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Silver 25: Minnesota's best girls' hockey players on the biggest stage

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 02/19/19, 7:45PM CST

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The Star Tribune's top 25 performers when it mattered most -- on the ice at the state tournament.


A sampling of players from the top 25 state tournament players from the Star Tribune's photo archives.

Salute to 25 years of excellence

Definitive? That’s up to individual puck heads.

Darn good hockey players? That much is certain when it comes to the Star Tribune’s Top 25 players in girls’ hockey state tournament history heading into the sport’s silver anniversary tournament.

How we arrived at and ranked our 25: A review of tournament record holders, annual team champions and individual scoring leaders, plus conversations with long-tenured girls’ hockey coaches.

State tournament participation was a must. So apologies to a few greats unable to crack this list.

Not that their omission made the job easier. State tournaments back to 1995, full of great hockey players and performances, made whittling names tough. Our list, with photos mostly found in the Star Tribune archives, is certain to enlighten and possibly enrage you.

Let’s start the countdown:



























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