Detroit Lakes alum and current Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) forward Jon Richards was named the Collegiate Tier Player of the Year by The Minnesota Advancement Program (MAP) hockey staff.

According to the award announcement, these players excelled within their own path of development and maintained a high level of performance on and off the ice. Each of these athletes regularly took full advantage of the opportunities offered to improve and grow as individuals. Just as importantly, they also had an exceptional impact on their peers and our culture as a whole.

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In regards to Richards, he has maintained a strong commitment to his growth with every ice session and workout he has taken part in. It’s no wonder why the career of this Detroit Lakes high school product has stayed on a healthy path up to the collegiate ranks. After a successful first season of junior hockey with the Austin Bruins (NAHL), tallying 35 points in 51 games, Jon is now a freshman for the Engineers. An impressive athlete of great competitiveness, attention to detail and ability to learn, Jon has always made an invaluable impact on our culture.

Honorable Mention nominees were: Jack Becker, Michigan (NCAA); Andy Carroll, Green Bay (USHL); Max Johnson, Bowling Green (NCAA).

The awards range from PeeWees to the pros. T.J. Oshie was named the pro tier player of the year.

The Minnesota Advancement Program was created for individuals who want to compete alongside elite players and be challenged by elite coaches. The program develops hockey players during the eight months outside of the high school season and mentor, scout, and recruit players during the four months of the high school season.