Minnesota Hockey Magazine

Our Best Photos of 2014 – A Year in Review

As we review 2014, we went back into the archives and found some great images from our staff of photographers, led by our lead photographer Jeff Wegge.  Please enjoy some of our best images from 2014  as we covered the state of hockey.

 

From the classic hockey venues we visited,

 

In January, Elk River hosts Hockey Day Minnesota 2014

In January, Elk River hosts Hockey Day Minnesota

 

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 and saying good bye to the historic Coliseum,

 

 

Featured Image: Inside the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. (Photo/Vintage MN Hockey.com)

 

 

 

Our story begins with coaching.

 

 

 

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We start the games with the drop of the puck.

 

 

 

 

 

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With more coaching,

 

 

 

Scanlan, on the bench as his East Grand Forks team tooks on Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in the class 1A quarterfinal game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Wednesday, February 19, 2014. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

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                                      As the teams compete with  all the battles on the ice.
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                The teams move the puck to get  the shot,

 

 

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only to see some great saves,

 

 

 

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with some shots that find the back of the net.

 

 

 

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We follow that with the post goal celebration,

 

 

 

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As we capture  the incredible joy  of celebrating a championship with the team.

 

 

 

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Edina 2014 State 2A Champs

 

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And see the agony of defeat,

 

 

 

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As we end, hoisting the championship trophy,

 

 

 

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and taking  the team photo capturing the championship season.  We had the best seat in the house, and were just glad to be there, as 2014 was a great year for Minnesota hockey.

 

 

State Champs!  The White Bear Lake PeeWee B team won the State Championship this past weekend in Two Harbors.  The victory capped off a great season for an amazing group of kids. The Bears finished the season with a 35-10-4 overall record.  The regular season included tournament championships in White Bear Lake and Rochester.  They also took home 3rd place trophies in Cloquet and Maple Grove.  Then the playoff run started… The Black and Orange opened District 2 play as the #4 seed.  They went on to defeat Highland Central, North St. Paul, and Stillwater to earn the D2 Championship.  In the North Region, they defeated Virginia and Cloquet to set up a match up with their friends to the east, Mahtomedi.  In the most exciting game to date, the Bears prevailed 5-4 in triple overtime to win the North Region Championship and punch their ticket to the State Tournament. In the State Tournament the Bears opened with a victory over Eagan Blue 7-1, followed by a 3-2 win over a highly skilled and fast Minneapolis Purple squad.  This set up the State Championship game versus pre-tournament favorite Edina White.  The title game was yet another nail bitter with many lead changes.  The game was tied at 4 late in the third when the tenacious and determined Bears took the lead 5-4 with under three minutes to play.  They had to withstand the buzzing Hornets offense over the last two minutes to secure the State PeeWee B Title.  Icing on the cake for an amazing playoff run! The State Champion Bears are Ryan Dehling, Charlie Rapheal, Ben Boldt, Cody Grahn, Tony Rossini, Nick Denault, Paul Moris, Chance Johnstone, Michael Rittenhouse, Sam Yobbie, Jacob Oczak, Roddy Schultz, Jack Montgomery, Colby Rautenberg, Nathan Thies, and Seth Valento.  Coaches are Steve Oczak, Kelly Rittenhouse, Sam Schultz, Steve Moris, and manager Meg Rapheal.

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We won the North Star Cup

We won the North Star Cup

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We are looking forward to 2015, capturing  more exciting hockey moments with our photos, our stories, our videos and more.

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