High School

MGHCA to support the Wounded Warriors

The coaches, players and teams of the MGHCA are being asked to support the Minnesota Wounded Warriors hockey team this season by holding a fundraiser at one home game.

The type of fundraiser is up to each individual home team. All proceeds from these fundraisers will be forwarded to the MGHCA Executive Director. Once all of the team’s fundraisers have been completed, the MGHCA will then forward all of the monies collected to the Minnesota Warriors hockey team.

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Do I have to go?

 A Minnesota high school coach touts the merits of staying home to play hockey




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

The headline in the September 7 issue of Let’s Play Hockey asks “Should I stay or should I go?” It’s a good question, but the better question is “Do I have to go?”

It will come as no surprise that Minnesota’s high school hockey coaches would answer that question with an emphatic NO! Is this an emotional response? Perhaps.

But the emotion is based upon experience. All parents know the feeling of watching a child make a mistake that he will soon regret. The parent would like to make the decision, but you know that too often the hardest lessons in life have be lived in order to be learned. Besides, who wants to listen to mom and dad? What do they know?

High School coaches often find themselves in this type of situation. Today’s high school player has more options. It is a consumer’s market and players and their families will often view their high school experience in these terms.

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Ahrens plays like veteran

By Loren Nelson
MN Hockey Hub editor

Vaughan Ahrens probably didn’t realize that when he got the call to play in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League he not only would receive a snazzy Euro-styled uniform but would also be stamped with an alter ego.

Meet Vaughan Ahrens, “The Real Aaron Arherms.”

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MGHCA announces Fall Clinic, General Membership dates

The Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association will host its annual Fall Clinic and General Membership Meeting at the National Sport Center on October 12th and 13th. The clinic and meeting will take place at the Schwan Convention Center located on the N.S.C. campus in Blaine, MN. Check-in and registration will begin at 8:00 AM on Friday and Saturday mornings.

All coaches are invited to attend this clinic. Confirmed to speak at this year’s clinic are Brian Stoll, Abe Abrahamson, Craig Perry, Andy Shriver, Dick Emahiser, Julianne Vasichek and Bob Mancini. Topics will include off-ice in-season training, overspeed and power skating, adapting the ADM program into the high school practice, dealing with social media and how it affects your team chemistry and team communication.

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Zach LaValle: A three-sport Pioneer


By Peter Knutson
Let’s Play Hockey


Three-sport athletes are hard to come by today. With college scouts starting to look at high school athletes earlier than ever before, most scouts want these recruits to focus on their main sport so as to not get injured during the off-season and prevent them from playing. One high school athlete who has challenged this idea is senior Zach LaValle of Hill-Murray. LaValle is the starting quarterback and captain of the football team, one of the leading scorers and second-year captain of the hockey team, and a second baseman on the baseball team.

It becomes even more impressive when you learn that each of those teams made it to the state tournament and faired quite well. In football, LaValle led the team to the semifinals where they lost to the eventual state champions by just two points. In hockey, he captained the team as a junior and led them to a second-place finish. Finally to wrap up the school year, the baseball team finished with a state consolation championship. Not a bad year for a junior.

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