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MHCA announces Coach of the Year Award winners

The Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association has named its 2013 section coach of the year recipients along with the John Mariucci Award winners as the state coach of the year.

The Mariucci Award winner for Class AA is Mike Randolph of Duluth East. It is the first Mariucci Award for Randolph, who took his team to the state tournament for the 14th time in the past 23 years. The Greyhounds have made six appearances in the championship game during his tenure while winning titles in 1995 and 1998.

The Class A head coach of the year is Duluth Denfeld’s Kevin Smalley, who also won the award in 2010. This season, Smalley led the Hunters to a 19-9-0 record and the Section 7A title game, finishing the regular season ranked ninth in the Associated Press Class A poll.

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Tim Morris honored with inaugural Brano Stankovsky Award

 

Minnesota Girls’ Hockey Coaches Association (MGHCA) Executive Director Tim Morris was honored with the inaugural Brano Stankovsky Award at the annual Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Sunday, Feb. 24.

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Class A: Top-ranked teams vie for state title

With defending champion Breck team not returning to the tournament, this year’s Class A title is up for grabs in a field that features seven teams ranked in the top 20.

Four of the eight Class A teams that played in St. Paul last year have qualified again and the field is headlined by the top three teams in the state – No. 1 Warroad, No. 2 Blake and No. 3 Red Wing. Only one team – Mound Westonka – is making its first state tournament appearance, and five teams – Alexandria, Blake, Hibbing/Chisholm, South St. Paul and Warroad – have captured past state championships.

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2012-13 MGHCA All-State Teams

 

The Minnesota Girls' Hockey Coaches Association (MGHCA) announced their 2012-13 All-State Teams at the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

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Class AA: Skippers look to win third straight title

The Minnetonka Skippers head back to Xcel Energy Center in search of the first back-to-back-to-back state championships in the 18-year history of the girls’ hockey state tournament.

Three Class AA teams return to St. Paul from last year – Eagan, Lakeville North and Minnetonka – and only Eden Prairie  and Minnetonka have captured past state championships. Forest Lake is making its first appearance at the state tournament since 2001, while Eagan is at the X for the eighth time.

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