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Brodzinski settles on St. Cloud

By Loren Nelson, Editor, 04/09/11, 8:39PM CDT


Former Blaine standout had become hot commodity in recent weeks

Jonny Brodzinski

Maine made a scholarship offer months ago, but Blaine’s Jonny Brodzinski didn’t want to rush his decision.

College coaches from programs closer to home had been kicking Brodzinski’s tires for a while, so it only figured he might have other options if he stayed patient.

Sure enough, interest in Brodzinski reached feverish levels in recent weeks, and on Saturday, April 9, he committed to play at St. Cloud State.

Brodzinksi made a recruiting visit to St. Cloud State on Monday and talked again by phone with Huskies coach Bob Motzko on Wednesday. Mike Brodzinski, Jonny’s father and a former Huskies scoring star, said Motzko told Jonny the scholarship offer was only good through Saturday.

Mike Brodzinski said Minnesota-Duluth had ratcheted up its interest in recent weeks, as had Bemidji State. Michigan, which squared off against UMD in the national Division I title game on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, also had recently joined the picture.

Brodzinski, a Mr. Hockey award finalist, scored 31 goals and added 29 assists in 30 games last season for the Bengals, who reached the state Class 2A tournament for the sixth consecutive season. Brodzinski made headlines during the state tournament when, after the Bengals were eliminated in the consolation round by White Bear Lake, he played later the same day in Fargo, N.D., for the USHL’s Force.

Entering Saturday’s game against the Sioux City Musketeers, Brodzinski had scored two goals and two assists in nine games for the Force.

“I don’t care where the kids play,” Mike Brodzinski said about Jonny’s commitment. “I just want them to have fun and play. He absolutely loves this stuff.”

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2010-11 Minnesota High School Division I Recruits

Name High School Year Pos. College Verbal Commit
Josh Archibald Brainerd Senior F Nebraska-Omaha Yes
Tim Bonner Osseo Senior F Yale Yes
Jonny Brodzinski Blaine Senior F St. Cloud State Yes
Ryan Bullock Blake Senior D Dartmouth Yes
Tony Cameranesi Wayzata Senior F Minnesota-Duluth Yes
Patrick Daly Benilde-St. Margaret's Senior D Wisconsin Yes
Max Everson Edina Senior D Harvard 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
Adam Johnson Hibbing Sophomore F Minnesota-Duluth 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
Kevin Schulze Hill-Murray Senior D Wisconsin Yes
Nick Seeler Eden Prairie Senior D Nebraska-Omaha Yes
Michael Sit Edina Senior F Boston College Yes
Garrett Skrbich Hermantown Senior F Princeton Yes
Eddie Wittchow Burnsville Senior D Wisconsin Yes