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“Just a guy from the East Side”

Longtime St. Paul Johnson coach Moose Younghans inducted into Herb Brooks Foundation Hall of Fame

 

By Bryan Zollman
Let’s Play Hockey

Just like legendary coach Herb Brooks, St. Paul Johnson’s Steve “Moose” Youghans refers to himself as “just a guy from the East Side.” And like Brooks, Youghans has instructed and influenced many young aspiring hockey players both on and off the ice in more than five decades of coaching at all levels. His dedication to not just the game, but to those who play it, earned Youghans induction into the Herb Brooks Foundation’s Hall of Fame, presented June 17 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

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Living hockey for life

Roseville, Minn., native Jim Westby was recently named the 2016 USA Hockey Adult Player of the Year

 

By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

This year’s USA Hockey Adult Player of the Year, Jim Westby of Roseville, Minn., embodies a “hockey for life” spirit as well as anyone. According to USA Hockey, the Adult Player of the Year Award is “presented annually to an individual who performed exceptionally during the past year as a member of a U.S. adult hockey team or as a participant at an adult hockey event in the United States.” It is one of six annual USA Hockey player of the year awards, including: Adult, Women’s, Junior, Goalie, College and Disabled Athlete.

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Our players aren’t “just kids”

 

By Josh Levine

The summer before I was a freshman in high school, I had the unique experience of training youth athletes. Many were in middle school. At the time, I was still considered a kid. The players I trained knew I wasn’t an adult like other trainers and I knew they weren’t “just kids.” I understood them far better than I could now. What I realized then and continue to try to keep forefront in my mind is that youth athletes view themselves as capable, independent and able to make sound judgments with their reasoning.

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Community-based model at core of Minnesota Hockey’s mission

 

By Bryan Zollman
Let’s Play Hockey

At the beginning of Minnesota Hockey’s presentation promoting the community-based model, the now-famous clip of Stillwater’s Noah Cates’ spin-o-rama game-winning goal against Hill-Murray in the section final was shown to those in attendance.

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Officially Speaking: The 10 most misundersood rules in amateur hockey

 

By Mark Lichtenfeld

 

Got it! The rarest of published species. A Priority Mail delivery in ultra-safe bubble wrap, testifying to the importance of the unique written contents. Of course I’m referring to the USA Hockey gold-covered rulebook, a gainfully-earned benefit to those few of us veteran referees who have served the hockey community for 25 fully-paid, consecutive years. It’s cool. Polished. Chic.

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