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Dickinson High hockey alumni thriving at next level

It's been a good week for a select few former hockey players at Dickinson High. Michael McChesney, a 2016 graduate and North Dakota high school's leading scorer from a season ago, was named the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Rookie of the Week...

It's been a good week for a select few former hockey players at Dickinson High.

Michael McChesney, a 2016 graduate and North Dakota high school's leading scorer from a season ago, was named the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Rookie of the Week on Monday after tallying a goal and two assists in three games played last week for the Estevan Bruins.

McChesney, a center who had a seven-game streak of at least one point during October, has totaled eight goals and 11 assists in 21 games. His Bruins team is currently 15-5 and leads the Viterra Division of the SJHL.

Elsewhere, Andrew Heckaman, a 2015 grad, was named the runner-up for the North American 3 Hockey League Defenseman of the Month for October while playing for the Breezy Point North Stars of Breezy Point, Minn.

In 16 games for the North Stars, Heckaman has five goals and 21 assists, giving him 26 total points, which is third-most on the team.

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Heckaman was recently joined on the North Stars by fellow 2015 graduate Kass Dvorak, who has signed a tryout contract with the team as a forward through the end of December.

Meanwhile, at Gustavus Adolphus College, Ross Kovacs - who last played for DHS in 2008-09 and graduated in 2010 - is starting his senior season this year for the Gusties, an NCAA Division III team in St. Peter, Minn.

In his three previous seasons, Kovacs has played in 35 games and registered 15 shots on goal as a defenseman.

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