St. Paul, MN – October 13, 2014 – Minnesota Hockey, in partnership with Park Dental, announced today the topic for the 2014 Hockey Education Program (HEP) Essay Contest. Once again, Park Dental will be the presenting partner of the HEP Essay Contest, which is an annual tradition that encourages players to express their thoughts on what makes youth hockey a fun and positive environment.
All registered Minnesota Hockey participants are encouraged to enter the contest by completing the following: “My parents support my love of hockey by…”
The top three essays, as selected by the HEP Committee will be featured during the Fox Sports North broadcast of Hockey Day Minnesota on January 17, 2015. They will also be featured in Let’s Play Hockey magazine and have an opportunity to attend a Minnesota Wild home game this season. The contest winner will be randomly selected among the three finalists and will receive a “dream day” experience on a Minnesota Wild gameday during the 2015-16 season.
The mission of HEP is to ensure a positive athletic experience for youth hockey players by integrating a progressive approach to skill development with coaching excellence and accountability through Fair Play. The three components of HEP are Skill Development, Education and Accountability.
“The HEP Essay contest began in 2005, and it has become one of the highlights of the youth hockey season,” said Steve Morse, HEP Committee Chair. “It’s so gratifying to see all of the outstanding essays come in from kids, telling about how hockey has made a difference for them, and how they can make a difference through hockey. It’s a great way for our kids to spread positive messages that they’ve learned from their coaches, parents and teammates.”
The winner of the 2013 HEP Essay Contest was Owen Faste, a Squirt player in the Chisago Lakes Hockey Association. Owen will receive a Minnesota Wild gameday experience including ice time at Xcel Energy Center and a suite at the Wild’s game against Tampa Bay on October 25. His winning submission can be found here.
Submissions will be accepted from October 14 through December 15. Original essays should be limited to 250 words or less, and should include the child’s name, hockey association, team/classification, address, phone number and email address. Submissions can be sent to:Minnesota Hockey Attn: HEP Essay Contest 317 Washington Street Saint Paul, MN 55102