Edina receives top boys hockey seed, and Chanhassen is No. 2

Edina, ranked third in the final Let's Play Hockey poll of the season, on Saturday received Class 2A's No. 1 seed for next week's boys hockey state tournament.

The Hornets (23-4-1) helped themselves by knocking off second-ranked Wayzata in the Section 6 final and fourth-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's in the semifinals. They got help when fifth-ranked Chanhassen upset No. 1 and undefeated Minnetonka in the Section 2 final.

Chanhassen (23-5) was seeded second. Centennial (19-7-2) landed the third seed. The fourth seed was White Bear Lake (20-7-1), and Grand Rapids (17-11-0) landed the fifth seed.

The Minnesota State High School League seeds five teams and places the other three teams by blind draw.

It's a process that caused frustration as recently as two weeks ago, when the girls hockey tournament pairings were set. Top seed Minnetonka drew Maple Grove, which coach Tracy Cassano called the most difficult of the three unseeded teams.

"The whole process should be more transparent," Cassano said that day. "It does make you question the High School League system when no one sees anything."

Coaches have suggested the fields be seeded 1-8, pitting the least against the best in the first round. Both the boys and girls hockey coaches association have submitted a seeding proposal to be heard by the MSHSL Board of Directors in June.

"I am very much looking forward in the future to seeding all eight teams," Cassano said during the girls state tournament.

The boys state tournament begins Wednesday with Class 1A quarterfinals. The Class 2A tournament begins Thursday. All winners' bracket games are played at Xcel Energy Center.

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