Sunday, March 11, 2007
For those of you in Minnesota, you can probably stop reading this post because you've heard all of this before. Yesterday marked the end of the Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament, the grandest spectacle in Minnesota sport.
I can't imagine another state where 18,000 people gather to watch a high school hockey game, and yet I can't imagine it any other way here. It is the premier state tournament event -- better than Indiana basketball, Texas football or even Alberta curling.
When asked if winning the Gold Medal was Herb Brooks' most satisfying accomplishment, Herb replied that is not quite as good as winning the State Hockey Tournament. Other Minnesotans that have won the Stanley Cup have said the same. There's something special about winning a championship with a team of friends that you've played with since Kindergarten. In today's salary cap world teams are seldom together for more than a few seasons, but in high school hockey you're part of a 12 year team. Winning it is something special, something you'll never forget.
Switching gears, the Wild play the Colorado Avanlanche today in what may the last gasp for the Avs. They've been playing their best hockey of the year lately, so this should be a tough test for the home team.