The College-to-the-NHL All-Star Team


As we reported in the March 26 edition of Let’s Play Hockey, 277 former college players have seen action in at least one NHL game this season to make up 32 percent of all NHL players. With that sizable number in mind, and with the college hockey season and NHL regular season nearing their ends, we thought we would attempt to name a College-to-the-NHL All-Star Team.

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Coaching Carousel: Upper Midwest coaching changes

High School Boys

School 2014-15 Coach 2015-16 Coach
Grand Rapids John Rothstein Trent Klatt
Greenway Jim Lawson Grant Clafton
Hastings Russ Welch Adam Welch
Lakeville South Kurt Weber A.J. Bucchino
Monitcello Sheldon Weston Sheldon Weston/TBD
Mounds View Rick Thomas Scott Brokaw
New Ulm Erik Setterholm  
Orono Justin Pagel  
Providence Academy Scott Brokaw Billy Hengen
Spring Lake Park Tom Benson Scott Steffen
St. Paul Academy Bill Owens Matt Funk
St. Paul Highland Park Tom Doyle Pat Auran


High School Girls

School 2014-15 Coach 2015-16 Coach
Bloomington Jefferson Mark Stephan  
Cambridge-Isanti Bob Nelson  
Chisago Lakes Jason Mahlen Dave Burgen
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lance Horvat  
Duluth Cory Stafne  
East Ridge Dean Talafous Tom Kulenkamp
Henry Sibley Chad Norman Allie Duellman
Hutchinson Mitch Fabel  
Lakeville South Natalie Darwitz  
Mounds View Aaron Moberg/Christina Hanson Aaron Moberg
Northern Lakes Kristen Harsha  
St. Francis/North Branch Beth Kuehl  
St. Paul United David Cole Nate Mauer
Totino-Grace Tom Peart  


College Men

School 2014-15 Coach 2015-16 Coach
North Dakota Dave Hakstol Brad Berry


College Women

School 2014-15 Coach 2015-16 Coach
Hamline Steve DeBus Natalie Darwitz
Minnesota State Eric Means John Harrington
Minnesota Duluth Shannon Miller Maura Crowell
Wisconsin-Eau Claire Mike Collins  

This week's cover: March 26, 2015

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From college to the NHL


By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

If you’ve watched nearly any NCAA sporting event on television in the past several years, you’ve seen the ad. You may even be able to recite the tagline: “There are 380,000 NCAA student-athletes, and just about all of them will be going pro in something other than sports.” It’s a noble campaign directed at educating the masses that most athletes in college will see their athletic careers come to an end at graduation. In the world of NCAA hockey, the vast majority of players on the 59 Division I and 79 Division II/III men’s teams will not make the jump to the NHL, AHL, ECHL or any other of the various professional hockey leagues around the world. But for a select few, college hockey is merely a steppingstone to the bright lights of the National Hockey League.

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Cole Borchardt remains #BurnsvilleStrong


By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Cole Borchardt possesses an ever-present smile and a welcoming demeanor. His spirit is strong and undeterred. His smile sheds light upon his own appreciation for all he has, all that he has persevered through and all he still hopes to accomplish. If you are ever fortunate enough to meet Cole, you will find his smile is a reminder to what our perspectives in life ought to be.

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