This week's cover: October 30, 2014

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Does leaving early translate to making the pros?


By Neil Sheehy


I am proud of the Minnesota hockey heritage and I strongly disagree with outsiders who come into Minnesota and tell Minnesota hockey players that they must leave the state in order to make it to the pros. Let’s look at the data when it comes to Minnesota players.

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What is your why?


By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I had the great fortune to be invited to spend this past weekend with the St. John’s University hockey team. As much as I hope to give and share my knowledge with others, like the Johnnies hockey program, it is the gifts these young men bestow upon me that reawaken my own understandings of things.

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New Chaska academy is on a Breakaway


By Alyssa Hollenback
Let’s Play Hockey

In a world where everything is evolving, it is no surprise that education also continues to evolve. Numerous options now exist for alternative schooling for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade; there is everything from private to charter schooling and even online schools. While all seem to have their critics, a closer look just may turn skeptics into believers for one such school.

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Owatonna grassroots hockey development

“Everyone has fun, everyone leaves the rink with a smile on their face and everyone leaves tired.”


By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Guest Columnist

“There is a willingness of former hockey players with children to help run a quality program,” Deb Mandt, Director of the Owatonna Parks and Recreation Youth Hockey Program for 3 to 9-year-olds, emphasized. Mandt is quick to praise the many persons and parents that support youth hockey development in Owatonna. One conversation with Mandt will leave you impressed that Owatonna’s hockey community understands synergies found between Parks and Recreation’s introduction to hockey, the Owatonna Youth Hockey Association travel teams and its high school programs.

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