One of Minnesota's storied hockey communities was represented Thursday night when the Roseau Rams faced the Benilde-St. Margaret'a Red Knights in a Class AA quarterfinal game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Prior to the start of the game, The Examiner asked several fans what their most memorable Roseau hockey moment was.
First up were Paul and Sue Grafstrom. Paul was an eight year assistant coach with the varsity girls program. Paul's memorable moment was the 2007 state boys hockey championship.
"You kind of grow up with them and cap it off with a state championship."Sue said.
Sue also recalls the days of the state tournament at the St. Paul Civic Center, known for it's clear dasher boards. ""it was a venue like no other."
Next was Kim Mesolt who remember a town like Roseau with a population of 3000 and an enrollment of 347 playing against the big schools.
"We wanted to play in the AA field because we want to play the best," he said. He also remembered the 1990 state title, which was the school's first since 1960.
The final group of fans were Bob & Carmen Przekwas and team bus driver Mike Dahl. The Prezekwases remember the first year the Roseau girls played in the state tournament 2008, since their daughters Mikayla and Mary played on that team. As for Dahl's most memorable moment, it was the Rams 2012 Class AA girls consolation championship.
A sampling of memories from one of Minnesota's most memorable hockey towns.