Minnesota Hockey today released the rosters for the 2019 CCM High Performance Tier I Leagues, which will open their seasons starting August 17. 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.
Competitive regular season weekends for the Youth 16 League start this Saturday, August 17, and the 14’s and 15’s will begin August 23 – 25. Host sites will include Blaine, Brainerd, Burnsville, Grand Rapids, Minnetonka, Moorhead, Plymouth, St. Cloud and Shakopee.
“We are excited to be kicking off the 2019 season of Minnesota Hockey’s Tier I Leagues,” said CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance director, Mike MacMillan. “Not only do the Leagues continue to provide great a mix of local competition and outstanding development, but as the Green Giant Girls 14U have shown, the Leagues also feature many of the state’s and country’s best players. This season we are launching several enhancements including additional games, smaller rosters and opportunities for our teams to play against Tier I teams from across the country.”
The Girls 14U and Youth 14U Leagues will once again have eight teams, and the Youth 15 League will remain at seven teams. Team North Dakota, Team Wisconsin and New Jersey Hitmen will also compete during various weekends, in addition to the Youth 14U and Youth 15 teams participating the North American Hockey League (NAHL) Showcase being held September 20-22 in Blaine. In addition, a team of the top players in the Youth 15 League will participate in the USHL Fall Classic at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, PA from September 26 to 29.
The Tier I 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 (Youth 14U and Girls 14U) and October 4-6 (Youth 15).
Rosters for each age classification can be found here:
The Minnesota District Playoff weekend will be held on October 5-6 (Youth 14U & Girls 14U), October 12-13 (Youth 15) and November 2 (Youth 16U). The playoffs for Youth 18U, Girls 16U and Girls 19U classifications will be announced in September. The champions of the Minnesota District Playoffs will advance to represent Minnesota at the 2020 USA Hockey National Championships.
Two teams from the CCM High Performance Tier I Leagues represented Minnesota at the 2019 USA Hockey Tier I National Championships. The Green Giants of District 10, the 2018 National Champions, fell in the National semifinals of the Girls 14U Tier I National Championship in Irvine, Calif. The Green Giants Youth 15 team made its second appearance in three year at Nationals and posted a 1-2 record in pool play.
Minnesota Hockey’s Tier I 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 I National Championships. The League schedule is designed to allow participants to play for their association or high school team.
For more details on Tier I hockey in Minnesota, click here.