All-Metro girls' hockey team: From left, Nina Rodgers, Hopkins; Kelly Pannek, Benilde-St. Margaret's; Taylor Williamson, Edina; Erin O'Neil, Hopkins; Sydney Baldwin, Minnetonka; Bella Sutton, Mounds View
Benilde-St. Margaret’s forward, senior
Calm and patient with the puck, she finds teammates and propels the offense with her playmaking skills. Piled up 34 goals and 54 assists. Led the Red Knights to their first Class 2A tournament appearance since 2008. Committed to Minnesota.
Hopkins, forward, senior
Creates matchup problems anywhere on the ice with her toughness, deceptive speed and blistering shot. Scored 26 goals and added 24 assists. “You can’t get to the puck when she has it,” one Lake Conference coach said. Signed with the Gophers.
Edina, forward, junior
Puts on a clinic every game with her great speed, vision and hands and by driving the net with aplomb. Led the Hornets within a game of the state tournament. Posted 29 goals and 19 assists. Verbally committed to Minnesota, her father Dean’s alma mater.
Minnetonka, defense, senior
Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. Added clutch scoring to an already potent mix of poise and power. Tallied four game-winning goals and either scored or assisted on each Skippers goal in four games. Finished career with a 19-1 playoff record and three Class 2A titles. Committed to Minnesota.
Mounds View, defense, senior
Possesses the skill and speed to rush the puck end-to-end at will. Carried Mounds View, the No. 3 seed in the section, to the state tournament. Total effort each game resulted in 16 goals and 29 assists. Committed to Penn State.
Hopkins, goalie, senior
“We were lucky to score on her in practice,” Royals assistant coach Tom Maeckelbergh said. Opponents rarely fared better. Posted a 17-5 record, 1.25 goals-against average, a .948 saves percentage and seven shutouts. Played angles well and corralled rebounds. Signed with Boston University.
HOW THE TEAM WAS PICKED
The Star Tribune’s All-Metro teams and Metro Player of the Year were chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, conversations with a panel of coaches and staff observations.
DAVID LA VAQUE