To prepare you for Hockey Day Minnesota 2017, Wild.com will be checking in on each of the high school teams participating in this year's festivities between now and Jan. 21. Today, get to know the Thief River Falls boys hockey program.
Head coach: Tim Bergland
Thief River Falls, the northernmost city participating in Hockey Day Minnesota this year, is a small town in northwestern Minnesota about 70 miles from the Canadian border. It's home to the snowmobile corporation Arctic Cat and Digi-Key, an electronics firm that has manufactured parts for satellites.
Thief River Falls has a deep hockey history. The program has 13 MSHSL State Tournament appearances to its name, four under its current Class A designation. The town's two state titles came back in 1954 and 1956, and its most recent tournament appearance was in 2016, when the Prowlers took third place with a 4-1 win over St. Paul Academy. The Prowlers play their home schedule at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, nicknamed "Little Ralph" to distinguish it from the collegiate Ralph sitting just across the border in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Players to watch
Junior Aaron Myers leads Thief River Falls with 15 goals and has a team-leading point total of 20. Christian Larson, a senior, clocks in second with 15 points, and his eight assists are the most on the roster. Goaltender Nick Corneliusen has started all of the team's 12 games thus far, earning a save percentage of .887.
What to expect on Hockey Day Minnesota
Stillwater is one of the southernmost locations to which Thief River Falls will travel this season, and with the 10 a.m. start time, it could throw off the Prowlers' routine more so than opponent Mahtomedi, which sits next to Stillwater.