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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -  The Rochester School Board is being asked to approve a cooperative agreement involving a high school hockey team.

It’s not a girls’ team.

It’s the John Marshall boys team that has a legacy dating back decades.

John Marshall High School sign
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The reason? Not enough players.

The recommendation that is scheduled to be voted on at Tuesday’s board meeting calls for a two-year agreement between John Marshall and Chatfield High School.

The memo says:

“Currently, John Marshall has approximately 11-14 players for boys’ hockey. Based on current participation numbers, the Rochester Public Schools Activities Directors are recommending a new cooperative agreement between John Marshall and Chatfield.”

The agreement would begin this year for grades 7-12. The memo indicates the plan is supported by the Big Nine Conference.

Chatfield has never had a boys’ high school hockey team.

John Marshall has a history that includes a legendary state tournament win in 1977 and large numbers of players that moved on to the college level. Two well-known players made it to the pros, Shjon Podein who graduated from JM in 1986 and Doug Zmolek, a 1989 grad.


Vintage Minnesota Hockey
Vintage Minnesota Hockey
RPS Board document
RPS Board document


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If someone asked you, "What does Rochester have too many of?", what would you say? I asked that question to people living in the Med City and got quite the list of answers. Some might make you laugh (cause they are true) and others may have you scratching your head a bit because this is the first time you've realized we have a few issues happening in our gorgeous city. Scroll through the list that were sent to me and see how many you agree with.


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