Tag Archives: Youth Hockey

The Playing Time Illusion

“I wish we had a scoresheet for character in athletics” by Dan Bauer In 1971, the legendary John Wooden was trying to recruit a six-foot-eleven-inch junior college player to transfer to UCLA.   “I’m going to make you two promises,” said John Wooden, “One, you’ll probably never ever get off the bench.” Not exactly a positive […]

Registration is now open for 2024 Futures Development Program participants

Futures Development Program Now Open St. Paul, MN – November 30, 2023 – Minnesota Hockey announced today the opening of registration for the Spring 2024 Futures Development Program. Building on the success of last year’s 13U Futures Development Program, Minnesota Hockey will again facilitate a 13U program (for 2011 and 2012 birth years) as well […]

Carbone’s Pizza Youth Spotlight: Woodbury Black Bantam B1

Hard-working squad off to 7-0-1 start The Woodbury Black Bantam B 1 squad is off to a hot start this season going 7-0-1 out of the gate, playing both ends of the ice well, and competing at a high intensity level. Each week we will choose a Carbone’s Pizza Youth Spotlight Team. Each team chosen […]

Minnesota Hockey Announces 2024 State Tournament Locations

10 Locations Will Host 14 State Tournaments; Region Tournament Sites Also Released St. Paul, MN – October 5, 2023 – Minnesota Hockey today announced the host sites for the 2024 Minnesota Hockey State and Region Tournaments. The State Tournament host sites will be IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids (Bantam AA), Iron Trail Motors Event […]

Minnesota District Tier I & Tier II Championships Set for This Weekend

Semifinal and Final Games at Plymouth Ice Center will be Streamed Live by MNHockey.TV St. Paul, MN – October 2, 2023 – The Minnesota Tier I and Tier II District playoffs for berths in the 2024 USA Hockey National Championships in April will kick off this weekend with semifinal action at the Plymouth Ice Center […]

Heart to Heart

Austin Dwyer is the recipient of the 2023 Patrick Schoonover Award By Bryan Zollman Austin Dwyer was seven years old when Patrick Schoonover collapsed and died at age 14 on the ice during a bantam hockey game. Both were playing in the Eastview Hockey Association. Aaron Dwyer, Austin’s dad, was on the Eastview Hockey Board […]

Officially Speaking: The Hand pass and Analytical Greatness

By Mark Lichtenfeld Most people reading this column could care less about the nuances of officiating. What they really want is to peruse the OS analysis about various issues and important matters which will help them and/or their kids negotiate their respective ways to successful careers. This is where OS excels. By utilizing the finer […]


There’s something about amateur hockey that often brings out the worst in anybody. This includes coaches, scorekeepers, and yup, USA Hockey. Let’s start with the governing body. USA Hockey publishes a weekly educational piece online called Ask the Official. As many of you readers know, it poses allegedly submitted questions, and then USA Hockey provides […]