Hermantown hockey State Champs awarded Eveleth Trophy

Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 6:53 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - While it may officially be summer here in the Northland, either way, there’s always room to talk hockey. On Thursday afternoon, the 2022 Minnesota State Champs welcomed a guest of honor into the Hermantown hockey rink for the first time.

The Hawks resumed championship celebrations with the Eveleth trophy. A trophy named after the 1945 Eveleth Golden Bears who won the very first hockey state championship. The trophy travels to the homes of all four Minnesota State High School champions.

This tradition began in 2019, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the boy’s Minnesota State High School hockey tournament and the 25th anniversary of the girl’s Minnesota State High School hockey tournament. For the next month, the Hawks get to hoist the trophy all around the Northland, simulating how the Stanley Cup travels around town too.

“It’s cool, it’s cool to have this trophy and I mean it’s still a big deal and it’s cool to have. I’m sure guys will do what they want, take it golfing, taking it fishing out on the pontoon, and just do lake days and stuff like that,” said Janzig.

“The state tournament speaks for itself like it’s what every kid dreams of. To win that state championship and hold up that trophy and then to have that connection now to that original trophy and to see it and seeing it really, they were like ‘oh my gosh that old trophy’ and watching them go up and read the names of all the schools that have won it and I think it really puts their place in history,” said Andrews.

Andrews adds that a day like this reignites the fire and passion in his players looking ahead to next season with a new opportunity to defend their title.

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