BSM Set to Host AMFam North/South Classic

by Pete Waggoner

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- This weekend, Benilde-St. Margaret's will host the third annual American Family Insurance North/South Classic. The event will take place Dec. 6-7, at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center, featuring four of the top boys’ high school hockey teams in Minnesota.

Each year, the event features the Red Knights, along with the Eden Prairie Eagles, as the two South teams. The two North teams in the event are the Brainerd Warriors and Hermantown Hawks.

This year’s varsity schedule opens Friday, with the Class A No. 2 Hawks taking on Class AA No. 1 Eden Prairie at 6 p.m., to be followed by Brainerd and Class AA No. 6 Benilde-St. Margaret’s.

Saturday, the Eagles and Warriors will open play at 12 p.m. with Hermantown facing the Red Knights in the event’s finale to follow.

The North/South Classic was the idea of Eden Prairie head coach Lee Smith as a way for the four programs to face some of the top competition in the state early in the season. The event is hosted by each of the programs on a rotating basis with a South team hosting one year and a North team hosting the next season.

All four varsity games will be streamed live on MNHockey.TV. In 2020, the event is slated to be hosted by Hermantown.