Aberdeen Wings captain Cory Ward of Las Vegas was named one of the best players in the North American Hockey League this week.
The forward was one of six players named to the NAHL All-Central Division Team. Last year, Ward made the NAHL All-Rookie First Team.
In 113 games during two seasons with Aberdeen, Ward recorded 120 points (67 goals, 53 assists), 42 power-play points (22 goals, 20 assists) and 12 gamewinning goals.
The 6-foot, 200pounder also led Aberdeen to its first NAHL playoff berth this season.
He is headed to Bemidji State, where the hockey coaches there eagerly await his arrival on campus this fall.
“Cory is a very exciting young prospect for us,” Bemidji State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Ted Belisle said. “He is a big, thick, strong player that has an incredible shot and has always been able to score. In addition, he has a tremendous battle level and that competitive skill is somethingwe are looking forward to.”
Here are some other things I know:
The Aberdeen Civic Arena turns 75 next year. It was finished in 1938, and in the first basketball game in January 1939, the Aberdeen Central boys beat Pierre 30-11. Former Golden Eagles standout Stan Schmidt scored the first basket.
The new $160,000 Aberdeen Central High School (now old Central) opened Jan. 8, 1912, with 415 students. It was dedicated Jan. 19 and 1,500 people turned out to the ceremony, presided over by school board president H.C. Jewett.
The 21st annual pro-am at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen is July 20-22. Cashing the $15,000 winner’s check last year was Micah Burke of Los Angeles.
The 42nd annual South Dakota Golf Association Men’s Amateur Championship is Aug. 10-12 at Moccasin Creek. Defending champion is Tom Carlson of Sioux Falls.
The 82nd annual Dakota Open is Aug. 25-26 at Moccasin Creek and Lee Park. Defending champion is Northern State standout Curry Kuehl of Pierre.
World-class horse trainer Steve Asmussen, born Nov. 18, 1965, in Gettysburg, has two horses in the 138th Kentucky Derby: Daddy Nose Best (15-1 odds) and Sabercat (30-1).