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HP 14/15 Program Kicks Off with District Tryouts

By Minnesota Hockey, 04/15/14, 12:00PM CDT

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The 2014 Reebok Minnesota Hockey High Performance 14/15 Program is underway.  Players can begin registering for district tryouts which are coming soon. Designed for players born in 2000-2001, the program will provide players with the opportunity to train and compete against the best players in Minnesota at their age group.

The HP 14/15 program begins with tryouts at district sites, many of which will take place in May. Tryouts are open to players that competed at the Peewee A/AA and Bantam A/AA levels during the 2013-14 season, but players should contact their District GM prior to registering for tryouts.  Additional information on tryouts and registration is available on the HP 14/15 Program page and your district’s website.

Those selected for district teams will train within their district throughout September with an emphasis on skill development and fitness. Last year, most districts met three to four times a week for dry land training and on-ice sessions. 

“We wanted to provide them with a better opportunity to learn and develop,” said HP 14/15 Program Director, Pat Westrum. “This program does that by offering an increased focused on individual skill training, especially skating, puck skills and body contact.”

Then, all of the district teams will participate in the HP 14/15 Fall Festival at Edina’s Braemar Arena the weekend of September 26 – 28, 2014.

“The HP 14/15 program continues our tradition of providing hockey players in Minnesota with the opportunity to develop with and against the best players in the state,” said High Performance Director Mike MacMillan. “Not to mention, it will provide these players with a great way to prepare for future HP programs, and make an early impression on coaches and scouts.”

The HP 14/15 program functions as the first step in the Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey Player Development Process and provides the top players in the state with opportunities to develop their game against the best competition in the region. High school, college, youth and USA coaches will staff the program.

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