The 2020 Mr. Hockey finalists have been announced and three of the ten are committed to playing their college hockey at two-time defending NCAA champion University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.
- Blake Biondi, F, Hermantown (UMD)
- Jake Boltman, D, Edina (Minnesota)
- Matthew Gleason, F, Cretin-Derham Hall (Colorado College)
- Luke Gramer, D, Moorhead (Northern Michigan)
- Wyatt Kaiser, D, Andover (UMD)
- Blake Perbix, F, St. Cloud Cathedral
- Carsen Richels, F, Blaine (New Hampshire)
- Nate Schweitzer, D, Benilde-St. Margaret's (Colorado College)
- Grant Slukynski, F, Warroad (Northern Michigan)
- Ben Steeves, F, Eden Prairie (UMD)
Biondi, Kaiser and Steeves are all bound for the Bulldogs, while Colorado College and Northern Michigan each have two of the ten finalists headed their way.
A previous version of this story said Perbix is a UMD commit, although that appears to be a mistake in the official Mr. Hockey release.
Boltman is the lone nominee committed to the Golden Gophers.
There's a good chance most of the nominees will be able to showcase their skills at the state hockey tournament March 4-7 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Cathedral, Hermantown, Warroad, Blaine, Andover and Moorhead are No. 1 seeds in their respective section tournaments, while Eden Prairie is a No. 2 seed. Benilde, Cretin and Edina have all reached the semifinals in the ultra-competitive Section 6AA.
In 2016, St. Cloud State had four commits nominated for the Mr. Hockey award: Jack and Nick Poehling of Lakeville North, Will Borgen of Moorhead, and Jack Ahcan of Burnsville.
That turned out pretty well for the Huskies, who had a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament each of the last two years.
Borgen is now part of the Buffalo Sabres organization while the Poehlings and Ahcan continue to star at SCSU as seniors. Ahcan is the third defenseman in SCSU history to tally 100 career points while the Poehling twins are among this year's leading scorers.
Meanwhile, the girls' state tournament is into the semifinal round at the Xcel Energy Center. Games Friday include:
11 a.m. - #2 Warroad vs. #3 Cloquet-Esko-Carlton
1 p.m. - #1 Breck vs. #5 Rochester Lourdes
6 p.m. - #2 Andover vs. #3 Minnetonka
8 p.m. - #1 Edina vs. #4 Maple Grove