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Kelly Test Page

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild


In the last few years, there seems to be a Draft Day theme for the Minnesota Wild: Select a star high school player from the State of Hockey. A couple years ago it was Eden Prairie defenseman Nick Seeler. Last year it was Louie Nanne from Edina.

This year Minnesota drafted Avery Peterson, who finished his junior year at Grand Rapids. The power forward is one of Minnesota hockey’s brightest stars. In 23 regular season games for the Thunderhawks Peterson totaled 54 points (23-31=54).

In the section playoffs Peterson added another 8 points (4-4=8) in just three games. After the high school season was over, Peterson accelerated his playing career by joining Sioux City of the USHL.

“I definitely wanted to jump in to play in the USHL to get more experience,” Peterson said. “I was looking forward to that and I liked it a lot.”

Peterson played eight games for Sioux City to finish out the season and added 4 points (1-3=4). He may have spent only a short time in the USHL, but the experience has opened Peterson’s eyes.

“It was definitely way different [from high school hockey],” Peterson said. “There’s a lot of pressure on the puck and you have less time to make decisions which is the major difference I noticed.”

Only a junior in high school, Peterson was able to balance his academic responsibilities along with hockey while in Sioux City. He communicated with his teachers via email and turned in assignments online.

After getting that taste of a higher level of hockey, the forward knew his next step will be college hockey. Just yesterday, Peterson committed to attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha under legendary college coach Dean Blais.

In the last few years, there seems to be a Draft Day theme for the Minnesota Wild: Select a star high school player from the State of Hockey. A couple years ago it was Eden Prairie defenseman Nick Seeler. Last year it was Louie Nanne from Edina.

This year Minnesota drafted Avery Peterson, who finished his junior year at Grand Rapids. The power forward is one of Minnesota hockey’s brightest stars. In 23 regular season games for the Thunderhawks Peterson totaled 54 points (23-31=54).

In the section playoffs Peterson added another 8 points (4-4=8) in just three games. After the high school season was over, Peterson accelerated his playing career by joining Sioux City of the USHL.

“I definitely wanted to jump in to play in the USHL to get more experience,” Peterson said. “I was looking forward to that and I liked it a lot.”

Peterson played eight games for Sioux City to finish out the season and added 4 points (1-3=4). He may have spent only a short time in the USHL, but the experience has opened Peterson’s eyes.

“It was definitely way different [from high school hockey],” Peterson said. “There’s a lot of pressure on the puck and you have less time to make decisions which is the major difference I noticed.”

Only a junior in high school, Peterson was able to balance his academic responsibilities along with hockey while in Sioux City. He communicated with his teachers via email and turned in assignments online.

After getting that taste of a higher level of hockey, the forward knew his next step will be college hockey. Just yesterday, Peterson committed to attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha under legendary college coach Dean Blais.

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