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Junior hockey: Meet the 2018-19 Rochester Grizzlies

September 21, 2018

MEET THE 2018-19 ROCHESTER GRIZZLIES

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BRADLEY POSTULA

Defenseman

Hometown: Portage, Mich.

Age: 19 (7-15-99)

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Noteworthy: Played in the Meijer AAA program in Michigan the past three seasons, in the North American Prospects Hockey League. … Had 4 goals and 17 points in 52 games for the Meijer 18U Midget team last season. … Was briefly on the roster of the Kenai River Brown Bears in the NAHL last season, but did not play in a regular-season game.

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KORY POTACH

Forward

Hometown: Austin, Minn.

Age: 20 (9-4-98)

Height: 6-0

Weight: 165

Noteworthy: Spent last season with the Steele County Blades of the United States Premier Hockey League. … Had 13 goals and 10 assists in 44 games. … Played three seasons on the varsity at Austin High School, recording 27 goals and 48 total points in 74 career games with the Packers. … Played with Steele County before and after his senior high school season, in 2016-17. Had eight points (six goals) in 17 games, including playoffs. … Second-oldest player on the Grizzlies roster, behind Seth Bacon.

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RYAN LEMKER

Forward

Hometown: Duluth, Minn.

Age: 18 (1-1-00)

Height: 5-8

Weight: 160

Noteworthy: Three-year varsity player at Duluth Denfeld High School. … Finished his high school career with 16 goals and 30 total points, in 59 career games. … Had 11 goals and 22 points as a senior. … Was at his best late in his senior season, when he scored four goals and added six assists in his final five games. … Had five multi-goal games for the Hunters last season.

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SETH BACON

Defenseman

Hometown: Duluth, Ga.

Age: 20 (6-1-98)

Height: 5-11

Weight: 186

Noteworthy: Spent last season with the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League. … Scored two goals and added five assists, and had 54 penalty minutes for the Bruins last season. … Spent the previous three seasons (2014-17) playing for the TPH Thunder U16 and U18 programs based in Nashville. … Recorded 15 goals and 11 assists, as well as 126 penalty minutes in his two seasons with the TPH U18 team. … The oldest player on the roster at 20 years, 111 days.

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COLIN MEHREN

Forward

Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.

Age: 18 (6-22-00)

Height: 6-1

Weight: 165

Noteworthy: Played in the Tier I Midget Elite League for two previous seasons. … Played for the Fox Motors U15 and U16 programs, recording 10 points in 55 games over two seasons. … Had 19 points and 30 penalty minutes in 59 games for the Meijer AAA Bantam Major team in the 2014-15 season.

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NICK LATVALA

Defenseman

Hometown: Maple Grove, Minn.

Age: 18 (6-22-00)

Height: 6-4

Weight: 195

Noteworthy: Had two goals and six points in 28 games for Maple Grove last season. … Helped the Crimson advance to the Section 5AA championship game last spring, where they fell to Centennial 6-4. … Had three points in 28 games as a sophomore at Maple Grove in 2016-17. … Played in The Tourney – the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament – as a sophomore, when Maple Grove lost to Grand Rapids 6-4 in the quarterfinals, then fell in overtime to Wayzata in the consolation round.

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PORTER HANEY

Forward

Hometown: Duluth, Minn.

Age: 19 (9-18-99)

Height: 5-8

Weight: 180

Noteworthy: Played three seasons for Minnesota Class AA high school power Duluth East. … Had seven career points, including two goals and four assists as a senior in 2017-18. … Helped the Greyhounds advance to the Class AA state tournament last spring, where they reached the state championship game. … Had two shots on goal in the state tournament.

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LUCAS NEWMAN

Forward

Hometown: Rochester, Minn.

Age: 18 (7-31-00)

Height: 5-9

Weight: 180

Noteworthy: The 2018 Rochester Lourdes High School graduate played three seasons for the Eagles. … He scored 31 goals and added 30 assists in 78 career games. … Helped Lourdes reach the Section 1A championship game last spring for the first time in five years. … Led the Eagles last season with 15 goals. … Had five points in 20 games for Team Southwest in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League in the fall of 2017.

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LOGAN OLSON

Defense

Hometown: Rochester

Age: 18 (4-19-00)

Height: 5-11

Weight: 180

Noteworthy: Played 30 games for the Iowa Wild U18 AAA program last season, where he had 10 assists and 24 penalty minutes. … Spent training camp in 2017 with the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League and played in one regular season game. … A 2017 Rochester Lourdes High School graduate. … Played 79 career games for Lourdes, where he scored 15 goals and added 21 assists. … Had 19 points and 49 penalty minutes for the Eagles as a senior in 2016-17.

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OWEN BOURDOW

Forward

Hometown: Saginaw, Mich.

Age: 19 (8-13-99)

Height: 5-9

Weight: 165

Noteworthy: The first-ever draft pick in Grizzlies history. Bourdow was selected No. 5 overall in the first round of the 2018 NA3HL Draft in April. … Played the last three seasons in the Meijer AAA 16U and 18U program in Michigan. … Spent a majority of the 2017-18 season with Meijer’s top team, scoring 16 goals and 23 points in 53 games for Meijer’s 18U Midget team.

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DYLAN SVOBODA

Forward

Hometown: Austin, Minn.

Age: 18 (10-1-99)

Height: 5-10

Weight: 165

Noteworthy: Tendered with the Grizzlies last spring, shortly after his senior high school season at Austin High. … Had an outstanding senior season at Austin High in 2017-18, leading the Packers in goals (20) and total points (28). … Had a hat trick in Austin’s first-round Section 1A playoff win against Winona. … Had 48 points and 71 penalty minutes in 75 career games for the Packers.

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JOEY FODSTAD

Forward

Hometown: Rogers, Minn.

Age: 18 (3-1-00)

Height: 6-0

Weight: 185

Noteworthy: Spent the 2017-18 season playing for the Minnesota Mullets in the United States Premier Hockey League. … Played in 40 games for the Mullets. Scored eight goals and 14 points, including a goal and an assist in four playoff games.

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MATTHEW DeROSA

Forward

Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.

Age: 17 (5-2-01)

Height: 5-11

Weight: 160

Noteworthy: One of two Georgia natives on the Grizzlies roster, along with defenseman Seth Bacon. Their hometowns were 12 miles apart. … Spent time last season with the Atlanta Fire U16 Midget team as well as the Elite Hockey Program AAA U16 team of the North American Prospects Hockey League. … Scored four goals in seven games with Elite Hockey.

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JOSH HOFFMAN

Forward

Hometown: McMurray, Pa.

Age: 17 (6-15-01)

Height: 6-1

Weight: 160

Noteworthy: The lone player on the Grizzlies roster who played for the Rochester Ice Hawks last season. … The Ice Hawks’ leading goal-scorer (10) and tied for second on the team in points (18) in 47 games. … Rochester’s only player from Pennsylvania. … Split time in the 2016-17 season between Norwin High School (North Huntingdon, Pa.) and the Esmark Stars 15U team (near Pittsburgh) of the North American Prospects Hockey League.

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RAYCE JACOBS

Forward

Hometown: Haslett, Mich.

Age: 18 (1-17-00)

Height: 6-5

Weight: 210

Noteworthy: Spent training camp and most of the preseason this fall with the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League. … Had 10 goals and 18 points with the Cleveland Barons U18 team in the Tier I Elite Hockey League U18. … The biggest player on the Grizzlies’ roster, at 6-5, 210 pounds. … Picked by the Bruins in the seventh round of the NAHL Draft in June.

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VINCENT PALADE

Defenseman

Hometown: Homer Glen, Ill.

Age: 17 (3-24-01)

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Noteworthy: Played part of the 2016-17 season for the Chicago Fury U15 team of the Tier I Elite Hockey League, where he recorded two assists and 10 penalty minutes in 13 games. … Played for the Fury following the Illiniois High School season.

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CADEN DUGGAN

Forward

Hometown: Chesterfield, Mo.

Age: 18 (12-15-99)

Height: 5-11

Weight: 200

Noteworthy: Played hockey in St. Louis – just a 25-mile driver from his hometown – each of the past three seasons. … Spent last season with the St. Louis Blues AAA U18 team. … Scored five goals and 12 points for the St. Louis Selects U18 team of the North American Prospects Hockey League in 2016-17. … Played for the St. Louis Blues AAA U16 program in 2015-16, recording eight goals and 21 total points.

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NATHAN BENNETT

Defenseman

Hometown: Hibbing, Minn.

Age: 16 (10-15-01)

Height: 5-9

Weight: 165

Noteworthy: Played last season with the Hibbing/Chisholm high school team in northern Minnesota. … The youngest player on the Grizzlies’ roster at just 16 years old. … Turns 17 on Oct. 15. … One of six defensemen from Minnesota on the Grizzlies roster.

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LUKAS JENKINS

Forward

Hometown: Coopersville, Mich.

Age: 17 (4-2-01)

Height: 5-11

Weight: 165

Noteworthy: Played high school hockey for Grand Rapids West Catholic each of the past two seasons. … Led the team at Grand Rapids West in scoring each of the past two seasons. … Was second on the team with 14 goals in 2017-18, and led his team with 28 assists and 42 points. … Led the team in goals (16) and total points (32) as a sophomore. … Finished his high school career with 30 goals and 44 assists in two seasons.

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BROCK HILDENBRAND

Defenseman

Hometown: Elk River, Minn.

Age: 18 (9-11-00)

Height: 5-10

Weight: 185

Noteworthy: Played in 22 games for the Elk River/Zimmerman varsity team in 2017-18. … Had a goal and two assists during his junior season. … Currently a high school senior. … Helped ER/Zimmerman reach the Section 7AA semifinals last season, where it fell to Andover 6-5 in overtime. … Had an assist in Elks’ 9-1 victory against Forest Lake in Section 7AA playoff opener. … Played briefly on the varsity as a sophomore in 2016-17.

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PEYTON HART

Forward

Hometown: Pewaukee, Wis.

Age: 17 (5-29-01)

Height: 6-0

Weight: 171

Noteworthy: The native of suburban Milwaukee spent three seasons playing in the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals program, at the Bantam and U15 Elite levels. … Played for the Kettle Moraine/Mukwanago/Oconomowoc high school program last season. Led the team in goals scored (26) and points (38). … Had at least one point in 21 of KMMO’s 25 games.

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BRYAR FLANDERS

Defenseman

Hometown: Austin, Minn.

Age: 18 (4-26-00)

Height: 6-1

Weight: 170

Noteworthy: One of three Austin natives on the Grizzlies, along with Dylan Svoboda and Kory Potach. … Played in 77 games for the Packers in his three-year varsity career, accumulating 25 goals and 57 points. … Was second on the Packers in scoring (23 points) and tied for the team lead in assists (14) last season. … Recorded seven of his 23 points as a senior at Austin on the power play.

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JON GREEN

Forward

Hometown: Nixa, Mo.

Age: 19 (1-19-99)

Height: 5-9

Weight: 170

Noteworthy: Spent last season with the Wichita Jr. Thunder of the Western States Hockey League, recording two points in 18 games. … Played for the Kansas City Mavs Elite U18 Midget team in 2016-17. … One of two Missouri natives on the Grizzlies roster, along with fellow forward Caden Duggan.

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JOHN ROWELL

Forward

Hometown: Valrico, Fla.

Age: 19 (7-3-99)

Height: 5-11

Weight: 175

Noteworthy: Florida native played in 39 games last season for the Steele County Blades (Owatonna) of the United States Premier Hockey League. … Scored five goals and added three assists for the Blades. … Played the previous two seasons with the Daytona Racers program. Had eight goals and 14 points, and was a captain, for the Racers’ USP3HL team in 2016-17.

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LIAM KELLY

Goalie

Hometown: Bernardsville, N.J.

Age: 18 (1-27-00)

Height: 6-2

Weight: 200

Noteworthy: Spent last season with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers 18U team in the United States Premier Hockey League 18U league. … Played in 13 games last season, compiling a 4.86 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage. … Played for the New Jersey Hitmen 16U team in the USPHL U16 league for two seasons, from 2015-17. Had a 2.21 GAA and a .905 save pct. in 20 games in 2016-17.

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MAXIM CLOUSER

Goalie

Hometown: Ithaca, N.Y.

Age: 19 (12-4-98)

Height: 6-0

Weight: 175

Noteworthy: Played in three games last season for the Lindsay Muskies of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. … Went 0-2-0 with an .870 save percentage for the Muskies. … Had a 2.55 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage in 14 games for Mt. Lebanon High in Pennsylvania in the 2016-17 season.

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