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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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What St. Paul Washington player from 1956 is in the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame?

Jim Rantz, who was an All-American pitcher for the Minnesota Gophers and won the clinching game in the 1960 College World Series. Rantz signed with Washington in 1960 and pitched in the minors for the Twins’ for five seasons before joining the club’s front office. He has worked for the club for 52 years and has been the head of the farm system since 1986. He was inducted into the Twins’ Hall of Fame in 2007.

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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