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]

2009 Boys AA Championship game 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 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[1]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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.[3]
  • 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.[4]
  • 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.[5]

Championship games[edit | edit source]

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 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
1946 23-4 Roseau 6–0 Rochester Eveleth Saint Cloud
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
1949 13-0 Eveleth 4–1 Williams Warroad Minneapolis Washburn
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
1971 22–2–3 Edina 1–0 Roseau 19–3 International Falls Hastings
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
1983 28–0 Hill–Murray 4–3 Burnsville 20–5–1 Henry Sibley Edina
1984 21–4–1 Edina 4–2 Bloomington–Kennedy 16–8–1 Hibbing Roseau
1985 24–1–1 Burnsville 4–3 Hill–Murray 21–4–1 Anoka Hibbing
1986 20–5–1 Burnsville 4–1 Hill–Murray 24–2 Duluth Denfeld Bemidji
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
1991 23–6 Hill–Murray 5–3 Duluth East 22–6 Burnsville Richfield
1992 25–2–2 Bloomington Jefferson 6–3 Moorhead 24–3 Blaine Apple Valley
1993 28–0 Bloomington Jefferson 4–0 Hill–Murray 23–3 Moorhead Cloquet/Esko/Carlton
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
1997 25–3 Edina 1–0 Duluth East 26–0–1 Moorhead Anoka
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
2000 21–5–2 Blaine 6–0 Duluth East 23–4 Hastings Roseau
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
2008 27–3–1 Hill–Murray 3–0 Edina 28–2 Benile-Saint Margaret's Woodbury
2009 28–3 Eden Prairie 3–0 Moorhead 17–9–3 Blaine Edina
2010 22–6–2 Edina 4–2 Minnetonka 27–1–2 Hill-Murray Duluth East
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
2013 27–6 Edina 4–2 Hill–Murray 27–2–1 Duluth East Moorhead
2014 25–4–1 Edina 8–2 Lakeville North 20–4–1 Eagan Roseau
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
Single Class/Tier II/Class A Championship Games
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
1994 24–4 Warroad 5–3 Hibbing 20–7 Mahtomedi Minneapolis Edison
1995 20–7–1 International Falls 3–2 Totino-Grace 26–1 Warroad Hutchinson
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
2000 24–3–1 Breck 3–2 Warroad 21–5–2 International Falls Farmington
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
2003 28-1-1 Warroad 3–1 Simley 19–10–1 Orono Hibbing
2004 28–1–2 Breck 7–2 Orono 26–3–1 Hibbing Warroad
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
2010 28–2 Breck 2–1 Hermantown 27–3 Warroad 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
Minnesota Prep School Tournament(1949-1964)/State Catholic School Tournament (1965-9)/State Independent Tournament (1970-4)
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]

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 6 1972
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
16 Minnetonka 1 2018
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-Gilbert 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
8 Orono 1 2018
Minnesota Prep School Tournament(1949-1964)/State Catholic School Tournament (1965-9)/State Independent Tournament (1970-4)
Rank School Championships Last
1 Cretin 11 1963
2 Duluth Cathedral 5 1969
3 The Blake School 3 1973
3 Saint Paul Academy 3 1974
5 Hill-Murray 2 1972

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