Last week, we’ve made the big switch to our summer training season. As our schedule opens up, this marks the return of our Pro & College groups along with full weeks of action with our 14s and 13s tiers. The atmosphere and excitement on this campus will be at it’s peak over the next 3 months and we couldn’t be happier for it. All of Our Athletes built a lot of momentum over the 2.5 months of the spring season. We saw a great deal of improvement throughout the age groups and high levels of performance on a regular basis. While we have ALL of our athletes to thank for this, there were a few individuals who stood out above the rest. These are the Players of the Month for May 2019.
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Sam Berry | 18 Selects | St. Louis Park HS
Sam has been hard at work in this building for several years now since his time as a peewee. It has been exciting for us to see consistent growth in his overall impact on the ice, with all of the credit due to Sam’s work ethic and coachability. His two-way game is rounding out nicely on the SLP varsity squad. His 18 points on the 2018-19 season was tops for defenseman for the Orioles, while finishing second on the team with 12 assists. Look for an even stronger upcoming season from Sam while he continues to improve.
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Dylan Godbout | 18s Tier | Hill-Murray School
Dylan is coming off of quite an exciting spring. Besides jumping back into training season with the same strong work ethic that we’ve seen in the past, he earned a big opportunity for his future. In April, Dylan announced his verbal commitment to play his college hockey at University of Wisconsin. And even more impressive that hearing of this news was to see an appropriate and healthy response in his time at the rink. Dylan has been a monster performer in game reps over the past several weeks. And he continues to invest into the details of his development on and off the ice.
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Wesly Brunello | 16s Tier | Lakeville North
Among a number of promising young defenseman in the program at the 2022 grad year, “Bruno” has made significant steps of improvement over the past few months. Following a solid bantam campaign for his Panthers, his arrow continues to point up in the training season. We’ve seen a strong boost to his poise with the puck and overall awareness on the ice. With more of the same hard work, Bruno will look to maintain this momentum into his first season at the high school level. Keep an eye on this up-and-comer to make an impact for LV North sooner rather than later.
Brody Dietz | 15s Tier | Hudson
We’ve never done a “Rookie of the Year” award here for best new Athlete. But if we did, Brody would be an early favorite. His strong blend of game awareness, vision and compete level make for a high-impact player at both ends of the ice. Besides his current value as a player, Brody’s work ethic, coachablility and attention to detail make for an even more exciting upside. His big spring also included two impressive tournament performances with the Blue Army '05 Selects. This high-ceiling defenseman is definitely a name to keep an eye on.
Easton Swift | 14s Tier | St. Paul Central
“Swifty" has been a great fit for our culture in his first year with the program. Enthusiasm mixed with a compete level and love for the rink - that’s the name of his game. It is enjoyable for our staff to have a young player like him who responds well to new challenges and teaching points on the ice. Because of his attitude and learning curve, we saw a lot of improvements to his overall offensive abilities over the past couple months. We are excited to see what Easton makes of the rest of the summer in preparation for bantam hockey next season.
Jevin Hawkins | 13s Tier | Shakopee, MN
Another first-year athlete here that is consistently brought up in conversation among our staff is “Hawk.” Hawk’s impact on the ice is definitely a mature one. Rarely do we see such a versatile impact for a player in his age group. Whether it’s playmaking, scoring, winning battles or defensive coverage, Hawk brings it all. And we were a little surprised to hear that he’s not a relative of Matthew Gleason, because Hawk’s compete level is through the roof and his desire to win is undeniable. It's hard not to be overly excited about his future.
Tate Kelsey | Goaltender | Cottage Grove, MN
Among a number of net-minders making waves at the rink due to their work ethic and focus is this young stud. Tate has an infectious personality and a strong desire to improve. All month long, he was attentive and focused on getting better with every ice session. As a goaltender, Tate has Gumby-like flexibility and high hockey IQ. Coming off a impressive spring season, our Goaltending staff knows that he will be dialed for the rest of the summer.