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Date, match-ups set for Hockey Day Minnesota 2017

The date and schedule for the 11th Annual Hockey Day Minnesota will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Stillwater, Minn., headquartered from an outdoor rink that will be constructed in Lowell Park and will feature the historic Lift Bridge and the scenic St. Croix River Valley as the backdrop. Proceeds of the event will benefit Stillwater area youth hockey programs.

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How about a North American Cup of Hockey?

 

The World Cup of Hockey takes center stage this month. But what state/province would prevail in a North American Cup of Hockey?

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

This month, over 150 of the best players in the NHL are representing their countries (or in the case of a couple teams, their continents) in the World Cup of Hockey, an eight-team tournament pitting the best hockey players from the best hockey nations. For two weeks, the eyes of the hockey world will be on Toronto as Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America battle for international hockey supremacy.

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Hockey endurance for the upcoming season

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

For 100 years, our approach to “hockey endurance” has been misled by academic, Ivory-Tower, Greek-Latin terminology: “aerobic, anaerobic, cardiovascular, gobbledegook.” Because those concepts must be taught separately in books and lectures, it was assumed (incorrectly) that the various pieces of the endurance puzzle should be trained separately, when in fact, they are all required at the same time throughout a game.

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Eighth annual Used Hockey Equipment Drive underway

Donate your used gear at select Twin Cities ice arenas and hockey shops • Free distribution set for Saturday, Oct. 8

 

The eighth annual Used Hockey Equipment Drive, a partnership between the Minnesota Wild, Let’s Play Hockey and Minnesota Hockey is now underway and will culminate in a public distribution on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Xcel Energy Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Hockey training in Minnesota lacks intensity

 

By Josh Levine

For all the money, time and effort we put into hockey, it would seem crazy to say Minnesota hockey training lacks intensity, but let me explain. It is precisely because we do so much that our training regimens and programs have become so routine and often lacking in creativity and innovation. Most frustratingly, a lot of training is providing players with minimal, and in many cases, negative training returns.

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