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Senior defenseman Ashley Holmes made two in a row for the Cardinal girls' hockey team, being given the prestigious Herb Brooks Award during the Minnesota State High School girls' hockey championships this past weekend.

Holmes joined teammate Abby Williams as a recipient of the award after Williams took home the honor last year.

The Herb Brooks award is given to the most qualified hockey player in the state tournament who strongly represents the values, characteristics and traits that defined Herb Brooks.

Players are nominated for the award by the head coach of each qualifying team in both the boys' and girls' state tournaments.

This award is open to all players on the varsity roster and is not necessarily intended for the best player on the team, but rather the player with the most drive and dedication to the team, to the school, to the community and to the game of hockey.

The winners are selected by a committee of current and retired high school hockey coaches.

Brooks guided the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team to the "Miracle on Ice," as well as serving as coach for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, leading them to three NCAA championships.

He also coached the New York Rangers, the Minnesota North Stars, New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.

He was inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Herb Brooks Award is fully supported by his widow Patti and his children, Dan and Kelly.

It is presented by KMSP Fox 9 TV and supported by the Minnesota State High School League and the Boys and Girls Hockey Coaches Associations.


Here are the characteristics, values and traits of a Herb Brooks Award winner:

Truly loves the sport of hockey and has a passion for the game

Commitment and loyalty to the school, to the team and to the community

Willingness to make sacrifices for themselves as well as for the team

Integrity - a person of character

Stands up for what he or she believes in

Focused, very competitive and a very hungry player

Hard worker, goal-oriented, mentally tough and a skilled player

Wiling to take on a challenge