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YHH Bantam Player of the Year

By Tony Scott, 04/17/18, 12:15PM CDT

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Kukkonen and Faber helped power a dominant Osseo-Maple Grove Bantam AA team to the state championship.

For the first time in hits history, the Youth Hockey Hub Bantam Player of the Year was awarded to two players, with the Osseo-Maple Grove duo of Brock Faber and Kyle Kukkonen earning the honors on Tuesday. 

The pair of Division I commits led a Leafbird squad that was ranked No. 1 all season to a record of 52-3-2. In addition to winning every notable tournament they entered, the Leafbirds also took second in the CCM Invite last fall, playing a level higher-than-required in the 15U Division. The Leafbirds’ season culminated with a state championship, with Kukkonen named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. 

Faber is committed to Notre Dame and will spend next season with the National Team Development Program Under-17 team. Kukkonen had committed to Michigan Tech.

Past Award Winners

Year Player Team College NHL Draft Rights
2013 Ryan Zuhlsdorf Edina Minnesota Tampa Bay
2014 Casey Mittelstadt Eden Prairie Minnesota Buffalo
2015 Gavin Hain Grand Rapids North Dakota N/A
2016 Ethan Frisch Moorhead North Dakota N/A
2017 Jake Braccini Buffalo Minnesota N/A

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