High School

One for the thumb?

Two-time defending state champion St. Thomas Academy enters the season ranked No. 1. Can the Cadets win their fifth title in 2013?

After the jump, the 2012-13 Minnesota Boys’ High School Class A Team Previews:

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A Skipper Three-peat?

 Two-time defending state champion Minnetonka and perennial contender Warroad enter the season as the No. 1 girls’ high school hockey teams

After the jump, the 2012-13 Minnesota Girls’ High School Team Previews:

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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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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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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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