The tournament began back in 1945 in St. Paul. After a stop at the home of the Minnesota North Stars, the Met Center, for eight years in the 1970's, the tournament returned to St. Paul at the new St. Paul Civic Center, known for it's clear boards, which you can see below in one of today's videos. For nearly 50 years the tournament was played as an eight team, single class tournament, which lent itself to classic David versus Goliath matchups, as the smaller schools from the northern part of the state travelled down to the big city, taking on some of the largest schools attendance-wise in the state.
Hermantown, runner's up to St. Thomas the last three years, won 6-3 to end Luverne's unbeaten run on their first trip to the state tournament and will face New Prague who won 5-2 in their state tournament debut. Hermantown, East Grand Forks won5-1 over Orono after a fast start and will face a tough test when they meet private school St. Cloud Cathedral, who came back from a two goal deficit to win an overtime thriller. Despite most of the attention being focused on the Class AA schools, Hermantown's quest to win their second championship after battling against private school St. Thomas Academy the last three years is not to be overlooked and could play out the same way yet again if Cathedral gets by favorites East Grand Forks.