High school boys ice hockey in Minnesota

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The Minnesota High School Boys Hockey program is a high school ice hockey program in the State of Minnesota. Based on tournament attendance, ice hockey is the most popular high school sport in the state.[1] (approximately 256 schools and over 6,500 participants in total due to cooperative team arrangements) field sanctioned varsity teams competing in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). These teams are divided into two classes, AA and A. Each class is also divided into eight sections.

Attendance has been strong throughout the years, with 22 tournaments eclipsing the 100,000+ barrier, and in 2015 a record setting total of 135,618 (both classes).[2] In the 2006 State Tournament, the average attendance per game in the championship brackets was 18,000 people. The Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament is currently the largest state sports tournament in terms of viewing and attendance, beating the Texas State High School Football Tournament, Florida's State High School Football Tournament, and Indiana's State High School Basketball Tournament.

History[edit]

2015 Boys AA Championship game between Lakeville North and Duluth East at the Xcel Energy Center
2009 Boys AA Championship game between Eden Prairie and Moorhead at the Xcel Energy Center

High school hockey players throughout Minnesota participate in a maximum of 25 contests, excluding the section tournaments and the Minnesota State Boys' High School Hockey Tournament. Teams currently play three 17-minute periods to comprise a game. A lengthened period time was adopted by the Minnesota State High School League in 2003.

Boys hockey concludes their season with a four-day tournament in March that features sixteen teams competing for championships in both classes. From 1945 through 1991 the tournament consisted of a single class, eight team tournament instead of the present day two class (AA and A) tournament. Private schools were not allowed to play in the Tournament until the 1974-75 season. In 1992-93, the tournament was composed of Tier I and II teams. This two-year experiment sent the top teams from each of the eight sections to the Tier I portion of the tournament and the remaining teams conducted a playoff to determine who would be included in the Tier II tournament. In 1994, the dual class system was adopted and teams were placed into a class structure based on school enrollments.

Since 1994, the MSHSL's process to determine section assignments for boys' hockey is based on school enrollments and activity classifications. The basic premise is to place the largest 64 schools into Class AA and the remaining high schools in Class A. Both Classes are then divided into 8 Sections each. Teams are placed into their section assignments with geographic location as a primary consideration. High schools initially placed in Class A have the option to play at the Class AA level.

Beginning with the 2007 state tournament, the top five teams in each class are seeded. Coaches of the participating schools vote to determine the seeded teams the Saturday before the state tournament. The four teams are then bracketed so that if the seeded teams advance, the top seed plays the fourth seed while the second and third seeds play each other. The quarterfinal opponents of the seeded teams are determined by a blind draw.

Notable alumni[edit]

Neal Broten, Aaron Broten, Herb Brooks, Rob McClanahan, Phil Housley, Reed Larson, Tom Preissing, Doug Zmolek, John Mayasich, Craig Norwich, Mike Antonovich, Henry Boucha, Steve Janaszak, Nick Leddy, George Pelawa, Chris Locker, Brian Lee, Jamie Langenbrunner, John Pohl, Matt Hendricks, Brandon Bochenski, Dave Spehar, Sean Goudy, Ben Ulland, Mark Parrish, TJ Oshie, Paul Martin, Doug Woog per Bill Thomas, Mike Crowley, Mike Ramsey, Brian Bonin, Dave Christian, Rob Saxe, Bill Baker, Steve Christoff, Blake Wheeler, Nick Bjugstad, Justin Braun, Ryan McDonagh, Matt Cullen, Jake Gardiner, Anders Lee, Matt Peterson, and David Backes are among the many notable players who have participated in Minnesota high school hockey.[3]

Historical timeline[edit]

  • 1905- Saint Paul Academy fields what is believed to be the oldest varsity team in the state[4]
  • 1930s—High school hockey played at approximately 25 schools in Minnesota.
  • 1945—First MSHSL Boys State High School Hockey Tournament (the first of its kind in the United States) held at St. Paul Auditorium.
  • 1949-1964 Prep. School Hockey Tournament (for Private Schools)
  • 1965-1970 Catholic School Hockey Tournament
  • 1969—The tournament moves to Met Center in Bloomington, home of the Minnesota North Stars NHL team.
  • 1970-1974 Independent School Hockey Tournament
  • 1974–Present Public School and Private Schools can play in the same tournament
  • 1976—The tournament moves to the St. Paul Civic Center.
  • 1992—Tier I and Tier II structure adopted; the Target Center in Minneapolis hosted the Tier II tournament.
  • 1994—Class AA and A structure adopted.
  • 1999—The tournament moved to the Target Center in Minneapolis.
  • 2001—The tournament moved to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, home of the new Minnesota Wild NHL team.
  • 2003—Period length changed from 15 to 17 minutes.
  • 2007—Coaches seed top four teams in each class.[5]
  • 2008—March 7, 19,559 fans attended the 2008 State Boys’ Hockey Tournament Class AA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, setting a new record for the largest crowd to ever attend a hockey game in the state of Minnesota.[6]
  • 2015—March 6, 21,609 fans attended the 2015 State Boys’ Hockey Tournament Class AA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, setting a new record for the largest crowd to ever attend a hockey game in the state of Minnesota[7]
  • 2016—March 4, 22,244 fans attended the 2016 State Boys’ Hockey Tournament Class AA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, setting a new record for the largest crowd to ever attend a hockey game in the state of Minnesota[8]

Teams[edit]

School Nickname Class Conference Tournament Appearances Consolation Champions Third Place Tournament Finals Championships
Academy of Holy Angels Stars AA Independent 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 1999, 2004 2003 2002, 2005 2002, 2005
Albert Lea Tigers A Big 9 2004, 2005, 2007 2005
Alexandria Cardinals A Central Lakes 1992, 1996, 2010, 2011 1996
Andover Huskies AA Northwest Suburban
Anoka Tornadoes AA Northwest Suburban 1985, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2016 1997 1985 1998, 2003 2003
Apple Valley Eagles AA South Suburban 1981, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2010 1992, 2001 1996 1996
Austin Packers A Big 9 1993, 2001
Bagley/Fosston Flyers A Northwest
Becker/Big Lake Eagles AA Mississippi 8
Bemidji Lumberjacks AA Mariucci 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1985, 1986, 2015, 2016 1986, 2016 1974
Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights AA Metro West 1999, 2001, 2008, 2012 2008 1999, 2001, 2012 1999 (A), 2001 (A), 2012
Blaine Bengals AA Northwest Suburban 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 1999 1992, 2006, 2009 2000 2000
Blake Bears AA Independent Metro Athletic 1995, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008 1999, 2006
Bloomington Lincoln[1] Bears 1961, 1964, 1965, 1975 1965
Bloomington Jefferson[1] Jaguars AA Metro West 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005 1995 1980, 1988, 1998 1981, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994 1981, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994
Bloomington Kennedy[1] Eagles A Metro West 1966, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1991 1976 1984, 1987 1987
Brainerd Warriors AA Central Lakes
Breck Mustangs A Independent Metro Athletic 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 1997 1996, 2012, 2013 2000, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2016 2000, 2004, 2009, 2010
Buffalo Bison AA Mississippi 8
Burnsville Blaze AA South Suburban 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2007, 2016 1991 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987 1985, 1986
Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets AA Mississippi 8 1992
Centennial Cougars AA Northwest Suburban 2004, 2013, 2014 2004 2004
Champlin Park Rebels AA Northwest Suburban 1995
Chanhassen Storm AA Metro West
Chaska Hawks AA Metro West
Chisago Lakes Wildcats A Mississippi 8 1995, 2014
Cloquet/Esko/Carlton Lumberjacks AA Lake Superior 1982, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2008 1982, 1993
Coon Rapids Cardinals AA Northwest Suburban
Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders AA Suburban East 1988, 2006, 2009 2006 2006
Crookston Pirates A Mariucci
Delano/Rockford Tigers A Wright County 2017 2017
Detroit Lakes Lakers A Mid State 1995, 1996
Dodge County Wildcats AA Independent
Duluth Central Trojans A Lake Superior 1954, 1996
Duluth Denfeld[2] Hunters A Lake Superior 1986, 1988, 1989 1988 1986, 1989
Duluth East Greyhounds AA Independent 1958, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1975, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 1975, 2010 1961, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2013 1960, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2011, 2015 1960, 1995, 1998
Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers A Lake Superior 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 2013 2005 2006, 2007, 2008
Eagan Wildcats AA South Suburban 2006, 2011, 2012, 2014 2011, 2014
East Grand Forks Green Wave A Mariucci 1971, 1980, 1982, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 1998, 2001, 2002 1999, 2014, 2015 2014, 2015
East Ridge Raptors AA Suburban East
Eastview Lightning AA South Suburban 2001, 2013 2001
Eden Prairie Eagles AA Lake 1992, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 2017 2009, 2011, 2016 2009, 2011
Edina[3] Hornets AA Lake 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 1957, 1962, 1972, 1983, 1989, 2007, 2009 1995, 2015 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1996, 1997, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 1969, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1997, 2010, 2013, 2014
Elk River Area Elks AA Northwest Suburban 1993, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 2002 1999 2001 2001
Ely Memorial Timberwolves A Independent
Eveleth-Gilbert[4] Golden Bears A Iron Range 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1993, 1998 1946, 1953, 1956 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1993, 1998 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1993, 1998
Fairmont Cardinals A Big South
Faribault Falcons A Big 9 1993
Farmington Tigers AA South Suburban 1994, 2000, 2016 2000
Fergus Falls Otters A Central Lakes 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 1999
Forest Lake Rangers AA Suburban East
Grand Rapids Thunderhawks AA Independent 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1990, 1991, 2006, 2007, 2016, 2017 1979, 1981 1974, 1977, 2016 1972, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1990, 2006, 2007, 2017 1975, 1976, 1980, 2017
Greenway of Coleraine Raiders A Iron Range 1962, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1987, 1992, 2001 1966, 1969 1987, 2001 1967, 1968, 1992 1967, 1968, 1992
Hastings Raiders AA Metro East 1971, 1985, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1971, 1998 2000 1999
Henry Sibley Warriors AA Metro East 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1993, 1997 1983, 1993
Hermantown Hawks A Lake Superior 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 2001, 2006 1998, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 2007, 2016, 2017
Hibbing/Chisholm Bluejackets A Iron Range 1952, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2011 1974, 1985, 2003 1967, 1970, 1982, 1984, 2004 1952, 1973, 1994 1952, 1973
Hill-Murray Pioneers AA Metro East 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 1977, 1978 1975, 1976, 2010 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 1983, 1991, 2008
Holy Family Catholic Fire AA Wright County
Hopkins[5] Royals AA Lake 1975, 1980
Hutchinson Tigers A Wright County 1995, 1997, 2000, 2009 1995
International Falls Broncos A Iron Range 1950, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1983, 1989, 1995, 2000, 2002 1950 1959, 1971, 1973, 2000 1956, 1957, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1995 1957, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1995
Irondale Knights AA Northwest Suburban 1979, 1980, 1981 1980 1981
Kittson Central[6] Bearcats A Northwest
La Crescent Lancers A Independent
Lake Of The Woods[7] Bears A Northwest 1993 1993
Lakeville North Panthers AA South Suburban 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 2011 2014, 2015 2015
Lakeville South Cougars AA South Suburban 2008, 2012, 2017 2012
Legacy Christian Academy Lions A Two Rivers
Le Sueur-Henderson/St. Peter Bulldogs A Big South
Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons A Wright County 1996, 2008, 2016
Little Falls Flyers A Granite Ridge 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 2008, 2012 2009
Luverne Cardinals A Big South 2014, 2017
Mahtomedi Zephyrs A Metro East 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017 1994, 2015
Mankato East Cougars A Big 9 2006
Mankato West Scarlets A Big 9 2008, 2016
Maple Grove Crimson AA Northwest Suburban 2012, 2017
Marshall Tigers A Big South 2013
Minneapolis (United)[8] Novas A Independent
Minneapolis Edison Tomcats A 1994
Minneapolis Patrick Henry Patriots 1959, 1960, 1964 1960, 1964
Minneapolis Roosevelt Teddies A 1956, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1978, 1992 1958
Minneapolis South Gallant Tigers 1950, 1954, 1955, 1957 1957
Minneapolis Southwest Lakers 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980 1973 1952, 1972 1955, 1970, 1975 1970
Minneapolis Washburn Millers 1948, 1949, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1979 1949 1959
Minneapolis West Harriers 1946, 1947 1947
Minnehaha Academy[9] Redhawks A Independent Metro Athletic
Minnetonka Skippers AA Lake 1985, 1990, 1994, 2006, 2010 2006 1990 2010
Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake Moose A Mississippi 8 2017 2017
Moorhead Spuds AA Mariucci 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017 2013 1993, 1997 1992, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2017
Moose Lake Rebels A Two Rivers
Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson Mustangs A Two Rivers 1996, 1997
Morris/Benson Storm A Southwest
Mound-Westonka White Hawks A Wright County 1998, 2001
Mounds View Mustangs AA Suburban East 1968, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1978
New Prague Trojans A Wright County 2014, 2015 2015 2014
New Ulm Eagles A Big South 1992, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
North Branch Vikings A Two Rivers
North Metro[10] Stars AA Northwest Suburban 1983, 1993
North Saint Paul Polars AA Metro East 1961, 1967, 1970, 1981 1970
Northern Lakes[11] Lightning A Mid State
Northfield Raiders A Big 9 2017
Orono Spartans A Wright County 1992, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014 1993, 2007 1992, 2003 2004
Osseo Orioles AA Northwest Suburban 1994
Owatonna Huskies AA Big 9 1998
Park of Cottage Grove Wolfpack AA Suburban East
Park Rapids Panthers A Mid State
Pine City/Rush City Dragons A Two Rivers
Prairie Centre North Stars A Mid State
Princeton Tigers A Mississippi 8 2002, 2003, 2016
Prior Lake Lakers AA South Suburban
Proctor Rails A Lake Superior 1997 1997
Providence Academy Lions A Independent Metro Athletic
Red Lake Falls Eagles A Northwest
Red Wing Wingers A Big 9 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002 1998 1996, 1997, 2002 1997
Redwood Valley Cardinals A Big South
Richfield Spartans A Metro West 1962, 1963, 1964, 1976, 1986, 1991 1991 1976
River Lakes Stars AA Central Lakes
Robbinsdale Armstrong Falcons AA Northwest Suburban
Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks AA Metro West 1959
Rochester Century Panthers AA Big 9 2005, 2007, 2009 2007
Rochester John Marshall Rockets AA Big 9 1977, 1978, 1979, 1988, 1989, 1996 1977, 1979, 1989 1977
Rochester Lourdes Eagles A Independent 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 2009, 2010, 2011 2002 2001
Rochester Mayo Spartans AA Big 9 1982, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000
Rogers Royals A Mississippi 8
Roseau Rams AA Mariucci 1946, 1947, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014 1964, 1967, 1968, 1984, 2000, 2014 1963, 1978, 1979 1946, 1947, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1971, 1990, 1999, 2007 1946, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1990, 1999, 2007
Rosemount Irish AA South Suburban 1992 1992
Roseville[12] Raiders AA Suburban East 1963, 1965, 1987, 2002, 2003 1963, 1965 2002 2003
Sartell-St. Stephen Sabres A Central Lakes
Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm A Central Lakes 2000
Shakopee Sabers AA South Suburban 2005
Silver Bay Mariners A Independent 1999
Simley Spartans A Metro East 1996, 2003 1996 2003
Sleepy Eye Indians A Southwest
South Saint Paul Packers A Metro East 1947, 1948, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 2004 1947, 1987 1955, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1981 1961, 1968
Spring Lake Park Panthers AA Northwest Suburban 2015
Saint Cloud Apollo Eagles A Central Lakes 1984, 2013, 2015
Saint Cloud Cathedral Crusaders A Granite Ridge 1993, 1994, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2017 2016 2017
Saint Cloud Tech Tigers AA Central Lakes 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952 1946 1948
Saint Francis Fighting Saints AA Mississippi 8
Saint Louis Park Orioles A Metro West 1948, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1998, 2003
Saint Michael-Albertville Knights A Mississippi 8
St. Paul Academy and Summit School Spartans A Independent Metro Athletic 2016
Saint Paul Como Park[13] Cougars AA Tri Metro
Saint Paul Harding Knights AA Tri Metro 1948, 1954, 1958, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1979 1948, 1954 1958
Saint Paul Highland Park[14] Scots A Two Rivers
Saint Paul Johnson[15] Governors A Tri Metro 1946, 1947, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1984, 1991, 1995 1953, 1956, 1961 1954, 1965, 1968 1947, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1963, 1964, 1967 1947, 1953, 1955, 1963
Saint Paul Murray[16] Pilots 1949, 1950, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1963 1951 1950
Saint Paul Washington [17] Prexies 1945, 1956, 1960 1945 1960
Saint Thomas Academy Cadets AA Metro East 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 2015, 2017 2007 (A) 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017 2006 (A), 2008 (A), 2011 (A), 2012 (A), 2013 (A)
Stillwater Ponies AA Suburban East 2014, 2016
Tartan Titans AA Metro East 2004, 2005
Thief River Falls Prowlers A Mariucci 1945, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1965, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2016 1952, 1955, 1959, 2016 1951, 2011, 2016 1945, 1954, 1956 1954, 1956
Totino-Grace Eagles A Northwest Suburban 1993, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2014 2014 1995, 2002, 2005 2002
Two Harbors Agates A Independent
Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl[18] Blue Devils A Iron Range 2005, 2009, 2010
Waconia Wildcats A Wright County
Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines A Mid State 2004
Warroad Warriors A Mariucci 1948, 1949, 1953, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 2004 1949, 1995, 2008, 2010 1948, 1953, 1969, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009 1994, 1996, 2003, 2005
Waseca Bluejays A Big South
Wayzata Trojans AA Lake 1954, 2004, 2013, 2016, 2017 2016 2016
White Bear Lake Area [19] Bears AA Suburban East 1945, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1956, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011 1945, 1990, 1994, 2003 , 2005
White Bear Mariner High School Mariners 1982 1982
Willmar Cardinals A Central Lakes 1947
Williams[20,21] [1] [2] 1949, 1950 1949, 1950
Windom Eagles A Big South
Winona Winhawks A Big 9 1952
Woodbury Royals AA Suburban East 2007, 2008 2008
Worthington Trojans A Big South
  1. ^ Bloomington-Lincoln was founded in 1957, but closed in 1982. Bloomington-Kennedy was founded in 1965. Bloomington-Jefferson was founded in 1970. At the time of the 1965 State Tournament, Bloomington-Lincoln was the only school with an operating hockey team, so it is listed simply as "Bloomington" in state records.
  2. ^ In 1982, Duluth Morgan Park High School merged with Duluth Denfeld High School.
  3. ^ From 1972 to 1981, the Edina School District operated two high schools (see Edina High School History), Edina East and Edina West, each with their own respective sports teams. The State Hockey Championship was won by Edina East in 1974, 1978 and 1979.
  4. ^ In 2004, Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School, whose hockey program was known as Mesabi East since 1988, merged with Eveleth-Gilbert High School.
  5. ^ From 1970 to 1982, Hopkins Senior High School operated as two schools, Hopkins Eisenhower High School and Hopkins Lindbergh High School.
  6. ^ Played as Hallock until 1992.
  7. ^ In 1999, the hockey program of Indus High School merged with Lake of the Woods High School.
  8. ^ In 2005, Edison High School, Roosevelt High School, and Minneapolis South High School merged their programs to become Minneapolis East Co-op, and Washburn High School and Minneapolis Southwest High School merged their programs to become Minneapolis West Co-op. Marshall-University High School (a merger of Marshall and University High Schools in 1967), Minneapolis Central High School, and Minneapolis West High School all closed in 1982, and North Community High School and Patrick Henry High School shut down their hockey programs in 1979 and 1998, respectively. As of 2010, all Minneapolis area high schools play as one co-op team. Minneapolis Southwest is the sole winner of the 1970 State Hockey Tournament.
  9. ^ Minnehaha Academy's hockey program is a co-op between Minnehaha Academy, DeLaSalle High School, Saint Agnes High School, and Saint Croix Lutheran High School.
  10. ^ In 2001, Brooklyn Center High School, Columbia Heights Senior High School, and Fridley High School merged their hockey programs to form Tri-City Co-op. In 2006 Tri City merged with Park Center Senior High School to become North Metro Co-op.
  11. ^ In 2006, Pequot Lakes High School and Crosby-Ironton High School merged their programs to become Northern Lakes Co-op.
  12. ^ Before 1986, Roseville Area High School was divided into two schools, Alexander Ramsey High School and Kellogg High School.
  13. ^ In 2010, Saint Paul Como Park runs their program in a co-op with Saint Paul Central High School.
  14. ^ Between 1987 and 2009, Saint Paul Highland Park High School and Saint Paul Central High School merged their programs to form Saint Paul Central/Highland Park. In 1995, Saint Paul Humboldt High School merged with the Saint Paul Central/Highland Park Co-op to become the Saint Paul Central/Highland Park/Humboldt Co-op. In 2010, Highland Park restarted their own program and Saint Paul Central runs a co-op with Saint Paul Como Park High School. Saint Paul Humboldt now runs a co-op with Saint Paul Johnson High School.
  15. ^ In 1995, Saint Paul Humboldt High School merged with the Saint Paul Central/Highland Park Co-op. When this co-op disbanded in 2010, Saint Paul Humboldt formed a co-op with Saint Paul Johnson.
  16. ^ In 1979, Saint Paul Murray High School became a middle school and ceased high school sports activities.
  17. ^ In 1979, Saint Paul Washington High School closed.
  18. ^ In 1985, Mountain-Iron High School began playing as Mountain-Iron/Buhl. In 1988, Mountain-Iron/Buhl merged programs with Virginia High School.
  19. ^ In 1983, White Bear High School and White Bear Mariner High School merged to become White Bear Lake Area High School.
  20. ^ In ca.1968, Williams High School closed. Williams, Minnesota now falls under Lake of the Woods High School boundaries.

Championship games[edit]

Legend for "Championship Games" Tables Below
Indicator Meaning
* Game was decided in an overtime period
** Game was decided in two overtime periods
*** Game was decided in three overtime periods
Record Win-Loss-Tie record entering championship game
Single Class/Tier I/Class AA Championship Games
Year Section Record Winning Team Score Losing Team Record Section
1945 7 Eveleth 4-3 Thief River Falls 8
1946 8 Roseau 6-0 Rochester 1
1947 4 St. Paul Johnson 2-1 Roseau 8
1948 7 Eveleth 8-2 Warroad 8
1949 7 Eveleth 4-1 Williams 3
1950 7 Eveleth 4-3 Williams 8
1951 7 Eveleth 4-1 St. Paul Johnson 1
1952 7 Hibbing 4-3 Eveleth 3
1953 4 St. Paul Johnson 4-1 Warroad 3
1954 8 Thief River Falls 4-1 Eveleth 7
1955 4 St. Paul Johnson 3-1 Minneapolis Southwest 1
1956 8 Thief River Falls 3-2 International Falls 3
1957 7 19-2 International Falls 3-1 Roseau 19-4-1 8
1958 8 19-4-1 Roseau 1-0 St. Paul Harding 13-7-2 1
1959 8 27-0 Roseau 4-2 Minneapolis Washburn 12-6 5
1960 3 19-3 Duluth East 3-1 St. Paul Washington 11-4 4
1961 8 17-3-2 Roseau 1-0 South St. Paul 17-2-2 1
1962 7 19-2-1 International Falls 4-0 Roseau 19-2-1 8
1963 1 20-0 St. Paul Johnson 4-3* International Falls 19-0-2 7
1964 3 18-3-1 International Falls 7-3 St. Paul Johnson 20-0-1 4
1965 7 22-0 International Falls 7-0 Bloomington Lincoln 8-8-4 6
1966 7 22-0 International Falls 5-0 Roseau 18-3-1 8
1967 7 16-4-2 Greenway 4-2 St. Paul Johnson 21-0 4
1968 3 19-1 Greenway 6-1 South St. Paul 15-6-1 1
1969 6 22-1 Edina 5-4* Warroad 18-3 3
1970 5 19-0-2 Minneapolis Southwest 1-0* Edina 21-0-1 6
1971 6 17-2-3 Edina 1-0 Roseau 19-3 8
1972 7 22-3-1 International Falls 3-2 Grand Rapids 20-7 3
1973 3 21-4-2 Hibbing 6-3 Roseville Alexander Ramsey 16-10 2
1974 6 23-0 Edina East 6-0 Bemidji 19-1-3 8
1975 7 22-4 Grand Rapids 6-1 Minneapolis Southwest 21-5 5
1976 7 Grand Rapids 4-3 Richfield 6
1977 1 24-2 Rochester John Marshall 4-2 Edina East 24-1 6
1978 6 24-1 Edina East 5-4** Grand Rapids 19-3-2 7
1979 6 21-4 Edina East 4-3* Rochester John Marshall 21-4-1 1
1980 7 20-5 Grand Rapids 2-1 Hill-Murray 27-0 3
1981 5 16-8-1 Bloomington Jefferson 3-2 Irondale 20-6 2
1982 6 21-4 Edina 6-0 White Bear Mariner 22-4-1 3
1983 3 27-0 Hill-Murray 4-3 Burnsville 20-5-1 1
1984 6 20-4-1 Edina 4-2 Bloomington-Kennedy 16-8-1 5
1985 1 24-1-1 Burnsville 4-3 Hill-Murray 21-4-1 3
1986 1 19-5-1 Burnsville 4-1 Hill-Murray 24-2 3
1987 5 24-1 Bloomington Kennedy 4-1 Burnsville 19-6 1
1988 6 20-5-1 Edina 5-3 Hill-Murray 22-5 3
1989 5 24-3 Bloomington Jefferson 5-4* Rochester John Marshall 23-4-1 1
1990 8 25-2 Roseau 3-1 Grand Rapids 26-1 7
1991 3 22-6 Hill-Murray 5-3 Duluth East 22-6 2
1992 5 24-2-1 Bloomington Jefferson 6-3 Moorhead 24-3 8
1993 5 27-0 Bloomington Jefferson 4-0 Hill-Murray 23-3 3
1994 5 25-1-1 Bloomington Jefferson 3-1 Moorhead 25-2 8
1995 7 24-3 Duluth East 5-3 Moorhead 24-3 8
1996 5 26-1 Apple Valley 3-2 Edina 18-7-2 6
1997 6 24-3 Edina 1-0 Duluth East 26-0-1 7
1998 7 24-3 Duluth East 3-1 Anoka 22-3-2 4
1999 8 26-1 Roseau 4-0 Hastings 23-4 2
2000 4 20-5-2 Blaine 6-0 Duluth East 23-4 7
2001 4 28-1-1 Elk River 8-1 Moorhead 22-6-1 8
2002 5 26-4-1 Holy Angels 4-2 Hill-Murray 23-5-2 3
2003 4 24-4-1 Anoka 3-1 Roseville 25-3-2 2
2004 3 29-1 Centennial 1-0 Moorhead 26-2 8
2005 5 25-2-2 Holy Angels 6-4 Moorhead 25-2-2 8
2006 2 26-4 Cretin-Derham Hall 7-0 Grand Rapids 21-8 7
2007 8 28-2 Roseau 5-1 Grand Rapids 19-7-4 7
2008 4 26-3-1 Hill-Murray 3-0 Edina 28-2 2
2009 6 27-3 Eden Prairie 3-0 Moorhead 17-9-3 8
2010 2 22-6-2 Edina 4-2 Minnetonka 27-1-2 6
2011 6 23-5-2 Eden Prairie 3-2*** Duluth East 24-5 7
2012 6 24-6 Benilde-St. Margaret's 5-1 Hill-Murray 24-6 4
2013 2 24-6 Edina 4-2 Hill-Murray 27-2-1 4
2014 2 20-4-1 Edina 8-2 Lakeville North 20-4-1 1
2015 1 30-0 Lakeville North 4-1 Duluth East 16-10-4 7
2016 6 19-8-1 Wayzata 5-3 Eden Prairie 18-8-2 6
2017 7 18-7-1 Grand Rapids 6-3 Moorhead 19-4-3 8
Single Class/Tier II/Class A Championship Games
Year Section Record Winning Team Score Losing Team Record Section
1992 7 15-12 Greenway 6-1 Rosemount 6-20-1 2
1993 7 14-14 Eveleth 3-2* Lake Of The Woods 19-7 8
1994 8 23-4 Warroad 5-3 Hibbing 20-7 7
1995 7 19-7-1 International Falls 3-2 Totino Grace 26-1 3
1996 8 23-4 Warroad 10-3 Red Wing 24-3 1
1997 1 27-0 Red Wing 4-3 Warroad 23-4 8
1998 7 21-6 Eveleth 4-2 Hermantown 22-4-1 2
1999 5 25-2 Benilde-St. Margaret's 4-2 East Grand Forks 16-10-2 8
2000 5 23-3-1 Breck 3-2 Warroad 21-5-2 8
2001 5 21-9 Benilde-St. Margaret's 2-1 Rochester Lourdes 24-5 1
2002 5 26-2-1 Totino Grace 3-2 Red Wing 24-5-1 3
2003 8 27-2-1 Warroad 3-1 Simley 19-10-1 3
2004 5 27-1-2 Breck 7-2 Orono 26-3-1 6
2005 8 28-0-2 Warroad 4-3** Totino Grace 27-3 5
2006 3 23-5-1 St. Thomas Academy 4-3 Duluth Marshall 27-1-1 2
2007 7 28-0-2 Hermantown 4-1 Duluth Marshall 24-4-2 2
2008 4 25-5 St. Thomas Academy 5-1 Duluth Marshall 25-5 7
2009 2 26-3-1 Breck 7-3 Warroad 28-2 8
2010 2 28-2 Breck 2-1 Hermantown 27-3 5
2011 4 24-6 St. Thomas Academy 5-4* Hermantown 25-3-2 5
2012 4 25-5 St. Thomas Academy 5-1 Hermantown 30-0 5
2013 4 26-2-2 St. Thomas Academy 5-4 Hermantown 25-4-1 5
2014 8 22-2-1 East Grand Forks 7-3 Hermantown 18-4-2 7
2015 8 26-4-0 East Grand Forks 5-4* Hermantown 27-3-1 7
2016 5 24-2-1 Hermantown 5-0 Breck 23-4-1 2
2017 7 26-1-1 Hermantown 4-3** Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake 21-6-1 5

List of state champions[edit]

List of Single Class/Tier I/Class AA Champions
Rank School Championships Last
1 Edina / Edina East 12 2014
2 Roseau 7 2007
3 International Falls 7 1995
4 Eveleth-Gilbert 5 1951
4 Bloomington Jefferson 5 1994
6 Grand Rapids 4 2017
6 St. Paul Johnson 4 1963
8 Duluth East 3 1998
8 Hill-Murray 3 2008
10 Burnsville 2 1986
10 Eden Prairie 2 2011
10 Greenway 2 1968
10 Hibbing 2 1973
10 Holy Angels 2 2005
10 Thief River Falls 2 1956
16 Anoka 1 2003
16 Apple Valley 1 1996
16 Benilde-St. Margaret's 1 2012
16 Blaine 1 2000
16 Bloomington Kennedy 1 1987
16 Centennial 1 2004
16 Cretin-Derham Hall 1 2006
16 Elk River 1 2001
16 Lakeville North 1 2015
16 Minneapolis Southwest 1 1970
16 Rochester John Marshall 1 1977
16 Wayzata 1 2016
List of Tier II/Class A Champions
Rank School Championships Last
1 St. Thomas Academy 5 2013
2 Breck 4 2010
2 Warroad 4 2005
4 Hermantown 3 2017
5 Benilde-St. Margaret's 2 2001
5 Eveleth 2 1998
5 East Grand Forks 2 2015
8 Greenway 1 1992
8 International Falls 1 1995
8 Red Wing 1 1997
8 Totino Grace 1 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Just how big is the State Boys Hockey Tournament". Kare 11 156 high schools. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.brainerddispatch.com/sports/3695625-boys-hockey-state-tournament-sets-attendance-record
  3. ^ Nelson, Loren. "http://www.mnhockeyhub.com/page/show/359644-100-greatest-players". Star Tribune.  External link in |title= (help);
  4. ^ http://www.mnhockeyhub.com/page/show/-paul-academy
  5. ^ Coaches seed top four teams in each class
  6. ^ "Minnesota State High School Boy's Hockey". 
  7. ^ "Minnesota State High School Boy's Hockey". 
  8. ^ "Minnesota State High School Boy's Hockey". 

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