East Bethel, Andover boys named to Brick hockey tournament roster

Wyatt Kaiser, a young hockey phenom from East Bethel, has been named to the roster for the team representing Minnesota at the 23rd annual 2012 Brick Invitational Super Novice Hockey Tournament, a highly competitive tournament staged for the best of North America’s 10-year-old hockey players.

Wyatt Kaiser of East Bethel has been named to the 2012 Brick Invitational Super Novice Hockey Tournament. Kaiser is pictured here (second row, second player in from the right) with fellow Team Minnesota players Gunnar Thoreson (far right, back row) and Luke Kron (fourth boy from the left, back row), both of Andover. Coach Thoreson (second coach from left, wearing glasses) is another Andover resident on the Team Minnesota roster. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Blades Hockey Club

Wyatt Kaiser of East Bethel has been named to the 2012 Brick Invitational Super Novice Hockey Tournament. Kaiser is pictured here (second row, second player in from the right) with fellow Team Minnesota players Gunnar Thoreson (far right, back row) and Luke Kron (fourth boy from the left, back row), both of Andover. Coach Thoreson (second coach from left, wearing glasses) is another Andover resident on the Team Minnesota roster. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Blades Hockey Club

Also named to the roster are Gunnar Thoreson and Luke Kron, both of Andover. Coach Thoreson is also from Andover.

The team of elite players will compete in Edmonton, Canada, in July against North America’s best 10-year-olds. This year’s tournament will feature eight teams from Canada and six from the United States.

The Brick Invitational is one of the most unique and competitive hockey tournaments in North America, according to spokesperson Linda Dornbach.

The tournament is a week-long event with six round robin games per team, followed by semi-finals and finals for those who advance.

The last day of the tournament features a skills competition and closing ceremonies during which players exchange jerseys.

According to Brick Tournament organizers, some of the top stars in the National Hockey League cite playing in The Brick Invitational among their greatest hockey memories. Past Brick participants include Blake Wheeler, Jack Hillen, Derek Stepan and Erik Johnson, and other NHL stars like Steven Samkos, Jonathan Toews, Mark Messier, Dany Heatley, Dion Phaneuf and Dustin Byfuglien.

Additional information about the tournament can be found at www.brickinvitational.pointstreaksites.com/view/brickinvitational.

Team Minnesota was selected for the Brick Tournament after open tryouts and includes elite players from the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Team Minnesota will be coached by Greg Dornbach, head coach of the 2002 Minnesota Blades AAA hockey team. Assistant coaches Karl Dexheimer, Bill Thoreson and Andy Tucker, also of the 2002 Minnesota Blades team, will coach alongside Dornbach.

“I am humbled and excited to lead this elite group of Minnesota 10-year-old hockey players,” said Dornbach, who has coached in the Brick Tournament in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011. “Our young athletes will get to compete against and witness firsthand the best competition that exists today in all of North America in a nine-day period,”

“There are two youth hockey tournaments a North American amateur aspires to play in: The Brick as a 10-year old and the U20 World Junior Championships. It is a privilege to coach them and we hope to represent Minnesota proudly.”

Team Minnesota is accepting sponsorships for its participation in the Brick tournament. Interested parties should contact Dornbach at linda@minnesotablades.com.

Joining Kaier on the 2012 Team Brick Minnesota roster are Carson Bantle, Ramsey Bell, Ben Dexheimer, Henry Eischen, Corbin Hillman, Luke Kron, Grant Kwapick, Daniel Laatsch, Zach Michaelis, Joe Miller, Sam Newpower, Gunnar Thoreson, John Tucker, Mason Wordelman and C.J. Zins.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com


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