1999-2000 Hill-Murray Hockey

Section 3AA Champion

  • This was the first, and only, year that the MSHSL allowed teams to charge admission for three exhibtion games.  These were not counted in the official record.  The result was a round-robin tournament at Aldrich Arena on Thanksgiving weekend.  The next year, the regular season was expanded to 25 games and the exhibition games were eliminated.
  • The section championship shutout of White Bear Lake is one of the greatest upset wins in Hill-Murray history.  For Pioneer fans, this is the year Hill-Murray turned the tables on White Bear and won the playoff game after losing the two regular season matchups, after being on the losing end of that feat in 1995, 1996, and 1998.  Dan Kehler was outstanding, stopping 29 shots and 5 power plays, and Christian Toll scored the game-winner in the second period.
  • Kehler also stood on his head in two conference victories over Osseo, which played in the TCS East Division this year only.  In the first game, Kehler stopped a penalty shot and three other breakaways in overtime, and the Pioneers won on Dan Carlson's goal with 9 seconds left.  Osseo would go on to a monumental upset of state #1 Elk River in the Section 4AA semifinal before losing to eventual state champion Blaine in the section final.
  • The tournament loss was Hill-Murray's fourth straight against Edina and second in multiple overtimes in the state tournament.  The Pioneers hit two posts in the last five minutes of regulation and lost on Steve Eastman's goal in the second overtime.
  • Defenseman and captain Steve Czech went on to Minnesota-Duluth and played in the Frozen Four in 2004.  Chris Toll played for Minnesota State-Mankato.  Dan Kehler won the MIAC playoff championship game for St. Olaf in 2006.

12/2Grand Rapids4-4T (OT)IRA (Grand Rapids)
12/7Duluth East1-0WDECC (Duluth)
12/14Bloomington Jefferson1-8LBIG (Bloomington)
12/16Champlin Park6-1WColiseum
12/18Coon Rapids6-1WCook Arena
12/27Edina6-2WBraemar Arena
12/28Bloomington Jefferson2-4LBraemar Arena
12/29Duluth East3-6LBraemar Arena
1/8White Bear Lake*2-6LAldrich
1/13Anoka6-2WAnoka Arena
1/15Mounds View*5-2WColumbia Arena
1/20Stillwater*3-2WSt. Croix RC
1/22Forest Lake*3-5LAldrich
1/27Osseo*4-3W (OT)Aldrich
1/29Roseville*6-0WRoseville Arena
2/3White Bear Lake*2-3LAldrich
2/5Elk River1-4LAldrich
2/10Mounds View*12-1WAldrich
2/17Forest Lake*5-2WForest Lake Arena
2/19Osseo*3-2WOsseo Arena
Section 3AA Playoffs
3/3White Bear Lake2-0WColiseum
State Tournament
3/9Edina1-2L (2OT)Target Center
3/10Roseau1-4LMariucci Arena

Final Record 17-9-1

Twin Cities Suburban Conference Standings

Section 3AA Playoff Bracket

State Tournament Bracket

Varsity Roster

Coach: Bill Lechner
Assistant: Pat Schafhauser, Tony Flint, Jeff Hasselman

1Landon FranzmeierG116' 0" 160000
6Jim JensenD105' 10" 160112
7Dan CarlsonF105' 6" 1558311
8Bob HejnyF105' 8" 165000
9Kyle HolzingerF115' 11" 15521012
10Christian Toll (C)F126' 0" 180101424
11Andy Nolan (C)F126' 0" 175102535
12Matt KrengelD126' 2" 200121729
15Jim McKenzieF106' 0" 19071017
16Steve Czech (C)D126' 1" 200101323
17Derek McCartyF115' 11" 175527
18Ted DickhudtF115' 10" 180011
19Bobby AhmannF126' 1" 195151126
20Matt CzechD105' 9" 170123
21Dan KehlerG125' 11" 180000
22Casey ReganD125' 11" 175246
24Peter AllenF105' 10" 1505712
25Brandon ChiconeF115' 11" 210101
26Mitch FrokjerD126' 1" 210224
27Matt ShillingsF116' 0" 2005510
28Ryan McMahonF125' 11" 160145

GoalieMin.GAGAASavesSave %Record
Landon Franzmeier12962.095189.52-0-0
Dan Kehler1160602.3361691.115-9-1

Team StatsGoalsGoals/GShotsShots/GPP %PPGESGSHGENG

Pioneer Press All-state first team: Dan Kehler
All-state honorable mention: Andy Nolan, Steve Czech, Bobby Ahmann

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