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10 Seasons of Excellence

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2006-2007 Season Wrap-up
An especially long broomball season has come and gone, but the fruits of our labor have paid off. The 2006-2007 season was a very successful year for the Hitmen organization: Cash Out champions, Triple Crown Series II champions, Midwestern finalists and Men's Class B State champs. The capper this season though was the great support we had at the World Championships. From the article in the Sun Current to the Richfield fans at our Snipers game, it was a fun tournament. It's hard to believe that over 12 seasons ago we were a terrible class D men's team. Now we have made it to the highest level of broomball - Men's class A. We are looking forward to the challenge, but first let's wrap up this year.

The Hitmen would sincerely like to thank Dave St. Aubin for helping the team reach its potential and make their goal of class A status. There were also a couple of key veteran pick-ups this year that contributed to the team's achievement: Andy Booty and Bob "Big Daddy" Mueller both helped structure practice and anchor our center position. Jeff Denesen, a founding member of the team, was moved to wing and was the team's offensive player of the year. Jeff led the team in total goals and always worked hard in the corners. We can't forget about Ta "Spiderman" Ho. Ta's speed and hard work on forechecking created many turnovers which led to goals. Ta also has an incredible shot and tremendous ball control. The Hitmen's Defensive Player of the Year was Craig "Knobs" Ballensky. No one will argue how far Craig has come this season from leading the defense in scoring to anchoring the power play. The team had co-MVP's for the season: Dave St. Aubin and Bob Mueller. If I were to start the team from scratch, I cannot think of two other players I would rather get advice and coaching from. Dave was instrumental in working on systems with the Hitmen as well as providing tremendous leadership on the bench. Dave's intensity also set the tone for others to follow. Bob Mueller, the 2nd MVP only missed one practice the entire season, which is pretty remarkable since he lives in Wisconsin. Bob was named MVP because of his great leadership in the locker room and his level-headed persona on the ice. His presence on the ice and hard work commands respect from other teams and our own.

A lot of you had great seasons: Woody, Jonny, Kraker to name a few. Last but not least is this year's Most Improved Player, Matt Karnas. He has worked really hard to improve his game, has always hustled and scored some critical goals. This season is the most fun I've ever had playing broomball. Thanks to all of you for another great year of memories I can share with my son someday. By the way, did I mention I'm president of USA Broomball???? For those of you on the softball team, see you at practice. For those of you not on the team, come watch us play!!!

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Congratulations Minnesota Hitmen!!!! It took 12 seasons, but the Minnesota Hitmen finally won the class "B" Minnesota State Championship. After winning class B, we look forward to competing next year at the hightest level in broomball.  What a way to top a season after winning the Triple Crown Series two years in a row. The Minnesota Hitmen took second place in the Midwestern Championships. However, that was only one leg of the Triple Crown Series. The Hitmen won the first leg (Cash Out) and by taking 2nd in the Midwesterns, edged out the Penetrators in total points for the chip. We have one tournament left - Nationals March 30 - April 1.

Congratulations Hitmen II! H2 beat the The Pigs in the championship game to become the Bloomington League Tuesday Night Champions!

Hitmen in the News
I was gently reminded that the link to the Sun Current article was removed from the site. Here you go: Richfield is broomball headquarters  by John Sherman.

Thanks Fans!
A big THANK YOU to all the fans from Richfield High School that watched our game on Wednesday. We hope you had a great time watching broomball at the Super Rink. If any of you have any questions at all about the sport or how to be more involved, please email Kevin at president@usabroomball.com. Thanks again for your support!

Worlds Recap
A recap of the World Tournament is now available. Read about the week and check out pictures on our new World Tournament page.

Thanks to Champps Richfield for sponsoring our team throughout the 2006-2007 season.

 


About the Hitmen

The Minnesota Hitmen are proud to be members of USA Broomball. The team is classified as a men's B team through USA Broomball and the Minnesota Sports Federation.

The Hitmen have their roots firmly planted in Richfield, Minnesota. The team started playing in the annual Fire and Ice Broomball Tournament at Richfield High School during the 1990's. After they graduated, they moved into the Richfield outdoor league at Taft Park and won the city league championships in 1999 and 2000.

Since 2000, they have worked hard to transition from a class D team to a competitive B team, playing in the prestigious Augsburg League in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their accolades include Class C/D Men's National Champions, 2005 and 2006 Midwestern Champions and 2005 Men's B State Finalists. The 2004-2005 season marked a major milestone for the Hitmen as they not only commemorated their 10th season, but also celebrated their most successful season to date.

 
 
 

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