The winter sun rises to welcome the day, The pond’s finally frozen and ready for play. — From “Ben and Lucy Play Pond Hockey” by Andrew SherburneIt’s that time of year again in the Upper Midwest. The lakes and ponds are frozen solid. The neighborhood parks have flooded their rinks. The warming houses are open. The sounds of pucks hitting wood boards and chain-link goals fill the air. It’s time for hockey in the great outdoors. Hockey players in Minnesota really don’t know how lucky they have it.
The more we study youth athletic development, the more we realize how few absolutes there truly are. Take for example the assertion that practice makes permanent. In many cases, it is true and I’ve written the phrase in this paper. If you practice skating standing up, you’ll learn to skate standing up. Of course, we wouldn’t argue that when a 4-year-old hits the ice and begins to learn to skate that their incorrect stride mechanics are damaging to their stride.
Here in Minnesota, hockey is strongly woven into our fabric of life. Our state high school tournament regularly sells out. College hockey gets higher television ratings than some college or pro basketball broadcasts. The Minnesota Wild average more than 100-percent capacity at the Xcel Energy Center. Indoor and outdoor rinks dot the landscape of the North Star State. Learning to skate, shoot and stickhandle is a rite of passage for countless Minnesota kids every winter.
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