The Reebok Minnesota Hockey High Performance Programs hit full stride this coming weekend. The Boys and Girls HP 15 Spring Festivals will take place at Braemar Arena in Edina, and the Boys and Girls Final 54/CCM NIT will be held at the Plymouth Ice Center. The Reebok Minnesota Hockey High Performance Programs provide the top players from each district or section a chance to play with and against the best players in the state.
The Reebok Minnesota Hockey High Performance Programs are a prestigious series of tryouts, camps, and festivals that have been designed to identify and develop Minnesota hockey players into the best in the world. These programs are conducted in conjunction with USA Hockey and are referred to as “Select” programs in other parts of the country.
Boys’ and Girls’ HP 15 Spring Festival
The Boys’ and Girls’ HP 15 Spring Festival consist of the top players with a 1998 birth year. This is the only age group that contains players outside of high school teams. Many players come from Bantam and U14 teams, in addition to those from high school rosters.
The festival will be held in a round robin format. The boys’ teams will have three pools of four teams, based on the results of the seeding games played last weekend. The girls’ teams will play games out of two divisions of five teams.
A team of knowledgeable coaches and scouts will evaluate all participants, consult with team coaches and select the top 102 players for participation in the Reebok Minnesota Hockey High Performance Summer 15 Festival in St. Cloud, MN. The top players from the Summer Festival are selected to represent Minnesota Hockey at a national festival/camp, sponsored by USA Hockey.
Boys’ and Girls’ HP 16 &17 Final 54
The Boys’ and Girls’ HP 16 & 17 Spring Festivals took place this past weekend. Each high school section brought a team of 20 players to compete against the top players from every section. Now, that group of 160 players has been cut down to the top 54 from across the state.
At the end of the Final 54, the top players will be selected to represent Minnesota Hockey at a national festival/camp, sponsored by USA Hockey, which involves the best players from each of the USAH districts. The national festivals/camps are used by USAH to identify the top performers in each age group for possible opportunities to represent the U.S.A. at advanced levels of national and international hockey competition.
It has been over a month since the top boys’ and girls’ high school seniors and 18U teams were on the ice together, but the players are ready to go this weekend for the CCM High School National Invitational Tournament. With scouts filling the stands and an opportunity to represent their home state, the action is sure to be fast paced and intense.
“Many high school players have the potential to play at the next level after their high school career is over,” said Mike MacMillan, Executive Director of the Minnesota High School Coaches Association. “This tournament will give these young men and women a chance to showcase their abilities in front of scouts from the NHL, NCAA and junior leagues.”
Two Minnesota teams will participate in the tournament against the top high schools players from Massachusetts, Michigan, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The Minnesota Seniors were selected from the Ted Brill Great 8 and will be led by Ken Pauly, Head Coach of Benilde St. Margaret High School. The Minnesota 18U team is composed of high school juniors that are too old to compete in the HP 17 program and were chosen during the HP 18 HS Festival.
The girls’ tournament field includes teams from North Dakota, Wisconsin, Northern Plains, and two Minnesota teams. The Minnesota Seniors team was selected from players participating in the High School Senior Classic, and a Minnesota 18U team has been chosen from players who were part of the HP 17 program who are Juniors and too old for the HP program this year.