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Greenway Raiders

The Greenway hockey program plays in Minnesota’s Iron Range Conference, along with Eveleth-Gilbert, Hibbing / Chisholm, International Falls, and Virginia / Mountain Iron-Buhl. They play in Section 7A, which has been dominated by Hermantown in recent years.

Grant Clafton is in his 3rd year as coach of the Raiders, compiling a record of 49-14-1 (.773). He has the team off to a 8-1 start in 2017-18, which includes victories over Grand Rapids (5-1) and Virginia (8-2). The Raiders are currently ranked #4 in Class 1A.

Season

Overall

Conference

Playoffs

2016-17

19-8-1

6-2-0 (2nd)

Lost in Section final to Hermantown, 5-1

2015-16

22-5-0

6-2-0 (2nd)

Lost in Section semifinals to Hermantown, 9-0

2014-15

11-14-1

4-3-1 (2nd)

Lost in Section quarterfinals to Hibbing, 5-4

2013-14

6-17-3

0-6-1 (6th)

Lost in Section play-in game to International Falls, 5-2

2012-13

10-17-0

0-5-0 (6th)

Lost in Section quarterfinals to Duluth Denfeld, 11-0

2011-12

11-15-0

2-4-0 (Ind)

Lost in Section quarterfinals to International Falls, 6-1

2010-11

10-15-0

4-2-0 (Ind)

Lost in Section quarterfinals to Virginia, 7-2

2009-10

10-13-0

6-0-0 (Ind)

Lost in Section play-in game to Two Harbors, 6-5

 

On the ice, the Raiders are led by Junior Forward Donte Lawson (18-8—26), Junior Forward Nikolai Rajala (7-13—20) and Sophomore Goaltender Ville Hyttinen (8-1-0, 2.11 GAA, .917 SV%).

Hodgins-Berardo Arena

The Hodgins-Berardo Arena, nicknamed the "snake-pit," has been the home of the historic Greenway hockey team since 1962 in the heart of the Iron-Range in Coleraine Minnesota. Greenway has a rich tradition of Minnesota High School hockey in the state producing some great Division 1 and NHL players through the years.  Tom Serratore of Coleraine was quoted as saying " "It's a great facility that reeks of hockey tradition, it's a smaller building with not as much of a neutral zone, seating about 2200 with the fans right on top of you.  It's an historic venue any time the puck drops, with a lot of character equivalent of playing in the old Boston Garden or the Auditorium in Buffalo." Tom Sweeney of the Star Tribune once wrote an article speaking of the Greenway vs. Grand Rapids rivalry:  "It's never just a game - it's an event". Grand Rapids (population 7,764) and Coleraine (1,100) regularly pack 3,000 fans into games.  The towns are separated by a five-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 169 and a deep philosophical chasm: Folks in Grand Rapids think Greenway is a bastion of hockey evil.  Residents of Coleraine are convinced that description belongs to Grand Rapids.

"Everybody debates what the best rivalry is in the state, Greenway calls 'em Thunderchickens" said Pat Guyer, 1981 Greenway graduate and former boys' hockey coach, father of Gino Guyer.

According to newspaper archives, the teams first met on Dec. 18, 1952, with Grand Rapids winning 4-0.  Games were played outdoors back then, of course.  Each school has taken turns getting the best of the rivalry since then. Greenway carried the 1960s, making five state tournament appearances and winning titles in 1967 and 1968.  Grand Rapids came back to dominate the next decade, going to state every season from 1974-1981 and winning three championships in that span.

The rivalry took an increasingly bitter turn toward the end of Rapids' dominant run. Goaltender Jon Casey, a Coleraine native who played at Greenway as a sophomore, moved to Grand Rapids as a junior when his dad got a job at the Blandin paper mill in town.  "They're only five miles apart -- it's almost like the towns are one in the same," said Grand Rapids coach Bruce LaRoque, who also played hockey at the school.  "But they're definitely separate."  Advance tickets are sold at the high schools for Greenway-Grand Rapids games, which typically sell out.  "Conduct at the games can range from somewhat civil to downright nasty"

Greenway Township

Greenway Township is a township in Itasca CountyMinnesotaUnited States. The population was 1,939 at the 2010 census.

Greenway Township was named for John C. Greenway, a businessperson in the mining industry.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93 km2), of which 33.5 square miles (87 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), or 7.21%, is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,018 people, 845 households, and 568 families residing in the township. The population density was 60.3 people per square mile (23.3/km²). There were 957 housing units at an average density of 28.6/sq mi (11.0/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.53% White, 0.05% African American, 1.34% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 845 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $35,729, and the median income for a family was $45,568. Males had a median income of $35,313 versus $24,125 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,162. About 8.9% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.