Sunday, September 23, 2012

2004-05 Warroad Warriors Zach Larson Jersey

The Minnesota Wild is conducting a vote on their facebook page to determine what is the best jersey in the state of Minnesota.

Wild Best Jersey Contest, Wild Best Jersey Contest

The 45 nominees range from the professional ranks, which would include the Minnesota Wild, Minnesota North Stars and the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA and numerous college choices in not only Division 1, the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State, Bemidji State and St. Cloud State, but from the lower NCAA divisions as well.

Then there are the many high schools who field both boys and girls teams represented and even youth hockey jerseys as well as some rec hockey beer league or pond hockey teams nominated.

The submission phase has now ended and the contest has entered the voting phase, and this is where we need your help to get our nomination through to the next round.

We chose a classic old-school jersey from the legendary Warroad Warriors high school program. Warroad, hailing from northern Minnesota on the shore of Lake of the Woods just six miles from the Canadian border, is a regular participant in the annual Minnesota State High School hockey tournament, having made 21 state tournament appearances, dating back to 1948, with four championships won, those coming in Class A in 1994, 1996, 2003 and 2005.

To view and vote for our entry, simply click here.

The particular jersey we nominated was worn from 2001 through the midway point of the 2008-09 season, which included the 2005 championship season when the Warriors went undefeated with a 29-0-2 record.

Current St. Louis Blues forward T. J. Oshie is the all-time leading scorer in Warroad history with 104 goals and 137 assists for 241 points in just 93 games. Oshie led the entire state of Minnesota in 2004-05 with 37 goals and 100 points.

Warroad Warrior T. J. Oshie

Other notable hockey players to come from Warroad include Dave Christian, a member of the Miracle on Ice 1980 gold medal winning USA Olympic team, who would go on to play 15 NHL seasons with Winnipeg, Washington, Boston, St. Louis and Chicago, Dave's father Bill Christian and uncle Roger Christian, who won gold medals in the 1960 Olympics, and Henry Boucha, a 1972 silver Olympic medalist, who would play for Detroit, Minnesota, Kansas City and the Colorado Rockies of the NHL.

This is a classic looking jersey in the style and colors of the old Boston Bruins jerseys of the mid 70's to the mid 90's and is one of the few remaining schools to use a Native American nickname and imagery, while others such as Grand Rapids, Minneapolis Southwest and Burnsville have discontinued their use. The use of the Warriors name by Warroad High School is approved by the local Ojibwe band of Chippewa Indians who designed the logo used on the Warriors jerseys which has allowed it's continued use.

Warroad Warriors 2001-2008 jersey photo WarroadWarriors2001-2008F.jpg
Warroad Warriors 2001-2008 jersey photo WarroadWarriors2001-2008B.jpg

You have until September 30th to support our choice by simply clicking this link to vote for the Warroad Warriors and their gorgeous jersey in the style of the old Boston Bruins jerseys from 1974-1995 paired with the striking vertically arched lettering and classic Indian head logo. Yes, there are some other fine jerseys to choose from, but we'd really appreciate your support for our nomination for what we feel is a jersey that has it all, classic colors, striping lettering and logo - the best jersey ever worn in the State of Hockey.

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