Valley City State (N.D.) was the North Star Athletic Association softball coaches’ favorite to repeat the league title, the 2020 softball preseason poll was announced Monday afternoon by the conference office.
The Vikings collected four first-place votes and tallied 59 points to claim the top spot in the preseason poll. VCSU had a historic 2019 season with an astounding 54-5 overall record, which include a trip to the NAIA World Series. Valley City State breezed through the North Star conference season with an impressive 26-2 record and rolled to their conference postseason tournament title.
Bellevue (Neb.) picked up three first-place votes and earned 57 points to place second. The Bruins also qualified for the NAIA Softball National Tournament Opening Round, falling short to Houston-Victoria (Texas) and Avila (Mo.). BU finished their 2019 season with an overall record of 44-20 and 23-5 record in NSAA.
Mayville State (N.D.) recorded its final first-place vote and totaled 49 points to finish third. Dickinson State (N.D.) was tabbed to finish fourth with 43 points.
Viterbo (Wis.) edged Waldorf (Iowa) 28-26 to secure the No. 5 spot in the coaches’ preseason poll. Dakota State was seventh with 17 points, followed by Presentation (S.D.) eighth with nine points.
Points were awarded on an 8-1 basis in the conference coaches’ preseason poll.
The North Star conference softball season officially starts on March 14-15 between Dickinson State and Waldorf in Tucson, Ariz. with a four-game series. The rest of the NSAA conference members will start league play on March 21-22 (schedule: Presentation at Viterbo; Dakota State at Valley City State and Bellevue at Mayville State).
Most of the softball conference schedule will be played on the weekend (Saturday-Sunday) with a four-game series. The traveling partners (BU-DaSU, VU-WU, DiSU-PC and VCSU-MSU) will play a doubleheader on the middle of the week during the regular-season.
The NSAA Softball conference tournament will be held in Valley City, N.D. on April 30 through May 3.
There is one automatic bid to the NAIA Softball National Tournament Opening round, with 10 different sites with four teams each competing in a double-elimination tournament on May 11-13. The winner of the postseason conference tournament will earn the automatic bid to the national tournament.
The NAIA Softball World Series take place in Columbus, Ga. on May 21-27.
Below is the complete 2019 NSAA Softball Coaches’ Preseason Poll:
2020 North Star Athletic Association Softball Preseason Poll
Rank School Points
1 Valley City State (N.D.) (4) 59
2 Bellevue (Neb.) (3) 57
3 Mayville State (N.D.) (1) 49
4 Dickinson State (N.D.) 43
5 Viterbo (Wis.) 28
6 Waldorf (Iowa) 26
7 Dakota State (S.D.) 17
8 Presentation (S.D.) 9
*First-place votes in parenthesis
A former Big Ten football player has been hired as the new assistant coach for Northern State University Football.
Donnell Kirkwood will coach the running backs for the Wolves. Kirkwood played for the University of Minnesota from 2010 to 2015, winning honors including the Paul Giel Award, Offensive Back of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. He led the Gophers with 926 yards rushing and six touchdowns in his sophomore campaign.
"Coach Kirkwood is a home run hire and a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," said NSU Wolves Head Football Coach Mike Schmidt. "He is a ball of energy who will create strong, lasting relationships with our players. He's a great coach and a perfect fit for our football program."
Originally from Delray Beach, Fla., Kirkwood most recently worked for River Bend Education Center in Minneapolis. There, he served as a youth physical education and health teacher for elementary and middle school students. Kirkwood earned a Bachelor of Science in Youth Studies from the University of Minnesota in December 2013.
His coaching experience includes serving as running backs coach for Minnesota's Southwest High School from 2015 to 2019, along with special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2019. Kirkwood also had internships on the coaching staffs of Andover and DeLaSalle high schools in Minnesota.
"I would like to thank Coach Schmidt for the opportunity to be a part of his staff," Kirkwood said. "It's a great opportunity to be under a head coach who believes and values hard work. I love that about him and the excitement he brings. I'm excited to share my knowledge with this team and pick the brains of many of the great coaches on this staff."
The Presentation College Winter Dome is now available to the public for walking purposes. The hours of availability for the community will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. beginning Tuesday, January 7 and ending, Friday, April 17. Hours and holiday closures will be posted on the outside of the Dome.
Tennis shoes only, and no pets please.
If there are any other times in which you would like to rent the Dome, Strode, or other facility, for your group or team needs, please contact Krista Christianson at 605-229-8395 or Krista.Christianson@presentation.edu
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern passed away Wednesday at the age of 77. He had been hospitalized since December 12th after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Stern oversaw the NBA for 30 years and is the longest serving commissioner in league history. Under Stern’s leadership the NBA grew beyond its popularity in the United States and became a global brand grossing more than $5 billion a year. Stern had worked in the NBA for at least two decades before becoming commissioner. He stepped down as commissioner in 2014 and was replaced by the current commissioner Adam Silver.
The University of Minnesota defeated the Auburn Tigers yesterday 31-24 to win the 2020 Outback Bowl. With the win, not only did the Gophers win their first New Year’s day bowl game since the 1962 Rose Bowl, but the team finished with 11 wins for the first time since 1904. During the game Golden Gopher wide receiver Tyler Johnson had 12 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns. That puts him as the Gophers career leader in receptions and Minnesota’s all-time leader in scoring receptions.
The NHL announced Wednesday the Minnesota Wild have been chosen to host the 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The Winter Classic began in 2008 and features an outdoor game on New Years Day. This is the first time ever Minnesota has been selected to host the event and the game will be played at Target Field. The Wild’s opponent for the event will be announced at a later date.
A former NFL player has joined the coaching staff of Northern State University Football.
Isaac Fruechte has been hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Wolves. Fruechte comes to Northern from the University of Northern Iowa, where he served as the wide receivers coach and also worked to recruit all positions in Minnesota for the DI quarterfinal team.
Prior to UNI, Fruechte served as offensive coordination/quarterbacks coach for the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. There, he worked with UW-La Crosse's former head coach, Mike Schmidt, who joined the NSU Wolves as head coach earlier this month.
"Hiring Coach Fruechte was a big priority for us because I know the kind of person and coach he is," Schmidt said. "He brings unmatched energy and love for the game of football while also having a wealth of playing and coaching knowledge. Coaching is in his blood and he will be a tremendous mentor for our players."
A native of Caledonia, Minnesota, Fruechte graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014, where he played three seasons as a wide receiver, and served as a team captain his senior season. From 2015 to 2017, Fruechte played two and a half seasons as a wide receiver and special teams player for the Minnesota Vikings. In 2016, he also had a five-game stint as wide receiver and special teams player for the Detroit Lions, before returning to the Vikings.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be joining the coaching staff at Northern State University," Fruechte said. "I am excited to work with Coach Schmidt to build on the strong foundation that is in place and get Wolves football to the level where we are consistently competing for NSIC Championships. Wolves Country is going to see an exciting offensive style that will maximize our players' abilities and allow them to play fast and free."
Fruechte played high school football for his father Carl, who has led Caledonia to five straight Minnesota State High School Championships, and Caledonia holds the longest active win streak in the country with 68 straight wins. Isaac help lead Caledonia to state football titles in 2007 and 2008.
Fruechte and his wife Kenzie, an elementary school teacher, will reside in Aberdeen.
Warner native and North Dakota State defensive lineman Derrek Tuszka has been named an Associated Press FCS All-American. He along with four other Bison were named to the team Tuesday. Tuszka was a first team selection along with teammate Dillion Radunz while three others were second team. This is the first All-American honor for Tuszka in his career, he is a senior at NDSU.
Three Minnesota Vikings have been selected to the 2020 pro bowl one on offense and two on defense. The selectiosn include running back Dalvin Cook, defensive end Danielle Hunter and safety Harrison Smith. Cook and Smith were both named starters. For Smith it is his fifth consecutive pro bowl, Hunter’s second consecutive and a first time selection for Dalvin Cook.
Major League Baseball owners voted Tuesday for a rule change that could have a major impact on the 2020 MLB season and beyond. According to Commissioner Rob Manfred, the rules passed by the owners Tuesday state pitchers will be required to either face a minimum three batters or pitch to the end of a half-inning before he can be pulled. There is an acception to the rule for injuries. The moves is part of an attempt to speed up major league baseball games which according to Sports Illustrated rose to 3:05 minutes on average in 2017. Had this new rule been in effect in 2019, an estimated 649 pitching changes would not have been allowed across the league.
Fresno State has hired Milbank South Dakota native Kalen DeBoer to be the program’s next head football coach. DeBoer replaces Jeff Tedford who announced he would be stepping down at the end of this season to focus more on family after 30 years of coaching. DeBoer heads to California after serving one season as the offensive coordinator for Indiana in the Big 10. DeBoer played college football at the University of Sioux Falls and served as the head coach of the Cougars from 2005 to 2009, compiling a record of 67-3 during that time and winning three NAIA National Championships.
1. Yankton (7) 2-0 39 2
2. Brandon Valley (1) 2-0 30 3
3. Roosevelt 1-0 25 4
4. Huron 1-0 16 5
5. O’Gorman 1-1 10 1
1. St. Thomas More (7) 2-0 39 1
2. SF Christian (1) 2-0 29 2
3. Dell Rapids 1-0 22 3
4. Crow Creek 2-0 9 RV
5. Lennox 1-1 8 4
Receiving votes: Sioux Valley 7, Red Cloud 3, Dakota Valley 2, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 1.
1. De Smet (5) 1-0 37 1
2. Viborg-Hurley (2) 1-0 33 2
3. Sully Buttes (1) 0-0 20 4
4. White River 1-0 14 3
5. Dell Rapids St. Mary 1-0 11 5
Receiving votes: Aberdeen Christian 4, Canistota 1.
1. Lincoln (5) 2-0 37 1
2. O’Gorman (3) 1-0 34 2
3. Stevens 2-0 25 3
4. Washington 1-0 12 4
5. Harrisburg 1-0 6 RV
Receiving votes: Brandon Valley 5, Yankton 1.
1. Winner (5) 1-0 37 T-1
2. Lennox (3) 2-0 35 T-1
3. St. Thomas More 1-0 24 3
4. West Central 0-0 10 5
5. McCook Central/Montrose 1-0 9 RV
Receiving votes: Mount Vernon/Plankinton 3, Aberdeen Roncalli 1, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 1.
1. Corsica-Stickney (7) 1-0 39 1
2. Castlewood (1) 1-0 26 2
3. De Smet 1-0 23 3
4. White River 1-0 19 4
5. Ethan 1-0 10 5
Receiving votes: Bridgewater-Emery 3.
Northern State University Deputy Director of Athletics Zach Flakus announced his resignation Wednesday, after spending nearly 20 years with Northern.
Flakus has been named general manager of Jackrabbit Sport Properties (South Dakota State University) for Learfield/IMG College. He will start the position in January.
"My roles at NSU prepared me for this opportunity and I couldn't be more grateful," said Flakus. "Josh Moon and Dr. Downs' leadership and vision have grown Wolves Athletics in ways many thought impossible."
Flakus was instrumental in the fundraising, planning and construction of several recent NSU Athletic upgrades, including the Athletic and Recreation Fields; Barnett Center/Wachs Arena renovations (flooring and center hung scoreboard); and the future on-campus Regional Sports Complex.
"I cannot thank Zach enough for what he's done for Wolves Athletics," said Josh Moon, NSU Director of Athletics. "Zach bleeds maroon and gold; he's a member of the Northern family. We are sincerely proud of what Zach's accomplished here. SDSU is getting one of the best."
Flakus held several positions while at Northern, working with alumni, boosters and fans in his roles, which ranged from development to operations.
"This is an amazing opportunity for Zach and his family," said Dr. Tim Downs, President of Northern State University. "While we hate to see such a key member of our campus community leave, this speaks volumes for Zach and the role he played at Northern. We wish Zach and Amy and their family the best."
Flakus went on to thank the NSU Wolves Club and its board members for their commitment to excellence. "NSU is a special place with amazing fans who lead the nation in attendance while raising millions of dollars for facilities, scholarships and team support. Northern is truly a special place."
Northern State introduced the program’s new head football coach at a press conference Monday at the Barnett Center. Mike Schmidt will serve as the program’s 30th head coach and replace Tom Dosch, who was fired following the 2019 season after 10 years in charge.
Schmidt comes to Aberdeen from Division III University of Wisconsin La Crosse, where he accumulated a record of 27-13 over four seasons. Wolves athletic director Josh Moon talked about why Schmidt is the right guy to lead the program into the future…
Schmidt takes over a Wolves program that should be on the upswing. Though going just 6-5 in 2019, the program is poised for an upgrade with a brand new on-campus stadium scheduled for completion in 2021. Schmidt says those outside factors were a major reason why this job was appealing...
AD Moon said at the press conference the University had about 70 qualified candidates apply for the position. This will be Schmidt’s first head coaching experience at the Division II level. Moon was glowing with confidence when talking about the new coaching hire, but said during the process they were real about expectations…
Schmidt talked about his approach to coaching and according to him; Wolves fans can expect a fun atmosphere when the team returns for the 2020 season…
Northern State will hold a press conference Monday at 2:30 p.m. to announce the 30th football coach in program history.
According to the webiste footballscoop.com and confrimed by Dakota Broadcasting, that coach chosen to lead the Wolves into a new era will be University of Wisconsin La Crosse head coach Mike Schmidt.
Schmidt comes to Aberdeen after four seasons with Division III UW-La Crosse. During his time with Eagles Schmidt went 20-10 and 12-9 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He was named the 2017 La Crosse Tribune Sportsperson of the year.
Schmidt is a native of Menomonie Wisconsin.
Thursday morning, the South Dakota Football Advisory Board met to discusses changes, advancements and consider proposals to not only the 2021 cycle but also for next year’s season. The biggest potential change for the 2021 cycle would be the movement to five classes across South Dakota Football.
According to the Assistant Executive Director, John Krogstrand, starting in 2021, South Dakota could move to five classes for football. In the new system there will be three 11-Man classes and two 9-Man classes. Class 11AA would resemble Class 11AAA in 2019-2020 cycle while Class 11A would have the next 16 biggest schools. 11B would then have the rest of the 11-Man teams and the two 9-Man schools would be divided evenly into the two classes.
Krogstrand says they looked at the history of how they got to this point and also looked into the coming future to come to this recommendation…
Krogstrand talked about the next step in the process in getting this ratified…
In addition to the classification process, Krogstrand mentioned some proposals being put into place next year…
Krogstrand says the committee also discussed the start date of football along with the 20% rule with the co-ops. The board of directors meeting is scheduled for April 21, 2020.
The University of South Dakota was snubbed by the NCAA and was not selected for the national championship tournament. South Dakota was one of the first four teams out along with California, Georgia Tech, and Green Bay. This despite the fact USD had a 27-1 regular season record. South Dakota will instead take part in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship, which is the equivalent to the NIT in basketball. South Dakota will begin play Dec. 5th hosting Central Michigan.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins recently recorded a special "get-well-soon" message to Britton/Hecla junior quarterback Trevor Zuehlke.
In the message posted to Twitter and shared by the Britton/Hecla football account, Cousins wishes Zuehlke the best in his recovery and says they are all praying for him.
Zuehlke suffered a brain bleed during the final game of the regular season on Oct. 18th vs. the Warner Monarchs. He was air lifted to a Sioux Falls Hospital where he would undergo surgery and be placed into a medically induced coma in order to heal. He spent nearly a full month in that coma.
According to his Caringbridge page, Zuehlke has finally woken up and has begun the process of recovery. His family also announced he would be moved to a specialized recovery unit in Lincoln Nebraska.
The No. 8 Northern State University volleyball team is headed to the NCAA Central Region Tournament after earning the fourth seed overall. The Wolves will travel to Nebraska Kearney and face off against familiar foe and fifth seeded No. 7 St. Cloud State.
The Wolves will face off against the Huskies at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 5 from the campus of Nebraska Kearney. This is the fifth NCAA appearance for the Wolves and third straight at-large bid.
The championship quarterfinals, semifinals and final match will take place Thursday-Saturday, December 12-14, at the Auraria Event Center in Denver, hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Thursday, Dec. 5
12 p.m. No. 3 CU vs. No. 6 WU
2:30 p.m. No. 2 UMD vs. No. 7 UCM
5 p.m. No. 4 NSU vs. No. 5 SCSU
7:30 p.m. No. 1 UNK vs. No. 8 OBU
Friday, Dec. 6
5 p.m. CU/WU Winner vs. UMD/UCM Winner
7:30 p.m. NSU/SCSU Winner Vs. UNK/OBU Winner
Saturday, Dec. 7
7 p.m. Championship Match
Rosters for the adult winter/spring volleyball season are being accepted and are due by Monday, December 2nd at the organizational meeting, 7:00 p.m. at the ARCC (225 SE 3rd Ave). Leagues begin in mid-January.
Fees are $125.00 for men's, women's and co-ed league teams.
For more information or a roster form, contact the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at 626-7015.
Brookings High School football coach Lee Schmidt has announced his retirement.
He submitted his written resignation Wednesday, then informed the team later in the day. Schmidt plans to continue teaching social studies at the high school.
He says teaching and coaching for 36 years has been a blessing, but it’s time for new adventures.
Schmidt posted a 44-and-46 career record, including two state championship game appearances.
He says coaching was enjoyable, but time-consuming...
Schmidt played collegiately at South Dakota State - between playing and coaching, he’s been involved with football for 44 straight seasons.
Northern State athletic director Josh Moon announced Wednesday the University has decided to part ways with head football coach Tom Dosch. Dosch has been in charge of the Northern football program for the past 10 seasons, accumulating a record of 53-57 during that time and once being named NSIC coach of the year in 2014.
According to Moon, Dosch did a lot of good things for the football program and was a great leader in the community. However, on the competitive side of the coin the Wolves did not meet expectations…
Under Dosch 83 Wolves were named to NSIC All-Conference teams, five were named All-Americans and two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Football players also earned an average 3.0 grade point average the past 13 semesters.
The future is exciting for Northern sports as the school is set to unveil a brand new sports complex including a new on-campus football field in the coming years. Moon said that investment, along with years of review, helped make this difficult decision…
Before being named the head coach at Northern State in 2010, Dosch served as linebacker and special teams coach at Division I FCS Southern Illinois from 2008 to 2009 and the head coach at NAIA Jamestown from 2004 to 2007.
Now with Dosch out Moon says a nationwide search has already begun to find his replacement. Moon gave his outline for what he is looking at in the next head Wolves football coach…
Northern State University head coach Brent Aldridge announced today the addition of seven student-athletes via National Letter of Intent. Jaeda Davis-Golliher (Centennial, Colo.), Kennedy Gravelle (Wadena, Minn.), Havyn Heinz (Huron, S.D.), Avery Kroll (Waterloo, Iowa), Morgan Kruger (Belle Plaine, Minn.), Madison Langlie (Fargo, N.D.), and Makayla Snow (Olivia, Minn.) will join the Wolves for the 2020 season.
“We have some VERY BIG shoes to fill with the departure of the 4 seniors we graduate,” explained Aldridge. “This class fills some need areas that we are looking for. What I think sticks out in this class, is the fact that they are competitive and have started and played a prominent role with the programs that they are coming from. There is a great opportunity for them to impact our program early on in their careers if they come in next fall and win their position. The key is catching up to speed to our practice routines and then getting them ready for the grind of the NSIC season. During the recruiting process, we look for players that can fit into our current systems and help create a competitive environment daily in practice.”
Aldridge added, “What also sticks out is the fact that this class has been highly successful in the classroom. We are always looking for players that are highly intelligent and have a work ethic on the court and in the classroom. The last thing we look for is players that are good people and teammates. We feel like we have found players that are team oriented and have a passion for the game and becoming a part of the Wolves volleyball culture. I look forward to monitoring their progress during the spring club season.”
Jaeda Davis-Golliher • Centennial, Colo. • Heritage HS
Jaeda Davis-Golliher is a 6-foot, outside hitter out of Heritage High School. She is a 4-year starter and senior team captain for the Eagles under the direction of head coach Hannah Eberle. Davis-Golliher has 457 career kills with a .232 hitting percentage, 257 total blocks, and 40 aces. As a junior, she was named first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state. Davis-Golliher is a member of the Momentum Volleyball club, where her teams have won nationals, the Reno in USA, and Northern Lights tournaments. She is the daughter of Stacey Davis and Justin Golliher.
Kennedy Gravelle • Wadena, Minn. • Wadena Deer Creek
Kennedy Gravelle is a 6-foot, middle hitter out of Wadena Deer Creek High School. She is a 5-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Wolverine under the direction of head coach Sue Volkmann. Gravelle recorded over 1,000 kills and 400 blocks in her career. She is a 3-time all-conference performer, a 2018 Brainer Dispatch All-Area team member, the 2019 conference MVP, and a 2019 all-state selection. She is the daughter of Wendy and John Gravelle.
Havyn Heinz • Huron, S.D. • Huron HS
Havyn Heinz is a 5-foot-4, libero and defensive specialist out of Huron High School. She is a 5-year starter and 3-year team captain for the Tigers under the direction of head coach Shelly Buddenhagen. In her first four seasons as a prep, Heinz tallied over 3,000 digs and 171 service aces. She is a 3-time All-ESD member, 2018 all-state selection, future 40 and future 50 selection, and super six selection. Heinz is the school record holder at Huron for digs. As a senior, Heinz is an Argus Leader Super Six player and an Adrenaline finalist for Player of the Year. She is the daughter of Dennis and Peggy Heinz.
Avery Kroll • Waterloo, Iowa • Waterloo West HS
Avery Kroll is a 5-foot-11, outside hitter out of Waterloo West High School. She is a 3-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Wahawks under the direction of head coach Ashley Berinobis. Kroll has accumulated over 1,100 career kills, hitting .372 as a senior. She is a 3-time all-conference selection, 3-time all-metro honoree, and a 2018 member of the 3A All-District Team. Kroll is the career record holder in kills at Waterloo High School. She is the daughter of Patrick and Debra Kroll.
Morgan Kruger • Belle Plaine, Minn. • Belle Plaine HS
Morgan Kruger is a 5-foot-10, outside hitter out of Belle Plaine High School. She is a 4-year starter and senior team captain for the Tigers under the direction of head coach Richard Foust. Kruger recorded over 850 career kills as a Tiger, as well as over 650 digs and 90 aces the past two seasons. She is a 2-time MRC All-Conference selection, while Belle Plaine is the back-to-back-to-back-to-back MRC Conference Champions. Belle Plaine won the 2015 Minnesota State Championship. She is the daughter of Lori and Scott Kruger.
Madison Langlie • Fargo, N.D. • Fargo Davies HS
Madison Langlie is a 5-foot-7, defensive specialist and libero out of Fargo Davies High School. She is a 4-year starter for the Eagles under the direction of head coach Carolyn Olson. Langlie is the school record holder in kills, with over 1,000, and chasing the school records in digs, with over 1,500, and aces, with over 140. As a junior, Langlie earned all-conference and all-state second team honors. She is the daughter of Mark and Andrea Langlie, and sister of Northern State senior Jaiden Langlie.
Makayla Snow • Olivia, Minn. • BOLD HS
Makayla Snow is a 5-foot-11, setter out of BOLD High School. She is a 5-year starter and senior team captain for the Warriors under the direction of head coach Brittany Keltgen. Over the course of her career, Snow has accumulated over 700 kills, 2,200 assists, 170 blocks, 1,000 digs, and 130 aces. She is a 3-time all-conference selection, 3-time academic all-conference honoree, 2-time West Central Conference Setter of the Year, and 2018 all-area honorable mention pick. She is the daughter of Greg and Leigh Ann Snow.
Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has been named the American League Manager of the year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Baldelli is just 39 years old and in his first season with the Twins led the club to a 101-61 record, an American League Central division title, their first since 2010 and a playoff appearance. Baldelli is the fourth manager in Twins history to win the award and is the winningest first year manager in Twins franchise history.
Minnesota Wild star Russian prospect Kirill Kaprizov says he wants to join Minnesota next season. According to Wild General Manager Bill Guerin he has relayed this message through his agent. Kaprizov is 22-years-old and was selected by the Wild 135th overall in 2015. Since then, he has lit up the international scene and is one of the top players in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. Guerin plans to meet with Kaprizov while visiting Russia in early December. The news is significant as the Russian Hockey Federation has put pressure on Kaprizov to remain in Russia and sign another deal with CSKA Moscow where he currently 13 goals and 25 points.