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Moorhead boys hockey team to be featured in reality series on FSN

Moorhead players celebrate their 6-0 win over Roseau with student manager Sam Beedy Wednesday, March 1, 2017, after the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 boys hockey championship at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, Minn. David Samson / Forum News Service

MOORHEAD—Many players on the Moorhead boys hockey team have said they have dreamt of winning the program's first state hockey championship. If the dream becomes a reality this season, the Spuds won't need to be pinched. They'll have the reality show to prove it.

Moorhead will be featured in a six-week, six-episode reality television series on Fox Sports North focusing on its current season. Presented by, "Dream. State." will begin in the middle of February and run through the middle of March.

"I think it's a vindication for our youth association and how we do things," Moorhead coach Jon Ammerman said. "I think it's a celebration of our community. We play for our high school here. It's a community event. And hopefully the series will be able to at least show that to the people that aren't aware.

"For our program, it's obviously a really good promotion for what we do. I think it's also a pat on the back for our kids. We have kids that haven't left high school that have worked hard and are not only having success in high school, but as people and players after high school, too."

"Dream. State" originated last year with six episodes that documented Eden Prairie and Stillwater boys hockey teams. Of the six episodes, four are basically set with an introduction episode, Hockey Day Minnesota episode, a section tournament episode and either the state tournament or a season wrapup. The other two episodes will feature individual players.

Anne Anderson, who works for and oversees the show, said they will follow those guidelines, but may change their lineup a bit.

"With Moorhead, we want to tell the community story and the up-north angle and how it's such a lifeline up there," Anderson said. "We want to dive into different storytelling. I've gotten to know their program and coach the last year. He's just a really good guy. It's just a community that gets behind everything there. To be honest, those are the reasons. It's not like something grandioso."

Moorhead is coming off a season in which the Spuds lost in the Class 2A state championship game, pushing Moorhead's record to 0-8 in state title games.

"They're a good program, they were in the state tournament last year, and year after year they have very good talent come out of there," Anderson said. "We want to really celebrate and showcase that. It's a little bit of a tie with (Minnesota Wild center) Matt Cullen and him being back here and having his roots there, but that wasn't a decision maker."

With seven of its top eight returning scorers back from last season and a senior goalie who has started since he was a sophomore, there are a lot of expectations around Moorhead. The Spuds welcome the spotlight.

"I think that throughout the year we can't really be focused on it and just play how we normally do," Moorhead senior forward Carter Randklev said. "I think for us guys, knowing there's always going to be a TV crew around, to hopefully win that first state title, I think it would be even that more special because it's been documented. That's a video that, who knows, 20 or 30 years form now we can show our kids. It's a rare chance we have."

The producers of the show wouldn't mind recording Moorhead history, either.

"That would be gold for us," Anderson said. "I don't want to put that pressure on them at all. Hopefully, this is their year. They have some good talent and obviously that would be wonderful. This show is just to really showcase what high school hockey is like here in Minnesota. It's like this nowhere else in the world. We want to celebrate and showcase it. These kids love it."

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.

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