The 2019 CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance Program season will kick off this weekend with the Boys’ and Girls’ HP 16 & 17 Spring Festivals at Plymouth Ice Center. The CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance programs are designed to identify the best players in Minnesota and to provide the top players from each district or section the chance to play with and against the best players in the state.
The HP 16 & 17 Spring Festivals start Friday and will wrap up with championship games on Sunday. Players participating in the event will play on teams representing their high school section (ex: Section 8A/AA) in a standard eight team tournament.
“Reaching this stage of the High Performance evaluation process is a terrific accomplishment for these players, and it’s a great opportunity for them to take the next step in their development,” said High Performance Director, Mike MacMillan. “We are so proud of all of these boys and girls as they continue to show why Minnesota continues to produce the most college hockey players in the country.”
All participants will be evaluated throughout the festival. Then, the top 54 boys’ and girls’ players at the HP 16 (2003 birth year) and HP 17 (2002) levels will be selected based on their individual performance in the festivals. Chosen players will advance to participate in the Final 54 Festivals to be held April 26 – 28 with the boys playing at Plymouth Ice Center and the girls playing at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, MN.
The top players at the Final 54 Festivals will be chosen to represent Minnesota Hockey at a national festival/camp, sponsored by USA Hockey. The national camp will involve the top players from each of the USA Hockey districts and will be used to identify the top performers in each age group for possible opportunities to represent the United States at advance levels of national and international competition.
Rosters and schedules for the HP 16 & 17 Festivals can be found using the links below: