Kyle Kukkonen finished second in the state in scoring this season with 74 points.
Kukkonen has enjoyed one of the most decorated careers from youth to preps in recent memory, capturing state championships as a Peewee, Bantam, and making back-to-bacl consecutive Class AA State Tournament appearances at the high school level. Kukkonen's Crimson reached the state semifinals this season, falling to eventual state champion Eden Prairie in overtime.
Named the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Metro Player of the Year as a senior, Kukkonen finished second in the state in scoring with 31 goals and 74 points, bringing his career totals to 61 goals and 145 points. Kukkonen recorded those impressive numbers despite missing all but seven games of his senior season with an injury.
Kukkonen was nominated as a finalist for the 2021 Mr. Hockey Award.
Kyle Kukkonen after the Osseo-Maple Grove Leafbirds won the 2018 Bantam AA state championship.
|Jackson Hallum||St. Thomas Academy||Senior|
|Kyle Kukkonen||Maple Grove||Senior|
|Luke Mittelstadt||Eden Prairie||Senior|
|Jack Peart||Grand Rapids||Senior|
|2016||Casey Mittelstadt||Eden Prairie|
|2017||Casey Mittelstadt||Eden Prairie|
|2020||Matt Gleason||Cretin-Derham Hall|
|2021||Kyle Kukkonen||Maple Grove|
2020 BHS Player of the Year, Matt Gleason of Cretin-Derham Hall.