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Bracket champions named in 2014 Hockey Hotdish Tournament

 Neal Broten, Herb Brooks, Duluth Heritage Sports Center and Bucky Beaver voted the player, coach, arena and mascot that best represent the State of Hockey

 

After over 21,000 votes, four bracket champions have been awarded in the 2014 Hockey Hotdish Tournament, an annual competition from Let's Play Hockey to determine what Minnesota player, coach, arena and mascot best represent the State of Hockey. Earning the bracket titles are player Neal Broten (Beauty Bracket), coach Herb Brooks (Bench Boss Bracket), arena Duluth Heritage Sports Center (Barn Bracket) and mascot Bucky Beaver (Big Head Bracket). The four bracket champions now advance to the Hockey Hotdish Tournament Finals to determine who or what is the best ambassador for hockey in Minnesota.

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This month's cover: August 7, 2014

 

 

 

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2014 Hockey Hotdish Tournament

 

Welcome to the 2014 Hockey Hotdish Tournament. This annual competition determines what Minnesota player coach, arena and mascot best represent the State of Hockey. Sixty-four entries have been selected and seeded in four brackets: Beauty (players), Bench Boss (coaches), Barn (arenas) and Big Head (mascot). The winners of each bracket will face off in the Hockey Hotdish Tournament Finals to determine who or what is the best ambassador for hockey in Minnesota.

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Wanted: Used hockey gear

Donate your pads, skates and sticks to the Sixth Annual Used Hockey Equipment Drive

 

Anyone who has been involved in hockey is aware that almost every hockey family has used equipment laying around their house that they have either outgrown or no longer use. For the past five years, Let’s Play Hockey has organized a used hockey equipment drive that has donated more than 13,000 pieces of hockey gear to nearly 3,000 people. There has been enough donated equipment to fill more than three semi trailers and nearly every item has been claimed but for a few pairs of breezers.

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Quickness requires efficient strength, not just a lot of strength

 

By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Above is my favorite photo of world-class sprinters, because it shows clearly why the athlete in the forefront is the quickest in the first few strides. He is not likely to win the 100-meter race, because the top-ranked sprinters are in the middle lanes, but he wins the first 15 meters or so, the part of a sprint that matters most to a hockey player. 

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