St. Paul, MN – March 18, 2013 – Minnesota Hockey, in conjunction with Reebok and the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association, announced today the kickoff of the High Performance season. The Reebok Minnesota Hockey High Performance 15, 16, 17 & 18 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 action kicks off this weekend with the Ted Brill Great 8 being held at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul beginning Friday. For over 30 years, this event has provided high school seniors the opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities to coaches and scouts from junior, collegiate and professional teams. Rosters and schedules for the Great 8 can be found on here. Information on the 18U Festival can be found here.
The three-day tournament has expanded from two region teams (outstate & metro) to eight teams that represent the Minnesota State High School League’s (MSHSL) eight sections. Seniors from Class A and Class AA teams in each section are selected by the coaches. Each coach has the ability to nominate players, and a vote is held to determine the 17 player roster made up of two goalies, six defensemen and nine forwards.
“We’re thrilled to begin another spring and summer filled with showcasing the best high school hockey players our state has to offer,” said High Performance Director, Mike MacMillan. “The Ted Brill Great 8 is the best way to start it off, recognizing these senior players for their hard work and growth over their tremendous careers. This event is a testament to their abilities and a way for them to impress the coaches and scouts at the next levels of hockey.”
Organized by the Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Association and Minnesota Hockey, the Ted Brill Great 8 is designated as a national development program by USA Hockey. Players are evaluated by qualified personnel, and 20 players are selected to represent Minnesota in the Boys’ CCM National Invitational Tournament April 25 through 28 in Plymouth, MN.
Reebok Minnesota Hockey High Performance events for the top hockey players will continue throughout the spring and summer:
|Reebok Ted Brill Great 8 & 18U Festival||March 22-24||Wakota Arena - South St. Paul|
|Reebok HP 16 & 17 Festival||April 19-21||Plymouth Ice Center - Plymouth|
|Reebok HP Final 54/CCM NIT||April 25-28||Plymouth Ice Center - Plymouth|
|Reebok HP 15 Festival||April 25-28||Braemar Arena - Edina|
|Reebok HP Summer Boys Camp||June 8-13||National Sports Center - St. Cloud|
|Reebok HP 15 Summer Girls Camp||June 15-20||National Sports Center - St. Cloud|
|Reebok HP Herb Brooks Foundation National Prep Camp||July 8-11||Schwan Super Rink - Blaine|
|Reebok Dave Peterson Goalie Camp||July 25-28||Schwan Super Rink - Blaine|
|Reebok HP 14/15 Fall Festival||September 27-29||Braemar Arena - Edina|