The general Minnesota population is among the highest in terms of participation in outdoor activities. With over 10,000 lakes and long, harsh winters year after year, playing hockey is part of the cultural heritage. A good majority of Minnesotans born and raised here strap on hockey gear and hit the ice. Being part of a league is just what the doctor ordered as this physical activity chips away the cold days of winter in the blink of eye.

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Adult Hockey Association
PO Box 390215
Edina, MN 55439
(612) 275-2427

The Adult Hockey Association (AHA) is an amateur-based league and is set on two fundamental principles: offer a careful instructional approach to learning hockey and provide participants with a competitive but friendly environment. All of those who are interested in joining the league will have to agree to evaluation unless you are at beginner’s level of play. Programs are offered all year round and for the first time this fall, the program features an AHA’s Women’s division. Everyone playing is required to bring individual equipment for their own safety.

Minnesota Metro Hockey
6318 Cambridge St., Suite 2
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 920-8826

The Minnesota Metro Hockey league is one of a kind. Offering the ability to play in three divisions (gold, silver and bronze) is for laid-back and passionate players looking for a good time to play this sport indoors. The league is located in the metro area and is far from anything like the National Hockey League (NHL), but still maintains a friendly outgoing environment. It offers over 12 regular-season games and has been around for over 12 years dazzling players of all levels. You have to be 18 years old to join and crash in on the fun.

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(Augsburg Women's Hockey / Credit: Anthony Carranza)
Augsburg Ice Arena
2323 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 330-1504

The Augsburg Ice Arena is just two years away from its 40th anniversary. Since its founding, the ice rink provides a convenient location to visit in the metro area. Whether you are a pro or just at a beginner’s level, this two-rink facility is open for the four seasons. It’s a popular destination not just for the men’s and women’s hockey team, but serves the diverse community in the Twin Cities as well. When the premises first opened, it was used by three Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Center (MIAC) college hockey programs: Hamline, Macalester and Augsburg.

Apple Valley Sports Arena
14452 Hayes Road
Saint Paul, MN 55124
(952) 953-2366

The Apple Valley Sports Arena is a family-oriented ice rink that gives Minnesotans a multitude of seasonal activities. Founded in the great city of St. Paul, the rink has both a youth and adult hockey program that is available for any skill level. Furthermore, this great facility does not only focus on ice hockey, offering ice skating or figure skating lessons for people of all ages as well. Everything remains fun, relaxed and not only about going after a prize or a trophy.

Hippodrome Ice Arena
4855 Bloom Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 407-7508

Founded in White Bear Lake with a name allegedly rooted from Native Americans, the Hippodrome Ice Arena Ice Skating Rink opens seasonably from October 28th to March 15th. The place offers figure and ice skating lessons for people of any age that strive to be as good as the pros. From ice hockey clinics to planning an event or a birthday party at the location, this is the spot for you. Call the facility to get involved in the next pickup hockey match. Beyond perfecting your form as a skater or as a hockey player, this place is ultimately about enjoying a great experience.

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Anthony Carranza is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota related to tech, social media, news, and local happenings around the Twin Cities. His work can be found at