Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Three key members of last year's team have recently said they'll be leaving the program.
Thirty-nine goals. Forty-eight assists. And plenty of on-ice leadership. That's what St. Louis Park hockey has lost in the last few weeks, as three key players from last year's team—freshman Alec Baer, sophomore Josh Passolt and senior Marshall Tema—told coach Shjon Podein they would not be returning this season. The Orioles jumped from two wins in 2010-11 to 18 in Podein's first season as coach last year, and each departing player was expected to be a key factor in Park's continued resurgence. "You don't really fill those spots," Podein said. "You give other guys a chance to step up." Tema was the first person to tell Podein about his intentions about a month ago. A transfer last year from Providence Academy who provided five goals and 15…
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The Red Knights will face Hill-Murray after completing a 10-1 rout of Lakeville South Friday night.
When Benilde-St. Margaret's entered the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament, the Red Knights were unseeded and considered somewhat of a Cinderella story. But with a 10-1 rout of Lakeville South in Friday night’s semifinal game, the Red Knights are now looking more like a team of destiny and potential odd-on favorite to win it all. After running the Section 6AA gauntlet and downing favorite Minnetonka 5-1 to earn a tournament berth, BSM fought off No. 4 seed Edina 3-2 in a Thursday thriller before blowing out the Cougars on Friday. BSM jumped to a 5-0 lead after the first period, forcing a Cougar goalie change by utilizing their speed to create multiple scoring opportunities. BSM’s Dan Labosky started the scoring just a minute …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A "play-puck-first" zone could reduce the amount of body-checking—and serious injuries—in the game.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Editor's Note: The following proposal comes from Dave Hawkins, a former hockey player living outside Toronto who broke his neck in a hockey injury more than 30 years ago and today is a C5/C6 quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair. Hawkins emailed St. Louis Park Patch after reading about the injury to Jack Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player who was paralyzed in a game on Dec. 30. Hockey needs a culture shift to promote safer play. The Jablonski check was described as neither severe nor malicious. But it was illegally from behind and into the boards, and it had no place in a Minnesota high school hockey game. Also, it was nasty enough to leave Jablonski in the hospital. We need a "play-puck-first" zone (see photo). You would…
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Benilde-St. Margaret's sophomore Jack Jablonski was paralyzed by a hit from behind.
The severe injury suffered by Benilde-St. Margaret’s hockey player Jack Jablonski has the Minnesota hockey community taking a closer look at the role of body-checking in the sport. Jablonski, a 16-year-old sophomore, was checked from behind and into the boards during a junior varsity game on Dec. 30 against Wayzata. The hit left Jablonski paralyzed. He had surgery on Wednesday at the Hennepin County Medical Center, and though family members said it was a "success," the prognosis is that Jablonski won't be able to walk or skate again. On Tuesday, the Minnesota State High School League sent a memo to all hockey coaches, referees and league officials, reiterating the dangers of checking from behind, which is illegal. “For nearly a decade the …