RECOGNIZING LEADERS IN GIRLS & WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY
The purpose of the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association (MGHCA) is to promote the welfare of girls’ high school team coaches and high school girl athletes and their participation in hockey as players, officials, coaches and administrators. The association also promotes and administers development programs in order to increase participation in girls' high school hockey in the state of Minnesota and promotes those players wishing to play collegiate hockey. The MGHCA provides resources and continuing education for all high school coaches and promote sportsmanship and comradeship among all high school coaches throughout Minnesota.
Members of the MGHCA are comprised of current and past high school coaches, and those individuals who desire to support girls’ high school hockey through their membership as Associate Members. All Head and Assistant coaches are encouraged to become members of either the MGHCA or the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association (MSHSCA). Any individual who is a regular or associate member of the MGHCA is eligible to be nominated for the awards described below. Some of the awards are awarded through the MGHCA while many others are awarded through a coach’s participation in other areas outside of the regular MSHSL season.
In addition, the MGHCA sponsors many awards for its member coaches and provides opportunities for our coaches to be honored by other groups, such as the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association, The Minnesota State High School League, Minnesota Hockey, The American Hockey Coaches Association and USA Hockey. We have listed the various awards below along with a list of the past award recipients.
MGHCA HALL OF FAME
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and preserve the heritage of girl’s high school hockey in Minnesota and to keep alive the tradition and spirit of the great game of hockey. This is also an opportunity to honor the people who through their distinguished achievement have been instrumental in the development of the game and devoted themselves to creating great opportunities for girls to play hockey in the state of Minnesota and beyond. Nomination information can be found on the MGHCA website, along with eligibility requirements:
Past Winners include:
2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
Dr. Bob May* - Pioneer
Tom Maeckelbergh - Coach/Builder/Volunteer
Tim Morris - Coach/Builder/Volunteer
Dave Palmquist - Coach/Volunteer
Jane Ring* - Pioneer
Chuck Scanlon - Coach
Brano Stankovsky* - Coach/Builder/Volunteer
Charlie Stryker* - Coach/Builder/Volunteer
2014 Hall of Fame Inductees
Laura Halldorson - Pioneer/College Coach
Pete Hyduke - Coach/Builder
Tom Peart - Coach/Builder/Volunteer
Sue Ring-Jarvi - Pioneer
Tom Rodefeld – Coach
2015 Hallof Fame Inductees
Richard Bartholdi - Coach
Pete Edlund - Coach
Vin Paolucci - Coach
Jill Pohtilla - Pioneer/College Coach
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
Denny Bray - Coach
Steve Guider - Coach
John Schultz – Coach
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Jeff Corkish - Coach
Glen Gilderman - Coach
Tim Hunst - Coach/Volunteer
Jim MacFarlane - Coach
THE BRANO STANKOVSKY AWARD
To nominate someone, download the form from the MGHCA website:
and return by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by US mail to:
PO Box 120788,
New Brighton, MN 55112
2013 - Tim Morris, Blaine HS, MGHCA Executive Director
2014 - Bill Halbrehder, MGHCA President
2015 - Tom Maeckelbergh, Elk River HS
2016 - Brent Bielenberg, Northfield HS
2017 - Tim Hunst, Owatonna HS & Tom Peart, MGHCA
2018 - Keith Radloff, Orono HS
2019 - Pete Hyduke, Hibbing/Chisholm HS, MGHCA
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF CANDIDATES
For more information please see The Minnesota High School Coaches Association. www.mshsca.org/page/show/2277183-hall-of-fame
Past girls hockey recipients include Dave Palmquist from South St Paul. He was inducted into the MSHSCA Hall of Fame in October of 2019.
MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE HALL OF FAME
I. Statement of Purpose
II. Hall of Fame Eligibility
Hall of Fame nominees shall include individuals who through distinguished achievement have excelled in one or more high school activity program sponsored by the League. These individuals may include athletes, fine arts participants, coaches, contests officials and adjudicators, contributors, athletic/activity directors, school administrators, and directors of music, speech, drama, debate, and the visual arts. All candidates for the Hall of Fame must be at least 35 years of age. They may be retired from their field or still active.
All candidates will be judged on their significant and/or long-term contributions to interscholastic athletics or fine arts. Athletes will be judged on their achievements in interscholastic athletics. Coaches will be considered on the merits of their high school coaching achievements only, officials on the basis of their service as a high school official, and administrators on the merits of their service as a high school administrator. Fine arts nominees will be considered on the merits of their service as high school participants, coaches, directors or adjudicators. The contributor’s category is for those individuals who have made contributions to interscholastic athletics in some capacity other than those previously mentioned, including such areas as sports medicine and sports media.
III. Nomination Procedures
Using the Hall of Fame nomination form, every member school of the League and any of the following organizations may nominate individuals for the Hall of Fame.
IV. Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
All of the inductees will participate in the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in the fall of 2021.
Past MSHSL Hall of Fame recipients related to girls high school hockey include Chick Scanlon, Krissy Wendell-Pohl and Natalie Darwitz.
Hall of Fame nomination forms and instructions are posted on this web site in word and PDF formats. www.mshsl.org
NATIONAL GIRLS and WOMEN IN SPORT DAY IN MINNESOTA
Minnesota's National Girls and Women in Sport Day event honors individuals, teams and organizations with awards in seven separate categories. Award recipients are nominated by schools, community organizations, recreation centers, and amateur and professional sports organizations. Details about the specific awards are below.
For individuals or organizations that have broken barriers, overcome challenges and/or strive to
Breaking Barriers Award (Multiple Awards Annually)
For individuals or organizations that have broken barriers, overcome challenges and/or strive to provide athletic opportunities for girls and women of all races, all ages, and all levels of ability.
Past Winners from the MGHCA include Tim Morris and Tom Peart,
Special Merit Award
The Special Merit Award is presented to individuals who exemplify the highest levels of commitment to breaking barriers for girls and women in sport.
Past Winners with ties to the MGHCA include Jane Ring, Jill Pohtilla and Krissy Wendell-Pohl.
To nominate a deserving person go to http://www.ngwsd-mn.com/Nominate.html
MINNESOTA HOCKEY AWARDS
Minnesota Hockey established the Ted Brill Award with great respect and fond memories of one of our most influential leaders. It is presented annually to an individual who has at least ten years of service to any of the various player development programs (STP, HEP, High Performance/Selects, High School All-Star Series, etc.)
Past MGHCA Winners: Tom Peart
The Presidents' Award is given annually to those individuals whom the President of Minnesota Hockey feels have given exemplary service to the organization's efforts.
Past MGHCA recipients include Denny Malarkey, Tom Maeckelbergh and Peter Hyduke.
The prestigious Don Clark Award is presented by Minnesota Hockey to an individual who over a period of many years has been dedicated to the grassroots growth and development of youth hockey in Minnesota.
For nomination information please contact Glen Andresen at www.minnesotahockey.org
USA HOCKEY AWARDS
Walter Yaciuk Award
The Walter Yaciuk Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a consistent commitment and contribution to the education and development of USA Hockey coaches.
The Distinguished Achievement Award
The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to a U.S. citizen who has made hockey his or her profession and has made outstanding contributions on or off the ice to the sport in the United States.
The William Thayer Tutt Award
The Wm. Thayer Tutt Award is presented to a volunteer who, during many years of service, has displayed selfless dedication to the enhancement of ice hockey at the grassroots level in the United States.
For nomination information please contact USA Hockey at www.usahockey.com
THE AMERICAN HOCKEY COACHES ASSOCIATION AWARDS
The Jim Fullerton Award
Past MGHCA Winners include Jane Ring and Sue Ring-Jarvi
Past MGHCA Winners: Laura Halldorson, Jill Pohtilla
For nomination information contact Joe Bertagna at www.ahcahockey.com
Please take the time to recognize those individuals who contribute their time, talent and energy to make girl’s and women’s hockey so special here in Minnesota and around the country. It only takes a few minutes of your time to bring attention to those coaches, administrators, players and contributors who help maintain the excellence of our programs and to help grow the game.
2019 Brano Stankovsky Award Recipient - Pete Hyduke
Tim Lill, Fergus Falls & Cailyn McCauley, North Wright Cty