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Let's Play Hockey: Now in its 44th Season

Since its inception in 1972, Let’s Play Hockey newspaper has taken a leading role in helping advance the sport of hockey. By being actively involved, LPH broadens its influence and visibility, thus increasing the exposure of its advertisers.

Following are some of the ways Let’s Play Hockey has been involved with the growth and promotion of the sport:


• The 15th Annual Let’s Play Hockey International Expo in Las Vegas, October 16-17, 2012 was the largest buying show for the hockey industry.
• The 28th Annual Let’s Play Hockey Expo, which will be held in St. Paul March 10-11, 2017, during the Minnesota State High School Boys Hockey Tournament
• Sponsor and presenter of the Ms. Hockey and Senior Goalie of the Year Awards to the top senior girls' high school players in Minnesota
• Former sponsor and presenter of award to honor top Minnesota-born scorer in the National Hockey League
• Former sponsor of the United States Hockey League (USHL) Player of the Week and Player of the Year Awards
• Official provider of high school hockey rankings for the Associated Press
• Let’s Play Hockey staff select the “Three Stars” at all Minnesota Wild home games
• Started the Let’s Play Hockey Cup for top eight Bantam, PeeWee, 14U, and 12U B teams in Minnesota
• Established Foundation for the Development of College Hockey
• Former organizer of the American Hockey Coaches Association Annual Convention and Exhibits trade show
• Sponsor of several post-season awards banquets
• Host of the Commission for the Progression of Hockey Symposium
• Official program for the Division III College Hockey Showcase
• Produce the Minnesota Boys State High School Hockey Tournament Banquets
• Creator of the Reed Larson Award given to the state’s top senior boys' high school defenseman

• Creator of the Mike Richter Award given to the top college goaltender


In addition to our newspaper, the Let’s Play Hockey TV magazine show ran for 12 years. It was a 15-week television show on Fox Sports Net, Midwest Sports Channel, and Victory Sports Network, reaching approximately 2.7 million homes in the upper Midwest. As a result of its continued commitment to excellence and to the advancement of hockey, Let’s Play Hockey is often referred to as “The Hockey Bible” of the United States.

Let's Play Hockey Staff

Let's Play Hockey newspaper was started in 1972 in the basement of Bob Utecht, the popular long-time rink-side announcer for the Minnesota North Stars. He created the publication to help spread the news about the rapidly growing sport of hockey. Utecht named the newspaper after the famous words "Let's Play Hockey" which he used prior to the opening face-offs at the old MetCenter, home of the North Stars.

Today, the Let's Play Hockey staff includes:

• Bryan Zollman, President/Publisher

• Kevin Kurtt, Managing Editor

• Mike Thill, Photographer

• Columnists: Jack Blatherwick, John Russo, Kevin Hartzell, John Hamre

• Contributors: Our readers

Contact Let's Play Hockey

Contact Let's Play Hockey

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Mailing Address

Let's Play Hockey
13 7th Street S
Sauk Centre, MN 56378



952-944-1971 fax