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Covering High School Sports in America

Category: Minnesota Ice Hockey

  • USA Hockey recently announced its first six commitments for its National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., for next season. The six players – four forwards and two defensemen – will compete as members of the U.S. National Under-17 Team.

    Highlighting the group is Ryan MacInnis, a forward from St. Louis, and the son of former NHL great Al MacInnis. MacInnis and three of the other selections competed on club teams last season, including forwards Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.), Jared Fiegl (Parker, Colo.) and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.).

    The two defensemen competed for their high school teams. Ryan Bliss played for St. Paul's (Concord, N.H.), while Jack Glover led Benilde-St. Margaret's (St. Louis Park, Minn.) to the Class AA state title.

    "We are pleased to welcome this talented group to the NTDP," NTDP Director of Player Personnel Peter Ward said in a release. "These players will provide a solid foundation for future signings and we will continue to find the top talent in the country as we fill out our roster."

    * In other ice hockey news, Breck (Minneapolis) standout freshman Keegan Iverson recently signed professionally with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The Star Tribune reported Iverson, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound forward, scored 13 goals and tallied 23 assists last season for Breck.
  • It's one of the rarest feats in sports – a goalie scoring a goal – so it's definitely worth a mention when it happens: Especially when the goal scorer wasn't even expected to play in the game.

    Kennedy (Bloomington, Minn.) sophomore goalie David Johnson was in the lineup Tuesday because a teammate was sick, and he made the most of his opportunity by scoring a goal in a 2-1 victory by the Eagles. Not only that, the goal was unassisted.

    As recounted by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Farmington (Minn.) put on a scoring charge that resulted in a delayed penalty against Kennedy. To take advantage of the pending penalty, Farmington pulled its goalie to add an extra attacker.

    During the rally, Johnson cleared the puck out of the Kennedy zone and it ended up in the empty Farmington net to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

    "I kind of just lifted my hands up in the air, and I celebrated a little bit," the Johnson told the newspaper the next day. "My teammates started coming up to me, giving me fist pumps and everything. That's when it started kicking in."

    If anyone has video of the goal, please send it along. We'd love to see it and post it for everyone to see.