Red Wing's Alleva moves one step closer to being named Ms. Hockey
Rose Alleva's plate just got a little more full.
The Red Wing senior was selected Thursday by "Let's Play Hockey" newspaper as one of five finalists for the 15th annual Ms. Hockey Award, which is handed out annually to the top senior in the state. The award considers on-ice performance, academics, extra-curricular activities, citizenship and coachability.
"How do I rate her chances?" Red Wing coach Scott Haley said. "I don't know, (but) she's right up there.
"Like she needs any more pressure right now. She's being considered for the U18 national team right now and, Oh, by the way, lead your team to state and win the Ms. Hockey Award."
The winner will be announced at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.
Alleva, who will play next year at Princeton, is the lone defenseman among the five finalists. She has totaled 56 points (31 G, 25 A) and has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.993, which is the highest among the finalists. She had previously received the Herb Brooks Award in the Class A state tournament in 2009.
Haley called Alleva "the female Johnn Pohl" in the newspaper article. Pohl, who went on to star at the University of Minnesota, led Red Wing's boys hockey team to the state title in 1997 and was named Mr. Hockey in 1998.
The other finalists for Ms. Hockey 2010 include Roseville's Bethany Brausen, Edina's Corinne Buie, Grand Rapids/Greenway's Dana Gallop and Irondale's Gina McDonald.
Red Wing plays in the Section 1A title game Friday night against Faribault in Owatonna. The Wingers finished third at state a year ago.