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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. --- The Minnesota State High School League, in partnership with the Xcel Energy Center, announced today that the consolation series of the girls’ hockey state tournament will be played at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center in downtown Saint Paul beginning next month. With the quarterfinals and championship rounds already being played at the Xcel Energy Center, it brings the tournament to one centralized area for the first time since 2005.
“This is incredible news,” said Tim Morris, executive director of the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association. “This move will keep the girls’ hockey state tournament in the same community, and it will bring a level of excitement that these teams, these participants and these communities deserve.”
The MGHCA, through its executive committee, asked the League almost a year ago to explore the possibility of moving the consolation series from Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus to the TRIA Rink, the practice facility of the Minnesota Wild, the home site of the Minnesota Whitecaps of the professional National Women’s Hockey League, and a 10-minute walk from the Xcel Energy Center. Since 2006, the girls’ hockey state tournament has been held at two different venues in two different cities. From 2003-2005, the championships rounds were played at Ridder Arena and the consolation series was played at the adjacent 3M Arena at Mariucci.
The move also coincides with the League’s celebrating the 25th girls’ hockey state tournament. During the 1994-95 season, the Minnesota State High School League became the first state high school association in the nation to sanction girls’ hockey as an activity. This season’s four-day girls hockey state tournament is scheduled for Feb. 20-23 with the debut of the consolation series at TRIA Rink set for Feb. 21-23.
"We, at the League, are excited to bring the entire girls hockey community together in Saint Paul and celebrate the historic 25th girls state tournament!” said Erich Martens, Executive Director of the Minnesota State High School League. “The vision and excitement of the girls’ hockey coaches association and the great relationship we have with the Xcel Energy Center, and now with the staff at TRIA Rink, made this move possible."
The TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center also serves as the home facility for the Hamline University women’s hockey team, an emerging Division III power.
“The addition of the MSHSL girls’ hockey state tournament consolation games are a natural fit for the TRIA Rink,” said Jack Larson, Xcel Energy Center Vice President and General Manager.
The TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center is located at 400 Wabasha Street in Saint Paul, on the site of the former Dayton’s and Macy’s department store.
“This is a win-win for everyone,” Morris said. “What a great facility that these teams will be able to experience. It just makes things more convenient. The girls’ hockey coaches association and the girls’ hockey communities are really excited that it was able to happen for this year. We really think this is going to generate a lot of excitement for the game. We are staying in downtown Saint Paul and that is awesome news.”
The first MSHSL girls’ hockey state tournament was played in 1995 as a four-team event. It has blossomed into a two-class, 16-team event that has averaged just more than 20,000 in attendance the past four seasons.
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The 2018-19 nomination form is needed from all schools for post season awards and programs. The program descriptions can be found under the "Programs" tab of the MGHCA website. Please direct any questions to the Executive Director regarding the Nomination Form.
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Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 League announces launch of celebratory hockey seasons
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ST. PAUL, Minn. --- The Minnesota State High School League announced today the launch of celebratory seasons for the 25th girls hockey state tournament and the 75th boys hockey state tournament.
The League, along with partners 45TV and Xcel Energy Center, will celebrate the milestone tournaments with a series of tributes, online history and fan engagement that spotlights two of the nation’s premier high school athletic events.
“The Minnesota State High School League enjoys a rich and storied tradition of outstanding state tournaments and the excitement of celebrating the 25th and 75th hockey seasons will most certainly add to the excitement,” said Erich Martens, Executive Director of the Minnesota State High School League. “We are thrilled to honor many of the great players, teams and stories that have made these tournaments some of the best in
During the news conference that took place today at the Xcel Energy Center, MSHSL Associate Director Craig Perry, who oversees the two state tournaments, formally announced the launch of the celebratory seasons. Shortly after, Blake coach Shawn Reid, the president of the girls hockey coaches association, unveiled the “25” commemorative logo and jersey for girls. Moments later, Eagan coach Mike Taylor, the vice president of the boys hockey association, displayed the “75” commemorative logo and jersey for boys.
The 2019 girls hockey state tournament will be held Feb. 20-23 at the Xcel Energy Center. Two weeks later, the boys hockey state tournament will be played from March 6-9. Since 2001, nearly 1.9 million fans have attended the high school hockey state tournaments at the Xcel Energy Center.
“The Xcel Energy Center is excited to celebrate the upcoming milestone state tournaments,” said Jack Larson, vice president and general manager of the Xcel Energy Center. “We all know that in Minnesota, hockey is more than just a game. The history of hockey in the state is exceedingly rich.”
The first boys hockey state tournament was played in 1945 at the St. Paul Auditorium. The first girls hockey state tournament was played in 1995 at Aldrich Arena.
In the weeks leading up to the tournaments, fans and followers of the MSHSL will be transported back in time to relive and revel in each of the state tournaments. During the state tournaments, all-time state tournaments teams will be introduced, and the top six players of all-time for girls and boys hockey will be honored during an on-ice ceremony during the Class AA championship games of their respective tournaments.
To All Head Coaches,
The MGHCA has sent all head coaches a large envelope containing MGHCA info sheets, 25th anniversary helmet stickers, 25th anniversary bag tags and a Minnesota Hockey infographic. We hope every team will apply the helmet stickers to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Girls Hockey State Tournament. Please feel free to contact any board member should you have any questions regarding the contents of this mailing.