As you watch the Winter Games in Sochi, there are some valuable lessons in the short biographies of eight men from Minnesota who have risen to the top of their sport. Their growth from Minnesota youth hockey to outstanding performers in the NHL earned them a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, and it is instructive to look into the paths they chose along the way.
Six of them played high school hockey through their senior year (two at Shattuck-St. Mary’s), while one chose the USHL and one went to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP) in Ann Arbor, Mich., for his junior and senior years.
It is never too early to start to plan for college tuition. The Marshfield Friends of Hockey awards scholarships to deserving players. The criteria for the award includes preparing an essay that describes the lesson that the player has learned by playing on the team, it also includes being an active member in the fund-raising, participation in the community service projects, and being a team player. Please keep the requirements in mind as the years roll along and the fund-raising events and community service projects are announced. The specific criteria and deadline for the essay will be available at a later date.