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Diamonds of the ice, part three: The top 25 in boys' hockey state tournament history

By DAVID LA VAQUE and LOREN NELSON, Star Tribune staff writers, 03/05/19, 6:15PM CST


The best of the best when it mattered most on the nation's grandest high school stage on ice.

Salute to 75 years of state tournament excellence

Some did it with four years of greatness. Others, with electrifying play in just one tournament. One did it with five goals in one game, another with save after save after save, 65 in all, in the longest game in tournament history.

Quite simply, they are the Star Tribune's 25 best of more than seven decades of hockey state tournament greats.

How we arrived at and ranked our 75: A review of tournament record holders, annual team champions and individual scoring leaders, plus conversations with long-tenured boys’ hockey coaches.

State tournament participation was a must. So apologies to a few greats unable to crack this list.

Not that their omission made the job easier. State tournaments back to 1945, full of great hockey players and performances, made whittling names tough. Our list, with photos mostly found in the Star Tribune archives, is certain to enlighten and possibly enrage you.

Without further ado, the top 25:

Who else made the Top 75?

Check out part one of the Top 75 list of state tournament performers, No. 75 through No. 51.

Click here for No. 50 through No. 26.

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