St. Paul, MN – September 20, 2016 – The Minnesota Hockey Recreation League (“Rec League”), presented by Hiway Federal Credit Union® (“Hiway”), today announced the opening of registration for the 2016-17 season. The Rec League offers players in the greater metro area a low cost, low commitment hockey alternative.
The Rec League has grown from 71 players to more than 550 in just seven seasons, making it the fastest growing classification within Minnesota Hockey. For the upcoming season, the Rec League will offer four levels of play (12 & Under, 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 18 & Under).
“As a partner of the Minnesota Wild, Hiway is proud to be the official credit union of Minnesota Hockey,” said Dave Boden, Hiway President/CEO. “Hiway recognizes the unique role hockey plays in Minnesota's culture and we’re excited to continue playing a key role in encouraging more kids to play hockey as the presenting partner of Minnesota Hockey's Recreation League.”
The Rec League’s growth and popularity is attributed to its unique approach to organized hockey. The combination of a shorter season with only two events per week allows players to pursue other sports and activities throughout the winter. In addition, the Rec League emphasizes teaching basic hockey skills, promoting sportsmanship and providing a low pressure environment that fosters a love of hockey.
Examples of the Rec League’s distinctive philosophy include allowing participants to request to play with friends and family, if they register by the deadline of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1st, and avoiding ice sessions Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.
"We are excited to have Hiway as a premier partner of Minnesota Hockey and a presenting partner of the Minnesota Hockey Recreation League," stated Dave Margenau, Minnesota Hockey President. "Their support helps provide another program for players to continue to participate in and enjoy our great game."
Teams will be formed in November and hit the ice starting in December for three skill development clinics. The Rec League season kicks off in early January, runs for ten weeks and concludes with an end of the year festival in mid-March.
Hiway Federal Credit Union was founded in 1931 to serve the employees of the Minnesota Highway Department. Today, Hiway serves over 63,000 members in Minnesota and around the country, registers $1 billion in assets and welcomes new membership from individuals and small businesses. Hiway offers its members unparalleled member service and a lifetime of savings through lower loan rates, higher savings rates and fewer and lower fees.
Minnesota Hockey, a USA Hockey affiliate, is the governing body of youth hockey in Minnesota. With over 67,000 registered players and coaches, it is the largest state governing body for hockey in the United States.