Not sure where else to ask this, so I'll ask Wolverines thread. I've been trying to broaden my knowledge and don't understand something. In Minnesota, the state high-school hockey tourney is a huge deal, the Minnesota Wild's Xcel Center is completely sold out (for the big school double-A games anyhow) or close to it for all those games.
According to the MHSAA article on Wikipedia the state tournament is at USA hockey arena? Since Michigan is one of the big hockey states, like Minnesota and Mass, I would have expected it to be in Joe Louis (or the new arena, which until today I didn't realize there was a new one) or at least something much bigger, like Van Andel Arena. Which from what I can tell from Youtube highlights USA Hockey arena is pretty small, like what I would expect regular high-school hockey arena to be.
So is it a case of junior hockey, private schools, or something else being what's popular for the high-school age hockey?