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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

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,

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

Hockey Headquarters newest Hockey605 major sponsor!

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

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

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!

Site Sponsor Banner

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.

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