AUSTIN EDITION - Austin trio selected for all-star series
Three seniors from the Austin boys hockey team have been selected to play in the annual Great Eight All-Star Hockey Festival.
Forward Brad Wiechmann and defensemen Eric Hansen and Cole Hughes will represent the Packers. They will be on the Red team, made up of players from Section 1A and 1AA.
The trio helped guide the Packers to a runner-up finish in the Big Nine Conference. Austin finished 15-9-1 and lost to Rochester Century in the Section 1AA semifinals.
Wiechmann led the Packers in scoring with 55 points on 28 goals and 27 assists.
Hansen was second on the team with 42 points on 20 goals and 22 assists. He was also named second-team all-state by the Associated Press.
Hughes was third on the Packers in scoring.
Each of the eight sections will play three games in the Great Eight Festival on March 28-30 at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul. Each team is made up of 17 players.
The Section One team is coached by Aaron Neuer of Big Nine champion Rochester John Marshall and Albert Lea's Roy Nystrom. Nystrom guided the Tigers to a runner-up finish in the Section 1A tournament.
Great Eight All-Star Hockey Festival
Section 1A and 1AA Roster
Forwards: Brad Wiechmann, Austin; Tony Clemons, Lakeville; Jess Jacobs, Marshall; James Gaulrapp, Owatonna; Chris Collins, Rochester Century; John Brunkhorst and Nick Forliti, Rochester Lourdes; Vince Anderson, Rochester Mayo; Ryan Hoehn, Waseca.
Defensemen: Josh Tubbs, Albert Lea; Eric Hansen and Cole Hughes, Austin; Brad Seesz, Northfield; Craig Johnson and Mike Reveland, Rochester Century.
Goalies: Riley Gill, Northfield; Josh Skinner, Rochester John Marshall.
Coaches: Aaron Neuer, Rochester JM; Roy Nystrom, Albert Lea.