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The Youth Movement

While we are currently deep into the NHL off-season, I thought it would be nice to step away from the Wild for a bit and focus on other aspects of hockey life in Minnesota.

One of the perks of living in a state covered by ice five months out of the year is that kids get ample opportunities to get out and play some puck. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood revolve around the outdoor rinks in my hometown - finishing dinner, grabbing my skates, and going out to play a pick-up game with my family until either the rink attendant called us into the warming house at closing time, or my older brother threw me over the boards into a giant snowbank. Given the amount of people we encountered on those subzero nights, its entirely likely that rinks all over the state were just as busy.

So its really no surprise that youth hockey is as important in our state as opening night of the NHL season.

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