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Hockey tourney attendance blew away most NHL games

There's a reason why it's the best high school tournament in the world.
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There were 10 NHL games on Thursday and only three of them put more fans in the seats than both sessions of the State boys' hockey tournament at Xcel Energy Center. 

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  1. Carolina at Chicago: 21,681
  2. Vegas at Detroit: 19,515
  3. New York at Tampa Bay: 19,092
  4. Minnesota state tourney: 19,040 (session 1)
  5. Minnesota state tourney: 18,580 (session 2)
  6. New York at Edmonton: 18,347
  7. Philadelphia at Boston: 17,565
  8. Anaheim at Nashville: 17,475
  9. Colorado at Columbus: 15,236
  10. Montreal at Florida: 14,901
  11. Winnipeg at New Jersey: 14,023
  12. Buffalo at Ottawa: 13,377

The X should be jam packed again Friday with the semifinal games. 

  • 11 a.m. – #2 Mahtomedi vs. #3 Orono
  • 1 p.m. – #1 Hermantown vs. #4 Alexandria
  • 6 p.m. – #2 Edina vs. #3 Duluth East
  • 8 p.m. – #1 Minnetonka vs. #5 Centennial

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