Friday, August 19, 2011

Backes among Hockey Hub's top 100

There's a pretty cool thing going on on the website Minnesota Hockey Hub right now. They're counting down the top 100 Minnesota high school hockey players. The countdown began this week, with Herb Brooks as No. 100. They're naming one player per day, leading up to the start of the 2011-12 high school hockey season. This is quite the undertaking, and undoubtedly will stir up great memories as well as a more than a few arguments.

On Friday, No. 96 was unveiled and it was none other than one of Minnesota State's top players, David Backes of Spring Lake Park.

The write-up on Backes praises him for staying in high school and staying at Spring Lake Park, specifically.

"He is all of what you look for in a high school hockey player," his coach, Tom Benson said. "He was committed to a small program like ours, both as a hockey player and baseball player.

"He was loyal to his school, very proud."

Who else from Minnesota State could be on the list? Anyone? Who do you think will be in the top 10? What about No. 1?

What do you think?


MSUMaverickFan said...

Since 2000 Here is a list of Minnesota State's Mr. Hockey finalists.

2000- Tim Jackman
2001- Jake Brenk
2002- David Backes, Ryan Carter, Travis Morin
2004- Blake Friesen
2006- Andy Sackirson
2007- Mike Dorr
2008- Justin Jokinen, Zach Lehrke
2009- Tyler Pitlick, Zach Palmquist

Not sure if any other Mavericks will be mentioned. If I recall correctly, Jake Brenk may have had one of the more impressive high school careers on that list. Tyler Pitlick possibly?

Edward Thoma said...

I would expect Neal Broten and Henry Boucha to be in the top five, at least.

Shane Frederick said...

Eddie, the top 5-10 are going to be interesting. Broten, Boucha, Spehar, Pohl, Mayasich (probably No. 1), those 90s' Bloomington Jefferson guys, the list goes on and on!

Tyler Buckentine said...

George Pelawa in the top 5 if not top 8. Mr. Hockey and 1st-rd pick by the Flames. Who knows how his pro career would've turned out.