One Irondale team steps outside metro for holiday tournament


Irondale/St. Anthony girls hockey

Schwan Cup  Silver Division

Location: Super Rink, Ridder Arena

Dates: Dec. 26-28

Times: Dec. 26-27, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Dec. 28, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. (Championship at Ridder Arena)

Participating teams: Irondale, North/Tartan, 


Irondale/St. Anthony boys hockey

Roseau tournament

Location: Roseau Memorial Arena

Dates: Dec. 29-31

Times: Dec. 29, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m.; Dec. 30, 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 31, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.

Participating teams: Roseau, Henry Sibley, Park Rapids, Minot (N.D.), St. Paul (Manitoba), Devils Lake (N.D.), Lake of the Woods, Irondale.


Irondale boys basketball

Hastings tournament

Location: Hastings High School

Dates: Dec. 29-30

Times: 5 p.m., 7 p.m.

Participating teams: Irondale, Hastings, Farmington, Prescott (Wisc.)


Irondale girls basketball

Irondale tournament

Location: Irondale High School

Dates: Dec. 28-29

Times: 4:30 p.m., 6:15p.m.

Participating teams: Irondale, St. Francis, Duluth East, Bloomington Jefferson

Most of Irondale High School’s teams that are participating in a holiday tournament are staying close to home. The one exception is the boys hockey team, which gets to enjoy about a six-hour drive to northwest Minnesota for three days of pucks.

The Knights’ boys hockey squad is headed to Roseau for the second consecutive year. Irondale/St. Anthony finished second in last year’s tournament, with victories over Minot (N.D.) and Henry Sibley and a loss to the host Rams in the championship game.

This year’s tournament runs Dec. 29-31 and features Irondale, Roseau, Henry Sibley, Park Rapids, St. Paul (Manitoba), Devils Lake (N.D.), Minot (N.D.) and Lake of the Woods.

Irondale opens the tournament Dec. 29 at 9 p.m. against Park Rapids.

The Irondale/St. Anthony girls hockey team is sticking close to its home ice for the holidays this year. After playing at Braemar Arena in the Edina tournament for the past seven seasons, the Knights are in the Schwan Cup at the Super Rink this year.

Playing in the Silver Division, Irondale opens the tournament on Dec. 26 at 12:30 p.m. against Moose Lake. The tournament continues with games on Dec. 27 and 28. The championship game is Dec. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Ridder Arena.

The other six teams in the Silver Division are Andover, Holy Family/Waconia, Anoka, North/Tartan, Rogers and Cloquet/Esko/Carlton. 

Irondale enjoyed early success at the Edina tournament but struggled the past couple of years. The Knights went 0-3 last year and 1-2 in 2014. They won the championship in 2009 and won at least two games each year from 2011 to 2013.

Irondale’s boys basketball team has found a holiday tournament it likes after going five straight years without appearing in one. This is the third consecutive season that the Knights have played in the Hastings tournament.

Irondale enters the two-day, four-team event as the defending champion after knocking off New Prague and Prescott to win it in 2015. In their first year in the tournament in 2014, the Knights went 0-2.

The Knights begin defense of their title by taking on the host Raiders on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. The first semifinal that day pits Farmington against Prescott (Wisc.). Day two of the tournament is Dec. 30 and features the third-place game at 5 p.m. and the championship tilt at 7 p.m.

Irondale’s girls basketball team has the shortest commute as it hosts a tournament for the sixth consecutive year. The Knights welcome St. Francis, Duluth East and Bloomington Jefferson for the 2016 event. St. Francis is in the tournament for the fourth straight year, this is year two for Duluth East and Bloomington Jefferson is a newcomer.

St. Francis is the defending champion after beating North St. Paul and Irondale for the title last year. The Saints take on Duluth East in the first semifinal at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 28 while Irondale and Jefferson play in the second semifinal that night.

The schedule for Dec. 30 has the third-place game starting at 4:30 p.m. and the championship game follows.

The Knights have won the tournament twice (2011, 2014) in its five years of existence.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


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