Cretin-Derham Hall boys hockey treating this state tourney trip more business-like

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The Cretin-Derham Hall boys hockey team opens up state tournament play Thursday at 11 a.m. vs. 2-seed Maple Grove at Xcel Energy Center. This is the Raiders’ second consecutive state trip, with last year’s quest to win a championship ending at the hands of Prior Lake in the quarterfinals.

We attended CDH’s practice on Friday and spoke with coach Matt Funk and captains Jake Fisher and Simon Hogue.

***Click the video box above to watch those interviews and footage from practice***

You’ll notice that the Raiders have a No. 17 sticker on the back of their helmets. That’s in memory of sophomore Cormick Scanlan, a member of the Raiders program, who died in late December from complications after suffering a stroke.

CDH is 18-9-1 this season and beat top-seed St. Thomas Academy for the section 3AA championship.

Fisher, a recent de-commit from Northern Michigan, is a Mr. Hockey finalist and the team’s leading goal scorer.