Whereas issues are slightly completely different nowadays in sports activities, one factor stays constant — Minnesota’s annual Boys’ Hockey State Match. This yr’s 16-team, single-elimination occasion — which produces two state champions — will start Tuesday within the State of Hockey.
Over the course of 5 days (4 days of video games), the event fields be whittled all the way down to the Class A and Class AA champions. Whereas 2020 Class A champion Mahtomedi isn’t again, 2020 Class AA champion Hill-Murray is. Eden Prairie, which misplaced in final yr’s championship sport to Hill-Murray (and which additionally misplaced within the 2019 title sport to Edina) is on the lookout for its first state title since 2011.
What can we anticipate from this yr’s present continues to be to be decided with COVID-19 impacting groups, however one factor is for certain — the stream ought to be epic as all the time. The Minnesota state event is well-known for its “Minneflowta” and all the wackiness it brings within the type of early-Nineties hairstyles revealed throughout pregame introductions.
This is the whole lot it’s good to know in regards to the 2021 event.
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What’s the Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Match?
The Minnesota State Excessive Faculty League (MSHSL) is made up of almost 200 faculties from greater than 20 conferences all through the state, however solely 16 groups take part within the state event. The conferences are divided into two lessons — Class A and Class AA — and inter-class play is widespread in varsity hockey.
On the completion of the common season, faculties are break up into their respective lessons for a three-round, single-elimination playoff referred to as “sectionals,” with eight sections per class. The successful faculties of every part — eight apiece for Lessons A and AA — are then reseeded for the fitting to play for the state championship that’s occurring this week.
The place is the 2021 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Match?
As soon as once more, the event will happen in St. Paul, Minn., at Xcel Vitality Heart, which is the house of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. The sector has hosted the occasion since 2000.
When will the 2021 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Match happen?
This yr, the event runs from Tuesday, March 30, to Saturday, April 3, with the championship video games for Class A and Class AA on the ultimate day.
Play begins with the Class A quarterfinals, starting at 11 a.m. CT Tuesday. The Class AA quarterfinals will likely be Wednesday, additionally starting at 11 a.m. CT. Friday will characteristic the semifinals for each lessons, with Class A slotted for the 2 early video games and Class AA the 2 night time video games. The Class A championship sport will likely be at 6 p.m CT Saturday, adopted by the Class AA title sport at 8 p.m. CT.
What channel is the 2021 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Match being aired on?
- TV channel (Minnesota): 45TV
- Stay stream: Prep45.com
Will followers be allowed on the 2021 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Match?
Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, most of the people and season-ticket holders won’t be allowed to attend video games in 2021. Faculties will obtain a restricted variety of tickets and everybody in attendance will likely be required to endure screening on the venue. As soon as inside, all spectators are required to put on masks and preserve social distancing.
Which faculties are taking part in within the 2021 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Match?
There are 16 faculties taking part, with eight from every class. The winners from every class will likely be topped state champions.
|CLASS A||CLASS AA|
|(1) Hermantown (19-1-0)||(1) Eden Prairie (18-1-2)|
|(2) Gentry Academy (16-0-0)||(2) Hill-Murray (18-2-0)|
|(3) East Grand Forks (13-8-0)||(3) Lakeville South (18-0-2)|
|(4) Little Falls (13-4-1)||(4) Maple Grove (20-1-0)|
|(5) Delano (14-6-1)||(5) Andover (18-2-1)|
|Dodge County (17-3-1)||Moorhead (13-7-1)|
|Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato (10-8-2)||St. Thomas Academy (13-4-3)|
|Northern Lakes (18-3-0)||Wayzata (13-5-2)|
How has COVID-19 impacted the 2021 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Match?
Class A No. 1 seed Hermantown will likely be suiting up members of its junior varsity squad this week. The varsity was knowledgeable that quite a few its varsity gamers should quarantine after being deemed shut contacts following their semifinal sport in opposition to Virginia final Tuesday. Main scorer Zam Plante, who missed the sport due to damage, is predicted to play within the workforce’s quarterfinal matchup.
On March 29, Hill-Murray, the No. 2 seed in Class AA, introduced it additionally had varsity gamers who doubtlessly have been uncovered to the virus by an opponent.
We’re working with the MN Dept. of Well being and the MN State Excessive Faculty League to find out the eligibility of our boys varsity hockey gamers following a possible COVID publicity with an opposing participant.
We hope our boys will likely be taking part in within the State Match this week.
— Hill-Murray Faculty (@HillMurray1) March 29, 2021
Full schedule for the 2021 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Match
All Instances Jap/Central
|TUESDAY, MARCH 30 (CLASS A)||TIME ET/CT||STREAM||VENUE|
|Northern Lakes vs. (2) Gentry Academy||Midday/11 a.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato vs. (3) East Grand Forks||2 p.m./1 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|Dodge County vs. (1) Hermantown||7 p.m./6 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|(5) Delano vs. (4) Little Falls||9 p.m./8 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31 (CLASS AA)|
|Wayzata vs. (2) Hill-Murray||Midday/11 a.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|Moorehead vs. (3) Lakeville South||2 p.m./1 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|St. Thomas Academy vs. (1) Eden Prairie||7 p.m./6 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|(5) Andover vs. (4) Maple Grove||9 p.m./8 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|FRIDAY, APRIL 2|
|Class A semifinal 1||Midday/11 a.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|Class A semifinal 2||2 p.m./1 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|Class AA semifinal 1||7 p.m./6 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|Class AA semifinal 1||9 p.m./8 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|SATURDAY, APRIL 3|
|Class A championship||7 p.m./6 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
|Class AA championship||9 p.m./8 p.m.||Prep45||Xcel Vitality Heart|
Draft-eligible and drafted gamers to look at within the 2021 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Match
Cade Ahrenholz, C, Lakeville South (Colorado Faculty)
Lakeville South’s captain is ranked a “C” by the NHL’s Central Scouting for the 2021 draft. This season, he has 19 targets and 16 assists in 20 video games skating on the college’s prime line.
Carter Batchelder, F, Eden Prairie (Colorado Faculty)
One in all eight Mr. Hockey finalists within the event (the award is given to the state’s most excellent senior highschool boys participant), Batchelder skates on Eden Prairie’s prime line and has greater than twice as many factors (52) as video games performed (21) in 2020-21. He additionally performed in 4 NAHL video games with New Mexico. He’s a member of Eden Prairie’s management group.
Jackson Hallum, F, St. Thomas Academy (Michigan)
Drafted in 2020 by the Vegas Golden Knights within the third spherical (91st general), the Cadets captain is off to the College of Michigan within the fall. The Mr. Hockey finalist is available in with 41 factors (17 targets, 24 assists) in 20 video games this season. He potted eight factors in 9 video games with the USHL’s Inexperienced Bay Gamblers.
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Kyle Kukkonen, F, Maple Grove (Michigan Tech)
One other Mr. Hockey finalist, Kukkonen has 72 factors in 21 video games (30 targets, 42 assists) and enters the event main Minnesota state highschool hockey with 3.43 factors per sport. Kukkonen is rated a “C” prospect by NHL Central Scouting.
Mason Langenbrunner, D, Eden Praire (Harvard)
A key member of Eden Prairie’s protection alongside Mittelstadt, Langenbrunner was chosen within the fifth spherical (151st general) by the Boston Bruins in final October’s NHL Draft. He has 29 factors in 21 video games in highschool play. He skated in 4 video games with the USHL’s Sioux Metropolis Musketeers.
Luke Mittelstadt, D, Eden Prairie (Minnesota)
Mittelstadt, the youthful brother of Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt, is a 2021 Mr. Hockey finalist who’s headed to the College of Minnesota within the fall. He has 30 factors in 21 video games from the blue line (9 targets, 21 assists). He additionally performed in six video games with the USHL’s Lincoln Stars earlier than the highschool season started. He’s the highest-rated participant for the 2021 draft within the tourney; NHL Central Scouting charges him as a participant who might be drafted within the second or third spherical (“B” ranking).
Henry Nelson, D, Maple Grove (Notre Dame)
One other Mr. Hockey finalist, Nelson is rated a “C”-level draft prospect (fourth to sixth spherical). A blue-liner with a powerful offensive sport, he has notched 43 factors in 21 video games for Maple Grove.
Joe Palodichuk D, Hill-Murray (Wisconsin)
Palodichuk is a powerful defenseman and, like Nelson, is a Mr. Hockey finalist who’s rated a “C” by Central Scouting. He performed in 10 video games with Bismarck of the NAHL and has 33 factors in 20 video games with Hill-Murray because the workforce’s captain. There’s a likelihood Palodichuk will not see motion within the event as a result of Hill-Murray continues to be making an attempt to determine which gamers it must quarantine.