10 high school boys hockey players to know this winter

Each season brings plenty of talent to the high school boys’ hockey landscape.

The Madison area is no exception. Here are 10 names you should know at the start of the season.

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Verona forwards Reece Cordray, left, and Conrad Moline battle for the puck against Chippewa Falls forward Owen Krista during Verona’s 2020 WIAA Division 1 State Semifinals victory March 6, 2020 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.


Reece Cordray, Sr., Verona

Something to know: Cordray was a first-team All-Big Eight Conference player last year. He scored 34 goals and gave out 32 assists. He signed a tender with Fairbanks in the NAHL this fall and was on Team Wisconsin under 18.

Quotable: Verona coach Joel Marshall said: “Reece is one of the most dynamic players in the state and should put up some big numbers again in his senior season.”

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Rowan White Jr., Madison Edgewood

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Something to know: White was a first-team All-Area and Honorable Mention All-State player last year. He played for Team Wisconsin’s under-16 squad and returned to USA Hockey’s national camp last summer, placing him in the top 20 goalies in the country for his age group.

Quotable: Madison Edgewood coach Pete Rothering said, “Rowan is clearly one of the best goaltenders in the state and even the country for his age. He was a rock to us last year as he helped our team make it to the state championship game as a sophomore. This year we expect him to take another step, not just on the net but as a leader in a much younger team.”

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Tyson Turner Jr., Monona Grove

Something to know: Turner had 14 goals and 11 assists last season to earn All-Badger East Conference honors.

Quotable: Monona Grove coach Brian Loeck said: “Ty has the speed and skill to attack from anywhere on the ice. In addition, as the team captain, he has complete control of our dressing room.”

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Brady Engelkes Jr., Middleton

Something to know: Engelkes was a first-team All-Big Eight Conference last year and an honorable mention All-State player.

Quotable: Middleton coach Dan Truehl said: “Brady is immediately exciting. Whether it’s a goal or a hit, you can’t miss him on the ice. He’s grown and developed into one of the best players in the state.”

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Quinn Smith, soph., Madison West

Something to know: Smith was an All-Big Eight Conference player last year.

Quotable: Madison West coach Steve Libert said, “The Big Eight Conference is packed with good forwards, especially when Jake Schaffner and Tyler Steuck haven’t left Janesville. Last year, as a freshman, Quinn established himself as the top forward in the conference.”

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Riley Boyle Jr., Madison Memorial

Something to know: He is the third of five brothers to play for Memorial. His father also played for Memorial. Boyle played with an older brother last season and his younger brother is a newcomer to the team this year.

Quotable: Madison Memorial coach Peter Brenner said: “Riley will be on the ice in all situations including strength, power play and penalty shootouts and has tremendous vision and puck handling ability. He always works hard and is willing to learn without ever going up or down.”

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Caden Feinstein Jr., Madison Memorial

Something to know: Feinstein, a teammate of Boyle with the Spartans, was a sophomore All-Big Eight Conference second-team player.

Quotable: Brenner said: “Caden was our third-best scorer last season as a second defender. We will be looking for Caden to take more of a leadership role for the team and continue to create scoring chances from high in the zone.”



Gabe Larson, Sr., DeForest Cooperative

Something to know: Larson scored seven goals and had four assists last season.

Quotable: DeForest coach Brent Richter said, “Larson is an explosive four-year-old starter for the Norskies.”

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Sam Bachman, Sr., DeForest Cooperative

Something to know: Larson’s Norskies teammate Bachman scored three goals and provided five assists last season.

Quotable: Richter said, “He’s a three-year starter and a pillar of DeForest’s defensive core.”

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Evan Luxford, Sr., Sun Prairie Cooperative

Something to know: Luxford scored 40 points as a junior and was a second-team All-Conference player last year. He is team captain this year.

Quotable: Sun Prairie co-op coach Troy Giesegh said: “From his work ethic to his positive communication with his teammates, he is an all-around leader. He is also extremely talented in the classroom.”

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