Brody Lamb helped the Dodge County boys hockey team make some program history this season.
And for that, Lamb has made some history himself.
The state's leading goal-scorer was named the Associated Press Boys Hockey Player of the Year on Friday.
"For the program it's a huge deal," Dodge County coach Nick Worden said. "That group of kids has been together a long time. They've worked hard together, pushed each other and sacrificed a lot together.
"I think that award is a lot more than just Brody, it's for all of those kids."
He is the first Dodge County player to win the award, doing so after recording a state-best 52 goals and 87 points in 24 games. He also led the state with 10 short-handed goals this season.
Lamb is the first player from southeastern Minnesota to win the award since Red Wing's Johnny Pohl in 1998.
The Wildcats finished the season 19-4-1, won the program's first section championship and made their first-ever appearance at the state tournament.
The University of Minnesota commit's USHL rights are owned by the Green Bay Gamblers. He spent several weeks with the Gamblers prior to the start of the high school season in January.
Lamb left for Green Bay last Sunday and has been practicing with the Gamblers this week after going through COVID-19 protocols and quarantine time.
Lamb's state-wide recognition soared over the past 10 days, when he scored 10 goals and had 11 points in the Wildcats' run to the Class A state championship game, where they lost 8-1 to Gentry Academy.
"That platform is a coming-out party for anyone who wants to play at the next level," Worden said of the state tournament. "I'm hoping it does good things not only for Brody, but for Charlie and Easton Hammill and all of our guys who want to keep playing."
Lamb scored six goals in the Wildcats' 7-3 win against Hermantown in the state quarterfinals, then he added a hat trick and an assist in a 4-1 win against Little Falls in the semifinals.
Lamber puts down the Hammer. 4-1 Wildcats. Assist from Donovan. Hat trick Lamb. 8 minutes left in second. PP goal Hermantown. (Been waiting to use that line). pic.twitter.com/l0cZRYsTwh— Dodge County Boys Hockey (@DCWHockey) March 31, 2021
“I was really proud of him,” Worden said of Lamb after the win against Hermantown. “... We’re used to our cold barn at home and some guys had to find some air toward the end of the first, they were overheating. … But Brody, it was pretty fun to watch him take the game over and put everyone on his back.”
Lamb also scored Dodge County's lone goal in the state championship game.
“He’s quite a special player,” Lamb's linemate and good friend Matt Donovan said of him after the win against Hermantown. “No matter what the score is, he’s always the first one to put the puck on net and he always gives us a chance to score and to win."
Lamb may be in the lineup for Green Bay tonight when it plays at the U.S. National Team Development Program U17 team in Michigan.
Worden said Lamb hasn't officially made his decision yet as to whether he'll return to the Wildcats or play his senior season with the Gamblers in Green Bay.
"His skill level is off the chart, everyone got to see that at the state tournament," Worden said Friday. "His level of compete is what really makes him so successful. He has that will to not lose, to keep grinding. He has a ways to go on certain things, but I love how he competes, and he's learning how to play a complete game."
Forward — Brody Lamb, junior, Dodge County
Forward — Kyle Kukkonen, senior, Maple Grove
Forward — Carter Batchelder, senior, Eden Prairie
Defense — Jack Peart, senior, Grand Rapids
Defense — Joe Palodichuk, senior, Hill-Murray
Goalie — Jack Wieneke, senior, Maple Grove
Forward — Zam Plante, sophomore, Hermantown
Forward — Luke Levandowski, senior, Rosemount
Forward — Layten Liffrig, senior, Mankato East/Loyola
Defense — Henry Nelson, senior, Maple Grove
Defense — Luke Mittelstadt, senior, Eden Prairie
Goalie — Alex Timmons, senior, Gentry Academy
PAST AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2021 — Brody Lamb, F, Dodge County
2020 — Blake Biondi, F, Hermantown
2019 — Bryce Brodzinski, F, Blaine
2018 — Sammy Walker, F, Edina
2017 — Casey Mittelstadt, F, Eden Prairie
2016 — Casey Mittelstadt, F, Eden Prairie
2015 — Dylan Malmquist, F, Edina
2014 — Avery Peterson, F, Grand Rapids
2013 — Grant Besse, F, Benilde-St. Margaret’s
2012 — Jake Randolph, F, Duluth East
2011 — Kyle Rau, F, Eden Prairie
2010 — Nick Bjugstad, F, Blaine
2009 — Ben Hanowski, F, Little Falls
2008 — Aaron Ness, D, Roseau
2007 — Patrick White, F, Grand Rapids
2006 — David Fischer, D, Apple Valley
2005 — Brian Lee, D, Moorhead
2004 — Tom Gorowsky, F, Centennial
2003 —Mike Lundin, D, Apple Valley
2002 — Gino Guyer, F, Greenway
2001 — Gino Guyer, F, Greenway
2000 — Paul Martin, D, Elk River
1999 — Dan Welch, F, Hastings
1998 — Johnny Pohl, F, Red Wing
1997 — Dylan Mills, D, Duluth East
1996 — Dave Spehar, F, Duluth East
1995 — Matt Cullen, F, Moorhead