MN Hockey Life News and Notes 4/23/2023

Jayden Veney Committed to Union College. Photo by David Romuald

Brittan Alstead of Wayzata High School and Gavin Katz of Shattuck St. Mary’s 15O led the Final 54 Spring Festival in scoring, each collecting 7 points in 3 games.

The USHL Draft is just around the corner, with Phase 1 starting on May 2nd.  Phase 1 of the Draft is 10 rounds of 2007 birth year players only for the 2023 Draft. Last year there were 29 Minnesotans taken in Phase 1. Phase 2 of the draft starts on May 2nd, meaning players of all ages eligible to play junior hockey and are not currently protected by another USHL team are in play to be selected.

Ethan Dahlmeir of Lakeville was a brick wall this weekend for St. Cloud in the NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs. Friday Ethan maade 23 saves on 24 shots and flowed that up with a 27-save shutout on Saturday. I would expect he will receive Goalie of the week honors in the NAHL.

Remember the Name:

Luke Christopherson (2009) of Mendota Heights: Played last season with the West St. Paul Bantam AA’s and has been skating with the 2009 Minnesota Blade this spring. Luke is a smooth skating defenseman with good instincts.   His father, Ben, played D1 hockey at Minnesota State University


6’7, 205-pound defenseman, Jayden Veney committed to Union College. The Rochester John Marshall junior put up 34 points in just 25 games this season.

Another commitment to report is Hagen Burrows picking Denver to further his education/hockey. Burrows is coming off a terrific junior season at Minnetonka, who of course won the Class AA Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. Burrows collected 50 points in 31 games this season.