The Detroit Lakes boys hockey team completed the first year under head coach Ben Noah with the end of the season awards banquet last week.

The highlight of the night was Noah instituting a new team award this season, the Derick Brehm Memorial.

Defensemen Lukas Justesen (5) and captain Reed Benson (22) defend a rush by East Grand Forks with forward Lucas Schwan (21) early in the 2019-20 season at Kent Freeman Arena. Robert Williams / Tribune
Defensemen Lukas Justesen (5) and captain Reed Benson (22) defend a rush by East Grand Forks with forward Lucas Schwan (21) early in the 2019-20 season at Kent Freeman Arena. Robert Williams / Tribune

Brehm and his family moved to Detroit Lakes in 2002 and joined the youth hockey program. He was an assistant captain of the Detroit Lakes high school varsity team his senior year.

After high school, Derick played for the Steel County Blades.

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He continued his junior hockey career playing for the Butte Cobras in Montana, as an assistant captain. He earned both the Best Defender and Hardest Worker awards.

He moved on to play for the Tottenham Steam, north of Toronto, Canada, capturing the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League championship and was named the team’s Most Improved player.

He was a player who made an impact on people on the ice and outside of hockey.

Brehm passed away in 2019 at the age of 25.

Lukas Justesen (5) skates over to Alex Bren (11) during Bren's hat trick performance and the Lakers section quarterfinal victory in Hallock. Robert Williams / Tribune
Lukas Justesen (5) skates over to Alex Bren (11) during Bren's hat trick performance and the Lakers section quarterfinal victory in Hallock. Robert Williams / Tribune

Noah worked with Brehm on his game in Detroit Lakes and is using the award in place of what would normally be a most valuable player or leading scorer distinction. The Brehm Memorial is the only individual accolade given out by the team.

“This award is so important to our program because of the name attached to it,” Noah said. “Derick’s work ethic was unmatched. He treated his coaches and teammates with the utmost respect.”

The Derick Brehm Memorial Award is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership, character, coachability, hard work, toughness, and dedication to his team.

Junior defenseman Lukas Justesen was named the first winner of the award. Derick’s parents John and Dawn Brehm were on hand to give the award to Justesen.

Six Lakers were named to the Mid-State All-Conference team: leading scorer and senior forward Alex Bren; senior forward Drew Schwan; junior goalie Jack Hines; junior defenseman Braeden Wimmer; captain and senior defenseman Reed Benson and senior forward Jackson Fields.

Junior defenseman Braeden Wimmer (8) was named to both the Mid-State All-Conference team and the All-Section 8A team. Robert Williams / Tribune
Junior defenseman Braeden Wimmer (8) was named to both the Mid-State All-Conference team and the All-Section 8A team. Robert Williams / Tribune

Wimmer was DL’s lone player nominated for an All-Section 8A award.

As a team, the Lakers were named the Section 8A Academic Champions.

DL finished the year with an overall record of 15-10-2 and a trip to the Section 8A semifinals.