Neudecker reminisces on Park career

Team will lose its top scorer


Senior captain Bauer Neudecker charges the net and takes a shot that missed wide right. Neudecker had two assists in the Orioles' Feb. 7 3-0 victory against Chanhassen.

Near the end of the first period of his Feb. 7 game against Chanhassen, senior Bauer Neudecker scored the game’s first goal. He said it was a good start to one of his last games.

According to the MN Hockey Hub, Neudecker averages about 3 points per game and has scored  99 goals in his career. He said it was surreal for him to be putting on his jersey for one of the last times.

“It’s a pretty crazy feeling knowing that was one of the last times I’ll get to wear the SLP jersey” Neudecker said. “It hasn’t hit me yet that it’s almost all over.”

Neudecker said winning 3-0 was one of the best parts of Senior Night, but he mostly enjoyed spending time with friends on the team.

“The highlight of last night was of course winning but getting to spend time with my senior teammates was awesome,” Neudecker said. “Just knowing we’re all going our separate ways next year and (we are) spending as much time as possible together.”

Currently Park has a record of 17-5-1. Neudecker said this win will greatly help the team’s chances of winning the conference.

“This win was huge for us. It helps us a lot in our conference and our goal of winning conference,” Neudecker said.

As the season draws to a close, Neudecker said he will continue his career in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) in Alaska, but will never forget the memories from playing hockey in his hometown.

“I luckily will be playing hockey next year, but I’m going to miss playing with the boys I’ve grown up with and all the memories we’ve made while playing and growing up together,” Neudecker said.

According to sophomore Jackson Hand, Neudecker is a good captain and leader who helps the team succeed.

Other than scoring, he’s a really good captain, he leads our team and the scoring just helps on top of that,” Hand said. “He leads by example, he just works very hard and does everything right at practice.”

The team’s next game is at 7 p.m. tonight at the Rec Center against Benilde.