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Puck Heaven February Answers

Answers to questions found in Minnesota Hockey Magazine’s February issue.

Answers to questions found in Minnesota Hockey Magazine's February issue.

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Who was the first coach from a private school to win the state championship?

Terry Skrypek. The former Cretin High star coached Hill-Murray of Maplewood to the championship in 1983 when the Pioneers went undefeated (28-0). Skrypek brought 11 teams to state and he also was runners-up on three occasions, in addition to two third-place and two fifth-place finishes.

Jim Hoey was born and raised in the tiny Iron Range community of Taconite and graduated from Greenway High School. After playing for the Raiders in three state tournaments, he then matriculated to St. Mary's University in Winona, where he captained the team in his senior season. Hoey spent 34 years as a secondary social studies teacher and was head hockey coach at both Shakopee and Farmington High Schools. For 10 years, he covered high school sports writing for the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages. After writing his first book on the Minnesota Twins, Hoey published "Puck Heaven", a trivia book on the state boys high school hockey tournament in 2011.

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