Minnesota Hockey Journal

March 2017

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M I N N E S OTA H O C K E YJ O U R N A L . CO M // MARCH.2017 20 NEWS & NOTES Youth Coaches Recognized for Excellence Minnesota Hockey, in partnership with Park Dental and the Minnesota Wild, hosted nearly 50 coaches for the Coaching Excellence Award program in Saint Paul this season. The coaches were recognized for their dedication to youth hockey and provided with the opportunity to watch a Minnesota Wild practice, meet coaches Scott Stevens and Darby Hendrickson and have lunch at Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub. "These coaches give so much of their family time and work time to come out and work with these kids, so they probably don't get thanked enough," said Minnesota Hockey Executive Director Glen Andresen. "This is a way to recognize them, and they seem to enjoy this day." Players, parents, officials and other coaches can now nominate coaches for the 2017 Coaching Excellence Award. To nominate your coach, go to minnesotahockey.org/programs. CCM High Performance Programs Start Soon The CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance 14, 15, 16 and 17 programs are designed to identify and develop the best players in Minnesota by providing the top players from each district or section a chance to play with and against the best players in the state. At the conclusion of the CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance programs at the 15, 16 and 17 levels, our top 20-25 players represent Minnesota Hockey at a national festival sponsored by USA Hockey involving the best players from each of the USA Hockey districts. The national festivals are used to identify the top performers in each age group for possible opportunities to represent the U.S. at advanced levels of national and international hockey competition. The CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance programs also include exciting opportunities for boys and girls at the 18 level who still have high school eligibility as well as the Dave Peterson Goalie Camp for our top 15-18 boys and girls goaltenders. For more information, go to minnesotahockey.org/ highperformance. Stay Ahead of the Competition with Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine! It takes dedication to become a great hockey player. We know because our team members have worked with some of the NHL's biggest stars. Whatever your current skill level, our hockey experts deliver a comprehensive and individualized approach to improve every aspect of your game. You'll train in a premiere hockey facility, outfitted with state-of-the-art video analysis equipment, a Woodway skating treadmill, synthetic ice, and stickhandling and shooting-specific equipment. To learn more, visit SportsMedicine. MayoClinic.org or call 507-722-0984 today! Minnesota Hockey Offers Skill Development Sessions Minnesota Hockey will once again be offering skill development sessions this spring and the coming fall. Each of the affordable skill practices will be led by professional coaches who will design sessions that emphasize long- term athlete development and maximize the number of high quality repetitions each player receives. Six body contact and body-checking clinics have been scheduled for this spring, including sessions in Moorhead, Rochester and St. Cloud. Additional checking clinics will added in the fall, and other skill sessions focused on defensive skills, goaltending and girls' hockey will be added as well. For a current schedule of available skill sessions, visit minnesotahockey.org/ playerdevelopment. Follow Minnesota Hockey on Twitter @MinnHockey 'LIKE' Minnesota Hockey on Facebook Facebook.com/MinnHockey

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