It is not what Minnesota Hockey had in mind. When they split the bantam and peewee levels of youth hockey into AA and A, Minnesota Hockey intended for the Bantam and Peewee regular seasons to be unchanged. They intended the split of teams into AA and A to affect only the post season.
And Nobel intended his invention of dynamite to be used for peaceful purposes. We live in a world of “good intention rules” that have unexpected consequences.
So the world of peewee AA/A stepped forward in the form of Woodbury’s AA/A Rumble Tournament, a tournament that originally was based on the idea of separate AA and A tournaments. Last weekend, that didn’t happen. Not enough teams entered, perhaps because there are not enough AA teams available.
Sunday evening, the Woodbury Rumble tourney championship game was played at Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury. Edina White (Peewee A) tangled with Jefferson AA team.
It was the second tournament in that past month that these two teams played in. At the first tourney, Hopkins on Thanksgiving weekend, both teams made it to the semifinals. But Jefferson was upended by Rosemount 2-1. Edina won their semifinal game and beat Rosemount 3-1 in the Championship Game.
Since then, the Edina A team has added 9 wins to bring a sparkling 23-1 record going into Sunday’s Championship game. Since playing in the Hopkins tourney, Jefferson has snarled and pawed going 6-0-1 to raise their record to a respectable 10-8-2.
This game matched a AA (Jefferson) team against an A (Edina) team. Most people would think the Edina team to be the underdog. Not so.
Most of the Jefferson kids playing Sunday played Peewee B1 last year. They lost four games to the two Edina Peewee B1 teams in District 6 play by a combined score of 22-1. A good number of the players on the Edina peewee A team played for last year’s Peewee B1 teams.
AA designation or A designation, it did not matter. As always, Edina was the favorite.