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Alumni of the Week

Alumni of the Week

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.

Fill out the form on this page to help us determine who should be named the Hub's Alumni of the Week. The weekly cutoff for submissions is noon on Sunday.

A complete recap of all of this season's honorees can be found here.

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Justin Holl

Minnesota (Big Ten)

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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.

2013-14 Alumni of the Week Honorees

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