AAU National Hockey Chair, Keith Noll and Trevor Hartwig, AAU National Staff hosted the inaugural AAU Ice Hockey meetings for mites(7u-8u) and squirts(9u-10u) at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN on March 7-8. The AAU meetings coincided with the, Let’s Play Hockey Expo and the Minnesota Boy’s State High School Ice Hockey Tournament.
The Let’s Play Hockey Expo had 150+ exhibitors and was attended by over 40,000 hockey players and fans during the two days of the Expo. The State Hockey Tournament had nearly 120,000 fans, with the games played at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, which is home to the Minnesota Wild. The tournament and Expo venues are directly connected to each other.
At the AAU meetings, there were representatives from 18 states to discuss opportunities for the AAU Mite and Squirt programs on a National basis. The committee agreed to a National format for this program.
Also, as a result of the meeting, the AAU Ice Hockey Program is happy to announce that the Inaugural, “AAU National Ice Hockey Championships” for Mites and Squirts will be conducted March 6 – 9, 2014 in Edina, Minnesota with the host facility being the Minnesota Made Ice Center. The AAU Hockey Committee will be expecting in excess of 1,500 youth hockey players at the AAU championships. There will be open times during the championships that the teams will have an opportunity to attend the Let’s Play Hockey Expo and the High School Tournament. The World’s largest consumer hockey Expo and the State Tournament will be provide extra excitement for the athletes, coaches, and parents.
Further information on the youth ice hockey program will be released soon.
Hockey National Chair – Keith Noll: 715-231-4000, firstname.lastname@example.org
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