Jake Randolph, right, is one of two Mr. Hockey finalists from top-ranked Duluth East, joining linemate Dom Toninato. Photo by Helen Nelson
Eagan and Duluth East each have two players among the 10 finalists for the 28th annual Mr. Hockey award announced on Thursday, Feb. 9, by the Minnesota Minute Men.
Forwards Will Merchant and Michael Zajac are the finalists from No. 4-ranked Eagan, and forwards Jake Randolph and Dom Toninato are named from top-ranked Duluth East.
Zajac has committed to play at Princeton, Randolph at Nebraska-Omaha and Toninato at Minnesota-Duluth.
University of Minnesota recruit Justin Kloos of Lakeville South, the state's top Class 2A scorer with 69 points (he ranks third overall), is also among the finalists for the award given to the state's top senior skater.
Players from Class 1A programs, all of whom have made Division I commitments, include Grant Opperman of Breck (Dartmouth), Judd Peterson of Duluth Marshall (St. Cloud State), Eric Schurhamer of St. Thomas Academy (Maine) and Jared Thomas of Hermantown (Minnesota-Duluth).
Hermantown is ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, St. Thomas Academy is No. 2, Breck is No. 3 and Duluth Marshall No. 5.
Charlie Sampair of Hill-Murray also was named as a finalist.
Michael Bitzer of Moorhead and Kyle Koop of Maple Grove are the finalists for the Frank Brimsek Award in recognition of the state’s top senior goaltender.
The Mr. Hockey awards banquet will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 at the Grand Ballroom at RiverCentre in St. Paul.
The Mr. Hockey Award is selected by a panel of NHL scouts, Division I coaches and selected media members from around the state.
The John Mariucci Award, given to the Class A and Class AA high school coaches of the year, and The Cliff Thompson Award, presented to the “Old Timer Coach” of the year will also be presented at the awards banquet.
For information on how to purchase tickets for the banquet, visit www.minnesotaminutemen.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Fiona Quick at (612) 214-2444. Individual tickets are $30.00.
Previous Mr. Hockey Award winners are: Kyle Rau (2011), Nick Bjugstad (2010), Nick Leddy (2009), Aaron Ness (2008), Ryan McDonagh (2007), David Fischer (2006), Brian Lee (2005), Tom Gorowsky (2004) Nate Dey (2003), Gino Guyer (2002), Marty Sertich (2001), Paul Martin (2000), Jeff Taffe (1999), John Pohl (1998), Aaron Miskovich (1997), Dave Spehar (1996), Erik Rasmussen (1995), Mike Crowley (1994), Nick Checco (1993), Brian Bonin (1992), Darby Hendrickson (1991), Joe Dziedzic (1990), Trent Klatt (1989), Larry Olimb (1988), Kris Miller (1987), George Pelawa (1986) and Tom Chorske (1985).
Previous Frank Brimsek Award winners are: Alex Lyon (2011), Zane Gothberg (2010), Casey O’Connor (2009), Joe Phillippi (2008), Reid Ellingson (2007), Austin Lee (2006), Alec Richards (2005), Matt Lundin (2004), Jon Anderson (2003), Josh Johnson (2002), Eric Aarnio (2001), Jake Brant (2000), Adam Laaksonen (1999), Adam Coole (1998), Kyle Kolquist (1997), Karl Goehring (1996) and Todd Kelzenberg (1995).
|1985||Tom Chorske||Minneapolis Southwest||LW|
|1987||Kris Miller||Greenway, Coleraine||D|
|1990||Joe Dziedzic||Minneapolis Edison||LW|
|1992||Brian Bonin||White Bear Lake||C|
|1993||Nick Checco||Bloomington Jefferson||LW|
|1994||Mike Crowley||Bloomington Jefferson||D|
|1995||Erik Rasmussen||St. Louis Park||LW|
|1996||Dave Spehar||Duluth East||F|
|1997||Aaron Miskovich||Grand Rapids||C|
|1998||Johnny Pohl||Red Wing||C|
|2000||Paul Martin||Elk River||D|
|2002||Gino Guyer||Greenway, Coleraine||C|
|2003||Nate Dey||North St. Paul||F|
|2006||David Fischer||Apple Valley||D|
|2007||Ryan McDonagh||Cretin-Derham Hall||D|
|2009||Nick Leddy||Eden Prairie||D|
|2011||Kyle Rau||Eden Prairie||C|
|2012||Justin Kloos||Lakeville South||C|
|2013||Grant Besse||Benilde-St. Margaret's||LW|
|2014||Avery Peterson||Grand Rapids||C|
|2015||Jake Jaremko||Elk River||F|
|2017||Casey Mittelstadt||Eden Prairie||C|