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All roads pointed to central Minnesota for Dubuque's Connor Kurth

Kurth's parents let him choose where he wanted to move to in third grade, and he chose Elk River to join his hockey friends to continue to develop his career.

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DUBUQUE, Iowa — Most kids don't get a say in where they get to grow up, but that wasn't the case for Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Connor Kurth.

"My parents asked me where I wanted to move and I said Elk River, so that's where we went" Kurth said.

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Why specifically Elk River, a city on the edge of the Twin Cities metro? There was one reason in particular for Kurth.

"I liked my summer hockey teammates so that's where we went," he said.

Kurth's mom was the principal at Gentry Academy, so although he moved to Elk River he ended up playing hockey where his mom worked through his junior year of high school. Once his senior year came around, he made the move down south to Dubuque, Iowa to begin his junior career with the Fighting Saints.


"I really like Dubuque, we have a great team here a great staff and the people are great so it's been really fun so far," Kurth said.

You can hear more of Connor Kurth's story below


Age: 18
Hometown: Elk River, MN
Position: Forward
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 214 lbs
Current team: Dubuque Fighting Saints
College: University of Minnesota
NHL Rights: 2022 NHL Draft Eligible
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Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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