By Bob San
Sun Press Newspapers
Former Osseo High hockey great Trent Klatt earned state high school tournament glory when he coached the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks to the State AA championship last week at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Klatt opened the tournament by doing something any Oriole would be proud of— beat the Maple Grove Crimson. His fifth-seeded Thunderhawks defeated fourth-seeded Maple Grove 6-4 in the quarterfinal round. The Crimson grabbed a 2-0 lead but the Thunderhawks exploded for five unanswered goals. They would keep the momentum the rest of the tournament. Grand Rapids edged top-seeded Eden Prairie 3-2 in the semifinal before disposing third-seeded Moorhead 6-3 in the championship game.
The best hockey player to come out Osseo High School, Klatt was a three-year varsity star at Osseo and won the Mr. Hockey honor in his senior year in 1989. He was not a one-sport specialist at OSH. Klatt also played quarterback under football coach John Hansen and was a power-hitting catcher and pitcher for baseball coach Keith Lorenson.
Klatt went on to a stellar three-year career for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, including four seasons with the Minnesota North Stars.
Klatt and the Orioles did not make it to the state hockey tournament in his years at Osseo. The closest they got was in 1988 when they reached the section championship game and lost to Hill-Murray. But Klatt experienced the tournament to the max as a coach for Grand Rapids. Last year, Klatt and the Thunderhawks took third at state and he briefly resigned, only to return this year and guide the Thunderhawks to this year’s ultimate victory.