As we know, Minnesota High School Hockey is a passionate topic for Minnesotans and we are about to embark on another big season of hockey. When thinking of why our communities are so resoundingly behind our young players one need look no further than our own memories as youth players, high school players, or fans. It is the memories we cherish from playing and cheering together on those cold winter nights.
The game has seen its ebbs and flows as it weaves in and out with some of the best hockey players in the world at their respective ages competing. Of late, the brand of high school hockey is improving each season and there are many factors that can be attributed to that.
The developing player has options with Minnesota High School Hockey and that includes the Fall Elite Leagues and Minnesota Hockey/USA Hockey Spring and Summer advanced programs to challenge the upper echelon of players. The High School Elite II League was developed to address the underclassmen to give them additional developmental opportunities and a chance to participate in more games.
In the past, the knock against high school players was they participated in 25 games. If Herb Brooks were consulted, that would not be bad as the practice to game ratio was well over 2:1. Needless to say, more game development became the need of the High School League as they now develop kids from September to March and a majority participates in over 50 games, many of which are against the top caliber of player.
Coupled with scrimmages and opportunities in Minnesota Hockey’s Advanced Festival process, the players developmental needs on and off the ice have been a resounding success and addressed at all levels.
From a fan’s perspective the competitive level of play on the ice continues to improve and the rivalries heat up each year. Whether it is a long time cross-town rivalry or a newly budding one, the intensity can be felt at each turn in an arena.
The playoffs are designed as a one and out proposition and usher in a level of urgency that only a one game elimination tournament provides. The Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament is the crown jewel of high school sports. Each season, new attendance records are set as high levels of excitement permeate throughout the
There is no high school game covered as passionately or widely as high school hockey in
The results on the ice cannot be denied and as The Hockey News own Josh Hamilton said, “
A look at the numbers does not lie. In 2008, no amateur league in the
24 Minnesota High School Seniors earned NCAA Division I scholarships and commitments. In 2007 twenty six Minnesota High School Seniors made Division I commitments. They all finished their senior season in high school.
2007 was a banner year for Patrick White (
There has always been the temptation for parents and key decision makers of players to find the right fit for their player, or move on to the next level. As the great late Herb Brooks said, “Before you move on to another level, you better have finished everything you could possibly accomplish with your present team. And even then, I would advise most kids to stay with your parents and develop with your childhood friends. The greatest hockey experience of my life was playing in the State Tournament with the kids from my neighborhood.” And he was the architect of the Miracle.