St. Cloud, MN – It’s been quite a few years since an Edina High School hockey player has laced up the skates as a St. Cloud State University Husky. The fact-checkers may want to research further, but I believe it was current Holy Family Catholic head coach, Noel Rahn, who was a transfer from the University of Wisconsin and skated for the Huskies from 1991 to 1993.
On Thursday, former Edina Hornet defenseman, Mason Reiners announced via social media his commitment to the Huskies. “I am fired up to accept the opportunity to play for the St. Cloud Huskies starting next season! Thank you to my parents, my coaches and so many friends and supporters who helped along the way!” announced Reiners.
The 6’2″ 186-pound right-shooting twenty-year-old is in his third full season (plus 5 games in 2018-19) with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League and a positional teammate of Cooper Wylie another SCSU commit. Previous to the Blackhawks, Reimers was a three-year player for Edina High School logging 89 games and a key defensive player in the Hornet’s third-place finish in the 2018 MSHSL state tournament and championship in the 2019 tourney.
Never known for his offense, Reiners had three goals and twenty assists in high school and three goals and twenty-five assists in 105 United States Hockey League games. However, his value has been as a shut-down defensive player who is highly effective in his defensive zone.
Neutral Zone, a prominent amateur scouting service described “He’s reliable, he plays solid positional defense, he keeps his stick in lanes and is hard on pucks below the dots. He plays the body, he swallows up zone entries by taking away time and space, making good steps, and knowing when to use his body and when to use his stick. He pinched down at the offensive blue line to keep pucks in and was tough to get around on the rush because of his body positioning and gap control. He makes the simple, easy first pass and doesn’t try to force plays that aren’t there. Low risk, highly effective shut down defender who can log a lot of minutes, kill penalties and make his team tougher to play against.”
Reimers should hit the ice in St. Cloud for the 2022-23 season and by then will be 21 years old and have logged close to 150 games in the United States Hockey League. He’ll be a valuable addition to the depth and strength of the Huskies blue line.