Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Sporting Event

MIAC hockey

It’s a matter of simple math. There are only 60 Division I teams in collegiate hockey. There is no Division II. Yet Minnesota produces an abundance of superior players too good to call it quits when their high school or junior league careers end. Enter the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which includes the bulk of the state’s larger private schools. Division III offers no scholarships. That means on any weekend night at Hamline, Augsburg, or St. Thomas, you can find excellent hockey played the old-fashioned way: fast, hard-hitting, and performed solely for the love the game. The best seat in the house usually runs under $10. The kids can roam free, and concession prices respect a working family’s treasury. Best of all, you’ll be treated to a caliber of play only slightly reduced from what you’d find at Mariucci, though with arguably far more passion. 

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Lynx Player Sylvia Fowles

Best Wild Player Eric Staal

Best Twins Player Byron Buxton

Best Timberwolves Player Jimmy Butler

Best Vikings Player Case Keenum

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Jordan Murphy

Best Sports Fan Millie Wall

Best Sports Highlight The Minneapolis Miracle

Best Sportswriter Britt Robson

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Dan 'Common Man' Cole

Best TV Sportscaster Mark Rosen

Best TV Newsperson Jason Matheson

Best Columnist Jon Tevlin

Best TV Station Minneapolis Television Network

Best Radio Station KFAN

Best Radio Personality Cathy Wurzer

Best Podcast 'Gleeman & the Geek'

Best Website Wedge Live

Best Commercial Bauhaus Brew Labs

Best Instagram @maywaver

Best Tweeter @RandBallsStu

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Best Local Girl/Boy Made Good Winona Ryder

Best Politicians Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham

Best Power Couple Tom Weber and Peggy Flanagan

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Best Dressed Jahna Peloquin

Best Suburb Richfield

Best Construction Project Allianz Field

Best Road Pierce Butler Route

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