UMD’s Hughes honored with Hockey Humanitarian Award

TAMPA, Fla. – After being a two-time top-three finalist, Minnesota Duluth’s Gabbie Hughes has been honored with the 2023 Hockey Humanitarian Award for her impactful work with Sophie’s Squad. In the award’s 28th season, the Hockey Humanitarian Award is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen – a student-athlete that makes significant contributions not only […]

St. Thomas announces new home for Tommies Hockey

In Jan. the University of St. Thomas announced they received a record $75 million donation from a private donor that is going towards building a multi-sport and multi-use, on-campus arena. This new facility will host Tommies hockey and basketball, commencement ceremonies, academic convocations, speakers, career fairs, and other events for the university and the community. […]

From the State of Hockey: The unique background and story of Alex “The Lyon King” Lyon.

The early life of Alex Lyon is not one you hear all too often when referring to someone on an NHL roster. Lyon grew up on an island in Baudette Minn. for the first seven years, with his parents and older sister. His parents managed a fishing lodge on the island, which forced Alex’s sister […]

From the State of Hockey: The Rise of Lakeville’s Jake Oettinger

Minnesota is known as the ‘State of Hockey’ for good reason. This state has produced countless NHL players and is home to numerous Division 1 college hockey programs. But despite the abundance of talent that the state has produced, there is one position that has been less represented than the others: goaltending. That’s what makes […]

Minnesota’s Top NHL Scorers

New York Islanders All-Star Brock Nelson was this season’s Minnesota’s top NHL scorer Nelson, a 2010 Mr. Hockey finalist representing Warroad had a career year scoring 36 goals and 39 assists for 75 points. He is one of two Minnesotans to finish in the NHL’s top 50 scorers this season. The other player in the top […]

A new beginning for women’s professional hockey

A single professional women’s hockey league could finally be on the horizon in North America. After years of division between two leagues, it looks as if one league will soon be a reality.  The Professional Hockey Federation (PHF) and the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association (PWHPA) announced a merger Friday, June 30. The intent is […]

Six keys to improve skating speed & efficiency

Efficient high-end speed is highly trainable. Every year, some players dominate in the regular season, but not in the playoffs when the pace is faster. The difference is efficient high-end speed, and it’s highly trainable. 1. Longer skating strides = wider strides. At high speeds, you cannot lengthen your stride straight backward because your feet would […]

Skillful hockey is much more than skill practice

We’d be foolish to think that ADM advice about practices dedicated to skills is THE ANSWER to developing skillful hockey. It’s only a small part of the project. If we want the next generation of young hockey players to play a more skillful, safer game, adults (coaches, parents, and referees) will have to make major […]

The movement that distinguishes skating from sprinting

Hip abduction-rotation-extension (A-R-E) Using the largest muscles in the body (gluteal muscles of the hips), the power for every skating stride (except cornering) begins with hip abduction-rotation-extension (A-R-E).  In simpler terms, this means thrusting to the side while rotating toward the next stride, and finally extending almost straight back as you move past the ice. […]