1982-1983 Hill-Murray Hockey

State Champion
Section 3 Champion
St. Paul City Conference Champion
  • Hill-Murray achieved a once-in-a-generation season, never beaten, never tied in any game or any scrimmage. In 28 games they scored 243 goals, a school record that has never been challenged.
  • The Pioneers scored less than seven goals just twice during the regular season. The postseason would be tougher, involving four one-goal victories in seven games.
  • The final game of the regular season in Rochester was the greatest test of the unbeaten streak. John Marshall led 7-2 during the second period and 7-3 entering the third before Hill-Murray rallied to win in overtime.
  • The school's first state championship in an all-inclusive tournament came at the hands of Burnsville. With the championship game tied 3-3 in the closing minutes of regulation, color commentator Lou Nanne noted that Burnsville goalie John Olson was freezing too many pucks needlessly. Jim Jirele then scored the go-ahead goal right after the ensuing faceoff, and Hill-Murray kept Burnsville from scoring in the final 3:12 to cap the perfect season.
  • This was the first year that WCCO had television rights to the tournament. WCCO broadcast the tournament for nine years, and its coverage was always first-class. Notable broadcasters that the station brought in to call the games included Don Chevrier, Chris Cuthbert, Paul Braun, Lou Nanne, Herb Brooks, and Doug Woog. Also popular were the music videos that participating schools created and were played during intermissions.
  • Cloquet (18-2 regular season record) was ranked ahead of Hill-Murray in the final statewide coaches' poll. Burnsville (18-5-1 entering state tourney) was ranked ahead of Hill-Murray by Let's Play Hockey immediately before the tournament.

12/8St. Paul Central*21-1WAldrich
12/15St. Paul Humboldt*11-1WAldrich
12/20St. Paul Highland Park*13-2WAldrich
12/30South St. Paul4-1WColiseum
1/5St. Paul Como Park*11-1WColiseum
1/8St. Thomas Academy*9-0WColiseum
1/12St. Paul Harding*12-1WAldrich
1/15St. Paul Johnson*8-1WAldrich
1/22St. Paul Central*16-1WColiseum
1/29St. Paul Humboldt*9-0WAldrich
2/2St. Paul Highland Park*13-1WColiseum
2/7St. Paul Como Park*8-0WColiseum
2/9St. Thomas Academy*7-2WAldrich
2/10Mounds View8-1WColiseum
2/12St. Paul Harding*10-1WColiseum
2/16St. Paul Johnson*11-6WAldrich
2/17Roch. John Marshall8-7W (OT)Graham Arena
Twin City Game
2/21Mpls. Roosevelt5-1WAldrich
Section 3 Playoffs
2/24Chisago Lakes10-0WCottage Grove Arena
3/5North St. Paul9-2WMet Center
State Tournament
3/10Bloomington Kennedy6-5WSt. Paul Civic Center
3/11Henry Sibley3-1WSt. Paul Civic Center
3/12Burnsville4-3WSt. Paul Civic Center

Final Record 28-0-0

Varsity Roster

Coach: Terry Skrypek
Assistant: Bill Lechner

1Mike SchweitzG126' 3" 175
2Mark StonichD116' 1" 175
3Mark NowickiD115' 11" 170
4Pat HeffernanD126' 0" 170
5Bob LeierD115' 10" 180
6Todd NormanF116' 0" 170
7Nick BeldeD125' 9" 175
8Tom Follmer (A)F125' 9" 165
9Mark Krois (C)F125' 9" 165
10Tony CurellaF115' 7" 160
11Tom GraskeF105' 11" 170
12Jeff ThomasF115' 9" 160
14Paul SykfoF116' 2" 185
15Jeff BorndaleF125' 10" 175
16Mark Horvath (A)F125' 11" 170
17Mike RothD106' 2" 205
18Jim JireleF115' 7" 145
19Scott FaustF125' 9" 160
20Jim BoryczkaF115' 10" 165
21Tim GalashG115' 9" 160

AP All-state: Mark Krois
All-conference: Tony Curella, Tom Follmer, Mark Horvath, Mark Krois, Todd Norman, Tim Galash, Pat Heffernan, Nick Belde

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