Bulls All-Decade Nominees: Day 3

May 26, 2021

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When Mounds View, Minnesota product Dayton Honkanen first came to the Bulls in 2016, he had already received some junior seasoning, splitting his first season between the Soo Eagles and Minnesota Iron Rangers in the Canadian junior ranks. His first season as a Bull was nothing spectacular, posting 18 points in 36 games – however, after notching a point a game in the postseason and leading the Bulls back to the Silver Cup tournament, he roared to a 38-point season and an NCAA Division III commitment to Wisconsin-River Falls the following year. His 13 career goals ranks in a tie for fifth all-time among Bulls defensemen. To date, Honkanen boasts 52 career games with the Falcons.


Playing three seasons at Prior Lake High School, including a season as the team captain in 2012-13, it can be said that Joe opened the mid-decade pipeline from Prior Lake to Mason City. After an uneventful half-season with the North American Hockey League’s Minnesota Magicians that saw him notch just four points in 26 games, Kleven quickly settled in among a star-studded Bulls cast. He posted just seven points in 13 games over the remainder of 2013-14, but tossed in 38 points during the 2014-15 campaign to lead the Bulls’ defensive corps and earn the league’s Defenseman of the Year award. He would post 45 points in a four-year career at Wisconsin-Stout, playing in more than 100 NCAA Division III games for the Blue Devils.


The one-time Rosemount High School standout landed in Mason City as the Bulls organization launched in 2011, and immediately helped to lay the groundwork for the team’s success to come. Langfield posted 12 points during the 2011-12 campaign, before returning for the 2012-13 season and racking up 13 goals and 35 assists. Those 48 points led the NA3HL among defensemen, and earned him the league’s Defenseman of the Year award. Ever the unsung hero, Langfield saved his best work for crunch time and the penalty kill, racking up a team-record seven shorthanded points in 2012-13, and also scoring five game-winning goals. His empty-net goal with 1:54 remaining officially kicked off the party for the Bulls in a 6-2 national championship win over the Twin Cities Northern Lights. He would play 58 collegiate games at the NCAA Division III level for St. Mary’s, notching 10 points.


Jarod already had experience on the big stage upon joining the Bulls in 2017, finishing in the top three twice at the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament for Eden Prairie High School. He would pick up right where he left off upon moving to Mason City, putting up 36 points in the 2017-18 season and five more in the postseason. He kicked it up a notch the following year, with 48 regular-season points, nine playoff points and an appearance in the Fraser Cup national tournament. He immediately became a regular in the lineup at NCAA Division III Augsburg University, putting up 11 points as a freshman during the 2019-20 season.


Wrapping up a decorated high school career at St. Paul Academy, North Iowa was not Matt’s first stop in junior hockey. Fortunately for Bulls fans, it was his last, and it lasted quite a while. After pitching in 214 points at the prep level, Dahlseide landed a five-game stint in the NAHL with the Brookings Blizzard, and a dozen more in the NA3HL with the Alexandria Blizzard. He became a force to be reckoned with as a member of the Bulls, cranking out 32 points in 26 regular-season games in 2017-18 before grabbing the captain’s “C” the following year and posting 60 points on the way to a Fraser Cup tournament appearance. In his second year as a captain, Dahlseide put together a 67-point season in 2019-20, earning the West Division’s MVP award and an NCAA Division III commitment to Wisconsin-Stout. He jumped right in for the Blue Devils despite an abbreviated 2020-21 campaign, posting six points in 11 appearances in his first year at the collegiate level. His 103 assists ranks third in Bulls history, and his 159 points puts him in fourth.


Never one to shy away from mixing it up on the ice, Carmen would land a spot with the Bulls after a successful run in the North American Prospects Hockey League and six NAHL games with the Soo Eagles. He notched 35 points in the 2014-15 season, helping to send North Iowa on its way in the run to a second national championship. His 46 regular-season points and six postseason points would prove invaluable the following year, playing a key role in yet another North Iowa championship run. His 81 career points places him among the top 20 scorers in team history. Dalesandro was sent to the locker room in the 2016 Silver Cup title game against the Metro Jets after a first-period dust-up, but would return to the ice following the conclusion to celebrate another championship with his team. Though committing to NCAA Division III Lebanon Valley College in his native Pennsylvania, Dalesandro ultimately did not appear in a collegiate game.


Mitch rose to the U18 AAA level of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s program before graduating from the Faribault prep school in 2016, and immediately found a home just down Interstate 35 in Mason City. He was a solid contributor in his first season, notching 32 points in helping North Iowa move to their fifth straight Silver Cup tournament. His junior career went into the stratosphere the following season, posting an incredible 72 points to finish second on the Bulls leaderboard. Amazingly, Dolter did not receive awards consideration for his work in the 2017-18 campaign, but he did earn an NCAA Division III commitment to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, playing in 47 games over a two-year span with the Oles. He remains one of only 14 Bulls to ever post 100 points in a career.


There was no need for a learning curve when Cam landed in Mason City at the start of the 2017-18 season. After an 87-point career over four years at Totino-Grace High School in Minnesota, Fagerlee set right to work climbing the North Iowa scoring ladder – as a rookie, he put together a 63-point season, finishing fourth on the team scoring leaderboard. After returning to a rugged West Division, Fagerlee’s numbers settled down a bit, but he continued to let his play do the talking – his 49 points in 2018-19 and 46 in 2019-20 led North Iowa to the Fraser Cup semifinals and a West Division title, respectively. Though finishing his career with 65 goals, good for fourth in North Iowa history, Fagerlee committed to Wisconsin-Stout but did not play for the Blue Devils in 2020-21.


Few North Iowa players were more decorated, or are remembered quite as strongly, as Brett. The longtime Forest Lake High School standout came to Mason City in 2014-15 and greeted his new fans with a 61-point season (which likely would have been higher if not for 15 NAHL appearances with the Minnesota Wilderness), 15 more in the postseason, a 2nd-Team All-Rookie spot on the final NA3HL awards list, and a national championship. His 2015-16 season, however, was something else – 99 points, a then-league-record 57 goals, an NA3HL MVP award, and another national championship. Gravelle painted his masterpiece in his final junior game, notching a hat trick in North Iowa’s 4-1 win over the Metro Jets in the 2016 Silver Cup final. He parlayed an incredible NCAA Division III playing career – 113 points in 102 games – into a minor-pro turn with the Elmira Enforcers, winning the Federal Prospects Hockey League’s Ignite Cup in 2021. His 57 goals is still a North Iowa single-season record, as is his 21 power-play markers during that incredible 2015-16 season.


You won’t find Jimmy in many places in the Bulls’ record book, though that’s as much a product of his single-season stint in Mason City as anything. Hughes brought much-needed higher-level experience to the Bulls during the 2012-13 season, posting 38 points over more than 100 games in the NAHL with the Coulee Region Chill. He joined North Iowa early that season with one more chance to win it all, and win it all he did – Hughes posted 70 points, just four off the team pace, and his insurance goal helped North Iowa put the hammer down in racing to a win in the 2013 USA Hockey national championship game. He would go on to play three seasons at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Superior, appearing in 58 games and scoring 15 points.