Hartzell is high on high school hockey

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Being out at the Elite League a weekend ago, I again heard a lot of discussion about the status of high school hockey in our state. This discussion has been raging for many years now. With the 40-plus players skipping some part of their high school career, what is the effect on the high school game?  Everyone seems to have an opinion. I have heard a wide variety of opinions from pro and junior scouts, and high school coaches themselves. I really don’t think there is much of a consensus out there.

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Thoughts on the Elite League

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

It was really fun to get out to the Elite League games on Saturday and see many familiar hockey faces. I haven’t had the opportunity to do so for a couple of years.  I have a number of thoughts to share.

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Odessa lessons learned

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Let me start out by saying the following can be seen as a bit self-serving as I have begun a service of introducing the concepts of great teams and great leadership to a variety of organizations. That said, working with the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL was such a pleasure and the lessons learned by all are worth relaying, that I hope you find it as interesting as I do. 

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Consistency brings Stu Bickel home

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Stu Bickel is returning home. After spending parts of two seasons with the New York Rangers and playing in over 175 games in the AHL, Stu has signed with the Minnesota Wild. Stu is a native of Chanhassen and played his high school hockey at Eden Prairie. His route to the Xcel and the Minnesota Wild from Chanhassen was not the direct path one would first map out via MapQuest.

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Measure up

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

One cannot improve upon things that one doesn’t first measure. I heard those words in church not long ago. It was fitting because I was thinking about this same theme/topic as we all enter a new hockey season.

Do you think you know how you “measure up?” Do you evaluate yourself and/or put a value on what it is you bring to the team?

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