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Schwan’s Cup high school hockey tournament coming to Schwan Super Rink and Ridder Arena, December 26-28 (boys) and December 28-30 (girls)

11/29/2017, 12:15pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Gold Division defending champions Edina and Proctor/Hermantown return to defend titles

Blaine, Minn. (November 29, 2017) – The National Sports Center, owner of the Schwan’s Cup high school hockey tournament, announced the full field and schedule for the boys’ and girls’ divisions of the 2017 Schwan’s Cup high school hockey tournament.

Girls’ preview:

The Schwan’s Cup girls’ division will be played December 28-30, at the Schwan Super Rink and Ridder Arena. The 36 girls’ teams are divided into five divisions – Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Open American and Open National.

All five defending champions from 2016 return to chase new titles. Proctor/Hermantown, which won the Gold Division last year, anchors the top Gold Division this year. Andover, last year’s Silver Division champion, has been promoted into the Gold Division. Green Bay, Wis. will attempt to defend its Bronze Division championship from 2016. Open/American champ Cambridge-Isanti will move up to the Bronze Division. And Northern Lakes, which won the Open/National title last year, will move up one step to the Open/American division.

Boys’ preview:

Five MSHSL State Tournament teams from 2017 will play Schwan’s Cup this year – St. Thomas Academy, Hill-Murray and Eden Prairie in the Gold Division, Mahtomedi in the Silver, and Northfield in the Bronze.

Three Schwan’s Cup champions will return to defend their titles. Edina, the champion in the Gold Division, will attempt to become the first team to win back-to-back Gold Division titles since Holy Angels accomplished that feat in 2006. Breck returns to defend its Silver Division title. And Minnehaha Academy, champion in the Open Division last year, moves up to the Bronze Division.

The 32 boys’ teams will be divided into four divisions -- Gold, Silver, Bronze and Open Divisions. The Gold Division will play at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Other divisions will play their first two rounds at the Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Championship games for all divisions will be played December 28 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

“For most of the teams, this is their first chance to play three games in a row in a tournament setting,” said Pete Carlson, Schwan’s Cup boys’ director. “Any team that stays healthy and gets hot that week has a shot at the championship. This year, it could be anyone. Teams are still learning their identity at this stage of the season.

“Fans look to Schwan’s Cup as a preview of the State Tournament, but coming so early in the season, it really is its own animal.”

Here is a summary of the 2017 Schwan’s Cup format:

Tuesday, December 26: Boys’ gold division quarterfinals at Ridder Arena; all other boys’ quarterfinal games at the Schwan Super Rink.

Wednesday, December 27: Boys’ gold division semifinals and consolation games at Ridder Arena. All other boys’ semifinals and consolation games at the Schwan Super Rink.

Thursday, December 28: All four boys’ championship games at Ridder Arena; all other boys’ division games at the Schwan Super Rink. Boys’ tournament concludes. All girls’ quarterfinal games at the Schwan Super Rink.

Friday, December 29: Girls’ semifinal and consolation games at the Schwan Super Rink.

Saturday, December 30: Five girls’ championship games at Ridder Arena. All other girls’ games at the Schwan Super Rink. Girls’ tournament concludes.

The National Sports Center’s in-house webcasting service, NSCgamecast, will provide live-streaming broadcasts of all the games from Ridder Arena: boys’ gold division games on December 26 and 27, and all boys’ championship games on December 28; and girls’ championship games on December 30, The games will be free for live viewing. Fans will be able to purchase copies of the games after the game has concluded on digital download. Click here to see the menu of live-streamed games.

Schwan’s Cup is a tournament that is owned and presented by the National Sports Center and sponsored by the Schwan Food Company.

Single-day ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. An all-tournament pass is $27 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. All tickets are general admission and may be purchased at the door. Passes are sold separately for boys’ and girls’ tournaments. Children 10 and under are admitted free, and high school passes will not be accepted.

For additional ticket information, call the Schwan Super Rink at 763.717.3880.

2017 Schwan’s Cup High School Schedule:

* live-streamed webcast games

Most current Let’s Play Hockey ranking (November 21) is indicated

Boys’ Gold High School Division

Tuesday, December 26, 2017:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Burnsville vs. St. Thomas Academy (#5AA), 12 noon, Ridder Arena. *
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Eden Prairie (#8AA) vs. St. Michael-Albertville (#16AA), 2:30 p.m., Ridder Arena.*
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Hill-Murray (#9AA) vs. Centennial (#7AA), 5 p.m., Ridder Arena.*
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Minnetonka (#4AA) vs. Edina (#1AA), 7:30 p.m., Ridder Arena.*

Wednesday, December 27, 2017:
Game 5 (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 12 noon, Ridder Arena. *
Game 6 (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 2:30 p.m., Ridder Arena. *
Game 7 (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5 p.m., Ridder Arena. *
Game 8 (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7:30 p.m., Ridder Arena. *

Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Game 9 (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 10 (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 11 (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 12 (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 6 p.m., Ridder Arena. *

Gold division highlights:

This year’s Gold Division features a cast of seasoned Schwan’s Cup Gold Division teams. Only St. Michael-Albertville is new to this division, with the Knights replacing Wayzata in the top bracket.

Seven teams in the Gold Division are ranked in the Let’s Play Hockey boys’ pre-season rankings.

Historically, Hill-Murray has played more games in the Gold Division (42) than any other Schwan’s Cup team, and Minnetonka and Edina share the honor of having the best overall win-loss record (.666 in percentage) in this division over the years.

Six of the eight teams are past Gold Division champions – Minnetonka, Edina and Hill Murray (two each), and St. Thomas Academy, Centennial and Eden Prairie (one apiece.)

Gold Division players to watch:

The Schwan’s Cup Gold Division is annually stocked with potential all-state players and college recruits. Here is a sampling of players to watch: (Thanks to Let’s Play Hockey’s “Top 50 Players in Minnesota Boys’ High School Hockey,” and David LaVaque’s high school hockey preview in the Star Tribune.)

Edina: Jake Boltmann, sophomore defenseman, who has committed to the University of Minnesota. Ben Brinkman, junior defense, another Minnesota commit. Jeff Jungels, a junior forward who is headed to Northern Michigan. Demetrios Koumontzis, a senior forward headed to Arizona State, returns to the Hornets after playing for the Phoenix Junior Coyotes the past two seasons. Mike Vorlicky, junior defenseman. Sam Walker, senior forward, has committed to the Gophers. The Star Tribune’s David LaVaque has called Walker “perhaps the fastest skater in Minnesota.”

Minnetonka: Bobby Brink, sophomore forward, an early commit to Denver. Luke Loheit, a senior forward who is heading for Minnesota-Duluth. Josh Luedtke, a junior defenseman, has committed to Northern Michigan. Joe Molenaar, senior forward.

St. Thomas Academy: Brothers Ray Christy and Rob Christy, senior and junior forwards respectively, are both heading to Colorado College. Atticus Kelly, senior goalie and Payton Matsui, senior forward, are both uncommitted.

Hill-Murray: Ben Helgeson, junior forward is a Wisconsin commit. Brett Oberle, sophomore defenseman, is headed to Minnesota Duluth.

Eden Prairie: Jack Jensen, junior forward, is headed to the Gophers. Jensen also played against international competition on the USA U-18 Select Team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic and Slovakia last August. Chris Konin, senior forward, played last season high-powered New Hampshire prep school Kimball Union.

Centennial: Lucas McGregor, senior forward.

Boys’ Silver High School Division

Tuesday, December 26, 2017:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) St. Louis Park vs. Cretin-Derham Hall, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Breck (#6A) vs. Buffalo, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Mahtomedi (#5A) vs. Mounds View, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) St. Cloud Apollo vs. Minneapolis, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017:
Game 5 (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 6 (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 7 (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 8 (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.

Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Game 9 (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 10 (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 11 (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 12 (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 3:30 p.m., Ridder Arena. *

Silver division highlights:

Breck and Mahtomedi, ranked in the top ten in the Let’s Play Hockey pre-season ranking, figure to be the favorites in this bracket. Breck won the Silver Division championship in 2016, and Mahtomedi qualified for the State Tournament.

Breck faces a tough first-round match-up with up-and-coming Buffalo. The Bison are led by Jake Braccini, who was named Youth Hockey Hub’s Bantam Player of the Year after last season. Braccini has already committed to play at Minnesota.

Boys’ Bronze High School Division

Tuesday, December 26, 2017:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Bloomington Kennedy vs. Spring Lake Park, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Minnehaha Academy vs. Northfield (#14A), 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) St. Paul Academy (#15A) vs. Hudson, Wis., 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Rogers vs. Mankato East, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017:
Game 5 (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 6 (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 7 (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 8 (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.

Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Game 9 (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 2:45 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #5.
Game 10 (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 5:15 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #5.
Game 11 (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 7:45 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #5.
Game 12 (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 1 p.m., Ridder Arena. *

Bronze division highlights:

Minnehaha Academy won the Open Division championship one year ago and earned promotion into the Bronze Division. Northfield and St. Paul Academy are ranked in the Let’s Play Hockey pre-season top-twenty rankings.

Boys’ Open High School Division

Thursday, December 29, 2016:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Pine City vs. Simley, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Waconia vs. Cambridge-Isanti, 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Chisago Lakes vs. Marshall, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) University School of Milwaukee, Wis. vs. Princeton, 8 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.

Friday, December 30, 2016:
Game 5 (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 6 (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 7 (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 8 (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 8 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.

Saturday, December 31, 2016:
Game 9 (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 10:30 a.m., Schwan Super Rink #8.
Game 10 (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 1 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #8.
Game 11 (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 3:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #8.
Game 12 (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 10:30 a.m., Ridder Arena. *

Open division highlights:

Six teams return from the 2016 Open Division. Mankato East and Chaska are the new additions. Defending champion Greenway is not returning this year.

Here is a photo gallery of the 2016 boys' Schwan's Cup champions.

Girls’ Gold High School Division

Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Rogers vs. Centennial (#6AA,) 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Delano(#2A) vs. St. Paul United (#6A,) 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Andover (#20AA) vs. Blake (#2AA), 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Holy Family/Waconia vs. Proctor/Hermantown (#8A,) 8 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.

Friday, December 29, 2017:
Game 5: (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 6: (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 7: (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 8: (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.

Saturday December 30, 2017:
Game 9: (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 10:30 a.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 10: (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 1 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 11: (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 3:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 12: (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 8 p.m., Ridder Arena.*

Girls’ Gold division highlights:

Proctor/Hermantown returns to defend their Gold Division championship. But their road to a repeat title is littered with ranked teams, including Delano (#2A), St. Paul United (#6A), Blake (#2AA), and Centennial (#10AA.)

Six of the teams in this bracket are ranked in the Let’s Play Hockey girls’ rankings for November 21.

Two players to keep your eyes on are Centennial’s Gabby Hughes and Anneke Linser, two of the most talented offensive players in the state.

Andover moves up into the Gold Division after winning the Silver at the 2016 Schwan’s Cup.

Girls’ Silver High School Division

Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Buffalo vs. Mahtomedi (#18A), 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Spring Lake Park vs. International Falls, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Duluth vs. Bloomington Jefferson, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Thief River Falls (#7A) vs. Moose Lake, 8 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.

Friday, December 29, 2017:
Game 5: (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 6: (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 7: (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 8: (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 8 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.

Saturday, December 30, 2017:
Game 9: (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 10: (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 11: (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 12: (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 5:30 p.m., Ridder Arena.*

Girls’ Silver division highlights:

A new-look division. Only one team is new to Schwan’s Cup (Bloomington Jefferson), but four moved down from the 2016 Gold Division (Buffalo, Spring Lake Park, Duluth and Thief River Falls.) Two were promoted up the Bronze division (Mahtomedi and International Falls.) Only Moose Lake (4th in 2016) returns in the Silver Division.

The movement of teams between divisions is one of the reasons Schwan’s Cup is popular with coaches and fans. Teams can win and earn promotion, but if they are facing some down years in the talent department, they can make the decision themselves to move down.

Girls’ Bronze High School Division

Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Duluth Marshall (#16A) vs. Cambridge-Isanti, 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Irondale vs. Totino-Grace, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Green Bay, Wis. vs. Minneapolis, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #6.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) St. Francis/North Branch vs. Henry Sibley, 8 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #6.

Friday, December 29, 2017:
Game 5: (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 6: (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 7: (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 8: (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.

Saturday, December 30, 2017:
Game 9: (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 10:30 a.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 10: (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 1 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 11: (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 3:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 12: (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 3 p.m., Ridder Arena.*

Girls’ Bronze division highlights:

Green Bay, Wis. returns to defend its Bronze Division title. Duluth Marshall, the only ranked team in this division, is new to Schwan’s Cup this year. Cambridge-Isanti won the Open/American Division last year and moved up one step into Bronze.

Girls’ Open/American High School Division

Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Chisago Lakes vs. North Metro, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #7.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) St. Paul Blades vs. Northern Lakes, Crosby, Minn., 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #6.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Cap City Cougars, Madison, Wis. vs. Rochester Mayo, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #7.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Owatonna vs. Marshall, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #7.

Friday, December 29, 2017:
Game 5: (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 6: (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 7: (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 8: (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 8 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.

Saturday, December 30, 2017:
Game 9: (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 10 a.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 10: (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 11: (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 12: (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 12:30 p.m., Ridder Arena.*

Girls’ Open/American division highlights:

The best placing returning Open/American team is Chisago Lakes (runner-up in 2016). St. Paul Blades and the Cap City Cougars from Wisconsin are new to Schwan’s Cup this year.

Girls’ Open/National High School Division

Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Game 1: Arrowhead, Wis. vs. Eveleth-Gilbert, 6 p.m., Centennial Sports Arena.
Game 2: Fairmont vs. Luverne, 8 p.m., Centennial Sports Arena.

Friday, December 29, 2017:
Game 3: Arrowhead, Wis. vs. Fairmont, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #7.
Game 4: Eveleth-Gilbert vs. Luverne, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #7.

Saturday, December 30, 2017:
Game 5: Fairmont vs. Eveleth-Gilbert, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 6: Arrowhead vs. Luverne, 10 a.m., Ridder Arena.*

Girls’ Open/American division highlights:

The Open/National tournament is a four-team round-robin format, with teams ranked at the conclusion by their won-loss records. (Head-to-head results being the first tie-breaker.)

Click here for full schedules and results during the tournament.

Schwan Cup Championship game scores from 2016:

Boys’ Gold: Edina 4, St. Thomas Academy 2.
Boys’ Silver: Breck 2, St. Michael-Albertville 2. (Breck won OT shootout.)  
Boys’ Bronze: Blake 3, Minneapolis 2. 
Boys’ Open: Minnehaha Academy 5, Chaska 3.  
Girls’ Gold: Proctor/Hermantown 4, Lakeville North 1.
Girls’ Silver: Andover 3, Rogers 1.
Girls’ Bronze: Green Bay, Wis. 2, Mahtomedi 1. 
Girls’ Open/American: Cambridge-Isanti 2, Chisago Lakes 0.
Girls’ Open/National (round-robin standings): Northern Lakes, Minn. 3-0, North Metro 2-1.

Enjoy this photo gallery of 2016 Schwan's Cup girls'  division champions.

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