The Northfield Raiders are among the state's elite in Class A according to Let's Play Hockey at StateOfHockey.com.  Mankato East at #10 is the only other Big Nine Conference school in the state rankings.  Hermantown tops the Class A poll.  In Class AA Minnetonka is still in the top spot with Duluth East #2 and Edina #3.

Rosemount is the highest ranked South Suburban team at #14.  Lakeville North is #16.

The complete polls are listed below:

Class A Boys Hockey

  1. Hermantown
  2. St. Cloud Cathedral
  3. Alexandria
  4. Greenway
  5. Mahtomedi
  6. East Grand Forks
  7. Thief River Falls
  8. Warroad
  9. Orono
  10. Mankato East
  11. Monticello
  12. Sartell-St. Stephen
  13. Northfield
  14. Virginia/Mountain Iron-Bruhl
  15. Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato
  16. Mound Westonka
  17. South St. Paul
  18. Delano
  19. Minneapolis
  20. Marshall

Class AA Boys Hockey

  1. Minnetonka
  2. Duluth East
  3. Edina
  4. Andover
  5. Cretin-Derham Hall
  6. St. Thomas Academy
  7. Hill-Murray
  8. Eden Prairie
  9. Chaska
  10. Maple Grove
  11. Wayzata
  12. Brainerd
  13. Blaine
  14. Rosemount
  15. Holy Family
  16. Lakeville North
  17. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton
  18. Benilde-St. Margaret's
  19. White Bear Lake
  20. Moorhead

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Mankato West and New Prague in Mankato. File photo by Gordy Kosfeld