Minnesota Hockey Journal

December 2018

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MINNESOTA HOCKEY NEWS & NOTES HIWAY HOCKEY KIDS4KIDS BACK FOR A SECOND SEASON! Hiway Hockey Kids4Kids, an award-win- ning community initiative that encour- ages youth hockey players throughout Minnesota to raise funds for kids with disabilities and complex medical condi- tions, makes its return. This innovative program is a collaboration between Hiway Federal Credit Union® (Hiway), the Minnesota Wild, Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Hockey and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in Saint Paul. Teams that raise $500 or more will be qualified to win a one-of-a-kind team party in a suite at the Minnesota Wild– St. Louis Blues game on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. The winning team, selected at random, will also be feted with an exclu- sive pregame tour of Xcel Energy Center, meet members of the Minnesota Wild and receive merchandise from the Wild and Hiway. All teams that participate in the program will be invited to a com- plimentary skate session at Xcel Energy Center. Each member of any team that raises at least $500 will also receive a limited-edition Hockey Kids4Kids cap. To register and find out more, visit hockeykids4kids.org INTELLIGYM The early season brings hope and prom- ise. One way to get a leg up is by training the mental side of the game. Players and teams in Minnesota have seen great suc- cess working with Hockey Intelligym—a software program designed specifically to hone the cognitive functions that matter on ice. Among the in-state success stories who trained with IntelliGym: • In 2018, Minnetonka High School won the State AA Championship, the Section 2 AA crown and were Lake Conference Co-Champions. Aided by IntelliGym, they were an offensive juggernaut, scor- ing 177 goals, the second-most in school history. The Minnetonka boys won 13 games in a row, en route to being crowned state champs. • Columbus Blue Jackets draft choice and former St Thomas Academy defense- man Robbie Stucker underlined that IntelliGym helped him "get better at see- ing developing opportunities to exploit, and helped with my positioning without the puck." This year, as a freshman, he joins the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers on a full scholarship. HARD ICE DIVIDER PROGRAM CONTINUES Minnesota Hockey, in partnership with Rink Systems, Inc., will continue to offer the Minnesota Hockey Hard Ice Divider Subsidy Program for the 2018-19 season. The hard ice dividers, along with junior size goal frames, have been instrumental in the growth of cross- and half-ice games across the country as more and more youth programs have embraced age-appropriate skill development. Minnesota Hockey-affiliated associations that register to purchase a "hard divider" system for the 2018-19 season can apply for a $2,500 subsidy through the program. Associations that take advantage of the hard ice divider subsidy will also be able to purchase the junior goal frames at the following prices: two goal frames for $440, four goal frames for $880 or six goal frames for $1,320. A total of 70 associations from all over the state have taken advantage of the discount and now utilize more than 90 sets of dividers in their community arenas. MINNESOTA HOCKEY BY SAUCE In need of some new hockey swag? Sauce Hockey has you covered with their officially licensed Minnesota Hockey themed apparel! In addition to the typical staples of hats, sweatshirts and jogger sweatpants, limited edition "We Wear Breezers" T-shirts are also available. Proceeds will be used to fund "Grow the Game" grants to benefit associations and players throughout Minnesota. Full collection available under MNHCKY at saucehockey.com. D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | M H J ON L I N E . C O M 05

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