Holy Family Catholic's Brady Riesgraf, one of the state's top-scoring defenseman last season, has committed to play at Bemidji State. Photo by Helen Nelson
Brady Riesgraf enjoys hunting, fishing and camping.
He is an outdoorsman. And a hockey player.
Riesgraf’s mix of passions, when it came to deciding where to attend college, made Bemidji State a natural attraction.
“We loved the campus, how it sits right on the lake,” said Riesgraf, a former Holy Family Catholic defenseman who recently accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Beavers. “We’ve been looking at a lot of great schools, but Bemidji State was kind of what my heart said was the right place. I really like the feel of an up-north school.”
Riesgraf was one of the state’s top-scoring defenseman last season with 17 goals and 39 assists in 56 games. He is believed to be the first Fire player in the 10-year history of the program to receive a Division I scholarship.
“I’m glad I can put Holy Family on the map in that standard,” Riegraf said about being a Division I pioneer for the private school in Victoria. “The coaching staff has it going in the right direction. Hopefully they have a lot more guys coming out of there playing Divison I hockey in the future.”
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Riesgraf was Holy Family Catholic’s top scorer last season as the Fire went 14-11-1, losing to Delano 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Section 2A playoffs. He is playing for the Fargo Force in the USHL this season.
|Name||High School||Year||Pos.||College||Verbal Commit|
|Jonny Brodzinski||Blaine||Senior||F||St. Cloud State||Yes|
|Patrick Daly||Benilde-St. Margaret's||Senior||D||Wisconsin||Yes|
|Steven Fogarty||Edina||Senior||F||Notre Dame||Yes|
|Tyler Heinonen||Delano||Senior||F||Michigan Tech||Yes|
|Garrett Hendrickson||Virginia||Senior||F||St. Cloud State||Yes|
|Bob Kinne||Cretin-Derham Hall||Senior||F||Bemidji State||Yes|
|Joseph LaBate||Holy Angels||Senior||F||Wisconsin||Yes|
|Ross Luedtke||Orono||Senior||F||Air Force Academy||Yes|
|Alex Lyon||Lake of the Woods||Senior||G||Yale||Yes|
|Justin Kloos||Lakeville South||Junior||F||Minnesota||Yes|
|A.J. Michaelson||Apple Valley||Junior||F||Minnesota||Yes|
|Bill Norman||Rochester Mayo||Senior||D||Maine||Yes|
|Kyle Rau||Eden Prairie||Senior||F||Minnesota||Yes|
|Brady Riesgraf||Holy Family Catholic||Senior||D||Bemidji State||Yes|
|Zach Schroeder||St. Thomas Academy||Senior||F||RPI||Yes|
|Nick Seeler||Eden Prairie||Senior||D||Nebraska-Omaha||Yes|
|Michael Sit||Edina||Senior||F||Boston College||Yes|