Youth Hockey Exploding In Popularity Across MinnesotaParticipation at the youngest level -- age 8-and-under -- has surged in the last three years. And this year, Minnesota set a new record, surpassing more than 17,000 kids age 8-and-under for the first time ever.
Minnesota's Brandt Among Patty Kaz Top 3 FinalistsMinnesota sophomore forward Hannah Brandt is among three finalists for the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. Brandt joins Clarkson senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray and Cornell junior forward Jillian Saulnier as finalists for the top honor in college women's hockey. Brandt leads the nation in points (61), assists (40) and assists per game (1.11).
Kids Can Try Hockey For Free In Minn. SaturdayKids across Minnesota can see what hockey is all about at Try Hockey For Free Day on Saturday. Seventy-three events are scheduled at rinks around the state. The events are aimed at welcoming boys and girls, ages 4 to 9, to come to a local rink and try youth hockey free of charge.
Heavy Gophers Presence On U.S. Women's Hockey TeamFive current or former University of Minnesota women's hockey players have made the U.S. national team roster for pre-Olympic competition. USA Hockey announced Monday that defensemen Megan Bozek, Anne Schleper and Lee Stecklein and forwards Amanda Kessel and Gigi Marvin are on the 25-player team for the summer and fall.
USA Hockey Says No Checking For Kids Until BantamsU.S.A. Hockey has decided there will be no more checking in boys hockey games untill the Bantam level, which is for players 13 years and older.