Brookings Blizzard

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Brookings Blizzard
Brookings Blizzard Logo.svg
City Brookings, South Dakota
League NAHL
Division Central
Founded 2003
Home arena Larson Ice Center
Colors Green, Blue, and White
              
Owner(s) Chris and Mitri Canavati
General manager Moe Mantha Jr. (2017–18)
Head coach Moe Mantha Jr. (2017–18)
Franchise history
2003–2006 Minnesota Blizzard
2006–2012 Alexandria Blizzard
2012–present Brookings Blizzard

The Brookings Blizzard is a Tier II 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 in the 2003–04 season as the Minnesota Blizzard based in Alexandria, Minnesota.[1] In 2006, the team was re-branded 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-by-season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Minnesota Blizzard
2004–05 56 28 24 4 60 159 198 1,360 4th, Central Lost 1st Round, 0–3 vs. Fargo-Moorhead Jets
2005–06 58 24 29 5 53 158 219 1,235 4th, Central Lost 1st Round, 2–3 vs. Southern Minnesota Express
Alexandria Blizzard
2006–07 62 28 29 5 61 165 193 1,325 3rd, Central Lost 1st Round, 2–3 vs. Southern Minnesota Express
2007–08 58 29 25 4 62 222 223 1,517 3rd, Central Won 1st Round, 3–2 vs. Southern Minnesota Express
Won 2nd Round, 3–2 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues
Eliminated (0–3) in Robertson Cup Round Robin
(L, 2–3 vs. Bandits; L, 2–4 vs. RoadRunners; L, 1–6 vs. Phantoms)
2008–09 58 26 26 6 58 180 201 1,215 4th, Central Lost 1st Round, 1–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
2009–10 58 30 22 6 66 180 166 870 3rd, Central Won 1st Round, 3–1 vs. Owatonna Express
Lost 2nd Round, 0–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
2010–11 58 33 19 6 72 208 177 923 1st, Central Lost 1st Round, 2–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
2011–12 60 40 15 5 85 212 156 815 2nd, Central Lost 1st Round, 1–3 vs. Austin Bruins
Brookings Blizzard
2012–13 60 32 23 5 69 175 179 1204 3rd, Central Lost 1st Round, 0–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
2013–14 60 18 34 8 44 132 206 1263 5th, Central Did not qualify
2014–15 60 19 32 9 47 141 206 968 5th, Central Did not qualify
2015–16 60 25 29 6 56 149 200 985 4th, Central Lost Div. Semifinals, 1–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
2016–17 60 30 25 5 65 192 193 973 3rd, Central Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Minnesota Wilderness

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 NCAA Division I commitments.[3]

Player School Conference College Commitment
Andrle, Connor United States Military Academy Atlantic Hockey 2013–14
Bitz, Michael Bemidji State University WCHA 2012–13
Brevig, Drew Ohio State University Big 10 2012–13
Cavallini, Aidan University of Wisconsin Big 10 2012–13
Connor, Girard United States Air Force Academy Atlantic Hockey 2013–14
DeCenzo, Nick United States Military Academy Atlantic Hockey 2013–14
Gameli, Chase Lake Superior State University WCHA 2015–16
Gauthier, Will Lake Superior State University WCHA 2015–16
Hakkarainen, Mikael Providence College Hockey East 2017–18
Jeszka, Griff University of Massachusetts Hockey East 2016–17
Marooney, Cody University of Alabama-Huntsville WCHA 2012–13
Parker, Brandon University of Alabama-Huntsville WCHA 2013–14
Samec, T.J. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ECAC Hockey 2016–17
Youso, Matt University of Nebraska-Omaha NCHC 2013–14

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Blizzard Statistics and History". HockeyDB. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  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 2016-01-15.