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USHL honors incoming Gophers Luke Mittelstadt, Connor Kurth on all-league teams

Mittelstadt, a defenseman for Madison, and Kurth, a forward for Dubuque, were named to the USHL's first and second teams, respectively, in advance of them joining the Gophers program in the fall.

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In 62 games for the USHL's Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2021-22, forward Connor Kurth had 35 goals and 46 points. He was named USA Hockey's national junior player of the year.
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MINNEAPOLIS — It roughly the same time as future Minnesota Gophers forward Connor Kurth was packing for Colorado, where he will be honored by USA Hockey at the national governing body’s Annual Congress next week, he learned of another honor coming his way from the United States Hockey League.

The USHL announced its all-league teams this week, with Kurth and future Gophers teammate Luke Mittelstadt making the list of the Tier I junior league’s best players.

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Madison Capitols defenseman Luke Mittelstadt
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Mittelstadt, a defenseman for the Madison Capitols, was named to the All-USHL first team after leading his team offensively this season as they marched all the way to the Clark Cup final. In 60 games for the Capitols, Mittelstadt posted 19 goals and 36 assists and was named the USHL’s defenseman of the week four times.

Originally from Eden Prairie, he will be following the lead of his older brother Casey, now with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, who played for the Gophers in Don Lucia’s final season as their head coach.

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Kurth, who made his way to junior hockey after playing for Gentry Academy on the AAA level, was named to the All-USHL second team after leading the Dubuque Fighting Saints with 81 points in 62 games and contributing nearly half of the Saints’ power play offense.

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Honored by USA Hockey as their national junior hockey player of the year, Kurth also competed in the 2022 Bio-Steel All American Game and is slated to join the Gophers this fall.

The full list of those honored by the USHL is available on the league website.

Jess Myers covers college hockey, as well as outdoors, general sports and travel, for The Rink Live and the Forum Communications family of publications. He came to FCC in 2018 after three decades of covering sports as a freelancer for a variety of publications, while working full time in politics and media relations. A native of Warroad, Minn. (the real Hockeytown USA), Myers has a degree in journalism/communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He lives in the Twin Cities. Contact Jess via email at jrmyers@forumcomm.com, or find him on Twitter via @JessRMyers. English speaker.
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