Blaine forward Bryce Brodzinski is the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school boys’ hockey.
The award, voted on by a statewide panel of preps reporters and broadcasters, was announced Monday. Joining Brodzinski on the Associated Press all-state team are Eden Prairie forward Jack Jensen, Edina forward Jett Jungels, Chaska defenseman Mike Koster, Minnetonka defenseman Grant Docter and Minnetonka goalie Charlie Glockner. All six players are seniors.
Brodzinski finished with 36 goals and 55 assists this season for the Bengals, who took third place in the Class 2A state tournament. He will play in college for the Gophers.
The last time the boys hockey award went to a Blaine player was in 2010 to Nick Bjugstad, who also played collegiately for the Gophers and now is in his seventh season in the NHL, currently with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Big Ten award winners
The Gophers’ Amber Fiser was chosen the Big Ten softball pitcher of the week for the second time this season. Fiser pitched two shutouts in a Florida tournament before closing with six scoreless innings against South Florida.
Gophers sophomore Max Meyer earned baseball pitcher of the week honors, after giving up one hit in 7⅔ innings against Long Beach State, along with going 6-for-10 at the plate in their three-game series.