Minnesota Hockey Journal

January/February 2024

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O N T H E C O V E R : Josie St. Martin is one of the most dynamic players in Minnesota high school hockey. Credit: 734_Visuals The legendary Natalie Darwitz leads Minnesota's newest pro hockey franchise. 04 / DOMINATION Minnesota continues to produce the most Division I women's hockey players on earth. 08 / "I'LL PLAY 'TIL I CAN'T" The story of Bonnie Shea, the first girl to play organized hockey in Duluth. 12 / TIPS: WINNING HOCKEY HABITS Bemidji State's Amber Fryklund on the little details of development. 14 / STATE OF HOCKEY SPOTLIGHT: SARTELL Get to know one of the state's thriving hockey associations. 16 / PONY POWER Josie St. Martin is inspiring Stillwater's next generation. 20 / THE RINK OF DREAMS The United Heroes League celebrates the grand opening of its outdoor rink. 22 / MOUNTAIN MAN For Excelsior's Drew Akins, a life of hockey leads to Jackson Hole. IN THIS ISSUE FACEOFF 27 27 POWER J A N / F E B 2 0 2 4 MINNESOTA HOCKEY JOURNAL Pony + THE RINK OF DREAMS SERVES AMERICA'S HEROES + RUSSO: DARWITZ DESIGNS LOCALLY GROWN PWHL ROSTER + TIPS: WINNING HOCKEY HABITS JOSIE ST. MARTIN IS INSPIRING NEXT THE GENERATION J A N / F E B 2 0 2 4 | M H J ON L I N E . C O M 03 RUSSO'S RANTS: TAILOR MADE EDITOR: Aaron Paitich CONTRIBUTORS: David Cowardin, Shane Frederick, Kyle Leverone, Steve Mann, Jessi Pierce, Michael Russo DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Mike DeArmond, Brandon Favre, Rob Johnson, Taylor McCumber, Sydney Urban ADVERTISING: Bryan Nelson ADVERTISING COORDINATOR: Samantha Canter WEBSITE: mhjonline.com E-MAIL: contactus@minnesotahockeyjournal.com ASSOCIATION minnesotahockey.org usahockey.com PUBLISHER CEO: Laura McEwen CHAIRMAN: Steve Farbman PRESIDENT: James McEwen SR. VICE PRESIDENT: Dave Jensen 1601 Utica Avenue South, Suite 110 Minneapolis, MN 55416 PHONE: (763) 595-0808 E-MAIL: info@touchpointmedia.com WEBSITE: touchpointmedia.com "The purpose of Minnesota Hockey, an affiliate of USA Hockey, is to encourage and improve the standard of youth and other amateur ice hockey; to conduct ice hockey tournaments and to select representative teams to participate in tournaments; to associate with other ice hockey associations; to do any and all acts necessary for creating further interest in youth and other amateur hockey." MHJ M I N N E S O TA H O C K E Y J O U R N A L MINNESOTA HOCKEY CORPORATE PARTNERS The following organizations have generously supported amateur hockey in Minnesota. Please consider their support next time you make a purchase. Volume 25, Number 3 Unstructured play shaped Peart siblings into Division I stars. RAISED RIGHT 24 JAN./FEB.

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