Kevin Kurtt

The Minnesota Wild at the NHL Draft

About 40 percent of the Minnesota Wild’s picks at the NHL Draft make it to the NHL. Where does that rank among other teams?

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

The Minnesota Wild had a relatively uneventful 2016 NHL Draft, selecting an all-time franchise low four players, including only one pick in the first three rounds. Historically, the Wild averages about 7-8 picks per draft. For a team looking to stock its prospect pool, Minnesota’s four selections didn’t make a huge dent.

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Minnesota's Hockey Hotbed

Nearly 1,300 Minnesota natives played pro, college or junior hockey last season. But what city produced the most players?

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

Here in Minnesota, hockey is strongly woven into our fabric of life. Learning to skate, shoot and stickhandle is a rite of passage for countless Minnesota kids every winter in cities and towns across the state.

 

Hockey in Minnesota is about trudging through the snow to reach the warming house at the local park. It’s about skipping school or work to go to or watch the state high school tournament.

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The case for rec hockey

Recreational hockey represents a huge growth opportunity for hockey in Minnesota and beyond

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

I’m the father of a pair of rambunctious boys – a second grader and a Kindergartener. My oldest, Kieran, is in his second year of hockey this winter as a first-year Mite in the Chaska/Chanhassen Hockey Association (CCHA). (My youngest, Easton, has a great hockey name, but hasn’t become a hockey player ... yet.)

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From college to the NHL

 

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.

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For the love of the pond

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

I have a confession to make. Despite spending the vast majority of my life in Minnesota, until this winter I had never played pond hockey. Sure, I’ve spent numerous hours on outdoor rinks at various parks around the Twin Cities, but until I moved this past summer into a house with a pond in the backyard, I had never experienced hockey in its most elemental form. Boy, was I missing out.

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