State Of Hockey Roundup – Dec. 13

The State of Hockey Roundup is a weekly collection of hockey stories from around Minnesota. If you have a story you’d like to share, please add a link in the comment section below.

An interesting article from Minnesota Hockey about how age appropriate training can eliminate the age advantage found in players born earlier in the calendar year. As a summer birthday, I could’ve used this info in the 80’s (Minnesota Hockey official site).

Part One of a two-part column from Kevin Hartzell about leadership and the importance for leaders to have “why” behind their motivation (Let’s Play Hockey).

State of Hockey legend and Team USA World Junior coach Phil Housley talks for about a half hour about growing up in South Saint Paul, his illustrious NHL career, coaching, influences and his philosophies, including the “24 Hour Rule” (via Jim Thompson, Responsible Sports).

Since returning from a broken leg, Wild prospect and Plymouth resident Mario Lucia has been as hot as a grill in July. For the second-straight week the University of Notre Dame freshman was named the CCHA Rookie of the Week (via Notre Dame official site).

The WCHA Players of the Week had a number of Minnesota ties, including a pair of Huskies, on both the men’s and women’s sides (via WCHA official site).

Rugged Hermantown defenseman and University of Minnesota-Duluth recruit Neal Pionk drops hits like Taylor Swift. In a Q&A, the Blueliner talks about picking UMD, playing for Hermantown and his ‘nasty’ streak (via Loren Nelson, MN Hockey Hub).

Stillwater’s Sara Bustad plays with an edge, as well, and isn’t shy about mixing it up. The Minnesota State Mankato recruit played boys’ hockey until high school and doesn’t mind the physical nature of the game (via Aaron Paitich, MN Girls Hockey Hub).

St. Thomas Academy has submitted a request to the Minnesota State high School League to paly in Class 2A for boys hockey beginning in the 2013-14 season (via Tim Leighton, Pioneer Press).

Minnehaha Academy hopes to achieve the heights of traditional high school hockey powers in Minnesota (via Breakdown Sports, YouTube).

Jim Hoey examines the impact Minnesotans have had on the Air Force Academy‘s hockey team (via Minnesota Hockey Magazine).

NHL Green Slapshots recognized the Minnesota Wild as a leader in sustainability. Stick tap to all the Wild co-workers of the Lighthouse on this initiative, and, yes, the Lighthouse recycles (via NHL.com).

Wild radio host Kevin Falness takes listeners on a weekly stroll around the State of Hockey (via PONDcast).

The Wild coaching staff hosted Fantasy Camp for a handful of lucky fans at Xcel Energy Center yesterday. WildTV was there for the highlights and reaction from the three stars, including one of the FOX Sports North Girls Jenny. Below is a photo of Chad Anderson, who scored a hat trick and was the game’s first star.

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