SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Jack Peart didn’t have a Minnesota Wild jersey with his favorite player’s name on it. Growing up in Grand Rapids, the 2021 Minnesota Mr. Hockey winner joked that he just had “nice, cheap jerseys” to represent his favorite hometown NHL team.
But Peart took a step closer to getting his name on an official Wild jersey on the first day of development camp at TRIA Rink on Tuesday.
“It was great to meet the guys and put on a Wild jersey for the first time,” said the 2021 second-round pick (54th overall). “It was good.”
Peart has certainly made his name known in Minnesota. Along with being named Mr. Hockey, Peart was also selected as the winner of the Reed Larson Award, given annually to the state’s top defenseman, after leading the Grand Rapids team in assists (24), points (35) and game-winning goals (three) in his senior campaign.
Continuing his presence on the State of Hockey scene, Peart had two goals and 17 points in 32 games with the St. Cloud State University Huskies last season. It will return for its second year in 2022-23.
“It definitely opened my eyes to St. Cloud. Weightlifting, getting bigger, faster and stronger,” Peart said. This is one of my biggest goals for the future.”
He will have plenty of time to maintain this concentration. After this week’s development camp, Peart will travel to Plymouth, Michigan on July 24 to join the United States Junior National Team and compete at the 2022 World Junior Championships in Edmonton from August 9-20.
“He had a really good first year at St. Cloud, he started really, really well,” Wild director of player development Brad Bombardir said. “You know, he went to the World Juniors, got a late invite and made the team. He’s a very smart player, a fluid player. You know, for him, he probably just needs to play a bit faster And just physical fitness It’s just that he still has a young body so it’s going to take him a bit I think just to get to a more mature body and it will take a bit of time but smart player , competitive and has a very good feel for the game.”