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Image © Derek Montgomery || Jake Horton (on ice, 16) celebrates his second period goal with Tyler Ellegard (top, 40) that put the Red Knights up 7-0 against Lakeville South Friday evening during the Minnesota Class AA semifinal at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
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Derek Montgomery: Photographer: Derek Montgomery Photography
Address: Duluth, MN 55804, USA
Phone: 218-269-9598
Derek Montgomery's Message: The Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament is the largest state sports tournament in the country in terms of attendance and viewing. With the facility being the Xcel Energy Center and Minnesota being the home of American hockey, the tournament is a spectacle. The enthusiasm from those in attendance and the talent on the ice is ridiculous. It's definitely one of those tournaments worth of being on a sports nut's bucket list.

On December 30th, 2011, Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player Jack Jablonski was checked from behind into the boards and suffered a severe spinal injury. Doctors say he will never walk again and his injury has sparked an enormous amount of support from around the state and the world and provoked instant rule changes to protect hockey players. Everywhere you turned at the tournament, kids and adults were wearing shirts, stickers, sweatshirts and hats with some form of "13" on it, which was Jablonski's number. His team, the Red Knights, upset the second-ranked team in the state in Minnetonka to advance to the state tournament. The storyline was waiting. It just needed to be written.

On Thursday night, the unseeded Red Knights defeated the four seed Edina, 3-2, and followed that up by setting a state semifinal scoring record in a 10-1 victory over Lakeville South. That set up a championship game against Hill-Murray. I'm not much into cliches, but the label "team of destiny" is a perfect fit for this Red Knights' team. They dominated Hill-Murray winning the Class AA championship 5-1 behind five goals, including three short-handed, from Grant Besse.

More photos from the tournament can be seen on my blog post here...

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The images below are from the portfolio of Derek Montgomery. They are presented here for your viewing pleasure. These images may not be used elsewhere and are protected by copyright. To see these images, click on the icon and you will see a much larger image.
1 "Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament"
Jake Horton (on ice, 16) celebrates his second period goal with Tyler Ellegard (top, 40) that put th...
2 "Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament"
Jack Jablonski (smiling, right) gets a hug from his mom, Leslie Jablonski (smiling, shirt with color...
3 "Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament"
Hermantown students pretend to sleep during player introductions for St. Thomas Academy Saturday aft...
4 "Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament"
Benilde-St. Margaret's Tyler Ellegard (left, 40) moves the puck while being chased by Hill-Murray's ...
5 "Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament"
Benilde-St. Margaret's Grant Besse scores his second goal of the game against Hill-Murray goaltender...
6 "Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament"
Benilde-St. Margaret's students react after the Red Knights' Grant Besse scored his fourth goal of t...
7 "Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament"
Hill-Murray's Jake Guentzel (center, 20) attempts to shoot on Moorhead goaltender Michael Bitzer (le...
8 "Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament"
Duluth Marshall's Kris McKinzie (left, 8) runs into Breck School's Thomas Lindstrom (right, 16) near...
9 "Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament"
Hermantown students including Karlee Carlson (center, jersey) and JoAnna Carlson (hands to face) sho...
10 "Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament"
Hermantown players including Brian LeBlanc (hands on face) watch as All-Tournament awards are handed...

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|| Derek Montgomery's Work History:
Internships Wisconsin State Journal Wisconsin, (2005)
Leader Telegram Wisconsin, (2004)
Full Time Duluth News Tribune Minnesota, (2007 - 2009)
The Badger Herald Wisconsin, (2001 - 2006)
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