Hermantown, Lakeville North voted top seeds; East Grand Forks, Edina defend 2014 titles
In the ninth year of seeding the qualified teams, Hermantown was chosen No. 1 in Class A and Lakeville North was chosen No. 1 in Class AA for the 2015 State Boys’ Hockey Tournament. The Hermantown Hawks qualified for the sixth consecutive and 12th overall time. They are seeking their second state title. The Panthers of Lakeville North are making their second consecutive and sixth overall trip to the tournament and are still looking for their first state championship. Both defending champions also return to this year’s qualifying fields. The Green Wave of East Grand Forks are looking for their second title in Class A, while the Edina Hornets are seeking their 10th championship in Class AA. East Grand Forks is the No. 3 seed in the Class A field and Edina is the No. 2 seed in the Class AA tournament. Spring Lake Park is the only school making its debut appearance. The Panthers compete in Class A. Class A teams will play their quarterfinal games on Wednesday, March 4, and Class AA teams will follow suit on Thursday, March 5. Both classes will continue with championship semifinals on Friday, March 6, and then third-place and championship games on Saturday, March 7. Consolation semifinals for Class A are scheduled Thursday, March 5, with Class AA following suit on Friday, March 6, and both consolation championship games on Saturday, March 7. All 2015 State Boys’ Hockey Tournament championship-round and third-place games in both classes will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. All consolation rounds for both classes will be played at Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus. The seeding process had all 16 coaches of the section champions log onto a special page of the League website. Each coach then ranked the other teams in their class one through seven. The highest and lowest rankings for each team were discarded, leaving five rankings for each team. From those rankings, the top five teams were seeded. In conference calls with all eight head coaches of each class, League Associate Director Craig Perry announced the top five seeds. An impartial participant then blindly drew the three remaining teams from a hat to establish the opponent for the top three seeded teams. Numbers four and five automatically play each other.