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South St. Paul's Albrecht Player of the Year

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ashley Albrecht of South St. Paul was named the 2002 Associated Press Player of the Year in girls hockey after leading her team to the Class AA state championship.

The 2002 Ms. Hockey winner finished her career with 110 goals and 150 assists.

For Albrecht, the story doesn't end with the elusive Class AA title. Now it's off to the University of Minnesota where she'll play for the top-ranked Golden Gophers and hopes to get her shot at the U.S. Olympic team.

Albrecht's partner on the All-State First Team -- and next year with the Gophers -- is Roseville defenseman Chelsey Brodt, who received as many All-State votes as Albrecht. Brodt led her team with 31 goals and 21 assists this season.

Other players named to this year's first team include Hibbing forward Andrea Nichols, Tiffany Hagge of Blaine and Bloomington Jefferson's Allison Lehrke.

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Edina goaltender Ali Boe rounds out the first team.

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