Maple Grove senior Breanna Blesi, a four-year player for the Crimson girls’ hockey team, is the recipient of the 2017 Senior Goalie of the Year Award, sponsored by Let’s Play Hockey and the Minnesota Wild.
The Senior Goalie of the Year Award is presented to Minnesota’s top senior goaltender based on her on-ice performance, academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and “coachability.” Players are nominated by girls’ high school hockey coaches in Minnesota; the winner is then selected based on votes from a panel of high school coaches and Division I and III women’s college coaches. Blesi is the first player from Maple Grove Senior High to win this award.
In the 2016-2017 season, Blesi helped lead the Crimson to an overall record of 22-5-1 and a second place finish in Section 5AA. During the regular season, Blesi’s stats included a 1.18 goals-against average, a .943 save percentage, and five shutouts.
In addition to her impressive performance in the net, Blesi also boasts a 4.0 GPA and is a four-time member of the academic all-state team.
“Breanna is driven and pays attention to the littlest of details,” said Amber Hegland, head coach of the Maple Grove Senior High girls’ hockey team. “She strives for perfection and will continue to push herself to higher levels daily. This is one of the ways she has led and leads her teammates. Breanna holds herself and [her] teammates to high standards while striving to improve daily.”
Throughout the season, Blesi shared playing time with fellow senior goaltender Coco Francis, who was also among the five finalists for the Senior Goalie of the Year Award. Both Blesi and Francis have committed to playing college hockey next season at the University of Wisconsin and Union College, respectively.
Photo courtesy of Rich Moll at Sports Photos Now.