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.
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.