Minnesota high school hockey: reflecting on memorable moments

March 07, 2019 04:55 PM

In 75 years of hockey, there have been a lot of special moments and fantastic finishes. However, there has been great individual performances and teams that set the standards for today's players. 

From 1948 to 1951, John Mayasich guided Eveleth to four straight titles. And he still owns the state tournament record for most points with 46.

In 1995, Dave Spehar tallied nine points, which came as the result of three consecutive hat tricks. The following year he recorded two hat tricks in three games.

When it comes to goals scored, Grant Besse's name comes to mind. During the championship game in 2012, Besse netted five goals-- two shorthanded-- as Benilde-St. Margaret's defeated Hill-Murray 5-1.

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As far as stopping the puck goes, the best stretch by a goaltender was Greg Stutz of Centennial. In 2004, he recorded three consecutive shutouts, the only player to do so.

Then there are classic games to not-soon forget. In 1955, Minneapolis South beat Thief River Falls in the longest game ever played-- 11 overtimes-- in a 3-2 victory.

But high school hockey fans always talk about 1996. That's when Apple Valley outlasted Duluth East, in five overtimes, 5-4. An instant classic.

In 2011, Duluth East suffered another heartbreaking loss. In the championship game, Eden Prairie outlasted the Greyhounds 3-2, as Kyle Rau became a legend for the Eagles.

When discussing legends, look no further than Willard Ikola. The man in the houndstooth hat notched eight titles for Edina. The Hornets have 12 state championships overall. 

There were great runs by teams, such as Edina, Eveleth, Roseau and International Falls. But the three-year run by Bloomington Jefferson from 1992 to 1994 was a steamroller.

Just a few of the names and feats that make this tournament so great. But there's so much more to this tournament, like tradition, fans, clear boards and memories that last a lifetime.

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Chris Long

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