Youth

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Look at me! How to stand out at tryouts

 

By Jessi Pierce

The excitement of the coming hockey season can sometimes be tempered by the anxiety and tension that surrounds tryouts. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Whether you’re going out for the varsity squad or hoping to make that Squirt team, there are subtle things you can do to make sure you get noticed by the coaches during tryouts.

We sat down with Minnesota Hockey Coach-In-Chief Christian Koelling to gain his insight on how players can make tryouts a less stressful and more enjoyable time of year.

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