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2020 Big Pumpkin: Preview and Picks

By Peter Odney , 10/29/20, 9:00AM CDT


24 of Minnesota's top peewee teams make their way to Rochester for one of the most action-packed tournaments in the state.

10:00 With Tony Scott: 2020 Big Pumpkin Preview Video

Big Pumpkin Enters Eighth Year of existence

Well, we made it. 

After an offseason that bore little resemblance to those of the past, the Minnesota youth hockey season is upon us, and that means it’s time for the Big Pumpkin.

Now entering its eighth season, the Big Pumpkin is one of the state's premier early tournaments, featuring 24 teams from all over the state. Eight teams are chosen as the tournament’s top seeds, and get an automatic bye into the Sweet Sixteen, played on Friday evening. The winning teams of the Sweet Sixteen advance to the Black Bracket, while the teams that fall short will duke it out in the Orange Bracket. Teams that lose on Friday morning will battle for supremacy in the White Bracket. 

The extended bracket play of the Big Pumpkin ensures that teams are always competing for something, where each game matters until the very end. 

This year’s top eight seeds include some usual suspects such as Edina, Chaska-Chanhassen, and Osseo-Maple Grove, as well as some not-so-familiar teams like Mahtomedi, Centennial, and West Fargo. Stillwater and Minnetonka, who both advanced to last year’s semifinals, round out the top eight. This season, there are several teams, like Shakopee, Andover, and Wayzata, that landed just outside the top eight. Look for those squads and maybe a few others to make some noise on Friday night.

As Youth Hockey Hub has done throughout the spring and summer, we ask that fans and players adhere to the protocols of Minnesota Hockey and the state of Minnesota. For the updated Minnesota Hockey Return to Play guidelines, click here

2020 Big Pumpkin Daily Schedules

White Bear Lake, 2019 Big Pumpkin champions.

Stillwater's Luke Geisbauer celebrates after scoring in overtime in last year's semifinal win over Edina.

*2020 Big Pumpkin Players to Watch*

Mason West, Edina.

Team Player
Centennial Gavin Cunningham
Centennial Krewz Harper
Centennial Kaden Julik
Chaska-Chanhassen Liam Hamre
Chaska-Chanhassen Jack Kultgen
Chaska-Chanhassen Liam Schultz
Edina Tucker Johnson
Edina Parker Trottier
Edina Mason West
Mahtomedi Boomer Demars
Mahtomedi Ryland Demars
Mahtomedi Casper Lang

Ryland Demars, Mahtomedi.

*2020 Big Pumpkin Players to Watch*

Bryce Mattern, West Fargo (ND).

Team Player
Minnetonka Mikey Berchild
Minnetonka Erik Larson
Minnetonka Cooper Rannow
Osseo-Maple Grove Dylan Dean
Osseo-Maple Grove Logan Lutner
Osseo-Maple Grove Luke Smith
Stillwater Gavin Bajda (G)
Stillater Cole Braunshausen
Stillwater Trey Fredenburg
West Fargo (ND) Bryce Mattern
West Fargo (ND) Hunter Rudolph
West Fargo (ND) Easton Thvedt (G)

Mikey Berchild, Minnetonka.

2020 Big Pumpkin YHH Staff Predictions

YHH Staffer Champion Darkhorse
Todd Hauch Mahtomedi Austin
Tom Kuppich West Fargo (ND) Andover
Peter Odney Stillwater Shakopee
Tony Scott Edina Wayzata

*Players to Watch are applied to the tournament's top eight seeds*

*Teams and players are listed in alphabetical order*

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