Kevin Kurtt

You might be a hockey fan in Minnesota if ...

There are plenty of ways to tell if you are a hockey fan from the great state of Minnesota

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

We’ve all seen the ‘You know you’re a Minnesotan’ lists that give us such truisms as ‘You thought Grumpy Old Men was a documentary,’ ‘Your local Dairy Queen is closed from December through February, ‘You know how to say Wayzata, Mahtomedi and Shakopee,’ and ‘You know all four seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Construction.’ We get these in our inbox, actually “get” the jokes and immediately forward them to our Minnesota friends and coworkers.

Now it’s time to dive deeper into one of the aspects of what it’s like to be Minnesotan – hockey. Whether you played the game, cheered from the stands or learned the sport from your kids, there are a multitude of ways you can tell if you’re a hockey fan from the great state of Minnesota.

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150 Reasons to Love Hockey

With the season just getting started, it’s time for a reminder of all the reasons we have such a love affair with hockey.

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Feeling a Draft: Minnesotans in the 2014 NHL Draft

 

A total of 15 Minnesotans were selected at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, continuing the state’s proud tradition of developing NHL-caliber players

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

When the Columbus Blue Jackets selected former Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School defenseman Ryan Collins with the 47th pick in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on June 28, a notable streak continued. For 46 straight years now, a Minnesotan has heard his name called at the NHL Draft. In all, 15 Minnesotans, were selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia.

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The community-based NHL

 

What if the National Hockey League was organized with players playing for their home state/province/country? Who would prevail?

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

Let’s say, just for the heck of it, that NHL teams are organized with players playing for their home American state, Canadian province or European country instead of for a professional franchise. And let’s say, just for fun, that teams in the NHL consist of a total of six players – a starting lineup of three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie.

Who would prevail in this scaled-down, community-based NHL?

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From college to the NHL

 

A record 305 former U.S. college players appeared in the NHL during the 2013-14 regular season

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

If you’ve watched nearly any NCAA sporting event on television in the past several years, you’ve seen the ad. You may even be able to recite the tagline: “There are 380,000 NCAA student-athletes, and just about all of them will be going pro in something other than sports.”

It’s a noble campaign directed at educating the masses that most athletes in college will see their athletic careers come to an end at graduation.

In the world of NCAA hockey, the vast majority of players on the 59 Division I and 78 Division II/III men’s teams will not make the jump to the NHL, AHL, ECHL or any other of the various professional hockey leagues around the world. But for a select few, college hockey is merely a steppingstone to the bright lights of the National Hockey League.

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