It was a Saturday afternoon and Dan Seeler knew that his son, Nick, was hanging out with friends.
Dan couldn’t say for sure where Nick, an Eden Prairie senior, was located at that particular moment, but he could hazard a guess.
“He’s probably at Chipotle, having his fifth meal of the day,” Dan said with a laugh.
A defenseman for the No. 2-ranked Eagles, Nick has an appetite for more than hockey. Seeler, 5-foot-6, 135 pounds as a sophomore, was hit a by a growth spurt the summer heading into his junior season. He grew some more last summer.
Now Seeler spends a good potion of his days trying to pack some meat on his 6-foot frame. Seeler currently weighs about 175 pounds, depending on how many burritos he’s had that day.
“The game is always easier when you are little bigger,” said Seeler, who emerged as a top-tier defenseman last fall in the Upper Midwest Elite High School Hockey League and, on Saturday, Jan. 29, accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Seeler said he also made visits to Bemidji State, Bowling Green and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Bemidji State and Bowling Green made scholarship offers.
Seeler said the Mavericks’ coaching staff, led by International Falls native Dean Blais, made a strong impression.
Eden Prairie Nick Seeler scored 26 points in 15 games through Jan. 31. Photo by Helen Nelson
“He’s a great guy,” said Seeler, who has scored 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists) for the Eagles this season, about Blais. “He’s a competitor, and he loves to win.
“That was one of the big reasons that I chose UNO, because of their great coaching staff.”
Seeler’s growth spurts aside, the smooth skating defenseman has attracted interest not only because of his offensive talents but also the toughness bordering on nastiness he routinely displays.
“He’s got a great temperament, he plays hard nosed,” Eden Prairie coach Lee Smith said. “He is going to stick up for his teammates again and again.”
Seeler missed three games this season after suffering a nasty gash on his left ankle while playing boot hockey with his teammates (the goaltenders were wearing skates and one of them stepped on Seeler). It took 21 stitches to close the gash, which left the ice and his tennis covered in blood but somehow missed slicing any tendons or ligaments.
“We took pictures of the cut,” Dan Seeler said. “It was grotesque.”
Added Nick: “I won’t be playing boot hockey again for a while. If ever.”
Seeler is the second Eden Prairie player to commit to a Division I program. Senior center Kyle Rau is headed to the University of Minnesota.
|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|