Two more Mittelstadts in store for Minnesota

Minnesota received two more commits with a familiar name this week.

by Drew Cove

Though it may be a few years away, fans will have another chance to see ‘Mittelstadt’ on the back of a Gophers mens’ hockey jersey.

In nearly identical tweets posted within two minutes of each other on Sunday, brothers John and Luke Mittelstadt committed to play their college hockey for the University of Minnesota. 

John and Luke both go to Eden Prairie High School and are just a grade apart; John is a junior and Luke is a sophomore. 

The brothers won’t have an opportunity to play on the same team as their older brother, Casey, anytime soon, though they do follow in the same path he set before them. Casey played for the Gophers in the 2017-18 season and scored 11 goals and recorded 19 assists, good for 30 points in 34 games. 

As Casey now plays in the National Hockey League after one year with Minnesota, fans of the Gophers can now plan on keeping the Mittelstadt name in their minds while two more in the family play through their high school years for the Eagles.

Luke, 15, played for the Bantam AA Eden Prairie team as team captain instead of the varsity team last season. He also was a member of the Minnesota Blades U-15 team last season. He recorded six points in as many games for them.

John, 16, played for the varsity team last season as a sophomore in his first season at the varsity level. He scored seven goals and added nine assists for 16 points in 25 games for the Eagles. John ranked seventh on the team in scoring through Eden Prairie’s 10-14-1 season in 2017-18.

The Mittelstadt brothers are the latest additions to a stream of new commitments to Minnesota as new head coach Bob Motzko takes over before his first season. Including John and Luke, there have been six new commitments since early April, right after Motzko was hired.