When most people think about strength and depth of talent of hockey players in Minnesota, they often point how the state is a leader in producing NCAA Division I players, NHL draft picks or even Olympians. Perhaps an even greater measure of how successful our community model is would be the number of players and quality of hockey found in the Junior Gold ranks.
Junior Gold hockey provides an alternative hockey opportunity for high school age players to continue playing while developing their skills. Junior Gold has grown into a fantastic level of hockey with considerable skill and opportunities for player development. Many players have made their high school team after playing a season or two of Junior Gold, and some Junior Gold players have even gone onto play after high school in junior leagues such as the NAHL.
Interested in finding out more about Junior Gold? Ask your local hockey association if they will be fielding a team this season or contact one of the Junior Gold High School League’s (JGHSL) Board Members.
Wayzata Junior Gold A won the 2016 USA Hockey Pure High School National Championship.