St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Hermantown boy's hockey head coach Bruce Plante was named Minnesota's Class A coach of the year on Sunday afternoon, one day after his team fell 5-1 to St. Thomas Academy in the state championship.
Plante, a four-time winner of the John Mariucci award, guided his Hawks to a (30-1) record this season and a third consecutive second place finish in Class A.
Lakeville South's Justin Kloos, meanwhile, was named the winner of Minnesota's Mr. Hockey award, given annually to the state's best senior player.
Hermantown's Jared Thomas, Duluth Marshall's Judd Peterson, and Duluth East's Jake Randolph and Dom Toninato were all finalists for that award.
Moorhead's Michael Bitzer was given the Frank Brimsek award on Sunday, awarded annually to the state's best senior goaltender. Bitzer was also awarded the Herb Brooks award in Class AA.