Lake City, MN, native Taylor Heise has been named ALL-USA Girls Hockey Player of the Year for the 2017-2018 season. Heise, a senior at Red Wing High School, completed the 26 game regular season and playoffs with a total of 74 goals and 30 assists in her position as team forward for The Wingers.

In addition to winning the player of the year honor, Heise helped lead her team to a 6th place finish in the Class 1A state tournament, as well as winning the honor of Minnesota’s Miss Hockey award. According to the team’s coach Scott Haley, Heise is something of a force of nature on the ice, where she constantly strives for excellence.

Closing Out Her High School Career on Top

Heise, who will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall, has accomplished several notable achievements including:

  • Member of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team
  • International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championships; gold medal winners in 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Best Forward and Tournament MVP 2018 Team USA

Early Competitor

But according to her parents, her love for and dedication to hockey can be traced back to the 4th grade. Originally a basketball player, she decided to get serious about hockey in the 7th grade. Since her local high school did not offer a competitive girls hockey program, she committed to a 30-minute commute to attend Red Wing High School.

Off the ice, she enjoys reading, cooking and volunteering with the Humane Society of Goodhue County. She is also an excellent student, making the honor roll and winning student of the month honors as well.

Taylor says she is motivated by her love of the game, and a desire to do what she can to make her team successful:

I don’t care what I do, what I play, how much time I play, it’s all about helping the team. Every time I’m on the ice I know that no one can take away the love I have for the game. Whenever I’m going to play hockey it always makes me feel better.

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