The Minnesota Hockey Recreation League (“Rec League”), presented by Hiway Federal Credit Union, is entering its ninth season of offering players in the greater metro area a low cost, low commitment hockey alternative. The Rec League focuses on teaching basic hockey skills and sportsmanship in a no check, low pressure environment that fosters a love of hockey.
Over the first eight seasons, the Rec League has grown from just over 70 players to more than 650. Registration for the 2017-18 season is scheduled to open in September.
The league’s impressive growth and popularity can be attributed to its unique approach to hockey. In addition to providing players the opportunity to pursue other sports or activities in the winter, the Rec League allows players to request to play with their friends. Teams are formed on the basis of friend requests, geographical area and competitive balance with the goal of maximizing each player’s experience and limiting travel.
This season the Rec League will be offering five levels of play: 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. Teams will be formed in November. Then, the teams hit the ice in December for three skill sessions before the regular season starts in January and runs to the middle of March. At the 10U and 12U levels, teams will average one practice and one game each week. The older age groups will follow the same format early in the season before switching to a 1:3 practice-to-game ratio.
The Rec League schedules the majority of its ice hours at the following locations: Bloomington Ice Garden, Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, Burnsville Ice Center, Fogerty Arena (Blaine), Minnetonka Ice Arena, Richfield Ice Arena, Schwan Super Rink (Blaine) and Thaler Sports Center (Mound). Additional locations will be secured prior to the season. No ice sessions are held on Wednesday nights or Sunday mornings.
|Registration Type||USA Hockey Fee||Rec League Fee||Total Fee|
|Late Skater* (after Nov. 10)||$50||$300||$350|
|Late Goalie* (after Nov. 10)||$50||$150||$200|
*Players who register after Nov. 10 will be placed on rosters as spaces allows.
Rec League Director
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