skip navigation

Minnesota's Top Prospects Take Ice This Weekend

By Minnesota Hockey, 04/24/14, 4:00PM CDT


The top boys and girls hockey players ages 15-18 will take the ice this weekend in the Reebok Minnesota Hockey High Performance Programs.  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 are a prestigious series of tryouts, camps, and festivals that provide the top players from each district or section a chance to play with and against the best players in the state.  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 1999 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 Camps in St. Cloud, MN.  The top players from the Summer Camps are selected to represent Minnesota Hockey at a USA Hockey Player Development Camp.

Boys’ Rosters and Schedule

Girls’ Rosters and Schedule

Boys and Girls HP 16 &17 Final 54

The Boys and Girls HP 16 & 17 Spring Festivals took place April 4-6.  Each high school section brought a team of 20 players to compete against each other.  Now, that group of 160 players has been cut down to the top 54 from across the state.

During the Final 54, each age group will be split into three teams (Red, White and Blue).  The teams will play two games within their age group and one crossover game against players in the other age level.

At the end of the festival, 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 USA Hockey districts. The national camps are used by USA Hockey 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.

Boys’ 16 Rosters                Boys' 17 Rosters               Boys' Schedule

Girls’ 16 Rosters                 Girls' 17 Rosters               Girls' Schedule

CCM National Invitational Tournament

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 (NIT). 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.”

The event will feature the top 18U (1996) players from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan as well as a Senior All-Star Team from North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Massachusetts and Minnesota.  The Minnesota Seniors were selected from the Ted Brill Great 8 and will be led by Mike Taylor (Eagan) and Derek Brown (Luverne), who were both honored as Coach of the Year this season.  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 features teams from North Dakota, Wisconsin and Northern Plains as well as a Senior All-Star team and an 18U team from Minnesota. The Minnesota Seniors team was selected from players participating in the High School Senior Classic.  The Minnesota 18U team has been chosen from high school juniors with a 1996 birth year.

Girls NIT Rosters & Schedule

Boys NIT Rosters & Schedule

Most Popular

MinnHockey Minnesota Hockey MinnHockey