This week's cover: April 17, 2014

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In defense of the Minnesota model


By Ken Pauly
MHCA President
Benilde-St. Margaret’s School Head Boys’ Hockey Coach

I will give Let’s Play Hockey columnist Kevin Hartzell credit. I thought that I had read every argument he could make against the Minnesota model of development (LPH, March 27, 2014). However, I had never considered that we hold our talented hockey players back because Minnesotans harbor a Norwegian socialistic impulse.

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The ideal offseason for goalies


By Jeff Hall

So your child is a goalie. The power a goalie has in the game brings great responsibility to the team. The responsibility brings pressure to keep improving. That pressure leads many families to commit their young goalies to countless hours of offseason hockey. You don’t want to fall behind, so you keep them skating all year. AAA teams, training programs and shots, shots, shots.

We all know the huge load of ice time is an expensive commitment that takes time away from other activities/sports and can lead to burnout. But goalie parents should also know this important fact: All that ice time could wear out your child’s body, specifically the hips. 

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Play for the love of the game (part II)

 Part I of this story appeared in the March 27, 2014 edition of Let’s Play Hockey

By Sydney Sanford

On Dec. 18, 2013, I sat at my kitchen table, thinking long and hard about the decision that was laid out in front of me. After my third pros and cons list, I had come to my conclusion. I tried as hard as I could to sway my decision in favor of staying on the team, but it was obvious by how many negatives I had written for staying and how many positives I had written for leaving what the right choice was.

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RIP: Long-time Minneapolis coach Harry Brown


Long-time Minneapolis hockey coach Harry Brown passed away at the age of 90 on April 10.

Brown began playing hockey and developed a passion for the game as a young man. He graduated from DeLaSalle High School in 1941 and went on to play hockey at the University of Minnesota before being drafted into the service in 1943. Brown served in the U.S. Naval Coast Guard from May 14, 1943 to April 3, 1946. He served most of his time in the Philippines.

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