|City:||Forest Lake, Minnesota|
|Division:||USPHL Premier Division|
|Home Arena:||Forest Lake Sports Center (Lichtscheidl Arena)|
|Colors:||Maroon and Gold|
|General Manager:||Chris Walby|
|Head Coach:||Chris Walby|
|1993-2000:||East Metro Lakers|
|2000-2009:||St. Paul Lakers|
|2014-2017:||Forest Lake Lakers|
The Minnesota Mullets are a Tier III Jr. A ice hockey team located in Forest Lake, Minnesota, a Northern suburb of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. The Lakers play in the USPHL Elite Division. From 1993–2015 the team played in the former Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL). For 2015-16 they played in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) Mid-West Division.
On September 9, 2016, Hayne sold the franchise to Chris Walby who then led the Lakers to a 23–17–4 record and a home playoff spot in the first round. At the conclusion of the 2016–17 season, Walby renamed the franchise to the Minnesota Mullets while remaining in Forest Lake.
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.
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)
- Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild (2014-present)
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||Most wins in franchise history as a member of MNJHL. Most goals scored 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)|
Season-by-season standings[edit | edit source]
|2009-10||27||19||0||4||195||162||58||6th, MNJHL||Lost division quarterfinals|
|2012-13||23||23||-||4||189||220||50||6th, MNJHL-MN||Lost division quarterfinal|
|2013-14||12||30||-||4||107||205||28||7th, MNJHL-MN||Lost division quarterfinal|
|Forest Lake Lakers|
|2014-15||42||26||16||0||163||109||52||4 of 8 Minn. Div
6 of 14
|Won Div Quarters, 0-2 (Blades)|
Lost Div. Semis, 0-2 (Ducks)
|2015-16||48||39||7||2||257||91||80||1st Western Conference
|Won Div Quartfinals 2-0 (Decatur Blaze)|
Won Div Semifinals 2-1 (Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings
3rd Place Round Robin Pool B (1-0-1)
|2016-17||44||23||16||5||145||135||62||4th Midestern Div,
|Lost Div Quartfinals 1-2 (Chicago Cougars)|
|2017-18||44||26||15||3||165||122||55||4th Midwest-West||Won DQF, 2-0 (Wisconsin Muskies)|
Lost DSF, 0-2 (Minnesota Moose)
|2018-19||44||22||19||3||155||145||47||6th Midwest-West||Lost DQF, 0-2 (Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings)|
|2019-20||44||22||17||5||175||149||49||6th Midwest-West||Lost DQF, 0-2 (Minnesota Moose)|
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).