Each week the MN Hockey Hub will recognize one of the hundreds of standout former state high school players who are continuing their careers at the junior, college or professional level.
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Minnesota (Big Ten)
Justin Holl (Minnesota/Big Ten), D, 6-3, 195, Tonka Bay, Minn. (Minnetonka High School)
Holl scored just one goal during his senior season but it sent Minnesota into the NCAA championship game as he scored with 0.6 seconds remaining in the third period, Thursday, to lift the Gophers to a 2-1 semifinal win over North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinals.
Holl recorded a career-high 12 assists on the season but did not score his first goal of the season until his 38th game.
A 2010 Mr. Hockey Award finalist at Minnetonka, Holl earned All-Lake Conference, all-metro and all-state honors his senior year while leading the Skippers to the Class AA state tournament before
He then finished the 2009-10 campaign by playing 11 games for Omaha of the USHL and eight more playoff games for the Lancers.
Following that season, he was selected in the second round, 54th overall, of the NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks,
Justin Holl lifted Minnesota into the NCAA champion games when he scored with 0.6 seconds to play in the Frozen Four semifinals.
|DATE||NAME||HIGH SCHOOL||CURRENT TEAM|
|Sept. 23||Jake Zeleznikar||Hermantown||Coulee Region/NAHL|
|Sept. 30||Max Coatta||Minnetonka||Penticton/BCHL|
|Oct. 7||Jimmy Buckingham||Cretin-Derham Hall||Dells Ducks/MnJHL|
|Oct. 14||Grant Besse||Benilde-St. Margaret's||Wisconsin/Big Ten|
|Oct. 21||David Backes||Spring Lake Park||St. Louis/NHL|
|Oct. 28||Travis Morin||Osseo||Texas/AHL|
|Nov. 4||Thomas Delaney||White Bear Lake||MN Magicians/NAHL|
|Nov. 11||Ben Gordon||International Falls||Tulsa/CHL|
|Nov. 18||Nick Widing||Hill-Murray||Augsburg/MIAC|
|Nov. 25||T.J. Oshie||Warroad||St. Louis/NHL|
|Dec. 2||Jake Randolph||Duluth East||Omaha/USHL|
|Dec. 9||Jeff Jakaitis||Rochester Mayo||South Carolina/ECHL|
|Dec. 16||Conor Girard||Edina||Brookings/NAHL|
|Dec. 23||Luke Dietsch||Cretin-Derham Hall||Austin/NAHL|
|Dec. 30||None Selected|
|Jan. 6||Eriah Hayes||LaCrescent||San Jose/NHL|
|Jan. 13||Adam Estoclet||Benilde-St. Margaret's||Milan/Italian A League|
|Jan. 20||Zach Lehrke||Park Rapids||Minnesota State/WCHA|
|Jan. 27||Brandon Jaeger||Champlin Park||UW-Stevens Point/WIAC|
|Feb. 3||Matt Niskanen||Virginia/Mt. Iron-Buhl||Pittsburgh/NHL|
|Feb. 10||Jake Horton||Benilde-St. Margaret's||Aberdeen/NAHL|
|Feb. 17||John Haeg||Holy Angels||St. John's/MIAC|
|Feb. 24||Grant Opperman||Breck||Dartmouth/ECAC|
|Mar. 3||Garrick Perry||Eastview||Alaska/WCHA|
|Mar. 10||Jonny Brodzinski||Blaine||St. Cloud State/NCHC|
|Mar. 17||Gordie Defiel||Stillwater||Coquitlam/BCHL|
|Mar. 24||Connor Gaarder||Edina||North Dakota/NCHC|
|Mar. 31||Zane Gothberg||Thief River Falls||North Dakota/NCHC|
|Apr. 7||Matt Cullen||Moorhead||Nashville/NHL|
|Apr. 14||Justin Holl||Minnetonka||Minnesota/Big Ten|