USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce its inaugural American Family Insurance ALL-USA high school boys ice hockey team. This team was compiled by David Darby, Gannett Michigan, with special thanks to Gannett Michigan’s George Sipple and Zach Libby, state hockey coaches associations, and the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
PHOTOS: ALL-USA Boys Ice Hockey Team
BOYS ALL-USA HOCKEY
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Mike Turner, Trenton (Mich.). Won his 11th state title this season and became the winningest high school coach in Michigan hockey history.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
F: Avery Peterson, Grand Rapids, Minn.
Vitals: 6-feet-2, 201 pounds, senior center, shoots left
Noteworthy: Peterson is the USA Today Boys All-USA Hockey Player of the Year. Scored 37 goals and 30 assists in 27 games. Voted 2014 Mr. Hockey in Minnesota. 2013 sixth-round pick (No. 167 overall) of the Minnesota Wild. Plans to attend Nebraska-Omaha.
F: Ryan Donato, Dexter School, Brookline, Mass.
Vitals: 6-0, 176, junior center, shoots left
Noteworthy: Scored 37 goals and 41 assists in 30 games. Son of former NHL player Ted Donato has excellent vision and hockey intelligence. Plans to attend Harvard.
F: Tyler Bird, Kimball Union, Meriden, N.H.
Vitals: 6-2, 202, senior right wing, shoots right
Noteworthy: Scored 33 goals and 27 assists in 37 games. Power forward uses size to his advantage and is improving his quickness. Plans to attend Brown.
D: Luke Snuggerud, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Vitals: 5-11, 165, senior, shoots left
Noteworthy: Scored nine goals and 39 assists in 31 games. Can man the point on power play and is solid in own zone. Plans to attend Nebraska-Omaha.
D: Matt Berkovitz, Ashwaubenon, Wis.
Vitals: 6-1, 180, senior, shoots left
Noteworthy: Scored 11 goals and 30 assists in 27 games. Smooth-skating defenseman reads play well and is good with his stick. Plans to attend Wisconsin.
G: Andrew Rohkohl, Edina, Minn.
Vitals: 5-9, 150, senior, catches left
Noteworthy: Compiled a 23-4-1 record with three shutouts, a 1.84 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. Made 36 saves in title game over a previously-unbeaten, No. 1-ranked team as Edina won second-straight Minnesota Class 2A state championship. Uncommitted.
F: Steven Spinner, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Vitals: 5-11, 196, senior right wing, shoots right
Noteworthy: Scored 23 goals and 27 assists in 31 games. Has good speed and excellent one-on-one offensive skills. Plans to attend Nebraska-Omaha.
F: Mitch Slattery, Hill-Murray, Maplewood, Minn.
Vitals: 5-11, 185, senior right wing, shoots left
Noteworthy: Scored 20 goals and 32 assists in 28 games. Good hands and has the ability to get open on offense. Also played defense as a freshman and sophomore. Plans to attend St. Cloud State.
F: Miguel Fidler, Edina, Minn.
Vitals: 6-1, 185, senior left wing, shoots left
Noteworthy: Scored 20 goals and 30 assists in 30 games. Tough, rugged leader who also has a goal scorer’s touch. Uncommitted.
D: Nick Wolff, Eagan, Minn.
Vitals: 6-4, 187, junior, shoots left
Noteworthy: Scored 12 goals and 16 assists in 29 games. Big defenseman is not afraid to hit or drop the gloves. Plans to attend Minnesota-Duluth.
D: Billy Sweezey, Noble and Greenough, Dedham, Mass.
Vitals: 6-2, 195, junior, shoots right
Noteworthy: Scored eight goals and 20 assists in 28 games. Big defenseman uses size well and has good mobility. Plans to attend Yale.
G: Robert McGovern, Thayer Academy, Braintree, Mass.
Vitals: 6-4, 245, senior, catches left.
Noteworthy: Compiled a 2.58 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage while sharing time in net this season. Big figure in the crease who often plays aggressively, also was an offensive lineman in football. Uncommitted.
F: Chase Phelps, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Faribault, Minn.
Vitals: 6-0, 190, senior left wing, shoots left
Noteworthy: Scored 23 goals and 38 assists in 47 games. Skillful forward with a powerful slap shot and quick release. Plans to attend Boston University.
F: Ara Nazarian, Malden Catholic, Malden, Mass.
Vitals: 5-10, 170, junior center, shoots left
Noteworthy: Scored 22 goals and 35 assists in 24 games. 2013 Massachusetts Mr. Hockey has great playmaking ability and a quick release. Plans to attend New Hampshire.
F: Christopher Brown, Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Vitals: 6-0, 175, senior center, shoots right
Noteworthy: Scored 26 goals and 58 assists in 28 games. Strong two-way player with good hands and a motor at both ends of the ice. Plans to attend Boston College.
D: Mike Lee, The Gunnery, Washington, Conn.
Vitals: 6-0, 180, junior, shoots left
Noteworthy. Scored seven goals and 21 assists in 28 games. Shutdown defenseman is a good passer and not afraid to blocks shots. Plans to attend Vermont.
D: Tyler Nanne, Edina, Minn.
Vitals: 5-10, 174, senior, shoots right
Noteworthy: Scored 12 goals and 26 assists in 30 games. Offensive-minded defenseman who can make strong passes. Plans to attend Ohio State.
G: Joel Daccord, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, Mass.
Vitals: 6-3, 190, junior, catches left
Noteworthy: Compiled a 2.58 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. Made 55 saves in a double-overtime playoff loss to the eventual New England prep champion. Strong positional goalie with good balance and instincts. Uncommitted.