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GUTTIE LANDS AT FINLANDIA
Mullets Defenseman Gutterman Commits to D-III Finlandia
By: Dan Bradley
MINNEAPOLIS -- As the summer draws to a close, the start of the school year is just around the corner. For Mullets defenseman Blake Gutterman, the new year means a new start. The Mullets announced Thursday Gutterman has committed to Division III Finlandia University starting in the Fall 2020 semester.
“I’m very excited to continue my education and hockey career at Finlandia,” Gutterman said. “I knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and away from Minnesota. Finlandia, in my opinion, is the perfect distance from home. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the education and hockey programs. I can’t wait to continue my education, as well as getting to know my new teammates and get back to playing competitive hockey. I have not been in school for three years, so it will be a challenge for me to get back into the groove, but I’ve been developing habits of reading and learning new skill sets this summer and I’m eager to learn as much as I can.”
An everyman for the Mullies, Gutterman split time this season as both a forward and defenseman. He totaled 19 goals and 32 assists in 40 games during the 2019-20 season, including 4 game-winning goals. Gutterman concluded his USPHL career with 29 goals and 41 assists in 72 games.
“I’m thankful for every single person on the Mullets team, both on and off the ice, and wouldn’t have be where I am without them,” Gutterman said. “While we didn’t make it as far as we hoped, we had lots of talented players and we worked hard every day. The friendships created out the year are something I will take with me to Finlandia and will last for a lifetime. We learned a lot together, and we grew as hockey players and as people. For me, junior hockey has been about learning life lessons as much as winning games. I am happy with the season, and extremely thankful for everyone who was a part of my last year of junior hockey.”
“The Minnesota Mullets were, and always will be, a family.”
One of those friendships in particular will stay with Gutterman as he heads to school; former Mullets teammate Tyler Perkins announced his commitment to Finlandia in May. Gutterman and Perkins combined for 42 power play points for the Mullets during the 2019-20 season, and scored 33% of the team’s power play goals.
“Perk and I have built up some pretty strong chemistry on and off the ice these past few years,” Gutterman added. “It will be extremely fun to be able to play and live with him into the coming year. It will be good to have a familiar face while starting this new chapter of my life as well.”
Gutterman plans to major in Business and Entrepreneurship, with a goal of opening an athlete-specific gym/supplement business of his own.
“Congratulations to Blake on his junior hockey career, college commitment, and taking this next step in life,” Mullets Head Coach Chris Walby said. “Blake had a great season and brought so much to the team each game. He was a big contributor on offense this past season, and defensively, he was one of the best in the league. I wish Blake and his family all the best this upcoming season and for years to come.”
With the commitment to Finlandia, Gutterman is the 40th player from Walby’s programs to advance to an NCAA program over the past eight years, and the 11th Mullet to advance to college from the 2019-20 team. For more information on the Mullets program, go to www.mulletshockey.com.
MULLETS ANNOUNCE 2019-20 TEAM AWARD WINNERS
TEAM MVP “MULLET OF THE YEAR”: Jack Bostedt (G)
The final 2019-20 team award, the coveted “Mullet of the Year” as the Mullets’ Most Valuable Player goes to goaltender Jack Bostedt.
Bostedt ended the 2019-20 campaign posting a 20-14-3 record, paired with a 2.99 GAA and a 92.9% Save Percentage. No stranger to pressure and always on the move, his Save total of 1,445 was a higher number than any other USPHL Premier goaltender’s Shots Against total. After three seasons with the Mullets, Bostedt ends his Juniors career as the USPHL Premier All-Time Leader in Games Played (97), Wins (51), and Saves (3,139). He is also in the Top 10 among eligible goalies in career Goals Against Average (3.14) and Save Percentage (91.4%).
“This award is really an honor, and as a goalie, you rely a lot on the guys in front of you,” Bostedt said. “There are a ton of guys just as deserving of this award. Guys like Tyler Perkins and Cooper Hoheisel who led our team up front, or Blake Gutterman who was consistently fantastic for us. Jake Lindblom and Blaise Smith both filling in many roles for us throughout the season. Morgan Sweeney who put his body on the line every game for the team. Sebastian Frank who was the core leader of our team. Ben Borreson who not only played awesome defensively, but he had to put up with me in the car on the way to the rink every day. Our rookies and the players who joined us in-season who all made our team stronger. Jackson Henningsgard, Tyler Kulesa and Tyler Steffens who helped us start the year strong before returning to high school to continue their seasons. Aaron Moots who brought a contagious smile to the rink every single day. Niko Sinatra and Nolan Frederick who had shorter seasons due to injury, but made a noticeable difference when they were on the ice. Most importantly, Matt Bilsborough who competed with me from the first day of practice to the last. We pushed each other to be our best all year.”
“This team was, and is, a family. Guys may butt heads or give each other a hard time, but at the end of the day, we’re all brothers. I know those guys will always have my back, and I will always have theirs.
Bostedt has committed to the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN beginning in the fall of 2020. He joins former Mullets defenseman Jon Hansen at Scholastica.
“I’ll definitely feel confident with (Hansen) on the ice,” Bostedt added. “I trust that guy with my life. We’ll have 8 returning defenseman and an incoming freshman on the blue line next season, and I’m excited to get to work with all of them.”
“We’ve been blessed as a team and organization to have had Jack spend his entire junior career here.” Mullets Head Coach Chris Walby said. “Jack is a special player and person. He’s an incredible teammate and has been our “rock” in so many ways. I’m excited to watch this next chapter in Jack’s hockey and academic career. He’s going to impress everyone at the next level on and off the ice. I’ll forever cherish the opportunity to have been his coach and the memories we created along the way.”
For more information on the Mullets program, go to www.mulletshockey.com.