The Opener

The 10th 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, game programs and posted bracketing. Kick-off the AAA season and “Let’s Play Summer Hockey!”
This is an Open level AAA tournament.

Twin Cities Division
Primary Rinks: Schwan Super Rink (Blaine) and Fogerty Arena (Blaine)
Secondary Rinks: Coon Rapids Ice Center (Coon Rapids) and Vadnais Sports Center (Vadnais Heights)
All 2003 games will be played at the Vadnais Sports Center (Vadnais Heights)

Sioux Falls Division
Games will be played at the state-of-the-art 3 sheet Scheels IcePlex in Sioux Falls, SD.

St. Cloud Girls Division
Games will be played at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (home of the St. Cloud State Huskies) and the MAC Arena in St. Cloud, MN.

Opener Features

  • Four game guarantee – “The Opener”
  • Huge vendor show and team apparel
  • 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, National Hockey Center, MAC, and Scheels IcePlex
  • 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 secured 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 / Levels

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Dates Division Age Location Lodging
April 5, 6, 7 Twin Cities Division – Boys Open 2011/10, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 PRIMARY RINKS: Schwan Super Rink (Blaine) & Fogerty Arena (Blaine)
SECONDARY RINKS: Coon Rapids Ice Center (Coon Rapids) & Vadnais Sports Center (Vadnais Heights)
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April 5, 6, 7 Twin Cities Division – Boys Open 2003 age division Vadnais Sports Center (Vadnais Heights) View Hotels
April 5, 6, 7 Sioux Falls, SD Division – Boys Open 2011/10, 2009, 2008, 2007 Scheels Iceplex 3 sheet complex View Hotels
April 12, 13, 14 Sioux Falls, SD Division – Boys Open 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 Scheels Iceplex 3 sheet complex View Hotels
Dates Division Age Location Lodging
April 12, 13, 14 St Cloud Division – Girls Open 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U National Hockey Center, MAC View Hotels
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