The end of September means most Minnesota Hockey association’s clinics are over. Tryouts are going to start. The month of October usually flies by as thousands of Minnesota hockey teams are formed over the next six weeks. The best part of October is that kids can still sign up and play hockey with most associations.
The Minnesota Elite Prep Development League (MEPDL) will join the fray for a berth to USA Hockey’s National U16 Tier I. The league has submitted declaration forms to USA Hockey stating their intent to participate in USA District/Nationals for the 2014/2015 season. This means that at least three teams (Shattuck-St. Mary’s, the Minnesota Magicians, and MEPDL) will compete in the Minnesota District tournament next March for the right to represent Minnesota at the U16 level. The MEPDL will not send a U18 team.