2013 Mr. Hockey Finalists & Winners
DAVID ZEVNIK WINS FRANK BRIMSEK AWARD AS STATE'S TOP SENIOR GOALTENDER
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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