Minnesota Hockey, in partnership with Park Dental, announced today the topic for the 2019 Minnesota Hockey Essay Contest. Once again, Park Dental will be the presenting partner of the essay contest, which is an annual tradition that encourages players to express their thoughts on what makes youth hockey in Minnesota a fun, unique and positive environment.
All registered Minnesota Hockey participants are encouraged to enter the contest by completing the following: “I Am Thankful I Play Hockey For [Home Association] Because…”
The top three essays, as selected by the Essay Committee, will be featured during the Fox Sports North broadcast of Hockey Day Minnesota on January 18, 2020. All three finalists will also be featured in Let’s Play Hockey magazine and have an opportunity to attend a Minnesota Wild home game this season. The contest winner will be selected among the three finalists and will receive a “Dream Day” experience on a Minnesota Wild gameday during the 2020-21 season. The “Dream Day” includes attending a Minnesota Wild morning skate, an hour of ice time at Xcel Energy Center and a group suite at a Wild game later that night.
Minnesota Hockey is dedicated to creating a positive experience so that all participants enjoy, excel and develop a lifelong passion for ice hockey.
“Hockey is a part of the culture in Minnesota and all of us that are involved in it are thankful that we are a part of something so special,” said Steve Oleheiser, Minnesota Hockey President. “We hope that our young players feel the same way, and we are excited to see the submissions that illustrate that feeling.”
The winner of the 2018 Minnesota Hockey Essay Contest was Nikolai Kaliszewski, a Mite player in the Duluth Woodland Youth Hockey association. Nikolai and his friends and teammates got to experience his “Dream Day” on Sunday, October 20 when the Minnesota Wild faced the Montreal Canadiens. Nikolai’s winning submission from last year can be found here.
Submissions will be accepted from October 22 through November 25. Original essays should be limited to 250 words or less, and should include the child’s name, hockey association, team/classification, address, phone number and email address. Submissions can be sent to:
Attn: Essay Contest
317 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102