The 2021 CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance Program season will kick off this weekend with the Boys’ and Girls’ HP 16 & 17 Spring Festivals at Plymouth Ice Center and the Ted Brill Great 8 Festival at Doug Woog Arena in South St. Paul.
The CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance programs are designed to identify the best players in Minnesota and to provide the top players from each district or section the chance to play with and against the best players in the state.
“The start of the CCM High Performance season feels extra special this year. These programs play a big role in helping these young players achieve their goals so we’re really grateful to be able to host them again,” said CCM Minnesota Hockey HP Director, Mike MacMillan. “We’re proud of all of these boys and girls for their hard work and resilience over an extremely challenging year and throughout their tremendous careers. We can’t wait for coaches and scouts to be able to see them perform at such a high level.”
All CCM High Performance spring festivals will be streamed live by MNHockey.Tv and can be viewed by purchasing a weekend or Minnesota Hockey pass. Click here to watch now.
CCM High Performance apparel is available through Signature Concepts and must be ordered online by April 30, 2021. Click here to view apparel options.
For over 35 years, the Ted Brill Great 8 Festival has provided the top high school players in Minnesota an opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities to coaches and scouts from junior, collegiate and professional teams.
Organized by the MHCA and Minnesota Hockey, the event features four teams of Senior players, and another four teams, referred to as HP 18’s, determined from Junior players born in 2003. The Senior and HP 18 teams are formed according to paired high school sections (Sections 1 & 3, Sections 2 & 6, Sections 4 & 5 and Sections 7 & 8) and compete in a series of round robin games Friday and Saturday before advancing to the championship round on Sunday.
Rosters and schedules for the Great 8 can be found here.
In addition to representing their high school sections during the Great 8 Festival, players are also evaluated by qualified personnel for the chance to represent Minnesota in the Boys’ CCM National Invitational Tournament which will be held April 22 through 25 in Plymouth, MN. Two teams of 20 players, one HP 18 team and a Senior team, will be selected to compete against the top high school players from Colorado, Michigan, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
The HP 16 & 17 Spring Festivals, which are set to start Friday, April 16, will feature the top boys and girls’ hockey players from Minnesota born in 2004 (HP 17) and 2005 (HP 16). The players will compete on teams representing their high school section (ex: Section 8A/AA) in a standard eight team tournament, with championship games on Sunday, April 18.
The Spring Festivals serve as the first statewide phase in the Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey player evaluation process and are designed to bring together the top players from across the state to showcase their abilities against each other.
Rosters and schedules for the HP 16 & 17 Festivals can be found using the links below:
Following the Spring Festivals, the top 54 boys’ and girls’ players at each age group will will advance to participate in the Final 54 Festivals to be held April 22 – 25, with the boys playing at Plymouth Ice Center and the girls playing at Fogerty Arena in Blaine, MN.
The top players at the Final 54 Festivals will then be chosen to represent Minnesota Hockey at a national festival/camp, sponsored by USA Hockey, where players are evaluated for possible opportunities to represent the United States at advance levels of national and international competition.