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DJ Vold Signs as Head Coach of The Breezy Point North Stars

The Breezy Point North Stars, proud members of the North American 3 Hockey League, are excited to announce the hiring of DJ Vold as head coach.  DJ comes to the North Stars, from the Granite City Lumberjacks as an assistant coach and recruiting director.  

DJ played two years of AAA hockey for the Madison Capitols Program who are now members of the NAPHL. He then moved on to play for the Granite City Lumberjacks for 3 years, winning a Silver Cup during the 2011-2012 season. Due to a season ending injury during his last year with the Lumberjacks, he hopped on the bench with Head Coach Brad Willner as his assistant, a role he’s held for the last 4 years,  also taking on the role of Recruiting Coordinator during the 2015-2016 season. While on the bench for Granite City, he helped the Lumberjacks to two more Silver Cup Championships, one in 2015 and one this past season in 2017.

Vold comes in to replace Coach Jon Jonasson, who moved on to other Junior Hockey endeavors.

“We are very pleased, with the direction the North Stars are headed and we appreciate Jon Jonasson’s role, with that process and we wish him the best,” said North Stars’ General Manager Craig Larson.

“I’ve followed coach DJ Vold as a player and coach, for as long as he’s been involved in Junior hockey, I even tried to recruit him.” “He’s been a captain of a championship team and has held an important role as an assistant, in the recruiting for a championship team, as well as have an active role in placing kids in college.” “It’s an area where the North Stars are getting more involved and we believe DJ is a great fit, for our long term plan,” continued Larson.

“I want to thank the entire Granite City Lumberjacks organization for allowing me the opportunity to start my coaching career. It was an honor to be a part of something so special,” said Vold. “I am excited to join the Breezy Point organization and hope to continue the success they have in recent seasons. This league is here to advance players to the next level and that is the opportunity I have been given with my coaching career,” continued Vold.

The Breezy Point North Stars finished the 2016-2017 season, with a record of 25-19-3-0, good for their second trip to the Western Division playoffs. 

“With eleven commitments this past season, we feel we have the right ingredients for players to grow and develop, in Breezy Point,” said Craig Larson.  “Having DJ Vold begin his head coaching experience with us, makes this an exciting time, for our program.  Needless to say, we’re looking forward to the up coming season,” added Larson. 

Breezy Point forward Sabina makes NCAA commitment

The Breezy Point North Stars of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward and captain Tristyn Sabina has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Saint John’s University in the MIAC.
Sabina, 21, just completed his first season playing in the NA3HL and fourth season overall playing junior hockey. The native of Kansas City, Missouri, is coming off a very good season with the North Stars in the NA3HL. In 43 regular season games this past season, Sabina (5’9/170) had 44 points (22 goals, 22 assists).
Sabina was also selected to and played in the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the White team, where he had five points in three games played.
During the 2012-13 season, Sabina played in the NAPHL for the Omaha AAA 16U team.
“I’m very excited to get an opportunity to commit to such a prestigious school, both in education and hockey. It showed me that with dedication, hard work and belief in a coaching staff, good things truly come your way. I truly am thankful for everyone who has helped me and impacted my journey so far to get me to this point. I look forward to prove myself at the next level. Go Johnnies,” said Sabina.
“We are very excited as a program for our captain Tristyn Sabina to make this jump to Saint John’s University. He has displayed the discipline, poise and hard work it takes to get to a program such as Saint John’s and we are proud of his work to do so. He is an outstanding two-way forward that is very gritty all areas of the rink, I look forward seeing him translate that to the NCAA level. We wish Tristyn the best of luck on the next stop of his career as a Johnnie,” said Breezy Point head coach Jon Jonasson.

Another Star is rising….. Taylor chooses Hamline.

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The Breezy Point North Stars, proud members of the NA3HL, are excited to announce that defensemen Zach Taylor has committed to play NCAA Division III collegiate hockey for Hamline University of the MIAC.

 Taylor (5’10/165) spent the beginning of the 2016-2017 season with MN Magicians and Northeast Generals, of the NAHL.  The skilled defensive minded native from Mahtomedi, MN finished the season with the North Stars and appeared in 16 games, to round out his junior career. 

“I’m excited to start the next chapter in my hockey, as well as begin my education at Hamline University,” said Taylor.  “I would like to thank ALL my coaches and teammates, that have helped me achieve my goal of playing college hockey and would also like to thank coach Jon Jonasson and staff at Breezy Point, for the opportunity to finish my junior career, with the North Stars,” added Taylor.

“I have had the opportunity to get to know Zach for the last 2 years and I’m excited to see he has found a great home, for the next 4 years, playing NCAA hockey,” said coach Jon Jonasson.  “Zach is a very skilled two-way defender, that will do very well.”  “As a program, we are proud of Zach and look forward to more players like him, that will dedicate themselves and exhibit the type of work ethic, that it takes to achieve the same goals of playing college hockey,” continued Jonasson.  

 The North Stars would like to thank Zach for his hard work and dedication with the organization and wish him the best, as a Hamline Piper.

 

 

CJ Lenzmeier has committed Williston State College

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Advancement Alert: North Stars 96′ Forward #14 CJ Lenzmeier has committed to further his hockey career and education at Williston State College an ACHA D2 program. CJ will be joining teammate Nik Boyer next season at Williston. We are very excited to see CJ get the opportunity he was working towards in earning an opportunity with such a good hockey program. CJ plans to study music at Williston. Congrats CJ, we look forward to watching you be an impact player at college the next few years! #RollStars #Advancement

Breezy Point goalie Lindhe makes NCAA commitment

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The Breezy Point North Stars of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that goaltender Magnus Lindhe has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Marian University in the NCHA.
Lindhe, 20, just completed his second and final season of playing in the NA3HL. The 6’4/200 lbs. native of Stockholm, Sweden appeared in 22 games this season and posted an 11-9-1 record to go along with a 3.29 goals against average and a 90.4% save percentage.
Lindhe played 12 games last season for the North Stars. He also played in the NAHL for both the Kenai River Brown Bears and Brookings Blizzard. Prior to that, he played junior hockey in Sweden.
“We are excited to see Magnus find a school that he feels is a great fit for him. Magnus found a lot of success the last two seasons between both Breezy Point and in the NAHL and that is due to his drive and hard work. Magnus is one of the hardest working and competitive players I have had the opportunity to be around. That alone showed the type of character that he has and him bringing that to Marian next season will be great to witness. We are very proud of Lindhe and his accomplishments and are excited to see him grow as a person while being a student athlete,” said Breezy Point head coach Jon Jonasson
“I chose Marian because I feel it is a great fit for both my education and future in hockey. After speaking with the coaching staff at Marian I knew it was where I needed to spend the next four years. I really enjoyed my time in Breezy Point, it allowed me to progress as a player and a person, which has really prepared me for college,” said Lindhe.

Breezy Point defenseman Stotts make college commitment

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The Breezy Point North Stars of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that defenseman Wyatt Stotts has committed to play college hockey at Indiana Tech.
Stotts, 20, just completed his final season of junior hockey with the North Stars. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Stillwater, Minnesota recorded 16 points in 34 games played this season from the blueline.
“Wyatt has made it a goal of his for the last two years to earn a spot within a college program that is a perfect fit for him. We are excited to follow Wyatt’s progress at Indiana Tech for the next four years. Wyatt is a very skilled defenseman that plays all 200 feet and Indiana Tech is getting just that, along with a player that has a high level of character,” said North Stars head coach Jon Jonasson.
Stotts was selected to a played in the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the White Team, where he had four points in three games. Indiana Tech was one of the many college programs in attendance at the event.
“I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today without the constant support of my family, teammates and coaches at Breezy Point. I am excited to further my education and hockey career at Indiana Tech,” said Stotts.
Back in November, the ACHA announced that a division for its NAIA member institutions has been created and will begin competition next season. Six member institutions of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will form an NAIA division within the America Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), beginning the 2017-18 season, which includes Indiana Tech.
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“Wyatt will bring poise on our blueline and be a tough player to play against. He makes a great first pass out the D-Zone and consistently finds offensive zone entry passes. We really like his work ethic and overall approach to the game. He will be a welcome addition,” remarked Indiana Tech head coach Frank DiCristofaro.

North Stars Down the Warhawks

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Breezy Point North Stars 7 vs. Willmar War Hawks 2-Austin Langworthy’s hat trick gave the Breezy Point North Stars an edge in their 7-2 win over the Willmar War Hawks. Tristyn Sabina, Josh Laven, Ryan Higgins, and Larsen Tubbs also scored for the North Stars, and Dylan Gast and Riley Dixon got on the scoreboard for the War Hawks. In net, Magnus Lindhe made 30 saves for Breezy Point, and Alex Weissenborn and Alex Cathcart stopped 17 and 20 shots, respectively, for Willmar.

Stars of the game for the North Stars, were Josh Laven and Austin Langworthy

Breezy Point Forward Boyer makes college commitment

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Second year forward Nick Boyer, chooses Williston State, as his college destination.  “I am thrilled that I have been given the opportunity to further my career and education, at Williston State.”  “This is something I could not have accomplished, without the help of the Breezy Point North Stars’ organization,” continued Boyer.  “Nik has made the effort and commitment, to make himself a better player and individual, while here at Breezy Point.  He made big strides and we wish him the best, as a “Teton” for Williston State,” added head coach Jon Jonasson.   “I wish to thank my coaches and staff, for believing in me and helping me to develop into a better hockey player and person.”  “There is no place like Breezy Point and I feel very blessed to have had such an amazing experience, while playing junior hockey there.”

Breezy Point forward Laven makes college commitment

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The Breezy Point North Stars, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Josh Laven has committed to play ACHA Division I hockey at Lindenwood University.
Lindenwood, who are coached by former NHL player and former NAHL coach Rick Zombo, are the defending ACHA Division I National Champions and have won three National Championships overall.
Laven, 20, is in his second season playing in the NA3HL for the North Stars. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Hopkins, Minnesota, leads the team in scoring so far during the 2016-17 season with 44 points in 39 games played.
Last season, Laven was second in team scoring with 34 points in 47 games played.
Prior to playing in the NA3HL, he played Minnesota high school hockey for Hopkins High School.
“Josh has been one of the top forwards in our division for the last two seasons with the North Stars. We are excited to see his hard work pay off and have a Josh go to such a well established and successful hockey program,” said North Stars head coach Jon Jonasson.
“I’m excited to be attending such a great university and I couldn’t have gotten to the point without the consistent support from my teammates and the Breezy Point North Stars,” said Laven.