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12 of 14 Elite League Division I Recruits from Minnesota Play in Elite League

By Pete Waggoner, 11/06/08, 9:08AM CST


Currently, 12 of 14 players that participate in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League.  With the Nike/Bauer Invitational set to begin play this week and over 100 college and NHL scouts on hand, expect that number to increase.

All thirty NHL teams have requested credentials for the tournament this weekend that features the best from Minnesota (two teams selected from the fall league), Wisconsin, California (two teams), and Michigan.  The eight team format will be played in the classic bracket format. 

Six University of Minnesota commitments played in the league this past season while Wisconsin, UMD, and North Dakota each boast two recruits from the League.


Minnesota High School Division I Hockey Commitments

High School
Mark Alt Cretin Derham Hall Northeast Minnesota
Nick Bjugstad Blaine Northwest Minnesota
Zach Budish Edina Southwest Minnesota
Danny Delisle Totino Grace Northeast UMD
Marshall Everson Edina Southwest Harvard
Derek Forbort Duluth East North North Dakota
Ben Hanowski Little Falls North St. Cloud State
Nick Leddy Eden Prairie Southwest Minnesota
Danny Mattson Holy Angels Southwest North Dakota
Matt Paape Appleton United Wisconsin Wisconsin
Tyler Pitlick Centennial Northeast Minnesota State
Nate Schmidt St. Cloud Cathederal North Minnesota
Cody Strang Madison Englewood Wisconsin Wisconsin
Max Tardy Duluth East North UMD