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A Knight’s Quest

Defending Class AA state champion Benilde-St. Margaret’s enters the season ranked No. 1. Can the Red Knights win again in 2013?

After the jump, the 2012-13 Minnesota Boys’ High School Class AA Team Previews:

 

Following are the of the Minnesota Boys’ High School Hockey Class AA Team Previews. The Class A previews appeared in last week’s edition of LPH.

Let’s Play Hockey would like to thank the staff at The BREAKDOWN and Minnesota Hockey Hub, especially Tim Kolemainen, for their assistance in compiling the information for the 2012-13 Boys’ High School Team Previews. The Minnesota Hockey Hub Encyclopedia is now available for purchase. For more information, go to www.mnhockeyhub.com.

Andover Huskies
Last year: 19-7-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (14-4-2)
Section: 7AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Andover Community Center
Head coach: Mark Manney
Assistant coaches: Mark Cotter, Al Fritsinger, Bill Thoreson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 19/4
Top returning forwards: Senior Calvin Rak (28-20--48), senior Brady Barthold (18-24--42), junior Tyler Tomberlin (11-27--38), senior Christian Mohs (18-19--37),  senior Jared McComber (13-23--36), senior Nick Manney (12-22--34), junior J.P. Gibbs (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Tyler Vold (6-22--28), senior Brit Brothen (4-9--13), senior Bjorn Kjelstad (2-10--12), junior John Chorzempa (0-12--12), senior Derek Olsen (0-5--5)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Chase Perry (18-7-2, 2.80, .920), senior Chris Hamling
The coach says: “Last season the Andover Huskies reached new heights by making it to the Section 7AA final.  This year’s team looks to build on that success.  But if the team is going to attain its goals, we will need balanced scoring, an increased defensive diligence, and solid goaltending. Offensively, the top six scorers return so scoring should not be a problem.  Calvin Rak leads a talented senior group that includes Brady Barthold, Nick Manney, Christian Mohs and Jared McComber. Throw in junior Tyler Tomberlin and these six forwards combined for 235 points with none scoring more than 48 or fewer than 34. In the defensive zone, however, the Huskies gave too many scoring opportunities to the opponent, and they will have to find a way to limit these chances this season.  Three seniors – Bjorn Kjelstad, Brit Brothen and Derek Olsen – should provide leadership and experience to the defensive corps as they return for their third year of varsity action. Finally, the Huskies will need the same type of season it got last year from goaltender Chase Perry, who shattered school records for goals against average and save percentage. If Andover can receive the balanced scoring and great goaltending it got last year while reducing the opposition’s offensive chances, we should be able to be competitive in Section 7AA. ”


Anoka Tornadoes
Last year: 9-18-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (6-14-0)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 1985, 90, 97, 98, 2003 Champs
Home arena: Anoka Area Ice Arena
Head coach: Todd Manthey
Assistant coaches: Brian Mashuga, Bob Erickson, Ted Mitshulis, Pete McLaughlin
Top returning forwards: Senior Chase West (4-11--15), senior Drew McLaughlin (2-6--8), senior Jacob Mack (3-2--5), junior Travis Mashuga (1-0--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Dylan Adler (5-6--11), senior Kristian Manthey (2-6--8), junior Adam Orn (1-2--3)


Apple Valley Eagles
Last year: 11-12-3
Conference (record): South Suburban (8-6-3)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 1981, 92, 93, 96 Champs, 2010
Home arena: Apple Valley Sports Arena
Head coach: Jerry Hayes
Career record: 258-163-25
Assistant coaches: Matt Jackson, Chris Sikich, Mike Otto
Letterwinners returning/lost: 4/15
Top returning forwards: Senior Ben Keckeisen (3-10--13), senior Christian Smith (4-4--8), senior Mason Preston (0-7--7)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Brandon Smith (2-3--5)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Jordy Charles (5-2-0, 2.79, .847)
The coach says: “We don’t really know what to expect. We graduated 15 players. All of (our newcomers) better be (ready) because they all have to be.”


Becker/Big Lake Eagles
Last year: 9-16-1
Conference (record): Granite Ridge (4-9-1)
Section: 8AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Princeton Ice Arena
Head coach: Jon Samuelson
Career record: 13-53-2
Assistant coach: Brian Fritch, Kevin Jeffers
Top returning forwards: Junior Jason Tonneslan (19-7--26), junior John Messman (3-2--5), junior Zack Vieau (3-2--5), junior Ben Gilchrist (1-1--2), junior Ethan Boutin (2-0--2), junior Dana Slominski (1-0--1), junior Logan Mathieu (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Richard Eisenreich (2-2--4), junior Zach Muller (0-4--4), sophomroe Justin Merritt (1-1--2)


Bemidji Lumberjacks
Last year: 15-12-0
Conference (record): Mariucci (5-6-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: 1972, 73, 74, 76, 85, 86
Home arena: Bemidji Community Arena
Head coach: Wade Chiodo
Career record: 50-28-3
Assistant coach: Kraig Petrowske, Eric Mensrud, Tom Shinabarger
Letterwinners returning/lost: 6/16
Top returning forwards: Senior Matt Serratore (15-18--33), sophomore Mike Sauer (7-9--16), junior Brett Isensee (1-5--6), junior Noah Burns (0-1--1), senior Zach Sauer (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Gabe Heifort (5-3-0, 2.28, .915)
The coach says: “(We need to) play as a team and play your role. The biggest key is paying attention to detail and believing in each teammate and what we are striving to accomplish.”


Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights
Last year: 25-6-0
Conference (record): North Suburban (10-0-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1999 Champs, 2001 Champs, 08, 12 Champs
Home arena: St. Louis Park Rec Center
Head coach: Ken Pauly
Career record: 276-184-23
Assistant coaches: John Russo, Tom Klein, Troy Riddle
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Grant Besse (52-41--93), senior T.J. Moore (29-38--67), senior Dan Labosky (19-45--64), junior Spencer Naas (40-22-62), freshman Alec Baer (15-17--32), sophomore Chase Jungels (11-10--21), junior Zack Hale (6-10--16), senior Seth Chumley (5-5--10), senior Zach Gionet (2-3--5), junior Nate Meyer (1-2--3), junior Austin Polson-McCannon (0-2--2), senior Tanner Ahlborn (2-0--2)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Johnny Austin (10-33--43), senior Patrick Graham (2-20--22), sophomore Ben Newhouse (3-11--14), senior Chris Hickok (2-2--4)


Blaine Bengals
Last year: 18-10-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (13-5-0)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 1992, 96, 99, 2000 Champs, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11
Home arena: Fogerty Arena
Head coach: Dave Aus
Career record: 196-133-11
Assistant coaches: Scott Richart, Nick Kulenkamp, Steve Witkowski, Jon Kell, Mark Ziegler
Top returning forwards: Junior Tyler Cline (15-18--33), senior Jesse Norling (11-13--24), junior Joey Lau (8-16--24), senior Jack Micek (9-6--15), junior Nic Simpson (6-8--14), senior Mac Nadeau (4-9--13), junior Brandon Notermann (8-4--12), junior Tyler Frischmon (1-4--5), senior Alex Durand (0-2--2), junior Dallas Gerads (1-0--1), sophomore Easton Brodzinski
Top returning defensemen: Junior  Alex Copa (0-12--12), junior Ian Scheid (5-3--8), senior Tyler Maki (0-2--2), senior Brenden Nadeau (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior James Simmer, junior Bailey Ketola


Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars
Last year: 7-17-3
Conference (record): South Suburban (6-9-2)
Section: 2AA
State trips: 1980, 81 Champs, 82, 85, 86, 88, 89 Champs, 92 Champs, 93 Champs, 94 Champs, 95, 97, 98, 2000, 02, 05
Home arena: Bloomington Ice Gardens
Head coach: Jeff Lindquist
Assistant coaches: Keith George, Denny Connelly, Chris Knauff, Mac McKenzie
Top returning forwards: Senior Jono Lindquist (13-23--36), senior Colin Hernon (25-10--35), junior Johnny Panvica (14-14--28), senior Charlie Bach (5-5--10), senior Zac Beek (3-6--9), sophomore Charlie Straus (3-3--6), junior Tyler Johnson (3-2--5), senior Andrew Sako (0-2--2), junior Justin Cover (0-2--2), senior Brennan McGuire (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Tony Roisum (6-6--12), senior Jack Weiss (3-6--9), senior Nathan Wiklund (1-5--6), senior Ryan Freese (1-2--3), senior Jack Graves (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Grant Martens (7-10-1, 3.39, .881), senior Nik Schmitz


Bloomington Kennedy Eagles
Last year: 5-21-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (0-9-0)
Section: 2AA
State trips: 1966, 76, 83, 84, 87 Champs, 90, 91
Home arena: Bloomington Ice Gardens
Head coach: Dave Dillon
Career record: 8-45-0
Assistant coaches: Ron Lokken, Dave Miller, Scott Manson, Jeff Atchison
Top returning forwards: Senior Mike McCullen (6-7--13), junior Henry Roers (5-7--12), junior Michael Jost (6-6--12), senior Brad Hinrichs (5-4--9), junior James Hartley (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Mitch Radcliff (1-6--7), senior Tait Carlson (1-5--6), junior Sam Wickstrom (2-1--3), senior David Hinrichs (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior David Johnson, sophomore Chris Marks


Brainerd Warriors
Last year: 23-5-0
Conference (record): Central Lakes (13-0-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Brainerd Area Civic Center
Head coach: Jim Archibald
Career record: 81-33-0
Assistant coaches: Jim Ernster, Dave Stengrim, Steve Ebinger
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/7
Top returning forwards: Junior Cole Smith (18-7--25), junior Logan Rivard (11-13--24), senior Reno Fussy (8-5--13), junior Mason Severson (3-5--8), junior Griffin Campbell (4-2--6), junior Jake Ellingson (0-4--4), junior Isaac Johnson (0-2--2)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jed Rusk (1-17--18), junior Chris Pohlkamp (1-13--14), junior Alex Mimmack (1-2--3), junior Thomas Stoxen (0-3--3), junior Blake Thelen (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kyle Helmberger (5-1-0, 2.95, .894)
The coach says: “Expectations, as always, will be high. Leadership will have to come from every player for the Warriors to be successful.”


Buffalo Bison
Last year: 7-18-1
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (4-4-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Buffalo Civic Center
Head coach: Jason Fairman
Assistant coaches: Scott Goodmanson, Doc Ahrens
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/9
Top returning forwards:  Senior Aaron Rouse (12-16--28), senior Cale Ehresmann (9-9--18), sophomore Gunnar Goodmanson (6-4--10), senior Joe Hayes (0-4--4), senior Jack Patnode (1-1--2), junior Xasey Anderson (1-0--1), junior Hunter Bruhn (0-1--1), junior Hunter Thompson (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Justin Laven (0-4--4), junior Wilson Anderle (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Mikey Otten, junior Tim Harkess
The coach says: “We graduated nine seniors that produced 50 percent of our goal scoring. However, our two senior co-captains, Aaron Rouse and Cale Ehresmann, accounted for 33 percent of our goals. Sophomore Gunnar Goodmanson scored big goals as a freshman and was on the second power play. We expect him to contribute this season. Defensively we return five letterwinners but lost graduating all-conference co-captains Sam Klein – our second-leading scorer and power play quarterback – and Tyler Burg. We will be a heavily junior squad with five seniors and some promising sophomores.”


Burnsville Blaze
Last year: 17-10-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (12-4-1)
Section: 2AA
State trips: 1983, 84, 85 Champs, 86 Champs, 87, 90, 91, 2007
Home arena: Burnsville Ice Center
Head coach: Janne Kivihalme
Career record: 107-51-14
Assistant coaches: Greg May, Kyle Finn, Corey Campbell, Frank Senta, Brandon Steege, Nick Mulvey
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/9
Top returning forwards: Junior Tyler Sheehy (21-28--49), junior Anthony Rikberg (5-8--13), senior Adam Schweitzer (0-4--4), junior Cole Borchardt (1-1--2), senior Ian Taylor (0-2--2), junior Nick DiGregorio (1-1--2)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Teemu Kivihalme (9-22--31), senior Dan Ames (4-8--12), junior Sam Dockry (0-5--5)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Chris Mallon (12-7-1, 2.55, .916), senior Nick Anderson (5-3-0, 3.89, .856), sophomore Dylan Lubbesmeyer
The coach says: “I think we’re going to be not as big, but a better skating team. I’m looking forward to putting it all together and seeing what we have. From the simmer, I’m pleasantly surprised with the talent of the younger guys coming up.”


Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets
Last year: 5-21-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (1-7-0)
Section: 7AA
State trips: 1992
Home arena: Isanti County David C. Johnson Arena
Head coach: Mark Kissner
Assistant coaches: Dan Sibell, Derek Simon, Kris Middag, William Robyt, Tom Treichel
Top returning forwards: Senior Colton Miller (7-8--15), junior Elliott Simon (6-4--10), junior Kurtis Grimm (4-5--9), junior Jake Sylvester (0-4--4), senior Jonathan Dummer (0-2--2), senior Mitch Renstrom (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Preston Simon (1-5--6), senior T.J. Pagel (1-5--6), junior Matt Derby (2-1--3), junior Mavrick Nelson (0-2--2), senior Brady Engquist (0-1--1)
The coach says: “We as a staff expect our team to compete hard in all aspects of hockey. On the ice in practice and in the games, as well as in off ice mental training and dryland training. Our teams biggest asset is work ethic. The student-athletes that are returning and coming up from the youth level are exceptionally hard workers. On and off the ice, practice or games our players will work hard. We will need to work hard in order to have success this season. We do believe there will be competition for postions this year and that should push our players that much harder to succeed.”


Centennial Cougars
Last year: 13-10-3
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (12-4-2)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 2004 Champs
Home arena: Centennial
Head coach: Ritch Menne
Assistant coaches: Gary Tolkinen, Joe Law, Ted Cheesebrough, Chris Johnson, Scott Kranz, Brad Hable
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/10
Top returning forwards: Senior Hans Gorowsky (18-17--35), junior Adam Anderson (6-5--11), senior Andrew Bertrand (3-4--7), junior Ryner Gorowsky (4-2--6), senior Jordan Pitlick (2-3--5), senior Kenny Sinna (0-3--3), junior Colin Hughes (2-0--2), junior Wyatt Close (0-2--2)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Tommy Heron (0-5--5), junior Will Schwartz (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Patrick Munson (6-1-1, 2.98, .896)
The coach says: “We want to be difficult to face every time we take the ice and we want to be at the top of the heap of a solid Section 5AA in March. Coming into this year, our strengths include positive team leadership and a variety of players who can find the back of the net. Senior captain Hans Gorowsky can bury pucks and senior Jordan Pitlick is a sniper when he gets loose. And when senior captain Andrew Bertrand is in a groove, he is dangerous. Several juniors look dangerous offensively, including Ryner Gorowsky, who scored timely goals for us last year, pure scorer Collin Hughes and junior captain Adam Anderson, who has a sixth sense around the net. Bertrand and Gorowsky, along with senior captain Tom Heron, are the heartbeat of our team. We have complete faith in them and junior captain Adam Anderson to guide us. We’re not a roster of superstars, so keys to success for us will be: working incredibly hard on a consistent basis, being a team that is greater than the sum of its individual players and having our goaltending rise to the occasion. We plan to be a team that our local hockey community can get behind and be proud to call its own. As a Centennial hockey lifer, I want to help our guys add to our tradition.”


Champlin Park Rebels
Last year: 12-14-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (10-10-0)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 1995
Home arena: Champlin Ice Forum
Head coach: Pat Janostin
Career record: 34-41-1
Assistant coaches: Bryce Macken, Eric Bigham
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/7
Top returning forwards: Junior Calvin Spencer (9-4--13), junior Bryce Plunkett (5-7--12), junior Luke Dalman (7-1--8), junior Max Turgeon (3-3--6), senior Ryan McNeil (2-2--4), senior Matt Patterson (0-2--2)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Mason VanTuyl (2-9--11), senior Jordan Baker (1-9--10), junior Michael Borrell (1-1--2), junior Daniel Kielb (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Tyler Nelson (9-12-0, 3.86, .894), senior Grant Schuenke (3-2-0, 3.83, .866)
The coach says: “The Rebels have a number of returning players this year which they hope will really help.They have  two goalies coming back in Tyler Nelson and Grant Schuenke. These two combined to play every minute for the Rebels last year. On defense the Rebels will be led by Mason VanTuyl and Jordan Baker. The Rebels have five letterwinners coming back on defense so hopefully they can continue to grow. As for forwards the Rebels have five returning letter winners coming back. They will have to improve on their performance from last year if the Rebels hope to improve.”


Chanhassen Storm
Last year: 20-5-1
Conference (record): Missota (12-1-1)
Section: 2AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Victoria Field House
Head coach: Chris Wilson
Career record: 31-19-2
Assistant coaches: Justin Green, Dave Klein, Sam Sather, Chas Simcox, Tom Stretar
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/11
Top returning forwards: Senior Logan Wilkinson (8-19--27), junior Jack Spillers (4-14--18), senior Cody Seal (1-7--8), senior Bryson Burkholder (3-4--7), senior Cody VanThournout (1-5--6)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Michael Gmiterko (1-13--14), junior Reid Meyer (0-5--5)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Erik Anderson (11-3-0, 2.08, .910), senior Harlin Paradise (9-2-1, 2.22, .911), senior Nick Harrel
The coach says: “We face the difficult task of replacing 119 of our 134 goals from last year. We will be counting on the continued strong play of our returning goalies as well as the defensive play by our skaters. Our returning forwards should flourish in their new roles and increased ice time. We enter the third year of the program as defending Missota Conference champions and face a schedule  that is getting stronger every year. We added games against Minnetonka and Bloomington Jefferson to the 2012-13 schedule.”


Cloquet/Esko/Carlton Lumberjacks
Last year: 17-9-0
Conference (record): Lake Superior (5-2-0)
Section: 7AA
State trips: 1982, 92, 93, 2002, 08
Home arena: Cloquet Area Recreation Center
Head coach: David Esse
Assistant coach: Kyle Young, Erik Hanson, Bryan Kershaw
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/5
Top returning forwards: Junior Karson Kuhlman (27-28--55), junior Westin Michaud (23-30--53), senior Beau Michaud (19-33--52), junior James Newgren (5-4--9), senior Ryan Holte (7-2--9), senior Aaron Peterson (1-4--5), senior Nate Niemi (2-1--3), senior Tanner Fritsinger (1-2--3), senior Kaleb Kadelbach (1-0--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Drew Dincau (2-18--20), senior Tanner Robideaux (3-8--11), senior Eric Peterson (4-4--8), junior Ryan Lind (3-5--8), senior Sean Kedrowski (0-2--2), sophomore Dalton Johnson (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Justin Ketola (2-0-0, 2.14, .894)
The coach says: “We’re an A program, we opt up to AA, and everybody knows that we just don’t always have a lot of depth. Hopefully this year we can have a little more depth in certain areas. (We need) to play hard and compete every shift. (We have) more experienced players returning and good leaders on the team. We will be a better balanced team offensively and defensively.”


Coon Rapids Cardinals
Last year: 7-18-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (2-13-1)
Section: 5AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Cook Memorial Arena
Head coach: Brandon Mileski
Career record: 14-37-1
Assistant coaches: Luke Volk, Tom Yelle, Tony Hirte
Letterwinners returning/lost: 8/12
Top returning forwards: Junior Seth Johnson (11-11--22), senior Robby Randall (5-6--11), senior Cody Ancheta (2-4--6), senior Sam Naegele (2-3--5)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jake Bruner (4-7--11), senior Logan Shore (2-8--10), senior Connor Kirkeide (2-4--6)
The coach says: “We will have a younger team than we’ve had in the past, so how quickly we can come together as a team will be the key. Our strength should be a strong returning defensive corps and young, but talented, goaltending.”


Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders
Last year: 11-12-3
Conference (record): Suburban East (8-7-3)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 1988, 2006 Champs, 09
Home arena: Highland Arena
Co-head coaches: Jim O’Neill, Charlie Basco
Assistant coach: Mark Rancone
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/11
Top returning forwards: Senior Patrick Cullen (16-8--24), senior Jimmy Buckingham (5-6--11), senior Kendall Bolen-Porter (7-3--10), sophomore Nick Reis (2-6--8), sophomore Joey Dekker (2-0--2)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Derek Olmschenk (0-6--6), sophomore Max Jackson (2-1--3)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Alex Bailey (3-3-1, 2.86, .846)
The coach says: “We will need captains Patrick Cullen and Derek Olmschenk to lead the youth. We hope to be in the mix of a balanced Suburban East Conference and section.”


Dodge County Wildcats
Last year: 3-21-1
Conference: Independent
Section: 1AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Four Seasons Arena
Head coach: Eric Hoffmann
Career record: 18-32-1
Assistant coaches: Chris Ernest, Brent Haala
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/4
Top returning forwards: Junior Sam Robinson (10-11--21), junior Spencer Senn (10-4--14), senior Stefan Rechtzigel (8-5--13), senior Christian Schillo (5-4--9), senior Thor Knutson (3-4--7), junior Benton Westrom (3-2--5), senior Grant Klancher (0-2--2), junior Chase Westphal (0-1--1), senior Dakota Dodds (0-1--1), senior Dakota Swank (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Sam Wick (2-4--6), junior Brock Leisen (1-4--5), senior Bryan Knessel (2-3--5)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Eric Olson, junior Shawn Cady
The coach says: “We’re looking to build off of last season’s development. We will have 15 returning players, including nine seniors and six juniors, along with 17 incoming sophomores. We will be deep with returning players and will have a strong defensive corps, along with four goalies, including our starter from last year Eric Olson. We will also be looking to capitalize our offensive strengths with the amount of young players coming into the program.”


Duluth East Greyhounds
Last year: 29-2-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 7AA
State trips: 1958, 60 Champs, 61, 64, 75, 91, 94, 95 Champs, 96, 97, 98 Champs, 2000, 03, 04, 05, 09, 10, 11, 12
Home arena: Duluth Heritage Sports Center
Head coach: Mike Randolph
Career record: 485-131-19
Assistant coaches: Terry Johnson, Brendan Brooks, Dylan Mills, Kyle Kolquist, Louie Krenzen
Top returning forwards: Senior Ryan Lundgren (16-35--51), senior Alex Toscano (17-15--32), senior Jack Forbort (8-13--21), senior Hogan Davidson (6-5--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Meirs Moore (13-34--47), junior Phil Beaulieu (4-18--22), senior Andrew Kerr (0-6--6), junior Alex Trapp (1-3--4), senior Beau Hughes (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Dylan Parker (18-1-0, 1.26, .933), senior Brent Vizanko


Eagan Wildcats
Last year: 25-5-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (15-1-1)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 2006, 11, 12
Home arena: Eagan Ice Arena
Head coach: Mike Taylor
Career record: 157-84-10
Assistant coaches: Jim Becker, Mike Thomas, Todd Carlson, Doug Wattson, Tom Freeman, Ben Williams
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/11
Top returning forwards: Senior Zach Glienke (27-15--42), senior Cullen Willox (16-22--38), junior Jack Jenson (3-9--12), senior Zach Schultz (4-5--9), senior Josh Loew (3-2--5), junior Max Eisenheimer (1-1--2), junior Peter Zibley (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Will Peterson (11-21--32), senior Nick Smallidge (1-2--3), junior Tommy Muck (0-2--2), senior Tommy Joyce (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Andrew Lindgren (9-0-0, 1.34, .902)
The coach says: “We will be younger but we will have skill. We will have to learn to play as a team. We will have to learn to have a high competitive level every shift. We will need to play good team defense.”


East Ridge Raptors
Last year: 9-16-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (5-11-2)
Section: 3AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Cottage Grove Ice Arena
Head coach: Doug Long
Assistant coaches: Bill McClellan, Kori Pearson, Tyler Seidel, Kevin Stofer
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/5
Top returning forwards: Senior Jack Greeley (6-14--20), senior Ian Penvose (7-12--19), senior Tyler Fitzsimmons (10-4--14), senior Devin Donohue (8-2--10), junior Jake Nickoloff (3-3--6), junior Joey Schutz (4-1--5), junior Nicholas Leach (1-3--4), senior Brady Hanson (0-2--2), senior Jacob Behnken (0-1--1), senior Riley Hugdahl (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Ryan Karrow (2-10--12), senior Tyler Hart (2-4--6), senior Danny Johnson (1-3--4), senior Steven Fronek (1-1--2)
The coach says: “We return a strong nucleus of forwards and defensemen. We are also looking for 3-4 newcomers to make a strong contribution. We graduated 2 senior goaltenders, but have two solid juniors that are poised to take the reigns.”


Eastview Lightning
Last year: 10-14-2
Conference (record): South Suburban (5-11-1)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 2001
Home arena: Apple Valley Sports Arena
Head coach: Drey Bradley
Assistant coaches: Sam Bauler, Brian Plaszcz
Top returning forwards: Senior Ryan McNamara (12-15--27), junior Jake McGlocklin (8-8--16), senior Nick Abbott (7-5--12), senior Ethan Murray (1-2--3), senior Kevin Wobschall (0-3--3), junior Brett Schweiger (1-1--2)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Mitch Beattie (2-6--8), senior Brady Kelley (1-3--4), junior Pierce Erickson (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Matt Montgomery (5-4-0, 3.20, .877)


Eden Prairie Eagles
Last year: 17-8-1
Conference (record): Lake (4-4-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1992, 99, 2001, 03, 09 Champs, 11 Champs
Home arena: Eden Prairie Civic Center
Head coach: Lee Smith
Career record: 363-132-26
Assistant coaches: Greg Aslakson, Steve Olinger, Matt Bertram, Joe Krmpotich
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/7
Top returning forwards: Senior Andrew Knudsen (15-20--35), junior Colton Schmidt (14-20--34), senior Mason Bergh (9-21--30), junior Steven Spinner (20-10--30), senior John Sullivan (6-6--12), junior Jack Keeley (4-8--12), junior Harry Pajor (2-6--8)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Luc Snuggerud (5-15--20), junior Hunter Warner (1-9--10), senior Tyler Leddy (1-4--5)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Jake Gerdes (8-1-1, 2.86, .888)
The coach says: “We hope to improve through the course of the season, so we can be a factor in our tough conference and section. We like our high skill level and work ethic of our players. We have depth and experience at all our positions. That we all play together!”


Edina Hornets
Last year: 23-6-0
Conference (record): Lake (6-2-0)
Section: 2AA
State trips: 1973, 74 Champs, 77, 78 Champs, 79 Champs (East), 81 (West), 55, 56, 57, 60, 62, 67, 68, 69 Champs, 70, 71 Champs, 72, 82 Champs, 83, 84 Champs, 87, 88 Champs, 89, 95, 96, 97 Champs, 98, 2000, 07, 08, 09, 10 Champs, 11, 12
Home arena: Braemar Ice Arena
Head coach: Curt Giles
Assistant coaches: Dave Terwilliger, Don Beaupre, Dave Langevin, Dick Blooston
Top returning forwards: Junior Connor Hurley (26-32--58), sophomore Dylan Malmquist (26-23--49), senior Andy Jordahl (10-22--32), junior Tyler Nanne (7-15--22), junior Miguel Fidler (6-12--18), senior Anthony Walsh (1-15--16), senior Bo Brauer (8-5--13), senior Tim Spicola (9-2--11), junior Cullen Munson (3-4--7), junior Alec Oesterreich (0-3--3)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Matt Nelson (3-16--19), senior Parker Reno (2-14--16), senior Ryan Hatch (1-4--5), junior Jack Hulstrand (3-0--3), senior Hayden Anderson (0-2—2)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Willie Benjamin (18-7-0, 2.39, .910)


Elk River/Zimmerman Elks
Last year: 16-9-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (12-5-1)
Section: 7AA
State tourney appearances: 1993, 99, 2001 Champs, 02, 04, 05
Home arena: Elk River Ice Arena
Head coach: Gordie Roberts
Assistant coaches: Rob Loftus, Mike Seibert, Ben Gustafson, Mike Jackson, Roger Stawski
Top returning forwards: Junior Andrew Zerban (24-7--31), sophomore Jake Jaremko (9-17--26), junior Austin Larson (2-8--10), junior Chase Springman (4-4--8), sophomore Peter Jones (5-3--8), junior Kyle Badger (0-1--1), senior Tim Sanford (1-0--1), Briggs Leadens (1-0--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Wyatt Ege (6-11--17), junior Blake Hillman (2-4--6), junior Colton Budreau (1-4--5), senior Cooper Bleyhl (0-4--4), senior  Alexander Miller (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Mac Berglove


Farmington Tigers
Last year: 7-17-2
Conference (record): Missota (4-9-1)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1994, 2000
Home arena: Schmitz-Maki Arena
Head coach: Keith Revels
Career record: 259-146-14
Assistant coaches: Todd Karich, Shawn Anderson, Dan Pickens
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/7
Top returning forwards: Senior Grant Hauswirth (5-17--22), senior Kevin Olund (7-9--16), junior Jake Erickson (6-5--11), junior Dan Block (2-4--6), junior Dallas Tucker (1-4--5), senior Jason Thomas (2-2--4), junior Chris Fitzgibbons (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior John Donnelly (2-5--7), senior Jordan Lugowski (1-6--7), senior Zach Colaw (3-2--5), junior Corey Rudrud (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Austin Krause, junior Nick Schoening
The coach says: “We expect a competitive tryout process this season as one of most successful youth age groups begins transitioning to high school level. We have a good core group of returners that we hope will be complimented with some talented newcomers. With our increased numbers we also hope to add depth to our line up at forward and defense. ”


Forest Lake Rangers
Last year: 12-14-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (9-9-0)
Section: 7AA
State trips: None
Home arena: FLAAA Sports Center
Head coach: Aaron Forsythe
Career record: 61-63-9
Assistant coaches: Dan Forsythe, Chris Parrucci, Jon Loo, Matt Fenno, Bill Coleman, Jim Hipp
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/9
Top returning forwards: Junior Brent Gravelle (11-15--26), senior Cody Rogala (4-7--11), junior Weston Kilpela (4-4--8), senior Kyle Parker (3-3--6), senior Trevor
Thompson (3-0--3), junior Ryan Herbert (1-0--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jack Schmidt (3-6--9), junior Clayton Dahly (1-3--4), senior Noah Brown (0-3--3), sophomore Brandon Rogers (2-0--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Brian Levorson (6-8-0, 4.11, .859), junior Jesse Garcia (6-6-1, 3.00, .889)
The coach says: “We’re entering this season with a lot of potential as a team. There are several key roles that need to be filled for this team to be a success, including, consistent scoring and energy players. Our strength lies on the blue line with the return of Jack Schmidt and Brandon Rogers who both logged significant minutes on defense last year. The returning forwards possess speed and move the puck well. Several of forwards will be looked upon for consistant scoring including Brett Gravelle, Kyle Parker, Cody Rogala and Weston Kilpela. If two or three of these players along with several newcomers can create offense this team will take others by surprise.”


Grand Rapids Thunderhawks
Last year: 19-7-0
Conference (record): Iron Range (5-1-0)
Section: 7AA
State trips: 1972, 74, 75 Champs, 76 Champs, 77, 78, 79, 80 Champs, 81, 88, 90, 91, 2006, 07
Home arena: IRA Civic Center
Head coach: Bruce LaRoque
Assistant coaches: John Rothstein, Tony Clafton, Nate Elsen
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/9
Top returning forwards: Junior Avery Peterson (14-34--48), senior Cody Mann (15-18--33), senior Reid Holum (5-7--12), senior Zach Frazier (3-4--7), Hunter Mackenhausen (1-0--1), John Crippa (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jake Bischoff (11-29--40), senior David Horsmann (7-12--19), senior Curtiss Simonson (5-13--18)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Hunter Shepard (8-2-0, 2.20, .908)
The coach says: “We are looking forward to the hockey season as we return 11 letterwinners. Within that core are many players who have dedicated a lot of time on and off the ice to getting better. Along with this returning group there are some younger players who we feel can help us compete against the teams we will be facing during the regular season and playoffs. Up front we will have several players returning from last year’s team who will have to carry the load as some of the less experienced players adjust to the rigors of playing a strong schedule. The key to us having a successful season is using the season to get better as a group, staying healthy and committing to and playing strong defensively.”


Hastings Raiders
Last year: 14-12-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (9-8-1)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 1971, 85, 98, 99, 2000, 01
Home arena: Hastings Civic Arena
Head coach: Russ Welch
Career record: 433-283-12
Assistant coaches: Dustin Vogelgesang, Jeff Niederkorn, Adam Welch
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/8
Top returning forwards: Junior Mark Huneke (13-13--26), senior Andrew Bussey (14-6--20), senior Bailey Siewert (6-9--15), senior Zach Mellick (8-7--15), junior Colin Shoen (2-10--12), senior Jake Canneff (2-1--3), senior John Siebenler (0-2--2), junior Jacob Cooper (0-1--1), junior Matt Flynn (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Matt Koch (3-15--18), junior Andy Neuman (1-3--4), senior Brandon Boogren (1-2--3)
The coach says: “We feel that we could have a team that can be in the top half of the conference again, as well as our section. We have very good depth at forward as well as at defense. For us to be successful we need to have a goalie step up and take the net. We will have one senior, three juniors and a sophomore all competing for that spot.”


Hill-Murray Pioneers
Last year: 24-7-0
Conference (record): Classic Suburban (14-0-0)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 83 Champs, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 91 Champs, 92, 93, 97, 99, 2000, 02, 06, 07, 08 Champ, 09, 10, 12
Home arena: Aldrich Arena
Head coach: Bill Lechner
Career record: 314-102-15
Assistant coaches: Pat Schafhauser, Tony Ciro
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/5
Top returning forwards: Senior Zach LaValle (28-36--64), junior Willie Brown (17-17--34), junior Tyler Funk (5-6--11), senior Ryan Black (1-8--9), sophomore Zach Mills (3-3--6), senior CJ LaChappelle (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Sam Becker (4-12--16), junior Logan Sharp (2-2--4), senior Dan Dolan (0-3--3), sophomore Davis Zarembinski (2-0--2), senior Shane Finnegan (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior John Dugas (18-6-1, 2.27, .903), senior Travis Neubeck (5-1-0, 2.12, .933)
The coach says: “We lost some graduating seniors and some players leaving early to pursue their different roads, but the players returning that believe in the complete package of Hill-Murray will be ready to represent their team again. We finished the 2012 season as undefeated conference champs, Section 4AA champs and State Class AA runner-ups. Even though we are proud of our season, we fell one championship night win away from our goal! We will try to gain that for 2013, just as our competion will!”


Holy Angels Stars
Last year: 10-13-2
Conference (record): Missota (10-2-2)
Section: 2AA
State trips: 1999, 2002 Champs, 03, 04, 05 Champs
Home arena: Richfield Ice Arena
Head coach: Billy Hengen
Assistant coaches: Alex Rogosheske, Dan Kronick, Jeff Sagal, Ryan Ess
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/5
Top returning forwards: Senior Mario Bianchi (25-34--59), senior Tony Haeg (22-22--44), sophomore Marshall Barnes (11-14--25), junior Andrew Willner (9-10--19), senior Tyler Lodin (4-10--14), senior Tucker Haffner (2-8--10), junior Tommy Sullivan (4-3--7), senior Ben Haeg (1-2--3), sophomore Joe Sullivan (0-2--2), junior Shon Jordan (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Frankie Mork (12-28--40), junior Christian Wise (4-3--7), senior Parker Loving (1-4--5), senior Jake O’Keefe (3-1--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Will Dupont, sophomore Jack Trudell
The coach says: “All the forwards will be returning from the 2011-12 season. Additionally, a deep and talented group of sophomores will be competing for significant playing time in the forward lineup. The defense will be a key to the team’s success as a few inexperienced defensemen will be asked to step up and contribute in the top four rotation. Goaltending should be strong as the team has many talented goalies jockeying for the top spot on the depth chart. The coaching staff will have a new look behind the bench this year with Billy Hengen, Alex Rogosheske and Dan Kronick, all of which have Division I and/or pro hockey playing experience. Jeff Sagal and Ryan Ess will be in charge of the goaltenders on both JV and Varsity. This year’s team has strong leadership and a tremendous work ethic. The returning seniors have the ability and desire to lead this year’s team to a successful season.”


Holy Family Catholic Fire
Last year: 18-8-0
Conference (record): Wright County (8-4-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Victoria Field House
Head coach: Noel Rahn
Career record: 32-19-1
Assistant coaches: Ken Eddy, Ryan Theros
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/6
-Top returning forwards: Sophomore John Peterson (22-41--63), sophomore Shane Gersich (30-30--60), senior Garrett Reibling (17-16--33), senior Sam Stenson (15-17--32), freshman Wil Garin (11-20--31), junior Joey Marooney (12-17--29), senior Max Mork (6-6--12)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Ryan Swanson (4-33--37), junior Dylan Woolf (6-24--30), senior Billy Bigham (2-17--19), senior Jack Schliesman (0-5--5), sophomore Matt Runyon (1-2--3), sophomore Ben Wilson (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Derrick LaCombe (9-7-0, 2.90, .895)
The coach says: “This will be our second year at Class AA and we will need to learn from the previous season’s experiences. The schedule for this season is much stronger and the squad will need to be focused for every game. We are still pretty young, however, the players are more seasoned. Section 6AA is going to be hefty again, but our expectations for the team will not be lowered because of this. Performing at the highest level, playing the game the right way and keeping a positive attitude will be the definition of success. It should make for a fun and exciting season.”


Hopkins Royals
Last year: 10-16-0
Conference (record): Lake (0-8-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1975, 80
Home arena: Hopkins Pavilion Ice Arena
Head coach: Rolf Ulvin
Assistant coaches: Chris Gehrke, Justin Micek
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Tim Weiner (6-6--12), senior Trace Bolstad (3-6--9), junior James Copulis (5-1--6), senior Max Ostenso (2-4--6), sophomore Noah Bragg (2-0--2), junior Ryan Kimbrel (2-0--2), senior Ryan Davis (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Anthony DeGiulio (3-4--7), senior  Austin Bizal (1-5--6), sophomore Matt Hines (0-3--3), senior Matt Koch (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Sam Dalton (3-5-0, 4.34, .861), sophomore Josh Kuehmichel (7-11-0, 4.00, .881)
The coach says: “We need to improve every game and work hard.”


Irondale Knights
Last year: 9-14-2
Conference (record): North Suburban (3-6-1)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 1979, 80, 81
Home arena: Schwan Super Rink
Head coach: Adam Schmidt
Assistant coaches: Dustin Majewski, Ronnie Druk, Tim Fisher
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/3
Top returning forwards: Senior Jack Tuomie (9-13--22), senior Tony Bridgeman (9-8--17), junior Kilen Eilefson (9-4--13), senior Kyle O’Connor (7-4--11), senior Gage Parsons (1-3--4), senior JP Stickney (1-3--4), senior Vinnie Martinjako (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Alex Fredberg (10-7--17), senior Alex LaPorte (4-4--8), junior Barrett Reif (3-5--8), senior Logan Johnson (1-6--7)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Esko Aukee (8-11-1, 3.18, .894), senior Preston Brandes (1-3-1, 3.75, .833)
The coach says: “I expect us to compete and be competitive in every game we play this season. We have a veteran group of players who should be primed for an exciting season. I expect us to be strong defensively, but we’ll need a few players to step up offensively if we’re going to make some noise in our conference and our section.”


Lakeville North Panthers
Last year: 14-14-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (7-10-0)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 2002, 03, 04 (as Lakeville), 06, 10, 11
Home arena: Ames Arena
Head coach: Trent Eigner
Assistant coaches: Ryan Kraft, Brad Defauw, Bob Altavilla, Matt Lundin
Letterwinners returning: 12/8
Top returning forwards: Junior Tristan Hazlett (4-23--27), junior Conner Hyden (14-11--25), senior Jack Diercks (6-8--14), senior Austin Tisdell (4-3--7), senior Matt Ostdiek (5-1--6), senior sam Petrick (1-4--5), junior Ian Klotz (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Erik Rutt (3-13--16), senior Alex Wood (2-7--9), senior Alec Larson (2-7--9), sophomore Jack McNeely (3-1--4), Brendan Cole (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Jake Anderson (2-4-0, 3.82, .877)
The coach says: “We will be very experienced at defense with five returning letterwinners, four of them being seniors. We will have a good mix of young talent and gritty veterans at forward and we will have five goalies competing for playing time everyday. We have a very tough schedule completing in the South Suburban Conference as well as Duluth East, Hill-Murray, Eden Prairie and the SLP Holiday Tournament. We will have a group of hard-workers that compete every night.”


Lakeville South Cougars
Last year: 22-9-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (14-4-0)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 2002, 03, 04 (as Lakeville), 08, 12
Home arena: Hasse Arena
Head coach: Kurt Weber
Assistant coaches: Brandon Smieja, Rich Kadrlik, Matt Schmit
Letterwinners returning/lost: 6/10
Top returning forwards: Junior Patrick Lauderdale (21-22--43), senior Justin Doeden (11-13--24), senior Mack Farley (3-10--13), senior Ben Freemark (0-5--5), junior Drew Byers (0-4--4), senior Westin Baumann (3-1--4), senior Leo Steinmetz (1-1--2), junior Matt Lembeck (1-0--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Cam Jackson (1-14--15), senior Jake Rahbain (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Tyler Schumacher (10-3-0, 2.88, .880)
The coach says: “This year will see a lot of new faces on the varsity. We know we have some players who will step up and fill the shoes our of very talented seniors who graduated. Our strength will be our skill and speed and the areas we will need to focus on will be getting guys experience and each player finding his role.”


Maple Grove Crimson
Last year: 24-4-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (16-1-1)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 2012
Home arena: Maple Grove Community Center
Head coach: Gary Stefano
Career record: 234-142-6
Assistant coaches: Josh Hicks, Chris Dopp, Justin Strunk
Letterwinners returning/lost: 8/10
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Josh Passolt (23-22--45), junior Sam Valerius (15-17--32), junior Nate Erickson (3-11--14), senior Josh Augustine (0-4--4), senior Chris Freemark (3-0--3), Austin Hauser (1-2--3)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Joe Franta (2-19--21), junior Drake Thomsen (0-5--5), senior Nolan Kermode (2-1--3), senior Charlie Thomsen (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Junior John Danielson
The coach says: “As the season goes along, look for (us) to be right there at the end, fighting for another section title.”


Minneapolis Novas
Last year: 19-3-4
Conference: Two Rivers (8-1-3)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1994 (as Edison), 1959, 60, 64 (as Henry), 56, 58, 61, 63, 66, 67, 74, 78, 92 (as Roosevelt), 50, 54, 55, 57, 93 (as South), 51, 52, 53, 55, 65, 68, 69, 70 Champs, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76 ,77, 80 (as Southwest), 48, 46, 59, 60, 62, 79 (as Washburn), 46, 47 (as West)
Head coach: Joe Dziedzic
Top returning forwards: Senior Henry Christman (21-31--52), senior Joe Guimont (18-33--51), junior Cris Grassel (4-13--17), senior Josh Martin (9-5--14), senior Jimmy Roth (5-8--13), senior Peter Hacker (3-8--11), senior Josh Huisken (6-3--9), junior Stellan Christensen (1-4--5)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Tony Pnewski (7-17--24), senior Ian Whitehead (4-4--8), junior Jimmy Julin (0-2--2), Dylan Rouse (0-2--2), Jack Larson (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior T.J. Mosley (6-7-0, 3.84, .869)
The coach says: “Growing up in the city, I’m excited for the opportunity to bring this program to the next step. There are obstacles everywhere, but they seem to be bigger in the city. Tony Pnewski, Henry Christman and Joe Guimont really need to be our best players if we’re going to have a good year. They’re seniors who have put in a lot of time in the program. They’re hard working with grit and character.”


Minnetonka Skippers
Last year: 24-4-0
Conference (record): Lake (6-2-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1985, 90, 94, 2006, 10
Home arena: Pagel Activities Center
Head coach: Brian Urick
Career record: 112-26-4
Assistant coaches: Joe Urick, Steve Aronson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Max Coatta (23-25--48), senior Connor Thie (11-24--35), junior Jack Ramsey (8-14--22), senior Jared Ridge (6-11--17), senior Justin Bader (8-7--15), senior Charlie Huminski (4-2--6), senior Bjorn Hansen (1-0--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Tommy Vannelli (7-18--25), senior Jimmy Schuldt (2-16--18)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Paul Ciaccio (14-2-0, 1.60, .909)
The coach says: “ We expect to be in the running for the Lake Conference title and Section 6AA championship. I think the strength will be our depth we should have the ability to roll three lines and wear teams down. We will have players that will be able to put the puck in the net, our success lies on the backend. If we have good goaltending and solid defensemen we should be right there with the top teams in Section 6AA.”


Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake Stars
Last year: 7-18-2
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (2-5-1)
Section: 8AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Moose Sherritt Ice Arena
Head coach: Sheldon Weston
Career record: 295-246-22
Assistant coaches: Jeff Nelson, Sean Dunn, Dave Howe, Arin VanCulin, Bill Manuel, Eric Nelson
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/6
Top returning forwards: Junior Colton Jones (11-14--25), junior Oliver Winsor (6-12--18), senior Reese Carstens (7-9--16), junior Mason Vetsch (4-11--15), senior Robbie Stromme (7-7--14), junior Brooke Evans (5-7--12), junior Sammy Johnson (3-3--6), junior Mark Rieger-Borer (0-1--1), senior Nate Nelson (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Spencer Nelson (5-14--19), junior Tyler Mros (0-5--5), senior Birk Olson (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Austin LeBrun
The coach says: “The key to our success for this season is 100 percent dependent on what the athletes did in the off-season! We are looking to fill a lot of open holes in every position. There are some very talented hockey players on this year’s squad, the question is, did enough of them prepare for the season? It’ll be my challenge as the head coach to put together combinations that work and a system that fits with what we’ve got. Our core group is very talented, the question is who will be the supporting cast!”


Moorhead Spuds
Last year: 22-7-0
Conference (record): Mariucci (7-0-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: 1992, 93, 94, 95, 97, 2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 09, 11, 12
Home arena: Moorhead Sports Center
Head coach: Pete Cullen
Letterwinners returning/lost: 6/12
Top returning forwards: Senior Tony Uglem (23-14--37), senior Thomas Carey (8-24--32), senior Nicholas Uglem (11-20--31), junior Aaron Herdt (10-10--20)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Eric Barker (2-6--8), senior John O’Connor (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Tanner Johnson
The coach says: “Goaltending will be our strength two senior goalies returning. We will be a young team and will need to be very strong defensively to win games.”


Mounds View Mustangs
Last year: 14-11-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (9-8-1)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1968, 69, 76, 77, 78
Home arena: Shoreview Ice Arena
Head coach: Rick Thomas
Assistant coaches: Ed Aguirre, Aaron Fulton, Frank Hernandez
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/8
Top returning forwards: Senior Darian Romanko (21-18--39), senior Ryan Elvidge (5-14--19), Andrew Bjorklund (10-7--17), senior A.J. Rupert (6-9--15), senior Jacob Tretsven (2-4--6), sophomore Wyatt Meyer (0-3--3)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Josh Lavalle (5-8--13), senior John Sarafolean (3-6--9), senior Max Knutson (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Brandon Smith (14-11-1, 2.46, .898), senior Brandon Johnson
The coach says: “I feel that this should be one of our more successful seasons when it comes to wins/losses. We have a solid core of returning players, many which will be three-year letterwinners. We will be deep up front which I feel will make players earn their ice time. I think our key, just like many other teams, will come down to the players putting the team first! If they are willing to stay focused on our team goals and support each other, it could make for a very fun season. I always want my seniors to leave saying, ‘That was one of the greatest times I’ve ever had playing the game.’”


North St. Paul Polars
Last year: 15-11-0
Conference (record): Classic Suburban (9-5-0)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1961, 67, 70, 81
Home arena: Polar Arena
Head coach: Jerry Diebel
Assistant coaches: John Anderson, Nate Peasley, CJ Willms, Nate Dey
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/10
Top returning forwards: Junior Tyler Oliver (16-41--57), junior Justin Oliver (23-30--53), senior Mark Meister (14-10--24), senior Ryan Donovan (3-1--4), senior Jake Dahlberg (0-2--2), junior Hunter Lovdokken (1-0--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Frank Flaherty (1-2--3), senior Kyle Blom (0-2--2), senior Pete O’Brien (0-2--2), senior Sam Hei (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Gabriel Splichal
The coach says: “We will return a number of experienced players. They have been on a team which has compiled winning records over the past few seasons. They have the attitude that we will win games. We have been able to score and we should have that ability again.”


Northern Lakes Lightning
Last year: 11-13-2
Conference (record): Mid-State (4-3-1)
Section: 8AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Breezy Point Ice Arena, Hallett Community Center
Head coach: Shawn Chambers
Career record: 79-42-9
Assistant coaches: Tony Fulton, Tony Maucieri
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/9
Top returning forwards: Senior Kegan Couture (16-14--30), senior Ben Moe (10-12--22), senior Dillon Johnson (9-11--20),  senior Kyle Narveson (7-8--15), senior Aspen Florey (6-8--14), senior Hunter Leslie (4-4--8), junior Nick Blanchette (3-3--6), junior Jonah Lelwica (1-1--2)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Gaven Bickford (5-6--11), senior Alex Galligan (1-4--5), sophomore Austin Mesenbrink (1-4--5)
The coach says: “Offensively, we only lost two of our top 10 scorers so we should be stronger with a lot of returning letterwinners.”


Osseo Orioles
Last year: 11-16-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (8-12-0)
Section: 5AA
State trips: 1994
Home arena: Dick Vraa Memorial Ice Arena
Co-head coaches: Mark Phenow/Kevin Wiley
Career record: 57-48-3
Assistant coach: Kyle Moody
Letterwinners returning/lost: 6/13
Top returning defensemen: Senior Drake Stimpson (3-3--6), junior AJ Lyons (0-3--3), senior Tyler Sims (1-2--3)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Alex Otto (7-11-0, 4.37, .849), junior Connor Dahlberg (1-3-0, 4.20, .872)
The coach says: “We will be a very young team after graduating 13 seniors. Our strength should be goaltending and defense. We have both goalies back and return three defensemen that played a ton last year. We need some young guys to step up and score some goals as we virtually lost all our forwards. We expect to have numerous sophomores playing varsity this year”  


Owatonna Huskies
Last year: 14-10-2
Conference (record): Big 9 (11-5-1)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1998
Home arena: Four Seasons Centre
Head coach: Josh Storm
Assistant coaches: Eric Standke, Doug Voss, Chris Goodew
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/10
Top returning forwards: Senior Matt Ratzloff (16-14--30), junior Soren Colstrup (15-15--30), junior Aaron Kirsch (7-17--24), Mason Bloomquist (0-3—3), junior Gunnar Elstad (2-0—2), senior Zach Bueltel (2-0—2), senior Connor Bird (1-1—2), senior Robert Deetz (0-1—1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Alex Whited (1-7—8), senior Tyler Yentsch (1-5—6), senior Matt Kimball (1-1—2)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Jake Tveite (4-12-0, 4.16, .866), senior Sean Hale (2-3-0, 3.75, .845), senior Jake Tveite (1-4-0, 4.69, .816)
The coach says: “I believe that our strength is going to be on the defensive side of the puck. Our D corps should be strong and I believe we will have a good mix of young and veteran players.”


Park of Cottage Grove Wolfpack
Last year: 13-10-4
Conference (record): Suburban East (6-9-3)
Section: 3AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Cottage Grove Ice Arena
Head coach: Jay Moser
Assistant coaches: Doug Keys, Chris Rudh, Wayne Kemper, Mike Kielsa, Mike Moline
Top returning forwards: Senior Luke Nelson (17-9--26), senior Cody Newton (4-15--19), senior Chris Peterson (7-11--18), senior Jacob Garr (8-9--17), junior Eric Stoffel (2-8--10), junior Pat McCarthy (0-1--1), senior Russ Damsgard (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Nick Moser (6-2--8), junior Alex Kielsa (2-5--7), senior Dylan Radke (0-4--4)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Matt Palmquist


Prior Lake Lakers
Last year: 16-11-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (10-7-0)
Section: 2AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Dakotah Sports & Fitness
Head coach: Joe Pankratz
Assistant coaches: Kevin Ingvalson, Todd Kennedy, Brad Thompson
Top returning forwards: Senior Dylan Zins (12-11--23), junior Jack Murphy (8-15--23), senior Gavin Smith (10-11--21), senior Blake Busch (6-8--14), senior Austin Hill (4-6--10), junior Jeff Pieper (3-7--10), Tyler Grobel (0-4--4)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Connor Bump (2-15--17), senior Joey Kleven (3-14--17), senior Sam Taylor (1-6--7)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Jordan Moran, Nick Vidmar
The coach says: “The Lakers return a large portion of their 2011-12 roster and look for a strong season in 2012-13. The Lakers had an adjustment period in 2011 moving from the Missota Conference to the new South Suburban, but had an extremely competitive second half of the season including a first round section win over Holy Angels. Depth will be a key this year. We have three solid lines and three returning varsity defensemen, as well as the starting goaltender. The Lakers look forward to the upcoming season!”


River Lakes Stars
Last year: 14-13-0
Conference (record): Central Lakes (5-10-0)
Section: 8AA
State trips: None
Home arena: Koronis Civic Arena, River Lakes Civic Arena
Head coach: John Pulsifer
Assistant coaches: Steve Frank, Barry Nelson, Kiefer Dahle
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/12
Top returning forwards: Senior Jake Herges (17-9--26), senior Austin Athman (18-5--23), senior Stefan Tomovic (7-10--17), senior Matt Kissner (2-10--12), senior Nick Bergeson (4-6--10), senior Dylan Jude (3-4--7), senior Austin Stone (1-1--2)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Reed Pfannenstein (13-10--23)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Chris Skluzacek (9-7-0, 3.94, .890)
The coach says: “I am expecting a little more success this season. We have great talent and a good group of sophomores and juniors. The key to our success will be how committed they were to train in the offseason.”


Robbinsdale Armstrong Falcons
Last year: 7-18-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (4-15-1)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1959 (as Robbinsdale)
Home arena: New Hope Ice Arena
Head coach: Danny Charleston
Assistant coaches: Matt Vokes, Pete Hayek
Top returning forwards: Junior Cole Goergen (6-10--16), senior Kristian Evans (3-5--8), senior Tommy Wood (2-6--8), senior Ben Hansen (4-1--5) senior Nick Malmgren (2-3--5), senior Blake Babineau (1-3--4)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Eric Udelhoven (2-9--11), senior Brady Johnson (3-4--7), senior Brady Anderson (0-4--4)


Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks
Last year: 9-16-1
Conference (record): North Suburban (1-9-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1959 (as Robbinsdale)
Home arena: New Hope Ice Arena
Head coach: Bill Rooney
Assistant coaches: Derrick Raymond, Casey Maikkula, Derek Olson, Ross Jerpseth, Dan Jerpseth
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/9
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Alex Stager (5-6--11), junior Hayden Gautsche (4-7--11), junior Greg Nightingale (1-3--4), junior Nick Larson (1-2--3), junior Joe Huber (0-1--1), sophomore Jordan Szymanski (1-0--1), junior Parker Jacobs (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Dylan Erickson (0-1--1), sophomore Nathan Linderholm (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Angel Hillstrom, sophomore Keegan Husom, senior Kelly Sandhofer
The coach says: “We have lost most of our scoring from last year. We return 12 goals out of the 82 goals we scored last year. We need to replace six of our top nine forwards and three of our top five defensemen.  The good news is we return all of our goalies, who gained plenty of experience last year. We will have plenty of players in new roles this year and we will gain experience as we go. Top returning scorers are Hayden Gautsche and Alex Stager. We also return staring goalie Angel Hillstrom who played in 23 games last year.”


Rochester Century Panthers
Last year: 18-7-2
Conference (record): Big 9 (13-2-1)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1945, 46, 47, 48 (as Rochester), 2005, 07, 09
Home arena: Rochester Recreation Center
Head coach: Josh Klingfus
Assistant coaches: Aaron Neurer, Doug Zmolek, Bucky Flores
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/8
Top returning forwards: Junior Hayden Ashworth (12-27--39), senior Dalton Travis (15-9--24), sophomore Jake Roth (4-10--14), senior Andrew Boysen (2-1--3), sophomore Andrew Peterson (0-2--2), sophomore Mitchell Hoover (1-1--2), senior Drew Applegath (1-0--1), senior Nicholas Musta (0-1--1), junior Nils Boyum (1-0--1), sophomore Samuel Batterson (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Riese Zmolek (5-8--13), senior Matthew Sturchio (3-7--10), senior KiJana Humphreys (1-2--3), junior Thomas Miksch (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Eric Rohleder (1-1-0, 3.00, .860)
The coach says: “Our team has tremendous work ethic and that should serve us well in close games and as the season progresses. While we have skilled underclassmen joining our team, we will have to be patient as they adjust to the high school game.”


Rochester John Marshall Rockets
Last year: 13-11-2
Conference (record): Big 9 (12-6-0)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1945, 46, 47, 48 (as Rochester), 1977 Champs, 78, 79, 88, 89, 96
Home arena: Rochester Recreation Center
Head coach: Jay Ness
Assistant coaches: Matt Erredge, Chris Ratzloff
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/7
Top returning forwards: Senior Gavin Sandwick (14-24--38), senior Hunter Heightland (14-16--30), senior Alex Lovett (8-12--20), junior Sam Broman (10-6--16), senior Nick Paulson (9-6--15), junior Jared Bromberg (1-11--12), senior Mitch King (2-0--2), junior Jack Christensen (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Alec McGinn (11-11--22), junior Garrett Strom (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Jacob Garvey (8-7-2, 2.28, .901), senior Jimmy Casazza (5-4-0, 2.26, .888)
The coach says: “We have a good crop of seniors. Our underclassmen will need to step up. Goaltending will be strong.”


Rochester Mayo Spartans
Last year: 17-10-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (13-3-0)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1945, 46, 47, 48 (as Rochester), 82, 92, 94, 95, 97, 99, 2000
Home arena: Graham Arena
Head coach: Lorne Grosso
Career record: 641-409-25
Assistant coaches: Todd Huyber, Bob Haskins, Max Bahr
Top returning forwards: Senior Adam Alcott (9-26--35), senior Max Whitney (12-10--22), senior Ryan Martin (15-7--22), senior Nolan Edwards (10-10--20), junior Matt Rogers (11-5--16), junior Tommy Hanson (11-2--13), junior Justyn Sweet (5-2--7)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Tommy Fjelsted (5-10--15), senior Will Holtan (1-7--8)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Case Hanson (10-9-0, 3.09, .897), junior Lucas Utley


Roseau Rams
Last year: 16-10-1
Conference (record): Mariucci (6-4-1)
Section: 8AA
State trips: 1946 Champs, 47, 53, 55, 57, 58 Champs, 59 Champs, 61 Champs, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 75, 77, 78, 79, 81, 83, 84, 90 Champs, 91, 98, 99 Champs, 2000, 06, 07 Champs, 08, 10
Head coach: Andy Lundbohm
Career record: 51-29-2
Assistant coaches: Bryan Erickson, Jared Gustafson, Shawn Goos
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/9
Top returning forwards: Junior Alex Strand (31-31--62), junior Zach Yon (26-27--53), senior Alex Ziegler (13-20--33), junior Alex Halstensgard (6-14--20), senior Corey Olson (1-2--3), senior Trustin Gust (1-2--3), junior Brady Castle (1-1--2), junior Jack Helgeson (1-1--2), senior James Braun (1-1--2)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Tanner Okeson (6-23--29), junior Cole Bjuson (3-14--7), junior Jared Pahlen (0-3--3), junior Austin Hogenson (1-0--1)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Ryan Anderson (2-0-0, 2.00, .913)
The coach says: “Expectations in Roseau are always high. It’s the nature of the hockey in this town. We lose a good group of seniors but we have an eager bunch of underclassmen to take the reins. Our strength will be in the amount of games our returners have under their belt. We had a lot of underclassmen play and contribute last year.”


Rosemount Irish
Last year: 6-21-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (1-16-0)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 1992
Home arena: Rosemount Community Center
Head coach: Brad Stepan
Assistant coaches: Matt Larson, Tom Smekar, Rickey Sainty, Rick Sainty Sr.
Letterwinners returning/lost: 5/12
Top returning forwards: Senior Ted Schultz (13-9--22), senior Austin Anderson (5-4--9), junior Tyler Frank (3-5--8), senior Evan Weiand (1-3--4), junior Zach Bichler (1-2--3), senior Tom Linder (1-1--2), junior Nate Sackett (0-1--1), senior Nick Swanson (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Anthony Winters (5-5--10), senior Luke Meade (0-8--8), junior Justin Crowell (0-4--4), junior Andy Glad (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Tom Fraune, senior Austin Leslie, junior Torin Anderson


Roseville Area Raiders
Last year: 17-9-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (11-6-1)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1987, 2002, 03
Home arena: Roseville Skating Center
Head coach: Pete Aus
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/11
Top returning forwards: Senior Robb Stautz (7-6--13), junior Drew Colvard (7-3--10), senior Tony Arias (3-2--5), senior Ross Stecklein (0-2--2)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Pearcy Marks (0-3--3)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Zach Larson (9-7-2, 2.15, .919)
The coach says: “This team will be a team that again has to rely on their defensive play. Goaltending will lead the way with seasoned veteran Zach Larson. We will have good depth at all positions, but will need to play a disciplined style in order to compete on a consistent level. Captains Robb Stautz and Drew Colvard will provide exceptional leadership for this year’s team.”


Shakopee Sabers
Last year: 4-21-1
Conference (record): Missota (2-12-0)
Section: 2AA
State trips: 2005
Home arena: Shakopee Ice Arena
Head coach: Lee Engstrom
Assistant coaches: Jamey Boots, Paul McMorrow
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/10
Top returning forwards: Junior Ben Jasper (7-4--11), junior Bubba Kubes (1-5--6), sophomore Sam Scott (2-0--2)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Sheldon Miks (3-5--8), senior Brett Vogel (2-1--3), senior Ryan Nickell (0-2--2), junior Cullen Sievek (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Sean Surbaugh, junior Andrew Lyon
The coach says: “We’re building on a young team with new leadership. We have a core group of younger kids who are athletes and understand what it takes to continue to change a program in a positive direction.  We have solid goaltending by a junior duo and a game-changing defenseman in 6-4 Sheldon Miks who has a great first pass, vision and patience that is rare to see. We’re looking for younger forwards to contribute and increase scoring.”


St. Cloud Tech Tigers
Last year: 8-16-2
Conference (record): Central Lakes (6-7-2)
Section: 8AA
State trips: 1945, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52
Home arena: St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex
Head coach: Joel Heitkamp
Assistant coaches: Jerry De Gagne, Jeff Althaus
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/8
Top returning forwards: Junior Tanner Skaja (10-17--27), junior Riley Bates (5-8--13), senior Austin Keller (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Matt Brettingen (3-10--13), senior Joe Setrum (0-6--6), senior Justin Oberg (1-2--3), junior Connor Wendt (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Austin Althaus, senior Jade Frank, senior Riley Miller
The coach says: “The 2012-13 Tigers will be led by a group of players that are still quite young. The Tigers will play a core of boys that gained a lot of playing experience last year as sophomores and juniors. These juniors and seniors this year should help the Tigers make some improvements on the 8-16-2 record we had last year. Look for a fast team that gets up and down the ice and a tough defensive team that takes pride in keeping the puck out of the net.”


St. Francis Fighting Saints
Last year: 9-15-3
Conference (record): North Suburban (5-4-1)
Section: 7AA
State trips: None
Home arena: East Bethel Ice Arena
Head coach: Tyler Schaff
Career record: 16-34-3
Assistant coaches:  Andy LaHoud, Bradley Marlowe, Jason Lindberg
Letterwinners returning/lost: 19/2
Top returning forwards: Senior Cameron Kaehler (13-19--32), junior Ryan Mohar (7-10—17), junior Kyle Wagner (11-8--19), senior Aaron Folk (8-7--15), junior Ben Falk (4-6--10) senior Jimmy Mayer (5-5--10), sophomore Lucas Carroll (2-3--5), senior Tate Blankenship (2-3--5), senior Stephen Vincent (2-2--4), sophomore Tanner Schmid (1-0--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Zach Froesch (17-15--32), senior Ryan Mohar (7-18--25), senior Brett Aldrich (5-5--10), junior Sam Karas (0-6--6), senior Justin Nielsen (2-3--5), junior Carter Hilgers (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Darion Hanson, senior Mitchell Zebro
The coach says: “As always, the expectations for the season are very high. We will be returning 19 letterwinners from the previous season that will include 11 seniors. Our program will also be returning two goaltenders with varsity experience who accounted for all of the varsity minutes last season. We expect our seniors and underclassmen to continue to lead by example both on and off the ice. While striving for excellence on the ice and in the classroom, we will continue to witness a selfless team effort at all times. We have a very balanced attack with a lot of varsity experience both at forward and defense. Continuing to grow as a team will be the key to our success.”


St. Michael-Albertville Knights
Last year: 14-11-1
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (5-3-0)
Section: 7AA
State trips: None
Home arena: St. Michael-Albertville Arena
Head coach: Jerr Johnson
Career record: 96-83-6
Assistant coaches: Dan Miller, Jon Foucault
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/10
Top returning forwards: Senior Jon Gibbs (7-18--25), senior Nate Fishbach (7-12--19), senior David Anderson (10-8--18), junior Brett Marshall (3-0--3)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Matt Kisch (6-13--19), senior Cade Gamrath (4-11--15), senior Mitchell Schneider (2-3--5), junior Connor Spetz (0-3--3), senior Aaron Michaelson (1-1--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Matt Borgen (6-1-0, 4.27, .864), junior Darin Maki
The coach says: “We will be looking to our senior class for leadership.  After graduating 10 seniors, we could have 13 seniors on the team this year. Our strength to start the season will be the return of six key defensemen in seniors Mitchel Schneider, Cade Gamrath, Aaron Michaelson, and Zac Borgen, and juniors Matt Kisch and Connor Spetz.  Connor is coming off a season-ending injury and looks like he will be a leader offensively and defensively. In the nets senior Matt Borgen is the only goalie returning with substantial varsity experience last season. We will have to be great in the defensive end to start the season with most of our experience back there. Offensively, we will be looking to replace the goal scoring of Jake Larson who graduated as the all-time goal leader in STMA history with 67 career goals. Jon Gibbs, David Anderson and Nate Fishbach are the only returning players with more than 10 points and we will look to them to be our leaders up front. Our team had a great offseason and is setting their sites on winning the Mississippi 8 conference for the first time. Last season we finished second to Rogers and are looking to overtake the top spot this time. With this being our second year in AA, we have scheduled the toughest schedule ever with many great AA teams, highlighted by a match-up with Duluth East. The players are excited about the challenge ahead of them this season. We got a our feet wet last year with some good teams and really saw what it takes to compete with the top teams in our section with our quarterfinal loss to Andover.”


St. Paul Como Park Cougars
Last year: 6-17-0
Conference (record): Tri-Metro (0-12-0)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1948, 54, 58, 69, 72, 73, 74, 79 (as Harding), 1952, 53 (as Humboldt)
Home arena: Minnesota State Fairgrounds Coliseum
Head coach: David Bakken
Career record: 11-38-1
Assistant coaches: Jon Engeswick, Steve McCormack
Top returning forwards: Senior Sawyer Scanlan (17-8--25), senior Mitch McNamee (7-12--19), senior Tom McCullough (4-9--13), senior Eric Wagner (5-3--8), junior Peter Gaertner (0-3--3), senior Billy Mangan (1-0--1)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Tom Stinar (0-6--6)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Ernie Mantel, junior Greg Marthaler


St. Paul Johnson Governors
Last year: 14-12-1
Conference (record): Tri-Metro (6-6-0)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1649, 47 Champs, 51, 52, 53 Champs, 54, 55 Champs, 56, 57, 59, 61, 63 Champs, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 84, 91, 95
Home arena: Phalen Ice Arena
Head coach: Moose Younghans
Assistant coaches: Greg Pogreba, Jim Munkiwitz, Rob Jensen
Letterwinners returning/lost: 6/14
Top returning forwards: Senior Matt Ranum (4-2--6), senior Krishjanis Griva (2-3--5), senior Matthew Blees (2-2--4)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Thomas Murphy (3-1--4)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Samual Moberg (14-12-1, 4.55, .825)
The coach says: “We’ll be pretty young early but work real hard and develop. In the second half of the season, we will be competitive.”


Stillwater Area Ponies
Last year: 13-12-2
Conference: Suburban East (10-6-2)
Section: 4AA
State trips: None
Home arena: St. Croix Recreation Center
Head coach: Phil Housley
Career record: 101-90-19
Assistant coaches: Paul Benson, Jay Cates, Pete Hamilton, Matt Doman
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/6
Top returning forwards: Senior Nick Anderson (7-16--23), senior Zach Fedie (3-8--11), junior Aaron Kasinak (4-6--10), junior Wyatt Stotts (5-3--8), junior Brandon Jungmann (2-3--5), senior Chad Smith (2-3--5), senior Austin Litchke (1-2--3), sophomore Devin Cates (1-1--2), senior Nick Peterson (1-1--2), junior John Heddle (1-0--1), junior John Peterson (1-0--1), junior Peyton Gosso (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Jake Cass (5-13--18), junior Mitch Reinke (2-10--12), sophomore Zach Eder-Zdechlik (2-5--7), senior Josh Clark (1-2--3), senior Connor Johnston (0-1--1), senior Payton Hosch (1-0--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Colton Anderson (1-1-1, 3.18, .897)


Tartan Titans
Last year: 10-16-1
Conference (record): Classic Suburban (4-9-1)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 2004, 05
Home arena: Tartan Arena
Co-head coaches: Jim McElmury, Steve Romanchuk
Assistant coaches: Ray Sierakowski, Bob Talirico, Tom Johnsen, Nick Hanley
Top returning forwards: Senior Jake Jackson (25-19--44), senior Eric Olheiser (8-24--32), junior Brady O’Sullivan (8-16--24), junior Zach Ledman (9-7--16), senior Mike Friberg (8-3--11), senior Kevin Reddy (7-1--8), senior Charlie Lupelow (3-2--5), senior Ben Longfellow (0-2--2)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Mike Winberg (3-21--24), senior Jacob Picht (2-11--13), junior Eric Geskerman (3-8--11), senior Jake Kurschner (2-7--9), junior Zach Moore (0-1--1)
The coach says: “We will return 14 players who played the majority of our ice time in 2011-12. We anticipate a few JV players to fill in the remaining holes. We are hoping for more balanced scoring with all three lines. Our inability to score at critical times last season were game changers.”


Wayzata Trojans
Last year: 16-10-1
Conference (record): Lake (4-4-0)
Section: 6AA
State trips: 1954, 2004
Home arena: Plymouth Ice Center
Head coach: Pat O’Leary
Assistant coaches: Marc Sorensen, Duke Johnson, Case Paxton
Letterwinners returning/lost: 7/12
Top returning forwards: Senior Jalen Wahl (6-18--24), junior Brian Machut (3-5--8), senior Alex Sorenson (3-3--6), senior Chase Haller (2-3--5), senior Akash Batra (2-1--3), junior Jack Sorenson (2-1--3), Chad Olson (0-1--1)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kyle Olson (3-6--9), junior Chandler Lindstrand (0-8--8), Alec Hemenway (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Aaron Dingman (1-2-0, 2.02, .928)
The coach says: “We’ll be really young and our talent will go up quite a bit in regards to skill level. But they have to play some games. We are thriving on the fact that everyone is going to pick us to finish third or fouth (in the Lake Conference). That’s OK. We’re building.”


White Bear Lake Bears
Last year: 14-11-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (13-4-1)
Section: 4AA
State trips: 1945, 46, 49, 51, 56, 66, 67, 70, 82, 89, 90, 94, 95, 96, 98, 2001, 03, 05, 11
Home arena: Aldrich Arena
Head coach: Tim Sager
Assistant coaches: Chris Anderson, Matt Greer, Joe Dustin, Zach Faust, Steve Collova
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/9
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Jake Wahlin (15-30--45), senior Ben Wilke (6-4--10), senior Alex Bocchi (7-3--10), senior Seth King (3-6--9), senior Peter Deppert (2-3--5), senior Neal Burke (1-1--2)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Thomas Delaney (6-6--12), senior Jon Tauer (2-4--6), junior Jake Dittel (1-1--2)
The coach says: “We have a group of returning players with a lot of experience. We should have a great competition for our goaltending position. We return three experienced defensemen and a lot of forwards. Quickness and a willingness to play in our own zone should be keys for us to have a successful season.”


Winona Winhawks
Last year: 9-18-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (4-11-0)
Section: 1AA
State trips: 1952
Home arena: Bud King Ice Arena
Head coach: Fran McDevitt
Assistant coaches: Jim Martin, Rob Rousseau
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/5
Top returning forwards: Senior Ryan Grant (11-13--24), senior Nick Rowe (6-10--16), senior Alex Johnson (6-7--13), senior Nick Arnold (6-6--12), senior Skyler Grossell (3-7--10), senior Jacob Kelly (6-2--8), junior Isaac Larson (2-2--4), junior Jack Kauphusman (0-2--2)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Jake Kline (4-5--9), senior Luke Hemker (4-4--8), junior Alex Rickoff (3-4--7)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Andrew Yeske (9-15-0, 4.27, .868), senior Jared Clark, junior Wyatt Hamernik
The coach says: “This year’s team will be filled with veterans. This experience should help us reach some of our goals. The strength of the team will be our defensive group. Our top four will all have played at least one full season of varsity hockey. This should lead to a decrease in scoring chances allowed. To our benefit, six of our forwards will also be veterans. This experience and depth will truly benefit us, especially early in the season. Our goals will be simple: Compete, each and every period. If we can do that, good things will happen.”


Woodbury Royals
Last year: 7-15-4
Conference (record): Suburban East (2-12-4)
Section: 3AA
State trips: 2007, 08
Home arena: Bielenberg Ice Arena
Head coach: Wes Bolin
Career record: 423-250-34
Assistant coaches: Mike Tollefsbol, Daren Messmore, Dave Iannazzo, Bryan Boreen, Jon Szafranski, Scott LaShomb
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/9
Top returning forwards: Senior Ryan Winter (8-10--18), junior Jack Glaeser (2-5--7), senior Ford Pendleton (1-4--5), senior Dan Armstrong (3-1--4), senior Geno Demike (1-3--4), senior Jordan Graham (3-1--4)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Hayden Shaw (3-6--9), senior Alec Albright (0-1--1), senior Mike Hamilton (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Evan Broadbent
The coach says: “Need to bounce back from a difficult last half of the season in 2011-12 (1-12-2 in last 15 games). We were 2-10 in one-goal games in 2011-12 and never won a game in which we trailed at the end of the first or second period. We need to change this and play at least .500 in these situations. The 2011-12 season was a great lesson for returning players to understand the importance of commitment to team and strength of individual character. We have great enthusiasm of the senior class and some strong younger players.”