What’s Happening To High School Hockey? Declining Numbers Prompt Hard QuestionsState-wide, participation in boys hockey is down 12 percent from where it was 10 years ago. Girls hockey is down 7 percent. Over that same period of time, total participation in Minnesota high sports is up. That means the kids aren't leaving sports. They're just leaving hockey.
Coaches Say New Rules Make MN Youth Hockey Safer Minnesota hockey coaches and officials say temporary rules adopted to make the youth game safer do more good than harm and should be made permanent.