Minnesota Hockey Recreational League begins second season

The Minnesota Hockey Recreational League (MHRL) kicked off with a series of player and coach clinics on Dec. 4. The clinics provided an opportunity for Minnesota Hockey instructors to introduce USA Hockey’s American Development Model drills to eager participants. Coach-run stations were set up in each zone to maximize ice use and keep players engaged and active. The clinic ended with a scrimmage, in true MHRL fashion. “There were lots of smiles on the ice,” said Tom Mickus, MRHL Director. “Kids were happy to be playing hockey and parents were excited to find an option for their kids that allows time for other activities. It’s truly a win-win.”

The MHRL experienced significant growth this season. The league expanded from one division and four teams last year, to two divisions and 12 teams for the 2010-11 season. Boys and girls from all over the metro area have joined in the fun. In addition to the clinic, teams have 12 shared practices and 12 refereed games. The league is designed to be a low-cost, low time commitment alternative to travel hockey, for the player and family looking to continue playing hockey, or try it for the first time, in a more recreational environment. “We knew there would be interest in this type of league,” noted Sean Marsan, an MHRL parent and volunteer, “but we were surprised by the significant growth in just our second year.”

The MHRL hopes to build on this success in future years by establishing more teams to serve more communities in the metro area. With its threefold commitment to ensuring a great recreational hockey experience—promoting a fun experience over a competitive experience, providing a safe and encouraging environment, and providing a great value to families—the MHRL is sure to have an exciting future.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Minnesota Hockey for this story.

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