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Feb 23-24-25, 1956 St. Paul Auditorium

1956 State Tournament Leading Scorers

Player Team Goals Assists Total Points
Cliff Strand Thief River Falls 4 3 7

BATTLE OF THE FALLS

Thief River Falls claimed its second title in three seasons following a 3-2 victory over International Falls in the championship game.  Jack Poole scored two goals for the Prowlers, including the game-winner in the second period.  Thief River Falls scored three goals in each of its three state tournament victories.  International Falls, behind legendary coach Larry Ross, reached the final after dethroning defending champion, St. Paul Johnson, with a 3-1 victory in the quarterfinals and then surviving a 3-2 win over Minneapolis Roosevelt in the semifinals.

SLAP SHOTS

  • Edina-Morningside goalie Murray MacPherson made 54 saves in a 3-2 triple overtime loss to Thief River Falls in the quarterfinals.  The Prowlers fired 10 shots at him in the first overtime and 13 in the second.
  • Just two years after reaching the 20,000-mark for attendance, this tournament reached a milestone at 30,949.
  • International Falls was the back door representative from Region 3.
  • Tournament Attendance: 30,949

ST. PAUL WASHINGTON - REGION 1

Roster Position Number Purple & Gold
Gordon Bond W 13
Gerald Griffith D 16
George Horwath W 14
Jack Kelly W 8
Gerald Krois D 9
James Prudhomme W 15
Richard Prudhomme W 18
James Rantz C 7
George Tonia G 1
James Burket G 2
Robert Worlickey D 5
Jack Welsh D 12
Robert Kusterman W 4
Martin Zangs C 6
Richard Bierbaum Manager
Robert Turner Coach

WHITE BEAR LAKE - REGION 2

Roster Position Number Orange
Gordon Mackenhausen G 1
Mike McCollor D 2
Mike Fredericks D 3
Dennis Kohler W 4
Dave Fournelle W 5
Dave Garceau W 6
John Fournelle C 7
Gary Wilson W 8
Lin Lindbeck C 9
John Valento W 10
Michael Crever C 11
Louis LaBossiere W 12
Ken Dufresne Manager
Pete Louricas Coach

INTERNATIONAL FALLS - REGION 3

Roster Position Number White
Robert Laurion G 1
Bill Cronkhite W 2
Richard Kalb D 3
Lester Etienne D 5
Elmer Walls D 7
Ray Boyum W 8
Lee Boyum C 9
David Frank C 10
Lawrence Cronkhite C 11
Gene Steele W 12
Oscar Mahle W 13
Robert Miggins W 14
Thomas Neveaux D 16
James Wherley G 18
George St. Peter W 19
Richard Raboin Manager
Larry Ross Coach

ST. PAUL JOHNSON - REGION 4

Roster Position # Maroon & White
Tom Wahman G 1
Bob Revoir G 30
Arden Swanson D 11
Glenn Marien D 2
Phil Peterson D 7
Terry Brindley D 12
Ryan Ostebo D & W 4
Nick DeMike W 21
Bill Hulp C 27
Phil Winter W 10
Don McKechnie C 15
Gary Schmaltzbauer W 21
Warren Peterson W 6
Harold Vinnes W 29
Charles Anderson Manager
Rube Gustafson Head Coach
Lou Cotroneo Assistant Coach

MINNEAPOLIS ROOSEVELT - REGION 5

Roster Position Number White
Bud Bjkeren C 3
Jerry Bergstrom D 15
Bob Carlson C 9
Jerry Gangloff G 1
Ron Haberkorn W 7
John Hrkal D 10
Ron Johnson D 12
Dean Kolden W 13
Bart Larson W 4
Doug Larson W 5
Gary Olin C 8
Tom Reiter W 14
Mike Roan W 6
Harold Serfland D 11
Jim Schluck G 2
Emery Stenquist Manager
Bob May Coach

EDINA MORNINGSIDE - REGION 6

Roster Position Number White
Fred Ashenbrenner D 5
Austin (Bud) Brisbois C 7
Mike Cooper W 14
Ted Doman C 2
Jim Emerson W 11
Larry Johnson C 8
Murray MacPherson G 1
Roger McVeety D 15
Jim Richards W 10
LeRoy Ryan W 9
Walt Sirene D 3
Charles Steinweg G 6
Robert Steinweg D 4
Bill Strout W 12
Steve Tell W 13
Bill Bagwill Manager
Edward Greer Coach

EVELETH - REGION 7

Roster Position Number White
Gordon Gunderson G 1
Jerry Norman C 2
Donald Judnick D 3
John Intihar W 4
James Curphy W 5
Jerry Judnick W 6
Richard Peterlin G 7
James Drobnick W 8
Joe Jagunich D 9
Gus Hendrickson C 10
Kermit Kallevig D 11
James Rossi D 12
Allen Zlimen D 13
Ronald Constantine W 14
John Ritacco Manager
Cliff Thompson Coach

THIEF RIVER FALLS - REGION 8

Roster Position Number White & Blue
Rodney Collins G 1
Dale Glass W 2
Darryl Smith D 3
Jim Hall C 4
Jack Poole C 6
Glen Carlson W 7
Cliff Strand W 8
Duane Glass D 9
Wendy Johnson W 10
Art Cloutier W 11
Fred Dablow D 12
Ron Reese W 14
Ken Sauve G 15
Jon Wennberg D 16
Art Overbye Manager
Dennis Rolle Coach