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2020 All-Bantam Elite League

By YHH Staff , 09/08/20, 3:45PM CDT


The All-BEL team and the Unsung Heroes are selected through coach recommendations and YHH Staff observations.

The North Stars earned the 2020 Bantam Elite League Major title with a 9-5 win over the Bolts.

2020 Bantam Elite League Most Valuable Player

Beckett Hendrickson

The league’s leading scorer with 17 goals and 33 points, Hendrickson proved to be one of the league’s top players every time he took the ice.

With the exception of three out of the Bruins’ 13 games near the end of the season, Hendrickson registered at least one point in every contest and twice totaled six points in a single outing. The gifted forward got off to one of the fastest starts in league history with seven goals and 15 points in the season’s first three games, setting the scoring tone he would carry with him the rest of the season.

Thanks in large part to Hendrickson, the Bruins tied for the league-lead in goals with 87 in 15 games, compiling a record of 7-5-1-2 (wins, losses, overtime wins, overtime losses) over that span.    

After scoring 17 goals and 33 points in 13 games for the Bruins, Minnetonka native Beckett Hendrickson was selected as the league's Most Valuable Player.

2020 All-Bantam Elite League

Darik Olson, North Stars.

Player Team Position
Lucas Schanno Bolts Goalie
Kai Weigel North Dakota Goalie
Will Emerson Sharks Defense
Cade Kozak Wisconsin Defense
Darik Olson North Stars Defense
John Stout Bruins Defense
Jake Verwest North Dakota Defense
Owen Branson North Dakota Forward
Tanner Bruender Bolts Forward
Parker Gast North Stars Forward
Jordan Geike Wisconsin Forward
Thomas Gunderson North Stars Forward
Beckett Hendrickson Bruins Forward
Danny Nelson Penguins Forward
Sam Scheetz Bolts Forward
Drew Stewart Bruins Forward

Jake Verwest, North Dakota.

2020 All-Bantam Elite League Honorable Mention

Andrew Saxe, Sharks.

Player Team Position
Andrew Saxe Sharks Goalie
Gavin Anderson Bolts Defense
Dylan Vornwald Penguins Defense
Brayden Berg North Stars Forward
Olan Endres North Dakota Forward
Alex Lunski Bolts Forward

Dylan Vornwald, Penguins.

2020 Bantam Elite League Unsung Heroes

Ben Miller, Bolts.

Ben Miller 

Miller piled up eight goals and 11 points during the Bantam Elite League season for the Bolts, good for fourth on the team. The Hill-Murray skater provided emotional leadership in the locker room and on the bench for the Bolts, showing up to the playoffs to support his squad despite suffering a late-season injury that kept him out of the games. 

Ben Norris 

It’s hard to fathom one of the league’s leading scorers as “unsung,” but Norris’s 14-goal, 27-point performance in 15 games snuck up on everyone, including those to input game stats. Norris tallied at least one point in every game but one this season, and hit the four-point threshold twice while gelling with linemates Beckett Hendrickson and Hagen Burrows. 

Thomas Herman 
North Stars 

The rugged Moorhead native found his distribution touch during the BEL season, racking up 12 assists and 18 points for the champion North Stars. A team-first forward, Herman tallied three points in multiple games and held a point-streak of nine contests to start the season. 

Zach Boren 
North Dakota 

Boren’s physicality, coupled with his dogged play in the offensive zone, led to a season with eight goals and 19 points, tied with Olan Endres for second among North Dakota skaters. The grinder’s effort helped North Dakota allow the third-lowest goal total in the league. Offensively, Boren recorded two or more points in eight games.

Zach Boren, North Dakota.

Joel Hanson 

The towering forward from Minneapolis netted eight goals an 10 points this season for the Penguins, which tied Hanson for the team-lead in goals and tied him for second in total points. Not flashy or demonstrative, Hanson quietly went about his business during games, including a highlight performance against Wisconsin, in which Hanson notched a hat-trick in the Penguins’ victory.

Gabe Otis 

Despite playing over 100 minutes less than counterpart Andrew Saxe in the Sharks’ net, Otis finished the BEL season with the sixth-most shots faced, and posted better goals-against-average and save percentage numbers than a half-dozen other goalies who faced fewer shots. Otis allowed just 22 goals during the season and recorded a .901 save percentage, tops in the league. 

Ty Bashaw

The Fond du Lac native dished out eight assists and added a pair of goals for Wisconsin, playing the role of an effective grinder for the team. Bashaw had a five-game stretch in which he had at least one point, leading Wisconsin to four wins in those five games.  

Ty Bashaw, Wisconsin.

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