The Minnesota Advancement Program (MAP) North Campus is proud to announce its Players of the Year for the 2016 training season. As chosen by our staff, these members exceeded expectations and consistently performed at a high level on and off the ice. Several key areas, among others, that these players excelled in are: skills and game play improvement, on-ice games performance, off-ice development and growth, work ethic and coachability, attitude and focus, and passion for the game. Our staff as a whole is incredibly proud to have these players in our program. We would like to thank each of these players for making such strong contributions to our culture, and providing a strong example for others to follow.
PRO Tier - Jordyn Kaufer, Augsburg Auggies (MIAC)
Jordyn Kaufer has been a staple in the pipes for the Augsburg Auggies as well as the MAP Pro Tier. Last season with the Auggies Kaufer played in 23 games recording 631 saves with a goals against average of 2.20 and a save % of .924. Those numbers were solid enough to earn the Junior netminder a well-deserved All-American nod. That 2015-16 All-American performance consisted of 16 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie while recording 3 shutouts. The reason Jordyn has been so successful is due in large part to his work ethic during the summers in the MAP program. Jordyn works tirelessly at his craft and will likely be able to play at the pro level after this year which is his final year with the nationally ranked Auggies. This Stillwater, MN native will graduate this spring with a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Business Administration. We at the MAP North program are looking forward to another great summer with Jordyn but first we wish him the best during the remainder of his season.
Honorable Mention: Sam Windle, Utah Grizzlies (ECHL); Ben Marshall, Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL); Taylor Richart, Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
PREP Tier - Jordan Olson, Granite City Lumberjacks (NA3HL)
Jordan Olson is a 2016 graduate from St. Francis High School. This last year was his first year with the Minnesota Advancement Program. The 6’5 defenseman from Nowthen, MN had 22 points his senior year with St. Francis varsity. Jordan is currently playing in the NA3HL with the Granite City Lumberjack and is off to a strong start leading all defenseman on the team in points with 16 in 24 games. Jordan will be one to watch in up coming years as the tall lanky defenseman continues to fill out and fine-tune his skills.
Honorable Mention: Andrew Kangas, Minnesota Magicians (NAHL); Tyler Vold, Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL); Michael Talbot, Minot Minotauros (NAHL)
COLLEGE Tier - Griffin Young, Elk River HS
Griffin Young hails from the great hockey city of Elk River. Ever since Griff’s joined MAP he’s been a workhorse. He may not be the biggest in stature, but he for sure is pound for pound one of the strongest and definitely one of the fastest. He can make any defenseman nervous, with his blazing speed, in a one-on-one situation. Right now Griffin and the Elks are currently ranked 2nd in High School AA. It should be fun watching Griffin and the Elks as they make their push towards playoffs.
Honorable Mention: Sam Hentges, Totino-Grace HS; Travis Carroll, St. Francis HS
COLLEGE Tier - Jackson Wille, U16 Omaha Lancers AAA
Jackson Wille hails from Forest Lake, MN. Last year as a sophomore Wille was 3rd on Forest Lake varsity team with 15 points. Jackson has a very bright future a head of him because he is always eager to learn and improve his game. He takes full advantage of what MAP has to offer. He can be seen virtually every day on the ice, working out, and/or spending time in the shooting & stick handling area working on his craft. Jackson is currently playing for the U16 Omaha AAA team that is 50-8-1!
Honorable Mention: Ty Hanson, Coon Rapids HS; Derek Barck, St. Francis HS
JUNIOR Tier - Blake Haselberger, Roseville HS
Blake has had what some may call a breakout season this year with the Roseville Raiders HS varsity team. He has played 12 games and already doubled his point totals from last season. Blake was a very diligent worker on the ice last summer and he was a staple in the weight room. His work ethic and commitment to the game have helped him to become the team leader in points for the Suburban East Conference’s Roseville Raiders. Blake started seriously training a few years ago as a member of FHIT and has not wavered in his training since then. He spent 1 year in the FHIT program where he showed vast improvement and was, in turn, moved to the MAP program where he has shown steady improvement every day. We look forward to monitoring Blake’s progress this season and getting him back on the ice up north in the spring where he will likely show us that he has continued his growth.
Honorable Mention: Logan Hochstetler, White Bear Lake HS; Jac Mateja, Rogers; Cody Moline, North Branch HS
HIGH SCHOOL Tier - Scott Jiskra, Mounds View
The New Brighton, MN native is currently a sophomore with the Mounds View Mustangs. Last year Scott captained the Mounds View/ Irondale Bantam A team; Scott lead his team with 94 points and a 3rd place finish in State. Impressively, Scott is the only 10th grader on the varsity team and currently has 6 points in 14 games. Scott started with MAP in the futures program and has been with here ever since. It’s been fun to watch Scott grow and progress over the years. He’s literally shot up like a weed and is continually getting stronger each year. It is easy to see his commitment and love for the game and his willingness improve and develop. The future is looking bright for Scott!
Honorable Mention: Jacob Richards, North Branch HS; Brae Bartoo, Maple Grove; Mitchell Becker, Rogers HS; Joey Foss, Elk River HS
TIER 1 - Zack Simon, Osseo/Maple Grove
Zack has been with the program for the last 2 years. Zack may not be the biggest or strongest player right now, but he is one of the smartest and hardest workers you will find. He impressive ability to handle the puck combined with his shiftiness makes him very effective in the offensive zone. In our game days it is not unusual that his team earns the MAP trophy given to the winners of our cross-ice tourney. He wants to score and get points, but has a passion for winning as well. This year Zack is a second year bantam with the Orono Spartans. The Spartans are currently ranked #1 in Bantam A. With Zack’s competitive blood there’s no doubt in our minds that he’ll help Orono go far!
Honorable Mention: Max Reinke, Blaine; Tyler Nohrenberg, Osseo; Lucas Kiesow, Osseo/Maple Grove; Nolan Neururer, Mounds View
TIER 2 - Sam Thelen, Coon Rapids
Sammy is a cog in the wheel of the Coon Rapids Bantam A team. He plays in all situations and is a tireless worker in all 3 zones of the ice. Sam can attribute his playing time to his summer training in which he rarely misses an on-ice training session or an off-ice training session. Sammy doesn’t just show up for his training, which tends to be early mornings, he shows up and he works hard every time he has the opportunity to do so. He’s the kind of kid who other kids look up to because of his work ethic and his contagious smile that let’s everyone in the building know he’s having fun playing the game he loves. We are excited to continue watching Sam grow as a player and a person and we are happy to have him at MAP North.
Honorable Mention: Gavin Carlson, Roseville; Dominick Romo, Blaine; Joey O'Neill, Roseville; Burke Gaffney, Roseville
TIER 3 - Jordan Newpower, Centennial
Jordan shows up every day with a smile on his face which tends to brighten up everyone else’s day. Rarely is he the biggest kid on the ice but more often than not he has the biggest heart on the ice. Jordan is the type of kid/player who will never back down from a challenge but rather he will perform at a higher level the more he is challenged…you can’t teach that. This season he has played a vital role in the success of the Centennial Bantam A team. He has great, natural leadership qualities both in the the locker room and on the ice which have helped him to become one of the most well respected kids in the MAP program as well as the Centennial Youth Hockey Association. We would like to wish Jordan and his teammates good luck for the remainder of the season and we are excited to see Jordan again soon.
Honorable Mention: Jacob Starkey, Chisago; Jacob Drews, Mounds View; Brody Pass, MN Made; Gavin Middendorf, Forest Lake