The Star Tribune All-Metro first team, from left: Joe Palodichuk, Hill Murray; Kyle Kukkonen , Maple Grove (Metro Player of the Year); Ben Dardis, Mahtomedi; Henry Nelson, Maple Grove; Jackson Hallum, St. Thomas Academy, and Carter Batchelder, Eden Prairie. Photo: Jerry Holt •Jerry.Holt@startribune.com
(Venue: Braemar Backyard Rink)
Lakeville South, senior, forward
Leads unbeaten Cougars with 24 goals, many scored in key situations. One of 10 Mr. Hockey Award finalists.
Rosemount, senior, forward
Mr. Hockey Award finalist known for his speed led the Irish to the Section 3 championship game with 22 goals.
Andover, senior, forward
Tallied 28 goals, including a hat trick in the Section 7 title game, to put the Huskies back in the state tournament.
Mahtomedi, senior, defense
Played the first six games at forward but moved back to defense and excelled. Posted nine goals, 17 assists.
Eden Prairie, senior, defense
Contributes offense (nine goals, 21 assists) and controls games with his skating and savvy. Mr. Hockey Award finalist.
Blake, senior, goaltender
College plans: Undecided
Finalist for the Frank Brimsek Award, given to the state’s top senior goalie. Finished 8-7-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average, .927 saves percentage and three shutouts.
Cade Ahrenholz, Lakeville South, senior, forward
Jackson Blake, Eden Prairie, junior, forward
Hunter Newhouse, Minnetonka, senior, forward
Kade Nielsen, Burnsville, senior, forward
Carson Peters, Wayzata, senior, defense
Tristan Sarsland, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, junior, defense
Jack Wieneke, Maple Grove, senior, goaltender
The Star Tribune’s All-Metro teams and Metro Player of the Year were chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, conversations with a panel of coaches and staff observations.