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State boasts bumper crop of talent

By MN Hockey Hub staff, 10/14/09, 1:34PM CDT


At least 15 players headed to Division I colleges will play for their high school teams this winter

Heading into the 2009-10 season at least 15 players who will be on Minnesota high school boys hockey rosters from teams around the state have verbally committed to Division I college programs.

Minnetonka boasts four of those Division I recruits in Max Gardiner (Minnesota), Troy Hesketh (Wisconsin), Justin Holl (Minnesota) and Andrew Prochno (St. Cloud State). Of those four, Hesketh, Holl and Prochno all are defenseman.

Holy Angels, with senior Minnesota recruits Connor and Ryan Reilly, also has multiple players headed to the WCHA.

In all nine players who will be skating for their high school teams this winter have committed to Minnesota, including two juniors in Blaine’s Nick Bjugstad and Mantomedi’s Ben Marshall.

Also, several state players are attracting interest from Division I programs but have yet to choose a school. Among those players are Benilde-St. Margaret’s sophomore forward Christian Horn (Bemidji State, Minnesota, UM-Duluth and Wisconsin) and senior goaltender Jacob Meyers (Bemidji State, Providence and UM-Duluth).

Adam Knochenmus, a senior forward from Roseau, has visited both UM-Duluth and North Dakota in recent weeks.

2009-10 Minnesota High School Division I Recruits

Name High School Year Pos. College Verbal Commitment Signed Letter
Mark Alt Cretin-Derham Hall Senior D Minnesota Yes ----
Joey Benik St. Francis Senior F St. Cloud State Yes ----
Nick Bjugstad Blaine Junior F Minnesota Yes ----
Max Gardiner Minnetonka Senior F Minnesota Yes ----
Zane Gothberg Thief River Falls Senior G North Dakota Yes ----
Caleb Herbert Bloomington Jefferson Senior F UM-Duluth Yes ----
Troy Hesketh Minnetonka Senior D Wisconsin Yes ----
Justin Holl Minnetonka Senior D Minnesota Yes ----
Christian Isackson St. Thomas Academy Senior F Minnesota Yes ----
Adam Krause Hermantown Senior F UM-Duluth Yes ----
Ben Marshall Mahtomedi Junior D Minnesota Yes ----
Brock Nelson Warroad Senior F North Dakota Yes ----
Andrew Prochno Minnetonka Senior D St. Cloud State Yes ----
Connor Reilly Holy Angels Senior F Minnesota Yes ----
Ryan Reilly Holy Angels Senior F Minnesota Yes ----

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