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2018 HEP Essay Finalists Announced

By Minnesota Hockey, 01/09/18, 8:15AM CST


Minnesota Hockey is excited to reveal the finalists for the 2017-18 HEP Essay Contest, presented by Park Dental. Entries for the contest were submitted by boys and girls of all ages from around the state on the topic of “I’m Having The Most Fun In Hockey When…”.

The following finalists have been selected to be featured during the Fox Sports North broadcast of Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 on Saturday, January 20th:

  • Kasey Bigham, an 8U player from Delano Area Hockey Association
  • Cailin Mumm, a 12U player from Andover Youth Hockey Association
  • Easton Tima, a Mite player from Portman Amateur Hockey Association in Duluth

“Making sure our players and participants are having fun is of utmost importance,” said Dave Margenau, Minnesota Hockey President. “This year’s finalists really remind us all of why our children play this game that we love so much and is part of the fabric of our communities.”

All three finalists attended a Minnesota Wild home game earlier this season and recorded their Essay videos at Xcel Energy Center. Each will also be featured in Let’s Play Hockey magazine. The contest winner will be selected among the three finalists and will receive a “Dream Day” experience on a Minnesota Wild gameday during the 2018-19 season. The “Dream Day” includes attending a Minnesota Wild morning skate, an hour of ice time at Xcel Energy Center and a group suite at a Wild game later that night.

Tune in to Fox Sports North on Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 to see the essays submitted by each of the finalists. Then, stay tuned after the Minnesota Wild game to find out who the randomly selected winner will be. 

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. 

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