The 15 NHL stars below, and thousands of other players have all decided to stay home and play four years of high school hockey in front of their hometown crowds. These players feel strongly that their high school hockey experience did more to prepare them for the next level than any of the other options. These players believed that they had had a special opportunity to stay home and LEAVE A LEGACY!
Graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in 1999. Scored the key goal to become the 1999 state champions. Two-Time All Conference.
“…finish your high school career — it was by far my most memorable experience … going to the state tournament and actually winning it was better than I could have ever imagined.”
Graduated from Spring Lake Park High School in 2002. Three Times All-Conference, All-State, and a Mr. Hockey Finalist. Spring Lake Park’s All Time Assist Leader, and 2nd in Career Points.
“I am eight years removed from high school now, and I’m still hanging around with the guys I played with at Spring Lake Park.”
Graduated from White Bear Lake High School in 2002. All-State, Mr Hockey Finalist 2002. Lettered in Football and Track.
“I remember the rivalries. Playing Hill-Murray, we always hated each other and the games were always more than talked up. There was an emotion attached to those games that I haven’t really had since.”
Graduated from Moorhead High School in 1995. Three state tournament appearances and three all-state tournament team selections. AP Player of the Year and Mr. Hockey finalist as a senior. Second-round NHL Draft selection by the Anaheim Ducks. 3.9 GPA.
"I think it's important in every player's development to be the main man, the go-to guy and the guy that's on the ice all the time and counted on in big situations."
Graduated from Bloomington Jefferson High School in 2001. 3 years varsity hockey, 2 years All-Conference, Captain, Mr. Hockey finalist. In Baseball, 2 years varsity, senior captain and All-Conference. School Athlete of the Year 2001.
"My senior year was about the opportunity to play with my buddies. It was the best time. Those are friendships that last forever."
Graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 2004. Honorable mention All State as a junior. All-State and Mr. Hockey finalist as a senior. Second-round NHL draft selection for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Two-year letterwinner in baseball.
"I wanted to stay in high school and play with all my friends growing up and play my senior year and be home one last year. I really can't imagine doing it any other way."
Graduated from Blaine High School in 2000. All-State, State Champion, and Mr. Hockey Finalist. Quarterback in Football and Catcher in Baseball.
"Winning the 2000 state title is right there in top three things I've done in hockey ... I can go back to the exact day we won, and all the memories I had before that watching (the state tournament) as a kid."
Graduated from Holy Angels High School in 2004. Four-year letterwinner, three state tournament appearances, including a state championship in 2002. All-State selection and Mr. Hockey finalist as a senior. Career leading scorer among defensemen at Holy Angels. Two years all-conference in golf and an honor roll student.
"I wouldn't trade those four years for anything in the world. ... people would always tell me that I'd think back on my four years of high school and absolutely love it -- and that' s so true."
Graduated from Park Center High School in 2000. Two time All-Conference selection, First team All-State 2000. Mr. Hockey finalist.
"I had to choose, and I chose my friends ... I wanted to come back, and I was glad that I did."
Graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2009. All State, State Champion, Mr. Hockey. 1st round NHL draft choice.
"There's something special about playing high school hockey. The atmosphere is always good and it's always fun."
Graduated from Moorhead High School in 2005. Two-year letterwinner in golf, two-time All-State hockey selection, three state Class AA tournament appearances, 2005 Mr. Hockey and AP Player of the Year, first-round NHL draft choice by the Ottawa Senators.
"You can't explain in words how awesome it is to throw on your hometown jersey and play in the state tournament in front of your buddies and your family at the Xcel Energy Center."
Graduated from Elk River High School in 2000. All-State Hockey, 1999 State Hockey Tournament, 2000 Mr. Hockey, 2000 State Baseball Tournament.
“I chose to stay at Elk River with my friends and teammates … the most memorable moments were the State Hockey Tournament and the State Baseball Tournament.”
Graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in 2007. All Metro and All State as a senior, Mr. Hockey 2007. State Champion in Hockey and Baseball.
"There was no way I was leaving, I wouldn't trade that decision for anything ... being able to graduate and be home with my family for one more year was perfect for me."
Graduated from Virginia High School in 2005. All-State, Mr. Hockey Finalist, 2005 State Hockey Tournament, All-State in Football, 2004 State Football Tournament.
“Playing with my friends, playing three sports, and playing in front of my hometown were the biggest reasons for fi nishing my senior year with my team.”
Graduated from Warroad High School in 2005. All-State, Mr. Hockey Finalist, Three Time State Hockey Tournament Participant and Two Time Champion in 2003 and 2005.
“I will never forget my teammates from high school. We would just hang out in the locker room for two hours after practice.”