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18th annual Schwan’s Cup high school hockey tournament coming to Schwan Super Rink, Ridder Arena, and Aldrich Arenas December 26-28 (girls) and December 27-January 1 (boys)

11/28/2018, 4:45pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

Blaine, Minn. (November 28, 2018) – 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 2018 Schwan’s Cup high school hockey tournament.


Blake (in blue) topped Centennial in the championship game of the 2017 Schwan's Cup Girls' Gold Division at Ridder Arena. Both teams return for the 2018 Gold Division.

Girls’ preview:

The Schwan’s Cup girls’ division will be played December 26-28 at the Schwan Super Rink and Ridder Arena. The 40 girls’ teams are divided into five divisions – Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Open American and Open National.

The Gold Division is loaded, with six of the eight teams ranked in Let’s Play Hockey’s November 20 rankings. The division is led by #1AA ranked Andover. Blake, defending Gold Division champion, is ranked #3AA. Centennial, runner-up in the Gold Division last year and currently ranked #18AA, returns as well.  Also in the mix is #3A ranked Proctor/Hermantown, #4A St. Paul United, and #12A Mahtomedi.

Two other champions return: Duluth Marshall, Bronze champion now promoted to Silver; and Luverne, defending its title in the Open National Division.


Cretin-Derham Hall won the Silver Division last year, and returns in the Gold Division for the 2018 tournament.

Boys’ preview:

The 28 boys’ teams will be divided into four divisions -- Gold, Silver, Bronze and Open Divisions.

The Gold Division will play its first two rounds of games at Aldrich Arena and the final day at Ridder Arena on December 29. Other divisions will play their first two rounds at the Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center in Blaine December 29 and 31. Championship games for those divisions will be played January 1 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

The Gold Division will be a four-team round-robin format, with the championship going to the team with the best record. All other divisions will be eight-team bracket format.

Three MSHSL State Tournament teams from 2018 will play Schwan’s Cup this year – Centennial and Hill-Murray in the Gold Division and St. Michael-Albertville in the Silver Division.

Three Schwan’s Cup champions will return to defend their titles. Cretin-Derham Hall, the champion in the Silver Division, has been promoted to the Gold Division. Hudson, Wis., Bronze Division champion, moves up to the Silver Division. And Simley will return to defend its championship in the Open Division.

Here is a summary of the 2018 Schwan’s Cup format:

Wednesday, December 26: Girls’ Gold Division quarterfinals at Ridder Arena; all other girls’ quarterfinal games at the Schwan Super Rink.

Thursday, December 27: Girls’ Gold Division semifinals and consolation games at Ridder Arena. All other girls’ semifinals and consolation games at the Schwan Super Rink. First-round games in boys’ Gold Division at Aldrich Arena.

Friday, December 28: All five girls’ championship games at Ridder Arena. Girls’ tournament concludes. Second-round games in boys’ Gold Division at Aldrich Arena

Saturday, December 29: Final-round games in boys’ Gold Division at Ridder Arena. Boys’ Gold Division concludes. Quarterfinal games in boys’ Silver, Bronze and Open Divisions at the Schwan Super Rink.

Sunday, December 30: Off day.

Monday, December 31: Boys’ Silver, Bronze and Open division semifinals and consolation games at the Schwan Super Rink.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019: Boys’ championship games in Silver, Bronze and Open Divisions at Ridder Arena. Boys’ Silver, Bronze and Open divisions conclude.

The National Sports Center’s in-house webcasting service, NSCgamecast, will provide live-streaming broadcasts of all the games from Ridder Arena on December 26-29 and January 1.

Click here for a menu of webcast 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.

2018 Schwan’s Cup High School Varsity Schedule:
* live-streamed webcast games
Rankings are Let’s Play Hockey November 28 rankings

Girls’ Gold High School Division

Wednesday, December 26, 2018:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) St. Paul United (#10A) vs, Mahtomedi (#11A), 12 noon, Ridder Arena.*
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Andover (#1AA) vs. Rogers, 2:30 p.m., Ridder Arena.*
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Holy Family vs. Blake (#3AA), 5 p.m., Ridder Arena.*
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Centennial vs. Proctor/Hermantown (#3A), 7:30 p.m., Ridder Arena.*
Thursday, December 27, 2018:
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.*
Friday December 28, 2018:
Game 9: (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 10: (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 11: (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 12: (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 8 p.m., Ridder Arena.*

Girls’ Silver High School Division

Wednesday, December 26, 2018:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Buffalo vs. Spring Lake Park, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Delano/Rockford (#13A) vs. Duluth Marshall (#12A), 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Bloomington Jefferson vs. Cambridge-Isanti/Mora/Pine City, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Rochester Lourdes (#7A) vs. Duluth, 8 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Thursday, December 27, 2018:
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.
Friday December 28, 2018:
Game 9: (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #7.
Game 10: (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 11: (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 12: (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 5:30 p.m., Ridder Arena.*

Girls’ Bronze High School Division

Wednesday, December 26, 2018:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) St. Francis/North Branch vs. Totino-Grace, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Moose Lake Area vs. East Ridge, 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Minneapolis (#18A) vs. International Falls, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Irondale vs. Red Wing, 8 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Thursday, December 27, 2018:
Game 5: (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 12:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 6: (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 3 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 7: (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 8: (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 8 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Friday December 28, 2018:
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, 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, 3 p.m., Ridder Arena.*

Girls’ Open/American High School Division

Wednesday, December 26, 2018:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Chisago Lakes vs. St. Paul/Henry Sibley, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Owatonna vs. Cap City Cougars, Madison, Wis., 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Green Bay Area, Wis. vs. Northern Lakes, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Marshall vs. University School of Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Thursday, December 27, 2018:
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.
Friday December 28, 2018:
Game 9: (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 6 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4     
Game 10: (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 5:30 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/National High School Division

Wednesday, December 26, 2018:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Waseca vs. Western Wisconsin Stars, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Albert Lea vs. Eveleth-Gilbert, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Arrowhead, Wis. vs. North Shore, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Luverne vs. Fairmont, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Thursday, December 27, 2018:
Game 5: (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 6: (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 7: (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Game 8: (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #1.
Friday December 28, 2018:
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, 10 a.m., Ridder Arena.*

Boys’ Gold High School Division

Thursday, December 27, 2018:
Game 1: Centennial vs. Cretin-Derham Hall (#5AA), 1 p.m., Aldrich Arena.
Game 2: Hill-Murray (#7AA) vs. Burnsville (#19AA), 6:30 p.m., Aldrich Arena.
Friday, December 28, 2018:
Game 3: Hill-Murray vs. Cretin-Derham Hall, 1 p.m., Aldrich Arena.
Game 4: Burnsville vs. Centennial, 6:30 p.m., Aldrich Arena.
Saturday, December 29, 2018:
Game 5: Cretin-Derham Hall vs. Burnsville, 1 p.m., Ridder Arena.*
Game 6: Centennial vs. Hill-Murray, 6:30 p.m., Ridder Arena.*

Boys’ Silver High School Division

Saturday, December 29, 2018:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) St. Cloud vs. Tartan, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Breck vs. Hudson, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Minneapolis (#19A) vs. St. Louis Park, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Park of Cottage Grove vs. St. Michael-Albertville, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Monday, December 31, 2018:
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.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019:
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, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #4.
Game 12 (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 4:30 p.m., Ridder Arena. *

Boys’ Bronze High School Division

Saturday, December 29, 2018:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Totino-Grace vs. Minnehaha Academy, 11:30 a.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Mounds View vs. Holy Angels, 2 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Spring Lake Park vs. St. Paul Academy, 4:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) University School of Milwaukee vs. Rogers, 7 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Monday, December 31, 2018:
Game 5 (consolation): Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 11:30 a.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 6 (consolation): Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 2 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 7 (Semi-final #1): Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 4:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 8 (Semi-final #2): Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019:
Game 9 (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 2 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 10 (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 4:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 11 (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 7 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #3.
Game 12 (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 2 p.m., Ridder Arena. *

Boys’ Open High School Division

Saturday, December 29, 2018:
Game 1: (Quarterfinal #1) Princeton vs. Marshall, 12 noon, Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 2: (Quarterfinal #2) Simley vs. Henry Sibley, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 3: (Quarterfinal #3) Southwest Christian/Richfield vs. Pine City Area, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 4: (Quarterfinal #4) Chisago Lakes vs. Bloomington Kennedy, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Monday, December 31, 2018:
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.|
Tuesday, January 1, 2019:
Game 9 (consolation): Loser game 5 vs. loser game 6, 2:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 10 (consolation championship): Winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 5 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 11 (third place): Loser game 7 vs. loser game 8, 7:30 p.m., Schwan Super Rink #2.
Game 12 (championship): Winner game 7 vs. winner game 8, 11:30 a.m., Ridder Arena. *

Click here for full schedules.

Schwan's Cup Championship game scores from 2017:
Boys’ Gold: St. Thomas Academy 3, Minnetonka 3. (STA won OT shootout.)
Boys’ Silver: Cretin-Derham Hall 9, Minneapolis 2.    
Boys’ Bronze: Hudson, Wis. 7, Minnehaha Academy 2.   
Boys’ Open: Simley 3, University School of Milwaukee 2.   
Girls’ Gold: Blake 2, Centennial 0.
Girls’ Silver: Thief River Falls 2, Mahtomedi 2. (TRF won OT shootout.)
Girls’ Bronze: Duluth Marshall 2, Minneapolis 1.  
Girls’ Open/American: Rochester Mayo 4, Chisago Lakes 2. 
Girls’ Open/National (round-robin standings): 1. Luverne (3-0), 2. Eveleth-Gilbert (2-1)

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