Mar 6, 2024 - Sports

How and what to watch at the 2024 Minnesota boys high school hockey tournament

A professional hockey arena full of spectators stands during the national anthem at a high school hcokey game.

The 2015 Class AA championship game at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. Photo: Brendenjared/Wikimedia Commons

Minnesota's boys high school hockey championship will draw thousands of fans to St. Paul over the next few days.

Why it matters: In Texas, it's football. In Indiana, it's hoops. But no other state loves high school hockey like Minnesota.

What's next: Smaller-school Class A quarterfinals start Wednesday. The large-school Class AA tournament starts Thursday.

  • The finals in both classes are scheduled for Saturday.

How to watch: 45TV will televise and stream the games. Here's the schedule.

Class AA

(No. 1) 🐝 Edina vs. 🦌 Elk River/Zimmerman

(No. 2) ⛈️ Chanhassen vs. 🐆 Rochester Century/John Marshall

  • Chanhassen knocked off undefeated Minnetonka in the section title game to win the Storm's first trip to the tournament in program history.
  • It's the first year Rochester's Century and John Marshall high schools have combined their boys hockey programs.

(No. 3) 🐆 Centennial vs. ⭐️ Cretin-Derham Hall

  • Centennial can score. The Cougars come into the tournament averaging 4.85 goals per game, per MN Hockey Hub, led by leading goal-scorer Heath Nelson.
  • Cretin lost three of their final four regular-season games but rallied in the sections to knock off longtime rival St. Thomas Academy for a spot in the tournament.

(No. 4) 🐻‍❄️ White Bear Lake vs. (No. 5) 🦅 Grand Rapids

  • Despite a rich history of tournament appearances, White Bear Lake is looking to avoid yet another first-round exit. The Bears did beat Grand Rapids on the road earlier in the season, though.
  • Grand Rapids is the only top seed in any section tournament to advance to state this year. The Thunderhawks' leading point-getters are brothers: Jackson and Jacob Garski.

Class A

(No. 1) 🦅 Hermantown vs. 🔴 Alexandria

  • Hermantown is a "juggernaut" that won the 2022 title and has lost to only one other Class A opponent this year.
  • Alexandria — anchored by senior goaltender Brady Metcalf — shut down opposing scorers as the Cardinals tore up their section tournament, winning the three games 24-1.

(No. 2) ⍵ Warroad vs. 🦅 New Ulm

(No. 3) ⚔️ St. Cloud Cathedral vs. 🤠 Northfield

  • Northfield's Kam Keiser netted 36 goals this season. Only New Ulm's Austin Uecker (38) scored more.
  • Cathedral's John Hirschfield leads the state in assists (51), and teammate Andrew Dwinnell tied for third in that statistic (41).

(No. 4) 💨 Mahtomedi vs. (No. 5) 🅾️ Orono

  • Defending champs Mahtomedi were 4-7 at the end of December. Now, the Zephyrs are entering the tournament on a 13-4 tear.
  • Orono's two leading scorers are sophomores: Jackson Knight (20 goals) and Rory Kvern (15).
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