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State tournament continues to evolve

By Staff Reports, 03/03/11, 9:03AM CST


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The Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Tournament has long been regarded as one of the top prep tournaments in the country.

The girls’ tourney, first conducted by the Minnesota State High School League in 1995 and moved to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center in 2006, is still evolving.

Edina High School head coach Laura Slominski has a unique perspective on the state tournament. She competed in it as a player during her career at Burnsville High School, culminating in her winning the Ms. Hockey award as the state’s top senior in 1998, scouted it while an assistant coach at St. Cloud State and Minnesota, and has now led her Hornets to three straight tournament appearances.

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