High School

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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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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High school hockey: An experience like no other

 

By Mark Loahr
Totino-Grace High School Boys’ Hockey Coach

Ask any youth hockey player what his ultimate goal in hockey would be and the answer is going to most often be to play in the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. I’ve been to state tournament games in many sports to see many of our school teams play, but none of the tournaments rival the state high school hockey tournament. To fulfill this dream, there is one overriding requirement for a hockey player: You have to be playing for a high school.

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Elite League, high school hockey work hand-in-hand

 

As the Upper Midwest High School Elite League moves towards the International Invitational Tournament in two weeks, the players are mentally preparing for their high school season as well as reflecting on the strengths and weakness of their play during this fall season.

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Vannelli states his case for high school hockey

 

By Greg Vannelli
St. Thomas Academy Hockey Coach

Recently, there has been a troubling increase in movement of Minnesota high school hockey players foregoing their senior year to play junior hockey. After numerous years of experience and countless discussions with parents, I need to share some thoughts on the experiences of our program, here at Saint Thomas Academy, as it relates to this issue.

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