With postseason play beginning this past weekend, we are officially in the final weeks of the Minnesota Hockey season. This has been a tumultuous year for all of our members. Through it all, players, parents, coaches, officials and volunteers have made extraordinary sacrifices to adhere to safety measures and limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible.
These sacrifices meant inconveniences for many, as well as missing out on the aspects of hockey that are most special like team gatherings and off-ice activities. It also meant a pause on hockey for seven weeks in the middle of the season.
We can’t thank everyone involved enough for all of their diligence and patience through everything!
As the saying goes, it’s not over until the final buzzer sounds. Minnesota Hockey’s goal for the past six months has been to see this season through to the end, and that goal, including the State Tournaments on the weekend of March 26-28, is within reach. Our teams and players at all levels have earned that right to see their seasons through to the end. With growing concern of COVID-19 variants in Minnesota, it is incumbent on everyone to do what we can to cross the finish line.
A lot has been asked of you this year, but we want to make one final ask for these last three weeks. That is to please do everything you can to keep our game going for the kids. This means:
End of the season tournaments are a highlight of the season for every Minnesota Hockey player, and District Tournaments, End-of-season festivals and Region and State Tournaments are highlights of many players’ entire youth hockey experience. Every player that has earned the right to be there should get that chance. Please do everything you can to help them get there.