Minnesota Hockey Journal

December 2018

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D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | M H J ON L I N E . C O M 29 outdoor rink and try new things or even at practice. When I was younger, there was a lot more free time and not as structured practices as I think there are now. I think that's where you develop skills and learn to do different things, whether it's on the defen- sive side of the puck or offensive side, just jumping into plays or shielding pucks. "Stick on puck was big for me being a smaller guy." Smaller Players Finding Success But this just isn't Spurgeon. In today's day and age, it's not only the big, heavier guys who necessarily thrive in the NHL. So do the smaller guys. Look around the league: Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau, who stands 5-9, is a superstar. Patrick Kane is just 5-10. Boston's Torey Krug and Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson and Nashville's Viktor Arvidsson all stand 5-9. Columbus' Cam Atkinson and the New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello stand 5-8. Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault is one of the most exciting play- ers—he stands 5-9. Alex DeBrincat is an up and coming young, 20-year-old stud for the Chicago Blackhawks. He's listed at 5-7. 6' 5' 4' 3' Scott Perunovich Hibbing 2018 College Hockey Freshman of the Year, UMD 5'10 5'7 PLAYING BIG Minnesota produces talented players of all sizes. Carter Randklev Moorhead 2018 Mr. Hockey Finalist, North Dakota Recruit 5'5 Natalie Heising Wayzata Penn State Leading Scorer 5'5 Nicole Schammel Red Wing Golden Gophers Leading Scorer The pond hockey culture helps Minnesota consistenly produce smart, skilled players.

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