Benilde-St. Margaret's seniors Grant Besse and Dan Labosky are among 10 Minnesota hockey stars in the running for the 2013 Mr. Hockey Award.
The Red Knight stars helped propel BSM to a state title last season, with Besse tallying all five of the team's goals in the championship game. Labosky has 11 goals and 46 assists during the 2012-13 season, while Besse has a monstrous 39 goals and 25 assists.
The pair of BSM talents are two of 10 hockey players up for the annual award through the Minnesota Minute Men. They're joined by:
- Jake Bischoff (Grand Rapids High School)
- Zach Glienke (Eagan High School)
- Jake Jackson (Tartan High School)
- Adam Johnson (Hibbing/Chisholm High School)
- Zach Lavalle (Hill-Murray High School)
- Parker Reno (Edina High School)
- TJ Roo (Totino-Grace High School)
- Tommy Vannelli (Minnetonka High School)
The 29th annual Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet will take place at noon on Sunday, Mar. 10, at the Grand Ballroom of the RiverCentre. It will take place one day after the Boys State High School Hockey Tournament wraps up at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Minnesota Wild sponsor the banquet, which is hosted, coordinated and presented by the Minnesota Minute Men.
The award-winner will be selected by a panel of NHL scouts, Collegiate Division I coaches, Division 3 coaches, USHL scouts and media members from around Minnesota. The banquet will also see the Frank Brimsek Award given to the state's top goaltender, the John Mariucci Award given to the Class A and Class AA high school coaches of the year and the Cliff Thompson Award presented to the "Old Timer Coach" of the year.
A Benilde player has yet to bring home the title of Mr. Hockey. Lakeville South's Justin Kloos earned the distinction in 2012, while Eden Prairie's Kyle Rau was named Mr. Hockey back in 2011.