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Herb Brooks Foundation seeks applicants for Executive Director position

12/14/2017, 12:00pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Herb Brooks Foundation Media

Herb Brooks Foundation
Executive Director Position Description
Posted: December 15, 2017

About the Herb Brooks Foundation

The Herb Brooks Foundation (HBF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that utilizes the values and passion of Coach Herb Brooks to fulfill its mission of growing the game of hockey; to give kids a positive experience in the game; and to learn life lessons.

The HBF is based at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota, with office space and administrative support provided through a partnership with the National Sports Center. The HBF operates the Herb Brooks Training Center on the NSC campus, a dryland hockey training facility.

More information:

The Executive Director position

The HBF is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. This position is roughly 60 percent time. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Applicants should have some experience in each of the categories listed below.

Here are the components of the position, in order of priority and importance:

1. Chief Fundraiser

The Executive Director will be responsible for leading efforts, and doing much of the on-the-ground work, to raise funds for the organization. The major fund raising properties and opportunities include the annual HBF Golf Classic, the conceptual Herb Brooks Inspiration Center, potential fund-raising events such as a Hall of Fame Banquet, fundraising gala, sponsorships, individual giving, and other fundraising opportunities to be identified.

2. Program Management

The Executive Director will be responsible for managing existing and new HBF programs, including the Rink Rats program, special clinics, Let’s Play Hockey Expo and other community events. Program management involves scheduling staff, coaches, and volunteers, maintaining the HBF equipment inventory, and developing partnerships to further program development.

3. Fiscal and Operational Management

The Executive Director is responsible for maintaining the financial health of the HBF, filing required tax forms, and reporting financial information to the board of directors. The ED will also prepare materials for board meetings and committee meetings, and is expected to keep the board informed and involved with all aspects of the Foundation’s business operations.

4. Future Strategic Planning

Together with the board of directors, the Executive Director is expected to take the lead in planning the future strategic vision for the HBF.

How to apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to the Barclay Kruse, the Herb Brooks Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer,  No phone calls please.

John McClellan announces retirement as Executive Director of the Herb Brooks Foundation

12/14/2017, 12:00pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Herb Brooks Foundation Media

Blaine, Minn. (December 14, 2017) – The Herb Brooks Foundation announced today that John McClellan will be retiring from his position as Executive Director of the Herb Brooks Foundation, where he has served since 2011. 

“I have totally enjoyed this experience,” McClellan said. “The kids in our programs, our coaches, parents, volunteers, our board members, and all the hockey people who care about giving back to the sport we all love.”

The mission of the Foundation is to grow the game of hockey, and McClellan and the board have targeted their outreach to inner city populations who would be unlikely to experience the sport of hockey without the Foundation’s free programs like Rink Rats.

Herb Brooks Foundation and NHLPA Goals & Dreams team up

12/13/2017, 2:15pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

NHL Players donation will purchase a significant amount of youth hockey equipment to introduce hockey to local youth

Blaine, Minn. (December 13, 2017) -- The Herb Brooks Foundation (HBF) announced today they have received a donation of a significant quantity of hockey equipment, courtesy of the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s (NHLPA) Goals & Dreams fund.

This donation of hockey equipment from the NHLPA Goals & Dreams will be dedicated to supporting the HBF’s Rink Rat Program. The Rink Rat program is dedicated to providing inner-city children the chance to play, learn and love the game of hockey at no cost. The 13 Rink Rats programs in Minneapolis and Saint Paul have served over 7,000 kids since the program’s inception in 2009, and last year introduced over 1,000 kids to the sport of hockey.

Buffalo Wild Wings in Minneapolis offers fund raising opportunity for HBF

12/05/2017, 3:15pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Herb Brooks Foundation Media

If you are in Minneapolis, you can eat at Buffalo Wild Wings on the University of Minnesota campus and raise funds to support the mission of the Herb Brooks Foundation! You need to present the "Home Team Advantage" card and then 10% of your sale will be donated to the HBF.  Promotion runs through February 28, 2018

Buffalo Wild Wings location: 2001 SE University Ave. (Station 19). Next door to Mariucci, Ridder and Williams Arenas.

Just show this card:

Holiday shoppers can benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation by shopping on

11/22/2017, 2:30pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Herb Brooks Foundation Media

Blaine, Minn. (November 20, 2017) -- Please keep the Herb Brooks Foundation in mind this holiday when shopping on Amazon. Simply go to You need to select our charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember the HBF, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to the Herb Brooks Foundation.

Proceeds from this donation will help fund the Herb Brooks Foundation’s mission to grow the game of hockey. Many kids who have benefitted from the Herb Brooks Foundation’s programs, including over 1,000 kids involved with the Rink Rats programs in Minneapolis and Saint Paul will thank you.