The Minnesota Hockey Recreation League (“Rec League”), presented by Hiway Federal Credit Union® (“Hiway”), today announced the opening of registration for the 2017-18 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 650 in just eight seasons, making it the fastest growing classification within Minnesota Hockey. For the upcoming season, the Rec League will offer five levels of play (10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 18 & Under).
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, or even a specific coach, and avoiding ice sessions on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.
"We are excited to have Hiway as 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.
Families who register prior to November 1st will receive an early registration discount. The registration deadline is Friday, November 10th, after which players will be placed on rosters as space allows.
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.