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47 Associations Recognized for Growth Efforts

By Minnesota Hockey, 06/21/16, 4:45PM CDT

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USA Hockey has announced that 47 youth hockey associations in Minnesota completed the 2 & 2 Challenge during the 2015-16 season and 41 of those associations achieved Gold status.  The 2 & 2 Challenge is a national program that encourages associations to host a series of retention, acquisition and transition programs over the course of the season with the goal of growing youth hockey.

The continued dedication of Minnesota's youth hockey associations to growing the game at youngest levels has led to a third consecutive year of growth and new state and national records at the 8 & Under (8U) level.  The holistic approach taken by 2 & 2 Challenge participants helped Minnesota set a record with 6,918 first time players, while also increasing the number of retained players for the second straight year.

The program has also played a prominent role in supporting associations in their efforts to grow girls’ hockey. There were 14 of this year’s 2 & 2 Challenge participants who hosted an event in coordination with World Girls’ Hockey Weekend and several others organized girls’ specific events. Together, these efforts helped Minnesota set a new Girls 8U record for the second year in a row, surpassing 4,000 girls for the first time ever.

The 2 and 2 Challenge was launched in 2010 by USA Hockey with the goal of assisting associations in retaining two additional players and acquiring two more players each season.  During the challenge, associations are required to host a series of events and programs that facilitate the three primary areas of growth: retention, acquisition and conversion.

The first event is Welcome Back Week which includes a series of phone calls and emails that aid associations' player retention efforts. Then, Try Hockey for Free Days are held in early November and late February to assist in acquiring new players. Finally, conversion programs are hosted following the Try Hockey for Free Days to ease the transition for those new players into becoming full-fledged association members.

For complete details on the program, visit 2and2challenge.com.   Then, accept the 2 and 2 Challenge for the 2016-17 season and see how your association can reap the rewards on and off the ice!

2 & 2 STATUS ASSOCIATION
GOLD ANDOVER HUSKIES YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD ANOKA AREA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD APPLE VALLEY YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD ARMSTRONG/COOPER
GOLD BECKER/BIG LAKE YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD BEMIDJI YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD BRAINERD AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD BURNSVILLE HOCKEY CLUB
GOLD CHASKA/CHANHASSEN HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD CITY OF LAKES YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD DELANO AREA YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD EAGAN HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD EDEN PRAIRIE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD EDGCUMBE YOUTH HOCKEY
GOLD FARIBAULT HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD FARMINGTON YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD FERGUS FALLS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD FOREST LAKE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD INVER GROVE HEIGHTS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD JEFFERSON YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD KENNEDY HOCKEY BOOSTER CLUB
GOLD LACRESCENT YOUTH HOCKEY
GOLD LITTLE FALLS YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD MORA AREA YOUTH RECREATION ASSOCIATION
GOLD MOUND/WESTONKA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD MOUNDS VIEW YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD NORTHFIELD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD ORONO HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD OSSEO/MAPLE GROVE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD PARK RAPIDS AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD PRINCETON YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD RIVER LAKES HOCKEY INC
GOLD ROSEVILLE AREA YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD SARTELL YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD SIBLEY AREA YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD SOUTH ST PAUL YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD ST MICHAEL/ALBERTVILLE YOUTH HOCKEY
GOLD ST PETER HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD TARTAN AREA YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD TWO HARBORS YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD WASECA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
SILVER EASTVIEW HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
BRONZE DULUTH AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
BRONZE ELY BLUE LINE CLUB
BRONZE HALLOCK HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
BRONZE NORTHERN LAKES YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
BRONZE ST PAUL CAPITALS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

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USA Hockey has announced that 47 youth hockey associations in Minnesota completed the 2 & 2 Challenge during the 2015-16 season and 41 of those associations achieved Gold status.  The 2 & 2 Challenge is a national program that encourages associations to host a series of retention, acquisition and transition programs over the course of the season with the goal of growing youth hockey.

The continued dedication of Minnesota's youth hockey associations to growing the game at youngest levels has led to a third consecutive year of growth and new state and national records at the 8 & Under (8U) level.  The holistic approach taken by 2 & 2 Challenge participants helped Minnesota set a record with 6,918 first time players, while also increasing the number of retained players for the second straight year.

The program has also played a prominent role in supporting associations in their efforts to grow girls’ hockey. There were 14 of this year’s 2 & 2 Challenge participants who hosted an event in coordination with World Girls’ Hockey Weekend and several others organized girls’ specific events. Together, these efforts helped Minnesota set a new Girls 8U record for the second year in a row, surpassing 4,000 girls for the first time ever.

The 2 and 2 Challenge was launched in 2010 by USA Hockey with the goal of assisting associations in retaining two additional players and acquiring two more players each season.  During the challenge, associations are required to host a series of events and programs that facilitate the three primary areas of growth: retention, acquisition and conversion.

The first event is Welcome Back Week which includes a series of phone calls and emails that aid associations' player retention efforts. Then, Try Hockey for Free Days are held in early November and late February to assist in acquiring new players. Finally, conversion programs are hosted following the Try Hockey for Free Days to ease the transition for those new players into becoming full-fledged association members.

For complete details on the program, visit 2and2challenge.com.   Then, accept the 2 and 2 Challenge for the 2016-17 season and see how your association can reap the rewards on and off the ice!

2 & 2 STATUS ASSOCIATION
GOLD ANDOVER HUSKIES YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD ANOKA AREA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD APPLE VALLEY YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD ARMSTRONG/COOPER
GOLD BECKER/BIG LAKE YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD BEMIDJI YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD BRAINERD AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD BURNSVILLE HOCKEY CLUB
GOLD CHASKA/CHANHASSEN HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD CITY OF LAKES YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD DELANO AREA YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD EAGAN HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD EDEN PRAIRIE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD EDGCUMBE YOUTH HOCKEY
GOLD FARIBAULT HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD FARMINGTON YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD FERGUS FALLS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD FOREST LAKE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD INVER GROVE HEIGHTS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD JEFFERSON YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD KENNEDY HOCKEY BOOSTER CLUB
GOLD LACRESCENT YOUTH HOCKEY
GOLD LITTLE FALLS YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD MORA AREA YOUTH RECREATION ASSOCIATION
GOLD MOUND/WESTONKA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD MOUNDS VIEW YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD NORTHFIELD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD ORONO HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD OSSEO/MAPLE GROVE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD PARK RAPIDS AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD PRINCETON YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD RIVER LAKES HOCKEY INC
GOLD ROSEVILLE AREA YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD SARTELL YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD SIBLEY AREA YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD SOUTH ST PAUL YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD ST MICHAEL/ALBERTVILLE YOUTH HOCKEY
GOLD ST PETER HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD TARTAN AREA YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD TWO HARBORS YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
GOLD WASECA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
SILVER EASTVIEW HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
BRONZE DULUTH AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
BRONZE ELY BLUE LINE CLUB
BRONZE HALLOCK HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
BRONZE NORTHERN LAKES YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
BRONZE ST PAUL CAPITALS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

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