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March 6, 2013 SSM Grads Earn Hockey East Honors! Dana Trivigno and Lexi Bender of Boston College and Alexis Crossley of University of New Hampshire were selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team today. All three graduated from Shattuck St. Mary’s in 2012. Trivigno tallied nine goals and eight assists in 21 conference games, finishing
NHL Playoffs 2012: Parise, Stepan Represent Shattuck in the Eastern Finals
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The Hot List: Shattuck bruiser Michigan State will be happy when bruising defender John Draeger lands on campus. (Photo courtesy Shattuck St-Mary’s) Ryan Kennedy 2012-04-03 13:04:00 Did a little road trip to Amherst, NY, on Friday to catch Shattuck-St. Mary’s for the first time. The Sabres’ under-18 squad was playing in the U.S. national championship and ended up winning it all thanks to a 2-1 victory over the L.A. Jr. Kings. Elsewhere, the Frozen Four is about to pop off and Sarnia found out the hard way that a dynasty can’t be built overnight as the Sting bowed out of the Ontario League playoffs to Saginaw. With all that and more in mind, here’s a look at some of the players we’re excited to see in the NHL one day. John Draeger, D – Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres (Minn. HS) The top defenseman on Shattuck, Draeger is a physical blueliner known for his reach and quick feet. He can punish with his 6-foot-2, 186-pound frame, but also showed some nice touch against Milwaukee, scoring on a beautiful penalty shot move. “I like to be that all-around player,” Draeger said. “Help out the team offensively, defensively…be that guy who shows the younger guys the way and help them out.” Though Shattuck draws players from around the world, Draeger is from Faribault, the Minnesota home of the prep school. Needless to say, having neighbors such as Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews was a great influence and the dorm experience provided by the school has lived up to expectations. “It’s great,” Draeger said. “You get to know everybody. You bond with the guys by living together, going to dinner together. You get to be a better team.” The big blueliner is committed Michigan State, where he’ll reunite with Shattuck alum Tanner Sorenson. And while Chicago’s Duncan Keith was a Spartan, Draeger actually looks up to his partner. “Brent Seabrook, for sure,” he said. “He’s a big, lanky guy. He’s physical and can bury the puck and I think I play a lot like him.” No doubt MSU would love for that to come true. Draft eligible in 2012 .
The luck of the Irish was with Brianna Decker ’09 on St. Patrick’s Day when she was awarded the top women’s college hockey award in the nation. Anyone familiar with Brianna and her work ethic would say luck had very little to do with such an honor. The numbers don’t lie. Brianna was the top goal-earner in the nation with 37 for the season and had 82 points. She was an outstanding player while at SSM, having played on the Girls Prep team four years. With another year at the Unviersity of Wisconsin, Brianna would like to see her team win a another national title and she could be just the second player ever to receive the Kazmaier Award twice. Former Sabre, Jocelyn Lamoureaux ’08, who plays for Unviversity of North Dakota, was also a finalist for this honor.
Brianna Decker ’09 Wins Top Women’s Hockey Award
Teddy Blueger scores highlight-reel goal, adds two assists in win over Minnesota Red
Teddy Blueger of Shattuck-St. Mary’s had a goal and two assists in the championship game against Minnesota Red. Photo by Helen Nelson
Taking risks has never been an issue for senior forward Teddy Blueger of Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
At age 15 Blueger decided to uproot himself and travel across the ocean to hit the ice for Shattuck-St. Mary’s. The goal was to play against better competition in the sport he loved. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Blueger decided southern Minnesota was the best place for him to grow as a hockey player.
Now at age 17, Blueger is a key member of his team’s dominant offense that pulled out a 5-3 championship victory in the Bauer NIT on Sunday, Nov. 6, at New Hope Arena in New Hope.
In the second period, with his team up by a goal, Blueger decided to take another risk.
After catching a pass from teammate Ryan Schwalbe, Blueger dashed into the zone and cut to the middle of the ice, right into the teeth of the Minnesota Red defense. He split the two defenders, moved the puck to his backhand and flipped it over goaltender Bryan Nies of Grand Forks Red River to push the score to 2-0.
It was a bold, “in-your-face” type of goal that revved up both the crowd and his teammates.
Although his skill clearly transferred from Latvia, many things have been different for Blueger since he began living in the U.S.
“Life in general is just a lot different,” Blueger said. “Just how people go about their business. But I like it a lot here.”
Some of the differences he’s noticed have been on the ice as well.
“Intensity and the speed of the game,” Blueger said were very different in the U.S. “How hard guys work. The ice is definitely smaller, so the game is a little faster.”
During the course of the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League, Blueger racked up 26 points (8 goals and 18 assists) on a team that went 13-1-1. His distribution abilities are well known — and much appreciated by his coach, Tom Ward.
“He sees plays, he sees people, and he’s a very deft passer,” Ward said. “He sees the game in a way that most people don’t see the game.
“Teddy Blueger is a very, very, very skillful player. To his credit he’s a hard-working skill player, so if you’ve got a player that’s got skill and he’s a hard worker, then you got a chance to have a good player. Teddy’s really maturing as a player. His game is rounding out and he’s learning to play in his own end and be reliable all over the rink.”
Coach Ward was pleased with Blueger’s performance, and his team’s performance as a whole, after winning the Bauer NIT title.
“Learning how to win championships is a learned trait,” Ward said. “I think you need to learn how to play when the cheese is binding a little bit and the pressure is on. And every game you can get in like this really helps.”
Shattuck-St. Mary’s is looking at the victory as a stepping stone to future success during the course of its long season.
“We are continuing to grow as a group, but we’ve got a lot of hockey to play,” Ward said. “We haven’t even had a snowflake yet and we gotta play until the middle of April. I really like the way we’re playing after 20 games.”
Blueger was happy for a little revenge. Shattuck-St. Mary’s lost in the title game last season 5-4 to Minnesota White in overtime, something that didn’t sit very well with the team.
“It definitely means a lot going forward,” Blueger said.
–Walker Orenstein, MN Hockey Hub staff
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UW women’s hockey: Decker makes most of chance
Brianna Decker knows time is running short, so the junior center for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is trying to make every nanosecond count.
Decker only has another eight weeks or so to alternately observe and pick the fertile brain of Meghan Duggan before the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award winner graduates from UW in December with a degree in biology.
Duggan, the all-time leading scorer in program history who led the Badgers to the NCAA title last season, intends to return to the Boston area where she grew up and where she’ll continue to train toward another berth on the U.S. Olympic Team for 2014.
Between now and then, Duggan is a fixture at UW practices, attacking every drill and conditioning session. Decker is never very far away.
“I’ve taken so much from her already and she’s continuously helping me,” Decker said of her former linemate. “I’m trying to soak up everything as quick as possible here the next couple months.”
Decker, from Dousman, has a world-class skill set that could reunite her with Duggan on Team USA for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
In 70 career games, Decker has 54 goals, 60 assists and 114 points. She’s coming off a sophomore season in which she totaled 80 points (34 goals, 46 assists) and teamed with Duggan and current senior winger, captain and Olympian Hilary Knight to guide the Badgers to their fourth national title in six years.
Decker became a protégé of sorts for Duggan. Whatever drill Duggan did, Decker wanted to see if she could do it better. Whenever Duggan stayed after practice to work on her game, Decker was right there, too.
But this goes beyond the game. Duggan was an exceptional captain. Teammates respectfully referred to her as “Alpha.” When Decker picks her brain, the subjects aren’t limited to on-ice tactics.
“I ask her little things about leadership and how to control certain situations on the team,” said Decker, one of three assistant captains along with senior wingers Brooke Ammerman and Carolyn Prevost. “And I know she studies her butt off all the time. I want to pick up on those things, too.
“I want to be an all-around good person and that’s what she is. She’s a great example for every one of us in that (dressing) room.”
The top-ranked Badgers are about to get a good measure of their collective character. They open a daunting month of matchups at 2 p.m. Saturday when they host North Dakota in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the Kohl Center.
The Sioux are loaded with talent and seem primed for a breakthrough season. That series is followed by two more against rivals Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth before Boston University comes to Madison for a rematch of March’s NCAA title game.
“We’re playing solid teams this month,” Decker said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we need to focus on ourselves.”
In the midst of carrying 17 credits this semester, Duggan kept close tabs on Decker. Duggan likes what she sees.
“She has developed into probably, I’d say, one of the best players in the world,” Duggan said. “Just in the last year the strides that she’s made in her game are unbelievable. I think everyone has noticed them.
“I’m really excited to see where she’s going to go this year. Her eagerness to learn and get better every single day I think is what’s made her into an elite player. She’s only going to get better because of that.”
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UW women’s hockey: Decker makes most of chance