Minnesota Hockey Journal

October 2016

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MINNESOTAHOCKEYJOURNAL.COM // OCTOBER.2016 12 THE STATE OF THE STATE OF HOCKEY The best state at producing hockey players is Minnesota. Nothing even comes close to touching the Minnesota youth and high school model." Minnesota is the most scouted state by college hockey coaches. The high school league plus the fall Elite League and spring High Performance programs makes it impossible for a good player to be missed." There is nothing better than going to your community's high school hockey games as a young player and idolizing someone from that team. Not only can you go to those games and dream about playing for your varsity team one day, but to have a player to look up to and see them up close and personal on and off the ice is such a strong aspect of our culture and a big reason why I believe we produce so many great hockey players in Minnesota." 16 22 RAND PECKNOLD Head Coach, Quinnipiac University 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Coach of the Year RICO BLASI Head Coach, Miami University 2006 NCAA Division 1 Men's Coach of the Year Minnesota Hockey established a new record of registered 8U players in 2015-16 played NCAA Division I hockey + Minnesotans played in the NHL last season, the most in the U.S. Players on the gold medal-winning U18 Women's Worlds roster, were Minnesotans Minnesotans were selected to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey squad 42 207 MEN 139 WOMEN 9 8 OF BOTH MOST OF ANY STATE NATALIE DARWITZ Head Coach, Hamline University 3-Time Olympic Medalist 8U PLAYERS: 17,651 Season eview 2016-17 Derek Stepan Matt Niskanen Justin Kloos Anna Keys Minnesotans were selected to the 2014 U.S. Olympic team

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