As you saw here earlier, Blaine's Nick Bjugstad was named Mr. Hockey on Sunday afternoon in St. Paul’s RiverCentre. He previous won Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year honors.
Another of the 10 Mr. Hockey finalists, Cretin-Derham Hall’s Mark Alt, announced Sunday that he will play for the Gophers’ hockey team this fall. Alt, who quarterbacked the Raiders to the 2009 Class 5A state football championship, was weighing a grayshirt offer from Iowa. His father, John Alt, played at Iowa.
“It was a pretty hard-fought battle with him to let me hockey,” Mark Alt said. “But on my visit to Minnesota he met with the coaches and got his questions answered. He’s all for it now.”
So is the younger Alt, who said hockey “was always my passion from the beginning. That’s what I wanted to do.”
We also learned, courtesy of banquet emcee Jeff Grayson, that Alt played the superstition card during football and hockey seasons and at did not wash his Under Armor clothing for fear of ruining a hot streak. Love stinks.
Other banquet tidbits: Minnetonka’s Max Gardiner might spend next season with Des Moines of the United States Hockey League before joining the Gophers.
Gardiner and Minnetonka defensemen Justin Holl and Andrew Prochno all wore turtle neck Under Armor shirts for luck with Saturday games. No such luck against Edina in the championship game, however.
St. Thomas Academy’s Christian Isackson asked for a round of applause for his Hockey Mom.
And on Friday, Blaine co-head coach Dave Aus asked to have one of Bjugstad’s broken yet intact hockey sticks. Bjugstad obliged and signed the stick. It will hang in a room shared by Aus’s two sons.