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2018 Bantam Elite Major Preview

By Peter Odney, 07/31/18, 6:15PM CDT


The league enters its fifth season with new partnership between YHH and MAP Hockey.

Jackson Blake will join the Penguins after skating for Great Plains last season.

BEL Enters Fifth Season

For five seasons, the Bantam Elite League has showcased some of the upper midwest’s top talent in the Bantam-age group, pitting the best players against each for several weeks during the months of August and September. Over 60 Bantam Elite League participants have gone on to commit to Division I programs.  

With a new partnership between the Youth Hockey Hub and MAP Hockey, the league has expanded to include a Minor Division and will feature road trips to some of college hockey’s most famed institutions. Bemidji State, St. Cloud State, and the University of Minnesota will all host a weekend’s worth of games for the Major Division, while the Minor Division will make a stop at the University of North Dakota.

Click here for more information on the Bantam Elite League

Maddox Fleming will suit up for Great Plains during the 2018 BEL Major season.

Players to Watch

Key Matchups

August 3 (St. Thomas Ice Arena)

North Stars vs. Sharks, 7 p.m.

North Dakota vs. Wisconsin, 8:45 p.m. 

August 8 (St. Thomas Ice Arena)

Bruins vs. Kings, 6 p.m. 

August 11 (Sanford Center-Bemidji State)

Penguins vs. Sharks, 1:15 p.m.

August 19 (Herb Brooks Center-St. Cloud State)

Great Plains vs. Sharks, 11:30 a.m.  

Finn Loftus, Blaine.

Players to Watch

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