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North Metro program folds

03/06/2012, 2:05pm CST
By Star Tribune staff reports

Former Stars players likely to end up in newly formed co-operatives

Projecting player numbers only in the teens next season, the North Metro boys' hockey co-op of Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Fridley and Park Center is folding.
Park Center activities director Larry Lawler said that the team, formed in 2006, "is not going to exist in its current form" next season but that plans for returning players won't be finalized for about two weeks. Options include teams forming co-ops with other schools.
North Metro went 8-19-0 this season, losing to Maple Grove 16-1 in the quarterfinals of the Sectin 5AA playoffs. The Stars' season highlight came in a 3-2 victory over Coon Rapids in the championship game of the Schwan Cup Open Division holiday tournament on Dec. 28 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. 
Lawler said the North Metro girls' program, which includes the schools above plus Osseo, will remain the same.

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