MHCA announces Coach of the Year Award winners

The Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association has named its 2013 section coach of the year recipients along with the John Mariucci Award winners as the state coach of the year.

The Mariucci Award winner for Class AA is Mike Randolph of Duluth East. It is the first Mariucci Award for Randolph, who took his team to the state tournament for the 14th time in the past 23 years. The Greyhounds have made six appearances in the championship game during his tenure while winning titles in 1995 and 1998.

The Class A head coach of the year is Duluth Denfeld’s Kevin Smalley, who also won the award in 2010. This season, Smalley led the Hunters to a 19-9-0 record and the Section 7A title game, finishing the regular season ranked ninth in the Associated Press Class A poll.

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Not your average hockey player


By Peter Knutson
Let’s Play Hockey

Toby Sengvongxay may be an average sophomore at Luverne High School, but he is one player you wouldn’t expect to see in hockey, let alone breaking school records on the ice. Sengvongxay is Hmong-American.

He started playing hockey around third grade and has stuck with it since then. Toby is an avid soccer player and one day he was on the soccer field and a hockey parent saw him practicing. They asked him if he would try hockey because he was so fast on the field. He gave hockey a shot and loved it from the start.

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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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MHCA announces 2012-13 award winners

At its fall conference, the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association selected its award recipients for 2012-13.

Three people will be inducted into the MHCA Hall of Fame and four others will be honored for their contributions and accomplishments with individual awards.

Going into the Hall of Fame this year are Bruce Olson (Roseau/Warroad), Pat Guyer (Greenway) and John Barger (Burnsville/New Prague/St. Louis Park).

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A time to bond and train

What the summer training program means to current and former players

 This summer, the Roseville Raiders have continued the tradition of training together in order to strengthen their on- and off-ice bonds. The Raiders start this summer refreshed and are enjoying their Summer Training under the direction of Jeff Pauletti and his staff of Carl Hamre, Kent Hamre and Matt Schugel. Alumni Tom Bartel, Cole Knowlton and Nick Lehr are also helping out. While the STP program is not affiliated with the high school, most of the participants have played on the high school teams. Some do not participate for various reasons.

The training and chemistry-building the team is going through is in hopes of another successful year in the Suburban East Conference and a long postseason run; culminating in a trip to the “X” next spring. The team graduated 11 seniors, with some going on to play juniors and some playing at the Division III level. These departures will leave big shoes to fill, as training and fine-tuning of skills have begun for the 2012-13 season.

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