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2009 Mr. Hockey Nick Leddy of Eden Prairie High School and the Chicago Blackhawks assisted on Patrick Sharp's 1st period goal in Chicago's 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The game was played outdoors at Soldier Field in front of 61,500 fans.
2010 Mr. Hockey Nick Bjugstad of Blaine High School and the Florida Panthers scored his 14th goal in Florida's loss to Columbus. Bjugstad and 2001 Mr. Hockey finalist of Bloomington Jefferson both assisted on the Panther's goal scored by Sean Bergenheim.
2009 Mr. Hockey finalist Anders Lee of Edina High School and 2010 Mr. Hockey Finalist Brock Nelson of Warroad High School are both on the NHL roster of the New York Islanders. 2008 Mr. Hockey finalist Jake Gardiner is on the roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Other Award Winners

2010 Minute Men's Mr. Baseball Award Winner Chris Anderson of Centennial High School is listed as the LA Dodgers No. 5 prospect by Baseball America. Anderson, the Dodger's first round pick out of Jacksonville University, was 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA for Class A Great Lakes.
2012 Ms. Softball Award Winner Nicki Anderson of Brainerd High School, a U of M sophomore, won her first start of the year as the Gophers defeated Detroit Mercy in Tempe, Arizona in the Louisville Slugger Classic. In the second game, 2010 Ms. Softball Award Winner Sara Moulton of Eagan High School, a U of M senior,  improved her season record to 9-1 as the Gophers defeated South Carolina 11-4. 2012 Ms. Softball finalist Taylor Lemay of East Ridge High School hit a solo homer in each game.  

2014 Mr Hockey Awards Winners

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Grand Rapids senior Avery Peterson takes top honor in Minnesota high school hockey. 

St. Paul, Minnesota  3-9-2014

The Minnesota MInute Men presented the 2014 Mr Hockey Award to Grand Rapids High School forward Avery Peterson at its 30th annual award banquet at River Centre today. On the ice, Peterson was outstanding all year. He led the Thunderhawks in scoring by 25 points with a 35-30-65 scoring line. Peterson is the all-time leading scorer in the storied history of the Grand Rapids program.

Peterson was a sixth round draft choice of the Minnesota Wild. He played  Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL.   Perterson returning home for his senior high school season, spending much of his time with his family helping to care for his older bother Evan who is battling a rare cognitive and terminal disease called Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD).

Peterson joins Aaron Miskovich as the second Mr. Hockey winner from Grand Rapids.

Frank Brimsek Award

The Minute Men awarded the Frank Brimsek Award  to senior Hunter Shepard, Peterson's teammate at Grand Rapids. The Frank Brimsek Award is given to the state's top senior goaltender.

This is the first time in Minnesota Minute Men Mr Hockey award history that both awards have been presented in the same year to players from the same high school hockey team.


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    SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Minute Men announced today the Top Ten Candidates for the 30th Annual Mr. Hockey Award are: Philip Beaulieu (Duluth East), Tyler Cline (Blaine), Spencer Naas (Benilde St. Margaret’s), Tyler Nanne (Edina), Avery Peterson (Grand Rapids), Mitch Slattery (Hill Murray), Steven Spinner (Eden Prairie), Luc Snuggerud (Eden Prairie), Nick Wolff (Eagan) and Zach Yon (Roseau). The Minnesota Minute Men also announced today that Maclean Berglove (Elk River) and Hunter Shepard (Grand Rapids) are the finalists for The Frank Brimsek Award, in recognition of the state’s top senior goaltender.
    The 30th annual Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet will be held at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 at the Grand Ballroom at RiverCentre (175 Kellogg Boulevard). The Boys State High School Hockey Tournament will be held at Xcel Energy Center and Mariucci Arena, March 5-8. The Minnesota Wild sponsor the Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet. The Mr. Hockey Award is hosted, coordinated, and presented by the Minnesota Minute Men.
    The Mr. Hockey Award is given to the outstanding senior high school boys’ hockey player in the state of Minnesota and is selected by a panel of National Hockey League Scouts, Junior Scouts/Coaches and selected media members from around the state. Three other awards will be presented at the banquet: The Frank Brimsek Award, The John Mariucci Award, given to the Class A and Class AA high school coaches of the year and The Cliff Thompson Award, presented to the “Old Timer Coach” of the year.

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Mr Hockey finalists TJ Oshie and David Backes star for Team USA

Good Luck to past Mr Hockey finalists Oshie, Backes, McDonagh, Martin and Team USA Hockey as the go for Olympic Gold in Sochi Russia.

Minnesota Minute Men Mr Hockey finalists TJ Oshie Warroad HS (05) and David Backes Spring Lake Park HS (02) star for Team USA in Olympic Games in Sochi Russia.
Also playing for team USA are 2000 Mr. Hockey Award Winner Paul Martin (Elk River High School" and 2007 Mr. Hockey Award Winner Ryan McDonagh (Cretin Derham Hall). Team USA assistant coach Todd Richards is a 1985 Mr. Hockey finalist (Robbinsdale Armstrong High School).

TJ was 4 of 6 in the shoot-out for Team USA Hockey in win over Russia.
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David playing on Team USA Hockey and helping to save dogs in Sochi
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2009 Mr Hockey Nick Leddy and Black Hawks win Stanley Cup

The Minute Men  would like to congratulate the 2009 Minnesota Minute Men Mr. Hockey Award winner Nick Leddy and Chicago Blackhawks on winning the 2012-13 NHL Stanley Cup!

Leddy and the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in this year's Stanley Cup Final winning the series 4-2. Leddy an Eden Prairie native played in all 48 regular-season and 23 playoff games for the Blackhawk.

Leddy is the 2nd Minnesota Minute Men Mr. Hockey award winner to win the Stanley Cup, Minute Men member Tom Chorske (Mr. Hockey Award 1985) won with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.

Pictured: Loren Feldkamp, Mike Leddy, 2009 Mr Hockey Nick Leddy, Matt Williams, and Howie Williams with the Stanley Cup. 


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2013 Mr. Hockey Finalists & Winners


SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. March 10, 2013– The Minnesota Minute Men announced today that Grant Besse from Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School is the recipient of the 29th Annual Mr. Hockey Award, given to the outstanding senior boy’s high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota. David Zevnik from Saint Thomas Academy received The Frank Brimsek Award, in recognition of Minnesota’s top senior goaltender. Kevin Smalley (Duluth Denfeld) and Mike Randolph (Duluth East) received The John Mariucci Award, given to the Class A and Class AA, respectively, high school coaches of the year. Jim McCoy (Richfield High School) received The Cliff Thompson Award, presented to the “Old Timer Coach” of the year.

Grant Besse scored an outstanding 48 goals and 28 assists in his final season with Benilde St. Margaret’s. Besse also scored all five Red Knights goals in the title game his Junior season to clinch the title for Benilde.

David Zevnik finished the season with Saint Thomas Academy with his third consecutive State Championship. He also earned a season Goals Against Average of 1.20 and a Save Percentage of .939 in 31 games.

The Mr. Hockey Award, given each year to the outstanding senior hockey player in the state of Minnesota, is selected by a panel of judges, including National Hockey League scouts, USHL Scouts, Division I coaches, Division III coaches, and selected media members from around the state. Other finalists for this year’s award were: Jake Bischoff (Grand Rapids High School), Zach Glienke (Eagan High School), Jake Jackson (Tartan High School), Adam Johnson (Hibbing/Chisholm High School), Dan Labosky (Benilde-St. Margaret’s School), Zach Lavalle (Hill-Murray High School), Parker Reno (Edina High School), TJ Roo (Totino-Grace High School) and Tommy Vannelli (Minnetonka High School).

Previous Mr. Hockey Award winners are: Justin Kloos (2012), Kyle Rau (2011), Nick Bjugstad (2010), Nick Leddy (2009), Aaron Ness (2008), Ryan McDonagh (2007), David Fischer (2006), Brian Lee (2005), Tom Gorowsky (2004) Nate Dey (2003), Gino Guyer (2002), Marty Sertich (2001), Paul Martin (2000), Jeff Taffe (1999), John Pohl (1998), Aaron Miskovich (1997), Dave Spehar (1996), Erik Rasmussen (1995), Mike Crowley (1994), Nick Checco (1993), Brian Bonin (1992), Darby Hendrickson (1991), Joe Dziedzic (1990), Trent Klatt (1989), Larry Olimb (1988), Kris Miller (1987), George Pelawa (1986) and Tom Chorske (1985).

John Dugas (Hill-Murray High School) was the other finalist for The Frank Brimsek Award this year. Previous Frank Brimsek Award winners are: Michael Chance Bitzer (2012) Alex Lyon (2011), Zane Gothberg (2010), Casey O’Connor (2009), Joe Phillippi (2008), Reid Ellingson (2007), Austin Lee (2006), Alec Richards (2005), Matt Lundin (2004), Jon Anderson (2003), Josh Johnson (2002), Eric Aarnio (2001), Jake Brant (2000), Adam Laaksonen (1999), Adam Coole (1998), Kyle Kolquist (1997), Karl Goehring (1996) and Todd Kelzenberg (1995)

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Mark your calendars, the Mr. Lacrosse & Ms. Lacrosse Award Banquet will be held on Sunday, June 2!


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