An amazing run finally came to an end for the Edina Junior Gold A hockey team as they lost to a team from California Sunday night, ending the club's dream of a national title.
That doesn't diminish what they accomplished, as the team is on its way back to Minnesota Monday with bronze medals around their necks.
Edina's Junior Gold A hockey team captured the state title Monday, but only after a game against their arch-rival and top-ranked Wayzata that stretched out over two days and seven overtime periods.
The contest began Sunday at 4:30 p.m., but was suspended when a power outage knocked out electricity to the Plymouth Ice Center. Tournament organizers scheduled the game to resume at 7 p.m. Monday night, but the contest was locked up 2-2 at the end of regulation. So the teams played... and played... and played.
The teams skated three 10-minute overtime periods, the ice was resurfaced, then three more 10-minute periods and a second resurfacing. Finally, with 6:03 left in the seventh overtime Edina defenseman Chris Bloom scored a power play goal to mercifully end the hockey marathon at 10:12 p.m.
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Edina now advances to the National Junior Gold Tournament in St. Louis.
Why is Edina hockey so successful? An interesting article by John Hamre in this week’s Let’s Play Hockey attempts to answer just that.
As Hamre discovers (and we agree) the success of Edina hockey can’t be attributed to a single action, thing or individual. It’s a collective effort from the entire community including:
Our success is not measured by the number of banners hanging in Braemar. It’s measured by the fun our kids have — that they learn the game the right way, get involved through community-service projects, and to enjoy playing the game for many, many years. That’s why we have quality programs for kids from pre-K to their senior year in high school because not every player will play for their high school team.
It’s up to the entire Edina community to keep this model of excellence alive for future generations and for kids of all abilities. We hope you enjoy the article. Perhaps pick up a printed copy at one of the rinks around town.
USA Hockey is implementing a new set of policies starting with the 2012-13 season called The SafeSport Program. The purpose of this program is to create the safest possible environment for participation in hockey. There will be a new position created to oversee the implementation of this program for each association. Tom Chorske will fill this position.
The comprehensive program is focused on creating an environment that will deter abusers and assist those in the hockey community in recognizing, reducing and responding to allegations or suspected abuse. You can read about the program by clicking on the link below.
If you observe anyone violating a SafeSport Program policy, contact Tom at email@example.com