Minnesota Ripknees

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Minnesota Ripknees
Founded 2006
League ABA (2006-07)
PBL (2007)
ABA (2007-08)
Team history 2006-2008
Based in St. Paul, Minnesota
Arena Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Colors Gold, blue, brown
Owner(s) John Jurewicz (2006-07)
Jam Entertainment (2007-08)
Head coach Larry A. McKenzie
Championships 0
Division titles 1

The Minnesota Ripknees were an American basketball team of the American Basketball Association (ABA). The Ripknees briefly joined the Premier Basketball League after starting playing one season in the ABA.

The team gets its unusual name after "Ripknee", a character in stories (with a hole in the knee of his blue jeans) which former co-owner John Jurewicz used to tell his son, William (also a former co-owner) on long car trips. The team ceased operations after 2008.


Playing their home games at the Gangelhoff Center, Minnesota finished their inaugural 2006-07 season 24-8, good for first place in their division. However, a financial dispute prevented the team from participating in the playoffs.

After the season, the team announced they would switch their affiliation to the Premier Basketball League[1] and would now be playing at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium (which previously served as the alternate home of the Minneapolis Lakers) next to the Xcel Energy Center[2] in St.Paul.

Before the Ripknees could ever take a shot in the PBL,[3] they were sold to Jam Entertainment (owners of the Rochester Fire, Peoria Kings, and Rome Legions). The Ripknees returned to the ABA to play the 2007-08 season.[4]

According to a report on Our Sports Central, the Ripknees ceased playing in the ABA before the end of the 2007-08 season.[5]

Players from Minnesota on the Ripknees[edit]


  1. ^ "Minnesota Ripknees Join Premier Basketball League". Our Sports Central. 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Ripknees Update". Our Sports Central. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Premiere Basketball League Wishes Ripknees the best". Our Sports Central. 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Minnesota Ripknees Set to Play". ABALive.com. 2007-10-24. Archived from the original on 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  5. ^ Reeths, Paul (2008-01-18). "Frustrations mount in ABA". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 

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