John Mittelstadt

John Mittelstadt, left, is one of the three Eden Prairie High School hockey players playing in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League for a second year in row. Luke Mittelstadt and Carter Batchelder are the other two.

Rosters are set for the Upper Midwest High School Elite League and the Eden Prairie boys hockey program is well represented.

Senior John Mittelstadt and juniors Luke Mittelstadt and Carter Batchelder will play for the Map South squad; Junior Drew Holt and sophomore Blake Jackson for Twin City Orthopedics and senior Ben Steeves for TDS Transportation.

The two Mittelstadts and Batchelder played in the Elite League last year.

The UMHSEL was founded in 2007 to give the state’s top players another way to find top-flight competition and exposure without leaving their homes or missing all of the great experiences that high school hockey provides.

Training camps are held in August with games September through October. There are nine teams in the league — seven from Minnesota High School teams, one from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault and another from Wisconsin.

Overall, there are 19 Lake Conference players competing in the Elite League this fall.

Minnetonka leads the Lake with nine players competing, followed by Eden Prairie with six, Edina with two and Wayzata and Hopkins with one apiece.

Lake players competing include James Miller, Hunter Newhouse, Nic Henry, Griffin Streeter, Braedon Lacomy, Duke Kiffin, Dylan Zitzloff, Brandon Shantz and Mack Motzko of Minnetonka; Nick Williams and Jackson Borst of Edina, Zach Hayes of Hopkins and Carson Peters of Wayzata.

For more on the Elite League and to see all the rosters, go to www.hselitehockey.com.

Sports editor

Dan Huss covers Eden Prairie sports and especially loves reporting on sports features and outdoors-related adventures. He lives in Shorewood with his wife, Marnie, daughters Aili and Britt, and Wilma, a pheasant-finding Deutsch Drahthaar.

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