Grand Rapids High School forward Avery Peterson was named the 2014 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Sunday afternoon at an awards banquet as the top senior skater in Minnesota high school hockey this season. Peterson joins Aaron Miskovich as the second Mr. Hockey winner from Grand Rapids.
Peterson was more than deserving of the award, and it comes as little surprise. Peterson was a sixth round draft choice of the Minnesota Wild in last summer's NHL Entry Draft. He played much of the fall with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL, but chose to return home to Grand Rapids for his senior season, in part to help his mother take care of his older brother with a degenerative cognitive disease.
On the ice, Peterson was outstanding all year. He led the Thunderhawks in scoring by 25 points with a 35-30-65 scoring line. Late in the season, he became the all-time leading scorer in the storied history of the Grand Rapids program. Peterson is committed to play his college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha.
Joining Peterson on the podium today was teammate Hunter Shepard, who won the Frank Brimsek Award, given to the state's top senior goaltender.