The Opener

*DUE TO MINNESOTA HOCKEY EXTENIDING THEIR SEASON THE 2012/13, 2011, 2010, & 2009 LEVELS OF THE TWIN CITIES OPENER HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO APRIL 9-11, 2021, AND THE 10U, 12U, & 14U GIRLS LEVELS HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO APRIL 16-18, 2021.

The 11th Annual AAA Opener is the first AAA Hockey Tournament of the season. Geared to get teams prepared for the upcoming season, the Opener features a four game guarantee, championship round play on Sunday with certified officials, on-site EMT’s, and posted bracketing. Kick-off the AAA season and “Let’s Play Summer Hockey!”
This is an Open level AAA tournament

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Twin Cities Division:

ARENA GUIDELINES

Games will be played at the 8-sheet Super Rink and 2-sheet Fogerty Arena in Blaine, a couple of the best venues in the Midwest.  The Opener features multiple divisions at each birth year for parity.

  • DUE TO THE NUMBER OF TEAMS THE 2005 DIVISIONS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE ST CROIX VALLEY REC CENTER (STILLWATER), AND THE 2006 DIVISIONS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO PLYMOUTH & MAPLE GROVE. 
  • Also, the other divisions will utilize Super Rink & Fogerty Arena as their primary rinks with Vadnais Heights, Stillwater, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, & Plymouth as auxiliary rinks.

 

APRIL 9-11:

2012/13: FULL

2010: FULL

2009: FULL

2008: FULL

2007: FULL

2006 (Plymouth & Maple Grove): FULL

2005 (Stillwater): FULL

UPDATED 3/25/2021


Sioux Falls Division:
Games will be played at the state-of-the-art 3 sheet Scheels IcePlex in Sioux Falls, SD.  You will not miss any action as all three rinks share the same lobby – A fantastic tournament venue.

March 26-28:

2012/13 FULL

2011 FULL

2010 FULL

April 9-11:

2009 FULL

2008 FULL

2007 (1 Opening)


Girls Division:
NEW @ Super Rink – The girls Division will be playing at the Super Rink in Blaine and offer multiple divisions for parity.


Opener Features

  • Four game guarantee
  • Vendor Area
  • Premier Hockey Officials
  • On-Site EMT
  • Player rosters and game announcers
  • Over 200 teams!
  • Team trophies and Championship T’s
  • Premier Facilities: Schwan Super Rink & Fogerty Arena (for Twin Cities Division); and Scheels IcePlex (for Sioux Falls Division)
  • Games will not start prior to 12:00pm Friday
  • On-site Concessions and Pro Shop
  • Standings and result board posted
  • A great way to kick-off the AAA hockey tournament season
  • Multiple divisions at each age level for parity

 

Stay and Play
NHG has partnered with TPI Hospitality in securing blocks of rooms with the best pricing and proximity to arenas used for the tournament. Teams are required to stay in these properties.

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Dates Division Age Location Lodging
*April 9-11, 2021
DATE CHANGE
Twin Cities Division – Boys Open 2012/13, 2011, 2010, 2009 Super Rink (Blaine) & Fogerty Arena (Blaine) - with Vadnais Heights, St Croix Valley Rec Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, & Plymouth as auxiliary rinks View Hotels
March 26-28, 2021 Sioux Falls, SD Division – Boys Open 2012/13, 2011, 2010 Scheels Iceplex 3 sheet complex View Hotels
April 9-11, 2021 Twin Cities Division – Boys Open 2008, 2007, 2006 (Plymouth & Maple Grove), 2005 (St Croix Valley Rec Center, Stillwater) (08 & 07) Super Rink & Fogerty Arena - with Vadnais Heights, St Croix Valley Rec Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, & Plymouth as auxiliary rinks View Hotels
April 9-11, 2021 Sioux Falls, SD Division – Boys Open 2009 (1 opening), 2008 FULL, 2007 FULL Scheels Iceplex 3 sheet complex View Hotels
Dates Division Age Location Lodging
*April 16-18, 2021
DATE CHANGE
Girls Open 10U, 12U, 14U Super Rink & Fogarty Arena (Blaine) View Hotels
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