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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. 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.



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, Ben Ulland, Jeff Vivant, 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

  • 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.
  • 1969 -- The tournament moves to Met Center in Bloomington, home of the Minnesota North Stars NHL team.
  • 1976 -- The tournament moves to the St. Paul Civic Center.
  • 1992 -- Tier I and Tier II structure adopted.
  • 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 Minnesota Wild NHL team.
  • 2003 -- Period length changed from 15 to 17 minutes.
  • 2007 -- Coaches seed top four teams in each class.[1]
  • 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. [2]


School Team Colors Championships
Academy of Holy Angels Stars Royal Blue & Vegas Gold 2002 (AA), 2005 (AA)
Albert Lea Tigers Cherry & Blue
Alexandria Cardinals Red & Black
Andover Huskies Black & Gold
Anoka Tornadoes Maroon & White 2003 (AA)
Apple Valley Eagles Brown, Gold & White 1996 (AA)
Austin Packers Scarlet & White
Bagley/Fosston Flyers Maroon & Gold
Becker/Big Lake Eagles Blue & White
Bemidji Lumberjacks Navy Blue & White
Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights Red & White 1999 (A), 2001 (A)
Blaine Bengals Navy Blue & Columbia Blue 2000 (AA)
Blake Bears Royal Blue, Kelly Green & White
Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars Columbia Blue & Silver 1981, 1989, 1992 (I), 1993 (I), 1994 (AA)
Bloomington Kennedy Eagles Navy Blue & Gold 1987
Brainerd Warriors Blue & White
Breck Mustangs Navy Blue & Gold 2000 (A), 2004 (A), 2009 (A), 2010 (A)
Buffalo Bison Purple & White
Burnsville Blaze Black & Gold 1985, 1986
Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets Royal Blue & White
Centennial Cougars Scarlet & White 2004 (AA)
Champlin Park Rebels Navy Blue, Silver & White
Chaska/Chanhassen Storm Hawks Purple & Gold
Chisago Lakes Wildcats Forest Green, Gold & Black
Cloquet/Esko/Carlton Lumberjacks Purple & White
Coon Rapids Cardinals Red & White
Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders Purple & Gold 2006 (AA)
Crookston Pirates Navy Blue & Gold
Delano/Rockford Tigers Orange & Black
Detroit Lakes Lakers Red & White
Dodge County Wildcats Royal Blue & Black
Duluth Central Trojans Red & White
Duluth Denfeld Hunters Maroon & Gold
Duluth East Greyhounds Red & Grey 1960, 1995 (AA), 1998 (AA)
Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers Black & Gold
Eagan Wildcats Royal Blue, Kelly Green, Silver & White
East Grand Forks Green Wave Green, Red & White
East Ridge Raptors Black, Gold & White
Eastview Lightning Black, Blue, Silver & White
Eden Prairie Eagles Red & Black 2009 (AA)
Edina Hornets Green & White 1969, 1971, 1974[1], 1978[1], 1979[1], 1982, 1984, 1988, 1997 (AA), 2010 (AA)
Elk River/Zimmerman Elks Red, Black & White 2001 (AA)
Ely/Babbitt-Embarras/Tower-Soudan Timberwolves Red & White
Eveleth-Gilbert/Mesabi East Golden Bears Gold & Black 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1993 (II), 1998 (A)
Fairmont Cardinals Cardinal & White
Faribault Falcons Green & White
Farmington Tigers Orange & Black
Fergus Falls Otters Maroon & Gold
Forest Lake Rangers Maroon & Gold
Grand Rapids Thunderhawks Orange & Black 1975, 1976, 1980
Greenway Raiders Kelly Green & White 1967, 1968, 1992 (II)
Hastings Radiers Royal Blue & Gold
Henry Sibley Warriors Red & Gold
Hermantown Hawks Navy Blue & Old Gold 2007 (A)
Hibbing/Chisholm Bluejackets Navy Blue & White 1952, 1973
Hill-Murray Pioneers Green, Black & White 1983, 1991, 2008 (AA)
Holy Family Catholic Fire Forest Green & White
Hopkins Royals Royal Blue & Silver
Hutchinson Tigers Black & Yellow
International Falls Broncos Purple & Gold 1957, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1995 (A)
Irondale Knights Maroon & Gold
Kittson Central Wolfpack Orange, Gold, Black & White
La Crescent Lancers Green & White
Lake Of The Woods Bears Maroon & Gold
Lakeville North Panthers Red & White
Lakeville South Cougars Cardinal & Gold
Le Sueur-Henderson/St. Peter Bulldogs Blue, Silver & White
Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons Green, Black & White
Little Falls Flyers Purple & White
Luverne Cardinals Red & White
Mahtomedi Zephyrs Navy & Gold
Mankato East Cougars Black & Gold
Mankato West Scarlets Red & White
Maple Grove Crimson Crimson & Gold
Marshall Tigers Orange & Black
Meadow Creek Christian Saints Blue & White
Minneapolis East Samurais Red & White
Minneapolis Southwest Lakers Purple & White 1970[2
Minnehaha Academy Redhawks Red & White
Minnetonka Skippers Royal Blue & White
Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake Stars Red, Black & Gold
Moorhead Spuds Orange & Black
Moose Lake Area Rebels Red, Blue & Gray
Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson Mustangs Royal Blue & White
Morris/Benson Area Storm Black, Blue & Silver
Mound-Westonka White Hawks Red & White
Mounds View Mustangs Green & White
New Prague Trojans Cardinal & Black
New Ulm Eagles Purple & White
North Branch Vikings Red & White
North Metro Stars Green & Gold
North St. Paul Polars Red & White
Northern Lakes Lightning Black & Red
Northfield Raiders Maroon & Gold
Orono Spartans Navy Blue & Scarlet
Osseo Orioles Orange & Black
Owatonna Huskies Royal Blue & Silver
Park-Cottage Grove Wolfpack Forest Green & White
Park Rapids Panthers Orange & Black
Pine City/Rush City Dragons Kelly Green & White
Prairie Centre Area North Stars Black, Maroon & Gold
Princeton Tigers Black, Orange & White
Prior Lake Lakers Navy Blue & Gold
Proctor Rails Dark Green & White
Providence Academy Lions Navy Blue & Old Gold
Red Lake Falls Eagles Purple & Gold
Red Wing Wingers Purple & White 1997 (A)
Redwood Valley Cardinals Red & White
Richfield Spartans Cardinal & White
River Lakes Stars Red, Black & White
Robbinsdale Armstrong Falcons Red, Blue & White
Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks Orange & Blue
Rochester Century Panthers Navy Blue & Silver
Rochester John Marshall Rockets Red & Black 1977
Rochester Lourdes Eagles Purple & Gold
Rochester Mayo Spartans Green & Gold
Rogers Royals Royal Blue, Black & White
Roseau Rams Green & White 1946, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1990, 1999 (AA), 2007 (AA)
Rosemount Irish Navy Blue & Gold
Roseville Raiders Black & Silver
Sartell-St. Stephen Sabres Royal Blue & White
Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm Green & Gold
Shakopee Sabers Red, Black & White
Silver Bay Mariners Blue & White
Simley Spartans Columbia Blue, Scarlet & White
Sleepy Eye Indians Orange & Black
South St. Paul Packers Maroon & White
Spring Lake Park Panthers Royal Blue, Scarlet & White
St. Bernard's/St. Agnes Bulldogs Royal Blue & Gold
St. Cloud Apollo Eagles Red, Blue & White
St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders Royal Blue & Gold
St. Cloud Tech Tigers Orange & Black
St. Francis Fighting Saints Navy Blue & White
St. Louis Park Orioles Orange, Black & White
St. Michael-Albertville Knights Blue & Gold
St. Paul Academy Spartans Vegas Gold & Navy Blue
St. Paul Como Park Cougars Black & Gold
St. Paul Johnson Governors Maroon & White 1947, 1953, 1955, 1963
St. Thomas Academy Cadets Royal Blue & White 2006 (A), 2008 (A)
Stillwater Ponies Red & Black
Tartan Titans Air Force Blue & Silver
Thief River Falls Prowlers Royal Blue & Gold 1954, 1956
Totino-Grace Eagles Blue & Gold 2002 (A)
Two Harbors Agates Maroon & White
Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl Blue Devils Royal Blue & White
Waconia Wildcats Purple & Gold
Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Royal Blue & Gold
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves Royal Blue & Silver
Warroad Warriors Black & Gold 1994 (A), 1996 (A), 2003 (A), 2005 (A)
Waseca Bluejays Blue & Gold
Wayzata Trojans Royal Blue & Gold
White Bear Lake Bears Orange, Black & White
Willmar Cardinals Cardinal & White
Windom Area Eagles Blue & Gold
Winona Winhawks Black & Orange
Woodbury Royals Royal Blue & White
Worthington Trojans Black & Red
  1. ^  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.
  2. ^  The 1970 championship was won by Minneapolis Southwest who is now part of the Minneapolis West co-op along with North, Henry and Washburn.

Most State Championships

Rank School Championships Last Class
1 Edina Hornets 10 2010 2 - AA
2 Eveleth-Gilbert/Mesabi East Golden Bears 7 1998 1 - Tier II, 1 - A
2 International Falls Broncos 7 1995 1 - A
2 Roseau Rams 7 2007 2 - AA
5 Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars 5 1994 2 - Tier I, 1 - AA
6 Breck Mustangs 4 2010 All Class A
6 St. Paul Johnson Governors 4 1963
6 Warroad Warriors 4 2005 All Class A
9 Duluth East Greyhounds 3 1998 2 - AA
9 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 3 1980
9 Greenway Raiders 3 1992 1 - Tier II
9 Hill Murray Pioneers 3 2008 1 - AA
13 Holy Angels Stars 2 2005 All Class AA
13 Benilde-St. Margarets Red Knights 2 2001 All Class A
13 Burnsville Blaze (Braves) 2 1986
13 Hibbing/Chisholm Bluejackets 2 1973
13 St. Thomas Cadets 2 2008 All Class A
13 Thief River Falls Prowlers 2 1956
19 Anoka Tornadoes 1 2003 AA
19 Apple Valley Eagles 1 1996 AA
19 Blaine Bengals 1 2000 AA
19 Bloomington Kennedy Eagles 1 1987
19 Centennial Cougars 1 2004 AA
19 Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders 1 2006 AA
19 Eden Prairie Eagles 1 2009 AA
19 Elk River Elks 1 2001 AA
19 Hermantown Hawks 1 2007 A
19 Minneapolis Southwest Lakers (Indians) 1 1970
19 Red Wing Wingers 1 1997 A
19 Totino-Grace Eagles 1 2002 A


  1. ^ Coaches seed top four teams in each class
  2. ^ [.http://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/activitypage.asp?actnum=410]

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