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The Minnesota Mullets are a Junior A hockey team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Mullets operate out of Northeast Ice Arena at 1306 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.
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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.
MAKING THE GRADE AT MARIAN
Mullets Goaltender Bilsborough Commits to ACHA Marian
By: Dan Bradley
MINNEAPOLIS -- After a junior hockey career that saw stops in Ontario, Boston, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis, Mullets goaltender Matt Bilsborough is off to the next great journey. On Thursday, the Minnesota Mullets announced Bilsborough has committed to ACHA Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI in the fall of 2020.
“I’m very excited to continue my hockey and academic career at Marian,” Bilsborough said. “The smaller class sizes were a big factor in my decision; I feel like being at a school where your professors know who you are and want you to succeed is very important. The hockey program is also very competitive and I’m excited to be a Sabre next year. I’m looking forward to start building a foundation for my career and to continue being able to play hockey at a competitive level.”
Bilsborough posted a 1-0-1 record for the Mullets in 3 games this season, posting a 3.68 GAA and a 90.2% save percentage; he finishes his USPHL career with a 10-2-1 record with a 2.84 GAA and 90.4% save percentage with four shutouts. Bilsborough will be joining a Marian program that finished 26-1-1-1 during the 2019-20 season before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the ACHA season before Championships could be held.
“My time playing Junior Hockey was one of the best memories of my young life,” Bilsborough said. “The Mullets are a class organization and I can’t thank Coach Walby enough for giving me a great age-out year. As a guy who played for multiple teams in multiple leagues over my junior career, ending with a team like the Mullets that made me feel wanted and welcome from day one meant a lot to me. Playing for the Mullets made hockey fun for me again and I wouldn’t have wanted Juniors to end any other way.”
Bilsborough plans to major in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Athletic Coaching.
“The biggest challenge for me next year is going to be becoming a student-athlete again. After taking 3 years off of school, I’m going to have to adjust to being a student first while still training to be able to play my best. My time with the Mullets prepared me to deal with this by helping me develop the drive to be great at whatever I do, whether hockey, school, or anything else that comes at me in life. The Mullets allowed me to give it my all every day, whether it was on the ice or in the weight room, and that drive is something that will always stay with me.”
“Matt was a big part of things this past Mullets season in so many ways,” Mullets Head Coach Chris Walby said. “He developed a ton over the course of the season and I’m so excited he’ll get to continue his career in school. Matt has a tremendous work ethic; he is committed to his craft and he’s a great teammate. Matt will be missed, but I am excited for his next chapter and sincerely appreciate what he’s done here for us as a team and organization.”
With the commitment to Marian University, Bilsborough is the 52nd player from Walby’s programs to advance to a collegiate program over the past eight years, and the 10th Mullet to advance to the collegiate level from the 2019-20 team. For more information on the Mullets program, go to www.mulletshockey.com.