The top seniors in boys hockey add to their stacks of honors

Minnetonka senior forward Hagen Burrows and Chanhassen senior goaltender Kam Hendrickson are former Minnetonka youth hockey teammates who were recognized together Sunday for their considerable on-ice talents.

A west metro power duo of sorts, both received the most coveted award for their respective positions: Burrows became the 40th Mr. Hockey selection, while Hendrickson took home the Frank Brimsek Award for the senior goalie of the year.

Burrows, who also was selected the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year, led the Skippers to the Section 2 championship game. The Mr. Hockey Awards banquet Sunday with teammates at the St. Paul RiverCentre provided a bit of solace in the wake of the 2-1 section final loss.

"It's still hard," Burrows said. "It was more important to me to help get the team go farther. This is definitely a little bit of a silver lining."

Burrows, who signed with the University of Denver, led the Skippers in assists (38) and points (57).

"It's definitely very motivating for me as a competitor to get right back to work and try to win it," he said. "Unfortunately, there's not another opportunity to win wearing the M on the front of your jersey."

The other Mr. Hockey finalists were Javon Moore (Minnetonka), Jackson Nevers (Edina), Carson Pilgrim (Warroad), Nolan Roed (White Bear Lake), John Stout (Minnetonka), Gavin Uhlenkamp (Chanhassen), Noah Urness (Roseau), Rhys Wallin (Wayzata) and Louis Wehmann (Providence Academy).

"His game developed beyond just his scoring ability," Minnetonka coach Sean Goldsworthy said of Burrows.

Burrows got beat by Hendrickson in the Section 2 final, and Hendrickson joined his Storm teammates in their state tournament debut. Chanhassen lost 2-1 to Edina in the final Saturday night.

Hendrickson finished 23-6 with a 1.01 goals-against average and stopped 95.1% of the shots he faced — all after languishing on the bench with the Chicago Steel to start the United States Hockey League season.

"My teammates were huge in all this," he said. "I'm glad my boys nagged me to come back. We all stuck to our promises and made the most of it."

The other Frank Brimsek Award finalists were Hunter Bauer (Minnetonka) and AJ Reyelts (Proctor).

The Mr. Hockey and Frank Brimsek awards are selected by a panel of NHL scouts, junior scouts, and coaches and media members from around Minnesota. Both awards are presented by the Minnesota All Sports Alliance..