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Roseau has a storied hockey tradition that dates back to 1908 which was the first season of organized high school hockey.  However, it wasn’t until 1945 that the Minnesota High School League officially sanctioned the game as we know it today.  Roseau has captured seven state championships over the past 62 years with the most recent coming last season.  Roseau’s state championships are tied with International Falls for the state record and hold the record alone for their 32 state tournament appearances.

Roseau’s first championship dates back to 1946 when they were known as the Green wave and were led by Rube Bjorkman notching a hattrick in a 6-0 shutout win over Rochester. Bjorkman later went on to represent the United States in the 1948 and 1952 Winter Olympics games. 

In 1953, Roseau made their first appearance at state known as the Rams with return trips in 1955 and 1957 before winning back-to-back championships in 1958 and 1959.

After failing to defend their Region 8 crown in 1960 the Rams came back strong in 1961 capturing their third championship in four years as they defeated South St. Paul 1-0.  The Ram’s Dave Backlund scored the game’s lone goal midway through the first period.  Following the 1967 season, long time head coach, Oscar Almquist, retired after a 24 years behind the Rams bench.

The ‘70s had probably the most legendary teams in Roseau history as the Broten brothers; Neal and Aaron along with linemate Bryan “Butsy” Erickson were dominant with state tournament appearances in 1977, 1978 and 1979. After a disappointing finish in the 1977 state tournament, the Rams entered the tourney the following year undefeated and the hands-down favorite to walk away with the title. After a win over Rochester John-Marshall in the quarter finals the Rams faced a familiar foe in the Edina Hornets but found similar fate as the previous year and were defeated 5-3. 

The ‘80s had the Rams making three state tournament appearances in 1981, 1983 and 1984. The 1984 team was led by Paul Broten who was the last of the three Broten brothers to lace them up for the Rams.

After two decades without a state championship the Rams didn’t wait very long to change the trend in 1990 as Roseau beat Grand Rapids 3-1 to claim their fifth state title and first in 29 years.  Senior, Chris Gotziaman, paced the Rams to the win with two goals. Nine years later, the Rams would raise another banner in Memorial Arena as they defeated the Hastings Raiders 4-0 in the 1999 state Class AA final. Mike Klema had the hot hand for the tournament scoring six goals to lead the Rams to the title.

The Rams captured the record tying seventh state title in 2007 with an impressive 5-1 victory over another northern power Grand Rapids Thunderhawks. The Rams were led by sophomore, Tyler Landman, who recorded two goals in the win.

The rich hockey tradition continues as passionately today, as in the past, as the Rams emulate previous accomplishment, yet aspire for their own successes.

Provided by: Rams Hockey Online
Section 8 Championships 33  
Championships in the 40's 2 1946, 47
Championships in the 50's 5 1953, 55, 57, 58, 59
Championships in the 60's 9 1961, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69
Championships in the 70's 5 1971, 75, 77, 78, 79
Championships in the 80's 3 1981, 83, 84
Championships in the 90's 4 1990, 91, 98, 99
Championships in the 00's 5 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
Section Final - Shutouts 10 1957, 58, 61, 62, 63, 66, 83, 98, 2006, 2007
Overtime Wins 2 1991, 1999
Overtime Losses 0  
Appearances 33 See decade breakdown above
State Championships 7 1946, 58, 59, 61, 90, 99, 2007
State Runner-Up 5 1947, 57, 62, 66, 71
Third Place 3 1963, 78, 79
Consolation Championships 5 1964, 67, 68, 84, 2000
Games Played 91  
State Tournament Wins 52 Winning Percentage 57.14%
State Tournament Losses 39  
State Tournament Records in Bold type.


# App. Years
Oscar Almquist 14 1945,46,53,55,57,58,59,61,62,63,64,65,66,67
Frank Macioch 2 1968, 69
Terry Abram 3 1971, 75, 77
Gary Hokanson 5 1978, 79, 81, 83, 84
Dean Blais 2 1990, 91
Bruce Olson 2 1998, 99
Aaron Broten 1 2000
Scott Oliver 3 2006, 2007, 2008
Andy Lundbohm 1 2010

Player (Class)

League Current Team
David Lundbohm '98 Sweden Växjö Lakers
Luke Erickson '01 CHL Arizona Sundogs
Dustin Byfuglien '01 NHL Atlanta Thrashers
Dustin Moser '07 NCHA University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils
Alex Lundbohm '04 NCHA University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons
Jesse Johnston '05 NCHA University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils
Sam Carr '07 NCHA University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils
Brian McMillin '06 ECHL Kalamazoo Wings
Kurt Weston '07 NCHA University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold
Alex Bjerk '07 MCHA Marian University Sabres
Sam Carr '07 NCHA University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils
Jason Fabian '08 AHA Air Force Academy Falcons
Aaron Ness '08 WCHA University of Minnesota Golden Gophers
Nick Oliver '09 USHL Fargo Force
Mike Lee '09 WCHA St. Cloud State Huskies
Tyler Landman '09 Hockey East Providence College Friars
Taylor Hedlund '10 MIAC Gustavus Adolphus College Gusties
Adam Knochenmus '10 NAHL Alexandria Blizzard
Player (Class)  Teams PLayed For:
Mike Baumgartner '67 Kansas City Scouts
Earl Anderson '68 Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings
Dale Smedsmo '69 Toronto Maple Leafs
Neal Broten '78 Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils (1995 Stanley Cup Champion), Los Angeles Kings
Bryan "Butsy" Erickson '78 Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Winnipeg Jets
Aaron Broten '79 Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, Minnesota North Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets
Paul Broten '84 New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues
Josh Olson '99 Florida Panthers
Dustin Byfuglien '01 Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers

Player (Class)

Olympic Team Played For:
Rube Bjorkman 1948 - St. Moritz, Switzerland
  1952 - Oslo, Norway (Silver Medal)
Don Ross 1964 - Innsbruck, Austria
  1968 - Grenoble, France
Larry Stordahl 1968 - Grenoble, France
Robbie Harris 1976 - Innsbruck, Austria
Gary Ross 1976 - Innsbruck, Austria
Blane Comstock 1976 - Innsbruck, Austria
Neal Broten 1980 - Lake Placid, New York (Gold Medal)

Inductee Name

Year Inducted/Category
Oscar Almquist 1983 - Coach
Neal Broten 2000 - Player
Aaron Broten 2007 - Player

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