Star Tribune’s All-Metro hockey: Our first team and best of the rest
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Maple Grove, forward, senior
"A dynamic playmaking winger who can break open a game at any time," Crimson coach Todd Bergland said. "Possesses tremendous speed and has incredible edges — very difficult to knock off the puck." Brings 31 goals and 37 assists into the Class 2A tournament.
College plan: Wisconsin
Rogers, defense, senior
Beast of a player. Stands 6-3 and weighs 205 pounds. Or as Royals coach Dave Brown said, "He skates like a 150-pounder and plays like a 230-pounder." Accounted for 26 assists and four goals and led Rogers to a second consecutive Section 5 championship game.
College plan: St. Thomas
Cretin-Derham Hall, forward, senior
Improved skating and confidence helped transform Fisher into a 200-foot player. Buried six of his team-best 34 goals in the Section 3 playoffs — including the game-winner in the championship. Top forward on a Raiders team back in the Class 2A tournament.
College plan: Northern Michigan
Wayzata, goalie, senior
Named Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year — the first goalie in the history of the award, which began in 1985. Finished 18-7-2 and allowed only 1.38 goals per game. Stopped 94% of shots faced and blanked six opponents. Excellent agility, mobility and mind-set.
College plan: St. Thomas
Minnetonka, defense, junior
Big reason the Skippers are the top seed in the week's Class 2A tournament. Smooth and smart. Logs big minutes on the blue line. Handles the puck with a combination of skill and a low panic point. Contributed five goals and 17 assists.
College plan: Minnesota Duluth
Andover, forward, senior
Leads the defending Class 2A champs with 90 points on 36 goals and 54 assists. Posted 11 assists in three playoff games. Took his game and leadership qualities to new levels this season. Plays a wide-open game and beats opponents with his speed.
College plan: St. Cloud State
Cooper Conway, Andover, forward, senior: Remarkable shot led to scoring explosion. Tallied 45 goals (and counting) this season. College plan: Colorado College
Kam Hendrickson, Chanhassen, goaltender, junior: Backstopped the Storm to the brink of the state tournament. Went 17-4, stopped 94% of shots, allowed 1.12 goals per game with nine shutouts. College plan: Undecided
Simon Houge, Cretin-Derham Hall, defense, senior: Breakout machine leads the Raiders with 33 assists. Shines in all situations. College plan: Air Force
Liam Hupka, Minnetonka, defense, senior: A captain and a leader. Excellent vision and anticipation of play. Four goals and 17 assists this season. College plan: Undecided
Jackson Nevers, Edina, forward, junior: The Hornets' engine can beat opponents with his strength or his skill. Has 19 goals and 19 assists. College plan: Minnesota
Sam Ranallo, Rogers, forward, senior: The Royals' key offensive cog led the team in goals (24) and assists (36). College plan: Undecided
Hagen Burrows, Minnetonka, junior; Tommy Cronin, St. Thomas Academy, senior; Nolan Roed, White Bear Lake, junior; Drew Stewart, Benilde-St. Margaret's, junior; Jordan Ronn, Champlin Park, senior.
Tyler Lafferty, Lakeville South, senior; Logan Opgrand, Eastview, senior; Eddie Revenig, Edina, junior.
Robbie Clarkowski, Edina, senior; Jay Svaren, Eastview, senior.
How the team was chosen: The Star Tribune's All-Metro teams and Metro Player of the Year were chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, conversations with a panel of coaches and staff observations.