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Hockey in the blood

By Loren Nelson, Editor, 09/29/11, 12:10AM CDT


Elite League rookie Bo Brauer of Edina is hoping to match father's accomplishments

Edina junior Bo Brauer had a goal and an assist for Team Northeast in his Elite League debut. Photo by Helen Nelson

A photo hanging in Braemar Arena shows jubilant Edina players inside the St. Paul Civic Center.

They are wearing medals around their necks while hoisting the 1982 state championship trophy.

At front and center is Hornets co-captain Bill Brauer, screaming like a mad man.

“I usually ask him questions about it, and he just says it is one of the greatest experiences he has ever been through,” said Bill’s son Bo, an Edina junior. “He really hopes I get to experience winning it.”

Bo (full name William) reached the state tournament last March, when the Hornets finished fourth.

“I got to go to the state tournament last year, and that was a great experience,” said Brauer, who had five goals and six assists last season. “Hopefully this year or next year we win it. That would be awesome to live up to what he did his senior year.”

Edina's Bo Brauer, left, and Minnetonka's Jack Ramsey celebrate a Team Northeast goal. Photo by Helen Nelson

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Brauer took another step in his development on Tuesday, Sept. 27, by scoring a goal and adding an assist in his Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League debut.

Brauer was the leading scorer for Metro Southwest in the Minnesota Elite Prep Development League before receiving a text from his father on Tuesday with the news had been called up to play for Team Northeast in its Elite League game against Team Northeast.

“My dad texted me at school and I was like, ‘Really, no way,’ ” Brauer said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was really nervous going into the game, too. I didn’t know what to expect. Everybody was telling me the pace was so much faster. I was like alright, I better move my feet as quick as I can.”

Brauer played on a line with Minnetonka sophomore Jack Ramsey, another Development League call-up with impressive bloodlines. The 6-1½, 165-pound Ramsey is the son of Mike Ramsey, the former Minneapolis Roosevelt and University of Minnesota star who won a gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics and played 1,070 regular season games in the NHL.

Ramsey’s sister Rachel led Minnetonka to the state Class 2A championship last season, when she was one of five finalists for the Ms. Hockey award.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s sophomore Ryan Collins, a 6-3, 175-pound defenseman, also was called up from the Development League.

Team Northeast regulars Phil Boje of Mounds View and Derek Smith missed the game because of soccer commitments and Nick Anderson of Stillwater didn’t play because of football obligations.

“We got three new guys and it is always exciting because they bring energy,” Team Northeast coach Chris McAlpine said. “I think it is exciting for those kids and it is exciting for us as coaches to see those guys. They did a great job.”

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