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S: 2012-2013 North Metro Bantam b1


FC: 2012-2013 North Metro Bantam b1

1: #98 | #22 | #20 | #77 | #94 | #21 | #88 | #36 | #2 | #24 | #33 | #23 | #68 | Coach Pat, COach Bill, Coach Mark, COach Bob | #32 | #66

2: Record Page

3: A season of growth, challenges, opportunity, commitment, winning and change

4: Captain Carter OElfke Forward

5: Captain Cameron Perna Defense

6: Assistant Captain Brandon Heisler Defense

7: Assistant Captain ERic Lyons Forward

8: Elliot Becker Forward

9: Derek Beers Defense

10: Hunter Christensen Goalie

11: John Delmonico Defense


13: Ryan Hall Forward

14: Jeremy Mattson Forward

15: Avery Neisen Goalie

16: Max Otto froward

17: Alex sanchez Defense

18: Cal techam Forward

19: When you pull on that jersey, you represent yourself and your teammates. ~ Herb Brooks


21: Cub Foods Bagging | fundraising

22: Thief River Falls Tournament

23: Champions

24: Block for me Brandon!

25: Wallyball

26: Let's move it people!

27: Steak Fry

28: Hunter, cover that net!

29: Cloquet Tournament

30: Districts

31: Th | This | Regions

32: To play the game is good, To win is better, But to love the game is the best of all.

33: STATE | 2013

34: Then | and | Now | John Delmonico | Brandon Heisler | Eric Lyons | Jeremy Mattson | Carter Oeflke

35: Cameron Perna | Max Otto | Cal Techam | Alex Sanchez | t | Cherish your yesterdays, dream your tomorrows and live your todays

37: Coming together is a beginning, staying together is a process, and working together is success! ~ Henry Ford

38: Our family was not only the ones on the ice but also the ones in the stands.

39: Friends. Family. Fans.

40: Players, Parents and Coaches, Congratulations to all of you on a GREAT season. I can honestly say that I had a lot of fun coaching all of you and I am sad that the season has ended! This year was a bit of a milestone for me. It was my 26th year on the bench. I still enjoy coaching now as much as I did 25 years ago. I've learned so much over the years and so many thing have changed over the years but one thing has stayed the same... the great kids I have had an opportunity to not only coach but to become friends with. I still hear from players I have coached more than 20 years ago. Many of them have kids who play hockey themselves! I've even had several opportunities to coach with several former players. Thats really what it's about for me. Once again this year we had a great group of players and a great group of parents. it's been awesome to see how you have all improved your skill-set over the course of the season. I've enjoyed watching you all get into a true team. When you stop and think about why we are all involved in the sport it comes down to improving your skills and about learning new things. It's about having fun and making new friends. It's about taking these new and improved skills, and those friendships and the memories you have of this season, and looking forward to doing its all again next season. That is really the measure of success to me. It's about the bus trip to Thief and Steak Fry at the Legion. It's about sliding down the hill in Cloquet and the 40+ games we played this season. Throw some post-season play in there and you end up with a GREAT season. Sure, there were some disappointments. After all, what in life that is worth doing doesn't have its disappointments? Thank you all for being RELENTLESS! A huge thank you goes out to Coach Eggerichs, Coach Giles and Coach Rust for all of their hard work. Their time and expertise are appreciated beyond words.

41: Coaching is a team effort, and I have the best team around. Thank you to my team management, Deb Heisler & John Mattson. You were able to take very difficult and very time-consuming jobs and make them work so well. I could not imagine how this team could run without you both. Thank you also to all the parents. Without you, none of this would have been possible. You all set the bar very high with your unwavering support and enthusiasm. Thank you for getting my players to practice on time and for dealing with all the equipment and skate issues. Thanks for your time in the concession stand, working the score clock and penalty box, taking photos, organizing get-togethers, putting together this scrapbook and for all the thankless little things you all did to make this season a success. Thank you all for helping lift your son's spirits after a tough loss and then doing it all again the next day And finally, a *BIG* thank you to my players. Watching you all improve over the past 5 months has truly been a joy an an inspiration. You are such great young men. I look forward to watching you all continue with your hockey careers and wish you nothing but the best! To my second year players, I leave you with this advice: Find an opportunity to coach kids some day. I promise you won't regret it. Always keep in mind that a living is mad by what we get, but a life is made by what we give. To my first year players... the baton has been passed. See you in the fall. It has truly been a privilege and an honor to be your coach. I will miss you. In hockey, Coach Mark "Langer" Lange

42: Players/Parents, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoyed this season. As many of you know, I was not planning on coming back this year after working with the association for 16 years. I have had some medical and family issues that contributed to my decision but I decided to come back for one more year. As much as I enjoy coaching, it is a lot of time away from family and work not to mention I still have a kid playing high school hockey at CPHS which I hate to miss. However, as the summer went on and Mark and I talked, I thought about how much I enjoyed the first year players from last year and I just couldn't imagine not being around for their final year. I do not resent my decision one bit. Now, after coaching and getting to know this year's group of first years, I am finding it once again difficult to look at retirement. I really have enjoyed working with you all. The work ethic that I saw from the first practice told me that we were going to be good and, as I have told you all season, you guys can go as far this season as you allow yourself. You are a special bunch (as well as special ed bunch) and I hope as I write this, you guys are preparing yourself for that life changing run to the state tournament. You all deserve it and I thank you for letting me be a part of it. Let's hope that as you read this you have realized the dream. If not, please be proud of your accomplishments this year. You achieved a lot. I would be remiss if I didn't take this time to thank Mark Lange for bringing me back against most of my wishes. I would also like to thank Pat Giles, Bill Rust and all the parents for their contributions this year. I hope I made this year as enjoyable as you did for me. I guess my final words are aimed to the players who I have enjoyed getting to know on more of a personal level these past years. (Some

43: more personal than others and you know who your are! LOL). All the stories and fun we shared in the locker room and on the ice. You can't make that stuff up and that is why I love coaching. It is never dull. No matter what you do going forward in your journey, it is important to remember the "pucker factor". Whether it is in sports, business or in life, keep it relaxed and enjoy the ride! Best of luck in high school to Cam, Eric, Carter, Jeremy, Cal, John, Max, Brandon and Alex. To the rest of you, work hard in the off season and come back next year ready to make another run. The bar has been set and everyone will be looking for payback. Love, Coach Bob (possibly retired) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | Congratulations on a very successful season! You guys worked hard all year in our practices putting in the effort we as coaches knew would be necessary to compete in our tough district. This hard work was rewarded with victories in league play and winning three tournaments. This hard work also prepared us for the district tournament, the regional tournament and for our trip to state. I hope you will remember the motto of this year - RELENTLESS. This motto helped fuel our team's drive to set goals and to work hard in an effort to obtain them. As you move on to other hockey teams, schools, a job... remember to set goals, come up with a plan, and put in the time and effort. It is what helped you succeed this hockey season and what will serve you well in the future. I have enjoyed having the chance to get to know each of you as a person and a hockey player and wish you success in your future endeavors. Coach Bill

44: I would like to congratulate all of you on a great and successful season! It has been an honor to be the coach of a group of such GREAT kids. It was extremely fun to watch all of you improve, progress and grow into great hockey players and great young men. To the first year players, you all did a great job stepping up to a high level of play that you may not have been used to playing in years past. Mark, Bob, Bill and I coach this team like it is an "A" level team, so it is sometimes hard for younger players to adapt to this, but you all caught on very quickly and were major contributors to the success of this team. I want you all to have a fun off-season, but I hope you will work hard because this is YOUR team now and it's your responsibility to set the bar for the first year players that will be with you next season. To the second year players, I couldn't be more proud of a group of young men than I am of you!! I have coached some of you since you were Peewee's and it has been so amazing seeing you guys grow and progress. I couldn't imagine a better way to end your youth career than a run at state. I wish you all luck in high school and I want you to know that if you ever need anything, whether it be hockey related or not, you guys can always call me. Captains; I would like to thank you for all you have done this year. You truly have been some of the best captions I've had on a hockey team. You did everything from taking care of the nets after practice to making schedules for the pucks and weight vest to setting an example for the rest of the team about what North Metro hockey is all about. All four of you have worked for and deserve all of the success you've had and will have in, not just hockey, but life.

45: Avery and Hunter, I am so proud of you both! I know it can't be easy coming on to a Bantam B1 team (both as first years) and dealing with me as a coach! At the start of the year I was a little afraid because I didn't know how hard I could push you both, but you guys stayed on board and kept working as hard as you could, day in and day out and that's how I know you both will be successful goalies and young men. I really look forward to next year when we can really start advancing into a higher level of goal tending. Thank you to Deb and John for all you two have done this year as managers. You did a great job and will both be missed. Also, thank you to all of the parents for support, all the work you have done with team meals and parties, and for adult beverages at out of town tournaments! You have all been great and made the coaching staff's lives easy. Last but not least, thank you to my fellow coaches. I absolutely love coaching with you guys. I have so much fun and continue to learn so much from all three of you. I'm not sure what is going to happen next year, but I want to take this opportunity to make an extra special thanks to Bob. I have coached with you longer than anyone else at North Metro and you are the reason that I am even coaching for this team in the first place. You have taught me so much and it's going to be very weird if you don't come back next year. Regardless of what you decide, it has truly been a pleasure of mine to have coached with you and learn from you. Coach Pat Giles

46: North Metro Bantam B1 captures second at State

47: We had a strong feeling coming into this State Tournament, that if we made it to the Championship game, we would be facing Wayzata Navy. We had faced this adversary in the District Championship game and it was a head-to-head battle from start to finish. With the hockey arena filled to capacity these two teams did not fail to deliver this same type of game. From start to finish, it was fierce brawl competitive District 3 rivals. North Metro maintained the lead going into the third period until Wayzata made a goal that tied it in the last three minutes of the game. From there, the athletic drive of the two teams lasted almost six periods after making it into a triple overtime game. Tense excitement kept the fans on the edge of their seats. North Metro had more than proven that they were playing in the game they were meant to be in, as worthy opponents, they were more than capable of competing as one of the top teams in the state. The North Metro team ended a phenomenal season with great pride as the Bantam B1 Second Place State Champions! The team would like to thank all the fans that came to the games; NMYHA; and all who contributed towards our success this year; for all their support and encouragement. Written by: Troy Heisler

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