Friday, January 30, 2009

Game photos: Stingers, Eagles and Polars

We've posted photos from 3 games so far this season. As usual you can view them by entering the password "mnhockey" when requested. You can also order prints from this web site, save a full resolution version of any image to your local computer, and add comments (such as the name(s) of your favorite players!).

All the photos are in one album, these links take you to the start of each game. You can also start from the beginning and page through:
If anyone has other photos they'd like to contribute or share, please email John Faughnan at

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Coaching tips pages for Minnesota Special Hockey

We’ve created a set of pages with tips for coaches and volunteers. We hope to collect tips and best practices from all our teams and from other special hockey organizations.

Anyone who has an account with MN Special Hockey can log in and edit these pages. Many people have accounts but may not have used them, please contact john faughnan ( for a password reminder or to get setup with a free Special Hockey Account*.

We can also invite anyone with a Gmail account of any type to become a contributor. Please contact john faughnan ( if interested.

* Google gives us free Google Apps Education edition services.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hockey Mom getaways and help for MN Hockey from Red Baron Pizza

Red Baron pizza is a new corporate sponsor Minnesota Hockey and Minnesota Special Hockey. They’re also offering a Hockey Moms Relaxation Getaway

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Do you know a hockey mom that goes above and beyond?  To recognize the hard work of hockey moms, the makers of Red Baron® pizza are proud to sponsor the seventh annual Salute to Hockey Moms. Players, families, and friends can nominate their favorite hockey mom with an essay of 150 words or fewer. Entry forms are available at the Red Baron® pizza freezer case in participating Cub Foods stores, or at

Ten winning moms will be rewarded with great prizes including a $1,000 contribution to their child’s hockey association, a refreshing spa visit, a $50 Cub Foods gift card, and more — plus they’ll be introduced during intermission of the Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five Championship Game on March 21, 2009 at the Xcel Energy Center where one mom will win a relaxation getaway.

Encourage your players to nominate their favorite hockey mom today --- entries should be postmarked by February 14, 2009 and received by February 23, 2009!  For more details, please see the attachment.

I suspect our Hockey Moms should be serious contenders …

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Practice drill ideas from Special Olympics Floor Hockey

Special Olympics floor hockey has a superb web site of drills that can be adapted for use in Special Hockey.

The sports skills list includes
There's a PDF on the page that summarizes all the skills teaching. I'm going to add these links to our reference page and to the Wikipedia article on Special Hockey.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Stingers and Polars news posters wanted

If a Stinger or Polar person and you'd like to help post team news here, please email me at and I can help get you started.

I can post Eagles' news, but if any other Eagle wants to help too there's room for more.

John Faughnan
(Tim, Ben)

Clothing orders due by JANUARY 19th

Jane Cashin is taking orders for MN Special Hockey clothing.

This older (stingers/polars) flyer shows what the gear looks like and helps with sizing, but don't use it for ordering.

Please see these directions for ordering advice (Jane Cashin):

We will be taking orders for sweatshirts and skating pants until Monday, January 19th.

  • Crew Neck Sweatshirt (adult S-XXL, youth M-L) - $46
  • Hooded Sweatshirt (adult S-XXL, youth M-L) - $50
  • Skating Pants (adult S-XL, youth S-XL) - $38
Email your order to: Jane Cashin at She will confirm that she received your order. If you do not receive a confirmation email call her at 612-581-4483.

Please email Jane the following information for EACH apparel item ordered:
  • Team name
  • Apparel type: Crew or Hooded or Pants
  • Size (include Youth or Adult)
  • Athlete name (optional)
  • Athlete Number (optional):
Please send a check made out to Minnesota Special Hockey for your total items purchased to :

Jane Cashin
7009 Weston Circle
Edina, MN 55439