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2018 HEP Essay Contest Announced

By Minnesota Hockey, 11/07/18, 11:30AM CST


Three Finalists Will Have Their Essays Showcased During Hockey Day Minnesota Broadcast

St. Paul, MN – October 30, 2018 – Minnesota Hockey, in partnership with Park Dental, announced today the topic for the 2018 Hockey Education Program (HEP) Essay Contest. Once again, Park Dental will be the presenting partner of the HEP Essay Contest, which is an annual tradition that encourages players to express their thoughts on what makes youth hockey in Minnesota a fun, unique and positive environment.

All registered Minnesota Hockey participants are encouraged to enter the contest by completing the following: “I Can Be A Great Teammate By…”

The top three essays, as selected by the HEP Committee will be featured during the Fox Sports North broadcast of Hockey Day Minnesota on January 19, 2019. All three finalists will also be featured in Let’s Play Hockey magazine and have an opportunity to attend a Minnesota Wild home game this season. The contest winner will be selected among the three finalists and will receive a “Dream Day” experience on a Minnesota Wild game day during the 2019-20 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.

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.

“There are countless experiences provided by hockey that teach valuable life lessons,” said Dave Margenau, Minnesota Hockey President. “Near the top of that list is the importance of teamwork and lifelong friendships. We are excited to see another round of exceptional essays from our youth hockey players all over the state.”

The winner of the 2017 HEP Essay Contest was Kasey Bigham, an 8U player in the Delano Youth Hockey association. Kasey and her friends and teammates got to experience her “Dream Day” on Saturday, October 20 when the Minnesota Wild faced the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kasey’s winning submission from last year can be found here

Submissions will be accepted from November 1 through December 3. Original essays should be limited to 250 words or less, and should include the child’s name, hockey association, team/classification, address, phone number and email address. Submissions can be sent to:

Minnesota Hockey
Attn: HEP Essay Contest
317 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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