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10 Mr. Hockey finalists, 3 finalists for top boys goalie award announced

Among the Mr. Hockey finalists are Joey DelGreco of Grand Rapids, Daimon Gardner of Warroad, Gavin Lindberg of Moorhead and Max Strand of Roseau

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Warroad's Daimon Gardner celebrates his first period goal with teammate Jayson Shaugabay (17) during a boys hockey game against East Grand Forks at the East Grand Forks Civic Center on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

ST. PAUL — The 10 finalists for the Mr. Hockey Award and the three finalists for the Frank Brimsek Award have been announced. The Mr. Hockey Award goes to the top player in the state of Minnesota and the Brimsek goes to the state's top goaltender.

The 10 finalists include Alex Bump of Prior Lake, Joey DelGreco of Grand Rapids, Drew Fisher of Cretin-Derham Hall, Daimon Gardner of Warroad, Dylan Godbout of Hill-Murray, Leo Gruba of Hill-Murray, Barrett Hall of Gentry Academy, Gavin Lindberg of Moorhead, Tristan Sarsland of Benilde-St. Margaret's and Max Strand of Roseau.

The 38th annual Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet will be held at 2 p.m. March 13 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and hosted by Kirsten Krull. The banquet is sponsored by the Minnesota Wild and tickets for the event are $35. To purchase tickets or find more information, visit www.minnesotaminutemen.com.

The recipients are selected by a group of National Hockey League scouts, Junior scouts, coaches and media members. Both awards are presented by the Minnesota All Sports Alliance.

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Prior Lake forward Alex Bump (19) celebrates a goal against East Grand Forks during the first period Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

Bump is a senior forward who has committed to Vermont. He leads the Lakers in goals (37), assists (33) and points (70).

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Grand Rapids forward Joey DelGreco (10) scores a goal against Blaine goaltender Kasen Ranierew (1) during the first period on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

DelGreco is a senior forward who leads Grand Rapids in goals (25), assists (42) and points (67) in 27 games. Last year, another player from Grand Rapids — Jack Peart — won the Mr. Hockey Award.

Fisher is a senior forward who leads Cretin-Derham Hall in goals (26), assists (31) and points (57) in 26 games.

Gardner is a senior forward who leads Warroad in goals (37) and points (74) in 26 games. Gardner, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, has committed to Clarkson.

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Hill-Murray School forward Dylan Godbout (17) celebrates his goal against St. Thomas Academy in the first period of a Class 2A semifinal game of the State Boys' Hockey Tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday, March 6, 2020.
John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press

Godbout is a senior forward who leads Hill-Murray in goals (26) and points (51) in 26 games. Godbout, who is listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, has committed to Wisconsin.

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Hill-Murray defender Leo Gruba (11) reaches up to catch the puck before St. Thomas Academy defender McClain Beaudette (5) can punch it into the net in the first period of a Class 2A semifinal game of the State Boys' Hockey Tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday, March 6, 2020.
John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press

Gruba, who is listed at 6-2, 205 pounds, is a senior defenseman and has 10 goals and 29 points in 26 games for Hill-Murray.

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Northern Lakes defenseman Andrew Villarreal (34) tries to stop Gentry Academy forward Barrett Hall (15) in the third period of the State Boys Hockey Tournament quarterfinals Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Jason Wachter / The Rink Live)

Hall is a senior forward who leads Gentry in assists (29) and points (54) in 24 games.

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Moorhead's Gavin Lindberg attempts to score on St. Michael-Albertville's Austin Dietrich during their Class 2A, Section 8 boys hockey semifinal game Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Moorhead Sports Center. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Lindberg, a senior forward who is listed at 6-0 and 180 pounds, leads Moorhead in assists (42) and points (61) in 27 games.

Sarsland, a senior defenseman who is listed at 6-0 and 185 pounds, has 12 goals and 21 assists in 27 games for Benilde-St. Margaret's.

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Roseau’s Max Strand celebrates after scoring the Rams first goal in the second period against Moorhead on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Moorhead Sports Center. Rick Westra / Special to The Forum

Strand, a senior forward, led Roseau in goals (36) and points (78) in 27 games.

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Mahtomedi goalie Ben Dardis (32) gets a stick on Warroad forward Jayson Shaugabay (17) shot in the second period of a Class 1A semifinal game of the State Boys Hockey Tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday, March 6, 2020. Mahtomedi beat Warroad, 5-1.
John Autey / The Rink Live

Goalies from Cretin-Derham Hall, Andover, Mahtomedi up for top honor

The Frank Brimsek Award goes annually to the top senior goalie in the state of Minnesota. The three finalists for the award are Marko Belak (Cretin-Derham Hall), Austin Brauns (Andover) and Ben Dardis (Mahtomedi).

Belak is second in the state in wins (22), sixth in goals-against average (1.63) and third in save percentage (.934). He two shutouts this season for Cretin-Derham Hall.

Brauns is tied for ninth in the state in wins (18), has a .924 save percentage, a 1.75 GAA and has five shutouts for Andover.

Dardis leads the state in save percentage (.939), has 12 wins, a 2.14 GAA and three shutouts for Mahtomedi.

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Mahtomedi goalie Ben Dardis (32) keep an eye on a Warroad shot in the second period of a Class 1A semifinal game of the State Boys' Hockey Tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday, March 6, 2020.
John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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