Blaine, Minn. (April 17, 2019) – The National Sports Center announced the field of teams that will play in the inaugural Herb Brooks Holiday Classic high school hockey tournament, December 26, 2019-January 1, 2020.
For 18 years this tournament has been the Schwan Cup. The name has been changed to reflect the partnership between the National Sports Center and the Herb Brooks Foundation to honor Minnesota’s hockey icon, Coach Herb Brooks.
The final game schedule will be announced in the fall.
Boys, December 26-28, all games at the Super Rink at the National Sports Center
Gold: Holy Angels, Rogers, Park of Cottage Grove, Minneapolis, Hudson (Wis.), Breck, Sartell, University School of Milwaukee (Wis.)
Silver: Minnehaha Academy, Northfield, Bloomington Kennedy, Gentry Academy, Eau Claire North (Wis.), St. Paul Academy, Marshall, Chisago Lakes.
Bronze: Spring Lake Park, Southwest Christian/Richfield, Princeton, Providence Academy, Henry Sibley, Simley, Brookfield (Wis.), Pine City.
Open: Becker/Big Lake, Luverne, Cambridge-Isanti, Faribault.
Girls, December 30, 2019-January 1, 2020, all games at the Super Rink at the National Sports Center
Gold: St. Paul United, Hill-Murray, Andover, Rogers, Holy Family, Blake, Centennial, Proctor-Hermantown.
Silver: Buffalo, Mahtomedi, Delano, Chisago Lakes, Bloomington Jefferson, Cambridge-Isanti/Mora/Pine City, Minneapolis, Duluth.
Bronze: St. Francis/North Branch, North Shore, Western Wisconsin Stars, Spring Lake Park, River Lakes, Irondale, Marshall, Eveleth-Gilbert.
Open: Luverne, Arrowhead, Detroit Lakes, Northern Lakes, Albert Lea, University School of Milwaukee (Wis.), Moose Lake Area, International Falls.
Four high school hockey players were presented the 2019 Herb Brooks Award at the Girls’ and Boys’ Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament on February 23 and March 9.
The Herb Brooks award is given annually since 2004 to the most qualified hockey player in the Minnesota state tournament who strongly represents the values, characteristics, and traits that defined Herb Brooks -- a passion for hockey, a willingness to sacrifice for the team, integrity and work ethic, and leadership qualities. This prestigious award commemorates the enduring influence Herb Brooks had on the sport of hockey in Minnesota and throughout the world.
The Herb Brooks Award is supported by the Herb Brooks family, the Minnesota State High School League, the Herb Brooks Foundation, and the boys and girls high school hockey coaches associations.
The award is presented on-ice at the Xcel Energy Center on live television on KSTC Channel 45 immediately after the Class 1A and 2A championship games for both boys and girls. Members of the Brooks family present the awards each year. This year the awards were presented by Herb Brooks’ daughter Kelly Brooks Paradise, son Dan Brooks, and granddaughter Olivia Paradise.
Meet the 2019 Herb Brooks Award winners: