Elks’ Jonna Curtis named to Ms. Hockey final five

Jonna Curtis, facing a double-team as usual here, has 36 goals this year, and 150 in her career, heading into the section finals. (Photo by Bob Burley)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Jonna Curtis of Elk River-Zimmerman is one of the five finalists for the Ms. Hockey Award announced by Let’s Play Hockey.

The senior forward, signed by New Hampshire, has 36 goals and 25 assists for the 20-3-3 Elks this year, heading into the section finals on Thursday evening against Grand Rapids-Greenway. She is the Elks all-time scoring leader with 150 goals and 125 assists for 275 points.

Jonna Curtiis

“Jonna is the type of player that does not come around very often,” Elk head coach Joe Heasley said, in the Let’s Play Hockey article. “She has tremendous hockey skills, she is a great leader and she is an all around humble person. I have never had a more coachable player than Jonna Curtis.”

Away from hockey, Curtis owns a 3.6 GPA  and volunteers her time at the CAER Food Shelf. She is also a school Link Leader, helping freshmen transition from middle school to high school.

“Jonna has given up many hours of her free time to help other people in the community,” Heasley said. “Jonna is always willing to give up her time to help other people who are in need.”

She is the second Elk to be honored, following Anya Miller from the state championship team of 2004.

The other finalists are Hannah Brodt and Lee Stecklein of Roseville Area, Hannah Brandt of Hlll-Murray, and Milica McMillen of Breck.

The 17th annual Ms. Hockey banquet will be held Sunday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m., at RiverCenter in St. Paul.

Brodt is signed by St. Cloud State, while Stecklein, Brandt and McMillen are headed for the Gophers.