Hal Tearse

Keep high school hockey strong and vibrant


By Hal Tearse

The high school hockey season is about to begin its 18-week mad dash that concludes with a state tournament for boys and girls unlike any amateur event in the country. Young boys and girls have worked hard for many years, hoping to have a chance to play in the fabled event.

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Parents are responsible for team success


By Hal Tearse

In today’s world of youth sports, parents are interwoven into the fabric of the teams on which their kids play. This is quite a change from 20 years ago when the kids were dropped off at the rink and picked up a couple hours later. 


Because parents are so much more involved in the teams, they also have a significant role in the season outcome. By understanding their roles, parents can help their kids have a great season and achieve more than their kids anticipated.

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Minnesota ice rinks need your help


By Hal Tearse

By the year 2020, 120 ice arenas in the state will be facing a shortage of Freon 22 that they use for their cooling systems and may be required to change to more environmentally friendly refrigerants such as CO2 or ammonia. This conversion process will be very expensive and potentially will create an extreme hardship for a number of arenas in communities that cannot afford the renovations.

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Helping your kids through tryouts


By Hal Tearse

The onset of fall is also the beginning of tryouts for youth teams all across Minnesota. Tryouts are a time of high anxiety on the part of players, parents, administrators and coaches. Nobody involved particularly likes the process, but we need to go through it in order to form teams and begin the season.


In spite of the stress and anxiety that tryouts generate, this is a great time for parents to help their kids face some of the realities in life and also learn to understand some of the myths that surround tryouts.

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Planning for the offseason


By Hal Tearse
Minnesota Hockey

As playoffs loom and the hope of warmer weather is on the minds of many this year, it is also time to think about and plan for the offseason. There are so many options that it can be overwhelming, but with a few guidelines, families should be able to make good choices.

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