High School

Experience gives McDonagh comfort in the Garden

By Nick Clark

Of all the places that would have Ryan McDonagh recalling the emotions he felt the night his Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders played for a state hockey championship, who would have believed it could be Madison Square Garden?

Imbedded in the heart of New York City, where cabs and passersby rarely even recognize the men preparing to wear the red, white and blue sweaters of their hometown Rangers, the building is to many the Mecca of American sports.

“It’s such a special place, but it can be intimidating,” McDonagh admitted. “Fortunately, I have some memories to look back on that make it easy for me to handle.”

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Lakeville South’s Kloos on the loose

By Michael Murakami
MN Hockey Hub

When Lakeville South scores a goal, there are certain times when you don’t even need to wait for the announcement to hear who lit the lamp for the Cougars.

You just know which player.

After all, Lakeville South senior Justin Kloos has been a scoring machine throughout his entire high school career, amassing 135 points (66 goals, 69 assists) in 48 games -- a 2.81 point per game average -- and that’s only his sophomore and junior year totals.

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Elk River’s Jonna Curtis sets record, keeps on going

In a high school career that has been full of records and milestones, Elk River senior forward Jonna Curtis has added another one to the list. Curtis, who owns nearly all of Elk River’s scoring records, has become the all-time points leader by scoring her 249th career point on a goal last month in the Centennial Holiday Hockey tournament.

Curtis passes 2004 graduate Jessica Pullar, who was a part of the Elk River State Championship team before continuing her hockey career at Bemidji State.

“It is really an incredible feat considering the amount of tradition and players we have had continue their career at the next level from this program. Players like Jess Pullar (Bemidji State), Monique Weber (North Dakota) and Anya Miller (University of Minnesota) to name a few and now Jonna has passed them all,” said assistant coach Dale Sager about the accomplishment.

Curtis’ success hasn’t stopped there as she has already added to her total up to 262 points with 30 goals and 16 assists this season, with still five games before playoffs. What maybe more remarkable is that Curtis has scored an average of 52 points since her eighth-grade season in a very tough and demanding Northwest Suburban Conference Schedule.

“It is an honor to be named with such great players and to have the record is a nice accomplishment, but we still have some team goals this year that we would like to get and those are more important right now,” said Curtis about her recent record-setting night.

After Curtis finishes her career at Elk River, she will be attending the University of New Hampshire.

Mike Lundin: Living the dream

By Pete Waggoner

Honing his skills at the local parks and playing numerous game 7’s in neighborhood street hockey games, former Apple Valley Eagle and current Minnesota Wild defenseman Mike Lundin looks to his youth and high school experience as the cornerstone to his development that took him from high school hockey all the way to the National Hockey League.

Lundin reflected on his childhood and remembered watching North Stars and Gopher games with his father. Meanwhile, his memory of high school hockey stretches back even further as he recalled watching the State High School Hockey Tournament while at day care.

It is the exposure to the game from his father and competitive nature of hockey that drew the fire to play hockey from Lundin that still burns in him today.

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MSHSL stiffens penalties in effort to thwart unnecessary hits


The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has approved a recommendation to stiffen penalties for checking from behind, boarding and contact to the head, effective immediately. The penalties for the three infractions have been significantly increased in an effort to thwart players from making dangerous hits on the ice.

According to a press release from the MSHSL, the goal is “to continue the League’s efforts to reduce & remove dangerous contact that has led to severe injuries to players.”

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