The Northfield Hockey Association (NHA) is excited to announce it is a recipient of Minnesota Hockey’s Gear Up Minnesota! equipment grant. Gear Up Minnesota!, in cooperation with Total Hockey and the Minnesota Wild Foundation, has supplied local associations with more than $450,000 worth of equipment in the past five years. The NHA will receive 20 starter sets of skater equipment, including helmets, breezers and chest protectors, as well as a starter set of goalie equipment. This is the second year the association has received this grant.
The Gear Up Minnesota! program was started in 2010 in an effort to increase the number of kids playing hockey by attracting more new players and making the game more accessible. Since that time, 111 unique associations have combined to receive over 2,200 new sets of hockey equipment for players ages 4-9. The NHA utilizes the equipment by offering a new skater rental program and for Try Hockey Free day in November. According to Recruitment & Retention Director Dawn Patterson, "The equipment is so important to give new kids a chance to try hockey, and in the past we have struggled to have enough. This new equipment is of excellent quality, and will allow us to continue our low cost rental program for new players, while still having enough for our annual Try Hockey Free events.”
Northfield Hockey Association offers in-house and travel teams for boys and girls, ages 4-15. Registration begins in mid-August, with practices beginning in October.