Hockey: Northstar's Lincoln Hjelm commits to hometown college, Nebraska-Omaha

Hjelm is an Omaha, Nebraska native, who is currently second on the Knights 16U team in points with 27 points (11 goals and 16 assist) and leads the team in power play points (five goals and seven assists) so far this season.

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Northstar's Lincoln Hjelm skates on the ice during a warm up period of a game. Hjelm, a Omaha, Nebraska native, has committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
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Northstar 16U forward Lincoln Hjelm has committed to play college hockey in his hometown. The Omaha native’s commitment to the University of Nebraska-Omaha was announced in a press release from Northstar Christian Academy.

“Playing at UNO has been a dream of mine since I was little and it feels great to be one step closer to that with my commitment,” Hjelm said in the press release. “I am thankful for the people that God has implemented in my life to help me reach my goal. I am especially thankful to Northstar for making me a better man not only on the ice but off the ice as well.”

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Lincoln Hjelm (center) leads a prayer after a Northstar 16U game.
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Hjelm, who was drafted in the first phase of the USHL draft by the Waterloo Blackhawks (94th overall) has been very productive for the Knights since arriving in Alexandria back in the summer of 2021.

He ranked second on the team last season with 51 points (17 goals, 34 assists) in 47 games. So far this season, he’s second on the team in points with 27 (11 goals, 16 assists) in 24 games and he leads the team in power play points with 12 (five goals, seven assists).

“Lincoln is a tremendous young man,” coach Mark Abalan said. “He is the kind of player you want in your culture. He is a hardworking competitor who is a team-first player all the time. He’s a total leader and winner. I can’t say enough about how special of a young man Lincoln is. UNO has got themselves a real gem.”


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Northstar's Lincoln Hjelm shoots a puck on net during a Northstar game. Hjelm has been a strong producer for the Northstar 16U team since arriving in Alexandria in the summer of 2021.
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Nebraska-Omaha is off to a 6-6-2 start to the 2022-23 season.

Hjelm and the Northstar teams are at home from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4 for games in the Knights Showcase at the Northstar Sports Complex.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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