junior Mackie Zabinski (2-5--7)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Stevan Blauert (2-12--14), senior Henry Bitter (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Matthew Syverson
The coach says: “The Stars are looking to continue to build on late season success from last season. We graduated 11 seniors this past season, but have 21 new players coming into the program that we are very excited about. We believe our scoring will increase this season as we have a solid core of sophomores and freshmen that were key contributors in 2017-18. Our schedule has been upgraded over last season and we should be battle-tested once sections roll around. We are in Section 6AA - which we feel is the toughest section in the state - but we should be able to compete if we stay healthy. There is a lot of buzz around the program and excited to continue to build and bring the high level of prominence that is Academy of Holy Angels Stars’ Hockey!”

Holy Family Catholic Fire
Last year: 23-4-1
Conference (record): Wright County (7-0-1)
Section: 2AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Victoria Field House
Head coach: Noel Rahn
Career record (years): 152-41-5 (8)
Assistant coaches: Bob Gleason, Darrell Lindemann,
Joe Gleason
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/7
Top returning forwards: Junior Garrett Pinoniemi (14-35--49), senior AJ Kittleson (5-16--21), senior Cole Wilson (10-6--16), senior Sawyer Schugel (5-11--16), freshman Trey Fechko (8-6--14)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Dan Reddan (6-11--17), senior Nikolai Charchenko (4-9--13)
The coach says: “Expectations will be to have another successful developmental regular season in order to position our team to be playing our best hockey come playoff time. We have players at both levels who will be competing for a higher role at the varsity level. We have a good nucleus of talented returning players who will be great leaders both offensively and defensively.”

Hopkins Royals
Last year: 6-20-0
Conference (record): Lake (0-4-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1975, 80
Home arena: Hopkins Pavilion Ice Arena
Head coach: David Bakken
Career record (years): First season
Assistant coaches: Chad Laroache, Richard Kakach, Shawn Normandin
Top returning forwards: Senior Henry Sweeney (10-12--22), senior Wyatt Nelson (6-10--16), junior Tom Gazich (3-8--11), senior Jack Stuessi (4-6--10)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Miles Halligan (5-4--9), senior Mario Hadley (2-3--5), senior Jackson James (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Zack Hayes (2-2-0, 4.19, .856), senior Ethan Myers (1-2-0, 4.75, .827)

Irondale senior forward Ryan Solz, 16-15--31 last season, is one of 15 returning letterwinners for the Knights in 2018-19. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Irondale-St. Anthony Knights
Last year: 11-12-3
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (9-7-2)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1979, 80, 81
Home arena: Schwan Super Rink
Head coach: Jerry Hayes
Assistant coaches: Pat Fagerlee, Tim Fisher, Travis Baker
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/10
Top returning forwards: Senior Ryan Solz (16-15--31), senior Tyler Eskro (9-8--17), junior Nate Foley (4-3--7)
Top returning defenseman: Sophomore Griffin Bourassa (8-10--18)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Chase Kvaal (1-0-0, 0.00, 1.000)
The coach says: “We expect to compete for the conference championship again this season (NWSC-West). We have a strong core of players returning, including our leading scorer Ryan Solz, as well as some other top six forwards from last season’s team. We lost a number of senior defensemen but led by sophomore Griffin Bourassa, we feel real good about our D corps. Losing standout goalie Max Eilefson to graduation will be tough but Chase Kvaal looks to be ready to take on that challenge. For us to be successful, some role players from last season’s team will need to step it up. We have a large group of seniors again that are looking to continue building on the positive step that last season was.”

Lakeville North Panthers
Last year: 16-12-2
Conference (record): South Suburban (12-4-1)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 2002, 03, 04 (as Lakeville), 06, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 Champs, 18
Home arena: Ames Arena
Head coach: Trent Eigner
Career record (years): 138-61-7 (7)
Assistant coaches: Jake Enebak, Jake Taylor
Top returning forwards: Senior Spencer Schneider (26-21--47), senior Shane Griffin (20-19--39), junior Sam Enebak (3-8--11), junior AJ Anello (4-5--9)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Ryan Antonakis (3-8--11), sophomore Ben Monson (1-7--8)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Will Johnson (10-4-1, 2.00, .914), junior Caleb Mayer (6-8-1, 2.65, .898) 

Lakeville South Cougars
Last year: 14-12-2
Conference (record): South Suburban (10-6-1)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 2002, 03, 04 (as Lakeville), 08, 12, 17
Home arena: Hasse Arena
Head coach: Janne Kivihalme
Assistant coaches: Aaron Venasky, Ben Horsch
Top returning forwards: Senior Adam Harvey (14-8--22), sophomore Cade Ahrenholz (8-12--20), junior Zach Oelrich (7-8--15)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Griffin Ludtke (0-4--4), senior Sam Elasky (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Henry Welsch (14-12-2, 1.93, .925)

Maple Grove Crimson
Last year: 13-12-3
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (11-5-1)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 2012, 17
Home arena: Maple Grove Community Center
Head coach: Todd Bergland
Career record (years): 49-34-3 (3)
Assistant coaches: Gordie Roberts, Kyle Koop, Troy Goetsch, Tom Miller
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Trevor Kukkonen (17-21--38), senior Tyler Kostelecky (16-19--35), junior Ben Leafblad (2-10--12)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Nick Latvala (2-4--6), senior Jack Dorholt (0-2--2), junior Spencer Dahlquist (1-1--2)
The coach says: “We are expecting another strong season in 2018-19. We return two of our top three scorers from last year. Our defensive corps returns two letterwinners, but a strong incoming group of Bantams will provide depth. Junior goalie Parker Slotsve will take on a heavy load in net. Two sophomores will also compete for varsity playing time. Twelve sophomores from the Bantam AA State Champion team will provide a boost.”

Minnehaha Academy Redhawks
Last year: 14-12-1
Conference (record): Independent Metro (2-5-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Minnehaha Academy Ice Arena
Head coach: Josh Hoekstra
Career record (years): 14-12-1 (1)
Assistant coaches: Ed Aguirre, Steve Wendorf, Patrick Hellier, Robin Moore, Tyler King
Top returning forwards: Senior Reed Bartelings (112-25--37), senior Zach Roberts (12-12--24), senior Tommy Sedgwick (5-16--21), junior Josh Roberts (7-12--19)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Vincent Franzitta (3-3--6)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Corey Hendrickson (10-8-1, 3.28, .896), junior Brandon Lucas (4-4-0, 4.13, .865)

Minnetonka senior forward Jack Bayless is the defending champion Skippers’ top returning scorer (22-30--52). Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Minnetonka Skippers
Last year: 27-2-2
Conference (record): Lake (7-1-0)
Section: 2AA
State trips: 1985, 90, 94, 2006, 10, 18 Champs
Home arena: Pagel Activities Center
Head coach: Sean Goldsworthy
Career record (years): 27-2-2 (1)
Assistant coaches: Jack Hillen, Mike Johnson, Steve
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/10
Top returning forwards: Senior Jack Bayless (22-30--52), junior Teddy Lagerback (19-19--38)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Grant Docter (8-30--38), senior Josh Luedtke (10-26--36), senior Will Crull (2-8--10), junior James Miller (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Charlie Glockner (19-2-1, 2.51, .905)
The coach says: “We return 10 players from last year’s State AA Champions led by our two senior captains, Josh Luedtke and Jack Bayless. Our strengths are our team depth and skill that we have across all position groups. This starts with the return of two senior goaltenders, including Charlie Glockner, a likely candidate for the Frank Brimsek Award; two senior defensemen, Grant Docter and Josh Luedtke, both likely candidates for the Reed Larson Award; and two of our top five scorers from last season in Jack Bayless and Teddy Lagerback. We have created a regular season schedule against the top teams in state, including teams such as Andover, Chaska, Duluth East, and St. Thomas Academy, in addition to our Lake Conference foes, in order to prepare us for the playoffs and an opportunity to defend our AA title in 2019.”  

Moorhead Spuds
Last year: 20-8-0
Conference (record): Mariucci (5-0-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: 1992, 93, 94, 95, 97, 2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 09, 11, 12, 13, 17
Home arena: Moorhead Sports Center
Head coach: Jon Amerman
Career record (years): 114-63-7 (7)
Assistant coaches: Derek Thompson, Sam Walstad, Tony Kunka
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/9
Top returning forwards: Senior Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe  (16-14--30), senior Kyler Kleven (4-13--17), senior Tommy Horan (6-6--12)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Luke Gramer (4-9--13)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Ethan Miller (1-0-0, 1.00, .900)
The coach says: “Our forward group returning will be our strength. Our success will depend on our ability to improve throughout the season and for a number of new faces on defense and in the net to contribute.”


Mounds View Mustangs
Last year: 7-18-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (5-11-0)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1968, 69, 76, 77, 78
Home arena: Shoreview Ice Arena
Head coach: Adam Schmidt
Career record (years): 48-126-9 (7)
Assistant coaches: Dan DeLisle, Mike Christy, TJ Conlin, Rob Bovee, Elliott Hogue
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/10
Top returning forwards: Senior Scott Jiskra (14-13--27), junior Henry Claridge (5-11--16), junior Jake McAlpine (4-3--7)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Ryne Mohrman (3-12--15), junior Cale Goenner (3-3--6)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Luke Ortloff (5-11-1, 3.63, .872), senior Luke Neary (2-7-0, 5.07, .819)
The coach says: “I expect us to compete for 51 minutes each night. We have some skilled players with great, positive attitudes. We will be a young team, and some of the younger guys will be asked to contribute right from the start. The key for us will be our ability to play a 200-foot game each night. The coaching staff is excited about our team this season, and we expect us to compete with anyone.”

New Prague Trojans
Last year: 11-12-3
Conference (record): Wright County (5-5-2)
Section: 2AA
State trips: 2014, 15
Head coach: Cory Lonke
Career record (years): First season
Assistant coaches: Chris Morris, Eric Brever, Nick Bowe, Mike Bailey
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/9
Top returning forwards: Senior Blake Woodson (8-10--18), junior Grant Yackly (8-4--12), senior Frank Ruzicka (2-9--11), junior Jack Kreutzian (2-8--10)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Landon Peterson (2-9--11), senior Bryce Simon (1-5--6), senior Alex Olsson (0-5--5)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Collin Dorzinski (9-12-2, 2.41, .915)
The coach says: “The expectations for us this year are high! We return a good core in our defensive game including  senior goalie Collin Dorzinski. Our senior returners are a good group of leaders and we expect them to keep that hard work up to create a positive locker room where young players can grow as people and hockey players. The returning underclassmen are skilled players that we hope can fill in some scoring that graduated last year. We will have to score by committee to be successful! We hope that defense will keep us in every game and we will work hard to create offense.”

North St. Paul Polars
Last year: 11-12-2
Conference (record): Metro East (6-8-0)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1961, 67, 70, 81
Home arena: Polar Arena
Head coach: Rick Hill
Career record (years): First season
Assistant coaches: Andrew Otis, Kyle Jungmann, Cody Blom, Joe Rubbelke, Peter Toy, Ben Dahlen
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Kyle Gilday (6-7--13), junior Jake McClanahan (1-5--6)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Erik Kubiatowicz (4-12--16)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Jack Kuchenmeister

Osseo Orioles
Last year: 6-20-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (3-15-0)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 1994
Home arena: Dick Vraa Memorial Ice Arena
Co-head coaches: Mark Phenow/Kevin Wiley
Career record (years): 90-164-9 (10)
Assistant coaches: Rob Anderson, Justin Turner, Eric Weum
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/10
Top returning forwards: Senior Ty Hill (9-12--21), senior Mitchell Maier (9-4--13), sophomore Cade Wessman (4-5--9), junior Jackson Dwyer (5-3--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kyle Konsela (0-4--4), senior Tyler Hoffmann (0-1--1), senior Griffin Geraghty (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Cooper Olson (4-10-0, 4.14, .890)
The coach says: “We return four of our top five scorers from last season. We also return four defensemen and our top goaltender. Seniors Ty Hill and Mitchell Maier should carry a heavy load up front for us this year. Junior Goaltender Cooper Olson will play the majority of games between the pipes this year. This year’s captains are Ty Hill (C), Mitchell Maier (C), Kyle Konsela (A), Cooper Olson (A).”

Owatonna Huskies
Last year: 13-12-2
Conference (record): Big 9 (9-4-2)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1998
Home arena: Four Seasons Centre
Head coach: Josh Storm
Career record (years): 96-78-11 (8)
Assistant coaches: Chris Goodew, Eric Fink, Paul Martinson, Adam Trautman
Top returning forwards: Senior Jacob Stoykovich (4-8--12), senior Luke Kubicek (6-3--9), senior Andrew Munns (3-5--8)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Mason Oland (0-4--4), senior Matthew DeHaan (1-1--2)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Zach Wiese (5-4-2, 2.46, .908)

Park of Cottage Grove Wolfpack
Last year: 9-15-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (6-9-1)
Section: 3AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Cottage Grove Ice Arena
Head coach: Jay Moser
Assistant coaches: Chris Rudh, Doug Keys, Wayne Kemper, Mike Kielsa, Mike Brings, Jim Robinson
Top returning defensemen: Senior Ryan Lucas (7-18--25), senior Mason Porter (8-9--17)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Michael Gille

Prior Lake Lakers
Last year: 11-16-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (7-10-0)
Section: 2AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Dakotah Sports & Fitness
Head coach: Joe Pankratz
Career record (years): 133-104-6 (9)
Assistant coaches: Kevin Ingvalson, Matt Sartor, John Draeger, Matt Crist, Brent Whiteside, Glenn Walker
Top returning forwards: Senior Jackson Jutting (24-17--41), junior Charlie Kashmark (5-21--26), senior Kobe Kimmes (6-3--9)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Ty Trachsel (5-11--16), junior Sam Emmerich (2-5--7), junior Lazarus Kaebel (2-4--6)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Sam Shopbell (2-4-0, 4.25, .844)

Rochester Century Panthers
Last year: 21-5-1
Conference (record): Big 9 (13-1-1)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1945, 46, 47, 48 (as Rochester), 2005, 07, 09
Home arena: Rochester Recreation Center
Head coach: Josh Klingfus
Career record (years): 98-78-9 (7)
Assistant coaches: Doug Zmolek, Tom Musta, Adam Broich, Matt Steinmetz, Paul Wennberg
Top returning forwards: Junior Joey Malugani (14-24--38), junior Gavin Gunderson (15-16--31), junior Connor Olson (17-8--25), sophomore Lyncoln Bielenberg-Howarth (10-12--22), senior Skylar Klingfus (4-11--15)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Bennett Zmolek (5-16--21), senior Eli McGuire (4-5--9)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Tim Pundt

Rochester John Marshall Rockets
Last year: 6-17-3
Conference (record): Big 9 (4-9-2)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1945, 46, 47, 48 (as Rochester), 1977 Champs, 78, 79, 88, 89, 96
Home arena: Rochester Recreation Center
Head coach: Jay Ness
Career record (years): 157-105-10 (10)
Assistant coaches: Matt Erredge, Ryan Yetzer
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/8
Top returning forwards: Junior Teejay Torgrimson (5-7--12), sophomore Drew Lingen (5-4--9), senior Pepe Headlee Jr. (1-5--6)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Shawn Sutton (1-4--5), senior Erick Bromberg
Top returning goaltender: Senior Will Colaiano (6-16-3, 3.42, .876)
The coach says: “There will be lots of opportunities for playing time at the varsity level.  All eight of our graduated seniors played key roles that need to be filled. TJ Torgrimson, Pepe Headlee Jr, and Drew Lingen will need to be the leaders up front while Shawn Sutton and Eric Bromberg lead the D core and Will Colaiano will man the net.”

Rochester Mayo Spartans
Last year: 12-13-1
Conference (record): Big 9 (7-7-1)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1945, 46, 47, 48 (as Rochester), 82, 92, 94, 95, 97, 99, 2000
Home arena: Graham Arena
Head coach: Todd Huyber
Career record (years): 16-35-1 (2)
Assistant coaches: Matt Alexander, Matt Notermann, Ron Moffitt
Top returning forwards: Freshman Maddox Fleming (15-24--39), senior Zachary Stewart (19-14--33), senior Jack Holtan (10-8--18), junior William Weick (11-5--16)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Alexander Norby (4-9--13)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Jacob Gathje (7-10-0, 2.75, .902)

Rogers Royals
Last year: 8-18-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (4-8-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Rogers Activity Center
Head coach: Todd Weisjahn
Career record (years): 138-145-10 (24)
Assistant coaches: Al Bistodeau, Dirk Udee, Keaton Mumm
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/3
Top returning forwards: Junior Trey Frederickson (10-9--19), junior Jake Jensen (6-8--14), junior Cal Levis (9-5--14), senior Dylan Timm (5-8--13), senior Justin Grudem (10-2--12)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Aaron Schmidt (4-3--7), senior Mitchell Becker (3-4--7), junior Ryan Streeter (0-7--7)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Nate Johnston (7-15-0, 3.76, .891), junior Patrick Loeffler (1-3-0, 3.65, .889)
The coach says: “We will return many players that played varsity hockey last season. The expectation is that with that year of experience we can build on and be a better team. Returning are three defensemen, six forwards and two goalies all with significant minutes last season. This team has the potential to be much improved over last year.”

Roseau senior goalie Oliver Lee looks to backstop the Rams to their first state tournament since 2014. Let’s Play Hockey photo by Mike Thill

Roseau Rams
Last year: 13-12-1
Conference (record): Mariucci (8-2-1)
Section: 8AA
State trips: 1946 Champs, 47, 53, 55, 57, 58 Champs, 59 Champs, 61 Champs, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 75, 77, 78, 79, 81, 83, 84, 90 Champs, 91, 98, 99 Champs, 2000, 06, 07 Champs, 08, 10, 14
Head coach: Andy Lundbohm
Career record (years): 145-96-7 (9)
Assistant coaches: AJ Hogenson, Allen Grugal, Jared Gustafson, Kurt Weston
Top returning forwards: Senior Aaron Huglen (23-13--36), sophomore Paul Huglen (8-11--19), junior Hanson O’Leary (10-5--15)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Taylor Jacobson (0-14--14), senior Tal Halliday (0-9--9), senior Josh Olson (2-6--8), senior Taylor Johnson (3-5--8)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Oliver Lee (13-12-1, 2.92, .890)

Rosemount Irish
Last year: 21-5-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (14-3-1)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 1992
Home arena: Rosemount Community Center
Head coach: Rick Saintey
Career record (years): 21-5-1 (1)
Assistant coaches: Dan Ubl, Todd Karich, Kyle Finn, Bryce Bary, Rick Saintey Sr.
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/7
Top returning forwards: Junior Connor Kenefick (18-16--34), senior Tyler Linnerooth (16-14--30), senior Jackson Sabo (10-17--27), senior Noah Berg (9-2--11)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Jake Ratzlaff (4-18--22), junior Mason Wheeler (8-13--21), junior Mason Campbell (4-8--12)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Will Tollefson (1-0-0, 2.00, .895)
The coach says: “Expectations are high after coming off the season we did last year and with a lot of young potential. Our strengths will rely in our leadership and we will need to be a close group to respond with another successful season.” 


Roseville Area Raiders
Last year: 5-22-0
Conference (record): Suburban East (3-13-0)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1987, 2002, 03
Home arena: Roseville Skating Center
Head coach: Ryan Adams
Career record (years): 48-54-4 (4)
Assistant coaches: Garrett Windle, Josh Shingler, Brennan Poderzay, Matt Hall
Top returning forwards: Senior Carver Martin (7-11--18), junior Louie Johnson (8-6--14), senior Mario Maietta (3-6--9), senior Adam King (3-6--9)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Nathan Boss (3-8--11)

Shakopee Sabers
Last year: 6-19-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (1-13-1)
Section: 2AA
State trips: 2005
Home arena: Shakopee Ice Arena
Head coach: Calvin Simon
Top returning forwards: Junior Luke Schmidt (11-6--17), senior Austin McNeil (8-7--15)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Jackson Brosz (0-6--6), senior Jacob Pakkala (0-2--2), senior Kolin Williams (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Ben Titcomb, junior Zach Winterfeldt

Spring Lake Park Panthers
Last year: 11-14-1
Conference (record): North Suburban (8-10-0)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 2015
Home arena: Fogerty Arena
Head coach: Scott Steffen
Career record (years): 27-24-1 (2)
Assistant coaches: Chad Rasmussen, Rob Loftus, Tom Stumph
Top returning forwards: Senior Zach Zemlicka  (15-25--40), senior Sam Fritz (6-10--16), senior Jack Armstrong (2-9--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Erik Schwartz (4-3--7), senior Niko Reiman (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Steven Lastovich (10-12-0, 4.18, .873) 

St. Cloud
Last year: 19-8-0
Conference (record): Central Lakes (10-2-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: Apollo - 1984, 2013, 15; Tech - 1945, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52
Home arena: St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex
Head coach: Pete Matanich
Career record (years): 137-101-6 (9)
Assistant coaches: Corey Robinson, Jeremy Forsell, Paul Kenney
Top returning forwards: Senior Nick Richert (8-14--22), junior Luke Johnson (3-10--13)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Sean Davidson (4-10--14), senior Conner Doucette (2-7--9)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Soren Falloon (15-8-0, 2.72, .870)

St. Francis Fighting Saints
Last year: 14-12-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (5-5-0)
Section: 7AA
State trips: None
Home arena: East Bethel Ice Arena
Head coach: Tyler Schaff
Career record (years): 77-129-5 (8)
Assistant coaches:  Brad Marlowe, Jason Lindberg, Jon Jonasson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/9
Top returning forwards: Senior Cole Linson (12-17--29), sophomore Dylan Strate (13-16--29), sophomore Cody Strate (12-15--27)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Cody Kolb (12-10--22), junior Jordan Haller (0-6--6), junior Dayne Mann (3-2--5)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Caleb Young (4-1-0, 2.91, .863), sophomore Matthew Powell
The coach says: “Our program motto is ‘Driven to Succeed.’ The members of our program sacrifice for the teammate beside them and are driven to propel our program to new-found levels of success. We will focus on making it difficult for the opponent to score while also looking to put the puck in the net with quick transition odd-man rushes. The focus of our program has been to defend our net and our defensive zone with intensity and selfless sacrifice. In turn, we are looking to add some additional excitement to our program by producing turnovers and scoring transition goals. We return many varsity letterwinners who are determined to take the next step in our program’s development. Our defensive core will be led by Cody Kolb and Dayne Mann who return with solid varsity experience. We will also have returners Austin Smith, Nathan Roberts  and Jordan Haller fighting for varsity time. At forward, we look to continue our improved goal-scoring ability and will rely heavily on Cole Linson, Ike Hassel, Cody Strate and Dylan Strate to improve upon their 2017-18 season. In addition, we have multiple second-year forwards who look to have an impact at the varsity level – Matt DeKanick, Ethan Smith, Corey Wilmer, Blake Kelley and Gunnar Grams. We also return two goalies with varsity experience: Caleb Young and Matthew Powell. Overall, a selfless approach to a team atmosphere will continue to be the cornerstone of our program’s foundation and will be the key to our continued success.”


St. Louis Park Orioles
Last year: 16-9-2
Conference (record): Metro West (6-3-1)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1948, 49, 53, 58, 98, 2003
Home arena: St. Louis Park Rec Center
Head coach: Andy Sackrison
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Jack Wandmacher (13-7--20), sophomore McCabe Dvorak (8-11--19), junior Avery Pittman (5-11--16)
Top returning defenseman: Sophomore Sam Berry (0-8--8)
Top returning goaltender: Junior William Pinney (10-1-0, 1.36, .945)

St. Michael-Albertville returns 13 letterwinners from last season’s state tournament team that posted a 24-7-0 record. Photo: Christine Wisch

St. Michael-Albertville Knights
Last year: 24-7-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (9-1-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: 2018
Home arena: St. Michael-Albertville Arena
Head coach: Jerr Johnson
Career record (years): 199-131-15 (14)
Assistant coaches: Jason Johnson, Sean Fish, Jon Foucault
Letterwinners returning/lost: 7/12
Top returning forwards: Junior Adam Flammang (25-22--47), junior Luc Laylin (12-32--44), senior Nate Swenson (8-16--24), 
Top returning defenseman: Junior Cody Kelly (5-10--15)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Blake Marhula 
The coach says: “We will rely heavily on our returning forwards Luc Laylin, Adam Flammang and Nate Swenson. We also will have to rely on returning defenseman Cody Kelly.”

St. Thomas Academy Cadets
Last year: 27-3-1
Conference (record): Metro East (10-0-0)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 1999, 2005, 06 Champs, 07, 08 Champs, 11 Champs, 12 Champs, 13 Champs, 15, 17, 18
Home arena: St. Thomas Ice Arena
Co-head coaches: Tom Vannelli, Greg Vannelli
Career record (years): 414-119-19 (19)
Assistant coaches: Mike Vannelli, Rob Vannelli, Greg Monahan, Aaron Hoiland, Mark McKasy, Andrew Commers
Top returning forwards: Senior Rob Christy (20-22--42), senior Ryan O’Neill (16-17--33), senior Brendan McFadden (10-22--32), senior Nico Vega (11-13--24), senior Luke Herzog (11-12--23), senior Ben Stucker (5-17--22)
Top returning defensemen: SeniorTommy Winges (2-11--13), senior Will Schimek (0-7--7), junior Andrew Boemer (2-5--7)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Muzzy Donohue (3-1-0, 2.26, .885), senior Wes Gervais (1-0-0, 2.00, .867)

Stillwater Area Ponies
Last year: 13-13-1
Conference: Suburban East (9-6-1)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 2014, 16
Home arena: St. Croix Recreation Center
Head coach: Matt Doman
Career record (years): 99-41-4 (5)
Assistant coaches: Paul Benson, Pete Hamilton
Top returning forwards: Senior Spencer Scott (6-12--18), sophomore Noah Tussey (11-6--17), senior Adam Eisele (10-5--15)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Joe Raleigh (4-11--15), junior Cooper Wylie (2-12--14)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Jesse Brown (10-12-1, 2.51, .914)

Tartan Titans
Last year: 18-8-1
Conference (record): Metro East (9-4-0)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 2004, 05
Home arena: Tartan Arena
Head coach: Cole Leitch
Career record (years): 18-8-1 (1)
Assistant coaches: Chad Remackle, Chris Thompson,
Bob Tallerico
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/11
Top returning forwards: Junior Brock Bertelsen (12-16--28), junior Marshall Ahn (6-15--21), senior Tyler Bushard (6-6--12)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jake Betz (1-17--18), senior Luke Solheid (2-10--12), senior Derek Olssen (1-8--9)
The coach says: “Our expectations for the season is to survive, quite honestly. We lost some great senior leadership, but I believe those seniors have paved the road to our returning players to keep our tradition of working extremely hard in every game, every class room setting and be proud of where you come from.”

Wayzata Trojans
Last year: 16-11-1
Conference (record): Lake (3-4-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1954, 2004, 13, 16 Champs, 17
Home arena: Plymouth Ice Center
Head coach: Pat O’Leary
Career record (years): 118-69-7 (7)
Assistant coaches: Bill Rooney, David Brown, Derek Olson, Brad Podiak, Pete Samargia
Letterwinners returning/lost: 8/11
Top returning forwards: Junior Ryan Mulrenin (5-12--17), senior Luc Monney (8-8--16), senior Joel Matthews (3-13--16)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Tommy Bergsland (3-18--21), senior Michael North (2-10--12)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Trevor Wong (9-4-0, 2.91, .877)
The coach says: “The 2018-19 Trojans will be a smaller, faster team that continues to rely on depth at all positions. We will have good goaltending and four solid defensemen that can play all three zones effectively.”

White Bear Lake junior forward Billy Rose is one of 18 returning letterwinners for the Bears this season. Photo: Christine Wisch

White Bear Lake Bears
Last year: 22-4-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (14-1-1)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1945, 46, 49, 51, 56, 66, 67, 70, 82, 89, 90, 94, 95, 96, 98, 2001, 03, 05, 11
Home arena: Vadnais Sports Center
Head coach: Tim Sager
Career record (years): 290-132-22 (17)
Assistant coaches: Ben Nelson, Chris Anderson, Derek Simon
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Blake Meister (12-14--26), junior Billy Rose (17-7--24), senior Chase Bill (10-12--22), junior Sam Newpower (6-7--13), junior Grant Hofeld (6-4--10)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Spencer Millard (3-18--21), senior Jake Klein (5-7--12)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Evan Foss (11-2-0, 1.53, .894)
The coach says: “We have a lot of talented athletes returning to complete some unfinished business. We return five defensemen and lots of young talented forwards. all with championship experience. Overall depth and talent are as high as it’s ever been and it may surprise some people. The summer has proven to show that this group is not accepting of past results. We are excited to get started.”

Woodbury Royals
Last year: 5-20-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (1-14-1)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 2007, 08
Home arena: Bielenberg Ice Arena
Head coach: Wes Bolin
Career record (years): 480-344-42 (35)
Assistant coaches: Kevin Stofer, Mike Tollefsbol, Scott Lashomb
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/7
Top returning forwards: Senior Zach Lanz (9-6--15), junior Quinn Krueger (7-7--14), senior Jac Triemert (6-1--7)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Brad Mauder (3-5--8), sophomore Ben Tarlton (3-2--5)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Isaac Wuotila (4-13-0, 4.08, 865)
The coach says: “We will be more competitive this year. Our team was very inexperienced in 2017-18 with only two forwards and three defensemen having significant varsity experience. This year’s players will not be happy just to be on a varsity roster, they will expect to compete.”

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