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2013 Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League Statistical Preview

The puck drops this Saturday, September 7th at 9am CT. The top high school hockey players the midwest has to offer... Does it get any better?

Matt Christians

For college hockey fans, the puck doesn't drop for a few more weeks. This date is close enough for us to all get antsy, but distant enough to know this antsy-ness is all but a tease. Fortunately for those living in the state of Minnesota, there are other options to feed that desire for some good ole' hockey.

Just a brief intro here...

The Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League, or better known as the Elite League in the Midwest, started as a plan to try and get high school talent to finish their prep career before heading to juniors. Players wanted exposure in order for opportunities to open at higher levels of play, which made the idea of leaving school for the next level an increasingly popular thought. So in order to combat this idea, the league was created and met most, if not all of these player's expectations.

The Elite League gives the midwest's best players a large amount of exposure at a high level of competition, which equals a small mecca for NCAA schools and NHL scouts. Throughout the duration of this seven week league, fans have the opportunity to watch one of the state's greatest past times without traveling too far.

The action starts early on the weekend of September 7th at New Hope Ice Arena, and games travel around the state from there. Stevens Point, Grand Rapids, Duluth, and Onalaska are just a few towns that will hold a few games this season. Take a peek at the whole schedule.

Well, who's going to be playing?

Below are statistics from a select group of players for each grade. These players are whom I assume to play vital rules this year, collegiate-bound athletes, and/or potential all-around game changers. Statistics taken are totals from the 2012-2013 high school season.

Seniors

Player Pos. School Elite Team G-A-Pts. College
Derek Frentz F Mankato West Southwest 38-32-70
Paul Kenny F St. Cloud Apollo Great Plains 27-40-67
Spencer Naas F Benilde-St. Margaret's Northwest 34-31-65
Zach Yon F Roseau Great Plains 34-28-62
Mitch Slattery F Hill-Murray Northeast 25-33-58
Tyler Sheehy F Burnsville Southeast 22-27-49
Steven Spinner F Eden Prairie Southeast 19-27-46 Nebraska-Omaha
Joseph Marooney F Holy Family Southwest 13-29-42
Joe Lau F Blaine Northeast 16-23-39
Cullen Munson F Holy Family Southwest 9-13-22
Luc Snuggerud D Eden Prairie Southeast 5-37-42 Nebraska-Omaha
Ryan Swanson D Holy Family Catholic Southwest 8-26-34
Matthew Brettingen D St. Cloud Tech Great Plains 6-25-31
Chris Pohlkamp D Brainerd North 12-19-31
Tyler Nanne D Edina Southwest 10-13-23
Alex Copa D Blaine Northeast 1-22-23
Travis Brown D Rogers Northwest 14-7-21 Michigan Tech
Mitch Reinke D Stillwater Northeast 3-12-15 Michigan Tech

Juniors

Player Pos. School Elite Team G-A-Pts. College
Jake Wahlin F White Bear Lake Northeast 33-34-67 Massachusetts
John Peterson F Holy Family Catholic Northeast 24-35-59
Marshall Barnes F Holy Angels Southwest 16-41-57
Tom Novak F St. Thomas Academy Southeast 28-29-57 Minnesota
Carter Roo F Totino-Grace North 19-33-52
Jared Bethune F Warroad Great Plains 26-23-49
Dylan Malmquist F Edina Southwest 23-23-46
Christiano Versich F Sibley North 14-24-38
Matthew Freytag F Wayzata Northwest 22-15-37 Wisconsin
Nicholas Thompson D Duluth Denfeld North 8-27-35
Jason Krych D Totino-Grace Northwest 7-20-27 Minnesota-State
Nick Wolff D Eagan Southeast 4-19-23
Ben Newhouse D Benilde-St. Margaret's Soutwest 2-20-22
Tye Ausmus D East Grand Forks North 5-7-12
Seamus Donohue D St. Thomas Academy Northeast 0-8-8

Sophomores

Player Pos. School Elite Team G-A-Pts. College
Austen Long F Spring Lake Park Northeast 25-20-45
Tanner Tweten F East Grand Forks North 17-18-35
Max Zimmer F Wayzata Northwest 15-13-28
Jonah Bischoff F Grand Rapids North 10-13-23
Koby Bender F Cloquet North 6-6-12
Tyler Jutting D Mankato West Southwest 4-14-18

Freshmen

Player Pos. School Elite Team G-A-Pts. College
Joey Anderson F Hill-Murray Northeast 9-12-21 Minnesota-Duluth

NOTES:

  • Shattuck-St. Mary's, Team Wisconsin, Colorado Rampage, Chicago Fury, MEPDL Stars, and the U17 team will also participate in the tournament, but are not included within these statistics.
  • These rosters may bring answers to whether certain players may be foregoing their remaining years in high school athletics for junior hockey, or training with other programs through the duration of the league's events. Chris Dilks wrote an interesting article in July pertaining to this information. Click Upper Midwest High School Elite League Rosters Announced for more information.

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All of the Elite League information can be found on the League's website. If you're interested in looking at the rest of the content, following along to the action live, or learning more about the league go to the High School Elite Hockey.