Minnesota Hockey Journal

December 2014

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IntelliGym Trains Hockey Sense "Game shape" does not just refer to the physical aspects of the sport, such as speed, agility or stamina. It also refers to one's ability to keep up in the mental aspects of the game, including read- and-react situations, play development recognition, and communication. The Hockey IntelliGym helps young players boost this so-called "hockey sense." The software-based cognitive trainer is based on technology originally developed for fighter pilots in Israel. In 2008, the technology was adapted to the sport of hockey with help from USA Hockey. Currently, more than 10,000 players use the IntelliGym and all of its features, including its adaptive technology that makes the game more difficult as the user progresses; and a tracking system that allows users to input their on-ice statistics to monitor their improvement. IntelliGym members have reported a 30 percent increase in on-ice performance in just one season with the program. For more information, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com. Total Hockey Volunteer of the Month Every year volunteers selflessly dedicate their time and energy to ensure the success of our community-based youth hockey associations. Ice Scheduler, Team Manager, Tournament Director, Recruiting Chairperson … the list is endless! Join us in acknowledging their efforts by nominating a local volunteer for the Total Hockey Volunteer of the Month. "Minnesota's community-based hockey succeeds because of its passionate volunteers," says Katy Benoit of Total Hockey. "Whether they are parents, coaches, or lifelong players or fans — these are the folks who deserve recognition for keeping hockey thriving in our communities. Thank you!" Volunteers selected for the Total Hockey Volunteer of the Month will receive a certificate recognizing their hard work and a $100 Total Hockey gift card. Nominators will also receive a $50 Total Hockey gift card. Visit MinnesotaHockey.org today to nominate a volunteer in your community! National Dizzy and Balance Center Offers BNA Testing Concussions continue to be a concerning topic throughout all sports. Minnesota Hockey and the National Dizzy and Balance Center (NDBC) recognize the importance of being on the forefront of educating parents, coaches and players about the latest in concussion management. The most recent development in the assessment of brain function is the Brain Network Activity (BNA) Analysis System. BNA utilizes non-invasive EEG technology with sophisticated signal processing and analysis to measure brain activity and patterns. This provides clinicians with an objective assessment and robust database to use while identifying and managing concussions that far exceed what baseline tests have previously provided. The FDA approved BNA testing for 14- to 24-year-olds in August 2014, and NDBC is one of the first clinics in the metro to offer this new technology. Learn more by visiting StopDizziness.com or call (952) 345-3000. Minnesota Hockey Hard Divider Program The Minnesota Hockey Hard Divider Program, presented by Rink Systems Inc., is once again offering associations a one-time $2,500 subsidy to purchase a "hard divider" system for the 2014-15 season. The Hard Divider Program is designed to promote the growth of our community-based associations through the implementation of cross-ice hockey. "We couldn't be more pleased with how successful the partnership with Rink Systems was during the 2013-14 season," said Dave Margenau, President of Minnesota Hockey. "To see 20 associations take advantage of the subsidy and use them to host cross- and half-ice tournaments at the Mite/8U Girls level was exciting to see." Associations who took part in the program last season are once again eligible this season if they would like to purchase a second set of boards. New this season, Rink Systems will also offer mini-nets at a discounted rate for programs that take advantage of the Hard Divider Program subsidy. NEWS & NOTES LIKE Minnesota Hockey on Facebook Facebook.com/MinnHockey Follow Minnesota Hockey on Twitter @MinnHockey 20 MINNESOTAHOCKEYJOURNAL.COM // DECEMBER.2014 MHJ PHOTOS Associations are once again being offered a $2,500 subsidy for a "hard divider" system in 2014-15.

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