Most promising hockey players who are born and bred in Minnesota set their youthful sights on attending the University of Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State or several other NCAA schools in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Edina native Casey Dornbach looked east instead — all the way to Massachusetts.
“I always dreamed of attending Harvard,” said the freshman forward for the Crimson. “You have the rich tradition of the program combined with the academics, and I’m fortunate I got the opportunity.”
Growing up in hockey-mad Minnesota got the 5-foot-11, 181-pound Dornbach indoctrinated into the game when he was just 2 years old, thanks to his father, Greg, a Miami (Ohio) letterman in the 1980s and a former Hartford Whalers draft choice.