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By Morris, 01/29/18, 11:00AM CST


The schedule for the 2018 Senior Classic has been released. This event will take palce March 2 - 4 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine.

This event celebrating the careers of our best female high school players is now in its 20th year. The Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association along with the support of MN Hockey organized the first event in what was then called the Maroon & Gold Series in 1999. This first event had 40 of the state’s best players in a two-game series played at the Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine. In 2002 the event grew to four teams with 68 seniors participating. And finally, in 2008, the event was expanded to eight teams with 136 players participating in the tournament. The purpose of this showcase tournament is to give the best senior players in the state an opportunity to compete with the state’s other best players, and also to give many players a final chance to be scouted by some of the top D1 and D3 colleges in the area. Many past participants have gone on to play college hockey as a result of their participation in this event. We hope you enjoy this year’s tournament and that you help us to celebrate the outstanding young women who are representing their schools and sections.

HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT SELECTION   Twenty players will be selected from the eight competing section teams to participate in the High School National Invitational Tournament at Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights, MN, April 19-22, 2018. These players will compete against the best high school players from Michigan, North Dakota, Wisconsin and our Minnesota U18 team. The NIT is in its 8th year. The Minnesota Seniors have won the event four times. Team Wisconsin was the 2014 and 2015 NIT Champion. The MN U18 Team won the tourney in convincing fashion last year beating the MN Senior Team. Selections and alternates will be posted to the MGHCA website on Monday morning following the Senior Classic. Congratulations to all of the senior players and good luck to all of the Section teams.