UPDATED: Girls hockey: Alleva not named Ms. HockeyST. PAUL -- To pass the time during the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet, Red Wing’s Rose Alleva and Roseville’s Bethany Brausen sat side-by-side on stage and played a game of I Spy.
By: Ryan Nilsson, The Republican Eagle
ST. PAUL -- To pass the time during the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet, Red Wing’s Rose Alleva and Roseville’s Bethany Brausen sat side-by-side on stage and played a game of I Spy.
The two award finalists took turns Sunday trying to find players like Coon Rapids’ Rachael Bona and Moorhead’s Ashley Stenerson seated below in the RiverCentre ballroom.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, all eyes were on Brausen. The forward won the 15th annual award the day after leading the Raiders to the Class AA state title.
“It could have been any of those girls,” said Alleva, a senior defenseman. “All five of us, we’re so talented and we’ve accomplished so much during our seasons that I had no idea who was going to get it.”
The voting was the closest in the history of the award, according to Let’s Play Hockey managing editor Kevin Kurtt.
Alleva, who tallied 57 points this season, was named to the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association Class A all-state team for the second consecutive season during the banquet.
Alleva gave the invocation and appealed for those in attendance to be thankful. The Princeton recruit crafted the message with the help of her older sister, Jenna, and high school teacher James Lorentzen.
Edina’s Corinne Buie, Dana Gallop of Grand Rapids/Greenway and Irondale’s Gina McDonald were the three other finalists for the Ms. Hockey Award.
Alleva was the only defenseman and the only Class A player to be named a finalist.
The award is presented to a Minnesota senior and takes into account on-ice talent, academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.
“It’s just an honor,” Alleva said of being a finalist. “It’s Minnesota, the hockey state.”