District 2 consists of the following Associations: Forest Lake, Mahtomedi, Mounds View/Irondale, Roseville, St Paul, Stillwater, Tartan, White Bear Lake, Baldwin, Chisago Lakes, Hudson, New Richmond, Somerset and River Falls. Each Association Representative meets with the D2 Board of Directors on a monthly basis. Countless hours are spent each season to establish the schedules, make changes to policies and rules as needed, deal with situations as they arise, continually work with the Referee Association (MHOA), understand the rules and by-laws as directed by MN and USA Hockey and plan for the upcoming end of the season tournaments at each level of play, from squirts to Jr Gold. There is an incredible amount of work that goes into each season, all accomplished by a group of volunteer who love the game. Thank you to the D2 Board for all that you do all year long.
Here are some important announcements as we start the new the new season:
Mandatory Coach and Manager Meetings
NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE!!!
Wednesday, October 26, 6:30pm at the White Bear Lake South Campus High School Theatre (3551 McKnight Rd)
A and B teams from Bantams, Peewees, 12U's
Wednesday, November 2, 6:30pm at the White Bear Lake South Campus High School Theatre (3551 McKnight Rd)
All 10U's, 15U's, all Squirts and all C teams
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30pm at the White Bear Lake South Campus High School Theatre (3551 McKnight Rd)
Training for Officials
Level 1, 8:00am at Roseville Ice Arena in the Fireside Room. 2661 Civic Center Drive in Roseville (same place as the Oval)
Changes to the Scorebook/Box Procedure
Moving forward, all HOME TEAMS will be responsible for the clock, the score book and their penalty box. All VISITING TEAMS will be in charge of their penalty box. *Make sure your ipad is always charged!
Tryout season is upon us. This can be a stressful time for young players. It doesn’t have to be. Take these 10 tips to ensure tryouts are both fun and successful for all parties involved.
10. Get a good night’s sleep. Might be easier said than done, but make the effort to go to bed at a reasonable hour. Get your homework done early and find a routine that works. A well-rested hockey player is more likely to perform at his/her best.
9. Eat healthy and stay hydrated. Two double cheeseburgers, one diet coke and a large fry will not give you a quicker first step, harder shot or keener hockey sense. Allow your body to perform at its best with a nutritious, well-balanced diet. Read the Liquid Truth article in this week’s newsletter for more information and tips on how to stay hydrated.
8. Be prepared. Don’t add any unnecessary anxiety to the week. Double-check the tryout times and locations. Make sure all the equipment is packed and primed. Set up the transportation arrangements. Have a backup plan.
7. Be a good listener. On and off the ice, coaches will be talking. They’ll be giving directions, explaining situations and drills, telling you what to do – and what not to do. Pay attention. Coachability is not just a good quality to display during tryouts. It’s a useful tool that will apply to life overall.
6. Ask questions. Don’t understand a drill? Confused about the day’s schedule? Ask somebody. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions. In fact, coaches would much rather you ask a question and get clarification on a drill instead of just guessing and getting it wrong. It shows that you care and you want to get it right.
5. Don’t goof off. Coaches keep an eye out for disruptive players. You know the ones: Shooting pucks around recklessly, talking while the coaches are explaining a drill, playing pranks on the ice and just being a distraction to the overall group. Act like a nuisance and you’ll make the coaches’ job easy. Nobody wants to deal with that for an entire season.
4. The coaches want the best players. They don’t enjoy cutting anyone. The selection process reflects on them, and they want to get it right. It’s not all politics. Sure, there are some instances where poor decisions are made. In general, trust the coaches’ decisions and take it in stride. When in doubt, have a respectful discussion with the coaches.
3. Leave it on the ice. Get out there, work hard and put forth your best effort. You’re your session is over, be done with it. Don’t dissect every little detail or dwell on a missed scoring opportunity. Your mind needs to recoup and recover, too. Overthinking is not going to help. What’s done is done. The sun will come up tomorrow.
2. It’s not the end of the world. If you don’t make the team you are striving for, don’t freak out. Hopefully there are still teams and programs that will fit you or your child’s skill level, giving them a chance to improve their skills and enjoy the game in a suitable environment with likeminded players.
1. HAVE FUN! This is the greatest game on earth. Hockey gives us a chance to develop skills, make lifelong friends, learn the power of teamwork – and have fun! Why would you play if you’re not having fun?
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SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Bally Sports North, in conjunction with the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Hockey and the White Bear Local Organizing Committee, announced the date and schedule for the 17th Annual Hockey Day Minnesota (HDM), presented by UnitedHealthcare, today at Marketfest in downtown White Bear Lake. Polar Lakes Park in White Bear Township will serve as the venue for the 17th annual statewide hockey celebration on Saturday, January 28.
“We are very excited to celebrate Hockey Day Minnesota 2023 at Polar Lakes Park in White Bear Township,” said Minnesota Wild President Matt Majka. “Fans will have a great time celebrating this wonderful event in a tremendous hockey community.”
HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA 2023 GAMES ON JANUARY 28
“We are extremely excited about all the matchups for Hockey Day Minnesota 2023,” said Hockey Day Minnesota 2023 Event Co-Chair Jon Anderson. “Fans will be entertained with the two of biggest rivalries in boys high school hockey along with an exciting Suburban East matchup in girls high school hockey. We are looking forward to hosting an exciting week of inspiring hockey events that our sponsors and community will be proud of!”
“We look forward to showcasing the White Bear Lake community on Hockey Day Minnesota 2023,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bally Sports North Mike Dimond. “The rich hockey tradition and tremendous local support will, no doubt, provide an exciting experience for hockey fans across the region.”
Bally Sports North’s broadcast event will feature over 16 hours of original hockey programming beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Coverage will include the three live outdoor games from White Bear Township, followed by the Minnesota Wild game from Xcel Energy Center during primetime. The regional sports network will show highlights from all Hockey Day games taking place throughout the weekend and incorporate coverage of the outdoor festivities taking place at Polar Lakes Park in White Bear Township.
Ticket information and additional details for HDM 2023 will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit wild.com/HockeyDay.
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