Program looks to make the cut in its second year at the 15U international tournament
The MN Blizzard missed the playoff rounds of the 2021 World Selects Trophy by just one point in the standings. Entering the 15U tournament for a second consecutive year, they look to get over the hump in 2022 and into the elimination rounds when the puck drops on May 11th.
In five years, the program has developed numerous players and advanced their playing careers to junior and college levels. This 2007-born group is expected to continue that trend, starting with a pair of high-end goaltenders.
Owen Lunneborg and Grayson Hanggi are compact — listed at 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-8 respectively on Elite Prospects — but maintain great footwork and crisp movements in net. The defense group is very strong and mobile as well, so the Blizzard is one team that could thrive in their own zone.
A strong team effort defensively should provide forwards Poul Andersen and Tre Peck the opportunity to get loose going north and create some offense for the team. Anderson scored 17 goals and 33 points in 20 AAA games. Peck is a shifty skater from Long Lake, Minnesota, who played varsity hockey for Totino-Grace this winter.
The Blizzard are one of three teams primarily based out of Minnesota; a state that has yet to win the 15U world championship. They will certainly rely on their defensive prowess and ability to frustrate opposing offenses, hoping it will be enough to bring the ‘State of Hockey’ its first world title.
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