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2018 HEP Essay Finalists Announced

By Minnesota Hockey, 12/12/18, 11:00AM CST


Minnesota Hockey is excited to reveal the finalists for the 2018-19 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 Can Be a Great Teammate By…”.

The following finalists have been selected to be featured during the Fox Sports North broadcast of Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 on Saturday, January 19th:

  • Nikolai Kaliszewski, a Mite player from Woodland Amateur Hockey Association in Duluth
  • Harper Powell, a 12U player from Two Harbors Youth Hockey Association
  • Allison Ryan, a 10U player from Minnetonka Youth Hockey Association

All three finalists will attend a Minnesota Wild home game this season and record their HEP Essay videos at Xcel Energy Center. Each essay 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 2019 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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