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Finalists Innounced for Inaugural Reed Larson Award Including Two Twin Ports Players

MINNEAPOLIS ­­— Let’s Play Hockey newspaper announced today the 12 finalists for the Reed Larson Award, which will be presented to the top senior boys’ high school hockey defenseman in Minnesota.

In alphabetical order, here are the 12 finalists for the 2013 Reed Larson Award (statistics through games of Feb. 27):

Finalist School GP G A TP College Commit
Jake Bischoff Grand Rapids 18 7 15 22 Minnesota
Ryan Bittner Crookston 27 17 28 45
Tony Bretzman St. Thomas Academy 27 5 20 25
Chris Forney Thief River Falls 27 9 23 32
Matt Koch Hastings 26 6 17 23 Air Force
Meirs Moore Duluth East 27 18 29 47
Matt Nelson Edina 27 4 14 18  Princeton
Tanner Okeson Roseau 27 13 24 37
Parker Reno Edina 28 2 19 19 RPI
Jimmy Schuldt Minnetonka 27 5 23 28 St. Cloud State
Tommy Vannelli Minnetonka 27 10 25 35 Minnesota
Jake Zeleznikar Hermantown 27 11 34 45


The finalists have scored an average of nine goals and 22 assists this season for their respective teams. All 10 players have been bound to the textbooks for the past several years as they check in with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.46.

The winner of the inaugural Reed Larson Award will be announced on Tuesday, March 5. The award will be presented at the Class AA State Tournament Banquet on Wednesday, March 6 at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

In addition to on-ice talent, criteria for the Reed Larson Award include academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.


— LPH —

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