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Old 08-19-2007, 09:54 AM
 
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So, were in California lovin the sunshine , but not lovin the driving an hour each way to practice for my 12 year old who plays AAA Ice hockey. Not to mention getting in an airplane everytime theirs a tournament. Thinking of relocating the Minnesota the land of Ice rinks and snow. Any sugestions for good hockey in Minnesota for a 12 year old? Now don't laugh, were thinking of retiring up their , also have one that will hit college age in a couple of years, so We'de like to be near a good college or university. What are the options?

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Old 08-19-2007, 10:23 AM
 
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Default Where are all the hockey lvrs?

Looking to relocate to Minnesota any sugestions?
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Old 08-19-2007, 11:33 AM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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Hockey is quite big in all of Minnesota....more so in the twin cities and in northern and central Minnesota. Youth hockey is especially large. Most public schools in the state offer hockey as high school sport.

There is a presitiguous boarding school in Fairbault Minnesota Shattuck-St Mary's which is well known for its hockey program and many kids go there just for that. Their kids are often highly recruited by colleges and others. I know the Univ of North Dakota gets quite a few from there as does Univ of Minnesota-Twin Cities, both of which have a strong rivalry in hockey.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shattuck-Saint_Mary's

Here is a link to Minnesota boys hockey....

Minnesota Boys' High School Hockey

As for colleges in general...the main University of Minnesota in the cities is well known but a big school. There are many smaller state schools for which you can go to for a few years and then transfer to the main campus. Univ of Minnesota-Duluth is one of the larger ones. There are many many smaller private excellent colleges in the state, too many to name.
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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As far as the previous post goes on colleges, they're right UofM is a good school. If you lean to private liberal arts colleges, the upper midwest - Minnesota in particular - probably has a higher density than most anyplace else in the nation. Almost all have great reps and offer pretty generous financial aid. College of St. Scholastica (Duluth), Concordia (Moorhead), Gustavus Adolphus, Macallaster, St. John's, St. Olaf, St. Thomas (all closer to the Twin Cities) - there are a lot of options for higher ed.
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Old 08-19-2007, 02:49 PM
 
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We are the mecca of hockey in America. Detroit calls themselves Hockeytown. It is great that they have the Red Wings, but how many NHL players have they actually produced? 2?

There are enough good Minnesota players coming out of High School each year to fill 8-10 Division 1 rosters, and that doesn't count the good players who don't go on to more hockey. That is no exaggeration.

The dominant programs right now in the Twin Cities are Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Edina, Roseville, Centennial (up around Blaine), Blaine, White Bear Lake, and Elk River.

If you want a small town, much more remote, but with a huge emphasis on hockey, look at the traditional hockey towns of Warroad, Roseau, Thief River Falls, Cloquet, or Duluth. With the exception of Duluth, the other towns are small enough so your guy is gauranteed to get tons of ice time at each level.

Finally, I'd start sending your kids to some Hockey Camps in the state. You'll get a lay of the land and will get to know some parents that way.
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Old 08-19-2007, 08:28 PM
 
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Shouldn't have left Grand Rapids off the list of good smaller towns with great hockey tradition.
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