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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

2 Hill-Murray2318.3290

3 Edina 191945.74290

4 Eden Prairie2128.43223

5 Elk River2019.85223

6 Moorhead1808.72221

7 Bloomington Jefferson1919.42220

8 Blaine1719.06203

9 Holy Angels1227.17166

10 White Bear Lake17011.4163

11 Minnetonka1309.08155

12 Wayzata14110.7144

13 Roseau1028.2128

14 Apple Valley12110.4127

15 Grand Rapids15010.7124

16 Centennial12111.3117

17 Benilde-St. Margaret’s1019.4116


19 Hastings708.4388

20 Cloquet1201484

21 Roseville8010.981

22 Anoka8111.378

23 Maple Grove8011.576

24 Osseo9014.360

25 Rochester Mayo7012.460

26 Greenway7012.659

27 Cretin-Derham Hall711356

Lakeville North519.856

29 Eastview6012.352

30 Lakeville5012.642

31 South St. Paul30839

32 St. Thomas Academy4012.335

33 Bemidji4012.833

34 Woodbury4013.829

35 Holy Family Catholic4014.825

Rochester Century208.525

St. Paul Johnson2085.25

38 Alexandria3013.722

Robbinsdale Armstrong201022

40 Tartan2010.521

41 St. Cloud Apollo5017.219



43 Lakeville South201218

44 Andover3016.314

Prior Lake3016.314

46 Brainerd4017.813

47 Hopkins3017.311

Park Center2015.511

49 Farmington201610

Rochester John Marshall201610

St. Cloud Tech101110

52 Coon Rapids10129

Duluth Denfeld10129

54 Albert Lea10138

Champlin Park 110138


57 North St. Paul10147

58 Buffalo10156

Henry Sibley10156

60 Forest Lake2018.55

61 Austin10174

Bloomington Kennedy101717.4

63 Owatonna10183

64 Park Cottage Grove10192