Brody Lamb goes from a small-town backyard rink to NHL draft pick

Green Bay Gamblers player and Golden Gophers commit helping put his hometown on the map.

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BYRON, Minn. — Southeast Minnesota may not be the typical area that comes to mind when you think of Minnesota hockey, but Brody Lamb from the small town of Byron is helping to change that after falling in love with the game at an early age.

"The backyard rink, I had a rink when I was little," Lamb said of how he came to love the game.

"My dad played hockey so it kinda got me into it when I was really young, probably three years old."

Ten minutes outside of Rochester, the town of Byron has a population of just under 6,500. A town big enough to have a solid community, and for kids to really get to know one another as they figure out life together.

"Our group of players kind of grew up together," said Lamb.


"We had a strong group all the way through so we kind of got all the way up to the cities and up north and got to play those stronger teams and compete with them, so I think that was good, and I just liked growing up in a small town," he said. "Like I said our team stuck together from squirts to high school."

You can watch more about Lamb's hockey journey below.


Age: 18
Hometown: Byron, Minnesota
Position: Forward
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 174 lbs
Current team: Green Bay Gamblers
College: University of Minnesota
NHL Rights: New York Rangers (drafted No. 104 overall, fourth round in 2021)
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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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