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MHJ's Best Stories of 2015

12/31/2015, 10:45am CST
By Minnesota Hockey Journal

Each year, Minnesota Hockey Journal strives to bring you the best hockey stories within our state and across the nation. Some are fun and light-hearted, others help you develop and some explore the deeper reason we play the game of hockey. 

Here are a few of our favorite stories from this past year. We look forward to bringing you even more in 2016!

1. Full Nelson (February 2015): We were thrilled to put Warroad native Brock Nelson on the cover of our February issue -- and even more excited to give away a signed copy that month.


2. Wingin' It (March 2015): Red Wing's girls program has been on the rise in recent years, soaring to new heights and growing the game south of the Twin Cities.


3. Minnesota's Stanley Cup Magic (May 2015): We had Stanley Cup fever this year with the Minnesota Wild's push in the playoffs, not to mention the countless other Minnesotans that made the Cup run. This infographic adequetly sums up just how much of an impact Minnesotans have made on the Stanley Cup through history.


4. State of Hockey Spotlight (October 2015 and December 2015): In the first issue of the 2015-16 season, we started a new department called "State of Hockey Spotlight." Each month we will feature an association in Minnesota that has stood out above the rest. First up was STMA ( followed by Bemidji (


5. Biscuits with Bucci (February 2015): John Buccigross is easily one of the most recognizable sports broadcasters on ESPN, and widely loved by hockey fans for his enthusiasm for our great sport (one that is often overlooked on the go-to sports network...). We were pumped to catch up with him and feature his passion this year.


6. State of Stanley (April 2015): We told you we had Stanley Cup fever in 2015. At the start of the run for Lord Stanley's Cup, the State of Hockey had 22 natives vying for the grand prize.


7. On the Map (March 2015): Minnesota State had one impressive season last year, putting their program -- and the surrounding youth association -- on the map.


8. Stars on Sleds (February 2015): A story that reminded us that hockey is for every body.


9. Storm's Coming (October 2015): Justin Faulk has quietly added himself to the NHL's elite. He shared all with us earlier this fall.


10. The Love of Luverne (March 2015): Luverne, Minnesota is a without a doubt a budding hockey town.

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