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Crosby returns to the State of Hockey

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TORONTO - Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Jack Johnson, Patrick Eaves and Zach Parise are just a handful of the young stars in today's NHL who spent some of their formative hockey years at  Shattuck-St. Mary's High School in Faribault, Minnesota.

Crosby, who played at Shattuck in 2002-03, makes his first appearance in the State of Hockey since his days at Shattuck when the Penguins visit the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, October 30.

Shattuck has become one of the most prestigious high school hockey teams in the country for its ability to develop elite NHL players. Shattuck's quick rise to prominence over the past few years has the hockey world taking notice of this emerging ‘hockey factory.’

Shattuck has had hockey on its campus since 1925 and an indoor hockey rink since 1968, but it wasn’t until the early 1990’s that Shattuck  became committed to an elite level high school hockey program. Prior to that time, due to a lack of players at the school, Shattuck had to partner with Faribault High in order to ice a team. 

Over the past 15 years, players attending Shattuck have had the opportunity to train under the tutelage of many top coaches, including former NHLers J.P. Parise and Mike Eaves. Under current St. Louis Blues head coach Andy Murray, Shattuck won its first Tier 1 Under-18 National Championship in 1998-99.

Shattuck has won six Tier 1 National Championships (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007).  The 2003 National champions featured Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh), Jack Johnson (Los Angeles) and Drew Stafford (Buffalo).  The team posted a perfect record at the Nationals, outscoring  opponents 33-14 in six games. Crosby and Stafford tied for the most points in the tournament with 18 each.

Crosby on his experience at Shattuck:
“Definitely as a player I developed, and it was a good environment for me, both on and off the ice. When you’re away from home that young, (15 years old) you have to learn to be responsible and you grow up a little faster.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune , Dec. 8, 2005)

Johnson on Crosby’s arrival at Shattuck:
"We had heard some hype about him, obviously not as much as there was a year later, but all of us had heard some hype. All of us figured yeah, another person who's supposed to be the next (Wayne) Gretzky. So, we just kind of blew it off. Then, we realized, 'hey, this kid can play'. He wasn't too bad." (Pittsburgh Tribune Review, July 31, 2005)

* 11 Shattuck alumni were on 2007-08 NHL opening-day rosters: Ryan Caldwell (D, Phoenix), Joe Corvo (D, Ottawa), Sidney Crosby (C, Pittsburgh), Patrick Eaves (RW, Ottawa), Jack Johnson (D, Los Angeles), Ryan Malone (LW, Pittsburgh), Brady Murray (C, Los Angeles), Zach Parise (LW, New Jersey), Matt Smaby (D, Tampa Bay), Drew Stafford (RW, Buffalo) and Jonathan Toews (C, Chicago).

* 10 Shattuck alumni have been first-round selections in the NHL Entry Draft – Peter Ratchuck (25th overall in 1996, Colorado); Zach Parise (17th overall in 2003, New Jersey); Patrick Eaves (29th overall in 2003, Ottawa); A.J. Thelen (12th overall in 2004, Minnesota); Drew Stafford (13th overall in 2004, Buffalo); Sidney Crosby (1st overall in 2005, Pittsburgh), Jack Johnson (3rd overall in 2005, Carolina); Jonathan Toews (3rd overall in 2006, Chicago); Kyle Okposo (7th overall in 2006, NY Islanders); and Angelo Esposito (20th overall in 2007, Pittsburgh).

* Shattuck has had a total of 30 players selected in the NHL Entry Draft since 1996.  

* Shattuck's current rosters boast several members with NHL family ties: David Toews, brother of Jonathan (Chicago); David Carle, brother of Matt (San Jose); Jordy Murray, son of St. Louis head coach Andy and brother of Brady (Los Angeles); and J. P. LaFontaine, nephew of Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine.



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