Congratulations to Katie, Taylor, Courtney, Corey and Sam on outstanding/spectacular contributions to the Spring Lake Park-St. Anthony Panther Girls Hockey Team. Wishing you all the best in your final REGULAR SEASON game this Saturday, February 5th.
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Plans are underway for the 2019 Premier Prep League this coming fall. This will be the 12th year of the league. The co-directors for the Premier Prep League will be Robert Sherry and Kendall Christian. This league is administered by the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association with support from MN Hockey, the Elite 1 Girls Hockey League and the girls high school coaches.
The league will start the weekend following Labor Day and finish the weekend prior to the start of the MSHSL girls hockey season. Current plans include cross-over games with Elite 1 teams and HP 14/15 Tier 1 teams. The schedule will be posted to the MGHCA website as soon as it is finalized. Tryout dates, times and locations will also be announced and published as soon they are determined.
Some features for the league will include:
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Calla Frank of White Bear Lake named
2019 Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year
Calla Frank of White Bear Lake Area High School has been named the 2019 Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year, the newspaper announced today at the annual Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet. The award is presented annually to the top senior goalie in Minnesota girls’ high school hockey.
A mainstay in the White Bear Lake net for five seasons, Calla Frank was the goalie of record for nearly 80 percent of games since the beginning of her eighth-grade year. Frank compiled a career record of 60-45-7 with 21 shutouts, ranking first in school history in both wins and shutouts. This season, she posted 13-14-3 overall record with a 2.01 goals-against average, a .944 save percentage and four shutouts.
Frank faced the fifth-most shots in the state during the regular season (887) and made 30 more saves in 18 games on the year, including a 56-save effort in a 3-2 win over Stillwater on Dec. 15. Despite the number of shots faced, she allowed two or fewer goals in 19 games on the season. A member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team at the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship, Frank will continue her hockey career at Minnesota State in the fall.
“Calla is an intense and extremely competitive athlete who strives to accomplish the impossible,” White Bear Lake head coach Jerry Kwapick said. “She is a fabulous athlete who pushes herself to be the best she can at everything she participates in. Regardless of our challenges, Calla gives our team the chance to win every game with her consistent beyond-belief performances.”
Off the ice, Frank owns a 3.8 GPA and has been an avid volunteer with a number of organizations, including Toys for Tots, Adopt a Family and the local youth hockey association.
“Calla is a very unselfish individual who always puts the needs of others in front of her own,” Kwapick said. “She derives great satisfaction from assisting others in need and helping them achieve their personal goals. Calla’s efforts and results off the ice are very similar to the success she has enjoyed on the ice.”
The Senior Goalie of the Year Award is based on nominations from high school coaches and is selected based on votes from a panel of high school coaches and Division I and III women’s college coaches. The award is based on the following criteria: academics, community/ extracurricular activities, citizenship, coachability and, of course, on-ice performance.
The other finalists for the award were Quinn Kuntz of Warroad, Lucy Morgan of Maple Grove, Makayla Pahl of Rochester Mayo and Taylor Smith of Mound Westonka.
This is the 21st year of the LPH Goalie of the Year award. Previous winners: Alexa Dobchuk of Eden Prairie (2018), Breanna Blesi of Maple Grove (2017), Jenna Brenneman of Breck (2016), Frances Marshall of Thief River Falls (2015), Erin O’Neil of Hopkins (2014), Sydney Rossman of Minnetonka (2013), Erika Allen of Roseville (2012), Julie Friend of Minnetonka (2011), Kallie Billadeau of Hopkins (2010) Laura Bellamy of Duluth (2009), Alyssa Grogan of Eagan (2008), Ashley Nixon of Blaine (2007), Alannah McCready of Centennial (2006), Johanna Ellison of Cloquet/Esko/Carlton (2005), Emily Brookshaw of Hill-Murray (2004), Robin Doepke of Chaska (2003), Amber Hasbargen of Warroad (2002), Jody Horak of Blaine (2001), Shari Vogt of River Lakes (2000) and Katie Beauduy of Blaine (1999).
The award is sponsored by Let’s Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild, GoodWood Hockey and OS Hockey.
Blake’s Madeline Wethington named 2019 Ms. Hockey
Madeline Wethington, a senior defenseman on the Blake School girls’ hockey team, was named the winner of the 24th annual Ms. Hockey Award by Let’s Play Hockey newspaper today at the annual Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet. The award, presented to the top senior girls’ high school hockey player in Minnesota, is based on the following criteria: academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship, coachability and, of course, on-ice performance.
Considered one of the top players in the nation in her age group, Madeline Wethington ranked fourth on her team in scoring with totals of 21-32--53 in 28 games, helping the Bears to the No. 2 ranking in Class AA. An elite defenseman, Wethington will graduate as one of the most decorated girls’ high school hockey players of all time. She won three state championships (2014, 2016, 2017) and one runner-up title (2015), and has been named all-state four times. Additionally, Wethington is a three-time gold medalist for the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team. She was the only high school player invited to train with the national team over the holiday break this season.
This season, Wethington posted 16 multi-point games and was held without a point just once in 28 games. She will continue her hockey career at the University of Minnesota.
“Madeline has been on the Blake varsity team since 7th grade and has been a standout every season,” Reid said. “Her dedication to self-improvement is unmatched. It’s been a lot of fun and a privilege to watch her continually grow as a player and person.”
Away from hockey, Wethington owns a 3.8 GPA and last year earned the Harvard Book Prize for the student who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields.
“Madeline is acutely aware of the opportunities she has received through the sport and has done much to give back to hockey,” Reid said. “She recognizes that the sport is bigger than any one person and that it is the individual’s responsibility to carry on tradition and success for the future generations.”
The other finalists for Ms. Hockey were forwards CC Bowlby of Edina, Izzy Daniel of Blake and Kelsey King of Elk River/Zimmerman, and defenseman Kaitlyn Kotlowski of Warroad.
Past winners: Taylor Heise of Red Wing (2018), Grace Zumwinkle of Breck (2017), Presley Norby of Minnetonka (2016), Taylor Williamson of Edina (2015), Sydney Baldwin of Minnetonka (2014), Dani Cameranesi of Blake (2013), Hannah Brandt of Hill-Murray (2012), Karley Sylvester of Warroad (2011), Bethany Brausen of Roseville (2010) Becky Kortum of Hopkins (2009), Sarah Erickson of Bemidji (2008), Katharine Chute of Blake (2007), Allie Thunstrom of North St. Paul (2006), Gigi Marvin of Warroad (2005), Erica McKenzie of Hastings (2004), Andrea Nichols of Hibbing/Chisholm (2003), Ashley Albrecht of South St. Paul (2002), Renee Curtin of Roseville (2001), Krissy Wendell of Park Center (2000), Ronda Curtin of Roseville (1999), Laura Slominski of Burnsville (1998), Annamarie Holmes of Apple Valley (1997) and Winny Brodt of Roseville (1996).
The 24th annual award, selected based on votes from a panel of high school coaches and Division I and III college coaches from Minnesota and Wisconsin, is sponsored by Let’s Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild, GoodWood Hockey and OS Hockey.
Five finalists announced for
2019 Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award
Let’s Play Hockey announced today the five semifinalists for the 2019 Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award, presented to the top senior girls’ high school hockey goaltender in Minnesota.
The finalists combine for a 1.57 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and a grade-point average of 3.83. The five finalists for the Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award are as follows, in alphabetical order (statistics through games of Feb. 6):
Finalist School/Team W-L-T GAA SV% SO College
Calla Frank White Bear Lake 10-12-3 2.17 .938 1 Minnesota State
Quinn Kuntz Warroad 24-0-1 0.60 .964 14 Ohio State
Lucy Morgan Maple Grove 17-7-1 1.44 .939 6
Makayla Pahl Rochester Mayo 4-8-3 2.56 .940 2 Minnesota
Taylor Smith Mound Westonka 19-0-5 1.09 .954 6
The winner of the Senior Goalie of the Year Award will be announced at the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m., at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The five finalists for Ms. Hockey will be named on Feb. 14. Both awards are sponsored by Let’s Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild, GoodWood Hockey and OS Hockey.
In addition to on-ice talent, criteria for the Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award include academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability. Past winners: 2017 Alexa Dobchuk (Eden Prairie), 2017 Breanna Blesi (Maple Grove), 2016 Jenna Brenneman (Breck), 2015 Frances Marshall (Thief River Falls), 2014 Erin O’Neil (Hopkins), 2013 Sydney Rossman (Minnetonka), 2012 Erika Allen (Roseville Area), 2011 Julie Friend (Minnetonka), 2010 Kallie Billadeau (Hopkins), 2009 Laura Bellamy (Duluth), 2008 Alyssa Grogan (Eagan), 2007 Ashley Nixon (Blaine), 2006 Allana McCready (Centennial), 2005 Johanna Ellison (Cloquet/Esko/Carlton), 2004 Emily Brookshaw (Hill-Murray), 2003 Robin Doepke (Chaska), 2002 Amber Hasbargen (Warroad), 2001 Jody Horak (Blaine), 2000 Shari Vogt (River Lakes), 1999 Katie Beauduy (Blaine).
Other awards that will be presented at the banquet include the 2019 Ms. Hockey Award, which goes to the top senior player in girls’ high school hockey, as well as the Minnesota Girls High School Hockey Coaches Association’s Coaches of the Year, and All-State and All-Academic Award winners for the 2018-19 season.
For more on the five finalists for the Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award, go to www.stateofhockey.com. To order tickets for the 2019 Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet, call Beth Kurtt at 612-306-1935.
The 2019 Senior Classic schedule has been finalized. Scheduled is below and can be downloaded as a Word.doc.