John Vosejpka would like to thank the following for their assistance and/or inspiration in making this site possible:

David Norrgard, Urban Planet Software, St. Paul, MN

Tim Leighton, Communications Coordinator, Minnesota State High School League

Craig Perry, Associate Director, Minnesota State High School League Hockey Tournaments

Chris Franson, Assistant Director, Minnesota State High School League

Wiliam Kronschnabel, Supervisor of Hockey Tournament Officials for the Minnesota State High School League

Vintage Minnesota Hockey History Website

Let's Play Hockey's A History of the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournaments (1945-2000), edited by Maggie Kirchoff, 2000, D&M Publishing, Minneapolis, MN

Puck Heaven Trivia, by Jim Hoey, 2011, Nodin Press, Minneapolis, MN

My lovely wife Deb for her years of support and encouragement


The following individuals were instrumental in providing information for team rosters from 1945-1956:

Diane Adams, International Falls Public Library

Cheryl Aro, Eveleth-Gilbert H.S.

Ellen George, St. Louis Park H.S.

Randy Haakenson, Granite Falls H.S.

Glenn Heinecke, Roseau H.S.

Bonnie Madson, Staples-Motley H.S.

Andrea McElligott, Edina H.S.

Verna McVay, Williams Public Library

Steve Penick, Stearns County Museum

Roger Simon, Bucky Kendig, Washington H.S.

Kristin Smith, Warroad H.S.


To get you in the mood and feel for the build-up prior to the tournament, you are encouraged to watch this YouTube video, "The Mardi Gras of Minnesota Hockey -- Tradition of the State Tournament" (