MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament kicks off with Class A quarterfinals.

It moves Thursday to Class AA, with one of the hottest teams coming in: St. Thomas Academy.

The Cadets hit a stride after a loss to Mahtomedi, and have won 12-straight games since then.

st thomas cadets in practice All Eyes On St. Thomas In State High School Hockey Tourney

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St. Thomas has been to the tournament many times before. Co-Head Coach Greg Vanelli says each season is different because each season is a new roster.

“The thing about a coach at high school is that you get new players every two years, let’s say, and we only have I think two guys back from two years ago,” Vanelli said. “So everybody, it’s a brand-new experience, and then we can feel that as coaches, so that excitement just travels from players to coaches.”

St. Thomas will meet Lakeville South in the opener.

  1. Gee, they are one step closer to being in an honestly legitimate class designation.
    Face it, regardless of class size, they get players from all of North America.

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