St. Thomas Academy boys' hockey wants to move up in glory

  • Article by: DAVID La VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2013 - 6:19 AM

The powerful Cadets figure to skate one last time for the small-school title before joining Class 2A next year.

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odinmanFeb. 26, 13 7:23 AM

I see no reason why any private school should be allowed to play in the Class A tournament. But the real question is why they would even "want" to play in Class A? Well?

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jslarson33Feb. 26, 13 8:06 AM

The private schools should have their own tournament. The recruiting advantage completely sways the talent level.

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voner26Feb. 26, 13 8:10 AM

They should have been in the higher class years ago. The fact there are two classes is so the smaller schools can participate with the same level of playing field and not have to go up against schools that recruit metro wide and attract highly talented players. Sure they are good and should be with a open enrolled roster that continues to bring in some pretty good players every year from elite programes. Pretty good feeder system with out the exxpense of having one. Lets see how they do in a higher class. I say they will do pretty well as they play them during the regular saeason.

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njc264isbackFeb. 26, 1312:05 PM

Probably because not all Private Schools are the same! You have big, wealthy schools like STA, Breck, Blake, but you also have small, poorer schools like St. Croix Lutheran, Concordia Academy, St. Anthony, etc that don't come close to the facilities or student body the big private schools have.

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minneg56Feb. 26, 1312:56 PM

To the "back biters" lashing out at THE ACADEMY- 1. Sports are not now nor, have they ever been the purpose of the school. It is a college prep school. 100% graduate and 100% are accepted to college. 2. Entitlement- you may be confusing this with people who simply work harder than most. You may not realize though that over 70% of the guys attending school there are on some form of financial aid- NOT ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS as some have suggested. Tuition is actually kept 'down' by the generosity of thousands of loyal alums. 3. Do administrators look at the schedule? Yes THE ACADEMIC SCHEDULE! Sports are almost a nuisance at a school such as this. Would an administrator really care about hockey when the focus is college prep? No. 4. I will totally agree that private schools should have their own tournament ... but then who'd go watch the public school tournament? 5. Recruiting - this has always been a shallow accusation at best. Either name names, times and dates of recruting AND REPORT IT TO MSHSL ... or bag it. 6. As for being in a higher class .... STA is ALWAYS a higher class- but it has nothing to do with money or sports. GO CADETS!

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hockeybiasFeb. 26, 13 2:17 PM

odinman: Do you remember what it was like to be a teen? Winning the state tourney in class A is certainly a lot more fun for a teen that getting bounced in the AA sections.

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voner26Feb. 26, 13 2:40 PM

Don't see what you referred to as back biting, when simple questions and answers are expected being asked about the hockey program and not the academic program. I gurantee you that not all their time and money is spent on academics with such a elite hockey program available. If the alumni are paying for the bulk of the tuition for those attending school there, doesn't it sounds some what hypocritical that financing is then needed? Who then pays for the elite coaching staff as has been referenced? If all tuition is paid by outside influences or alumni some thing in the playing field is then not equal.

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iknowbetterFeb. 26, 13 2:46 PM

The arrogance is what irks people. Wasn't the STA coach the one who said when announcing the move to 2A that "people should be careful what they wish for." The arrogance shows through every time I see a story involved on this school.

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tom322Feb. 26, 13 3:04 PM

The requirements for attending Saint Thomas Academy are high. Not every male student wishes to attend a single gender, Catholic, military, college preparatory school. The demands for personal success are great with rigorous academics in a firmly directed environment. Students choosing to go to Saint Thomas must make sure that it is the right institution for themselves. They must realize before enrolling that schoolwork is primary above all else. They must be prepared for busy days and busy evenings. Students can - and will - be pulled from any and all extracurricular activity in the event of academic slippage. The standards for good personal conduct and good personal appearance are held at a premium. Not realizing the clear expectations of being a student at Saint Thomas can be a rude awakening to any individual, quite significantly to those individuals who might not make a varsity roster and yet must still respond to the demands of being a student there. Because the challenges for classroom success are significant, and the requirements for good conduct and good personal appearance are high, for as many as there are the number of boys who choose to attend Saint Thomas Academy, far more choose not to attend.

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buzfirst33Feb. 26, 13 4:45 PM

Education comes first at STA and the article failed to include that the high school enrollment size is around 500 young men, which places it under most public school enrollments in Class A. STA doesn't draw/draft students - families desire more than sports...The traditonal STA family will sacrifice the luxuries and vacations to better their young son. This drive and determination to be more is what drives most cadets. STA does its part to give any family financial support and the opportunity to attend. My dad worked 12+ hour days, we didn't go on vacation unless in a car. This savings along with aid from STA help me and 1000s of cadets over the years. Sports along with community hours are just some of the activities a cadet will choose. Public schools have boosters and private contributions for sports so focus

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