High School

Why I love high school hockey

 

By Tim Kolehmainen

Even after 44 years, I’m still just a kid at heart. I’m awed by the ability to see the extraordinary rise out of the ordinary. That’s my favorite thing about high school hockey – the sense of wonder while seeing something I know I’ll never forget.

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The Tourney: High school hockey’s crown jewel

 

By Dave Aus
Head Coach, Brainerd HS

The greatest thing about Minnesota high school hockey is the state tournament. To me, the tournament has very special significance. My family has been going for years since my Grandpa Aus got season tickets in the early years of the tournament.

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State tournament memories

 

By Steve Carroll
Edina East High School
Carroll Goalie School

I had the opportunity to play goalie in the eight-team state hockey tournament during my senior year at Edina East High School in 1977. We had a good team that season. In fact, 14 of the 18 players on the playoff roster would go on to play either NCAA Division I or Division II hockey.

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Minnesota high school hockey: The great shared experience

 

By Chris Lonke
Head Coach, New Prague HS

We all know that the game of hockey is the greatest game in the world because of its speed, non-stop action and competitive skill. Hockey in our state is great for another reason as well: It’s lifelong shared experience.

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High school hockey is special and unique

 

By Greg Vannelli
Co-Head Coach, St. Thomas Academy

The longer I continue to coach high school hockey the more I appreciate how special and unique it is. It doesn’t take the players long to also realize this – as they witness not only their school classmates supporting them, but also their extended hockey community. It’s exciting to see entire communities fill the arenas to support their respective team in section and state play.

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