It was considered one of the best hockey conferences in the state in the 1970’s — but times have changed, and enrollments have declined. Minneapolis has consolidated the conference into one high school hockey program, representing the entire city.
The Minnesota Wild continue their developmental camp, and one name to watch down the road hails from Grand Rapids, Minn. Avery Peterson came back for his senior season at Grand Rapid High School, and won Mr. Hockey in the state.
The boy’s state hockey tournament starts Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Every year, it’s the place to see many of Minnesota’s top players. This year, after it’s over, a surprising number of those top players will be heading off to play in college at schools that aren’t anywhere near Minnesota.
Justin Kloos of Lakeville South has won Minnesota’s 28th Annual Mr. Hockey Award.
Eden Prairie forward Kyle Rau has been named Mr. Hockey for 2011, an annual award for Minnesota’s outstanding prep boys’ hockey player.