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John Taylor Pipers crowned kings of high school hockey

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For the first time in 22 years, the John Taylor Pipers' theme song is We are the Champions. "It's been six years since we've won a playoff series until this year so for this to happen, is really special," John Taylor head coach Justin Steeves said. "We had a good cycle of kids here, we brought the majority of them together the beginning of last year. It took us two months to win a game (0-11 start) so to go from there to here in 16-17 months is just unbelievable. Once they started to believe in themselves, it just really took off from there."

  • Reanna Rothwell celebrates as John Taylor Pipers score against Oak Park Raiders in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013.  
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    Reanna Rothwell celebrates as John Taylor Pipers score against Oak Park Raiders in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

  • Oak Park Raiders Tyson Morrissey (15) checks John Taylor Pipers Dalton Saari (19) in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Taylor Pipers defeated the Oak Park Raiders. 
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    Oak Park Raiders Tyson Morrissey (15) checks John Taylor Pipers Dalton Saari (19) in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Taylor Pipers defeated the Oak Park Raiders. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

  • Oak Park Raiders Dylan Zeke (19) and John Taylor Pipers Alexander Anderson (8) collide in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Taylor Pipers defeated the Oak Park Raiders. 
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    Oak Park Raiders Dylan Zeke (19) and John Taylor Pipers Alexander Anderson (8) collide in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Taylor Pipers defeated the Oak Park Raiders. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

  • Oak Park Raiders Carson Krisko (19) looks for the rebound in front of  John Taylor Pipers Brett Bigourdin (31) and Graham Philp (22) in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Taylor Pipers defeated the Oak Park Raiders. 
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    Oak Park Raiders Carson Krisko (19) looks for the rebound in front of John Taylor Pipers Brett Bigourdin (31) and Graham Philp (22) in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Taylor Pipers defeated the Oak Park Raiders. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

  • Fans react during the John Taylor Pipers versus Oak Park Raiders final in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League at MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013.  
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    Fans react during the John Taylor Pipers versus Oak Park Raiders final in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League at MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

  • John Taylor Pipers celebrate beating Oak Park Raiders in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013.  
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    John Taylor Pipers celebrate beating Oak Park Raiders in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

  • A dejected Oak Park Raiders team gathers at the bench after being defeated by the John Taylor Pipers in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013.  John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

    A dejected Oak Park Raiders team gathers at the bench after being defeated by the John Taylor Pipers in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

  • A dejected Oak Park Raiders Tyson Bannatyne (3) after being defeated by the John Taylor Pipers in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013.  John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

    A dejected Oak Park Raiders Tyson Bannatyne (3) after being defeated by the John Taylor Pipers in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

  • John Taylor Pipers celebrate beating Oak Park Raiders in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013.  
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    John Taylor Pipers celebrate beating Oak Park Raiders in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League Final at the MTS Iceplex Tuesday February 26, 2013. John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

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