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Maple Grove Girls Hockey Ready to Move Ahead

Nov 07, 2017 06:59PM ● Published by Doug Erlien

(photos by Doug Erlien / Maple Grove Voice)

Maple Grove Head Girls Hockey Coach Amber Hegland had the full attention of her team following an early season practice.

The girls, catching their breath following conditioning drills, listened as Hegland talked to her team about the finish to the season a year ago.

“It was a message that we talked about last year with the girls as well,” Hegland said. “It’s something that I try to live by daily. You’ve got to give your best effort in everything that you do. I think when your season doesn’t finish where you’d like it to, when you come back and hear that message there’s a little bit of an extra bite to it.”

A year ago, the Crimson returned a loaded roster filled with Division-I college talent that had made a run to the State Class AA championship. The expectation and in many minds the inevitable scenario was that Maple Grove would once again make a state tournament appearance.

Maple Grove ran into a physical Blaine team that upended them in the section championship game, ending thoughts of a return for redemption.

While some claim that the Crimson will need to rebuild due to a roster “decimated by graduation”, the team returns several players with experience including junior forward Manon McMahon, who led the team in scoring a season ago, as well as a host of young players eager for their opportunity.

“Coming into the season, we figure out what we have and what we need,” Hegland said. “How can we get this team to be successful and focus on this team and understand that we have a lot of strength in a lot of different areas and we’re excited to see how we can utilize the strengths of the individuals and really put together a great team.”

The Crimson are ranked 10 in the Follow The Puck Pre-Season Poll. 

Maple Grove opens the season at home against Minnetonka 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11  the 
Maple Grove Community Center.

 

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