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SCHEELS IcePlex Ribbon-Cutting to Feature Hockey Legends

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SCHEELS IcePlex, Sioux Falls, SD — Two great celebrity names in professional hockey will be in Sioux Falls for the official dedication and ribbon cutting of the SCHEELS IcePlex on

Yankton Area Ice Association Legend Hockey Goalie Camp

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Yankton Area Ice Association brought Legend Hockey, a goalie and skills development camp, to Yankton November 9th – 11th to help players and coaches get the season off to a

When your child gets cut from the team

With hockey tryouts for many this week, we thought we’d share ideas to help parents help kids in the difficult situation of being cut from the team or not making the A

Hockey Tryouts and How to Make the Team

Tips and suggestions on the tryouts process and how to make the team.   ACCUMULATED WISDOM There is a lot of wisdom out there for people who look for it

South Dakota Tournament Schedule

We took a look at the youth hockey tournaments registered and this is the schedule we came up with.  We can’t be sure that the tournament schedule is completely accurate

SCHEELS IcePlex Ribbon-Cutting to Feature Hockey Legends

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SCHEELS IcePlex, Sioux Falls, SD — Two great celebrity names in professional hockey will be in Sioux Falls for the official dedication and ribbon cutting of the SCHEELS IcePlex on Monday, November 17 at 4: 30 pm.

Jeremy Roenick and Jack O’Callahan, both former National Hockey League (NHL) standouts for the Chicago Blackhawks and other professional teams, will be here to talk about the importance of the new ice facility in developing young athletes in our region.

With an18-year NHL career, Jeremy Roenick was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2007, he became the third American-born player to score 500 goals in the NHL. Since retiring in 2009, Roenick has provided color commentary on NBC sports.

Jack O’Callahan is probably best known as a member of the 1980 Winter Olympics United States National team that upset the Soviet Union in the famous “Miracle on Ice” game. After that, O’Callahan turned professional, playing 390 regular season games between 1982-89 for the Chicago Blackhawks and the New Jersey Devils. He was inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999. After retiring in 1989, O’Callahan returned to Chicago to work in the financial services business on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He currently works on behalf of the Blackhawk Alumni Association.

“Bringing these two superstars to Sioux Falls is a fitting way to officially dedicate our new indoor ice facility,” said Ben Graham, Director and co-organizer of Ice Sports Association. “Our efforts to build the SCHEELS IcePlex have always centered on the development of our youth in this region and on leadership. It will be inspiring to hear from two NHL greats that have left their mark on the professional sports world through hard work and perseverance.”

The official ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 4:30 pm on Monday, November 17 at the SCHEELS IcePlex at center ice of the Furniture Mart Feature Rink. Youth figure skaters, hockey players and Stampede players will join officials on the ice. Roenick and O’Callahan will sign autographs for fans at the conclusion of the ceremony. SCHEELS is donating hockey pucks to attendees. The event is free and open to the public.

Yankton Area Ice Association Legend Hockey Goalie Camp

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Yankton Area Ice Association brought Legend Hockey, a goalie and skills development camp, to Yankton November 9th – 11th to help players and coaches get the season off to a great start!

Pictured below are Yankton Hockey Coaches, all of the Yankton goalies for the Mite through Boys JV level, and the Legend Hockey Coach: former University of North Dakota standout and former professional hockey player, Jordan Parise (older brother to Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild). The coaches and players had a great goalie session on Sunday night and are looking forward to the player and coach training on Monday and the Skills Development camp on Tuesday with the Legend Skating coaches!

If you are interested in joining Yankton hockey or would like more information, visit the Yankton Area Ice Association website here.

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When your child gets cut from the team

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With hockey tryouts for many this week, we thought we’d share ideas to help parents help kids in the difficult situation of being cut from the team or not making the A team. This post draws from an article by Janis B. Meredith and other resources, noted at the end.

Hockey moms and dads, you know you get every bit as nervous as your kids do when they are trying out for a team. If they truly love the sport, kids that are on the fence for making the team will likely experience one of two feelings after the end of tryouts: euphoria or devastation. This is especially true with kids that have been playing specific sports their entire lives. Getting cut from a sport you love is a terrible feeling, but usually the feeling is short lived. Like any other obstacle that comes in life, kids will learn to address their shortcomings, and move on. As parents, what can you do to help your child cope with not making the team?  » Read more..

Hockey Tryouts and How to Make the Team

hockey tryouts 2Tips and suggestions on the tryouts process and how to make the team.

 

ACCUMULATED WISDOM

There is a lot of wisdom out there for people who look for it and then pay attention to it. For years, we have posted up this list about high school tryouts and how to make the high school team for players. It was originally put together by a high school baseball coach and has been amended many times to fit individual sports. Here are some tips on how to make the team.  » Read more..

South Dakota Tournament Schedule

We took a look at the youth hockey tournaments registered and this is the schedule we came up with.  We can’t be sure that the tournament schedule is completely accurate – check with the local organization to be sure!  If any information is incorrect or if we have excluded a tournament, please let us know through the contact form!

Click the Read More button to the right to see the entire schedule.

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Coach Dan Houck instructs players at Scheels IcePlex

Top-level coach Dan Houck was at the Scheels IcePlex this weekend teaching a variety of upper-level hockey essentials to several age groups of players.  We caught up with him after the Saturday sessions.

Skaters as young as three take advantage of IcePlex skating events.

The IcePlex had its opening public events Sunday and to no one’s surprise, a lot of skaters showed up. The first event was the Hockey Headquarters Stick & Puck event, where skaters of all ages got to show up, bring their sticks and pucks and practice on a fresh sheet of ice. The youngest skater there was Sam, a three-year-old who was there with his dad and brother, Max. We got a talk with Sam’s dad Justin Kallas and here is that conversation.

IcePlex kicks off first Hockey Headquarters Stick & Puck session.

We have been anxiously awaiting the opening events at the IcePlex and we got our wish, being there for the very first Hockey Headquarters Stick & Puck event.  Dozens of skaters enjoyed the event.  IcePlex manager Brian Prisbe talks about the Stick & Puck event below.

Hockey Headquarters newest Hockey605 major sponsor!

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Hockey605 is very happy to announce a deal that’s been in the works for quite a while.  Hockey Headquarters is joining up as a major site sponsor!

We’re really looking forward to showing you how special the store and the people behind it are.  You can expect lots of great information from Hockey Headquarters as part of this agreement.

The Hockey Gear Experts

We’re in the process of producing some Expert Videos – talking about everything in hockey gear.  We’ll be right at the store with Bert and other Hockey Headquarters experts telling YOU what to look for.

Game, Wrap-Up Show and Video Sponsor

Hockey Headquarters will be sponsoring live games during the season and during the state tournaments we cover.  They will be a sponsor on all of our weekly wrap-up shows you enjoy so much on the Hockey605TV YouTube channel!  You will also see Hockey Headquarters information on highlight videos and other videos you enjoy from Hockey605!

Special Events

Through the year, Hockey Headquarters hosts special events.  The next event is the annual Swap Meet!  This is a great opportunity to move some of your old gear on to its next owner and an even better opportunity to pick up some great gear at parking-lot prices!  The Hockey Headquarters is hosting this FREE event on Saturday September 27th.  There’s no charge to set up a table or sell your gear out of the back of your car.

Hockey605 will be there to cover the action and visit with you.  Mark your calendars!

 

 

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.

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