Minnesota Hockey today released the rosters for the 2020 CCM High Performance Tier I Leagues, which opened their season with TRIA Training Camp this past weekend. TRIA Orthopaedic, UBS Financial and Jimmy John’s will again 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 15, and the 14’s and 15’s will begin August 28 – 30. Host sites will include Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd, Moorhead, Plymouth, Prior Lake, South St. Paul, St. Cloud, St. Louis Park and Woodbury. Given the evolving and uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, all CCM HP Tier I League events are subject to change according to city, state and national regulations and developments.
“We are excited to be kicking off the 2020 season of Minnesota Hockey’s Tier I Leagues,” said CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance director, Mike MacMillan. “It’s very clear our members have a strong desire to return to the rink and resume training and competition as we set record tryout numbers for each of our leagues. As the first Minnesota Hockey league to resume play, we’re committed to setting a high standard in terms of our COVID-19 plan and protocols to make sure we do so in as safe an environment as possible.”
The Tier I Fall League Playoffs for the 14U and 15 levels will be held at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine the weekend of October 2-4. The Youth 16U League will host its League Playoffs on October 31-November 1.
Rosters for each age classification can be found here:
The Minnesota District Playoff weekend for the Girls 14U, Youth 14U and Youth 15 age groups will be held on October 10-11 at Plymouth Ice Center. The playoff dates and locations for Youth 16U, 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 2021 USA Hockey National Championships.
Three teams from the 2019 CCM High Performance Tier 1 Leagues were set to represent Minnesota at USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championships, prior to the onset of the pandemic. The Lakers of District 6 and Walleye from District 3 qualified for the Girls 14U Tier 1 National Championship, and the Blue Ox Youth 15 team advanced to the Youth 15 Tier 1 National Championships.
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.