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Blake’s Chute Named Minnesota’s Ms. Hockey

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

 Katharine Chute led the Blake Bears to the 2007 Class A Girls’ State Championship.
Katharine Chute, a senior forward on the Blake School girls’ high school hockey team, Sunday was named the winner of the 12th annual Ms. Hockey Award by Let’s Play Hockey newspaper at a banquet at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. The award, presented to the top girls’ high school hockey player in Minnesota, is based on the following criteria: academics, community/extra curricular activities, citizenship, coachability and, of course, on-ice performance.

Chute, who will play at either Yale, Harvard or Dartmouth next season, scored 66 points on 36 goals and 30 assists in the regular season for the 26-4 Bears, who defeated Farmington 2-1 in the championship game of the Class A state tournament.     Chute, a 2006-07 National Merit Scholarship finalist, added four goals and eight assists in the playoffs to finish with 40 goals and 38 assists for 78 points in 30 games in 2006-07. The Bears were ranked No. 1 in the Let’s Play Hockey preseason poll and never left the top spot.

For her five-year varsity career, Chute tallied over 220 points, including 13 shorthanded goals. She was named to the Minnesota Girls’ Hockey Coaches Association’s Class A All-State honorable mention list in 2004, 2005 and 2006. She landed on the All-State team in 2007. She is a four-time All-Tri-Metro Conference selection and was honorable mention all-conference as an eighth-grader in 2003, when she helped Blake to the first of its two Class A state titles during her tenure. Chute was named to the 2007 Class A All-State Tournament team after leading Blake in scoring with two goals and four assists.

In addition, Chute is a four-time All-State performer in cross country and was honorable-mention all-state as a junior in lacrosse.

"Being named Ms. Hockey is an incredible honor," said Chute, who played exclusively on girls’ teams while growing up in the Wayzata Youth Hockey Association. "The top 10 finalists for the award are so talented on and off the ice, that it really could have been any one of us who won. I just want to thank all my coaches over the years, my teammates and my family. I couldn’t have done it without them."

Chute is equally proficient in non-skating endeavors. She carries a 3.92 cumulative grade-point average with three advanced placement classes this year. As a junior, she was a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. She has played the French horn in the school band since sixth grade. Keeping with the French theme, in 2006 she ranked second in the state and fourth nationally in a Level 5A French examination. Her volunteer work includes working as a coordinator and participant in the Spring Lake Restoration Project.

"The example she sets in practice first, then in games, is inspirational to her teammates as well as the coaching staff," Blake coach Brano Stankovsky said. "Someone of her character, will, and work ethic comes along rarely."

The other finalists for Ms. Hockey were forward Jenna Kilpatrick of New Prague, defenseman Ashlan Lambert of Eden Prairie, defenseman Terra Rasmussen of Coon Rapids and forward Maria Stoa of Eden Prairie.

This is the 12th season Let’s Play Hockey has sponsored the Ms. Hockey Award. The award’s previous Ms. Hockey winners were: 2006 - Allie Thunstrom, North St. Paul; 2005 - Gigi Marvin, Warroad; 2004 - Erica McKenzie, Hastings; 2003 - Andrea Nichols, Hibbing/Chisholm; 2002 - Ashley Albrecht, South St. Paul; 2001 - Renee Curtin, Roseville; 2000 - Krissy Wendell, Park Center; 1999 - Ronda Curtin, Roseville; 1998 - Laura Slominski, Burnsville; 1997 - Annamarie Holmes, Apple Valley; and 1996 - Winny Brodt, Roseville.

The 12th annual award, selected based on consultations with a panel of Division I and III college coaches from Minnesota and Wisconsin, is sponsored by Let’s Play Hockey and the Minnesota Wild.

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