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Pipeline to success

02/28/2013, 2:30pm CST
By MN Hockey Hub staff

St. John's finds winning formula by using players straight out of high school

Former Duluth East star Phil Johnson, left, is one of several players who have gone straight from high school to St. John's. Photo by Carina Ezell

The prevailing notion in Division III hockey is that you can’t win with players straight out of high school. Almost every team’s roster at that level is loaded with players who spent time in the junior hockey ranks before playing in college.

As Frank Rajkowski outlines in a St. Cloud Times article, St. John’s coach Doug Schueller has stumbled upon a new formula for success.

Of the 30 players on St. John’s varsity roster, 14 came straight out of high school, according to the article.

“When I first took this job, I really thought juniors was the only way to go. But the success we’ve had with some players who have come to us straight out of high school has really opened my mind to it," St. John's coach Dough Schueller told the Times.

Read the full article here.

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