Become a youth hockey ranker for LPH

Are you a Minnesota youth hockey coach, manager or die-hard fan who can lend a hand with Let's Play Hockey's youth hockey rankings for the 2015-16 season?

Rankers are needed at the following levels: Junior Gold A, Junior Gold B, Junior Gold 16 & Under, Bantam AA, Bantam A, Bantam B1, PeeWee AA, PeeWee A, PeeWee B1, Girls 15U A, Girls 15U B, Girls 12U A and Girls 12U B.

Using scores available online, as well as their expertise at their chosen level(s), rankers e-mail their top 10 or 20 teams (depending on the level) by noon on Wednesdays.

If you want to become a ranker, send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


How to be a leader with Kyle Rau


By Aaron Paitich
Touchpoint Media

Kyle Rau knows what it takes to be a leader. The dynamic forward captained Eden Prairie to a Minnesota State High School League championship in 2011. This fall, as a junior, he earned the “C” for one of the most storied programs in the country, the University of Minnesota.

But what makes him captain material? What leadership traits are needed in hockey? Minnesota Hockey sat down with the Gophers’ captain and Eden Prairie Hockey Association alum.

Read more: How to be a leader with Kyle Rau

Five tips to manage school and hockey


By Jessi Pierce
Touchpoint Media

It’s just about that time of year, when along with making sure backpacks are filled with enough pencils and completed homework, hockey bags are stuffed with pads and skates for after-school practices and games.

Balancing homework, practices and games can be a challenge for the kids, and the parents. How do we keep them on task?

Read more: Five tips to manage school and hockey

New team, new focus


By Jessi Pierce
Touchpoint Media

Another year of tryouts is in the books. You prepared, worked hard and put forth your best effort. Regardless of the result, that is all you can do. 

Steve Morse, girls’ varsity coach at Park High School, believes too much fuss can be made about which team a child makes.

“A team that someone makes in hockey or any sport doesn’t define who they are or what they are capable of, hockey-related or otherwise,” says Morse, who is also the Hockey Education Program Coordinator for Minnesota Hockey.

Read more: New team, new focus

Herb Brooks Foundation’s Rink Rats program underway


The 2013-14 season of the Herb Brooks Foundation’s Rink Rats program is underway at eight schools in Minneapolis. The Rink Rat program, held in conjunction with the Minneapolis Public Schools, is dedicated to providing inner-city children the chance to play, learn and love the game of hockey at no cost. Programs are based at Dowling, Hale, Seward, Marcy, Bancroft, Jenny Lind, Hmong International Academy (HIA) and Waite Park Elementary Schools. An estimated 200 kids will be skating in the Rink Rat program this year.

Read more: Herb Brooks Foundation’s Rink Rats program underway