Hockey

The Puck Stops Here

The Plymouth Ice Center is one of the busiest ice arenas in the state and after a few recent upgrades, it’s ready to host one of the largest youth hockey tournaments in the country this month. The USA Hockey National High School Tournament, a five-day event, will showcase the skills of hockey teams from high schools across the U.S. For both local sports enthusiasts and the city of Plymouth as a whole, the tournament promises to be an exciting experience.

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A Season, and a Summer, to Remember

Woodbury native Jake Guentzel will remember the summer of 2017 for the rest of his life. On the night of June 11, he helped his NHL Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators in a six-game series.  

Then, on Thursday, July 13, Guentzel brought the Stanley Cup to Woodbury.

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Home Ice

Tyler Nanne has always dreamed about playing hockey for the University of Minnesota. After deciding to transfer from Ohio State due to medical reasons, Nanne is glad to be back in his home state and able to carry on the tradition of being a third-generation of Nanne Golden Gopher hockey players. “I’m excited to get back into shape and skate with the guys. Taking 10 months off of the game was hard, but I am now able to work out and skate again,” says Nanne. “I’ve enjoyed being home and going to school for sure. It’s been a great adjustment.”

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Hustling Upward

Since his earliest days on skates at the age of 5, Plymouth resident Timo Pelto has displayed a knack for hockey. A scoring star through the mite, peewee, bantam and high school levels, Pelto took on his biggest challenge last winter when he left the Orono High School team mid-season to join the St. Croix Valley Magicians, a Junior A team playing in the United States Premier Hockey League. At the time he was only 16–and Minnesota's youngest Junior A player–joining a team and league dominated by 19-and 20-year olds.

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The North American Pond Hockey Championship Keeps Local Legend Dave Bigham’s Spirit Alive

Shorewood’s Dave Bigham was many things to many people. Depending on whom you ask, you’ll hear that he was one of the greatest athletes to ever come out of Mankato, and someone whose career credentials include being drafted by the Minnesota Twins, playing for the St. Paul Vulcans of the United States Hockey League, and being inducted into the Minnetonka Millers’ baseball hall of fame.

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Kids Skate with the Greats

When it comes to midwest winters, kids and hockey seem to go hand in hand. With that in mind, the inaugural Sticks in Stillwater event on February 5-7 is set to be a festive celebration of all things hockey and will feature a weekend-long outdoor mite hockey tournament.

The three-day event will be jam packed with outdoor fun, music, coaches and players clinics, a boot hockey game between members of public safety and the military, merchandise for sale and evening events including a screening of Miracle, complete with popcorn.

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He’s Alive: Hockey Player Writes a Book About Hope, Courage and Miracles

I’m Alive: Courage, Hope and a Miracle is the story of Edina resident and former high school hockey star Duke Pieper, who, at 15, reached both the heights and depths of his young life. A lurking blood vessel malformation in his brain began its siege minutes before Pieper’s debut as a freshman on the Hill-Murray High School varsity hockey team. In place of his dreams of hockey stardom, Pieper found illness, surgery, infection, paralysis, months of hospitalization and lingering disability.

Wayzata’s Hockey Twins Ally and Ashley Wiitala

Twin sisters Ally and Ashley Wiitala have done their part to make Wayzata High School girls’ hockey coach Becky Wacker’s job easier this season. Because the senior forwards are both wearing their hair in braids, it will be easier to see the numbers on the back of their uniforms—sometimes the only way the coach can tell them apart.

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