Elite League playoffs

by Elite League

Regular season champion TDS Transportation (13-4-3) earned the top seed in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League playoffs and opens with a 5:30 p.m. quarterfinal game against No. 8 seed MSP Magazine (5-11-4) on Friday at New Hope Ice Arena.

All four quarterfinal games are set for Friday with No. 3 seed Sit Mutual Funds (9-9-2) playing No. 6 seed Team Wisconsin (8-12-0) at 6 p.m., No. 4 seed MAP South (7-9-4) playing No. 6 seed Kowalski’s (7-10-3) at 8 p.m. and No. 2 seed Sanford Power (11-8-1) playing No. 7 seed Twin Cities Orthopedics (6-10-4) at 8:30 p.m. 

All playoff games are held at New Hope Ice Arena’s North and South rinks and streamed by MNHockey.TV. The semifinals and consolation semifinals are set for Saturday and all four championship round games will be held Sunday.

TDS Transportation enters Friday’s game riding a 12-game unbeaten streak. Sanford Power is coming off Sunday’s dramatic 6-5 win over Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Sit Mutual Funds won four straight to close out the regular season, the longest current win streak of any team. 

MSP Magazine is the defending league playoff champion, as it topped Team Wisconsin 3-2 in last season’s title game. 

Past Champions

2002SW/Acceleration MNNE/Premier Banks2-0
2003North/N. Nat. BankNE/Premier Banks5-2
2004NW/Anderson FinancialGreat Plains4-3 OT
2005SE/St. Paul Eye ClinicGreat Plains3-2 OT
2006Shattuck-St. Mary’sNW/Anderson Financial5-1
2007KC Russell StoverTeam Wisconsin5-4
2008SW/Starkey LabsNorthwest3-1
2009SoutheastSW/Starkey Labs6-5
2010Great PlainsNortheast7-5 ENG
2012North/Muscle MilkSE/TCF Bank4-3
2013SW/Starkey LabsTeam Wisconsin7-2
2014NE/MSP MagazineSE/TCF Bank4-3 2OT
2015North/Muscle MilkSE/TCF Bank9-3
2016GP/Sanford HealthSW/Starkey Labs6-2
2017SW/SIT MutualSE/MAP Hockey8-7 OT
2018SE/MAP HockeySW/SIT Mutual5-3
2019Sanford PowerTeam Wisconsin3-2 OT
2020Velocity HockeyMSP Magazine3-1 ENG
2021MSP MagazineTeam Wisconsin3-2