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Minnesota Hockey Launches New Fall Skill Sessions

By Minnesota Hockey, 08/08/16, 12:00PM CDT

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Minnesota Hockey is excited to announce the launch of several new player development initiatives this fall.  These new programs will provide additional support to our community based associations, which have already made Minnesota a leader in player development, to ensure players in Minnesota have the best youth hockey experience possible.

Starting this September and running through early November, Minnesota Hockey will offer affordable skill sessions focused on defensive skills, goaltending and girls’ hockey. Each of the practices will led by professional coaches who will design sessions that emphasize long term athlete development and maximize the number of high quality repetitions each player receives.

“Properly preparing yourself to play this game requires confidence,” said Terry Evavold, Vice President of Hockey Operations for Minnesota Hockey.  “These clinics will help your player develop skills, and they will be a great way for players to start their season and prepare for tryouts.” 

These new offerings are based on the success of Minnesota Hockey’s body contact and body checking clinics which are now impacting hundreds of players at the Peewee and Bantam levels each year.

Below is a list and description of the clinics being offered this fall. Registration for the goaltending and defenseman clinics will open on August 2nd, with the girls’ clinics being released at a later date.

Goalie Skill Sessions

Minnesota Hockey’s goalie skill sessions are designed to teach goaltenders in Minnesota the proper fundamental and advanced techniques in today’s game. Led by Minnesota Hockey Goalie Development Coordinator and Edina native Steve Carroll, the coaching staff will provide instruction on goalie specific skating, positioning, save selection, rebound control and much more.

The 90-minute practices will be offered at four locations across the metro including Apple Valley, Brooklyn Park, Edina and South St. Paul this September. A maximum 24 goalies will be placed in each age-appropriate session to ensure coaches can provide each goalie will meaningful feedback and instruction.

Location (Arena) Level Day/Date Time
Apple Valley (Hayes) Squirt/10U Thursday, Sept. 8 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
PW/12U & Ban/15U Thursday, Sept. 8 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Brooklyn Park Squirt/10U Monday, Sept. 12 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
PW/12U & Ban/15U Monday, Sept. 12 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Edina (Braemar) Squirt/10U Sunday, Sept. 18 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
PW/12U & Ban/15U Sunday, Sept. 18 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
South St. Paul (Doug Woog) Squirt/10U Sunday, Sept. 25 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
PW/12U & Ban/15U Sunday, Sept. 25 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Registration "" is not currently available.

BHS Defensemen Clinics

Former Minnesota North Star and Elk River High School coach Gordie Roberts, along with several other high school coaches on Minnesota Hockey’s Player Development team, will design and lead practices for high school defensemen. The sessions will emphasize skating skills for defensemen and the use of various offensive and defensive tactics in game situations.

These two-day clinics will feature a progression from basic skills to high-paced line rushes and in-zone game situations over the course of four hours of ice. With only 18 defensemen on the ice with four coaches, the players will be consistently challenged to push their skills into a new comfort zone. The sessions will be held at Eden Prairie Community Center (October 25 & 27) and Eagan Civic Arena (November 1 & 2).

Location Arena Day Date Time
Eden Prairie Eden Prairie Comm. Center Tuesday Oct. 25 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday Oct. 27 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Eagan Eagan Civic Arena Tuesday Nov. 1 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday Nov. 2 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

The Registration "" is not currently available.

Girls’ Skill Clinics

Minnesota Hockey will also be offering a series of skill practices designed specifically for girls. Led by all female coaching staffs, the clinics will provide age-appropriate instruction for players at the 10U, 12U and 15U levels on skills ranging from body contact to defensive skating and how to create offense in the girls’ game. Additional details including dates and locations for these sessions will be announced when players are able to register. 

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Minnesota Hockey is excited to announce the launch of several new player development initiatives this fall.  These new programs will provide additional support to our community based associations, which have already made Minnesota a leader in player development, to ensure players in Minnesota have the best youth hockey experience possible.

Starting this September and running through early November, Minnesota Hockey will offer affordable skill sessions focused on defensive skills, goaltending and girls’ hockey. Each of the practices will led by professional coaches who will design sessions that emphasize long term athlete development and maximize the number of high quality repetitions each player receives.

“Properly preparing yourself to play this game requires confidence,” said Terry Evavold, Vice President of Hockey Operations for Minnesota Hockey.  “These clinics will help your player develop skills, and they will be a great way for players to start their season and prepare for tryouts.” 

These new offerings are based on the success of Minnesota Hockey’s body contact and body checking clinics which are now impacting hundreds of players at the Peewee and Bantam levels each year.

Below is a list and description of the clinics being offered this fall. Registration for the goaltending and defenseman clinics will open on August 1st, with the girls’ clinics being released at a later date.

Goalie Skill Sessions

Minnesota Hockey’s goalie skill sessions are designed to teach goaltenders in Minnesota the proper fundamental and advanced techniques in today’s game. Led by Minnesota Hockey Goalie Development Coordinator and Edina native Steve Carroll, the coaching staff will provide instruction on goalie specific skating, positioning, save selection, rebound control and much more.

The 90-minute practices will be offered at four locations across the metro including Apple Valley, Brooklyn Park, Edina and South St. Paul this September. A maximum 24 goalies will be placed in each age-appropriate session to ensure coaches can provide each goalie will meaningful feedback and instruction.

Location (Arena) Level Day/Date Time
Apple Valley (Hayes) Squirt/10U Thursday, Sept. 8 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
PW/12U & Ban/15U Thursday, Sept. 8 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Brooklyn Park Squirt/10U Monday, Sept. 12 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
PW/12U & Ban/15U Monday, Sept. 12 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Edina (Braemar) Squirt/10U Sunday, Sept. 18 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
PW/12U & Ban/15U Sunday, Sept. 18 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
South St. Paul (Doug Woog) Squirt/10U Sunday, Sept. 25 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
PW/12U & Ban/15U Sunday, Sept. 25 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Registration "" is not currently available.

BHS Defensemen Clinics

Former Minnesota North Star and Elk River High School coach Gordie Roberts, along with several other high school coaches on Minnesota Hockey’s Player Development team, will design and lead practices for high school defensemen. The sessions will emphasize skating skills for defensemen and the use of various offensive and defensive tactics in game situations.

These two-day clinics will feature a progression from basic skills to high-paced line rushes and in-zone game situations over the course of four hours of ice. With only 18 defensemen on the ice with four coaches, the players will be consistently challenged to push their skills into a new comfort zone. The sessions will be held at Eden Prairie Community Center (October 25 & 27) and Eagan Civic Arena (November 1 & 2).

Location Arena Day Date Time
Eden Prairie Eden Prairie Comm. Center Tuesday Oct. 25 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday Oct. 27 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Eagan Eagan Civic Arena Tuesday Nov. 1 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday Nov. 2 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

The Registration "" is not currently available.

Girls’ Skill Clinics

Minnesota Hockey will also be offering a series of skill practices designed specifically for girls. Led by all female coaching staffs, the clinics will provide age-appropriate instruction for players at the 10U, 12U and 15U levels on skills ranging from body contact to defensive skating and how to create offense in the girls’ game. Additional details including dates and locations for these sessions will be announced when players are able to register. 

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