OTHER THOUGHTS FROM 20 YEARS AGO
Getting even: The victory settled Apple Valley co-head coach Larry Hendrickson’s personal score with Duluth East. The Greyhounds brought the family two generations of hockey state tournament misery, beating Larry’s Minneapolis Washburn team in 1960 and son Darby’s Richfield team in 1991.
Gone but not forgotten: Two years after the epic game, the St. Paul Civic Center was torn down to make way for Xcel Energy Center on the same site.
Informal reunion: About a dozen players from the 1995-96 Apple Valley team purchased tickets to this week’s state tournament games Thursday and Friday, their first such gathering in about a decade.
Quote: “It seems like everybody was at that game or watched it. We were fortunate Duluth East tied the game or it would just be another game.” —Apple Valley co-head coach Pat Westrum.
DAVID LA VAQUE