Ranking the best Class AA teams of the "modern era"
November 24, 2016
11:23 AM CST
As you saw on the cover of this week’s issue, we released our preseason top 20 Class AA teams for the 2016-17 season. Not surprisingly, the rankings are led by perennial contender Eden Prairie.
But what Minnesota Class AA boys’ hockey program is truly the best, according to each season’s final rankings? To determine the top teams, we looked at the final top 20, beginning with the 1993-94 season – the year the Minnesota State High School League established Class A and AA – and awarded 20 points for a team finishing No. 1, 19 points for No. 2, and so on. Those points for all seasons were then added together.
The result? Northern Minnesota power Duluth East takes the top spot over top Twin Cities programs Hill-Murray and Edina for first place in our “modern era” rankings.
NOTES: 64 teams have been included in the final rankings since 1994 • 10 teams in the Class AA rankings below are currently in Class A • the top 10 includes eight public schools and two private schools • Duluth East and Moorhead are the only Northern Minnesota teams in the top 10 • Duluth East and Hill-Murray are the only schools to appear in all 23 final rankings • four schools have appeared in the final rankings 20 or more times since 1994 – Duluth East, Hill-Murray, Eden Prairie, Elk River • based on the rankings, Cretin-Derham Hall’s 2006 state title was the largest outlier as the Raiders have appeared in the final rankings only seven times since 1994, with an average ranking of 13 • Edina ranks first in Class AA state titles (4) and average final ranking (5.74)
Top Minnesota Class AA boys’ hockey programs (1994-2016)
RankTeam final top 20State titlesAvg. final rankingPoints
1 Duluth East2326.09343
3 Edina 191945.74290
4 Eden Prairie2128.43223
5 Elk River2019.85223
7 Bloomington Jefferson1919.42220
9 Holy Angels1227.17166
10 White Bear Lake17011.4163
14 Apple Valley12110.4127
15 Grand Rapids15010.7124
17 Benilde-St. Margaret’s1019.4116
23 Maple Grove8011.576
25 Rochester Mayo7012.460
27 Cretin-Derham Hall711356
31 South St. Paul30839
32 St. Thomas Academy4012.335
35 Holy Family Catholic4014.825
St. Paul Johnson2085.25
41 St. Cloud Apollo5017.219
43 Lakeville South201218
Rochester John Marshall201610
St. Cloud Tech101110
52 Coon Rapids10129
54 Albert Lea10138
Champlin Park 110138
57 North St. Paul10147
60 Forest Lake2018.55
64 Park Cottage Grove10192
The Duluth East AA PeeWee's lost to Osseo/Maple Grove 3-2 in the championship game at State Tournament in Grand Rapids today to take home the second place trophy. Congratulations Hounds on a great tournament and unbelievable season.
This is official folks...
St. Michael Albertville
1) Nate Repensky commits to Yale, the 2013 National Champs in D-1 Hockey. He has 2 goals and 17 assist in 16 games at Bismark in the North American Hockey League. Hats off to Nate for his hard work and over coming many injuries.
2) Alex Toscano Traded to Muskegon from Fargo in the USHL. He drove all evening to get back to Duluth then driving to Muskegon after four hours of sleep to play an afternoon game to score the winning goal late in the game. This was his first goal of the season in the USHL.
3) Jack Forbort who is coming home after getting traded to the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League who play their games in Cloquet. He had 3 goals and 4 assist in 18 games for the Minot Minotauros.
4) Jake Randolph who leads the USHL in scoring with 31 points in 15 games. He has 8 goals and 23 assist. He also signed his letter of intent with the University of Nebraska Omaha this week and will play for them in the 2014-2015 season.
5) Mark Abalan who is the assistant coach for the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL. He finish up winning the Gold Medal for the Junior A USA team up in Canada in the Junior A Challege. He was the assistant coach for the USA team.
6) Trevor Olson had surgery this week and will probably miss the rest of the season with the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL. He had 6 goals and 7 assist in 10 games this season. He will be playing for North Dakota in Grand Forks next season.
7) Jake Williams who scored a goal for American International in the Atlantic Hockey league in D-1 as his team beats Bentley 8-7 Friday night. Jake might only be 5'9" but plays like he's 6' 4".
8) Cade Fairchild just came back from a a lower body injury for the Chicago Wolves, the minor league club of the St. Louis Blues in the American Hockey League. Cade has been out since February.
9) Phil Beaulieu coming back from the Fargo Force in the USHL league to play his Senior year for Duluth East. This will be Phil's 4th year of Varsity at East and he will be a strong candidate for Mr. Hockey. Its nice to see a kid not in a rush and want to play with his friends. He will return to Fargo after the High School season. He was leading the Fargo Force in scoring.
10) Duluth East and Coach Mike Randolph will start the 2013-2014 season at Cambridge-Isanti Tuesday November 26, 2013.
Duluth East beats Wayzata 7-3 to to get 3rd place at Minnesota Boys State High School Hockey Tournament
Duluth East coach Mike Randolph wins Coach of the Year in Class AA and Duluth Denfeld's coach Kevin Smalley wins Coach of the Year in Class A
Can Duluth East beat Cloquet again?
Duluth East Boys High School Hockey Team starts the season Tuesday November 27 at the Duluth Heritage Center vs. Cambridge. They should be ready by opening game with the scrimmage schedule Coach Randolph has put together. This Saturday November 17 at the Eden Prairie Community Center they have Eden Prairie 9:45-10:30 am Prior Lake 10:45-11:30 am Bloomington Jefferson 12:30-1:15 pm and Blaine 1:45-2:30 pm. On Friday November 23 at the Pagal Arena in Minnetonka they have Benilde-St. Margaret 11 am to 12:15 pm Minnetonka 12:30- 1:45 pm and Eden Prairie 2-3 pm. Saturday November 24 at Amsoil Arena Prior Lake 9-10 am.