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Minnesota Mr. Hockey Finalist, UND Commit Zach Yon

Zach Yon, Mr. Hockey Finalist and UND Commit

02/05/2014, 12:15pm CST
By Tracy Ostby, Editor

Zach Yon selected as Mr. Hockey Finalist and UND commit

It was a whirlwind day for Ram senior Co-Captain Zach Yon on Wednesday as it was officially released that he is one of ten finalists for the 2014 Minnesota Minute Men Mr. Hockey Award. The award is given to the outstanding senior high school boys’ hockey player in the state of Minnesota and is selected by a panel of National Hockey League Scouts, Collegiate Division I coaches and selected media members from around the state.

Yon, who has recorded 59 points (29g, 30a) in 22 games played this year and is currently tied for sixth in scoring in the state along with linemate Alex Strand. He has recorded points in 21 of 22 Ram games this season with and being shutout in the season opener in a 3-0 loss to Thief River Falls back on November 26th. He joins former Rams Bill Lund ’90, Derrick Byfuglien ’99 and Aaron Ness who were also nominated with Ness being chosen for the award in 2008.

The other nine finalists include Phil Beauleau (Duluth East), Tyler Cline (Blaine), Spencer Naas (Benilde-St. Margaret), Tyler Nanne (Edina), Avery Peterson (Grand Rapids), Mitch Slattery (Hill-Murray), Steve Spinner & Luc Snuggerud (Eden Prairie) and Nick Wolf (Eagan).

If the nomination wasn’t a big enough events in the seniors life, he had just slept on one of his biggest decisions in his young hockey career as he was offered a scholarship to play his college hockey for Head Coach Dave Hakstol and the University of North Dakota. An offer he would accept Wednesday morning.

Zach had made his official visit to North Dakota back in December and really liked the coaching staff and how the program is run. St. Cloud State was also a consideration. His arrival at UND is still not decided as he is currently tendered with the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL for next season along with teammate Alex Strand.


Listen to an interview with KRWB’s Voice of the Rams Chuck Harmer as he talks to Zach about the recent events along with comments from former Ram Mr. Hockey finalists.

Zach Yon, 2014 Mr. Hockey Finalist & UND commit interview with KRWB's Chuck Harmer

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