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Puck Heaven March Answers

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

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

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A 6’3″ center with great reach, what Hill-Murray player from the 1988 tournament was once the key player in a trade for Wayne Gretzky?

Craig Johnson, who helped the Pioneers to a runners-up finish after losing 5-3 to Edina.  Johnson, a fine Gopher player for three years, was traded by St. Louis to Los Angeles for Gretzky and two other players and two draft picks in February of 1996. Johnson played seven seasons for the Kings and scored 75 NHL goals. He also played in the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

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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