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2015 Hockey Hotdish Tournament home

Welcome to the 2015 Hockey Hotdish Tournament. This annual competition determines what Minnesota player and/or coach best represent the State of Hockey. Sixty-four entries have been selected and seeded in four regions: Twin Cities (Metro players), Iron Range (Northern players), River Valley (high school coaches) and Arrowhead (college/pro/etc. coaches). The winners of each bracket will face off in the Hockey Hotdish Finals to determine who is the best ambassador for hockey in Minnesota.

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What’s up, Doc?

Mike Emrick, today’s voice of the NHL, on what we don’t see behind the camera


By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Mike “Doc” Emrick has a voice which has become a recognizable national treasure, heard within the sport of hockey. Emrick’s voice broadcasting a game melds into the play being viewed. His voice heard feels a part of the game from a viewer’s perspective. He describes to us the play, informs us of subtleties and trivia, and shares with us wry humor. Ultimately, Emrick welcomes us to the feeling we are seated next to him at the game.

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Conventional wisdom is wrong again


By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The “experts” were at it in full force before game7: Blackhawks vs. Ducks for all the marbles. Pre-game question: “Eddie (Olczyk), what do the Ducks have to do in order to win?”  Answer: “Stick with their game plan (which failed in game 6). They have to be PHYSICAL.”

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Offseason training with Zach Parise


Skill development, character and work ethic lead Minnesota Wild forward to success and leadership


By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

NHL fans know Zach Parise is one of the elite players in hockey today, and of this generation. He is a marquee name in the NHL and a premier player in events on the world stage. Fans of the Minnesota Wild recognize him as a hometown hero on the ice, and a key face of the franchise within the community, giving of his time and energies for many worthy causes. He is the heart and soul of the Wild’s resurgence to relevance each spring, as the playoff battles are fought in each round in order stake claim to and raise Lord Stanley’s Cup.

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