Fall 2011 Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Community Grants are now open!

The Fall 2011 Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Community Grants are now open! Twenty teams will earn a grant this fall—and yours could be one of them!

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Gear Up Minnesota! grants announced

The Gear Up Minnesota! hockey equipment grant program has awarded starter hockey equipment grants to the following 24 youth hockey associations in Minnesota: Alexandria Area Hockey Association, Apple Valley Hockey Association, Bemidji Youth Hockey Association, Bulldog (St. Peter) Hockey Association, Chisago Lakes Hockey Association, Cook County Amateur Hockey Association, Crookston Blue Line Club, Duluth Heights Hockey Association, Forest Lake Hockey Association, Johnson Como Hockey Association, Leech Lake Area Youth Hockey Association, Litchfield/Dassel/Cokato Youth Hockey Association, Long Prairie Hockey Association, Mankato Area Hockey Association, Moose Lake Area Hockey Association, North Metro Youth Hockey Association, Perham Area Youth Hockey Association, Richfield Youth Hockey Association, River Lakes Hockey Association, Roseau Youth Hockey Association, Sauk Rapids Youth Hockey Association, Sibley Area Youth Hockey Association, Stillwater Amateur Hockey Association and the Winona Area Youth Hockey Association.

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Kevin Dulin named recipient of 2011 Ted Brill Award

Minnesota Hockey established the Ted Brill Award with great respect and fond memories of one of our most influential leaders. It is presented annually to an individual who has at least 10 years of service to any of the various player development programs (STP, HEP, Advanced/Selects, High School All-Star Series, etc.).

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Dave Hendrickson named recipient of 2011 Don Clark Award

Dave Hendrickson receives the Don Clark Award from Minnesota Hockey’s Barry Ford, John Perry, and Dave Margenau

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Minnesota Hockey’s 2011 Dave Peterson High Performance Goalie Camp set for July

Minnesota Hockey’s 2011 Dave Peterson High Performance Goalie Camp is scheduled for July 28-31 at the Schwan SuperRink /National Sports Center Complex in Blaine, Minn.

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CCM Minnesota Hockey High School National Invitational announced

Tournament will feature top high school players from five states, April 14–17.

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Thank you for another great season

The winter season is now over and how quickly it seems to go by. Team banquets have been held; state youth, high school, and some college programs have finished for this season.  Spring is in the air with the Frozen Four in St. Paul and NHL playoffs looming. For many, their off-season teams are winding up, the Reebok High Performance programs are slated for April and our expanded Reebok High Performance 15 format begins.

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“When I’m On the Ice, I Don’t See Myself as Disabled. I See Myself as a Hockey Player.”

These are the words of hockey player Eric Rud. Eric isn’t your typical hockey player. He doesn’t own a pair of the latest Easton s17 skates. He doesn’t have the new cutting-edge Bauer x:60 hockey stick. He plays hockey, but not in the same way that you and I think about it. Eric plays sled hockey. The equipment of the game might be different, but Eric is a hockey player nonetheless.

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Minnesota Special Hockey: Let’s Play Hockey!

If you grew up in Minnesota, you can remember the feeling of putting on your skates, bundling up and getting out on the ice for a pick-up game with your friends in the neighborhood. The ice was not always that even on the outdoor rinks, but that didn’t matter. You laughed as you watched your breath float up into the air, losing the feeling in your toes as you stayed outside just a little too long and heading home for hot chocolate only after you heard your mom yell for you to come in—for the hundredth time. That was what it was all about. And the first day of practice at the arena where you got your new jersey with the number of your favorite player, whether it was Neil Broten or Wayne Gretsky, made you feel like you were part of something that would define you even after you left the rink for good. You would forever and always be known as a hockey player.

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Minnesota Hockey partners with MCAD to create inspirational hockey posters

The assignment was to design cool posters for youth hockey players around the theme, “If it is Going to be, It is up to Me.” Tom Garrett’s design class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design eagerly took on the challenge to see who could design the best poster, which will be printed and handed out at the Let’s Play Hockey Expo during the Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament in March. According to Scott Gray, VP of Publicity and Promotion for Minnesota Hockey, “We really enjoyed the ideas and art of the 23 students in the class. Unfortunately we were only able to select four winners but we hope that youth hockey players will enjoy these posters and hang them on the wall of their rooms at home.”

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