St. Paul, MN – September 8, 2015 – Minnesota Hockey today announced the host sites for the 2016 Minnesota Hockey State and Region Tournaments. For the third consecutive year, The Drive to State is presented by Select Heartland Chevy Dealers, and will be highlighted by 14 State Tournaments hosted by eight communities. Region Tournaments will be played February 26 through 28, followed by State Tournaments being played March 11 through 13.
The 14 State Tournaments will be played at eight locations throughout Minnesota. Edina (Junior Gold A, Junior Gold B, Junior Gold 16), Stillwater (Bantam AA, Bantam A), Moorhead (Bantam B, Peewee B) and Burnsville (19U B, 15U A*, 15U B*) will host multiple tournaments. The 2016 Minnesota Hockey State Tournament locations are as follows:
Minnesota Hockey’s Region Tournaments will take place at 27 locations in Minnesota as teams look to qualify for State. The Metro League playdowns to determine Junior Gold State participants will take place at the Plymouth Ice Center in Plymouth. The 15U B Region Tournaments will be added if needed later this season. The Minnesota Hockey Region Tournament locations are as follows:
|Bantam AA||Cloquet||Eden Prairie||Anoka||St. Cloud|
|Districts||10, 11 & 12||4, 6 & 9||2, 3 & 8||5, 15 & 16|
|Bantam A||Eveleth||Eden Prairie||Woodbury||St. Cloud|
|Bantam B||Mesabi East||New Ulm||Lakeville||Thief River Falls|
|Peewee A||Proctor||New Ulm||Cottage Grove||Crookston|
|Peewee B||Chisholm (Hibbing)||Luverne||South St. Paul||Red Lake Falls|
|15U A*||MAML (Monticello)||Blaine (Fogerty)||Duluth|
|12U B||St. Michael-Albertville||Red Wing||Silver Bay|
* The Minnesota Hockey Board of Directors has approved a one-year Pilot Program to change the Girls’ 14U classification to 15U for the upcoming season. For more details, click here.