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Grand Forks places seven on North Dakota all-state boys hockey team

Seven Grand Forks high school hockey players were named to the North Dakota all-state hockey team. State champion Grand Forks Central's all-state selections include forwards Lucas Kanta, Zack Murphy and defenseman Brandon Holt. Grand Forks Red Ri...

Central forward Lucas Kanta fires a shot at the Fargo Davies goal in the second period of Saturday's EDC championship hockey game at Fido Purpur Arena. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
Central's Lucas Kanta (right) evades Davies defenseman Tyler Kleven in the first period of Saturday's EDC boys hockey championship at Fido Purpur Arena. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Seven Grand Forks high school hockey players were named to the North Dakota all-state hockey team.

State champion Grand Forks Central's all-state selections include forwards Lucas Kanta, Zack Murphy and defenseman Brandon Holt.

Grand Forks Red River, which finished third at the state tournament, landed forwards Mason Salquist and Jackson Kunz and defenders Max Johnson and Landon Haagenson.

Kanta, a junior, led the Knights in points with 38 (15 goals, 23 assists). Murphy, a senior committed to play football at UND, led the Knights in goals with 17. He also had 17 assists.

Holt, a junior, led the Knights on the back end with seven goals and 19 assists.

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Salquist, a senior and two-time all-state pick, was the leading scorer in the East Region with 23 goals and 38 assists.

Kunz, a freshman who's committed to UND, was second on the Roughriders in scoring with 23 goals and 17 assists.

Johnson, a senior, led Red River's defensive scoring with nine goals and 20 assists. Haagenson, a senior, added 10 goals and 12 assists.

N.D. all-state

Forwards-Mason Salquist, GF Red River, Jackson Kunz, GF Red River, Zack Murphy, GF Central, Jay Buchholz, Fargo Davies, Lucas Kanta, GF Central, Cade Stibbe, Fargo Davies, Kirklan Irey, Bismarck Century, Isaiah Thomas, Bismarck Century, Caleb Petrie, Bismarck High

Defense-Max Johnson, GF Red River, Landon Haagenson, GF Red River, Brandon Holt, GF Central, Drew Lenertz, Bismarck High, Connor Fuchs, Jamestown, Carter Bailey, Bismarck Century

Goalies-Matthew Schneider, Jamestown, Ryley Pladson, Fargo North

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