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. 156 high schools (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.
History[edit | edit source]
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 recently adopted by the Minnesota State High School League.
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. Attendance has been strong throughout the years with 22 tournaments eclipsing the 100,000+ barrier and in 2004 a record setting total of 120,114 (both classes). 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 the United States in terms of viewing and attendance, beating both the Texas and Florida's State High School Football Tournament and the Indiana State High School Basketball Tournament.
Neal Broten, Herb Brooks, Phil Housley, Reed Larson, Tom Preissing, Doug Zmolek, John Mayasich, Craig Norwich, Mike Antonovich, Henry Boucha, Steve Janaszak, Brian Lee, John Pohl, Dave Spehar, Chris Locker Mark Parrish, TJ Oshie, and Blake Wheeler are among the many notable players that participated in Minnesota high school hockey.
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 four teams in each class will be seeded. Coaches of the participating schools will vote to determine the seeded teams the Sunday before the state tournament. The four teams are then bracketed so that if the seeded teams advance, the top seed will play the fourth seed while the second and third seeds will play each other. The quarterfinal opponents of the seeded teams will be determined by a blind draw.
Historical timeline[edit | edit source]
- 1905 – Saint Paul Academy fields what is believed to be the oldest varsity team in the state
- 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 schools 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.
- 2008 – 19,559 fans attended the 2008 State Boys' Hockey Tournament Class AA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, March 7, setting a new record for the largest crowd to ever attend a hockey game in the state of Minnesota.
- 2015 – 21,609 fans attended the 2015 State Boys' Hockey Tournament Class AA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, March 6, setting a new record for the largest crowd to ever attend a hockey game in the state of Minnesota.
- 2016 – 22,244 fans attended the 2016 State Boys' Hockey Tournament Class AA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, March 4, setting a new record for the largest crowd to ever attend a hockey game in the state of Minnesota.
Championship games[edit | edit source]
|*||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|
|Year||Record||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Record||Third Place||Consolation|
|1945||11-0||Eveleth||4–3||Thief River Falls||Saint Paul Washington||White Bear Lake|
|1947||34-1||St. Paul Johnson||2–1||Roseau||Minneapolis West||South Saint Paul|
|1948||15-0||Eveleth||8–2||Warroad||Saint Cloud||Saint Paul Harding|
|1950||22-0||Eveleth||4–3||Williams||Saint Paul Murray||International Falls|
|1951||19-0||Eveleth||4–1||St. Paul Johnson||Thief River Falls||Saint Paul Murray|
|1952||12-2||Hibbing||4–3||Eveleth||Minneapolis Southwest||Thief River Falls|
|1953||29-2||St. Paul Johnson||4–1||Warroad||Eveleth||Saint Paul Humboldt|
|1954||20-0||Thief River Falls||4–1||Eveleth||Saint Paul Johnson||Saint Paul Harding|
|1955||26-1-2||St. Paul Johnson||3–1||Minneapolis Southwest||South Saint Paul||Thief River Falls|
|1956||19-1||Thief River Falls||3–2||International Falls||Eveleth||Saint Paul Johnson|
|1957||23-2||International Falls||3–1||Roseau||19–4–1||Minneapolis South||Edina Morningside|
|1958||22-4-1||Roseau||1–0||St. Paul Harding||13–7–2||South Saint Paul||Minneapolis Roosevelt|
|1959||30-0||Roseau||4–2||Minneapolis Washburn||12–6||International Falls||Thief River Falls|
|1960||23-3||Duluth East||3–1||St. Paul Washington||11–4||Minneapolis Patrick Henry||Minneapolis Roosevelt|
|1961||21-3-2||Roseau||1-0||South Saint Paul||17-2-2||Duluth East||Saint Paul Johnson|
|1962||23-2-1||International Falls||4–0||Roseau||19–2–1||South Saint Paul||Edina Morningside|
|1963||24-2-1||St. Paul Johnson||4–3*||International Falls||19–0–2||Roseau||Roseville-Alexander Ramsey|
|1964||22-3-1||International Falls||7–3||St. Paul Johnson||20–0–1||Minneapolis Patrick Henry||Roseau|
|1965||26-0||International Falls||7–0||Bloomington Lincoln||8–8–4||Saint Paul Johnson||Roseville-Alexander Ramsey|
|1966||26–0||International Falls||5–0||Roseau||18–3–1||South Saint Paul||Greenway of Coleraine|
|1967||20-4-2||Greenway of Coleraine||4–2||St. Paul Johnson||21–0||Hibbing||Roseau|
|1968||23-3||Greenway of Coleraine||6–1||South St. Paul||15–6–1||Saint Paul Johnson||Roseau|
|1969||26–1||Edina||5–4*||Warroad||18–3||South Saint Paul||Greenway of Coleraine|
|1970||24-0-1||Minneapolis Southwest||1–0*||Edina||21–0–1||Hibbing||North Saint Paul|
|1972||22–3–1||International Falls||3–2||Grand Rapids||20–7||Minneapolis Southwest||Edina|
|1973||21–4–2||Hibbing||6–3||Roseville Alexander Ramsey||16–10||International Falls||Minneapolis Southwest|
|1974||23–0||Edina East||6–0||Bemidji||19–1–3||Grand Rapids||Hibbing|
|1975||23–4||Grand Rapids||6–1||Minneapolis Southwest||21–5||Hill-Murray||Duluth East|
|1976||22-5||Grand Rapids||4–3||Richfield||Hill-Murray||Bloomington Kennedy|
|1977||25–2||Rochester John Marshall||4–2||Edina East||24–1||Grand Rapids||Hill-Murray|
|1978||25–1||Edina East||5–4**||Grand Rapids||19–3–2||Roseau||Hill-Murray|
|1979||22–4||Edina East||4–3*||Rochester John Marshall||21–4–1||Roseau||Grand Rapids|
|1980||21–5||Grand Rapids||2–1||Hill–Murray||27–0||Bloomington Jefferson||Irondale|
|1981||17–8–1||Bloomington Jefferson||3–2||Irondale||20–6||South Saint Paul||Grand Rapids|
|1982||22–4||Edina||6–0||White Bear Mariner||22–4–1||Hibbing||Cloquet|
|1987||25–1||Bloomington Kennedy||4–1||Burnsville||19–6||Greenway of Coleraine||South Saint Paul|
|1988||21–5–1||Edina||5–3||Hill–Murray||22–5||Bloomington Jefferson||Duluth Denfeld|
|1989||25–3||Bloomington Jefferson||5–4*||Rochester John Marshall||23–4–1||Duluth Denfeld||Edina|
|1990||26–2||Roseau||3–1||Grand Rapids||26–1||Minnetonka||White Bear Lake|
|1992||25–2–2||Bloomington Jefferson||6–3||Moorhead||24–3||Blaine||Apple Valley|
|1994||28-0||Bloomington Jefferson||3–1||Moorhead||25–2||Duluth East||White Bear Lake|
|1995||25–3||Duluth East||5–3||Moorhead||24–3||Edina||Bloomington Jefferson|
|1996||27–1||Apple Valley||3–2||Edina||18–7–2||Duluth East||Alexandria|
|1998||25–3||Duluth East||3–1||Anoka||22–3–2||Bloomington Jefferson||Hastings|
|1999||27–1||Roseau||4–0||Hastings||23–4||Elk River Area||Blaine|
|2001||29–1–1||Elk River Area||8–1||Moorhead||22–6–1||Greenway of Coleraine||Eastview|
|2002||26–4–1||Academy of Holy Angels||4–2||Hill–Murray||23–5–2||Roseville/Saint Anthony Village||Elk River Area|
|2003||25–4–1||Anoka||3–1||Roseville||25–3–2||Academy of Holy Angels||White Bear Lake Area|
|2004||30–1||Centennial||1–0||Moorhead||26–2||Duluth East||Academy of Holy Angels|
|2005||26-3-1||Academy of Holy Angels||6–4||Moorhead||25–2–2||Duluth East||White Bear Lake|
|2006||27–4||Cretin–Derham Hall||7–0||Grand Rapids||21–8||Blaine||Minnetonka|
|2007||28–2||Roseau||5–1||Grand Rapids||19–7–4||Rochester Century||Edina|
|2011||23–5–2||Eden Prairie||3–2***||Duluth East||24–5||Eagan||Lakeville North|
|2012||25–6||Benilde–St. Margaret's||5–1||Hill–Murray||24–6||Lakeville South||Duluth East|
|2015||31–0||Lakeville North||4–1||Duluth East||16–10–4||Edina||Saint Thomas Academy|
|2016||22–8–1||Wayzata||5–3||Eden Prairie||18–8–2||Grand Rapids||Bemidji|
|2017||23–7–1||Grand Rapids||6–3||Moorhead||19–4–3||Eden Prairie||Saint Thomas Academy|
|2018||24-2-2||Minnetonka||5-2||Duluth East||22-2-3||Edina||Saint Thomas Academy|
|Year||Record||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Record||Third Place||Consolation|
|1992||16–12||Greenway of Coleraine||6–1||Rosemount||6–20–1||Orono||Minneapolis Roosevelt|
|1993||14–14||Eveleth||3–2*||Lake Of The Woods||19–7||Henry Sibley||Orono|
|1996||24–4||Warroad||10–3||Red Wing||24–3||Breck School||Simley|
|1997||28–0||Red Wing||4–3||Warroad||23–4||Procter||Breck School|
|1998||22–6||Eveleth||4–2||Hermantown||22–4–1||Red Wing||East Grand Forks|
|1999||26–2||Benilde–St. Margaret's||4–2||East Grand Forks||16–10–2||Fergus Falls||Saint Thomas Academy|
|2001||22–9||Benilde–St. Margaret's||2–1||Rochester Lourdes||24–5||Hermantown||East Grand Forks|
|2002||27–2–1||Totino-Grace||3–2||Red Wing||24–5–1||Rochester Lourdes/Plainview||East Grand Forks|
|2005||26–0–2||Warroad||4–3**||Totino-Grace||27–3||Duluth Marshall||Albert Lea|
|2006||24–5–1||St. Thomas Academy||4–3||Duluth Marshall||27–1–1||Hermantown||The Blake School|
|2007||29-0-1||Hermantown||4–1||Duluth Marshall||24–4–2||Saint Thomas Academy||Orono|
|2008||26–5||St. Thomas Academy||5–1||Duluth Marshall||25–5||Warroad||Little Falls|
|2009||27–3–1||Breck||7–3||Warroad||28–2||Little Falls||Rochester Lourdes|
|2011||24–6||St. Thomas Academy||5–4*||Hermantown||25–3–2||Thief River Falls||Rochester Lourdes|
|2012||26–4||St. Thomas Academy||5–1||Hermantown||30–0||Breck School||Little Falls|
|2013||27–2–2||St. Thomas Academy||5–4||Hermantown||25–4–1||Breck School||Duluth Marshall|
|2014||28–2–1||East Grand Forks||7–3||Hermantown||18–4–2||New Prague||Totino-Grace|
|2015||26-4||East Grand Forks||5–4*||Hermantown||27–3–1||Mahtomedi||New Prague|
|2016||27–2–1||Hermantown||5–0||Breck||23–4–1||Thief River Falls||Saint Cloud Cathedral|
|2017||29–1–1||Hermantown||4–3**||Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake||21–6–1||Saint Cloud Cathedral||Delano|
|2018||20-7-1||Orono||2-1||Alexandria||16-10-1||Hermantown||Thief River Falls|
|Year||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Third Place||Consolation|
|1949||Cretin||5-3||Saint Thomas Academy||Not Played||Not Played|
|1950||Cretin||7-1||The Blake School||Not Played||Not Played|
|1951||Saint Thomas Academy||5-3||Cretin||Not Played||Not Played|
|1952||Cretin||6-1||Saint Thomas Academy||Not Played||Not Played|
|1953||Cretin||7-3||Saint Paul Academy||Not Played||Not Played|
|1954||Cretin||2-1*||Minnehaha Academy||Not Played||Not Played|
|1955||Saint Thomas Academy||6-1||Breck School||Not Played||Not Played|
|1956||Cretin||4-2||The Blake School||Not Played||Not Played|
|1957||Cretin||5-1||Minnehaha Academy||Not Played||Not Played|
|1958||Cretin||6-2||Saint Thomas Academy||Not Played||Not Played|
|1959||Cretin||3-2*||Breck School||The Blake School||Not Played|
|1960||Cretin||8-3||Minnehaha Academy||De La Salle||Not Played|
|1961||Saint Paul Academy||2-1||Cretin||Minnehaha Academy||The Blake School|
|1962||Saint Paul Academy||5-1||The Blake School||Minnehaha Academy||Cretin|
|1963||Cretin||9-2||Saint Paul Academy||The Blake School||Not Played|
|1964||The Blake School||4-2||Hill||Cretin||Not Played|
|1965||Duluth Cathedral||3-2*||Hill||Not Played||Not Played|
|1966||Duluth Cathedral||9-0||Saint Bernard||Benilde||Hill|
|1967||Duluth Cathedral||4-2||Benilde||Saint Agnes||Saint Bernard|
|1968||Duluth Cathedral||4-3||Saint Agnes||Saint Bernard||Cretin|
|1969||Duluth Cathedral||6-1||Hill||Cretin||Not Played|
|1970||Hill||5-4*||Duluth Cathedral||The Blake School||Saint Thomas Academy|
|1971||The Blake School||4-2||Hill||Benilde||Duluth Cathedral|
|1972||Hill-Murray||3-2||Duluth Cathedral||Archbishop Brady||The Blake School|
|1973||The Blake School||5-3||Cretin||Hill-Murray||Saint Paul Academy and Summit School|
|1974||Saint Paul Academy and Summit School||2-1||Hill-Murray||The Blake School||Duluth Cathedral|
List of state champions[edit | edit source]
|1||Edina / Edina East||12||2014|
|6||St. Paul Johnson||4||1963|
|10||Thief River Falls||2||1956|
|16||Rochester John Marshall||1||1977|
|1||St. Thomas Academy||5||2013|
|5||East Grand Forks||2||2015|
|3||The Blake School||3||1973|
|3||Saint Paul Academy||3||1974|
References[edit | edit source]
- Welcome to the Minnesota State High School League.
- Minnesota State High School League 2004-2005 Annual Report.
- John Rosengren's book Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win (2003, Sourcebooks, Inc., ISBN 1-4022-0046-3) follows the 2000-2001 Bloomington-Jefferson Jaguars' season.
- Dohrmann, George (2004-03-22), "High School Heaven", Sports Illustrated, <http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/features/si50/states/minnesota/story/>
[edit | edit source]
- FollowThePuck.com - Minnesota High School Hockey
- MNHockeyHub.com - Minnesota Boys High School Hockey
- Minnesota Boys High School Hockey
- Minnesota Boys High School Hockey
- Minnesota High School Hockey Forum
- Minnesota Hockey Forums
References[edit | edit source]
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