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Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Warroad enter the season as the No. 1 girls’ high school hockey teams in Minnesota

After the jump, the 2013-14 Minnesota Girls’ High School Team Previews:

Academy of Holy Angels Stars
Last year: 8-15-2
Conference: Tri-Metro
Section: 5A
Home arena: Richfield Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/3
Head coach: Jon Dundore
Years at school: 3
Career record: 11-32-3
Record at school: 11-32-3
Assistant coaches: Erin Olson, Alyssa Osaackson, Jeff Sagal
Top returning players: Senior Jessica Block, sophomore Izzy Bianchi, sophomore Michaela Hoffman, freshman Mary Kate Eiden
Top returning defenseman: Sophomore Abby Welsch
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Caroline Riester, junior Maddie Schertler
Top newcomers: Morgan Medved, McKenzie Johnson, Maddie Hastings
The coach says: “Team speed and improving offensive skills will make us a threat to score more this year. Add that we are coming off a great defensive year where we cut our goals against in half versus the previous year and we should be a force to be reckoned with.”

Achiever Academy Aces
Conference: Independent
Section: 4A
Home arena: Vadnais Heights Sports Center
Head coach: Chris Peterson
Years at school: First
Career record: 42-14-2
Assistant coaches: Meaghan Pezon, Tom Osiecki, Willy Volk
The coach says: “Team chemistry will be our biggest challenge as a first-year program.This group of kids has never skated together before, so it will take some time to develop. With a roster dominated by eighth and ninth graders, every game will be a learning experience. Some tough games against well-coached/skilled teams (Eastview, Hopkins, North Wright County, Dodge County) early in the season will definitely help.”

Albert Lea Tigers
Last year: 10-16-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (7-11-0)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Albert Lea City Arena
Head coach: Paul Willett
Years at school: 4
Career record: 18-29-4
Record at school: 18-29-4
Assistant coaches: Brianna Lutz, Laura Hillman
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Hannah Savelkoul (21-17--38), senior Sydney Overgaard (6-21--27), Sarah Savelkoul (11-14--25)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Anna Anderson (26-14--40)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Katie Schwartz (10-15-0, 3.38, .891)

Alexandria Cardinals
Last year: 19-8-2
Conference (record): Central Lakes (9-1-2)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Runestone Community Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/6
Head coach: Blair Hovel
Years at school: First
Career record: 11-12-4
Assistant coaches: Brittin Boike, Mark Niska, Ashley Holmes
Top returning forwards: Senior Melissa Drown (11-7--18), senior Taylor Ellingson (7-7--14)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman McKenzie Revering (7-7--14), junior Nicole Bartels (6-6--12), sophomore Lauren Niska (3-6--9)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Amy Jost (12-4-1, 1.75, .920), junior Bailey Serum (7-4-1, 3.21, .860)
The coach says: “Strengths will be goaltending and defense with strong position play and a lot of quality time on varsity ice. Also a hard work ethic, these girls know how to work both on and off the ice. Weakness will be scoring goals. This team lost a lot of their scoring from last year, but they have a lot of girls ready to contribute this year.”

Andover Huskies
Last year: 18-6-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (15-3-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Andover Community Center
Head coach: Melissa Sailor
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Luke Volk, Sophie Borgerding, Tom Anitzberger, Sanya Sandahl
Top returning forwards:  Senior Mikayla Goodin (21-20--41), senior Abbie Turpin (13-12--25), sophomore Sidney Portner (11-8--19), senior Rebecca Voltin (4-20--24), sophomore Michelle Holmes (3-4--7)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Sierra Langlie (5-16--21), sophomore McKenzie Sederberg (0-4--4), senior Taylor Hartje (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Maddie Rooney (.930)
Top newcomer: Haley Tomberlin
The coach says: “We return a core group of players who have had success in the past and will be looked to for leadership. We have a lot of new faces around the Husky hockey program from a new coaching staff to 16 new players in our program who are excited to build a tradition with hard work and pride. ”

Anoka Tornadoes
Last year: 13-11-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (13-11-2)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Anoka Area Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/7
Head coach: Pete Hayes
Years at school: 10
Career record: 134-90-16
Record at school: 134-90-16
Coach’s alma mater: Anoka
Assistant coaches: Bob Hewitt, Rod Sandstrom, Brian Larson, Brenda Mitshulis
Top returning forwards: Senior Blair Parent (21-20--41), junior Abby Sanford (3-3--6), junior Hailey Miller (1-5--6)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Amanda Kimmerle (6-10--16), junior Monica Sjodin (0-3--3), junior Ashton Bell, sophomore Taylor Kinn
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Molly Scarborough (13-11-1, 2.67, .892)
The coach says: “Our strengths include one of the most exciting players in the state in Blair Parent, and a solid defensive corps led by Amanda Kimmerle. We also have a very talented bunch of sophomores/freshmen that we expect to really improve as the season develops. We should have a very exciting season.”

Apple Valley Eagles
Last year: 16-11-0
Conference (record): South Suburban (10-7-0)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Apple Valley Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/3
Head coach: Don (Auggie) Erdall
Years at school: 4
Career record: 70-56-5
Record at school: 36-44-1
Coach’s alma mater: Bloomington Jefferson
Assistant coaches: Maria Stoa, Michelle (Sikich) Gustafson, Jordan Gates, Rob Walsh, Jon Norine
Top returning forwards: Senior Erica Power (14-18--32), junior Rachel Goodman (12-16--28),  senior Jennifer Thomsen (7-10--17)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Meg Thelen (2-8--10), senior Bailey Hagert (0-7--7)
The coach says: “Seven seniors (19 varsity letters), strength and depth on the blue line paired with skilled forwards that work very hard.  Very tough conference and non-conference schedule with 16 games against teams that finished in the top 20 last season.”

Austin Packers
Last year: 8-18-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (7-10-0)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Riverside Arena
Head coach: Brett Vesel
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Grace Heimsness, Kraig Vesel
Top returning forward: Sophomore Chloe Summerfield (6-7--13)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Justina Talamantes (1-9--10)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Allison Hoban (5-7-0, 4.07, .877), sophmore Mara Overby (4.22, .861)

Bemidji Lumberjacks
Last year: 11-9-5
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (6-4-1)
Section: 8AA
Home arenas: Nymore, BREC, BCA Arena
Head coach: Jackie Robertson
Years at school: First
Top returning forwards: Junior Megan Dondelinger (3-10--13), senior Savanna Hanson (6-4--10)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Mackenzie Hietala (4-7--11), senior Kelsey Isaacson (1-7--8)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Emily Frazer (1-2-3, 1.91, .908), sophomore Leighton Rockensock (4-3-2, 2.27, .860), junior Morgan Miller (5-3-1, 3.65, .822)


Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights
Last year: 25-3-0
Conference: North Suburban (10-0-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: St. Louis Park Rec Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/7
Head coach: Dave Herbst
Years at school: 8
Career record: 173-70-4
Record at school: 161-33-7
Coach’s alma mater: Hibbing
Assistant coaches: Bill Gorrill, Geno Peluso
Top returning forwards: Senior Kelly Pannek (31-45--76) senior Britteny Wheeler (29-33--62), senior Caitlin Reilly (28-33--61)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Kasi Peterson (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Abbey Miller (0.81, .959)
The coach says: “Our strength is scoring goals. We scored over 170 goals last year. Our top goal scorers last year were Kelly Pannek with 31, Britteny Wheeler with 29 and Caitlin Reilly with 28. On defense, we only allowed 20 goals all last year, but lost five defensemen to graduation. So we have some big shoes to fill on defense for the upcoming year. Our team has worked hard over the summer and we are looking forward to the season.”

Blaine Bengals
Last year: 17-9-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (13-5-0)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Fogerty Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/6
Head coach: Steve Guider
Years at school: 12
Career record: 166-114-26
Record at school: 166-114-26
Coach’s alma mater: Blaine
Assistant coaches: Pete McKenzie, Tim Morris, Chuck McQuillan, Tim Stickney
Top returning forwards: Senior Kiersten Falck (23-44--67), senior  Samantha Swanstrom (24-22--46), senior Katie Swanstrom (23-18--41), senior Amy Schlagel (20-20--40)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Abby Vogel (2-3--5), sophomore Ashley Osbeck (0-4--4), senior Ally Mezzano (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Makayla Tilton (1-0-0, 1.75, .942)
Top newcomers: Forwad Paige Beebe, forward Courtney Moser, forward Sarah Ganley, defenseman Emily Brown, defenseman Sam Auman, defenseman Kenzie Wylie, defenseman Kirsten Ziegler, goalie Morgan Cin
The coach says: “We have a hard working team and return a good deal of scoring with Falck, the Swanstrom twins and Schlagel (194 points between them). We welcome some good young talent off of our 14U team. We have very little varsity experience at the goaltender position and have competition between Makayla Tilton and Morgan Cin for that starting spot.”

Blake Bears
Last year: 22-5-3
Conference (record): Tri-Metro (9-0-1)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Blake Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/8
Head coach: Shawn Reid
Years at school: 2
Career record: 69-56-7
Record at school: 22-5-3
Assistant coaches: Alex Ward, Taya Kent
Top returning forwards: Junior Karlie Lund (26-42--68), senior Alex Lovaas (13-29--42), sophomore Carly Bullock (21-13--34), junior Jordan Chancellor (16-17--33)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Lilia Everson (3-7--10), sophomore Sylvie Wallin (2-5--7), senior Haley Aldrich (0-5--5)
The coach says: “Coming off of a state championship season, Blake will be looking to several returners to fill in the gaps left by the graduation of eight seniors including Ms. Hockey Dani Cameranesi. Karlie Lund and Carly Bullock will try to continue the success they had in last year's state tournament after being named to the all-tournament team. Captains Alex Lovaas and Haley Aldrich will be the leaders that the rest of the team will follow. Jordan Chancellor looks to continue her dramatic offensive improvements from last year while Lilia Everson will stabilize a young defensive unit.”

Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars
Last year: 16-10-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (9-7-1)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Bloomington Ice Garden
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/5
Head coach: Mark Stephan
Years at school: 4
Career record: 95-55-1
Record at school: 38-39-3
Coach’s alma mater: Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Assistant coaches: Tom Younghans, Michaela Michaelson, Dan Charbonneau
Top returning forwards: Senior Alex Brolsma (16-18--34), senior Olivia Spellmire (10-24--34), sophomore Hannah Currin (8-9--17), senior Rachel Ganske (8-4--12), senior Elle DeBlieck (3-8--11), junior Sabrina Smith (1-10--11), sophomore Kendal Fasching (1-4--5), senior Erika Beek (1-2--3)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Kalli McCullen (10-4--14), sophomore Nikki Nightengale (0-9--9), junior Sarah Freschi (0-8--8)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Bailey Plaman (1.94, .912)
Top newcomers: Forward Olivia Stone, forward Kristin Sako, defenseman Rachel Graff, defenseman Makenzie Booth
The coach says: “This team has really good depth and great attitudes. They are always smiling and working hard.”

Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors
Last year: 2-23-1
Conference (record): Central Lakes (2-10-0)
Section: 8AA
Head coach: Stephanie Sustercich
Years at school: 2
Career record: 6-45-1
Record at school: 6-45-1
Assistant coaches: Brad Hubred, Chuck Whalen, Matthew Bugnacki
Top returning forward: Junior CJ Kendall (5-4--9)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Kristina Anderson (6-5--11)

Breck Mustangs
Last year: 15-12-1
Conference (record): Tri-Metro (8-1-1)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Breck School Anderson Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 20/3
Head coach: Ronda Engelhardt
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Jeanne Wiedewitsch, Sarah Ahlquist
Top returning forwards: Junior Leah Schwartzman (15-22--37), freshman Grace Zumwinkle (16-15--31), freshman Kendall Williamson (10-11--21)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Claire Mancheski (1-15--16), sophomore Anna Zumwinkle (2-5--7)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Sydney Scobee (8-4-0, 1.08, .924, sophomore Jenna Brenneman (7-8-1, 3.20, .895)
The coach says: “Very young team again this year with a lot of talent and 20 returning letterwinners. Only lost three letter winners off last year’s team. Two goalies returning that got a lot of experience last year splitting time. Really cohesive group that cares about one another and loves to play together.”

Buffalo Bison
Last year: 20-7-0
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (6-1-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Buffalo Civic Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 6/7
Head coach: Ray Dahlof
Years at school: 8
Career record: 107-73-6
Record at school: 107-73-6
Coach’s alma mater: Bloomington Lincoln
Assistant coaches: Ed Roethke, Josh Rogers, Johanna Ellison, Mark Nordvall, Amanda Reed
Top returning forwards: Senior Lindsay Roethke (17-33--50), junior Madi Jewell (11-14--25), sophomore Abby Halluska (11-6--17), junior Ashley Effertz (9-5--14)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Allison Roethke (6-16--22), junior Kirsten Olson (4-5--9)
Top newcomer: Goaltender Kendra Carlson
The coach says: “We will have good team speed. We return some proven goal scorers. We graduated our starting goalie, Lindsey Hartfiel, who was a finalist for the Senior Goalie of the Year Award. We graduated our all -time leading scorer, Katie Rooney, who amassed 216 career points and is playing at RPI. And we graduated three starting defenders, Emily Varner, Katie Vatnsdal and Mackenzie Rixe. Senior captain, Lindsay Roethke, has committed to UConn for next year.”

Burnsville Blaze
Last year: 13-10-3
Conference (record): South Suburban (8-7-2)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Burnsville Ice Center
Head coach: Tracy Cassano
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Amanda Leisenheimer, Dana Carothers, Tom Anitzberger
Top returning forwards: Senior Briita Nelson (15-29--44), senior Lindsey Coleman (23-20--43), senior Paige Sjaja (27-15--42)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Emma Wittchow (4-19--23)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Lauren Bench (13-9-3, 2.05, .914)

Cambridge-Isanti/Mora/Pine City Bluejackets
Last year: 6-20-0
Conference: Mississippi 8
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Isanti Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/3
Head coach: Bob Nelson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 6-20-0
Record at school: 6-20-0
Assistant coaches: Bill Crotty, Ronell Kahring, Corey Bustrom, Alyssa Christionson
Top returning forwards: Senior Jordan Ramey (5-6--11), senior Kristen Eustice (4-5--9), sophomore Kylie Guimont (4-4--8)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Katie Carlson, sophomore Kassidy Westrom, freshman Jenny Phillips, senior Aly Erickson
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Paige Anfinson, freshman Megan Thomas
The coach says: “With 11 returning letterwinners, we hope to build on last year’s experience.”

Centennial Cougars
Last year: 8-18-1
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (5-12-1)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Centennial Sports Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/4
Head coach: Kristina King
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Gary Nelson, Brian Tilton
Top returning forwards: Junior Hannah Wind (6-4--10), junior Shelby Axt (4-3--7), senior Carly Taschner (3-3--6)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Jessica Boespflug (3-2--5), junior Haley Loveland (2-1--3), senior Courtney Radke (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Phaylen Meyer (.922)
Top newcomers: Anneke Linser, Gabbie Hughes
The coach says: “We are a talented team who is very persistent. We take pride in outworking other teams and that's what will make us successful this upcoming season.”

Champlin Park Rebels
Last year: 16-11-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (11-7-0)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Champlin Ice Forum
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/6
Head coach: Jim Koltes
Years at school: 4
Career record: 177-189-9
Record at school: 35-43-2
Coach’s alma mater: Robbinsdale Armstrong
Assistant coaches: Joe Head, Scott Childers, Jason Wood, Dan Shuck, Dan Goettl,
Top returning fowards: Sophomore Kaleigh Martinson (10-14--24), senior Maggie Cragg (6-10--16), senior Sydney Peluf (3-9--12), senior Marji McNamara (7-4--11), junior Abbey Dokkin (2-4--6)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Bri Johnson (6-14--20), senior Molly Rossbach (2-6--8), senior Delaney Everett (0-5--5)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Hannah Goettl (4-1-0, 2.21, .930), senior Maddy Foss (12-11-0, 3.12, .885)
Top newcomers: Natalie Burgoyne, Jordan Trapp, Emily Stoll, Kaylee Wood
The coach says: “The Champlin Park Girls Hockey players worked very hard this summer to improve the overall depth of the program. We did lose some scoring up front but new players stepped up this summer and we have added more balanced scoring and team depth. We have solid goaltending so this should give us a chance to stay in every game.As always we want to improve during the season and give ourselves a chance to compete for the section and conference titles.”

Chaska/Chanhassen Storm Hawks
Last year: 10-13-2
Conference: Missota
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Chaska Community Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 4/11
Head coach: Jeff Wahl
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Matt Olson, Bailey Vikstrom, Elisabeth Doran
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Sophia Poinar (9-10--19), freshman Lydia Passolt (10-7--17), senior Sophie Buelow (8-3--11), senior Sheridan Bergo (4-3--7), junior Victoria Holman (1-6--7), junior Sydney Kaye (0-4--4)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Megan Hinze (4-11--15), junior Kyle Eklund (1-6--7), senior Laura Johnson (0-7--7), freshman Emma Hinze (2-1--3), junior Morgan Tentis (1-2--3)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Bailey Jackson (.842), senior Carley Van Orden (.831)
Top newcomers: Forward Emilee Anderson, forward Julia Bock, forward Molly Wise, defenseman Ashley Kirchoff.
The coach says: “Even though we are quite young, we have some experience returning at forward, defense and in goal. Our top three scoring forwards, ( 90+ points ) last season have moved on to college hockey, leaving us the challenge of replacing them. We will be looking for a breakout year from a few of our forwards to meet that challenge. Five returning defenders and two experienced goaltenders should be our strength this season. The Storm Hawks are excited to once again to be a member of the Missota Conference after playing an independent schedule last season.”

Chisago Lakes Wildcats
Last year: 7-18-1
Conference: Mississippi 8
Section: 4A
Home arena: Chisago Lakes Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/2
Head coach: Jason Mahlen
Years at school: 13
Career record: 66-92-9
Record at school: 66-92-9
Coach’s alma mater: Wadena-Deer Creek
Assistant coaches: Tom Johnson, Ariel Novak, Jerilyn Glenn
Top returning forwards: Senior Allison Borgstrom, junior Amy Budde, senior Rheanna Duncan, junior Amanda Franklin, junior Courtney Baugher
Top returning defensemen: Senior Rikki Waldoch, junior Alison Route, senior Jade Wilson, junior Natalie Sandstrom, sophomore Mackenzie Lundeen
Top returning goaltender: Senior Amanda Shoquist
Top newcomers: Sierra Stendahl, Ellie Kimlinger
The coach says: “We are bringing back 18 letterwinners from last year who gained a lot of experience at the varsity level. We have been moved into Section 4A for the 2013-14 season after being moved from 7A in the offseason. Team strengths: Fast and hard working. Team weaknesses: Need to find more consistent scoring.”

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks
Last year: 14-9-2
Conference (record): Lake Superior (4-1-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Northwoods Credit Union Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/6
Head coach: Lance Horvat
Years at school: 2
Career record: 32-38-4
Record at school: 14-9-2
Assistant coaches: Pat Meisner, Dave Ellison, Michelle Allen
Top returning forwards: Junior Rachel Macaulay (10-2--12), senior Kaitlyn Miller (3-5--8)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Jade Alvillar (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Stacey Nelson, junior Sydnee Hietala, freshman Erin Genereau
Top newcomers: Courtney Ketola, Makayla Baker, Makayla Langenbrunner
The coach says: “Graduated six seniors. Team will be fairly young at forward, but with another year under their belt, they will be interesting to watch.  Defensively team will be a little young; but should be able to hold the blue line. Goaltending will be a battle.”

Coon Rapids Cardinals
Last year: 5-26-0
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (3-15-0)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Coon Rapids Ice Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/8
Head coach: Jessica Christopherson
Years at school: 4
Career record: 37-47-0
Record at school: 37-47-0
Coach’s alma mater: Coon Rapids
Assistant coaches: Matt Mossey, Kristine Beese, Adam Gronlund
Top returning forwards: Junior Allie Stalboerger (6-10--16), senior Britney DelCastillo (6-3--9), junior Bailey Ryan (5-3--8), sophomore Lily Hacket, junior Whitney Greig
Top returning defensemen: Junior  Heidi Hannula (5-7--12), sophomore Alyssa Hansen
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Ali Weber (3.51, .880), freshman Bailey Wendt
The coach says: “Very close knit team ... tough and gritty. Young players will need to fill big roles and the team will rely on a relentless approach in every game.”

Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders
Last year: 16-11-0
Conference (record): Suburban East (11-7-0)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Highland Arena
Head coach: John Pohl
Years at school: 3
Career record: 26-24-2
Record at school: 26-24-2
Coach’s alma mater: Red Wing
Assistant coaches: Krissy Pohl, Terry Skrypek, Evan Ziegler, Martha Thornton
Top returning forwards: Senior Rachel Seibel, senior Natalie Kelly
Top returning defenseman: Senior Angela Messer
Top returning goaltender: Junior Emma May

Crookston Pirates
Last year: 13-12-0
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (4-9-0)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Crookston Sports Center
Head coach: Jeff Perreault
Years at school: 2
Career record: 13-12-0
Record at school: 13-12-0
Assistant coaches: Jeremy Lubinski, Jaclyn Martin, Jake Sanders
Top returning forward: Senior Brooke Schmitz (1-11--12), senior Lizzy Awender (6-6--12)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Sabrina Delorme (5-8--13), sophomore Tori Demarais (1-11--12)
Top returning goaltenders: Freshman Lexi Cromican (9-11-0, 3.26, .873), senior Erica Allrich

Detroit Lakes Lakers
Last year: 5-22-0
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (0-7-0)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Kent Freeman Arena
Head coach: Gretchen Norby
Years at school: 3
Career record: 17-39-0
Record at school: 17-39-0
Assistant coaches: Jeff Norby, Bruce Raboin
Top returning forward: Sophomore Hailey Sonstegard (8-6--14), junior Emily Seebold (5-4--9)
Top returning defenseman: Sophomore Chandra Johnson (0-7--7)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Veronica Badurek, junior Haileigh Wenger

Dodge County Wildcats
Last year: 21-6-1
Conference: Independent
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Dodge County Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 24/2
Head coach: Jeremy Gunderson
Years at school: 8
Career record: 125-53-7
Record at school: 125-53-7
Assistant coaches: Laura Vannelli, Joe Wieners, Chad Smallbrock
Top returning forwards: Junior Dana Rasmussen (40-27--67), senior Darby Dodds (31-33--64), junior Jacie Hoehn (10-16--26), sophomore Bella Wagner (10-3--13), junior Brede Postier (7-5--13), sophomore Molly Shelton (1-9--10), senior Eryn Larsen
Top returning defensemen: Senior Emily Gunderson (12-38--50), sophomore Katie Robinson (4-24--28), sophomore Hollywood Hermanson (0-5--5), freshman Elly Strunk, senior Sam McElmury
Top returning goaltenders: Freshman Gabby Suhr (7-0-0, 1.29, .886), freshman Hannah Skoglund
Top newcomers: Barret Boyer, Ally Kelly, Ally Gunderson, Rose Kraus, Amber Miller, Kate Yeigh, Sofia Wagner, Olivia Smallbrock
The coach says: “The Dodge County Wildcats are coming off a School best 21-6-1 record including playoff wins over Rochester Century and Lakeville South before losing 3-2 to a solid Lakeville North team that placed third at the State Tournament.  DC returns 9 of their top 10 scorers from last season(24 letterwinners). The team will be anchored in net by freshman Gabby Suhr who was 7-0 last season while replacing the injured senior Anna Hunter.  This Season the Wildcats will continue to play tough opponents as an independent vs teams like Benilde-St.Margaret's, Bloomington Jefferson, South St Paul, Eden Prairie, Achiever Academy, Warroad, Buffalo, Orono, to go along with and already tough schedule of Big 9 teams. The Wildcats will play in the Centennial Holiday tournament after winning the top division of the Schwan Cup last season as well as over Thanksgiving break the Prior Lake  Tournament.”

Duluth Northern Stars
Last year: 9-14-1
Conference: Lake Superior
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Duluth Heritage Sports Center
Head coach: Cory Stafne
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Wayne Opsahl, Gina Dodge, Brenna Flatley
Top returning forwards: Senior Alexia Klaas, senior Christina Enright, senior Calie Kunst, junior Jessica Rowley
Top returning defenseman: Senior Kylie Schaub
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kaylen Henricksen
Top newcomers: Forward Montanna Viitala, defenseman Claire Lemker, defenseman Maddy Schintz, Callie Hoff, Brionna Stafne, Olyvia Opsahl    
The coach says: “The Duluth Northern Stars will look to a strong senior class to lead the way as they transition into the 2013-14 season with a new coaching staff and a young team. As captains, Alexia Klaas (UMD recruit), Christina Enright and Calie Kunst will be looked upon for both their scoring and leadership skills, while Kylie Schaub, the Stars’ only returning senior defender, will be looked upon to lead a group of young talented blueliners. Kaylen Henricksen (senior goalie) has looked sharp in the pre-season and is ready to step in after backing up Megan Hansen (Bethel College) last year. With three consecutive Minnesota12UA state berths along with a14UA state berth last year, there is no shortage of talented young players ready to complement their upperclassmen.”

Eagan Wildcats
Last year: 20-10-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (13-3-1)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Eagan Civic Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/5
Co-head coaches: Ryan St. Martin & Kallie Flor
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Bruce Anderson, Erin Baxter, Melissa Chmielewski
Top returning forward: Sophomore Brooke Madsen (17-30--47)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Emily Goff (13-7--20), senior Ali Vecellio (+15), junior Taylor Ramthun (+8)
The coach says: “After back-to-back Section 3AA Championships as well as a share of the South Suburban Conference title, this year’s version of the Wildcats is striving towards the ninth State Tournament appearance in program history. We return a strong, experienced defensive core led by three captains, all of whom have garnered interest from college coaches. Up front we are deep with three speedy lines that can turn any blocked shot or turnover into a great scoring opportunity.”

East Grand Forks Green Wave
Last year: 19-8-1
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (6-7-1)
Section: 8A
Home arena: East Grand Forks Civic Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/1
Head coach: Jim Scanlan
Years at school: 6
Career record: 70-37-3
Record at school: 70-37-3
Coach’s alma mater: Park
Assistant coaches: Brian Larson, Hillary Smith
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Haley Mack (43-24--67), senior CoCo Piche (35-18--53), junior Riley Koberinski (12-22--34), junior Alexa Mack (15-19--34), sophomore Erica Eades (9-24--33)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Mak Langei (11-25--36), junior Courtney Nelson (2-16--18), senior Karly Nelson (6-11--17), junior Colleen Mochoruk (2-6--8)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Maddie Galstad (2.52, .881)

East Ridge Lightning
Last year: 10-14-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (8-8-2)
Section: 3AA
Head coach: Tim Fink/Wes Walz (interim)
Assistant coaches: Dean Talafous, Emily Klatt, Tom Kulenkamp
Top returning forwards: Senior Kaedyn Walz (10-2--12), junior Jessie Anderson (9-2--11), sophomore Brooklyn Pierre (7-2--9), senior Kayla Bender (4-5--9)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Katie Flanders (3-4-0, 2.89, .889)

Eastview Lightning
Last year: 11-15-2
Conference (record): South Suburban (4-12-1)
Section: 3AA
Head coach: Herb Harvey
Assistant coaches: Ben Storm, Scott Kauchick, Tim Ryan
Top returning forwards: Freshman Natalie Snodgrass (19-11--30), senior Liz Palmi (12-13--25),
Top returning goaltender: Senior Courtney Companion (4-8-2, 2.77, .880)

Eden Prairie Eagles
Last year: 21-7-3
Conference (record): Lake (5-3-0)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Eden Prairie Community Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 21/3
Head coach: Jaime Grossman
Years at school: 3
Career record: 173-95-10
Record at school: 32-19-7
Assistant coaches: Tim Mahoney, Christina Lee, Steve Meyers, Terry North, Jeff Atchison, Justine Wiste
Top returning forwards: Senior Josie Olson, senior Anna Johnson, junior Charly Dahlquist, junior Angie Heppelmann, junior Allison Koloski, sophomore Katie Rydland
Top returning defensemen: Junior Lauren Boyle, junior Isabelle Brosseau, junior Ashley Astor
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Whitney Padgett, freshman Elizabeth Kubicek, eighth grader Alexa Dobchuk
Top newcomers: Lauren Oberle, Rachel Werdin
The coach says: “As a group we were happy with our State Tournament berth last season, but felt that we were a better team than we showed in our final two games. We are excited for the season to start, and have a group of kids who are willing to do the work to improve on last year’s finish.”

Edina Hornets
Last year: 15-8-5
Conference (record): Lake (3-4-1)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Braemar Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/6
Head coach: Dean Williamson (interim)
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Autumn Conway, Eric Wenkus, Scott Ryerse
Top returning forwards: Junior Taylor Williamson (28-19--47), senior Jackie Pieper (4-15--19), senior Riley Anderson (3-11--14)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Emily Eide (3-5--8), freshman Grace Bowlby (0-6--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Rebecca Sonnek (14-6-5, 1.59, .916)
The coach says: “Strengths: Team chemistry and depth amongst the forward, defense and goaltending positions will be a huge help.”

Elk River/Zimmerman Elks
Last year: 12-13-3
Conference: Northwest Suburban
Section: 7AA
Home arena: Elk River
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/5
Head coach: Joe Heasley
Years at school: 9
Career record: 141-71-16
Record at school: 141-71-16
Coach’s alma mater: Elk River
Assistant coaches: Joel Wesloh, Kevin Esperum, Andria Baumann
Top returning forwards: Junior Abbie Canton (19-9--28), sophomore Breann Simon (25 pts.), junior Samantha Westgaard (11), junior Julia Miller (9), junior Haley Williams (8), senior Emily Heid
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kayle Forster (25 pts.), freshman McKenna Wesloh (22), freshman Mandy Sailor (10), sophomore Ali Gallus (4)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Jessica Edwards (7-6-2, .900)

Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears
Last year: 8-18-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Home arena: Eveleth Hippodrome
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/2
Head coach: Dave Kunz
Years at school: 2
Career record: 24-24-2
Record at school: 8-18-0
Assistant coaches: Jamie Bonicatto, Dustin Jackson, Paula Madden
Top returning forwards: Senior Ashleigh Seabrook (8-5--13), senior Carly Hiti (5-6--11), junior Hannah Larson (5-5--10), senior Amy Rice (2-7--9), sophomore Alicia Williams (5-1--6)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Sam Mugge (13-4--17), senior Kassie Strand (1-5--6)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Kora Bonicatto (4.04, .894)
The coach says: “We return most of our team from last year and while still young, the players now have some experience and are looking to move forward.”

Fairmont Cardinals
Last year: 7-12-0
Conference (record): South Central (0-6-0)
Section: 3A
Head coach: Scott Kuhl
Assistant coaches: Casey Kester, John Korsmo
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Jalyssa Wilson (13-10--23), sophomore Brooke Lemon (10-11--21), freshman Taylor Nuss (9-4--13)
Top returning defenseman: Sophomore Tieryn Arens (4-8--12)

Faribault Falcons
Last year: 5-20-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (2-16-0)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Faribault Ice Arena
Head coach: Steve Gravgaard
Years at school: 3
Career record: 8-42-1
Record at school: 8-42-1
Assistant coaches: Erin Kastner, Jeff Salmonsen
Top returning forwards: Junior Lexus Tatge (10-4--14), senior Taylor Salmonsen (5-9--14)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Lauren Werner

Farmington Tigers
Last year: 4-19-3
Conference (record): Missota (0-8-0)
Section: 1AA
Head coach: Jon Holmes
Assistant coaches: Al Jenrich, Jason Kohlbeck, Kevin Lugowski
Top returning forwards: Junior Michaela Tonsager (8-5--13), senior Haley Doll (2-9--11)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Rachael Welzin (1-4--5)

Fergus Falls Otters
Last year: 10-14-2
Conference (record): Central Lakes (4-7-1)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Fergus Falls Community Arena
Head coach: Matt Koalska
Years at school: 3
Career record: 28-47-4
Record at school: 28-47-4
Assistant coaches: Leah Koalska, Heather Briese
Top returning forwards: Senior Megan Odland, senior Sydney Kuehl
Top returning defensemen: Senior Lauren Norgren, sophomore Annie Magnusson

Forest Lake Rangers
Last year: 15-12-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (7-10-1)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: FLAAA Sports Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/4
Head coach: Ryan Sauter
Years at school: 3
Career record: 20-29-5
Record at school: 20-29-5
Assistant coaches: Paul Bailey, Rick Shelafoe, Leah Crow, Mitch Baker
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Kaitlyn VanTassel (10-22--32), senior Alexa Bremer (11-11--22), freshman Madi Nolan (8-8--16), junior Kayla Brust (2-7--9), senior Alyssa Taylor (3-3--6)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Rachel Skoglund (8-12--20)
The coach says: “The Forest Lake Rangers had a successful 2012-13 season making it to the State Tournament for the first time since 2001, and only the second time ever. They look to improve on their successes from last season with a strong returning corps of offensive players led by senior captain Alexa Bremer, sophomore Kaitlyn VanTassel and freshman Madi Nolan. They return 16 players off of their 7AA championship roster, but the voids left by top 10 Senior Goalie candidate Abbi White (Saint Kate's), Lexi Carpenter and Amy Enrooth will be tough to fill. This year’s blueliners will be led by senior captain Rachel Skoglund and junior Mady Muntifering. The goaltender competition will be assumed by sophomore Kaylee Remington and freshman Lexi Letch. The Rangers are an up-and-coming program with lots of young talent. The biggest question to be answered will be if they are up to the challenge of being a target for their competition in the ever-difficult Suburban East Conference, as well as Section 7AA with the addition of a tough Andover squad. ”

Grand Rapids/Greenway Lightning
Last year: 12-13-1
Conference: Independent
Section: 7AA
Home arena: IRA Civic Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 8/12
Head coach: Brad Hyduke
Years at school: 6
Career record: 44-32-8
Record at school: 44-32-8
Assistant coaches: Darin Illikainen, Dale Gunderson, Chris Johnson, Ronnie Holum, Missy Howard
Top returning forwards: Junior Jordan McLaughlin, senior Hannah Schmoll, senior Aspen Anderson
Top returning defensemen: Senior Chantal Holum, sophomore Maddi Peart
Top newcomers: Madison Illikainen, Megan Dulong
The coach says: “Twelve seniors graduated from the program and so opportunity across the entire roster exists for a deep group of freshmen and sophomores. GRG returns its top two scoring forwards and defensemen to anchor the incoming players. Inexperience, particularly at defense and goalie, will be a primary area of development in the early portion of the season. ”

Hastings Raiders
Last year: 13-9-5
Conference (record): Suburban East (7-7-4)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Hastings Civic Arena
Head coach: Jeff Corkish
Years at school: 15
Career record: 203-138-33
Assistant coaches: John Klimek, Josh Colvin, Darren Reiter, Ashley Pinault, Rob Amstrong
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Kiki Radke (38 pts.), senior Sam Vlaussen (33), senior Nat Simons (32)
The coach says: “This should be a great year for us with the return of our general manager Rob, Joe McGrath, Armstrong and new coaches Darren Reiter and Ashley Kleis-Pinault. We had to get a new staff since our old assistant coach just wanted to ice fish. You bet it was that big Benny! Our team will be led by a couple of captain forwards who together stand at total of 6 feet tall. Remember the scene from Slap Shot when the Hansons were in the corner? That is what these two bring to our team. Total disrespect for the law. Our defense will be a big part of our success and should be more focused on hockey since they won’t be spending so much time in the ice house pulling out walleye. Not many teams will want to play against this defensive group since they are led by girls named Bug, Moose and Root Beer. Shivering! I would not even want to go in the rink if I had to face these three – right out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan! We have four goalies on our team who should lead us each night. Right now they lead our team in injuries with one concussion, two bad hips, a bad adductor and one who can’t find her contacts. In the end it all will depend on our 17-year veteran bus driver Jim, Walt Comisky, Happe! As long as he does not take the sledge hammer to the bus we should be all right!”

Henry Sibley Warriors
Last year: 10-15-0
Conference (record): Classic Suburban (3-9-0)
Section: 4A
Home arena: West St. Paul Arena
Head coach: Chad Norman
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Curt Selander, Melissa Goski, Mark Goldberg, Mark Lambert
Top returning forwards: Senior Erica Hillstrom (19-12--31), senior Alexa Wild (16-13--29)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Demi Cooper (4-8--12), junior Mikaela Wild (3-7--10)

Hibbing/Chisholm Bluejackets
Last year: 20-10-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Head coach: Pete Hyduke
Assistant coaches: Eric Rewertz, Michele Vesel, Pat Iozzo
Top returning forwards: Senior Katie Dye (11-17--28), senior Jessica Marsalla (15-10--25), junior Erin Scovill (12-11--23), junior Nicole DeBoom (7-9--16)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Leah Coughlin (7-12--19), senior Miranda Garrelts (1-9--10), senior Jacque Laliberte (3-4--7)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Amanda Klennart (2-2-0, 2.63, .908)

Hill-Murray Pioneers
Last year: 21-6-4
Conference (record): Classic Suburban (10-1-0)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Aldrich Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/2
Head coach: Bill Schafhauser
Years at school: 7
Career record: 147-42-6
Record at school: 147-42-6
Coach’s alma mater: Hill-Murray
Assistant coaches: Caesare Engstrom, Jake Bobrowski
Top returning forwards: Senior Sarah Bobrowski, junior Jesse Bonfe, sophomore Kate Smith, junior Becca Zarembinski, sophomore Kenzie Prater
Top returning defensemen: Senior Brittney Anderson, senior Sam Boyer, junior Kennedy Houge, sophomore Rachel Herzog
Top returning goaltender: Junior Leah Patrick
Top newcomer: McKenzie Steffen
The coach says: “We are more experienced from last season's success.The defense core will be the strength of our team. Leading Defense - Brit Anderson, senior captain (committed to St. Cloud State). Leading forward - Sarah Bobrowski, senior captain (committed to Lindenwood). We will look to our goaltending and young players to help take on a large role.”

Holy Family/Waconia Wildfire
Last year: 19-6-1
Conference (record): Wright County (6-2-0)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Victoria Recreation Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/5
Head coach: Ryan Rice
Years at school: 5
Career record: 66-34-4
Record at school: 66-34-4
Coach’s alma mater: Park of Cottage Grove
Assistant coaches: TJ Garin, Julie Rochford, Kip Rakos
Top returning forwards: Senior Sarah Rosland (14-14--28), junior Abby Hanscom (18-9--27), sophomore Megan Menzuber (20-13--33), junior Brooke Riddle, freshman Ashlyn Rakos (3-6--9)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Shania Gonzales (5-8--13), senior Jamie Kichler (3-4--7), sophomore Makayla Williams (3-4--7)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Lexi Hartman (19-6-1, 1.81, .899)
The coach says: “We bring back some experience at all positions this year, which we haven’t had in the past. We will look for some youth to step up to fill out our roster.”

Hopkins Royals
Last year: 17-7-2
Conference (record): Lake (3-3-2)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Minnetonka Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/2
Head coach: Vin Paolucci
Years at school: 15
Assistant coaches: Jon Smart, Sean Wesenberg, Steve Knaus, Tom Maeckelbergh
Top returning forwards: Junior Corbin Boyd (19-35--54), senior Nina Rodgers (27-20--47), senior Jillaine DeYoung (14-15--29), eighth-grader Kyle Hanley (7-14--21)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Grace Bizal (10-19--29), freshman Kate Glover (1-7--8), senior Ali Freie (2-2--4)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Erin O’Neil (1.67, .929)
The coach says: “The Royals finished the 2012-13 season 17-7-2. They  graduated one forward and one defenseman so they enter the 2013-14 season with 16 of the 18 players from that squad still on their roster. Those returning players represent 235 out of the 248 points they scored last season. Four of their returning players won All-State and Honorable Mention Awards last season (O’Neil, Rogers, Boyd and Bizal). Three of the returning players were members of the USA Under-18 National Team this past summer (O’Neil, Rogers and Bizal). Hopkins hopes to build off their success from last season and compete for titles in the tough Lake Conference and Section 6AA. Everyone on the team committed themselves to this season and put in an unbelievable amount of time together in the off-season to better themselves and take the team further than they finished last year. All three of their forward lines are built for speed, their defensemen are solid in both the offensive and defensive zones and their goaltender is one of the top in the state. Their skill, depth and level of compete will make this a fun team to watch this season.”

Hutchinson Tigers
Last year: 1-20-2
Conference (record): Wright County (0-8-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: Bruich Arena
Head coach: Mitch Fabel
Years at school: 11
Career record: 100-136-10
Record at school: 100-136-10
Assistant coach: Gretchen Dahl
Top returning forwards: Junior Baylee Holtz (4-10--14), senior Allison Neubarth (3-4--7)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Jordan Gugggisberg (4-4--8)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Quin McCormick

International Falls Broncos
Last year: 10-12-2
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Head coach: Gerald Bolstad
Assistant coaches: Brittany Bolstad, Jenna Debenedet, Kevin Erickson
Top returning forwards: Senior Amy Auran (17-14--31), senior Hilary Fox (12-10--22)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Katie West (5-9--14)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Keanna Carlson (6-4-2, 2.44, .892)

Irondale Knights
Last year: 19-10-1
Conference (record): North Suburban (10-2-0)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: National Sports Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/5
Head coach: Tom Rodefeld
Years at school: 17
Career record: 205-112-11
Record at school: 205-112-11
Coach’s alma mater: Madison East
Assistant coaches: Bill Mauricio, Ellie Isaacson, John Columbo, Amanda DeKanick
Top returning forwards: Senior Sam Donovan (26-24--50), senior Alex Toupal (18-21--39), sophomore Sena Hanson (23-11--34), sophomore Maddie Hentges (6-9--15), junior Maddie Rog (2-2--4)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Greta Nundahl (1-9--10), junior Megan Pieper (4-2--6), junior Becka Sinn (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Anna Pate (1.76, .912)
The coach says: “Last year we were able to go to State as the No. 6 seed in the very tough Section 5AA. We lost two great defensive players, but if some of the young girls can step up, we should be okay. The years that we have had success are the years that we have united and stayed focused. This year we have our hardest schedule ever, so we will need to push hard though the season to get better. The strength of Irondale is that our girls work hard to grow into great leaders every year, so any success that we have this year will be from the leadership of our seniors.”

Lake of the Woods Bears
Last year: 1-21-0
Conference: Independent
Section: 8A
Home arena: Baudette Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/3
Head coach: Jeff Peura
Assistant coach: Jon Schwenzfeier
Top returning forwards: Senior Samantha Ecklund, junior Haylie Timm, junior Amiee Borg, junior Sara Achen, sophomore Jaiden Dahl, sophomore Alsatia McCloud, sophomore Tessa Solo
Top returning defensemen: Senior Brooke Storbeck, junior Leah Shaw, sophomore Mikaela Sindelir
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore McKenzie Davidson
Top newcomers: Karma Andy, Jasmine Draper, Kayla Thompson, Darian Dahl, Moriah Carradice
The coach says: “We are going to be a better team with our returning letterwinners. Our skill level, knowledge and abilities have improved with the majority of our team having last year’s experience. We will be strong defensively and hopefully our offense will pick up. The addition of our new players will make our bench stronger.”

Lakeville North Panthers
Last year: 25-7-1
Conference: South Suburban
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Ames Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/6
Head coach: Buck Kochevar
Years at school: 9
Career record: 137-68-7
Record at school: 112-68-7
Coach’s alma mater: Eveleth
Assistant coaches: Richie Schrick, Steve Sabetti, Jim Jacka
Top returning forwards: Senior Alexis Joyce (16-26--42), senior Christi Vetter (18-22--40), senior Maddie McGlade (11-7--18)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Dani Sadek (18-27--45), junior Taylor Flaherty (11-8--19)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Abby Cooper (4-0-0, .936)
The coach says: “Strength: Experience and depth. We have four players starting their fifth season of varsity. Another seven players with three and four years of varsity. These girls are devoted to this team. They are tough, grateful and disciplined. This should be another exciting year.”

Lakeville South Cougars
Last year: 17-7-3
Conference (record): South Suburban (13-3-1)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Hasse Arena
Head coach: Natalie Darwitz
Years at school: 3
Career record: 38-13-4
Record at school: 38-13-4
Coach’s alma mater: Eagan
Assistant coaches: Scott Darwitz, Mason Swenson, Jaimie Horton, Claire Opsahl
Top returning forwards: Senior Annabeth Smith, junior Morgan Morse, sophomore Janna Haeg
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kalley Ravndalen, junior Kelsey Olsen, sophomore Amanda Boisjolie
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Claire Wallenta, sophomore Chloe Crosby
Top newcomer: Halle Gill
The coach says: “Core group back from last season. Looking to compete in tough South Suburban Conference and much improved Section 1AA.”

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons
Last year: 10-14-2
Conference (record): Wright County (2-6-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: Litchfield Civic Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/2
Head coach: Hannah Impola
Years at school: 3
Career record: 15-35-2
Record at school: 15-35-2
Assistant coaches: Matt Hogg, Brett Damerow, Terry Dvorak
Top returning forwards: Junior Kennedy Sommerfeld (18-16--34), senior Sarah Kivisto (18-10--28), junior Teegan Wyffels (14-13--27), junior Bobbie Jo Benda (9-10--19)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Kalley Spreiter (7-10-17), junior Lauren Knisely (4-6--10), junior Katrina Impola (1-6--7), senior Emily Smith (0-4--4)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Danielle Elam (3.70, .894), junior Abby Roediger (1.91, .875)
Top newcomers: Paige Forsman, Kait Ryynanen, Maureen O'Brien, Lauren Moe, Sandi Hawley, Addie Lokken
The coach says: “We were a young team last year, made up of mostly first-year high school players who had come from a successful 14U team. While the step up to high school was big, the girls had one of the best seasons ever for our program and are looking to build on that this season. We again have a big chunk of girls moving up from the 14U team, but they have worked together over the summer and everyone is looking forward to this season to continue the growth from last year.”

LPGE/WDC Blue Devils
Last year: 7-18-0
Conference (record): Mid-State (0-5-0)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Long Prairie and Wadena
Head coach: George Behl
Years at school: 3
Career record: 14-58-0
Record at school: 14-58-0
Assistant coach: Ryan Hanson
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Zara Einerwold (4-12--16), junior Katelyn Barthel (6-5--11), freshman Abigail Ecker (2-8--10)

Luverne Cardinals
Last year: 15-5-0
Conference (record): Southwest (8-0-0)
Section: 3A
Home arena: Blue Mound Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/5
Head coach: Tony Sandbulte
Years at school: First
Assistant coach: Dakota Steensma
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Makayla Sterrett (33-28--61), sophomore Madisyn Dingmann (21-15--36), sophomore Madi Oye (8-19--27), freshman Mariah Aukes (8-9--17)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Ellen Dahl (8-9--17), freshman Carly Serie (4-9--13), senior Briana Erickson (1-7--8)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Kennedy Gonnerman (15-5-0, 2.89, .833)
Top newcomers: Emilie Bartels, Maddie Dinger
The coach says: “We plan to have an up-tempo style of play using our team speed. We're going to limit time and space in our D-zone and transition quickly. If we play as a team, work hard and buy-in to the new systems and philosophies presented, I feel we can find success during the 2013-14 season.”


Mahtomedi Zephyrs
Last year: 8-13-5
Conference (record): Classic Suburban (2-7-3)
Section: 4A
Home arena: St. Croix Rec Center
Letterwinners returning: 16
Head coach: Laura May
Years at school: 2
Career record: 8-13-5
Record at school: 8-13-5
Assistant coaches: Katie Frischmann, Lee Erickson
Top returning forwards: Junior Madison Bergren will be a player to watch for the Zephyrs this season. She is a tough skater with a challenging shot. Emma Bartholomew and Chrissy Rathmanner also have potential to make a difference this season with their play-making abilities and leadership qualities.
Top returning defensemen: Ellie Deans, Maddie Marshall and Aimee Krebsbach all bring experience and skill to our defensive zone. Ninth-grader Anna Erickson will also be adding to the mix with smart defense and offensive ability. 
The coach says: “The 2013-14 Zephyrs will be a cohesive group with a hard-working core. All varsity players with the exception of one goalie, will have played varsity in previous seasons which maintains a competitive nature day in and day out. Captains Ellie Deans, Maddie Marshall and Chrissy Rathmanner will deliver strong leadership keeping their team focused on the goals they have set. The Zephyrs are not afraid to battle.”

Mankato East/Loyola Cougars
Last year: 22-6-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (17-1-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: All Seasons Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/7
Head coach: Nate Fuller
Years at school: 8
Career record: 75-105-5
Record at school: 75-105-5
Coach’s alma mater: Fridley
Top returning forwards: Senior Rebekah Kolstad (30-25--55), senior Amanda Broman (10-17--27), junior Kylie Paulson (15-12--27)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Ali Schreiber (8-25--33), senior Tatum Schulz (2-9--11), sophomore Kalli Steinberg (2-3--5)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Katie Paulson (21-6-0, 2.24, .880)
Top newcomers: Bella Davis, Taylor Kanstrup, Gina Stoner
The coach says: “The Cougars are looking to have another strong season this year as they are coming off their most successful season ever finishing with a record of 22-6 and missing advancing to the State Tournament by one goal in a hard fought Section Final game with Mound Westonka.  The Cougars graduated a large Senior class last season, but this years' Cougars have high expectations and are determined to step up and fill those roles.”

Mankato West Scarlets
Last year: 7-19-1
Conference (record): Big 9 (3-15-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: All Seasons Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/3
Head coach: Mike Sipe
Years at school: 3
Career record: 134-118-12
Record at school: 134-118-12
Assistant coach: Tom Villagomez
Top returning forwards: Senior Callie Looft (16-14--30), senior Julia Snelson (9-12--21), eighth-grader Courtney Bloemke (9-2--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Bre Black (7-11--18), junior Lynn Braun (1-4--5)
Top returning goaltenders: Sophomore Maggie Cusey, senior Maddie Zellmer
The coach says: “We improved as last season went on and hope to build on that with 15 returning letterwinners.”

Maple Grove Crimson
Last year: 13-11-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (10-6-2)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Maple Grove Community Center
Head coach: Rob Potter
Years at school: 4
Record at school: 38-34-6
Assistant coaches: Eric Bugenhagen, Joey Olson
Top returning forwards: Senior Katie Josephson (9-10--19), senior Summer Thibodeau (11-7--18), junior Abby Larson (9-6--15)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Paige Naasko (6-6--12), senior Sydney Sanford (1-6--7)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Breanna Blesi (11-8-2, 2.19, .898), sophomore Whitney Padgett (2-2-0, 2.46, .910)

Marshall Tigers
Last year: 9-14-1
Conference (record): Southwest (7-2-0)
Section: 3A
Home arena: Schwans
Head coach: Kevin Schroeder
Years at school: 10
Assistant coaches: Cassi Schreckenghaust, Deanna Suby, Kevin Moran
Top returning forwards: Junior Hanna Peterson (12-19--31), senior Lizzie Archbold (17-11--28)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Sierra Wagner, sophomore Morgan Morrill

Minneapolis Novas
Last year: 11-13-1
Conference (record): Tri-Metro (3-7-0)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Parade Ice Gardens
Head coach: Sarma Ozmen
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Kevin McMullen, Emrah Ozmen, Jody Horak
Top returning forwards: Senior Katy Fuller, junior Sadie Baker
The coach says: “We have a senior-heavy roster, including one of the state's top forwards in Katy Fuller.  She should help lead our team to improvement on last year's record. A new head coach might mean an adjustment for the players. ”

Minnehaha United
Last year: 3-21-2
Conference (record): Tri-Metro (1-8-1)
Section: 4A
Home arena: Minnehaha Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/4
Head coach: Jeff Lanz
Years at school: 2
Career record: 38-108-10
Record at school: 3-21-2
Assistant coaches: Craig Teiken, Tim Duggan
Top returning forwards: Senior Sara Lynn, senior Samantha Mullinix, senior Rachel McNamara, senior Elleni Oberle, sophomore Saakje Hoekstra
Top returning defensemen: Junior Molly Houghton, sophomore Katherine Wohletz
Top returning goaltender: Junior Julia Carle
Top newcomers: Defenseman Elsa Deinema, defenseman Ellie Schneider
The coach says: “Team strength is in goaltending and senior leadership. As a whole, we will be competitive but we need to put the puck in the net much more. This is a very hard-working group of girls; what we lack in talent we make up with hard work and dedication.”


Minnetonka Skippers
Last year: 27-4-0
Conference (record): Lake (6-2-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Pagel Activity Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/8
Head coach: Eric Johnson
Years at school: 9
Career record: 153-59-16
Record at school: 153-59-16
Coach’s alma mater: Robbinsdale Armstrong
Assistant coaches: Adam Kragthorpe, Maureen Hardwick, Chad Thorp, Gina Denucci, Dave Rogalski
Top returning forwards: Senior Diana Draayer (10-19--29), sophomore Presley Norby (6-3--9), sophomore Katie McMillan (4-2--6)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Sydney Baldwin (8-20--28), junior Kelsey Crow (5-8--13)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Hannah Ehresmann (11-1-0, .917)
The coach says: “Strong talent on defense with two returning blueliners in Baldwin and Crow. Strong presence in goal with Ehresmann. Graduated Nos. 1 and 2 all-time Tonka leading scorers (Laura Bowman and Amy Petersen), but our current forwards are eager to fill the void.”

Moorhead Spuds
Last year: 9-17-1
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (2-8-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Moorhead Sports Center
Head coach: Kaylee Black
Years at school: 4
Career record: 34-40-3
Record at school: 34-40-3
Assistant coaches: Ali Bondy, John Schultz, Kelsey Brovick
Top returning forwards: Freshman Kristen Dreschel (21-15--36), senior Tori Davis (17-10--27)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Rebakah Hakk (8-11--19), junior Micaela Mjoness (1-8--9)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Brianna Storms (6-8-0, 2.75, .915)

Moose Lake Area Rebels
Last year: 14-10-3
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Home arena: Riverside Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/4
Head coach: Joe Mohelsky
Years at school: 8
Career record: 66-104-11
Record at school: 66-104-11
Coach’s alma mater: Moose Lake
Assistant coaches: Lance Nordstrom, Chris Gamst, Dustin Sieben, Rachel Borchardt
Top returning forwards: Freshman Jessica Bird (21-16--37), senior Andrea Youngberg (15-5--20)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Jamie Bird (5-9--14), sophomore Jessica Paull (3-5--8)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Cassie White (1.50, .935)
Top newcomers: We have a great rookie class this year with a number of players with good skills, a positive attitude and a willingness to compete.
The coach says: “We have a relatively young team this year with only three senior and two junior lettermen returning. They will provide the leadership and focus the team is gong to need in order to reach our goals. The bulk of our players will be from the eighth grade through sophomore year ranks, but their skills and determination reach far beyond their years. We look to be competitive in our section again this season and have added some new teams to our regular season.”

Morris/Benson Area Storm
Last year: 4-19-0
Conference (record): Southwest (4-4-0)
Section: 6A
Head coach: Jim Berens
Assistant coach: Mike Curtis
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Hanna Lindblad (6-6--12), junior Emily Walz (6-2--8)

Mound Westonka White Hawks
Last year: 20-9-1
Conference (record): Wright County (5-3-0)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Thaler Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/6
Head coach: Chris Erickson
Years at school: 6
Career record: 119-90-3
Record at school: 79-54-2
Assistant coaches: Tyler Erickson, Karen Axtell, Steve Hules, Rianne Imdieke
Top returning forwards: Senior Grace Holman, junior Abby Brustad, freshman Liz Schepers
Top returning defensemen: Junior Jori Mazurck, junior Sam Burris, freshman Ellie Burris
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Emma Polusny
The coach says: “We will be a strong team that was moved into Section 5A this past year. We are looking forward to competing with five of the top teams in the state from this past season. We will be more balanced and still have a young team. We are looking forward to what the upcoming season brings.”

Mounds View Mustangs
Last year: 24-2-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (15-1-2)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: National Sports Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/3
Co-head coaches: Aaron Moberg/Chris Hanson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 24-2-2
Record at school: 24-2-2
Assistant coaches: Teige Cahill, Lindsey Hjelm, Jodi Winters
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Sydney Brodt, junior Emmy Michaelson, senior Cristi Oliver, junior Maddy Quickstad, sophomore Julia Unterseher
Top returning defensemen: Senior Bella Sutton, senior Megan Nickel, sophomore Kirsten Cash
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Mary Dingmann, senior Paige Kittleson
Top newcomers: Kayla Collins, Sara Moen, Bailey Thompson
The coach says: “Mounds View will come into the 2013-14 season returning 16 players from last year's successful season. The strength of the team starts in between the pipes, along with experienced defensive leadership, and a group of forwards that bring speed along with a scoring touch. The Mustangs have high expectations for the 2013-2014 season.”

New Prague Trojans
Last year: 20-7-1
Conference (record): Missota (4-3-1)
Section: 1A
Home arena: New Prague Area Community Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/9
Head coach: Andrea Peterson
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Kevin Morrisey, Brad Drazan, Ryan Dillner
Top returning forwards: Eighth-grader Catie Skaja (18-34--52), senior Dani Kocina (19-16--35), sophomore Jordan Anderson (10-11--21)
Top returning defensemen: Junior  Marissa Kivi (0-12--12), sophomore Sami Witt (4-1--5), junior Sarah Larson (1-2--3)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Sydney Culshaw (2-0-0, .909)
The coach says: “This year’s team is going to be young and fresh. After graduating nine seniors, we will be looking for new key role players to step in a take over the offense and defense. Dani Kocina, our lone senior and captain, will lead the team alongside Marissa Kivi and Sarah Larson with the help of a core group of upperclassmen. The team hopes to improve their 18-6-1 regular season finish from last year and head into section playoffs confident and cohesive.”

New Ulm Eagles
Last year: 14-13-1
Conference (record): South Central (5-1-0)
Section: 3A
Home arena: New Ulm Civic Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/2
Head coach: Kristin Faber
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Ashley Schwab, Nicole Anderson
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Brook Schugel (30-18--48), sophomore Brittany Denn (24-18--42), senior Lexie Weiss (19-20--39), junior Erika Ries (15-11--26)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Kali Denn (5-8--13), senior Miranda McMullen (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Julia Schaefer (2.94, .882), sophomore Bailey Landreville (3.29, .874)
The coach says: “The Eagles are returning a lot of talent this year and this group is eager to work and improve.”

North Metro Stars
Last year: 5-21-0
Conference: Northwest Suburban
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Brooklyn Park Community Center
Letterwinners returning: 11
Head coach: Aubri Lindberg
Years at school: 2
Career record: 5-21-0
Record at school: 5-21-0
Assistant coaches: Ashley Stenerson, Heidi Spensley, Brent Lindberg, Jon Simpson
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Leah Younkers, sophomore Emily Ach, senior Kelsey Kraemer, senior Megan Peterson, senior Selena Pena, sophomore Alexis Burdette
Top returning defensemen: Junior Allison Underwood, sophomore Cassie Hemming, sophomore Allyson Davis
Top returning goaltender: Senior Hannah Paulson
Top newcomers: Tatum Manning, Brooke Rainerson, Anna Ballweber
The coach says: “Strengths: Much returning talent, very solid goaltending, young and competitive, senior leadership. Weaknesses: Our young age has potential to also be our weakness.”

North St. Paul Polars
Last year: 13-11-2
Conference: Classic Suburban
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Polar Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/6
Head coach: Allie Thunstrom
Years at school: 2
Career record: 13-11-2
Record at school: 13-11-2
Coach’s alma mater: North St. Paul
Assistant coaches: Stacy Dey, Nate Peasley, Mac Blumel, Mike Thunstrom
Top returning forwards: Senior Erin Jungman, senior Katelyn Stepaniak, junior Hayley Blom, senior Abby Piechowski, sophomore Lily Langevin, sophomore Abby Glaus
Top returning defensemen: Senior Carli Langevin, senior Mady Strom, senior Haley Schanks
Top newcomer: Marit Larson
The coach says: “We have a very solid group of seniors that have been a part of the high school program since eighth grade that are looking to end their high school careers with a very successful season. We received balanced scoring last year and hope that will carry forward this season! Most of our players are multi-sport varsity athletes!”

North Wright County River Hawks
Last year: 24-6-1
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (7-1-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Moose-Sherritt Arena/St. Michael-Albertville Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/6
Head coach: Jason Johnson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 24-6-1
Record at school: 24-6-1
Assistant coaches: Kevin Finnerty, Michelle Moen, Tim Hanson
Top returning forwards: Senior Kaleigh Hamann (8-24--32), junior Rachel King (13-14--27), sophomore Greta Stanton (8-13--21)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Marina Chapman (11-19--30), senior Emily Achterkirch (10-15--25), senior Mackenzie Johnson (11-7--18)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Alex Lamere (15-4-1, 1.46, .938)
Top newcomers: Aliana Achterkirch, Allison McCarthy
The coach says: “We have a strong group of returners back from last season’s state tournament team. We look forward to the contributions of some newcomers to add to our returning lineup. We have two D-I commitments in Emily Achterkirch (Princeton) and Alex Lamere (Ohio State). Our senior class is led up front by Kaleigh Hamann and on D with Mac Johnson and Emily Achterkirch. We anticipate a great race in our Mississippi 8 Conference and our section is filled with teams that can contend for the section title. Lamere will give us a great chance to be very successful.”

Northern Lakes Lightning
Last year: 13-12-0
Conference (record): Mid-State (3-1-0)
Section: 6A
Home arena: Breezy Point Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/5
Head coach: Kristen Harsha
Years at school: 2
Career record: 13-12-0
Record at school: 13-12-0
Assistant coaches: Abby Kephart, Kelly Carlson
Top returning forwards: Senior Courtney Kittock, senior Samantha Bittner, junior Mariah Reed, junior Carly Fyle, junior Megan Snyder, sophomore Lexi Danielson, sophomore Allie Olson, sophomore Isabella ABear, freshman Samantha Gutzman
Top returning defensemen: Senior Erika Monson, junior Hannah Zimmerman, junior Mikaela Florey, junior Stephanie DeGrote, sophomore Britta Bittner, sophomore Brittney Knox, freshman Ashley Kosloski
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Haley Deutsch, junior Madison Galligan
Top newcomers: Chelsea Skluzacek, Chloe Deutsch, Madilyn McMonigal, Sydney Tietz, Kaylee Nelson
The coach says: “The Lightning will look for new leadership to break out on the ice this year. With a large underclassmen crew coming in they will be guided by a strong group of upperclassmen adding speed and confidence on the ice.”

Northfield Raiders
Last year: 16-10-0
Conference (record): Missota (3-5-0)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Northfield Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/5
Head coach: Brent Bielenberg
Years at school: 14
Coach’s alma mater: Stillwater
Assistant coaches: Ryan Pietsch, Jeff LaPanta
Top returning forwards: Senior Aleisha Bielenberg (14-22--36), junior Ally Olson (10-7--17)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Laine Fischer (9-18--27), freshman Brynn Puppe (2-12--14)           
Top returning goaltender: Senior Lizzy Shellum (16-10-0, 2.77, .878)
The coach says: “The strength for the Raiders will be team defense. We will look to build from the net out. We will have a good mix of experienced players as well as newcomers to varsity hockey.”

Orono Spartans
Last year: 17-8-1
Conference (record): Wright County (7-1-0)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Orono Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 18/2
Head coach: Keith Radloff
Years at school: 3
Career record: 37-13-2
Record at school: 37-13-2
Assistant coaches: Steve Persian, Mike Umland, Claire Goldsmith, Jim Smith, Jami Anderson, Kitty Hurley
Top returning forwards: Senior  Becky Smith (33-12--45), sophomore Brianna Bren (12-22--34), sophomore Sarah Harrison (10-23--33), senior Stephanie Knight (11-16--27), senior Emily Knight (14-13--27), senior Madison Martini (12-10--22),
Top returning defensemen: Junior Haley Nielsen (6-14--20), junior Ellie Martini (2-14--16), Brooklyn Duffy (1-9--10), Katherine Spurlock (2-6--8)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Sophia Sterling, junior Ava Lambert, sophomore Ellie O’Brien
Top newcomer: Goalie Maddie Carlson
The coach says: “We only had two seniors graduate last year and we will have all of our top six scorers back along with our top four defensemen. As a result we will have balanced scoring throughout our lineup. Casey Hartfiel, our all-state goalie, was one of the graduates, but our four returning goaltenders are all excellent athletes and the competition will make them all stronger as the season progresses.”

Owatonna Huskies
Last year: 13-11-2
Conference (record): Big 9 (12-3-1)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Owatonna Four Seasons Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/6
Head coach: Tim Hunst
Years at school: 14
Career record: 194-146-12
Record at school: 194-146-12
Coach’s alma mater: Burnsville
Assistant coach: Joel Tornell
Top returning forwards: Senior Abby Sawyer, senior Payton Noble, senior Paige Radue, freshman Jenna Bogen
Top returning defensemen: Senior Alix Schallau, senior Megan Prive
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Jessica Cole, junior Kacy Borwege
Top newcomers: Jessica VonRuden, Peyton DeVinny, Margo Achterkirch
The coach says: “The Huskies should be one of the top teams in the Big 9 Conference. Owatonna returns all five of their top scorers from last year. On this senior dominated team, the mix of younger players will need to both develop, and contribute, for the Huskies.  Both goaltenders are back, led by senior Jess Cole.”

Park Wolfpack
Last year: 8-17-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (4-13-1)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Cottage Grove Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/6
Head coach: Steve Morse
Years at school: 4
Career record: 33-38-8
Record at school: 33-38-8
Coach’s alma mater: Park
Assistant coaches: Bruce Hill, Mike Moline, Jac Daggit, Dick Tinucci, Ashley Homan
Top returning forwards: Senior Paige Hill, senior Madison Nelson, sophomore Maddy Jeske, senior Emma Waller
Top returning defensemen: Junior Meg Ackerman, junior Sam Anderson, sophomore Dani Perry, junior Alyssa Wickenhouser
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Paige Press, freshman Bryce Boreen
The coach says: “With the loss of top defenseman Anna Keys to injury, we will be looking for strong play from our other four returning defensemen. We will be strong in goal with two returning talented goaltenders. Optimism abounds for a big season for returning forwards and some exciting newcomers.”

Park Rapids Panthers
Last year: 13-13-0
Conference: Mid-State
Section: 8A
Home arena: Ted O. Johnson Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/3
Head coach: Gary Vaudrin
Years at school: 3
Career record: 25-25-0
Record at school: 25-25-0
Assistant coaches: Dion Pederson, Brad Smith, Erik Myre
Top returning forwards: Senior Alex Pederson (14-8--22), senior Julia Renner (8-4--12)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Mady Vaudrin (9-7--16), Danica Aletto (1-4--5)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Shania Johnson (2.67, .935)
Top newcomers: Emma Gribbon, Taylor Sagan
The coach says: “The Panthers bring a strong senior class of 10 student-athletes. The Panthers will be backed by senior goaltender Shania Johnson with 10 career shutouts. The Panthers look to create a more offensive attack by using their experience and speed in key positions. Seniors Alex Pederson, Mady Vaudrin, Julia Renner and a host more of seniors look to cap off a senior season with winning season. The Panthers also bring five seventh graders due to low girl numbers in the youth level. This will allow the Panthers to balance lines on their JV.  Newcomers Emma Gribbon and Taylor Sagan look to make an impact with the Panthers in their first year.”

Princeton Tigers
Last year: 13-10-3
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (1-4-1)
Section: 7A
Head coach: Paul McElhone
Assistant coaches: Curt Wilson, Dale Pelzer
Top returning forwards: Junior Bridget Walter (16-16--32), freshman Maggie Peterson (13-15--28), freshman Alanna Mattson (12-13--25), freshman Larkin Walter (7-17--24)
Top returning defenseman: Sophomore Erica Schramel (4-10--14)
Top returning goaltender: Freshman Kara Schramel (13-10-3, 2.69, .899)

Prior Lake Lakers
Last year: 5-20-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (2-15-0)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Dakotah Ice Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/0
Head coach: Todd Johnson
Years at school: 3
Career record: 10-39-3
Record at school: 10-39-3
Assistant coaches: Charles Morin, Amanda Gullickson, Dan Olson
Top returning forwards: Senior Bailey Halstrom, senior  Amber Galles, junior Lindsey Harris
Top returning defensemen: Junior Brooke Baker, junior Alycia Primeau
Top returning goaltender: Senior Lexi Brandt
Top newcomer: Katie Huntington
The coach says: “The Lakers enter the 2013-14 season with all of their players returning, including a sturdy defensive core and a veteran presence between the pipes. They are confident that they can find ample scoring by committee, led by last years leader Andrea Citrowske.”

Proctor/Hermantown Mirage
Last year: 18-7-1
Conference (record): Lake Superior (4-1-0)
Section: 7A
Home arena: Proctor Arena, Hermantown Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/4
Head coach: Glen Gilderman
Years at school: 16
Career record: 203-168-17
Record at school: 203-168-17
Coach’s alma mater: Proctor
Assistant coaches: Jeff Gunderson, Geoff Jordan, Courtney Josefson, Jeff Laspi
Top returning forwards: Senior Riley Fawcett (26-21--47), sophomore Sophie McGovern (20-16--36), sophomore Jillayne Gilbert (6-12--18)
Top returning defensemen: Freshman Mikayla Kero (8-6--14), junior Hannah Johnson (0-4--4), senior Chelsea Swanson (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kyle Hommerding (2.05, .926)
Top newcomers: Reilly Albert, Brielle Larson
The coach says: “Many players returning to last year's Section 7A runner-up.  37 players on Varsity/JV this year is a strong number.”

Red Wing Wingers
Last year: 27-3-0
Conference (record): Missota (7-1-0)
Section: 1A
Home arena: Prairie Island Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/2
Head coach: Scott Haley
Years at school: 8
Career record: 111-86-3
Record at school: 111-86-3
Coach’s alma mater: Lakeville
Assistant coaches: Mike Doyle, Dan Anderson, Tony Casci, Liz Bauer, Lisa Nibbe
Top returning forwards: Senior Nicole Schammel (126 pts.), junior Reagan Haley (93), senior Emily Stegora (79)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Kayla Oberding (15 pts.), senior Hailee Johnson (8)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Ashley Corcoran (1.93, .935)
The coach says: “ The return of the top scoring line in the state last season with a combined 298 points from the trio of Schammel, Stegora and Haley will help continue a strong run by the Wingers over the past four years. Stegora and Schammel have commited to play hockey at Minnesota State. Additionally, the return of all-state goaltender Ashley Corcoran will help the team hold down opponents.”

River Lakes Stars
Last year: 10-11-4
Conference (record): Central Lakes (4-5-3)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Koronis Civic Arena, River Lakes Civic Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/9
Head coach: Jack Freeman
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Haley Haroldson, Mark Johnson
Top returning forwards: Junior Allie Stanger (8-13--21), senior Shelby Teal (8-9--17), junior Jocie Kooiman (6-5--11)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Shaye Cogelow-Riter (3-7--10), senior Sydney Caron (2-7--9), senior Alexis Klatt (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Shana Clark (2.81, .875), senior Ellary Sweep (2.67, .882)
The coach says: “We have a nice balance of young and veteran players. We graduated a lot of points last year, but we have a strong core group of players who are looking to fill those roles. There are a lot of upperclassmen on our team that have the potential to have very special seasons.”

Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper
Last year: 16-9-2
Conference (record): Northwest Suburban (11-6-1)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: New Hope Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 20/2
Head coach: Kevin Gray
Years at school: 3
Career record: 22-23-8
Record at school: 22-23-8
Assistant coaches: Amber Hegland, Lance Mayer, Andy Johnson, Kristen Grossman
Top returning forwards: Senior Marissa Odell (44 pts.), junior Holly Enderle (20)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Emma Terres (46 pts.), senior Mari Verbeten (26), senior Alyssa Burke (6)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Ashley Ritten (.908), senior Lexi Ripka (.914)
Top newcomers: Andrea Phaviseth, Jessica Halverson
The coach says: “Armstrong/Cooper made a big jump last year and became a real contender in the state’s deepest section, 6AA, after knocking off Hopkins in the first round. From the goal out is where this team is built.  We return two all-conference goalies, and two of our top three scorers are on the blue line, which includes a Division I signee in Terres. Odell leads the scoring punch from the forwards. We have 13 seniors on the line-up sheet this year which will provide the depth needed to compete in the Northwest Suburban and section 6AA.”

Rochester Century Panthers
Last year: 14-10-1
Conference (record): Big 9 (12-5-1)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Rochester Recreation Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 17/2
Head coach: Dan Maidl
Years at school: 8
Career record: 35-136-2
Record at school: 35-136-2
Coach’s alma mater: Rochester John Marshall
Assistant coaches: Jessica Kiner-Hughes, Tom Aney, Lucas Hughes, Masood Dehnavifar
Top returning forwards: Senior Katie Aney, senior Shantel Loos, junior Jessie Aney, junior Mckenna Bridges, junior Makenzie Birkestrand, junior Ashley Adams, sophomore Frankie Mickelson
Top returning defensemen: Senior Maddie Eischen, senior Grace Becker, senior Anna Grinde
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Kaitlyn Maidl, junior Abby Cunningham
Top newcomers: Goaltender Kelsey Miller, defenseman Maddie Leqve, forward/defenseman Maddie O’Grady
The coach says: “Strengths: Depth at all positions, well-balanced offense/defense. Great group of hard working seniors who all lead by example. Weaknesses: Need more production from second and third lines than last season. We had good goaltending last season, but it needs to be even better this year.”


Rochester John Marshall/Lourdes Rockets
Last year: 18-9-0
Conference: Big 9
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Rochester Recreation Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/9
Head coach: Bob Montrose
Years at school: 3
Career record: 43-30-3
Record at school: 30-21-2
Assistant coaches: Scott Crowley, Allison Leaf, Todd Lecy, Mike Adamson
Top returning forwards: Senior Laura Meillier (10-7--17), freshman Renee Saltness (8-7--15), junior Mallory Adamson (8-7-15),  junior Kate Valentine (7-4--11)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Tori Thompson (10-8--18), sophomore Rebecca Freiburger (9-7--16), freshman Brooklyn Birdseye (3-7--10)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Mia Bruesewitz (2.00 .920)
Top newcomers: Goaltender Melissa Zinser, defenseman Katie Montrose
The coach says: “The Rockets are coming off a strong 18 win 2012-13 season where they placed a close second in the Big Nine Conference. There are 12 upperclassmen and four other key returners that will lead the way in a wide open race for the Big Nine Conference title. Again, goaltending and an experienced core of defensemen will lead the way for JM.  Mia Bruesewitz returns for her senior year in goal and will be challenged by sophmore Melissa Zinser who could prove to be one of the premier goalies in the state. On defense Tori Thompson, Brooklyn Birdseye, Rebecca Frieburger, and Emma Christensen are back and will be joined by 8th grader Katie Montrose to form perhaps the most solid group of defensemen in the conference. Up front Kate Valentine, Mallory Adamson, Laura Meillier and Renee Saltness are proven goal scorers. They will be joined by Melissa Carlson and a couple of newcomers who will need to provide some offensive support. The ability to score is there, but having the ability and finishing off opportunities will be the test for the Rockets this season. If JM can find consistent goal scoring to go along with solid defense and goaltending they should be a top contender in the Big Nine Conference and could make some noise in Section 1AA in February.”

Rochester Mayo Spartans
Last year: 6-20-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (6-12-0)
Section: 1AA
Home arena: Graham Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/7
Head coach: Jeff Bolin
Years at school: 2
Career record: 6-20-0
Record at school: 6-20-0
Assistant coaches: Keegan Hakala, Brian Sawyer, Rebecca Graham
Top returning forwards: Kali Aldrich, Bethany Gibson, Meghan Trangsrud
Top returning defensemen: Sara Brakke, Emilie Smolders

Rogers Royals
Last year: 8-18-1
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (3-4-1)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Rogers Activity Center
Head coach: Dale Sager
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Tony Cloud, Charlie Levis, Jim Scott, Amanda Jensrud
Top returning forwards: Senior Katie Braiedy, senior Maddy Lehn, senior Jenna Nelson
Top returning defensemen: Senior Cassie Conrad, freshman Ellie Feilen, junior Katie Feilen, senior Kassie Scherling
Top returning goaltender: Senior Michelle Klimstra (2.66, .924)
Top newcomers: Gabby Billing, Paetyn Levis
The coach says: “This year, Rogers will be led by a great group of seniors – nine in all. With leadership and a hard work ethic, this team will compete night in and night out. We will need to find some more scoring from all three lines. At the blue line, the Royals will have to replace some starters from last year’s team but will return an all-state goaltender in Klimstra.”

Roseau Rams
Last year: 15-10-1
Conference: Greater Minnesota
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Rams Sports Center
Head coach: Steve Huglen
Years at school: 2
Career record: 15-10-1
Record at school: 15-10-1
Assistant coaches: Brittany Goos, Mike Baumgartner, Steph Haaby
Top returning forwards: Senior Bethany Tangen, junior Sarina Goos, junior Tianna Gunderson, junior Maddy Helgeson, junior Bailey Holter, junior Emily Pahlen
Top returning defensemen: Senior Mary Przekwas, senior Michaela Dahl, junior Madeline Huglen, sophomore Saphire Moser
Top newcomers: Eighth-grader Morgan Helgeson, sophomore Josee Lundgren, sophomore Ryan Strand
The coach says: “The Rams graduated four veteran seniors who logged a lot of ice time last year in All-Section 8 players Cicely Nelson (Bemidji State), Katelyn Byfuglien, and Grace Olson. They also lost their three year starting goalie in Bridgett Slater (Concordia, WI), who was all-conference honorable mention.  The Rams return a solid defensive corps along with a good group of veteran forwards.  They will look for a balanced scoring attack and strong team defense.  They open the season at home against International Falls on Nov. 12.”     

Rosemount Irish
Last year: 7-17-1
Conference (record): South Suburban (5-11-1)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Rosemount Community Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/8
Head coach: Tom Conboy
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Jeff Smith, David Lostetter, Ariel Mackley, Jessica Ptachick, Jim Bakken
Top returning forwards: Senior Kristen Reuter, junior Alex Malecha, senior Ashlee Humble, junior Allison Karrmann
Top returning defensemen: Senior Natalie Deeg, sophomore Anndrea Hughes, freshman Hannah Enright
Top returning goaltender: Junior Lauren Topor
Top newcomers: Macey McConnell, Alex Sirek, Lauryn Roszak
The coach says: “We have a very young program with a new coaching staff. Our inexperience will have to be overcome by excellent  teamwork, effort, discipline and most importantly leadership.”

Roseville Area Raiders
Last year: 19-8-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (13-4-1)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Roseville Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/6
Co-head coaches: Vic Brodt/Craig Rosenthal
Years at school: 8
Career record: 162-32-10
Record at school: 162-32-10
Assistant coach: Jerad Kaufman
Top returning forward: Senior Erika Bjorkman
Top returning defensemen: Senior Xilly Lang, senior Sami Anderson
Top returning goaltender: Junior Brittany Boss
The coach says: “The Raiders will have more of a balanced offensive effort this year. We won’t rely on one player for our offense. A good work ethic and team defense will keep us competitive this season. Many returning players understand what it takes to be successful and some younger players are excited to contribute.”

St. Cloud Icebreakers
Last year: 10-12-3
Conference (record): Central Lakes (6-5-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/4
Head coach: Mark Chamernick
Years at school: 9
Career record: 104-93-12
Record at school: 104-93-12
Coach’s alma mater: Benilde-St. Margaret’s
Assistant coaches: Tom Johnston, Jake Lanz, Rachal Solgon
Top returning forwards: Alexie Portz (15-17--32), Mackenzie Feeny (11-19--30), Tatum Peterson (15-12--27)
Top returning defensemen: Remi Dyak (1-6--7), Jordan Volker (1-3--4)
Top newcomer: Goaltender Allie Rosenkranz
The coach says: “We have seven seniors and we will have depth at all positions. Our top scorers are back with losing only one defenseman from last year. We should be competing for the Central Lakes Conference title.”

St. Francis/North Branch Fighting Saints
Last year: 6-18-1
Conference (record): Mississippi 8 (1-8-0)
Section: 7AA
Home arena: East Bethel Ice Arena
Head coach: Beth Kuehl
Years at school: 2
Career record: 6-18-1
Record at school: 6-18-1
Assistant coaches: Dean Armstrong, Bob Kuehl
Top returning forwards: Freshman Kalley Wanger (12-9--21) junior Katie Sigfrinius (7-2--9)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Maddi Kaehler (4-3--7), senior Danae Douville
The coach says: “We had a very young team last year, with a year more of experience, and all of our top forwards and defenders back, we are expecting to have a more successful season this year!”

St. Louis Park Orioles
Last year: 4-20-2
Conference (record): North Suburban (1-10-0)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: St. Louis Park Rec Center
Head coach: Donnie Williams
Years at school: 3
Career record: 7-41-3
Record at school: 7-41-3
Assistant coaches: Jake Evers, Alec Rabine
Top returning forwards: Senior Lauren Bruun-Bryant (5-9--14), senior Anna Basill (7-6--13), senior Molly Arntson (5-7--12), sophomore Elena Basill (5-2--7)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Sophia Noreen (5-1--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Peyton Stafne

St. Paul Blades
Last year: 7-18-1
Conference (record): Tri-Metro (1-8-1)
Section: 4A
Home arena: Phalen Ice Arena
Head coach: Jeff Hauer
Years at school: 3
Career record: 12-36-1
Record at school: 12-36-1
Assistant coaches: Rebecca MacRostie, Ryan Paitich
Top returning forward: Sophomore Madeline Greely (2-5--7)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Mikayla Rogers (14-5--19)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Molly Westfield

St. Paul United
Last year: 14-12-0
Conference (record): Tri-Metro (6-4-0)
Section: 4A
Home arena: Historic Drake Arena
Head coach: David Cole
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Larry Fronczak, Erin Leyden, Megan McCarthy, Myriam Trepanier, Meghan Lange, Sanya Sandahl
Top returning forward: Senior Alev Baysoy (18-14--32),
Top returning defenseman: Junior Kate Hallett (15-11--26)
Top returning goaltender: Catherine Johnson

St. Peter/LeSeuer-Henderson Lady Bulldogs
Last year: 6-19-0
Conference (record): South Central (2-4-0)
Section: 2A
Home arena: Le Sueur Community Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/3
Head coach: Tom Blaide
Years at school: 2
Career record: 6-19-0
Record at school: 6-19-0
Assistant coaches: Kelley Wilmes, Marc Bachman, Jen Gorny, Maggie King, Molly King
Top returning forwards: Senior Chloe Bachman, senior Chelsea Kaelberer, sophomore Maddie Kleschult
Top returning defenseman: Senior Hannah Kleschult
Top returning goaltender: Senior Veronica Swell.
Top newcomers: Anna Amos, Taylor Witte, Holly Gibbs, Kellie Stevek

Sartell/Sauk Rapids Storm‘n Sabres
Last year: 15-9-2
Conference (record): Central Lakes (10-1-0)
Section: 8AA
Home arena: Bernick’s Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 9/10
Head coach: Marty Anderson
Years at school: 5
Career record: 64-35-7
Record at school: 64-35-7
Coach’s alma mater: Ely Memorial
Assistant coaches: Jon Erickson, Alexandra Nelson
Top returning forwards: Senior Lexi Holman (115-25--40), senior Caitlin Halupczok (12-14--26), junior Sarah Kaschmitter (10-12--22), junior Olivia Stockinger (6-5--11)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Ashley Raduns (3-4--7), senior Jackie Pinkerton (1-4--5)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Clare Minnerath
Top newcomers: Markia Smith, Amanda Flemming
The coach says: “Strong goaltending will again lead the Storm'n Sabres as Clare Minnerath replaces four-year starter Erin Deters (Bemidji State). Depth at forward should provide balanced scoring as the Storm'n Sabres try to win the Central Lakes Conference for the third consecutive year.”

Shakopee Sabers
Last year: 13-12-2
Conference (record): Missota (5-2-1)
Section: 2AA
Home arena: Shakopee Ice Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/7
Head coach: Matt Klein
Years at school: 4
Career record: 50-45-3
Record at school: 50-45-3
Coach’s alma mater: Hastings
Assistant coaches: Tim Christensen, Jamey Boots, Josh Fish
Top returning forwards: Senior Ashly Larson, senior Abbie Annen, sophomore Sarah Kubes, sophomore Courtney Siddorn, sophomore Nicole Vogel, sophomore Mattie Cunningham
Top returning defensemen: Senior Megan O'Brien, junior Amanda Gutterman, sophomore Kelly Mulcrone, freshman Tristan Truax
Top returning goaltender: Senior Amber Flood
Top newcomers: Lauryn McNeil, Brooke Hespenheide, Jackie Falk, Jamie Lindstrom, Danni Hennen, Shaylee Crawford
The coach says: “Look to replace 100-plus points from a pair of Division I players from last year’s team. Should be a very hard working squad with experience returning in the net, a solid core of returning letter winners from last year and an opportunity for several girls from our 12U A team who finished second in the state last year to earn varsity ice time.”

Silver Bay Area Mariners
Last year: 7-18-1
Conference: Independent
Section: 7A
Home arena: Rukavina Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 13/7
Head coach: Bruce Carman
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Biz Huss, Brad Johnson, Dusty McMillen
Top returning forwards: Senior Anna Carman (18-10--28), freshman Brooke McMillen (5-6--11), junior Tori Stevens (2-4--6)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Sarah Fjeran (1-3--4), sophomore Madison Roy (0-2--2)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Sara Carman (2.61, .891)
The coach says: “This year, the still very young Mariner squad looks to expand on last season’s learning curve that saw them lose nine games by only one goal. The team transitions from a youthful offense and experienced defense to an experienced offense and a youthful defense. Team speed will be the key to scoring more goals and a successful season. The maturing of this team could provide an unexpected surprise for the 7A playoffs in February.”

Simley Spartans
Last year: 7-16-3
Conference: Classic Suburban
Section: 4A
Home arena: Veterans Memorial Community Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/5
Head coach: Tom Patnode
Years at school: First
Assistant coach: Nate Kazek, Danielle Peterson, Jeff Hauck, Kasiann Keister
Top returning forward: Junior Laken Muller (15-16--31), senior Nikki Nelson (9-12--21)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Lexi Muller (7-13--20), junior Taylor Bergum (3-1--4)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Emma Tschida
The coach says: “We have a strong work ethic and a desire to get better every day. We will compete until every whistle. Weaknesses are that we are young.”

South St. Paul Packers
Last year: 18-9-3
Conference (record): Classic Suburban (9-1-2)
Section: 4A
Home arena: Wakota Civic Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/2
Head coach: Dave Palmquist
Years at school: 20
Career record: 491-197-17
Record at school: 422-104-15
Coach’s alma mater: Minnehaha Academy
Assistant coach: Rachael Geng
Top returning scorers: Senior Brigette Miller (24-13--37), junior Anna Barlow (7-19--26), senior  Abby Palmquist (8-14--22), senior Maddie DeSmith (4-10--14)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Sydney Conley (18-8-1, 1.69, .927)
The coach says: “I am very excited to have South St. Paul Graduate and Bethel University Grad Rachael Geng as my assistant coach this season.  Rachael will be an outstanding role model and leader for our program. Predictions are something to talk about, that’s about it. So, our expectation is being better than we were a year ago.  Goaltending will definitely be a big plus for the Packers.  Junior Sydney Conley has been great for us the past two years and we look for her to have another great year.  Anna Barlow is one of the top defensemen in the state and will be our leader on the blue line.  Junior defenseman Nikki Karg was diagnosed with Leukemia in May and will not be able to play this season and is a big loss for the team. Senior Anna Leadens will be moved back to defense and will do a great job moving the puck and playing tough in our own end.  Up front Brigette Miller is a speedster and creates a lot of offense and her linemates of Abby Palmquist and Maddie DeSmith should benefit from that.   The 2nd line of Taylor Cashman, Abigail Felton and Hannah Hoven are all proven players and are expected to play a lot of minutes and contribute to the Packers scoring.  The Packers 3rd line is as deep as ever with Allison Deering and Corbyn Jenkins anchoring that line.  Both players are quick and can create havoc for opposing teams.  Freshmen Makena Burke is an up and coming defenseman who is smart and plays hard every shift.  The team will be looking for Emma Stenefski, Jessica Pederson and Tessa DeSmith to take big steps this year if the team is going to improve on last season.”

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Panthers
Last year: 9-14-2
Conference (record): North Suburban (5-5-2)
Section: 5AA
Home arena: Fogerty Arena
Head coach: Sandy Nelson
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Andrew Spaniol, Baily Ranum, Kyle Ronning
Top returning forwards: Senior Kim Patterson (8-7--15), senior Maggie Ronning (10-4--14), junior Maddy Kelly (6-3--9)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Taylor Turnquist (7-9--16), junior Allie Guzy (1-4-5)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Molly Sienko (.910), junior Makensay Kelly (.876)
Top newcomer: Forward Mallory Corrigan
The coach says: “The Lady Panthers are looking forward to a successful season. This team has worked very hard over the off season and have the confidence to do great things this year. Our strengths are competitive goal tending and our strong defensive core. On offense, we are very deep this year. We have three solid, competitive lines. We did not loose any varsity players last season so we are an experienced varsity squad. This year our biggest obstacle will be finding a consistent goal scorer. The coaches hope to see our forwards rise to the challenge.”

Stillwater Area Ponies
Last year: 15-11-1
Conference (record): Suburban East (12-6-0)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: St. Croix Valley Rec Center
Head coach: Tony Scheid
Years at school: 12
Career record: 219-76-16
Record at school: 219-76-16
Coach’s alma mater: Austin
Assistant coaches: Lee Gillespie, Matt Simcik, Nate Wagner
Top returning forwards: Junior Carlie Hart (10-11--21), senior Janey Vezina (13-5--18)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Brinna Dochniak (0-6--6)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Brianna Hersom (7-3-0, 1.90, .920)

Tartan Titans
Last year: 12-11-1
Conference (record): Classic Suburban (5-6-1)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Tartan Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 14/5
Head coach: Nick Fuerst
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Lusac Fuerst, Renee Schlittler, Angie Kryzer, Mike Hall
Top returning forwards: Junior Ellie Tabaka, senior Hannah Croonquist, senior Jaimee Nowicki, senior Kayla Longfellow
Top returning defensemen: Senior Claire Herzog, sophomore Jordan Jackson, freshman Maddie Ciolkosz
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Maggie Straka, sophomore Maddie Campbell
Top newcomer: Jaden Young
The coach says: “The team has strong leadership from the three captains and senior class. The top two lines will lead with experience, while the third line will compete with youth and speed. The defense are led by a senior captain – they are young but all already have one year of experience at the varsity level. The team has complete confidence in both netminders. ”

Thief River Falls Prowlers
Last year: 19-6-1
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (8-4-1)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Ralph Engelstad Arena
Head coach: Corey Poole
Years at school: 8
Career record: 88-81-5
Record at school: 88-81-5
Coach’s alma mater: Thief River Falls
Assistant coaches: Blair Lund, Shoan Nelson, Scott Bergland
Top returning forwards: Junior Emily Bergland (22-32--54), junior Sylvia Marolt (34-20--54), senior Brandi Malwitz (13-28--41), junior Morgan Martell (12-4--16), freshman Kora Torkelson (7-8--15)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Brianna Jorde (5-12--17), freshman Ava Marolt (7-5--12)
Top returning goaltenders: Junior Frances Marshall (19-5-1, 1.24, .931)

Totino-Grace Eagles
Last year: 13-11-4
Conference (record): North Suburban (6-5-1)
Section: 5A
Home arena: Parade Ice Gardens
Letterwinners returning/lost: 15/4
Head coach: Tom Peart
Years at school: 5
Career record: 390-300-46
Record at school: 48-52-9
Coach’s alma mater: Alexandria
Assistant coaches: Maria Swanson, Brendan Bennett, Mike Jerich
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Amelia Vosen (11-14--25), sophomore Allison Parnell (14-10--24), senior Maddie Javorina (5-12--17)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Laua Minkoff (4-17--21), senior Katessa Archer (2-7--9), sophomore Claire Hill (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Logan Knip (13-11-4, 2.46, .919)
Top newcomers: Forward Kenzie Bertolas, defenseman Hannah Heath, forward Danielle Brown, forward Megan Zurbay
The coach says: “Our top strength lies in our goaltending. Logan Knip is one of the top goaltenders in the state. She is tall, mobile and quick. She is the backbone of our team. From there, we have some really exceptional younger players in Amelia Vosen, Allison Parnell and Claire Hill. Our power play will depend on the leadership of Laura Minkoff and I believe it will be very good this year. We will have depth throughout the forward lines and a young, but experienced defensive core. After our great run in last year's play-offs, we need to continue improving and making a name for ourselves. It will definitely be a challenge this year with the High School League moving us into Section 5A with Blake, Breck, Orono and Mound, among other great teams. Top to bottom, it's probably the strongest section in Class A hockey this year!”


Warroad Warriors
Last year: 26-3-1
Conference (record): Greater Minnesota (12-0-0)
Section: 8A
Home arena: Warroad Gardens
Head coach: David Marvin
Years at school: 8
Career record: 173-25-6
Record at school: 173-25-6
Assistant coaches: Derrick Comstock, John Egeland
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Demi Gardner (27-35--62), freshman Mariah Gardner (13-22--35)
Top returning defenseman: Senior Lynn Astrup (18-27--45)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Dani Knott

Waseca Bluejays
Last year: 15-9-0
Conference (record): South Central (5-1-0)
Section: 1A
Head coach: Kyle Collins
Assistant coach: Dan Sharpsteen
Top returning forwards: Senior Olivia McIntosh (15-13--28), sophomore Maddy Knoll (14-13--27), sophomore Anna Hoehn (7-4--11)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Katelyn Miller (6-5--11), senior Brittany Miller (3-6--9)
Top returning goaltender: Sophomore Maddie Helms

Wayzata Trojans
Last year: 14-10-1
Conference (record): Lake (1-6-1)
Section: 6AA
Home arena: Plymouth
Letterwinners returning/lost: 10/7
Head coach: Becky Wacker
Years at school: 4
Career record: 37-34-5
Record at school: 37-34-5
Assistant coaches: Matt Kasowicz, Sarah Windhorst, Kevin Pote
Top returning forwards: Senior Kaitlyn Klein (19-11--30), senior Carly Noble (9-11--20), junior Sophia Shaver (7-9--16)
Top returning defensemen: Senior Becca Senden (3-7--10), junior Paige Sorenson (1-1--2)
Top returning goaltender: Senior McKenna Lorenz (11-8-1, 1.86)
Top newcomers: Maddie Wolsman, Natalie Heising, Lindsay Czech, Sarah Stelter
The coach says: “Experienced team coming back for another shot at one of the toughest conferences/sections in the state. The youth movement that is coming up in the program has experienced a high level of success at the 14U level, and with the top-3 scorers returning and a strong defensive core, the future is looking bright..”

White Bear Lake Bears
Last year: 5-16-5
Conference (record): Suburban East (2-11-5)
Section: 4AA
Home arena: Vadnais Heights Sports Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 12/9
Head coach: Jerry Kwapick
Years at school: 6
Career record: 55-44-20
Record at school: 55-44-20
Coach’s alma mater: Kellogg
Assistant coaches: Randy Krieger, Shane Krey, Mark Domschot, Carrie Kwapick, Scott Parenteau
Top returning forwards: Sophomore Jeanette Bealke, sophomore, Corinne Watson, senior Lexi Englund, sophomore Sarah Moy, junior Kelly Lanigan, sophomore Lexi Cooper
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore Peyton King, sophomore Emma Statt, freshman Morgan Newpower
Top returning goaltender: Senior Angie Hall
Top newcomers: Goaltender Ashley Healy
The coach says: “We return a very young team with a lot of energy and drive. We have one of the top goalies in the state who will provide us with a consistent superior performance. What we lack in experience we will strive to make up in effort and tenacity.”

Willmar Cardinals
Last year: 14-11-1
Conference (record): Central Lakes (3-8-1)
Section: 2A
Home arena: Willmar Civic Center
Head coach: JaColby Anderson
Years at school: 2
Career record: 14-11-1
Record at school: 14-11-1
Assistant coaches: Eric Setrum, Jason Mayer, Casey McMullen
Top returning forwards: Junior Shelby Schneider (19-8--27), junior Annie Johnston (6-13--19),  senior Miranda Roelofs (10-8--18)
Top returning defenseman: Junior Amelia Amon (2-6--8)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Peyton Strum, sophomore Johnika Wodash

Windom Area Eagles
Last year: 1-18-1
Conference (record): Southwest (1-7-0)
Section: 3A
Home arena: Windom City Arena
Letterwinners returning/lost: 11/0
Head coach: Nathan Boler
Years at school: First
Assistant coaches: Dean Drahota, Brooklyn Drahota, Sally Oltmanns, Samantha Harrold
Top returning forwards: Eighth-grader Addison Beaty (5-7--12), sophomore Kaylee Rosenkranz (5-7--12), sophomore Kaylee Janssen (6-3--9)
Top returning defensemen: Sophomore  Alexis Jellema-Baerg (4-2--6), eighth-grader Porsha Porath (1-3--4)
Top returning goaltender: Eighth-grader Emily Steen
The coach says: “Strengths: 100 percent of the team is returning. We had no seniors last year. Weakness: Very young – six skaters grades 9-12, 11 skaters grades 7-8.”

Winona Winhawks
Last year: 10-15-0
Conference (record): Big 9 (7-10-0)
Section: 1A
Head coach: Tom Sanvik
Assistant coaches: Jim Huffman, Mark Hovan, Patrick Moore
Top returning forwards: Senior Carly Moran (57-17--74), junior Molly Sanvik (10-17--27)
Top returning defensemen: Junior Michaela Beberg (1-5--6), senior Tassah Skogebo (1-4--5)
Top returning goaltender: Junior Jillian Hultgren

Woodbury Royals
Last year: 6-18-2
Conference (record): Suburban East (2-14-2)
Section: 3AA
Home arena: Bielenberg Sports Center
Letterwinners returning/lost: 16/3
Head coach: Chris Lepper
Years at school: 2
Career record: 6-18-2
Record at school: 6-18-2
Assistant coaches: Rick Hanson, Michelle Welch, Maggie Kinney, Rick DuBois
Top returning forwards: Junior Kayla Falconer (14-6--20), junior Erin Goodell (9-7--16), senior Sarah Wahlin (7-5--12), sophomore Kim Taplin (4-7--11), sophomore Livia Twohig (0-8--8), junior Cassie Morris (3-2--5), junior  Ashley Krinke (2-1--3)
Top returning defensemen: Senior  Mandy Mcalpine (3-3--6), junior Skye Shock (1-1--2), senior Libby Majerle (0-1--1), senior Sarah Gustafson (0-1--1)
Top returning goaltender: Senior Kaelan Geisser (3.37, .900)
Top newcomers: Molly Potter, Mickey McAlpine, Kaitlyn Gillen, Shannon Motzko, Kelsey Campbell, Erin Jeseritz, Kaycie Schlichenmaier, Erin Brino
The coach says: “The Royals are returning a majority of their team from last year. The Royals have plenty of experience as most of the upperclassmen have been playing varsity since eighth and ninth grade.”

Worthington/Fulda Trojans
Last year: 1-16-1
Conference (record): Southwest (1-8-0)
Section: 3A
Head coach: Eric Milbrath
Assistant coach: Gabby Ceron
Top returning forwards: Junior Allison Kremer (7-7--14), junior Betsy Thompson (11-3--14)
Top returning goaltenders: Senior Amanda Bristow