Boys high school hockey tryouts start on Monday, Nov. 15. Most teams in the metro area will have more players trying out than open spots on either varsity or junior varsity. Where do the young men who don’t make the team go if they still want to play hockey? Although some quit the sport entirely, others sign up to play for a Junior Gold team in their community.
Recently, the level of concussion awareness, recognition and treatment in youth athletics has increased significantly. Minnesota Hockey recognizes this and has recently partnered with National Dizzy and Balance Center (NDBC) for assistance in these efforts.
Are you a high school girl? 19U B hockey might be the right choice for you.
Hockey is not the only sport changing the rules for the young. According to the United States Tennis Association, “In a decision that will fundamentally change the future landscape of tennis in the United States, the USTA has passed new rules governing competition for 10-and-under tennis tournaments. The new rules require that 10-and-under tournaments be played using slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls, on smaller courts and utilizing shorter, lighter racquets.”
Player safety is a top priority for Minnesota Hockey, USA Hockey, Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation. Because of growing concerns and reports of the increasing number of serious injuries in hockey, mostly brain injuries, Michael Stuart, MD, and Aynsley Smith, RN, PhD, from the Mayo Clinic organized and hosted the 2010 Ice Hockey Summit: Action on Concussion in Rochester, Minn., on Oct. 19–20. The purpose of the event was to present scientific data and identify action items for recommendation to the national governing bodies of hockey. These action items were prioritized by the attendees based on extensive scientific research on what happens when players receive blows to their heads that may or may not result in a concussion (brain injury).
On July 18, 2010, the Balistreri family was traveling eastbound on Highway 13 when a car traveling west bound crossed the grass median, hitting the family’s SUV. Eleven year-old Joey Balistreri passed away at the scene. While Joey’s mother, Pam, and sister, Megan, were transported by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center, where they were treated and released. Joey’s father, Geoff, was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center by helicopter. He endured seven surgeries before being released on August 6, 2010.
Hello Hockey Families! I am the new director of the Minnesota Hockey Recreational League. I am excited to be serving in this role and look forward to building on the tremendous success we had last winter during the inaugural season of the Recreational League. Our commitment to you is to operate a fun league that doesn’t make much of a dent in your bank account and leaves plenty of time for families to be involved in other wintertime activities.
REMINDER – Two goalie coaching workshops/Level 3 recertification opportunities set for November – Two workshops designed to teach youth hockey coaches how to effectively work with goalies are being offered in November at St. Louis Park and South St. Paul. Read more
Hockey excels in Minnesota for many reasons. Tops on the list is the tremendous commitment from the thousands of volunteers who offer their time, energy and expertise to make hockey in Minnesota what it is. One of those volunteers is Bill Gable. Bill contributed to hockey at every level and his passion for hockey and young people in Minnesota was unmatched. Unfortunately Bill passed away in Isanti on Sept. 8, 2010, at the age of 64.
The eighth annual North American Hockey League (NAHL) Showcase Tournament returns to the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., next week, and with it comes over 100 hockey players from the state of Minnesota. From Sept. 15-18, a total of 118 Minnesotans will take to the ice to open the 2010-11 NAHL season in front of scores of college and professional scouts, family members and fans.