2008-09: Hesketh enjoyed an outstanding junior season at Minnetonka (MN) High School, where he finished second on the team in defensive scoring with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 22 games and with a +29.
2009-10: Hesketh turned down offers to play junior hockey in the USHL to play his senior season of hockey at Minnetonka, perennially one of the top programs in Minnesota. Hesketh recorded 17 points in 24 games along with an impressive +37 rating. He led his team to a second place finish in the state championship.
Talent AnalysisHesketh is a tall excellent skating two-way defenseman. He possesses good vision and reads plays really well. One aspect of Hesketh that is so impressive is his smart positional play. He knows where plays are going and reacts accordingly. Hesketh also possesses an excellent stick and does a good job of not only taking away lanes but time and space as well. Hesketh has very good foot speed and transitions remarkably well. He doesn’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game either. Hesketh has demonstrated good poise with the puck, but could stand to shoot a bit more. He also distributes the puck quite well too. As Hesketh fills out and strengthens his 6’2 frame, his all around defensive play, particularly in shutdown situations should also improve.
FutureHesketh has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin where he is expected to arrive in the fall of 2011.
He will likely play in the USHL next seaon, and needs to fill out his lanky frame.