St. Paul, MN – April 5, 2022 – Minnesota Hockey today announced the registration, tryout and competition schedules for the 2022 CCM High Performance Tier I Fall Leagues. TRIA Orthopaedic and UBS Financial will be the presenting sponsors of the Youth 14U, Girls 14U, Youth 15 and Youth 16U Tier I Leagues, Youth 14U and Girls 14U Prospects Leagues, and Youth 18U Fall League this season.
Registration for the Youth 18U (2004 & 2005 birth years), Tier I 16U (2006), Tier I 15 (2007) and Tier I 14U (2008 & 2009) Fall Leagues are now open. Teams will be comprised of players from Minnesota Hockey Districts, except at the 16U and 18U levels which will go by high school boundaries. The tryout processes will begin as early as May 7-9, depending on the league.
Competitive regular season weekends for 14’s and 15’s, for the Tier I and Prospects Leagues, will begin in August and go through September. League playoffs are scheduled for September 30-October 2, and the Minnesota District Playoffs will take place the weekend of October 8-9.
The Youth Tier I 16U and Youth 18U Leagues will begin their league schedules August 20-21 and host their league playoff on October 29-30. The winner of the Youth 18U League Playoff will advance to the USA Hockey Youth Tier II National Championships. Minnesota District Playoffs for the Youth Tier I 16U classification are to be determined.
All teams from the Youth 14U, Youth 15 and Youth 16U Tier I classifications and the Youth 18U Fall League are scheduled to compete against national Tier I competition during the NAHL Showcase in Blaine the weekend of September 15-18. Girls Tier I 14U teams will participate in a National Invitational Tournament in Andover, MN on Oct. 21-23. In addition, the Youth 14U and Youth 15 leagues are set to form select teams to participate in the USHL Fall Classic in Pittsburgh, Penn., and the Girls 14U league will send two select teams to the CYA Summer Invitational in Palatine, Ill.
The Prospects Youth 14U league, which has grown to nine teams, will once again offer players not selected for 14U Tier I teams with an opportunity to train and compete with each other in a fall league. New this season, Minnesota Hockey will be launching a Prospects Girls 14U League which, similar to the Youth 14U league, will mirror the Girls 14U Tier I League dates and locations.
Four teams from the 2021 CCM High Performance Fall Leagues represented Minnesota at the 2022 USA Hockey National Championships. The Green Giants of District 10 won the USA Hockey Girls Tier I 14U National Championship with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Mission, claiming their second national title (2018). The Lakers of District 6 also competed in Girls Tier I 14U Nationals and went 3-0 in pool play before falling in the quarterfinals. The Grey Ducks (Youth 18U) and Green Giants (Youth 14U Prospects) represented the leagues at the Youth Tier II National Championships, going 2-1 and 1-2 in pool play, respectively.
Minnesota Hockey’s Tier 1 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 1 National Championships. The League schedule is designed to allow participants to play for their association or high school team.
|Date||Youth 14U/Prospects||Girls 14U/Prospects||Youth 15||Youth 16U||Youth 18U|
|Aug. 12-14||Minneapolis & St. Paul||See Team Schedule||See Team Schedule||Training Camp||Training Camp|
|Aug. 19-21||See Team Schedule||CYA Invitational||South St. Paul||Rosemount||Lakeville|
|Aug. 26-28||Plymouth||Blaine||South St. Paul||Shakopee||Lakeville|
|Sept. 9-11||Moorhead||Blaine||Brainerd||St. Cloud||St. Cloud|
|Sept. 15-18||Blaine (NAHL Showcase) / Plymouth||Brainerd||Blaine (NAHL Showcase)||Blaine (NAHL Showcase)||Blaine (NAHL Showcase)|
|Sep. 22-25||USHL Fall Classic||See Team Schedule||USHL Fall Classic||Prior Lake||Moorhead|
|Sept. 30-Oct. 2 (14U & 15 MN League Playoffs)||Blaine||Blaine||Blaine||Prior Lake||TBD|
|Oct. 8-9 (14U & 15 MN District Playoffs)||Plymouth||Plymouth||Plymouth||St. Louis Park/ Burnsville||Lakeville|
|Oct. 15-16||N/A||N/A||N/A||St. Louis Park/ Burnsville||TBD|
|Oct. 29-30 (16U & 18U League Playoffs)||N/A||N/A||N/A||Minneapolis||TBD|