Laubach headed to Mankato, third Knight going Division I

Reese Laubach committed to Minnesota State University-Mankato after recording 38 points in 30 games.

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Reese Laubach kicks a puck to his stick during the Northstar Christian Academy 18U's 1-0 loss to CarShield on Sunday afternoon. (Jared Ruabdo / Echo Press)

Reese Laubach became the third Northstar Christian Academy hockey player to commit to a Division I university by announcing he's headed to Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Laubach joins Jacob Napier (Western Michigan University) and Ben Strinden (University of North Dakota) as Division I commits.

“It’s a dream come true,” Laubach said in a release. “I would like to thank God, my family, friends, coaches and teammates for all of the support along the way. I can’t wait to be a Maverick.”

Laubach is in his first season with the Knights and has 38 points in 30 games. His 12 goals and 22 assists are second on the team in total points. He spent the majority of his youth career paying for the San Jose Jr. Sharks.

“We are excited and proud for Reese for his commitment to play at a great Division I hockey program,” Northstar associate head coach and associate hockey director Rylan Galiardi said. “Reese has the hockey sense, skill and skating to be an impactful college hockey player. However, it is his character and intangibles that make Reese an exceptional teammate and leader.”


“Reese is everything we were told about him before he came to Northstar,” hockey director Rick Randazzo said. “He’s a tremendous player, great leader, highly intelligent and a fierce competitor. Mankato is not only getting a great hockey player, but also a great man.”

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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