|Home Arena:||Minnesota Made Ice Arena|
|Colors:||Purple, Black and Silver
|General Manager:||Steve Longren|
|Head Coach:||Kasey Yoder|
|1993-2000:||East Metro Lakers|
|2000-2009:||St. Paul Lakers|
|2014-Present:||Forest Lake Lakers|
They had been the St. Paul Lakers until 2009 when they moved to a new arena.
History[edit | edit source]
Formed by Ralph Hayne in 1993 as the East Metro Lakers, the team called Aldrich Arena in White Bear Lake home until 2000. The team renamed "St. Paul Lakers" and moved to Highland Arena for one season before relocating to Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights until 2009.
Renamed "Edina Lakers" in the summer of 2009, the club called Minnesota Made Ice Center home until summer of 2014.
In 2015, the Minnesota Junior Hockey League was merged into the United States Premier Hockey League as part of the Midwest Division, a new Tier III league within the USPHL. However, the Midwest did not have its own league playoff championships, but instead the top teams from the Midwest Division played the top teams from the USP3 Division for a single championship. The Lakers won their conference semifinals, qualifying for the USPHL USP3/Midwest playoffs but failed to move on past the round robin stage. In 2016, the Midwest Division was split up among the USPHL Elite and USP3 Divisions with the Forest Lake Lakers going to the Elite Division.
Season-by-season records[edit | edit source]
|Season||GP||W||L||T||OTL||Pts||GF||GA||Regular Season Finish||Playoffs|
|2009–10||50||27||19||0||4||58||195||162||6th, MNJHL||Lost Division Quarterfinals|
|2012–13||50||23||23||—||4||50||189||220||6th, MNJHL-MN||Lost Division Quarterfinals|
|2013–14||46||12||30||—||4||28||107||205||7th, MNJHL-MN||Lost Division Quarterfinals|
|2014–15||42||26||16||—||—||52||163||109||6th, MNJHL-MN||Lost Division Semifinals|
|2015–16||48||39||7||—||2||80||257||91||1st of 9, Western Conf.
2nd of 17, USPHL-Midwest
|Won Conf. Quarterfinals, 2-1 vs. Decatur Blaze|
Won Conf. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
1-1-1 in USPHL Round Robin
(L, 1-3 vs. Eels-USP3; W, 6-3 vs. Hounds-Midwest; T, 2-2 vs. Hitmen-USP3)
Alumni[edit | edit source]
One notable former player is Joel Rechlicz, who played with the Lakers in 2003–04 at the age of 16. Recruited by former Lakers General Manager Scott Ludwig, Rechlicz was signed by the coaching staff at the team tryout held in the Madison area in the summer of 2003. Rechlicz went on to play professional hockey in the ECHL, AHL and NHL.
- New York Islanders (2008–10)
- Washington Capitals (2011–12, 2013–14)
- Portland Pirates (while signed with the Phoenix Coyotes) (2012–13)
- Iowa Wild (while signed with the Minnesota Wild) (2014–15)
- Grand Rapids Griffins (while signed with the Detroit Red Wings) (2015)
Coaches[edit | edit source]
|Mike LaValle||1995–99||Named assistant coach at Augsburg College|
|Jeff St. Martin||1999–02|
|Don Babineau||2002–04||46-34-1-1 record over two seasons.|
|Wes Durand||2009–10||Single season most wins as a member of the MnJHL in franchise history and most goals scored in single season in franchise history.|
|Kasey Yoder||2010–11||Named assistant coach at Austin Bruins (NAHL)|
|Joe Long||2011–12||Named assistant coach at Hamline University|
|Dennis Canfield||2014–2016||Named head coach of the Atlanta Capitals (NA3HL)|
References[edit | edit source]
- About Our Sponsor. Retrieved on 4 January 2015.
- Lakers Sink Mariners in Semifinal (30 March 1999).
- Alumni. Retrieved on 17 December 2014.
- Joel Rechlicz hockey stats. Retrieved on 17 December 2014.
- Staff Directory. Retrieved on 4 January 2015.
- Edina sticks with Yoder as next head coach (25 April 2010).
- Former MNJHL Coach Kasey Yoder is headed to MN State Tournament (4 March 2014).
- Edina Lakers Tap Joe Long as Next Head Coach (19 April 2011).
- 2013-14 Men's Ice Hockey Coaching Staff. Retrieved on 4 January 2014.
- Changing of the Guard (4 April 2014).
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