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Every adult involved in youth sports should read this!

We were looking at some Facebook feeds this afternoon and found this article written by one Hall-of-Famer, the late Roger Toland about another Hall-of-Famer, Dell Rapids’ Mick Hoglund. This general

National Alliance for Youth Sports seeks input from administrators

Calling all youth sports administrators! National Alliance for Youth Sports is conducting a survey – and they need your help! The goal of this brief survey is to learn more

Meet Scheels IcePlex GM Brian Prisbe

Hockey605 got a few minutes to visit with Brian Prisbe, the newly-hired General Manager of the Scheels IcePlex.

Legend Hockey’s Walker Duehr Drafted by Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL

May 6, 2014 in Sioux Falls, SD Legend Hockey’s Walker Duehr (‘97), of Sioux Falls, SD, was drafted by the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL)

Brookings Blizzard introduce Dan Daikawa as new head coach

Minnesota native will lead the Blizzard April 29, 2014 Brookings, SD – Chris Canavati, owner of the Brookings Blizzard – a Junior A ice hockey team in the North American

Every adult involved in youth sports should read this!

We were looking at some Facebook feeds this afternoon and found this article written by one Hall-of-Famer, the late Roger Toland about another Hall-of-Famer, Dell Rapids’ Mick Hoglund. This general letter was written over a dozen years ago, and rings just as true today as it did then. Maybe more. Thanks to the two legends involved in bringing this to us.

Here is a link to the article that appeared in the Rapid City Journal on April 30, 2002.

Dell Rapids Coach Speaks Out

National Alliance for Youth Sports seeks input from administrators

NAYS logoCalling all youth sports administrators! National Alliance for Youth Sports is conducting a survey – and they need your help! The goal of this brief survey is to learn more about online services and tools youth sports administrators need and use. It will take just 5-10 minutes of your time to complete.   

Take the NAYS survey by clicking on this link.

Thank you in advance for your help! Your feedback is very valuable.

Meet Scheels IcePlex GM Brian Prisbe

Hockey605 got a few minutes to visit with Brian Prisbe, the newly-hired General Manager of the Scheels IcePlex.

Legend Hockey’s Walker Duehr Drafted by Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL

Duehr_Walker_photo_2_credit_Neal_DuehrMay 6, 2014 in Sioux Falls, SD

Legend Hockey’s Walker Duehr (‘97), of Sioux Falls, SD, was drafted by the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in the 8th round, as Sioux City’s 6th pick and the draft’s 123rd overall pick (407 total picks).  Duehr becomes the second South Dakota hockey player drafted into the USHL, the first being Duehr’s cousin and Sioux Falls Stampede standout, Zeb Knutson.

“Walker being drafted is attributed to his hard work and commitment to focus on his career.  It’s also a major team effort.  His family supports him and provides him with opportunities where he can develop and thrive as a player,” said Noëlle Needham, Legend Hockey owner and co-founder. 

Duehr_Walker_photo_1_credit_Neal_DuehrDuehr, a 6 foot 2 inch, 185 pound forward was a standout on the Chicago Young Americans U16 Minor Midget Tier 1 AAA team, where he played during the 2013-2014 season. 

The United States Hockey League (USHL) is the top junior ice hockey league in the United States.  The USHL has 16 member teams located in the Midwestern United States, consisting of players who are 20 years of age and younger.

Legend Hockey is a hockey training company based out of Sioux Falls, SD that is focused on providing hockey athletes from around the world and every level of the game with a comprehensive and innovative training experience, as well as the right resources, opportunities, and support to attain their individual ambitions.

Post Courtesy of Legend Hockey

Congratulations and best of luck to you Walker! YOU are Hockey605!

Brookings Blizzard introduce Dan Daikawa as new head coach

Brookings Blizzard Press Conference April 2014 Blizzard Owner Chris Canavati (L) and newly named Head Coach Dan Daikawa (R) pose with Bernie

Brookings Blizzard Press Conference April 2014
Blizzard Owner Chris Canavati (L) and newly named Head Coach Dan Daikawa (R) pose with Bernie

Minnesota native will lead the Blizzard

April 29, 2014 Brookings, SD – Chris Canavati, owner of the Brookings Blizzard – a Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League’s central division – made the official announcement and introduced Dan Daikawa, the new head coach of the Brookings Blizzard, at a press conference at Larsen Ice Center.

Daikawa, originally from Apple Valley, MN, played for the USHL North Iowa Huskies and then went on to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for Miami University (OH). It was while he was attending and playing at Miami University, that Daikawa, whose father is Japanese, was invited as a heritage player to help build and strengthen the professional Japan Ice Hockey League. The defenseman began his 11-year professional career playing for the JIHL’s Seibu Bears Tokyo from 1995-2003. In 2004, the JIHL was abandoned with the creation of the multi-national Asia League Ice Hockey, consisting of Japan, China and South Korea. Daikawa played for Kokudo and then Oji in the Asian Hockey League before retiring at the end of the 2004-05 season.

During his years of playing in Japan, Daikawa was a four-time member of the Japanese National Team and competed in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games for Japan.

Dan Daikawa led the Jamestown Ironmen to a Robertson Cup appearance & served as assistant coach for the NAHL's Minnesota Wilderness before being named Head Coach of NAHL's Brookings Blizzard

Dan Daikawa, Head Coach of NAHL’s Brookings Blizzard

His coaching career began at Miami University, where Daikawa was the head coach of the school’s club team that made four consecutive American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament appearances. He went on to serve as general manager and head coach of the NAHL Jamestown Ironmen (Jamestown, NY) for two seasons. In 2012-13 Daikawa led the Ironmen to 37-19-4 regular season record, won the North Division Playoffs and took his team to the Robertston Cup.

More recently, Daikawa has served one season as assistant coach for the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL, and is “pretty excited” to be at the helm for the Brookings Blizzard.

Check out the full press conference below, as well as Hockey605 interviews with Daikawa, Brookings Blizzard owner Chris Canavati, and Blizzard Director of Sales & Marketing Riley Courtright, to learn more about the future plans for the Brookings Blizzard team – including a youth camp!




Meet your 14U Team South Dakota for 2015

2014-15 Team South Dakota 14UMost athletes will go a lifetime without ever attending a national championship in their sport – let alone play in one.

But five of the players on 2015 Team South Dakota 14U have already done that – before they were 14 years old. Along with their teammates on the 2014 squad, they brought home the silver. Now they – and their new teammates on the 2015 team – are preparing to return to the USA Hockey Youth National Championship in Salt Lake City, UT March 26-30, 2015 to bring home the gold.

First step was to build a roster for 2015, and that was completed during tryouts this past weekend at the Larson Ice Center in Brookings.  Hockey605 visited the final day of tryouts to meet the team and visit with some of the players.  Below you’ll find the roster for the 2015 Team South Dakota 14U boys – and a few interviews with players who are returning to the squad. Be sure to scroll down to watch the interviews!  After a much-needed break, the team will begin practices in August.

 

2015 TEAM SOUTH DAKOTA 14U
Skater Local Association Status
Seth Bergeron Aberdeen Cougars N
Joseph Bertolini Brookings Rangers N
Russell Conti Rushmore Thunder N
Conner Couet Sioux Falls Flyers N
Dominic Dobesh Brookings Rangers N
Gavin Gary Rushmore Thunder N
Jayke Hefti Sioux Falls Flyers N
Tristian Hokenson Brookings Rangers N
Ryan Miley Brookings Rangers N
Nathan Mohr Sioux Falls Flyers N
Nathan Mutschelknaus Sioux Falls Flyers R
Cody Niklason Brookings Rangers N
Ryan Nolan Rushmore Thunder N
Jack Olson Sioux Falls Flyers R
Matthew Rowland Rushmore Thunder N
Anthony Seykora Sioux Falls Flyers N
Carter Tobin Sioux Falls Flyers R
Brock Walker Sioux Falls Flyers R
Brenden Way Brookings Rangers N
Dawsyn Wirkus Watertown Lakers R
 
Alternates Local Association Status
Gavin Dierkhising Rushmore Thunder A, N
Tristan Fuerst Oahe Capitals A, N
Hunter Hilton Aberdeen Cougars A, N
Jack McCarty Brookings Rangers A, N
Chase Vandevere Brookings Rangers A, N
Spencer Wedin Oahe Capitals A, N
N = New to 14U Team South Dakota
R = Returning to 14U Team South Dakota
A = 14U Team South Dakota Alternate




Team South Dakota prepares for 2015 National Tournaments

Preparations begin for 2015Just one week after bringing home a national championship and runner-up from the 2014 National Tournaments, Team South Dakota is already planning for 2015.

South Dakota Amateur Hockey Development Camp and Tryouts for Team South Dakota were held at the Larson Ice Center in Brookings this past weekend.  Hockey605 tagged along to meet some of the players and learn more about the program.  Dave Mannes, co-chair of the South Dakota National Team Program took some time to educate us on the history of the program – and yes, to brag a wee bit about the 14U and 16U teams’ performance at the 2014 National Championships!  Watch our interview with Dave below.

2015 Team South Dakota 16U Selected

2015 Team South Dakota 16U

2015 Team South Dakota 16U

Congratulations to your 2015 Team South Dakota 16U skaters and goalies!

The team was selected during tryouts at Larson Ice Center in Brookings over the weekend of April 12th and 13th. While the National Champions Team SD will lose some valuable players who have aged out of the team, the squad of 20 plus five alternates includes 11 players who return to the squad with their National Championship experience. Five players from Team South Dakota 14U are moving up this year – skaters who also played in the 2014 National Championship. It’s no wonder that Chuck Vockler, Coach of Team South Dakota 16U is optimistic for a repeat in Plano, TX March 26-30, 2015!

We had the opportunity to visit with Coach Vockler and several of the players at the Larson Ice Center over the weekend. Be sure to scroll down to watch those interviews!

Here is the roster for your 2015 Team South Dakota 16U.

 

 

2015 TEAM SOUTH DAKOTA 16U
Skater Local Association Status
Jackson Armstrong Rushmore Thunder N
Landon Badger Oahe Capitals R
Zachery Bettmeng Sioux Falls Flyers R
Zacc Christopherson Sioux Falls Flyers N
Luke Evans Sioux Falls Flyers M
Jesse Grosdidier Mitchell Marlins R
Hunter Hegdahl Brookings Rangers R
Carter Krogman Brookings Rangers M
Colton Kruse Brookings Rangers N
Tristin Kuehn Brookings Rangers R
Owen Leberknight Rushmore Thunder R
Zach Lehman Sioux Falls Flyers N
Nathan Miller Sioux Falls Flyers R
Jack Oberg Rushmore Thunder R
Jacob Otta Sioux Falls Flyers R
Sam Prisbe Sioux Falls Flyers N
Jesse Reed Brandon Valley Icecats M
Tristian Scandin Sioux Falls Flyers N
Jarett Spiering Watertown Lakers R
Jagr Wasem Aberdeen Cougars R
Alternates Local Association Status
Rob Luken Watertown Lakers A,N
Alex Ortmeier Watertown Lakers A, M
Anthony Petrotto Rushmore Thunder A, R
Parker Riddle Watertown Lakers A, N
Gage Weeks Watertown Lakers A, M
M = Moved Up from 14U Team South Dakota
N = New to 16U Team South Dakota
R = Returning to 16U Team South Dakota
A = 16U Team South Dakota Alternate

 

Brookings Mites shine in Minnesota Showcase League

Brookings Mites

Front Row: Alex Kass, Brayden Bingham, Chase Karch, Jacob Kahle, Carter Runge, Riley Lathrop, Gerritt Kass Second Row: Jordan Raatz, Owen Schneider, Ren Jacobsen, Jack Merritt, Jacob Peterson, Addison Ronning, Alexei Kuhl, Breck Hirrschoff Back Row: Jacob Ramlo

A group of 7 and 8 year olds from Brookings participated in the Minneapolis Showcase Hockey League the first weekend of April and went 4-0 with a total of 37 goals scored with only 15 allowed onthe weekend.

The team consists of skaters in the Mite program from the Brookings Ice Skating Association.

Their first game was against a team from Blaine, MN which had payed their 30 full ice games on the year.

Since Brookings Mites play half ice during their tourney play, for many of the players this was their first taste of full ice play.

In their first game of the weekend the Mites defeated Blaine 7-3. Addison Ronning was in the goal and had 25 blocked shots.

Games 2 and 3 were against the Southside Seadogs with Brookings winning both games by scores of 9-6 and 9-5. The Mites finished the weekend besting the MCC Vipers by a score of 12-1 in a game in which they outshot their opponent 52-6.

The Brookings Mites return to action the first weekend in May in Minneapolis to finish out their 8 game league play.

They currently lead the league standings with 8 points.

Hockey605 Note:  We want to thank Dr. Jon Schneider from Brookings, who submitted this great article.  If you have information about a team or event, please send it to us through our Contact page above.

Dr. Jon – YOU ARE HOCKEY605!

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! Your Team South Dakota U16 Boys

2014 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!
Your Team South Dakota U16 Boys

Team South Dakota are GOLDEN!

Team South Dakota U16 Boys are bringing home the gold from the USA Hockey National Championships in Northern Virginia.  Our South Dakota lads had a successful hunt for the gold, bringing the Delaware Ducks handily 7-1 in the Championship Match.

Jack Oberg (Rushmore Thunder) put Team South Dakota first on the scoreboard just 38 seconds in with an assist from Zach Bettmeng (Sioux Falls Flyers). Nathan Miller (Sioux Falls Flyers) scored the second South Dakota goal at 4:43 with assistance from Landon Badger (Oahe Capitals) and Mitchell Moeller (Watertown Lakers). Two minutes later, Bettmeng, assisted by Oberg and Jacob Otta (Sioux Falls Flyers), added a third goal to end the period 3-1.   Story continues at TSD U16 Boys Are Golden!