The Boys 16 & Boys 17 programs are designed around high school sections instead of Minnesota Hockey districts, as a majority of the players are competing at the high school level. Each section forms one team from the age-appropriate players on their Class A & AA teams (ex: Section 1A/AA).
Players must be nominated by their high school coaches. Then, players are invited to participate in the section tryouts for which high school team they play on (not where they live), where all players are evaluated for the section’s Spring Festival team.
At the Spring Festival on April 16-18, the section teams will compete in three games against the top players from other sections at their age level at Plymouth Ice Center in Plymouth, MN. The top 54 players at each age level will be selected to compete again the following weekend on April 23-25 at the Final 54 Festival in Plymouth, MN.
Then, players will be evaluated during the Final 54 Festival for the opportunity to advance to USA Hockey National Development Camp later in the summer.
Questions on the nomination process or tryout schedule should be directed to the appropriate Section GM.