A total of 17 teams, seven youth and ten girls’ teams, from Minnesota are set to participate in the USA Hockey Tier I and Tier II National Championships starting Wednesday at locations across the country.
The Youth Tier I Nationals will begin on Wednesday, April 28, with Youth Tier I 14U and 15 Only classifications competing in Dallas, TX and Youth Tier I 16U and 18U taking place in Maryland Heights, MO. The Blue Ox, champions of the HP Fall Tier I League and Minnesota District Playoff at the 15 Only level, will compete in Dallas after earning their third trip in four years to USA Hockey’s Nationals. Shattuck-St. Mary’s will send a team to compete in all four Youth Tier I classifications.
On Thursday, April 29, the rest of the Tier I and Tier II National Championships will begin. Six teams from Minnesota will participate in the Girls Tier I tournament in West Chester, PA. Three teams from the Girls 14U HP Tier I League will compete at Nationals including the Minnesota District champion Green Giants, the Lakers, who won the League Playoffs, and the Walleye. Shattuck-St. Mary’s will send teams at the 16U and 19U levels, and the Girls Elite League Vegas team will compete at 16U after winning the Minnesota District final 7-2.
Four teams from the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association’s (MGHCA) Premier Prep League will compete at the Girls Tier II Nationals in Denver, CO, starting on April 29. Premier Prep Orange and Vegas will participate at the 16U classification and the Black and White teams will compete at 19U.
In addition, two teams will compete in Youth Tier II National. The inaugural HP Prospects League champion Walleye will participate in the Youth 14U Tier II event in Dallas, TX, and HP Fall 18U League champion Moose return to Youth 18U Tier II Nationals in Green Bay, WI, after finishing as the runner-up in 2019.
Three Minnesota teams participated in the 2021 USA Hockey High School National Championships, which began April 15, led by Premier Prep Forest of the MGHCA who won the Girl High School division championship. For results from High School Nationals, click here.
USA Hockey, in conjunction with HockeyTV, will stream all the action from the National Championships online. Games are available live and on-demand by visiting USAHockey.HockeyTV.com, creating an account and purchasing a subscription.
Initial schedules for all 17 teams are listed below. For the latest results, stats, standings and brackets, follow the appropriate links below or visit Nationals.USAHockey.com. Fans can also follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the #USAHNationals hashtag.
Minnesota Hockey’s Tier I structure and the CCM High Performance Tier I Leagues were 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 highly competitive League play and providing a path to compete in the USA Hockey Tier I National Championships.
Registration for the 2021 Tier I 16U (2005 birth year), 15 (2006 birth year) and 14U (2007 & 2008 birth years) Fall Leagues will open May 10th following the conclusion of the USA Hockey National Championships.