Category: Boys Ice Hockey

N.D. HS hockey team delivers flowers to opponent who lost mother to cancer

A North Dakota hockey team visited the home of a grieving opposing player hours before game time to deliver flowers and offer condolences.
As the Grand Forks Herald reports, Red River High School (Grand Forks) junior defenseman Tanner Bernhardson was preparing for his game against Sheyenne (West Fargo, N.D.) on Thursday afternoon. It had been just three days since Bernhardson’s mother, Pam, died after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.
While sitting at home Thursday afternoon, he got quite the surprise from an unexpected visitor. The Sheyenne team bus pulled up at his house at about 4:30 p.m. As the Herald reports, Sheyenne players filed out of the bus carrying flowers and brought them to Tanner at the front door, offering condolences.
The two teams were facing each other just a few hours later.
“Pretty incredible,” Tanner’s father, Duane, told the Herald. “We knew our hockey community was pretty strong. We met a lot of friends. We’ve been involved with hockey not only in Grand Forks but across the state. It’s something we’ve enjoyed because of the people and stuff like this.
“It’s a surprise, but it’s not, you know?”

Sheyenne hockey team delivers flowers for Red River player who lost his mother to cancer
— Grand Forks Herald (@gfherald) November 30, 2018

Tanner Bernhardson told the Herald that the first two people he recognized walking up to the front door were Sheyenne head coach David Benson and junior defenseman Blaze Ackerland.
As it turned out, the visit from them opposition wasn’t the only surprise for the Bernhardsons on Thursday. While the Bernhardsons were at the rink watching Red River’s 8-0 win over Sheyenne, a number of hockey moms that knew the family from their youth hockey days went to their house, cleaned it from top-to-bottom and made sure they were stocked up on everything for the next month.
“The hockey community is the gift that keeps on giving,” Duane told the Herald.
Benson said the flower delivery was something the Sheyenne team did without hesitation.
“I think it’s just something you do,” Benson told the Herald. “It’s a good family. I’m a little hesitant to even talk to anybody about it. It’s not about us. It’s about the family.”
Pam Bernhardson’s visitation was Friday night, and the funeral service was held Saturday morning.

Pair sentenced to probation for roles in 2017 Pa. high school hockey brawl

It took a Pennsylvania jury 11 hours to reach a mixed-verdict in the trial of three men charged with assault for their roles in a 2017 high school hockey brawl.
As Philadelphia’s KYW reports, former Ridley High School (Folsom, Pa.) hockey players Jake Cross and Brock Anderson were both found guilty of simple assault and conspiracy.
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Per KYW, prosecutor John Gradel said the jury apparently rejected the argument from the defense that such brawls were “part of the game.”
“Punching somebody in the back of the head while they’re trying to skate away from you, it has no business in hockey,” Gradel said. “And it’s the text book definition of simple assault – it’s a crime.”
According to KYW, Cross and Anderson were each sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service. A third player, Ryan Gricco, was found not guilty of conspiracy, but the jury deadlocked on his count of simple assault.
The trial stemmed from a March 2017 incident in the Flyers Cup Class 2A quarterfinals. With Central Bucks West (Doylestown, Pa.) leading at the time, 7-1, video from the event shows four Ridley players come out on the ice and start fighting their opponents. C.B. West player Shawn Philipps was taken to Abington Memorial Hospital for a broken nose.
Per KYW, the judge told the men there’s a line between athletics and unlawful conduct, adding that he wants high school athletes to realize conduct like this is not okay.

ALL-USA Preseason Boys Hockey Team: 5 more worth watching

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The 2018-19 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Boys Hockey Team was selected based on past performance, level of competition and strength of schedule.
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Click through the slideshow below to meet the players.

<p><strong>School:</strong> Trinity Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Defenseman<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p><em>Photo: Stephen Perez</em></p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> St. Thomas Academy (St. Paul, Minn.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Forward<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Colorado College</p>

<p><em>Photo: Julie Marks</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Detroit Country Day (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Goalie<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p><em>Photo: Alice Wachol</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, N.J.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Forward<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Junior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Uncommitted</p>

<p><em>Photo: Paloma Torres, The Lawrenceville School</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Eau Claire North (Eau Claire, Wis.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Forward<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Wisconsin</p>

<p><em>Photo: Eau Claire North HS</em></p>

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Canadian 41-0 youth hockey rout sparks frustration, hurt feelings

A Canadian youth hockey game that finished with a lopsided 41-0 scoreline has sparked outrage and a national discussion north of the border about when a goal of skill improvement goes too far.
As brought to our attention from our USA TODAY Sports Media Group teammates at The Big Lead and originally reported by the Waterloo Region Record, a hockey game between 8-year-olds in Canada devolved into a stunningly demoralizing blowout, with the Kitchener Junior Rangers Red squad pulling out a 41-0 whitewash of the Cambridge Hawks Red team.
Tony Martindale, the executive director of the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario, told the Record that 41-0 was the single biggest blowout his organization has ever encountered. And all available intelligence points to a belief that the Rangers Red squad instituted practice structures in an attempt to limit the damage on the scoreboard. Here’s what Kitchener coaches attempted to do, per the Record:
Once the game got out of hand, coach Chris Berscht made it mandatory for his players to pass the puck five times before trying to score and also instructed them to bring the puck back into their own zone before going up ice.
It didn’t work. The Rangers Red squad averaged more than a goal per minute in the game while the Cambridge squad never showed any signs of life.
Naturally, this isn’t entirely on the Rangers team; the Hawks had been outscored 91-4 in six previous losses, so a narrow loss would almost be out of context for them at this point.
Still, everyone agrees that a final score of 41-0 does no good for anyone; not for the Kitchener team, not for the Cambridge squad and not for anyone who has to be associated with that kind of an end product.
“We don’t want this,” Kitchener Minor Hockey Association president Tom Graham told the Record. “This is terrible. This is not who we are by no means. It’s not good for Cambridge kids and it’s also not good for the kids that are playing against them, too.
“We would never put that score up on the board. That’s not a good thing for the kids to see.”