Brookings Blizzard

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Brookings Blizzard
Brookings Blizzard Logo.svg
City Brookings, South Dakota
League NAHL
Division Central
Founded 2005
Home arena Larson Ice Center
Colors Blue, Green, Silver, and Yellow
                   
Owner(s) Chris and Mitri Canavati
General manager Dan Daikawa(2014-15)
Head coach Dan Daikawa(2014-15)
Franchise history
2012-Present Brookings Blizzard
2006-2012 Alexandria Blizzard
2005-2006 Minnesota Blizzard

The Brookings Blizzard is a Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's (NAHL) central division. The Blizzard play out of the Larson Ice Center in Brookings, South Dakota. The organization is focused on helping young hockey players develop their skills and provide opportunities for them to be recruited by college and professional scouts. The team consists of players ranging in age from 16–20 years old who relocate to Brookings from all over the United States and the world. The team plays a 60 game schedule from September to March with home games being held at the Larson Ice Arena.

The team began the 2005-2006 season as the Minnesota Blizzard based in Alexandria, Minnesota, one of four expansion teams that started operations that year. The next season, the team was rebranded as the Alexandria Blizzard, which remained its name until the move to Brookings. While in Alexandria, the team played at the Runestone Community Center .




Season Records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Minnesota Blizzard
2005-06 58 24 29 5 53 158 219 1,235 4th in Central lost in 1st Round
Alexandria Blizzard
2006-07 62 28 29 5 61 165 193 1,325 3rd in Central lost in 1st Round
2007-08 58 29 25 4 62 222 223 1,517 3rd, Central 4th in Robertson Cup
2008-09 58 26 26 6 58 180 201 1,215 4th, Central lost in 1st Round
2009-10 58 30 22 6 66 180 166 870 3rd, Central lost in 2nd Round
2010-11 58 33 19 6 72 208 177 923 1st, Central lost in 1st Round
2011-12 60 40 15 5 85 212 156 815 2nd, Central lost in 1st Round
Brookings Blizzard
2012-13 60 32 23 5 69 175 179 1204 3rd, Central lost in 1st Round
2013-14 60 18 34 8 44 132 206 1263 5th, Central Out of playoffs
2014-15 60 19 32 9 47 141 206 968 5th, Central Out of playoffs

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Roster 2014/2015[edit]

As of October 2014[1]

# PLAYER Pos. HEIGHT WEIGHT SHOOTS Hometown
1 Hancock, Eric G 6'1 180 North Royalton, Ohio, USA
2 Samec, TJ D 6'3 190 L St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
3 Nathe, Joe D 6'1 185 R Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA
5 Spetz, Connor D 6'3 175 R St. Michael, Minnesota, USA
6 Sete, Ryan F 5'11 185 R Jackson, Michigan, USA
7 Glienke, Zach F 6'3 200 L Eagan, Minnesota, USA
8 Gonzales, Truman F 6'1 185 R Bellingham, Washington, USA
9 Bistodeau, Brandon F 5'11 185 L Elk River, Minnesota, USA
11 Flynn, Pat F 6'0 175 R Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
12 Kramer, Zach D 6'1 190 R Hermantown, Minnesota, USA
13 Frischmon, Tyler F 5'9 175 L Ham Lake, Minnesota, USA
15 Odd, Oscar F 6'0 185 L Karlstad, Sweden
16 Copa, Alex D 6'0 180 L Ham Lake, Minnesota, USA
17 Michaud, Beau F 5'10 175 L Esko, Minnesota, USA
19 Hutchins, Connor F 6'0 185 R North Richland Hills, Texas, USA
21 Lindell, Viktor F 5'11 180 L Vastervik, Sweden
22 Larson, Josh F 5'8 165 L Anchorage, Alaska, USA
23 Anderson, Joe F 5'11 180 R Side Lake, Minnesota, USA
24 Brun, Kristoffer D 6'3 215 L Stockholm, Sweden
26 Elmore, Garrett F 6'5 210 R Brentwood, Tennessee, USA
27 Lindberg, Joey D 6'2 190 R Woodbury, Minnesota, USA
33 Ketola, Justin G 5'11 165 Esko, Minnesota, USA

College Commitments[edit]

About one third of the NAHL roster end up committing to a NCAA school.[2] Below are Brookings Blizzard players that have made commitments.[3]

Player School Conference Division College Commitment
Bitz, Michael Bemidji State University WCHA D1 2012-2013
Brevig, Drew Ohio State University Big 10 D1 2012-2013
Cavallini, Aidan University of Wisconsin Big 10 D1 2012-2013
Cayemberg, Tyler University of Wisconsin-Stout NCHA D3 2012-2013
Lindegard, Craig University of Wisconsin-Stout NCHA D3 2012-2013
Marooney, Cody University of Alabama-Huntsville WCHA D1 2012-2013
Moody, Justin University of Wisconsin-Stout NCHA D3 2012-2013
Sand, Derek University of Wisconsin-Stout NCHA D3 2012-2013
Youso, Matt University of Nebraska-Omaha NCHC D1 2013-2014
DeCenzo, Nick United States Military Academy Atlantic Hockey D1 2013-2014
Connor, Girard United States Air Force Academy Atlantic Hockey D1 2013-2014
Parker, Brandon University of Alabama-Huntsville WCHA D1 2013-2014
Andrle, Connor United States Military Academy Atlantic Hockey D1 2013-2014
Flicker, Jeff St. John's University MIAC D3 2013-2014
Sampair, Conrad St. John's University MIAC D3 2013-2014
Hesse, Evan Augsburg College MIAC D3 2013-2014
Jordan, Russ University of Wisconsin–River Falls WIAC D3 2013-2014

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roster: Brookings Blizzard". NAHL. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  2. ^ "Numbers don’t lie: NAHL one of the best for NCAA commitments". NAHL. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  3. ^ "College Commitments List: 2015-2015 Season". NAHL. Retrieved 2014-09-24.