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BHS: Three events in 2021 including new "Champions Cup"

By YHH Staff , 09/15/21, 11:00PM CDT

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Youth Hockey Hub announces full dates/times and teams for The Opener, the Champions Cup, and the Hockey For Life Classic.

Fall Podcast - 2021

CHAMPIONS CUP ADDED TO YHH'S ROSTER OF EVENTS


Hill-Murray Head Coach Bill Lechner and his Pioneers will square off with Eden Prairie in the opening game of the Champions Cup.

With the 2021-2022 high school hockey season on the horizon, Youth Hockey Hub is proud to announce its lineup of high school events for the upcoming year. 

The Opener returns after a year’s hiatus and will be played during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The event will feature a handful of the state’s top programs, including Bloomington Jefferson, Chaska, Cretin-Derham Hall, Duluth East, Eastview, and St. Thomas Academy. As in years past, The Opener will be held at historic Bloomington Ice Garden. 

Like The Opener, the Hockey For Life Classic returns for another season, played just after Christmas in Prior Lake. The tournament follows a round-robin format and will feature 12 games played from Dec. 28-30. Private schools St. Thomas Academy and Totino-Grace will battle with public school powerhouses Eden Prairie, Edina, Moorhead, Lakeville North, Prior Lake, and Chaska at the Dakotah! Ice Center. 

This year, new to the family of YHH events is the Champions Cup, a set of games to be played at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center. The Champions Cup will feature a Ryder Cup-style scoring system, with each period counting toward an overall score. 

Teams that “win” a period will receive one point, regardless of the game’s actual score. If the period ends in a “tie,” both teams receive half a point. Junior varsity games will also count toward a team’s overall score. 

Outside of the scoring system, the Champions Cup will feature a public vs. private format. The event’s first contest will pit the 2021 Class AA state champion, Eden Prairie, against 2020 champion Hill-Murray. Rounding out the field are Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Hermantown. 

Continue reading for full varsity schedules. 

The Opener Schedule (Nov. 26-27)


St. Thomas Academy forward and Bloomington native Tyler Grahme will skate one last time in his backyard at The Opener this Thanksgiving.

Date Site Time Visiting Team Home Tam
November 26 Bloomington Ice Garden 3:00 PM Chaska St. Thomas Academy
November 26 Bloomington Ice Garden 7:00 PM Eastview Bloomington Jefferson
November 27 Bloomington Ice Garden 3:00 PM Duluth East Chaska
November 27 Bloomington Ice Garden 7:00 PM St. Thomas Academy Cretin-Derham Hall

Champions Cup Schedule (Dec. 3-4)


Eden Prairie sophomore Teddy Townsend will make his high school debut at The Champions Cup in St. Louis Park.

Date Site Time Visiting Team Home Team
December 3 SLP Rec Center 6:00 PM Eden Prairie Hill-Murray
December 3 SLP Rec Center 8:00 PM Hermantown Benilde St. Margaret's
December 4 SLP Rec Center 12:30 PM Benilde St. Margaret's Eden Prairie
December 4 SLP Rec Center 2:30 PM Hill-Murray Hermantown

Hockey For Life Schedule (Dec. 28-30)


Will Schumacher and his Prior Lake squad will partake in the Hockey For Life Classic this December.

Date Site Time Visiting Team Home Team
December 28 Dakotah! Ice Center 12:00 PM Totino-Grace Chaska
December 28 Dakotah! Ice Center 2:30 PM Lakeville North Prior Lake
December 28 Dakotah! Ice Center 5:00 PM St. Thomas Academy Eden Prairie
December 28 Dakotah! Ice Center 7:00 PM Moorhead Edina
December 29 Dakotah! Ice Center 12:00 PM Lakeville North Totino-Grace
December 29 Dakotah! Ice Center 2:30 PM St. Thomas Academy Moorhead
December 29 Dakotah! Ice Center 5:00 PM Chaska Eden Prairie
December 29 Dakotah! Ice Center 7:00 PM Edina Prior Lake
December 30 Dakotah! Ice Center 12:00 PM Eden Prairie Totino-Grace
December 30 Dakotah! Ice Center 2:30 PM Prior Lake Moorhead
December 30 Dakotah! Ice Center 5:00 PM Edina St. Thomas Academy
December 30 Dakotah! Ice Center 7:00 PM Chaska Lakeville North

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