Hudson Fasching of Minnesota White has had quite a week. A high school sophomore, Fasching is on the Apple Valley soccer team that qualified for the state tournament.
He had soccer practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by hockey practice Tuesday and Wednesday, then he scored two goals Thursday to lead his team to a 3-0 win Minneapolis Southwest in the state Class AA boys' soccer championship.
Friday night he was in the lineup for Minnesota White against Northwood School (N.Y.) in the quarterfinals of the Bauer National Invitational Tournament at New Hope Ice Arena in New Hope.
Is he tired?
“My legs are a little tired, but it's not too big a deal,” he said after picking up an assist in his team's 8-1 victory over the team based in Lake Placid, N.Y. “I love both sports, and this is a really fun time of the year.”
Fasching said his soccer coach, former Cretin-Derham Hall football coach Mike Scanlan, had no problem with Fasching spending time on both sports. “It all keeps me in great shape and he knows that I love both sports.”
Teeming with tradition
Northwood School made the trip from Lake Placid, N.Y., and is making its first appearance in the Bauer National Invitational Tournament, but the prep school has a long hockey tradition.
“The school has been around since 1905, and we've been playing hockey since the 1930s,” said coach Jeff Matthews.
The school has had more than a dozen alumni play in the NHL, including goalie Mike Richter and longtime Calgary Flame Craig Conroy. Over the past six seasons the school has sent 66 players off to college teams.
Matthews, a 1995 graduate of Rensselaer, says one of the perks of the job is playing home games in the same rink where the United States upset the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics. That means Matthews often gives his pre-game talk in the same locker room where Herb Brooks told his team that they “were born to be hockey players.”
“It's locker room number five, and we use it a lot,” Matthews said. “It hasn't changed a bit since 1980.”
Scouts, scouts and more scouts
E.J.McGuire, Director of NHL Central Scouting, again made the trip from Toronto to watch the NIT., even though the league isn't expected to have a bumper crop of first- and second-round draft picks like it did last year.
“This is still a great event, and as a scout you get a great bang for the buck,” he said. He added that while the level of talent may not be as high as the past two years, it's simply the nature of the business.”Things go in cycles,” he said. “Two years ago Sweden had a bunch of high draft choices. This year Quebec has a lot of players. It just goes in cycles and this is a great event that we'll always be at.”
The Elite League had 18 players chosen in the 2010 draft – including four first-rounders – and 17 chosen in 2009.
The Dallas Jr. Stars, who have competed the past several seasons in the NIT, gave new meaning to the phrase :”Everything's bigger in Texas.” The Jr. Stars roster includes six players 6-foot-2 or bigger, including the defensive pairing of Garret Peterson and Michael Lent, both of whom are six-foot-2 and 190 or more pounds. Dallas gave Minnesota Red a good game, falling 4-2 after being tied 2-2 midway through the game.
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