The Red River Valley rivals New England as a premium destination for autumn foliage, and the hamlet of Moorhead hosts one calling card that stands tall against the oaks and maples of Vermont and all the rest.
The Battle for the Blue Ox.
Now entering its eighth season, the Battle for the Blue Ox is one of the premier Bantam tournaments in the state of Minnesota, this year featuring nearly 30 teams, including a dozen or so that could rank at, or near, the top of the Minnesota and North Dakota rankings.
This year's tournament features five teams from North Dakota, a number that continues to grow with each passing season. Adding out-of-state groups, even neighboring ones, helps give the Blue Ox an added layer of flavor that sets it apart from other competitions, and fosters a healthy rivalry between the Flickertail State and the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Youth Hockey Hub would like to extend a sincere thanks to the Moorhead Youth Hockey Association and its small army of volunteer parents. Without these groups, this tournament would not run, smoothly or otherwise.
It's fall in the Red River Valley, and that can only mean it's time to strap on the skates and buckle the chinstrap just a little bit tighter.
It's time to battle for the Blue Ox.
Hermantown celebrates after holding on for last year's Battle for the Blue Ox championship.
Hermantown's Nolan Barker is one of several returners from last year's Bantam AA team.
|Roman Hauch||Minnetonka BAA||Moorhead|
|Tom Kuppich||Grand Forks||East Grand Forks|
|Peter Odney||Woodbury||White Bear Lake|
|Tony Scott||Edina||Grand Forks|
Eddie Revenig helps lead a potent Edina from the blue line.
As YHH has done throughout the spring and summer, we ask that fans and players adhere to the protocols of Minnesota Hockey and the state of Minnesota. For the updated Minnesota Hockey Return to Play guidelines, click here.