Minnesota Hockey, in partnership with Rink Systems, Inc., will continue to offer the Minnesota Hockey Hard Ice Divider Subsidy Program through the summer of 2019. The partnership will also allow for associations that purchase hard ice dividers through the program to purchase junior size goal frames at a discounted rate. Both the dividers and the goal frames have been instrumental in the growth of cross and half ice games across the country as more and more youth programs have embraced age appropriate skill development.
Through this partnership, Minnesota Hockey will once again be able to offer a $2,500 subsidy to Minnesota Hockey affiliated associations that register to purchase a “hard divider” system. As was the case the past five seasons, Minnesota Hockey associations will be able to purchase a set of boards, valued at $7,900, for just $5,400. Associations that take advantage of the hard ice divider subsidy will also be able to purchase the junior goal frames at the following prices: two goal frames for $440, four goal frames for $880 or six goal frames for $1,320.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with how successful the partnership with Rink Systems and the number of associations that have utilized the subsidy,” said Dave Margenau, President of Minnesota Hockey. “To see nearly half of our associations take advantage of the program and use the boards to host cross and half ice tournaments at the Mite/8U Girls level is exciting. The boards offer a realistic playing experience for the kids and the fans while promoting small area games and practices.”
Not only a major component of player development through age appropriate skill development, cross and half-ice hockey provides a more efficient way to use ice time and space. Most importantly, the smaller playing surface gives children a greater sense of enjoyment when playing hockey. Cross and half-ice hockey allows players to increase the number of times they touch the puck, their puck possession time and overall speed in playing situations – all of which translate into quicker development of individual skills and a passion for the game.