The Star Tribune All-Metro first team (from left): Atticus Kelly, St. Thomas Academy; Chase Foley, St. Thomas Academy; Sammy Walker, Edina; Luke Loheit, Minnetonka; Ben Brinkman, Edina; and Ben Almquist, Holy Family Catholic. Star Tribune photo by Jerry Holt
|No NHL players in the Olympics. Better or worse?||Best part about playing varsity hockey||Go-to karaoke song|
|Ben Almquist||Worse. It doesn’t really show the best of every country.||We always get a good crowd of students no matter where we play.||“Party in the U.S.A.’’ by Miley Cyrus|
|Ben Brinkman||Worse. It’s a lot more entertaining when you know who the players are.||It’s really cool to have little kids that dream of being where you are.||“In Case You Didn’t Know’’ by Brett Young (Just ask my teammate Bjorn Swanson.)|
|Chase Foley||Worse. The best players are in the NHL and they should be playing.||Our fans getting rowdy at games.||“Let it Go” by Idina Menzel|
|Atticus Kelly||Worse. Unless there would have been a Miracle on Ice Part Two||Putting on the blue and white||“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond|
|Luke Loheit||Definitely worse. I love watching the NHL players come together at world events.||Great support from the community.||“Big Green Tractor” by Jason Aldean|
|Sammy Walker||Worse. It’s a lot better and more competitive when the NHL is playing.||The support we get from our fans is pretty special.||“Party in the U.S.A.’’ by Miley Cyrus|
Bobby Brink, Minnetonka, soph.: Dynamo in the Skippers’ lineup. Tallied 16 goals, 33 assists. Committed to Denver.
Payton Matsui, St. Thomas Academy, sr.: Natural scorer led the Cadets with 28 goals. College undecided.
Jack Perbix, Elk River, jr.: Regarded by some coaches as the state’s best player. 21 goals, 47 assists. Committed to Notre Dame.
Mike Koster, Chaska, jr.: Exceptional speed. Lethal when he joins the rush. Tallied 15 goals, 42 assists. Committed to Minnesota.
Brady Ziemer, Holy Family Catholic, sr.: Holy Family Catholic’s rock. Tough to play against. Committed to St. Cloud State.
Jackson Hjelle, Delano, sr.: Drew raves for steady play despite the Tigers’ 11-12 record. Stopped 93 percent of shots faced.
Matthew Gleason, Cretin-Derham Hall, soph.
Chase Hamstad, White Bear Lake, sr.
Lucas McGregor, Centennial, sr.
Mason Nevers, Edina, jr.
Josh Luedtke, Minnetonka, jr.
Carl Fish, St. Paul Johnson, sr.
Ben Fritsinger, Andover, jr.
Ben Garrity, Rosemount, sr.
The Star Tribune’s All-Metro teams and Metro Player of the Year were chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, conversations with a panel of coaches and staff observations.
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