The North American Hockey League announced its yearly awards this week and the Minnesota Wilderness players and coaches received three accolades.
Terry Leabo, 20 year old defensemen and assistant captain, for the Wilderness last season was named to the All-Midwest Team. Terry finished the season playing in all 65 games, scoring 5 goals and recording 17 assists, with 11 of those 22 points coming on the powerplay. He also accumalated 42 penalty minutes and +13 rating for the season. Terry is still in the process of deciding his plans for college.
Kasimir Kaskiuso, 20 year old goaltender, was on pace to set or tie every record the NAHL had to offer until suffering an lower body injury after the Holiday break. Kasimir still was able to lead the league in Goals Against Average (1.48) and Save Percentage (.944-tying the league record) and finished second in shutouts with 9. Kasimir was also selected to the All-Midwest Team and will continue his hockey career at the University of Minnesota Duluth next season. Kasimir was also named the Brian's Custom Sports NAHL Goalie of the Month for November, while finishing ranked #9 on the NHL Central Scouting rankings for the upcoming draft.
Head Coach Corey Millen was also recognized by his peers finishing runner-up in the NAHL Coach of the Year voting. Coach Millen led the MN Wilderness to one of the best seasons, with a record of 37-14-9, an expansion team has had in the North American Hockey League. The 83 points that Coach Millen and the Wilderness earned this season was good enough to finish 4th overall in the NAHL regular season standings. Corey looks to build on last years success moving towards the 2014 NAHL draft and into next season.
The Minnesota Wilderness are excited to begin their second season in the NAHL and have just release a special season ticket prices until August 1st. Please click on the link to purchase those season or contact Jordan Lundgren via email. Stay updated on the latest team news throughout the summer by connecting with the MN Wilderness on Facebook (MinnesotaWildernessNahl) and Twitter (@mnwilderness).