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St. Paul Lakers
St. Paul Lakers logo
City: Inner Grove Heights, Minnesota
League: Minnesota Junior Hockey League
Founded: 1993
Colors: Purple, Black and Silver
Franchise history
1993–2000: East Metro Lakers
2000–2009: St. Paul Lakers
2009–2014: Edina Lakers
2014–present: Forest Lake Lakers

The St. Paul Lakers were a Tier III Junior "A" team in St. Paul, Minnesota. They played in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League from 2003 to 2009.

History Edit

Formed by Ralph Hayne[1] in 1993 as the East Metro Lakers, the team called Aldrich Arena in White Bear Lake home until 2000. The team renamed "St. Paul Lakers" and moved to Highland Arena for one season before relocating to Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights until 2009. In 2009 they moved to a new home and became the Edina Lakers.

Under the guidance of coach Mike LaValle, the Lakers won the USA Hockey Junior B National Tournament in 1999.[2]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA Regular Season Finish Playoffs
1999–00 36 4 31 0 1 9 97 266 7th, MNJHL
2000–01 36 11 21 4 26 130 205 4th, MNJHL
2001–02 42 13 24 5 31 145 209 6th, MNJHL
2002–03 42 26 16 0 52 186 156 4th, MNJHL
2003–04 40 20 18 1 1 42 174 170 3rd, MNJHL
2004–05 48 14 29 3 2 33 176 211 5th, MNJHL
2005–06 48 10 35 2 1 23 163 271 7th, MNJHL
2006–07 40 6 31 1 2 15 144 298 6th, MNJHL
2007–08 48 9 38 1 0 19 174 299 8th, MNJHL
2008–09 48 12 33 1 2 7 168 279 8th, MNJHL
2009–10 50 27 19 0 4 58 195 162 6th, MNJHL Lost Division Quarterfinals
2010–11 45 21 20 4 46 162 173 5th, MNJHL
2011–12 48 20 27 1 41 160 249 6th, MNJHL
2012–13 50 23 23 4 50 189 220 6th, MNJHL-MN Lost Division Quarterfinals
2013–14 46 12 30 4 28 107 205 7th, MNJHL-MN Lost Division Quarterfinals
2014–15 42 26 16 52 163 109 6th, MNJHL-MN Lost Division Semifinals
2015–16 48 39 7 2 80 257 91 1st of 9, Western Conf.
2nd of 17, USPHL-Midwest
Won Conf. Quarterfinals, 2-1 vs. Decatur Blaze
Won Conf. Semifinals, 2-1 vs. Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
1-1-1 in USPHL Round Robin
(L, 1-3 vs. Eels-USP3; W, 6-3 vs. Hounds-Midwest; T, 2-2 vs. Hitmen-USP3)

AlumniEdit

The Lakers have produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I and Division III, and ACHA college programs, and professional hockey.[3]

One notable former player is Joel Rechlicz, who played with the Lakers in 2003–04 at the age of 16. Recruited by former Lakers General Manager Scott Ludwig, Rechlicz was signed by the coaching staff at the team tryout held in the Madison area in the summer of 2003. Rechlicz went on to play professional hockey in the ECHL, AHL and NHL.

Coaches Edit

Coach Seasons Notes
1993–95
Mike LaValle[5] 1995–99 Named assistant coach at Augsburg College
Jeff St. Martin 1999–02
Don Babineau 2002–04 46-34-1-1 record over two seasons.
Cal Ballard 2004–05
Stu Ronsberg 2005–08
Dan Strot 2008–09

ReferencesEdit

  1. About Our Sponsor. Retrieved on 4 January 2015.
  2. Lakers Sink Mariners in Semifinal (30 March 1999).
  3. Alumni. Retrieved on 17 December 2014.
  4. Joel Rechlicz hockey stats. Retrieved on 17 December 2014.
  5. Staff Directory. Retrieved on 4 January 2015.
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