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: