Minnesota Hockey breaks national & state record for 8 & Under players

Minnesota becomes first ever state to suit up more than 17,000 8U players


The final registration report from USA Hockey has been released and Minnesota Hockey has established a new record of 8 & Under (8U) players with 17,651. The total number of
8U players marks a third consecutive year of growth and the first time any state has boasted more than 17,000 8U players, surpassing the previous record held by Minnesota after the 2010-11 season (16,936).

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This week's cover: June 3, 2016

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Courage, hope and a miracle

Former Hill-Murray hockey player Duke Pieper shares his inspiring story from his near-death experience


By Pete Waggoner

“Hearing people come up to you and reach out or say, ‘Oh, it was a great book, it really helped me out,’ I have gotten a bunch of testimonies which makes it all worth while,” Duke Pieper said to a reporter recently. 

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10 things you may not know about Bruce Boudreau

The new Minnesota Wild head coach is best known for his 409 wins, but there’s a lot more to the new Wild bench boss


On May 7, Bruce Boudreau was named the fourth ever head coach of the Minnesota Wild. He comes to St. Paul with a record of 409-192-80 (.659) in nine seasons as an NHL head coach with the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals, leading his team to eight division titles and eight trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But there’s a lot more to Boudreau than just his accomplishments as an NHL head caoch. Following are 10 things you may not know about the Wild’s new bench boss.

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Coaching Carousel: Upper Midwest coaching changes

High School Boys

School 2015-16 Coach 2016-17 Coach
Anoka Todd Manthey Jerrid Reinholz
Austin Erik LaRock Jason Merritt
Blake Jon Sturgis  
Bloomington Kennedy Dave Dillon Nick Hanrahan
Dodge County Eric Hofmann Chris Ernest
Elk River Gordie Roberts Ben Gustafson
Maple Grove Todd Bergland (interim) Todd Bergland
Moose Lake Area Joe McDonnell Lee Costley
Prairie Centre Rob Mettenburg/Josh Meyer  
Proctor Steve Rodberg Dan Stauber
Providence Academy Billy Hengen Hal Tearse
Rochester Mayo Lorne Grosso Todd Huyber
St. Cloud n/a Pete Matanich
St. Louis Park Terry Keseley  


High School Girls

School 2015-16 Coach 2016-17 Coach
Alexandria Blair Hovel Molly Arola
Armstrong/Cooper Kevin Gray Elsa Bruestle
Bemidji Jackie Stoffel Casey Reierson
Bloomington Jefferson Craig Shepherd Mike Ryan
Buffalo Ray Dahlof Mark Nodvall
Cretin-Derham Hall John Pohl Brooke White-Lancette
Eagan Kallie Flor/Ryan St. Martin Dan Wilson
Edina Laura Slominski Sami Reber
Fairmont John Korsmo Ashley Olson
Hastings Jeff Corkish Josh Colvin
Hibbing/Chisholm Pete Hyduke Emily Erickson
Mahtomedi Craig Michelson Bill Mauricio
Mankato West Tom Villagomez  
North Wright County Jason Johnson Cailyn McCauley
Stillwater Area Tony Scheid Lee Gillespie
Wayzata Becky Wacker  
Worthington Eric Milbrath  


College Men

School 2015-16 Coach 2016-17 Coach
St. Olaf Sean Goldsworthy Mike Eaves
Wisconsin Mike Eaves Tony Granato
Wisconsin-Superior Dan Stauber Rich McKenna



Team 2015-16 Coach 2016-17 Coach
Minnesota Wild Mike Yeo Bruce Boudreau