Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State Men’s Hockey Coach Luke Strand has announced the signing of ten student-athletes joining the Maverick men’s hockey program this upcoming season.
The signings consist of six players from the state of Minnesota.
“We are excited to announce a class of players that will bring our lineup a balance of experience, ability and competitiveness. The players that have joined our program show a combination of compete, work ethic, skating and skill,” said Strand.
No. 26 Kaden Bohlsen Center Shoots: Right 6’3 194 lbs Born: Jan. 10, 2001 Hometown: Willmar, Minn. Nebraska Omaha (NCHC)
Bohlsen comes to Minnesota State as an athletic junior after playing three years at Nebraska Omaha … This past season he appeared in 26 games, scoring two goals and adding an assist … Played three years of junior hockey in the USHL, two with Des Moines (2017-18, 2018-19) and two with the Fargo Force (2018-19 and 2019-20) … While with the Force in 2019-20, he appeared in 44 games with 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points … Played with current Maverick Tony Malinowski in Des Moines in 2018-19.
Strand on Bohlsen: “Kaden is a big body that plays a competitive game utilizing his size, skating and ability to add to our forward group.”
No. 28 Brian Carrabes Center Shoots: Right 5’8 158 lbs Born: Aug. 1, 2001 Hometown: North Andover, Mass. Boston University (Hockey East)
Carrabes spent the last two seasons with Boston University of Hockey East … Enters this season as an athletic junior … This past season he played in 11 games with a goal and an assist and played in 24 games as a freshman with four goals and four assists … Prior to joining the Terriers Carrabes spent three seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers playing for Maverick head coach Luke Strand and alongside current Mavericks Brenden Olson and Alex Tracy …. During the 2020-21 season with the Musketeers – a year in which they won the Clark Cup – Carrabes played in 45 games scoring 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists … He also spent the 2019-20 season with the Sioux Falls Stampede played in 42 games and scored eight goals with 19 assists.
Strand on Carrabes: “Brian adds speed, skill and offensive awareness to our group. His competitive style and skating will grow our team with his pace of play.”
No. 11 Tyler Haskins Left Wing Shoots: Left 6’0 168 lbs Born: July 7, 2003 Hometown: Rochester, Minn. University of Denver (NCHC)
Haskins played in 13 games last season for the University of Denver and recorded an assist … Haskins will be an athletic sophomore …
In 2020-21 he played 51 games for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL and recorded 27 points on nine goals and 18 assists … Spent the 2021-22 season with the Madison Capitols where he played in 52 regular season games scoring 20 goals, registering 25 assists for 45 points … Added four goals and three assists in 12 playoff games for the Capitols.
Strand on Haskins: “Tyler brings our team a balance of speed and skill. We feel his pace will add to our overall team speed and style of play.”
No. 3 Brandon Koch Defenseman Shoots: Left 6’0″ 185 lbs Born: Jan. 18, 1999 Hometown: Hastings, Minn. Air Force (AHA)
Koch comes to Minnesota State after spending four years at the Air Force Academy where he appeared in 121 games, scoring 18 goals and registering 59 assists for 77 career points … Comes to Minnesota State as a graduate student…Tallied 22 goals in 2021-22 and scored six goals as a freshman and as a senior … Prior to attending Minnesota State he played one year with the Wenatchee Wild of the BCHL where former Maverick Chris Clark is the head coach … Played with current Maverick Lucas Sowder in Wenatchee as well.
Strand on Koch: “Brandon brings a blend of offense and complete defensemen play after his experiences at the Air Force Academy. His maturity and style of play will allow our team to grow our transition game.”
No. 4 Bret Moravec Center Shoots: Left 5’10” 176 lbs Born: Feb. 26, 2003 Hometown: Airdrie, Alberta Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Moravec joins the Mavericks as a true freshman after two seasons with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League … The Vees won this year’s BCHL Championship … During this past regular season, he played in 54 games, scoring 29 goals and recording 28 assists for 57 total points … In the Vees run through the playoffs, he played in 17 games, scoring nine goals and recording seven assists for 16 points … In 2021-22 he played in 49 games, scoring 41 points on 22 goals, and 19 assists while scoring 13 points (4-9-13) in the playoffs … In 2021-22 he played with current Mavericks Luc Wilson and Adam Eisele … He also spent a year with the Okotoks Oilers (2019-20) and Calgary Canucks (2020-21) of the AJHL.
Strand on Moravec: “Bret brings a championship pedigree joining us from Penticton in the BCHL. His offensive attributes and two-way play will add to our forward depth.”
No. 13 Jordan Power Defense Shoots: Left 6’1 187 lbs Born: July 13, 2001 Hometown: Chippewa Ottawa Ontario. Clarkson (ECAC)
Power played three seasons at Clarkson and enters Minnesota State as an athletic junior … While with the Golden Knights, he appeared in 95 games, had eight goals and registered 23 points … In 2021-22 he scored four goals while in 2022-23 he tallied 11 assists … Spent two seasons with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL in 2018-19 and 2019-20 … In 2018-19 he played in 58 games, scored three goals and handed out 15 assists while in 2019-20 he played in 43 games, scored four goals and distributed 29 assists.
No. 23 Jordan Steinmetz Forward Shoots: Left 5’8 160 lbs Born: Jan. 10, 1999 Hometown: Chippewa Falls, Wis. St. Lawrence University (ECAC)
Steinmetz is a grad-transfer student to Minnesota State … Played four years at St. Lawrence skating in 122 games while scoring 16 goals and recording 19 assists for 35 career points … Scored five goals in a season twice (2019-20 and 2021-22) and tallied a career-best eight assists in 2019-20 … Spent the 2018-19 season with the Sioux City Musketeers where he played for Coach Strand … Scored eight goals and tallied 18 assists in 60 games.
Strand on Steinmetz: “Jordan is a competitive leader both on and off the ice. His gritty play with offensive ability will be utilized up and down our lineup.”
No. 10 Evan Murr Defense Shoots: Right 5’10 178 lbs Born: Feb. 27, 2003 Hometown: Stillwater, Minn. Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
Murr played for the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) last season where he appeared in 62 games, scored four goals and contributed 19 assists for 43 points… Played two seasons for the St. Cloud Norseman (NAHL), totaling 66 games played… Scored 13 goals with 30 assists for 43 points in 56 games with a +17 rating in 2021-22… Appeared in 11 playoff games for the Norseman and tallied one goal, five assists, and six points.
Strand on Murr: “Evan joins after a successful USHL career. He is a two-way defenseman that can contribute to our offense in all three zones.”
No. 18 Jakob Stender Defense Shoots: Left 5’11 185 lbs Born: Aug. 7, 2002 Hometown: Alexandria, Minn. Fargo Force (USHL)
Stender comes to MSU with two full years of experience playing for the Fargo Force (USHL) and will be a true freshman… Appeared in 62 games (2021-22) and scored three goals, along with 18 assists (21 pts)… Totaled 66 penalty minutes and appeared in two playoff games… Last season (2022-23) played 58 games and scored seven goals with 17 assists (24 pts)… Totaled 69 penalty minutes and helped Force in the playoffs with four assists in nine games.
Strand on Stender: “Jakob brings an Anderson Cup experience from the Fargo Force to our program. He is sturdy defensemen that will add offense in all three zones through his transition play.”
No. 14 Kade Nielsen Forward Shoots: Left 5’9 170 lbs Born: Aug. 6, 2002 Hometown: Burnsville, Minn. Chippewa Steel (NAHL)
True freshman Kade Nielsen joins the Mavericks from the Chippewa Steel (NAHL), where he appeared in 79 games over two seasons… Scored 27 goals with 29 assists for 56 points in 58 games in 2022-23… Tallied one assist in three playoff games for the Steel… Appeared in 21 games in 2021-22 and notched seven goals, seven assists, and 14 points… Also played 10 games for Minot Minotauros (NAHL) and 11 games for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) in 2021-22.
Strand on Nielsen: “Kade is a hard skating forward that is competitive on both sides of the puck. His consistent offensive numbers are a reflection of his well-rounded two-way game.”