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Andover's Decowski commits to UM-Duluth

02/26/2010, 10:04am CST
By Loren Nelson, Editor

Huskies star will showcase skills in Section 7AA semifinal in Duluth

In an odd twist of fate, Andover senior Cal Decowski, who committed to play at UM-Duluth on Thursday, Feb. 25, will showcase his skills for the first time after making his college choice in, of all places, Duluth on the Bulldogs’ home rink.

The last of Minnesota’s 10 Mr. Hockey finalists to make a Division I college commitment, Decowski led the state in assists with 50 during the regular season and finished sixth in scoring with 74 points. His playmaking wizardry will be on display when the No. 3-seeded Huskies (17-7-2) take on No. 2 Duluth East (17-5-4) in a Section 7AA semifinal game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

Decowski had a goal and four assists in Andover's 6-2 quarterfinal victory over St. Francis.

“I think that now that the pressure is off him, he might even play better than he has lately,” Andover co-head coach Mark Manney said about Decowski, the Huskies’ first Division I player in the program’s nine-year history. “At the same time, he might feel the pressure because he’s playing in (UMD’s) rink. I kind of wish we were playing in New Ulm or somewhere.”

The 5-foot-8, 158-pound Decowski, who was a star in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League in the fall, is expected to play at least one year of junior hockey before enrolling at UMD. He turned down scholarship offers from Brown and Yale and was receiving interest from other WCHA schools before choosing to play at UM-Duluth.

“I think the kids have always looked up to Cal, he always has times for the kids in the community,” Manney said. “The style he plays, he draws the whole community to him. He’s kind of an underdog. You watch all the big guys chasing him around the rink, and they can’t catch him.”

2009-10 MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION I RECRUITS

Name High School Year Pos. College Verbal Committ
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
Chris Casto Hill-Murray Senior D UM-Duluth Yes
Justin Crandall St. Thomas Academy Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Cal Decowski Andover Senior F UM-Duluth Yes
Joe Faust Bloomington Jefferson Senior D Princeton Yes
Danny Fick Forest Lake Senior D Harvard Yes
Max Gaede Woodbury Senior F MSU-Mankato Yes
Max Gardiner Minnetonka Senior F Minnesota Yes
Zane Gothberg Thief River Falls Senior G North Dakota Yes
Garrett Hendrickson Virginia Junior F St. Cloud State 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
Michael Morin Breck Senior F Colorado College 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
Archie Skalbeck Hopkins Senior F Colorado College Yes
Brett Stern Centennial Senior D MSU-Mankato Yes
Andy Welinski Duluth East Junior D UM-Duluth Yes
Adam Wilcox South St. Paul Junior G Minnesota Yes

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