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Modifications For CCM High Performance Tier 1 Leagues Announced

By Minnesota Hockey, 04/09/19, 2:00PM CDT


Participation in NAHL Showcase Added, Roster Sizes Reduced to 17, Game Count Increased

St. Paul, MN – April 9, 2019 – Minnesota Hockey has announced the game and event schedule for the 2019 CCM High Performance Tier 1 Fall League. Several enhancements will be implemented this year, which will mark the fourth year of Minnesota Hockey’s Tier 1 Fall League. TRIA Orthopaedic, UBS Financial and Jimmy John’s will be the presenting sponsors of the Youth 14U, Girls 14U, Youth 15 and Youth 16 Leagues this season.

The TRIA Tier 1 Training Camp will kick off the season following team tryouts and will take place August 9-11 at the TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center in downtown St. Paul, and will allow participants an on-ice and off-ice training experience complete with dryland training, skill work, health and nutrition education, Fusionetics movement screening/education and TRIA Concussion Program and baseline ImPACT testing events.

Two more games have been added to the schedule for the season, guaranteeing each team a minimum of 17 games. Competitive regular season weekends for 14’s and 15’s will begin August 23 – 25 and host sites will include Blaine, Brainerd, Burnsville, Minnetonka, Moorhead, Plymouth, and Shakopee. The Minnesota District Playoff weekend will take place at Plymouth Ice Center the weekend of October 5-6. The playoffs for Youth 16, Youth 18 and Girls 19 classifications are to be determined.

Another modification includes reducing Tier 1 rosters at the 14U and 15 levels to 17 players (15 skaters and two goalies) to allow for additional ice time, development and opportunities for players to play in all situations.

This year’s format will consist of four regular season competition weekends, including teams from the Youth 14U, Youth 15 and Youth 16U classifications participating against national Tier 1 competition during the NAHL Showcase in Blaine the weekend of September 20-22. The Tier 1 Fall League Playoffs will also return in 2019 with competition being held at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine the weekend of September 27-29.

Registration for the Tier 1 15 (2004 birth year) and 14U (2005 & 2006 birth years) Fall Leagues will open on Wednesday, April 10. Teams will be comprised of players from Minnesota Hockey Districts and will begin the tryout process late June and early July. At the Youth 14U and 15 level, all players that participate in the Spring Festivals will be scouted by Tier 1 evaluators, and the 30 players at the Youth 15 age group that qualify for the USA Hockey Summer Development Camps will be granted automatic placement on their District team in the Fall.

Minnesota Hockey’s Tier 1 structure was established in 2016 to enhance Minnesota’s community-based association and high school model by bringing together the most talented players from all over Minnesota for high-quality training, player development and highly competitive League play as well as providing a path to compete in the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championships. The League schedule is designed to allow participants to play for their association or high school team.

Last year, the CCM High Performance Tier 1 Leagues included 29 teams between the Youth 14U, Youth 15, Youth 16U and Girls 14U classifications.

Two teams from the 2018 CCM High Performance Tier 1 Leagues represented Minnesota at the 2019 USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championships last week. The Green Giants of District 10, the 2018 National Champions, fell in the National semifinals of the Girls 14U Tier 1 National Championship in Irvine, Calif. The Green Giants Youth 15 team was in Plymouth, Mich. and posted a 1-2-0 record in pool play.

Dates Youth 14U Youth 15 Girls 14U
August 23-25 Burnsville Burnsville Minnetonka
Sept. 6-8 Blaine (Fogerty) Blaine (Fogerty) Shakopee
Sept. 13-15 Moorhead Moorhead Blaine
Sept. 20-22 NAHL Showcase (Blaine) NAHL Showcase (Blaine) Brainerd
Sept. 27-29 (League Playoffs) Blaine (Super Rink) Blaine (Super Rink) Blaine (Super Rink)
Oct. 5-6 (MN District Playoff) Plymouth Plymouth Plymouth

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