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HBF Rink Rats skaters appeared at WCHA Final Face off March 4

03/13/2017, 4:00pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Herb Brooks Foundation Media Director

The Herb Brooks Foundation’s Rink Rats kids were special guests at the Women’s WCHA Final Face-Off Saturday, March 4, at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The kids participated in the pre-game on-ice ceremony before the game between Wisconsin and North Dakota. They also played a game of their own to show off their newly-learned skills during the first intermission.

After the game they collected autographs from former WCHA Olympians at the post-game autograph session.

Thanks to Morrie’s Automotive Group for providing transportation, and also to the WCHA for the invitation.

Here is a photo gallery of the special day:

Herb Brooks Foundation commits to move original Herb Brooks statue to the National Sports Center

01/30/2017, 4:00pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Herb Brooks Foundation Media Director

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Blaine, Minn. (January 26, 2017) – The Herb Brooks Foundation announced that it will donate the original Herb Brooks statue to the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine, Minn. The original six-foot tall statue, which was located at 317 Washington Street, at Rice Park, adjacent to the Xcel Energy Center, was recently replaced by a larger statue.

Perfect weather for the Sticks in Stillwater Mite Hockey Festival, Jan. 14-15

01/15/2017, 4:15pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Herb Brooks Foundation Media Director

Fifty-two mite teams from the metro Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota enjoyed perfect outdoor hockey weather at the second annual Sticks in Stillwater Mite Hockey Festival, January 14-15, 2017. Temperatures in the 20's and bright sunshine greeted the players and their fans.

All players were 6, 7 or 8 years old. A total of 104 mite games were played over the course of the weekend. Games were three-on-three, with no goalies, on smaller sheets of ice. Eight sheets of outdoor ice were configured at the St. Croix Valley Recreation Center.

Any Sticks in Stillwater proceeds after expenses will benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation to further its mission to make hockey accessible and affordable to all kids. The Foundation has been running highly popular “Rink Rats” programs throughout the fall and winter in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Rink Rats program targets kids who normally wouldn’t have access to traditional hockey programs, providing free equipment and coaching.

In addition to the outdoor hockey, players and their families enjoyed meeting hockey celebrities such as Henry Boucha, Rob McClanahan, Bill Butters, Aaron Broten and Jack Carlson.

Here is a photo gallery of some of the images from a great weekend!

Updated info on the Sticks in Stillwater mite hockey festival January 14-15, 2017

11/16/2016, 2:15pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Herb Brooks Foundation Media Director

The Herb Brooks Foundation is proud to partner with the 2nd annual Sticks in Stillwater Mite Outdoor Hockey Festival, at the St. Croix Valley Recreation Center, 1675 Market Drive, Stillwater, Minn., January 14-15, 2017.  

Any proceeds after expenses will benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation to further its mission to make hockey accessible and affordable to all kids. The Foundation has been running highly popular “Rink Rats” programs throughout the fall and winter in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Rink Rats program targets kids who normally wouldn’t have access to traditional hockey programs, providing free equipment and coaching.

Herb Brooks Foundation honors St. Paul hockey legend Steve "Moose" Younghans with its 2016 Hall of Fame Award

06/17/2016, 8:15pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Herb Brooks Foundation Media Director

Blaine, Minn. (June 17, 2016) -- The Herb Brooks Foundation’s (HBF) presented their annual Hall of Fame Award for 2016 to Steve "Moose" Younghans, who has been a fixture in the St. Paul Johnson hockey community since 1979.  A highly successful youth hockey coach, his Bantam A teams made 11 State Tournament appearances and took home three State Championships in 1982, 1989, and 1992.  He served on the Johnson Youth Hockey Association Board of Directors in every position for over 30 years.

The award was presented at a banquet following the annual Herb Brooks Foundation Golf Classic, which was held at Victory Links golf course, on the campus of the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The Hall of Fame Award honors those individuals who have significantly contributed to growing the game of hockey, the mission of the Herb Brooks Foundation.