From left, Anders Franke, Elk River; Jordan Gross, Maple Grove; Justin Kloos, Lakeville South; Eric Schurhamer, St. Thomas Academy; Will Merchant, Eagan; Grant Besse, Benilde-St. Margaret's. The All-Metro hockey first team. Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune
Benilde-St. Margaret's | Junior | Forward
Quintessential finisher holds the Red Knights' career mark with 107 goals in 82 games. Understands where to get the puck and uses a quick, accurate release to score goals in bunches. Tallied six hat tricks and 13 power-play goals. Committed to Wisconsin
St. Thomas Academy | Senior | Defenseman
Lakeville South | Senior | Forward
Selected as the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. Tallied a goal or assist in every game this season despite lots of attention from opponents. Enters the state tournament with 99 points. Compiled 105 goals and 133 assists in 76 career games. Committed to the Gophers. Metro coaches appreciate his speed and selfless play. Teammates and coaches laud his head for the game.
Maple Grove | Junior | Defenseman
Gifted offensive player with great rink vision. Gets the puck out of Crimson zone effectively and anticipates plays well. "He sees things that other guys just don't see," Maple Grove coach Gary Stefano said. Scored 17 goals. Committed to Notre Dame.
Big (6-2), athletic goalie stopped 92 percent of more than 900 shots faced and carried Huskies to the section final.
The Star Tribune's All-Metro teams and Metro Player of the Year were chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, conversations with a panel of coaches and staff observations.
The 29 previous winners of the Star Tribune's Boys' Hockey Metro Player of the Year award.
|1985||Tom Chorske||Minneapolis Southwest|
|1988||Tom Pederson||Bloomington Jefferson|
|1992||Brian Bonin||White Bear Lake|
|1993||Nick Checco||Bloomington Jefferson|
|1994||Mike Crowley||Bloomington Jefferson|
|1995||Richie Anderson||Elk River|
|1996||Shawn Pogreba||St. Paul Johnson|
|1998||Johnny Pohl||Red Wing|
|2000||Paul Martin||Elk River|
|2003||Mike Lundin||Apple Valley|
|2006||Jay Barriball||Holy Angels|
|2009||Nick Leddy||Eden Prairie|
|2011||Kyle Rau||Eden Prairie|
|2012||Justin Kloos||Lakeville South|