Hill-Murray and St. Thomas Academy are the 2008 state champions, and now, almost all is quiet here at the Xcel Energy Center. It’s been a great four days of hockey, hasn’t it?
I’ve seen fourteen games in 83 hours, from the drop of the puck between Duluth Marshall and Mankato West on Wednesday morning, all the way through Joe Phillippi’s blocker toss tonight. As to why I’d want to spend 50 hours in the Xcel Energy Center over a four-day span, I can only quote something that St. Thomas Academy co-head coach Tom Vannelli said to me back in late November: “Hockey just gets under your skin, you know?”
After the jump, a look back at a few odds and ends from the tournament.