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Hockey: Two Northstar grads selected in NHL Draft – Alexandria Echo Press

PARADISE, Nevada – Two Northstar Christian Academy graduates were selected in the seventh round of the 2024 NHL Draft on June 29 in Paradise, Nevada.

The Philadelphia Flyers selected Austin Molline with the 205th pick, while the Edmonton Oilers selected Bauer Berry with the 218th pick.

Berry played for the Knights from 2021-23 and was a key part of the program’s success in recent seasons.

“For Bauer to be drafted into the NHL just one year after Northstar is a testament to his potential and how much he has improved not only in his two years here, but also in his final season in Muskegon,” Northstar 18U Prep Head Coach Rylan Galiardi said in a press release.

During his career at Northstar, Berry played on both the Northstar 16U and 18U teams.

Playing for Northstar 16U in the 2021-22 season, Berry had nine goals and 24 assists in 51 games. Playing for the 18U team in the 2022-23 season, Berry had nine goals and 29 assists in 52 games. During the 2022-23 season, he led the Knights in power-play assists with 12.

“Bauer has tremendous hockey sense, and if you look at Stanley Cup winners, they do it every year with great, smart defense,” Galiardi said. “He has a lot more skill than he showed last year in his rookie year in the United States Hockey League, and we expect him to show more of that this season.”

“I look forward to getting to Edmonton this week and seeing how they run their organization and meeting the rest of the team,” Berry said in a news release. “I want to thank all of my former Coaches who helped me get to this point, my teammates who make me better every day and everyone who has supported me along the way.”

A native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Berry played for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League last season. He will play college hockey at the University of St. Thomas.

Moline is a defenseman from Las Vegas, Nevada who played for Northstar 16U in the 2020–21 season. During the 2020–21 season, Moline appeared in 28 games and finished with 18 points (four goals and 14 assists).

“It’s really fun to see a young guy with so much potential get recognized as an NHL prospect when he’s been here,” Galiardi said of Moline. “He was a lanky forward when he was here, and now he’s a big, strong offensive defenseman who’s been drafted in the NHL,” he said. “More importantly, our program is more concerned with the development of the faith and character of these players. We’re excited to see how these young guys impact their locker rooms, their communities and the hockey world.”

Moline played for Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault last season.

Moline committed to play college hockey at Northern Michigan University and signed a bid to play for the Brooks Bandits in the British Columbia Hockey League the next year.

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Austin Moline

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