High School

Current section format diminishing the state tournament

 

By Jack Jablonski

For years, Minnesota high school hockey’s section playoff format has been unfair and has eliminated too many of the top teams. For example, last year in the girls’ Section 6AA playoff, four of the top six teams in the state battled for one spot in the state tournament. All four deserved a better chance based on their overall season record, while other section representatives breezed through a perennially weak playoff bracket. This happens every year in the boys’ sections as well and it diminishes the quality of the AA playoffs.

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Elite League opens 2014 season

 

The Upper Midwest High School Elite League (UMHSEL) began its 14th season with a two-day training camp, Aug. 29-30, at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.

 

The camp was a chance for the league’s 120-plus players to be tested, on and off the ice, and measured, allowing the UMHSEL to provide college and professional scouts with information on every individual athlete.

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2013-14 MGHCA All-State Teams

 

The Minnesota Girls' Hockey Coaches Association (MGHCA) announced their 2013-14 All-State Teams at the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

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Coaching Carousel: Minnesota high school coaching changes

High School Boys

School 2013-14 Coach 2014-15 Coach
Bagley/Fosston Jacob Seuntjens Mathew Penner
Blaine Dave Aus Chris Carroll
Brainerd Jim Archibald Dave Aus
Coon Rapids Brandon Mileski Steve Moe
Delano Steve Brown Gerrit van Bergen
Detroit Lakes Chris Denardo Todd Dwyer
East Ridge Doug Long Wes Walz
Farmington Keith Revels Greg May
Forest Lake Aaron Forsythe Jon Loo
Henry Sibley Patrick Bogie Corey Hessler
North Shore Shawn Bartlette Mike Guzzo
North St. Paul Jerry Diebel Nate Peasley
Northfield Bryce Barry Mike Luckraft
Prairie Centre Rob Mettenburg/Jim Conrad Josh Meyer
Richfield Mark Johnson Dave Shute
Sauk Rapids-Rice John Kothenbeutel Ken Karna
Shakopee Lee Engstrom Ed Loiselle
Simley James Joseph Austyn Kryzer
Waconia Dan Benham Patrick Lenton
Willmar Dan Tollefson Jaime Hagen

 

High School Girls

School 2013-14 Coach 2014-15 Coach
Albert Lea Laura Hillman Scott Ball
Brainerd/Little Falls Stephanie Sustercich Jim Ernster
Duluth Marshall n/a Dennis Genereau, Jr.
East Grand Forks Jim Scanlan Jim Enright
East Ridge Wes Walz Dean Talafous
Elk River/Zimmerman Joe Heasley Dale Sager
Faribault Steve Gravgaard Allie Miller
Fergus Falls Matt Koalska Tim Lill
Forest Lake Ryan Sauter Todd Gutterman
Holy Angels Jon Dundore Lenny Vannelli
Hopkins Vin Paolucci Chris Erickson
Mahtomedi Laura May Craig Mickleson
Mankato West Mike Sipe Tom Villagomez
Minnehaha Academy Jeff Lanz Dan Berthiaume
Moorhead Kaylee Black Emily Sell
Mound Westonka Chris Erickson Jack Gravel
North Shore Bruce Carman Brian Entzion
Rochester Mayo Jeff Bolin Mike McCormack
Rogers Dale Sager Joel Wesloh
St. Louis Park Donnie Williams Charlie McChesney
Thief River Falls Corey Poole Whitney Restemayer

Senior Classic set for Feb. 28-March 2

 

The Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association is once again preparing for the High School Senior Classic to be hosted at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The dates of the event are Friday, Feb. 28, to Sunday, March 2. This annual event celebrating the careers of our best female high school players is now in its 16th year.

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