High School

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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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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Minnesota high school hockey: Teaching, tradition and pride

 

By Pat O’Leary
Head Boys’ Varsity Coach, Wayzata HS

No doubt, there is an abundance of talented hockey players in Minnesota. Any coach, scout or spectator can tell you that. But why? Because we are hockey-crazed here? Maybe. But I would say that this energy, passion and drive come from our heritage – the Minnesota hockey tradition.

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What Minnesota high school hockey is up against

 

By Paul Gibson
Head Boys’ Varsity Coach, Chisago Lakes

Having been involved with junior hockey for many years, I have seen firsthand players opting to play junior hockey rather than returning to their high school teams.

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Jack Jablonski asks, “Should you stay or go?”

 

By Jack Jablonski

I have friends that have left for both Canadian and American junior leagues and I have friends that have left for the U.S. Natioanl Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. I also have friends that have transferred schools to play for better and more competitive programs.

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