FWIW the golden years of HS hockey was when there was one bracket, and teams like International Falls, Roseau, Greenway, Grand Rapids, Warroad and even Rochester teams would come to the Cities and show the cake eaters what hockey was all about.
Those days are OVER. The power now lies in and around the metro (class AA). Grand Rapids had a good season 2 years ago but the majority of titles go to the suburb teams now. Example: Duluth East and Moorhead, the only two outstate teams in class AA, have been eliminated.