High School

MHCA announces 2015 award winners

At its fall conference last weekend, the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association selected its award recipients for 2015. Four people will be inducted into the MHCA Hall of Fame and four others will be honored for their contributions and accomplishments with individual awards.

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Everything changes

Assessing Minnesota high school boys’ hockey

 

By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Guest Columnist

Phil Jackson referred to a realization within his coaching philosophies that ‘everything changes,’ in his recent book “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.” Jackson suggested one must accept all things are constantly changing in order to fully live in a moment, to have personal harmony in one’s life and to succeed (a gross simplification and paraphrasing). The history of Minnesota high school hockey and its current state can be assessed and appreciated through a lens focused on its history and ongoing changes.

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Taking action to preserve high school hockey

 

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


Statement No. 1
Minnesota high school hockey is the most successful development model in the country and it is so ingrained in our culture that it will continue to thrive on some level.


Statement No. 2
Minnesota high school hockey is living on fumes and it’s just a matter of time before it collapses and its very best players cut short their high school careers.

 

Which of the above statements is correct? As a 25-year high school coaching veteran, my hope and belief stands with statement No. 1.

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Coaches’ ideas to improve high school hockey

 

With the immense competition for high school-aged players in Minnesota – whether it be from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, junior leagues like the USHL, BCHL or WHL, or Midget/Tier I hockey – what aspects of Minnesota high school hockey should be changed to retain their elite and/or core players?

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