High School

Lineup announced for 2013 Schwan Cup


Newly crowned boys’ Minnesota State High School hockey champions Edina (AA) and St. Thomas Academy (A) will headline the field for the 13th annual Schwan Cup high school hockey tournament, to be played Dec. 26-28, 2013. The 32 teams are divided into four divisions, with the Gold Division playing at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis and other divisions playing at the Schwan Super Rink, on the campus of the National Sports Center in Blaine. All divisions will play their championship games at Ridder Arena on Dec. 28.

The Schwan Cup is the most-prestigious annual holiday high school hockey tournament in Minnesota, annually drawing a powerhouse lineup of top-ranked and state tournament teams, especially in the top gold division. Here is the lineup:

Gold Division, playing at Ridder Arena: Breck, Burnsville, Duluth East, Edina, Hill-Murray, Minnetonka, Prior Lake, and St. Thomas Academy.

Gold Division highlights: Both newly-crowned state champions will be in the field, Edina and St. Thomas Academy; defending Schwan Cup Gold Division champion is Hill-Murray; Prior Lake won the Silver Division last year and earns promotion into the Gold Division; a total of five state tournament teams from 2013 in this field – Breck, Duluth East, Edina, St. Thomas Academy and Hill-Murray – plus Burnsville, which lost in the section finals. 

“This is an interesting blend of teams,” says tournament director Pete Carlson, who handles inviting and bracketing teams. “There are the traditional powers that have won in recent years like Hill-Murray and Minnetonka. Then there is Prior Lake, a program that’s on the rise. And we’ve got an ‘A’ division power, Breck, which is something we’ve offered for the past several Schwan Cups – the chance for at least one ‘A’ school to test the waters against the ‘AA’ teams.”

Silver Division, playing at the Schwan Super Rink, with championship game at Ridder Arena: Andover, Centennial, Eastview, Hopkins, Lakeville South, Mounds View, Roseville and Stillwater.

Silver Division highlights: Two state tournament teams in this field, Centennial and Eastview, plus Lakeville South which was eliminated in their section final. Lakeville South also finished second in the Silver Division last year, with Centennial finishing third. Centennial, by the way, is the only team to win both the Schwan Cup Gold division and the State Tournament in the same year (2003). Mounds View won the Bronze championship last year, earning a promotion into Silver.

Bronze Division, playing at the Schwan Super Rink, with championship game at Ridder Arena: Anoka, Austin, Blake, Champlin Park, Chanhassen, Holy Angels, Orono and Rogers.

Bronze Division highlights: Champlin Park nearly advanced to the 2013 State Tournament, losing in the section finals; no defending Schwan Cup champions in this field, but Holy Angels is a two-time Gold division champion.

Open Division, playing at the Schwan Super Rink, with championship game at Ridder Arena: Bloomington Kennedy, Irondale, Luverne, Marshall, Minneapolis, Spring Lake Park, St. Michael-Albertville, Winona.

Open Division highlights: Three of the top four teams from the Schwan Cup open division in 2012 return: Minneapolis, champion; Bloomington Kennedy, runner-up; Spring Lake Park, fourth place.

The specific game schedule and brackets will be announced later in the year, as will the lineup for the girls’ division.