Fans Welcome Home the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Girls from State

Updated: February 23, 2020 10:50 PM

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girl's hockey team returned to a gathering of family, friends and fans at Northwoods Credit Union Arena after becoming Class A runners-up in the State tournament. 


The No. 3 Lumberjacks fell to No. 1 Breck 6-0 Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center in the State championship game. 

Sunday, they returned to home ice for homecoming ceremony with the Northland communities. The Lumberjacks sported their medals and held their plaque high with pride celebrating their stellar 27-4 season.

The girls, under Head Coach Courtney Olin, saw their first State tournament appearance since 2006. For Olin and her father, Assistant Coach Dave Esse, it was both of their first times coaching in a State title game. Olin and Esse were voted Class A Assistant and Head Coach of the Year by fans in Minnesota.

Olin also honored senior forward Taylor Nelson. Nelson was awarded the Herb Brooks award following the medal ceremony Saturday at the Xcel. The award is given to the most qualified player in the state tournament who strongly represents the values, characteristics, and traits that defined Herb Brooks. Some of those traits include a true love for hockey, commitment to the game and integrity. Nelson received the honor on Feb. 22, the 40th anniversary of the miracle on ice.

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