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03-10-2013, 01:13 AM
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This is my favorite event to attend every year, the MN state high school tournament. Hell of an experience for these kids playing in front of 20,000 fans.

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Pretty freakin awesome. At the HS state championships here there are probly about 500-1k people. That's my guess.

Also depends on the school.

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Saw that earlier. Unreal stuff. Awesome to see so much passion for the sport we love, even at the High School level.


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Can't even imagine what it's like to play in front of so many people.. Must be nerve wracking.

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That's why this is the State of Hockey.

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I really wish high school hockey was a bigger draw in Canada.

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I really wish high school hockey was a bigger draw in Canada.
We have the CHL instead.

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I really wish high school hockey was a bigger draw in Canada.
Most places in the states have one big high school for a town so they have huge support where as small towns in Canada can have 4 different high schools, would like to see that done here too

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Tournament week is always a blast. You've got nonstop high school hockey at the Xcel for four days with most of them being televised. Then comes the Saturday night finale. Always packed to the rafters including the press box. Lots of scouts and former NHLer's in the stands too. Wild players have always shown up, although last night they were playing in Nashville. It's also common to see opponents of the Wild (if there is a Sunday game) hanging out at the championship game. Got photos one year of a large group of Avs' players in the club level. And they really got into the game.

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I really wish high school hockey was a bigger draw in Canada.
The calibre of high school hockey there is much better than here, though. Those HS teams are as good as some junior b and tier 2 junior-a teams around here. Kids not being able to play if you're carded (or in some areas, if you play AAA), pretty much kills any chance at a real draw.

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It also has to do with the culture of high school and collegiate sport in the US. It's such a large part of the culture, as opposed to Canada where it's just high school and college sports ("Like, who cares?").

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Can't even imagine what it's like to play in front of so many people.. Must be nerve wracking.
Most I ever played in front of was ~750-1000 and it was the most nerve wracking thing I've ever experienced as I tried to warm up normally, but when your team scores, and the crowd gets behind you, it's the most incredibly feeling I've ever experienced.

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Most I ever played in front of was ~750-1000 and it was the most nerve wracking thing I've ever experienced as I tried to warm up normally, but when your team scores, and the crowd gets behind you, it's the most incredibly feeling I've ever experienced.
I played here in MN for one of the private schools (hated around here) we had 19,000 rooting against us and maybe 500 cheering for us. It was dead silent when we scored and the place went nuts when the other team scored on us.

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The calibre of high school hockey there is much better than here, though. Those HS teams are as good as some junior b and tier 2 junior-a teams around here. Kids not being able to play if you're carded (or in some areas, if you play AAA), pretty much kills any chance at a real draw.
This is true for Minny, no doubt. Definitely not true for all the US though, which probably isn't a surprise to all, but if you ever get a chance to go to texas check out the Utep Varsity hockey team, I think most guys from my intermural team could play on that team.

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nice jerseys, the wild should take note.

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NHL games need more live bands.

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nice jerseys, the wild should take note.
I wish, but,,,,Norm effin Green.

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