Dave Druk’s all-decade top MnJHL players

 

By Dave Druk
Minnesota Owls

I am Dave Druk and I have worked in junior hockey for 15 years. In 1998-2000, I was the music director and announcer for the Twin Cities Vulcans of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The Vulcans won the National Championship in 2000. The banquet was something spectacular with Herb Brooks, Doug Woog, Kevin Hartzell, Jim Johansson and plenty more big names at the event who all at one time played with the Vulcans or have been associated with the squad.

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Alumni represent Lakers measure of success

By Nick Clark
MnJHL

The Edina Lakers have played 25 hockey games so far this season, winning 15 to stay within a sliver of a top-half finish in the Minnesota Division standings of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League.

To outsiders, that sort of line would make it seemingly easy to gauge the success Edina has experienced so far this winter.

It would also make it even easier to understand the importance the Lakers are putting on this week’s Minnesota Division Showcase.

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Turnover in roster hasn’t slowed Owls

 

By Nick Clark
MnJHL

The transition currently being worked through in Isanti, Minn., has come with its share of challenges for the Minnesota Owls.

Some, such as adjusting the players to the speed and physicality needed to succeed in the Minnesota Junior Hockey league, are still ongoing.

Others, such as figuring out who is who on a roster littered with new bodies, are starting to take form.

All together, however, the conversion hasn’t slowed the team much in the win/loss column.

And despite everything it has taken to rebuild the team this year, that much isn’t being taken for granted.

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Steele County looking good, wanting more

 

By Nick Clark
MnJHL

The checklist was a lengthy one for the Steele County Blades, but the marks are nearly all filled in.

The first slash came in the very early stages of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League’s pursuit of an Owatonna, Minn. based organization, when an ownership group was formed, and the Blades were established.

Since then, the franchise built itself from the inside out, front-loading the front-office with experienced hockey minds, and handing the reigns of recruiting and coaching to Jon Jonasson.

That checklist was also given to Jonasson, who has since constructed a team that has found itself in the thick of the race for a top-half finish in the MnJHL’s Minnesota Division standings.

It’s a start, Jonasson said, but that is it.

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Ice Hawks rolling after four-game showcase sweep

By Nick Clark
MnJHL Director of Media Relations

The numbers didn’t catch Rochester Ice Hawks head coach Nick Fatis off guard. Not one bit.

Then again, he’s had a first-person perspective of watching his goaltenders help calm the one area where Rochester was a bit chaotic a year ago.

Consistency in net was an issue the Ice Hawks battled throughout what was a winter that still produced both a runner-up finish in both the Minnesota Junior Hockey league regular season, and Bush Cup Finals.

But for an organization not accustomed to second-place finishes in any form, that wasn’t good enough. And a big reason was because the teams’ goaltending wasn’t either.

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