Minnesota Hockey Journal

March 2024

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HOME ICE: Northeast Ice Arena, Augsburg Ice Arena, Parade Ice Arena NICKNAME: Titans 1 of STATE HOCKEY Minneapolis Titans State of Hockey Spotlight Minneapolis has a storied hockey history that dates back to the turn of the 19th century. From the first teams at the University of Minnesota, to the old Minneapolis Hockey Club and Minneapolis Amateur Hockey Association, and the opening of Minneapolis Arena in 1924, the early days of ice hockey in the City of Lakes helped serve as a great foundation for the expansion of the game around the state. Of course, times change, and while the sport remained popular in the city over the next 6-7 decades, including the Edison Area Youth Hockey Association (which evolved into the City of Lakes organization), a size- able segment of Minneapolis' hockey playing population slowly made its way to the surrounding suburbs. Add to that a core of players aging out of the existing youth programs and the result was the number of city teams and players beginning to decline. However, over the last 15 years or so, there has been a rebirth. In 2022, Minneapolis boys' hockey—a group made up of the seven city high schools—made the MSHSL State Tournament for the first time since 1994. Youth programs such as the Minneapolis Titans are also addressing challenges and working hard to regrow the game in the State of Hockey 's largest city. IT TAKES A VILLAGE The Titans are for Minneapolis boys and girls living north of Highways 94 and 394 (technically those in North/Northeast/Southeast/Downtown Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights and Fridley). Photos / Minneapolis Titans P R E S E N T E D B Y by Steve Mann DISTRICT: Cory Larson PRESIDENT: 90 2023-24 REGISTRATION NUMBERS: 16 M H J ON L I N E . C O M | M A R C H 2 0 2 4

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