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Nominations list has unbalanced look

By Loren Nelson, Editor, 08/11/11, 3:45PM CDT


Modern-day stars outnumber state high school pioneers

A comparison of our top-secret Top 100 list to the ever-growing Your Submissions table shows that all of our top 30 picks have received nominations from our viewers.

The nominations have not only been fun to sort through, but they’ve been informative as well. Some of the comments have been fantastic.

Here’s another of our (slightly edited) favorites, this one coming from Stuart McFarlane:

“The hockey minds in Roseau will tell you that Don Ross was the best defenseman ever to play in Roseau and one of the best ever in the state. He was part of the '58 and '59 state championship teams. This is about high school hockey, but after high school, he won a national championship at UND, team captain at UND, two-time 1st team All-American, UND Hall of Fame, played on the '64 and '68 Olympic teams. He was offered a contract by the Boston Bruins, back in the day when Americans were laughed at in the NHL.”

The Your Submissions list is tilted heavily toward the 1990s and 2000s, so it’s great to see nominations coming in for some of the stars from the 50s and 60s.

Speaking of the early days of high school hockey, one of the more notable omissions from the Your Submissions list is one of the state’s star forwards from one of the early championship teams. Hop in the way-back machine and see if you can figure out the notable omission.

There are several more “oldtimers” missing who deserve recognition. We chatted today with one of the state’s legends who played for a high school program that no longer exists. Great player stuck on a bad, bad team.

With the release of No. 100 on our list just a few days away, we’ve been busy finalizing our Top 100, conducting interviews and gathering intel on who we consider the borderline players.

Can’t emphasize enough how tough these final cuts have been.

Special thanks goes to Tracy Ostby of Roseau for his help. Ostby is the radio voice of Roseau hockey and the creator of Roseau Rams Hockey, easily one of the best high school hockey websites in the state.

Check out the list at the right, and click here to nominate a player you think should be added.

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Your Submissions

Player School Grad.
Terry Abram South St. Paul 1965
Bruce Aikens Rochester John Marshall 1978
Bob Alexander Rosemount 1983
Steve Alley Anoka 1974
Jim Amidon International Falls 1963
Earl Anderson Roseau 1969
R.J. Anderson Centennial 2005
Josh Arnold Moorhead 1994
Mike Antonovich Greenway 1969
Les Auge St. Paul Johnson 1971
David Backes Spring Lake Park 2002
John Bader Irondale 1980
Todd Baer Hopkins 1986
Bill Baker Grand Rapids 1974
Jack Barnes Blake 2008
Jay Barriball Holy Angels 2006
Ben Belde Hill-Murray 1980
Brad Benson Edina East 1980
Adam Berkhoel Stillwater 1999
Jesse Bertogliat Cloquet 1992
Joe Bianchi Bloomington Jefferson 1994
Grant Bischoff Grand Rapids 1987
Nick Bjugstad Blaine 2010
Scott Bjugstad Irondale 1979
Dean Blais International Falls 1969
Jason Blake Moorhead 1992
Brandon Bochenski Blaine 2000
Joe Bonk South St. Paul 1968
Bob Boysen Alexander Ramsey 1963
Rube Bjorkman Roseau 1947
Scott Bloom Burnsville 1986
Brian Bonin White Bear Lake 1992
Henry Boucha Warroad 1969
Jake Brandt Roseau 2000
Herb Brooks St. Paul Johnson 1955
Aaron Broten Roseau 1979
Neal Broten Roseau 1978
Scott Buchan White Bear Lake 1966
Dick Burg Minneapolis Central 1954
Brad Buetow Mounds View 1968
Bill Butters White Bear Lake 1970
Paul Butters Rochester John Marshall 1979
C.J. Buzzell Minnehaha Academy 1993
Bruce Carlson Edina 1970
Dan Carlson Edina 1997
Corey Carlson Two Harbors/ Greenway 2003
Jon Casey Grand Rapids 1980
Mike Castellano Eveleth 1953
Ron Castellano Eveleth 1951
Wally Chapman Edina 1982
Nick Checco Bloomington Jefferson 1993
Tom Chorske Minneapolis Southwest 1985
Bill Christian Warroad 1955
Dave Christian Warroad 1977
Roger Christian Warroad 1953
Keith "Huffer" Christiansen International Falls 1963
Matt Christiansen Hoyt Lakes 1982
Steve Christoff Richfield 1976
Bobby Collyard Hibbing 1967
Blaine Comstock Roseau 1967
Jack Connolly Duluth Marshall 2007
Pat Conroy Hill-Murray 1971
Mike "Lefty" Curran International Falls 1963
Mike Crowley Bloomington Jefferson 1994
Mike Crupi St. Paul Johnson 1964
Jon Cullen Alexandria 1996
Matt Cullen Moorhead 1995
Heath Deboer Spring Lake Park 1988
Dave Delich Eveleth 1975
Nate Dey North St. Paul 2003
Dick Dougherty International Falls 1950
Ron Drobnick Eveleth 1946
Tim DuRose St. Paul Johnson 1984
Joe Dziedic Minneapolis Edison 1990
David Eddy Woodbury 2008
Tim Elms Minneapolis South 1978
Ralph Engelstad Thief River Falls 1948
Rick Erdall Minneapolis Washburn 1981
Bryan "Butsy" Erickson Roseau 1979
Chad Erickson Warroad 1988
Kenny Erickson Minneapolis Roosevelt 1958
Phil Falcone Chisholm 1980
Scott Faust Hill-Murray 1983
Peter Fichuk International Falls 1965
Gary Finley Brooklyn Center 1968
Pat Finnegan Eveleth 1945
David Fischer Apple Valley 2006
Rusty Fitzgerald Duluth East 1991
Andrew Ford Eden Prairie 2011
Aaron Fox Hastings 1993
Tyson Fulton Breck 2010
Mark Gagnon Edina East 1979
Gary Gambucci Hibbing 1964
Jake Gardiner Minnetonka 2008
Ken Gernander Greenway 1987
Tom Gilbert Bloomington Jefferson 2001
Jason Godbout Hill-Murray 1987
Karl Goehring Apple Valley 1996
Ben Gordon International Falls 2003
Tom Gorence St. Paul Academy 1975
Chris Gotziaman Roseau 1990
Tom Gorowsky Centennial 2004
Guy Gosselin Rochester John Marshall 1982
Bryan Grand Roseau 1966
Wally Grant Eveleth 1945
Dan Griffin North St. Paul 1971
Steve Griffith Hill-Murray 1979
Mike Guentzel Greenway 1981
Mark Gunderson Duluth Denfeld 1997
Gino Guyer Greenway 2002
John Hall Minneapolis Roosevelt 1963
Al Hangsleben Warroad 1971
Ben Hankinson Edina 1987
Pater Hankinson Edina 1986
Ben Hanowski Little Falls 2009
Tim Harrer Bloomington Lincoln 1975
Tod Hartje Anoka 1987
Tom Hastings Minneapolis Southwest 1946
Bret Hedican North St. Paul 1988
Tyler Heinonen Delano 2011
Matt Hendricks Blaine 2000
Darby Hendrickson Richfield 1991
Billy Hengen Holy Angels 2000
Derek Herlofsky Minneapolis Edison 1990
Tom Herzig International Falls 1981
Bob Hill Duluth East 1962
Sean Hill Duluth East 1988
Bill Himmelright Bemidji 1975
Tom Hirsch Minneapolis Patrick Henry 1981
Phil Hoene Duluth Cathedral 1967
Paul Holmgren St. Paul Harding 1973
Gary Hooper Hibbing 1982
Greg Hooper Hibbing 1982
Phil Housley South St. Paul 1982
John Hyduke Hibbing 1985
Willard Ikola Eveleth 1950
Tim Jackman Park Center 2000
Dano Jacques Duluth Marshall 2008
Steve Janaszak Hill-Murray 1975
Dave Jecha Minnetonka 1985
Jim Jefferies Hopkins Eisenhower 1973
Steve Jensen Robbinsdale Armstrong 1973
Jim Jetland Grand Rapids 1978
Aaron Johnson Robbinsdale Armstrong 2001
Adam Johnson Greenway 1999
Craig Johnson Hill-Murray 1990
Gary Johnson Roseau 1963
Josh Johnson Cloquet 2002
Luke Johnson Osseo 1987
Alex Kangas Rochester Century 2005
Tony Kellin Grand Rapids 1982
Tom Kelly Edina East 1978
Brad Konik Bloomington Kennedy 1991
Tom Kurvers Bloomington Jefferson 1980
Trent Klatt Osseo 1989
Kurt Kleinendorst Grand Rapids 1979
Randy Koeppl Bloomington Jefferson 1993
Jim Korn Hopkins 1975
Ryan Kraft Moorhead 1994
Adam Krause Hermantown 2010
Bobby Krieger Edina 1970
Dan Kronick Holy Angels 2002
Joseph LaBate Holy Angels 2011
Dave Langevin Hill-Murray 1972
Nick Larson Hill-Murray 2007
Reed Larson Minneapolis Roosevelt 1974
Robin Larson St. Paul Academy 1974
Mike Lauen Edina East 1979
Ken Lawson Greenway 1969
Drew LeBlanc Hermantown 2008
Scott Lecy Rochester John Marshall 1977
Nick Leddy Eden Prairie 2009
Anders Lee Edina 2009
Brian Lee Moorhead 2005
Matt Leimbeck Rochester Mayo 1997
Dan Lempe Grand Rapids 1976
Chris Locker Duluth East 1996
Derek Locker Duluth East 1991
Doug Long St. Paul Johnson 1970
Pete LoPresti Eveleth 1972
Ross Luedtke Orono 2011
Billy Lund Roseau 1990
Mike Lundin Apple Valley 2003
Bob Lundeen Minneapolis Southwest 1971
Scott Lynch North St. Paul 1979
Alex Lyon Lake of the Woods 2011
Dan Mahle International Falls 1966
Oscar Mahle International Falls 1957
Dave Maley Edina 1982
Jim Malwitz Grand Rapids 1981
Chris Marinucci Grand Rapids 1990
Jeff Mars Duluth East 1977
Paul Martin Elk River 2000
Terry Martin Duluth East 1972
Bob Mason International Falls 1979
John Matchefts Eveleth 1949
Danny Mattson Holy Angels 2009
John Mayasich Eveleth 1951
Chris McAlpine Roseville 1990
Jack McCartan St. Paul Marshall 1953
Rob McClanahan Mounds View 1976
Ryan McDonagh Cretin-Derham Hall 2007
Jim McElmury St. Paul Kellogg 1967
Pete McEnaney Owatonna 1983
Bill McGann Duluth Dentral 1960
Justin McHugh Minnetonka 1991
Dave Merhar Ely 1965
Austin Messer Spring Lake Park 1995
Joe Micheletti Hibbing 1973
Pat Micheletti Hibbing 1982
Corey Millen Cloquet 1982
Jason Miller Bloomington Kennedy 1987
Joey Miller Wayzata 2006
Kris Miller Greenway 1987
Warren Miller South St. Paul 1972
Dylan Mills Duluth East 1997
Reggie Miracle Columbia Heights 1983
Aaron Miskovich Grand Rapids 1997
Gregg Moore Edina West 1979
Michael Morin Breck 2010
Rick Mrozik Cloquet 1993
Brian Nelson Willmar 1984
Brock Nelson Warroad 2010
Jeff Nelson Rochester John Marshall 1978
Aaron Ness Roseau 2008
Chuck Ness Duluth Central 1969
Tom Nevers Edina 1990
Jeff Nielsen Grand Rapids 1990
Matt Niskanen Virginia 2005
Jay North Bloomington Jefferson 1980
Craig Norwich Edina East 1974
Bill Nyrop Edina 1970
Roy Nystrom Eveleth 1961
Rob Ohno Bloomington Jefferson 1982
Pat O'Leary Robbinsdale Armstrong 1998
Wally Olds Baudette 1967
Larry Olimb Warroad 1988
Jim O'Neill Cretin 1974
Todd Okerlund Burnsville 1983
Steve Orth St. Cloud Tech 1983
T.J. Oshie Warroad 2005
Dave Otness Edina 1973
Doug Palazzari Eveleth 1970
Mark Parrish Bloomington Jefferson 1995
Jeff Pauletti Hastings 1986
Mark Pavelich Eveleth 1976
Tom Pederson Bloomington Jefferson 1988
George Pelawa Bemidji 1986
Bryan Peltier Forest Lake 2000
Doug Peltier St. Paul Johnson 1968
Tom Peluso Greenway 1970
Ben Persian Orono 2008
Toby Petersen Bloomington Jefferson 1996
Joe Phillippi Hill-Murray 2008
Lance Pitlick Robbinsdale Cooper 1986
Derek Plante Cloquet 1989
Shawn Pogreba St. Paul Johnson 1996
Mike Polich Hibbing 1971
Shjon Podein Rochester John Marshall 1986
Johnny Pohl Red Wing 1998
Joe Poole Thief River Falls 1955
David Preuss St. Thomas Academy 1981
Mike Ramsey Minneapolis Roosevelt 1978
Paul Ranheim Edina 1984
Ville Rantanen Mankato West 2011
Erik Rasmussen St. Louis Park 1995
Kyle Rau Eden Prairie 2011
Jim Rhoades Minnehaha Academy 1981
Damian Rhodes Richfield 1987
Todd Richards Robbinsdale Armstrong 1985
Scott Richart Irondale 1980
Tom Riley International Falls 1954
Don Ross Roseau 1960
Steve Ross International Falls 1966
Erin Roth Grand Rapids 1975
John Rothstein Grand Rapids 1975
Tom Rothstein Grand Rapids 1980
Blaine Rude Fergus Falls 1986
John Russell Breck 2010
Gene Sack Cretin 1947
Gary Sampson International Falls 1977
Scott Sandelin Hibbing 1982
Gary Sargent Bemidji 1972
Craig Sarner North St. Paul 1967
Ron Sauvageau Centennial 1990
Marty Sertich Roseville 2001
Bill Schmitz Farmington 1974
Bill "Buzz" Schneider Babbit 1972
Tim Schroeder East Grand Forks 1971
Joe Schuman Benilde-St. Margaret's 2000
Tim Sheehy International Falls 1966
Brad Shelstad Minneapolis Southwest 1970
John Sheridan Minneapolis Patrick Henry 1972
John Shewchuk South St. Paul 1973
Randy Skarda St. Thomas Academy 1986
Dale Smedsmo Roseau 1969
Sandy Smith Brainerd 1986
Wyatt Smith Warroad 1995
Dave Snuggerud Hopkins 1984
Dave Spehar Duluth East 1996
Ben Stafford Edina 1997
Robb Stauber Duluth Denfeld 1986
Brad Stepan Hastings 1986
Eric Strobel Rochester Mayo 1976
Greg Stutz Centennial 2004
Jeff Taffe Hastings 1999
Dean Talafous Hastings 1971
Dom Talarico Proctor 1997
Jeff Teal Rochester John Marshall 1978
Billy Thayer Edina East 1974
Doug Torrel Hibbing 1988
Steve Torrel Hibbing 1986
Steve "Pokey" Trachsel Duluth Cathedral 1969
Dan Trebil Bloomington Jefferson 1992
Steve Ulseth Roseville Kellogg 1977
Chris VandeVelde Moorhead 2005
Tom Vanelli St. Paul Academy 1973
Ernie Vargas Coon Rapids 1982
Phil Verchota Duluth East 1975
Mike Vukonich Duluth Denfeld 1987
Dewey Wahlin St. Paul Johnson 1984
Peter Waselovich International Falls 1973
Billy Watt Duluth Morgan Park 1966
Dan Welch Hastings 1999
Dale Wennberg Thief River Falls 1960
Erik Westrum Apple Valley 1997
Patrick White Grand Rapids 2007
Travis Winter St. Cloud Tech 2003
Steve Witkowski Blaine 2000
Gary Wood International Falls 1965
Doug Woog South St. Paul 1962
J.T. Wyman Blake 2004
Ken Yackel St. Paul Humboldt 1949
Billy Yon Roseau 1981
Bob Young Hill-Murray 1971
Tom Younghans St. Agnes 1971
Doug Zmolek Rochester John Marshall 1989