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Preseason metro area dream team

By Star Tribune, 11/26/12, 11:14PM CST


Grant Besse of Benilde-St. Margaret's returns after putting himself in state tourney record book



Grant Besse, sr., F, Benilde-St. Margaret's
Scored 52 goals last season, the final five coming in a historic state championship game performance. Wisconsin recruit is fully healthy after a cracked tibia forced him to miss most of the fall Elite League.

Max Coatta, sr., F, Minnetonka
Measures only 5-10, 185 pounds but earns "Moose" nickname with fearless play in front of the net. Finished with 23 goals last season. Skippers' leader in fourth year of varsity action.

Connor Hurley, jr., F, Edina
Dynamic player logged 13 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program this fall. Good size, vision and shot resulted in 26 goals last season.

Teemu Kivihalme, jr., D, Burnsville
Strong puckhandler who can go to a second gear when skating. Contributed nine goals and 22 assists as a sophomore. Committed to Colorado College.

Matt Nelson, sr., D, Edina
Princeton recruit brings a steady presence to the blue line. Physical, smart player who scored two goals in Edina's first game after finishing with three goals last season.

Chase Perry, jr., G, Andover
A big (6-3, 170 pounds), athletic goaltender who tracks the puck well and challenges shooters. Went 18-7-2 last season with a 2.80 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.

-- David La Vaque, Star Tribune staff writer 

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