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Recent Coaching Information News

Meet our hockey development leadership team

By Jill Prohofsky 09/07/2017, 6:45pm CDT

Don Olson – Co Youth Travel Director

Don is the recently retired Director of Athletics at The College of St. Scholastica.  He is also the former Director of Athletics at Saint Mary’s University, where he also previously served as director of their residential summer hockey camp, and as Head Coach for the Men’s Hockey team.  Don has extensive hockey experience, which he is anxious to bring to the youth players in Hopkins.

Adam Brower – Co Youth Travel Director

Adam is a former HYHA player (Mites through Bantams), turned coach.  He has been a Co Head Coach of Peewee A for the past 5 seasons.  Adam played high school and college club hockey.  He also studied sports management at the college level and has been a dedicated part of the Player Development Committee.  Adam is enthusiastic about developing every player to their fullest potential.

Alex Fons – Goalie Development

Hopkins alumni, Alex Fons, will lead all levels of HYHA goalie development.  After leaving high school, Alex spent time in Sioux Falls and Alexandria before red-shirting his freshman year at the U of M. He then left to go back to junior hockey, joining the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.  Alex left Fairbanks in 2012 to join the UMD Bulldogs.  HYHA is very pleased to have him on our team.

Marty Sertich – Clinics

Marty is the Director of Tradition Hockey.  He received the Mr. Hockey Award in 2001 and went on to play for the Sioux Falls Stampede where he was named to the USHL All Star Team.  He next played for Colorado College, helping lead his team to the Frozen Four.  In 2005, he received the Hobey Baker Award.  He played professionally for 10 years and is now back in Minnesota and excited to help develop youth hockey players.

Andy Blaylock – Skating Skills

Andy is the General Manager and Training Protocol Designer at Competitive Edge.  He will be working with some of our youth players on skating and stick handling.


Team Tucker's Hockey Explosion!

By Jill Prohofsky 09/03/2017, 9:15am CDT


Come celebrate Tucker's 11th Birthday at Team Tucker's Hockey Explosion!  Saturday, October 7th, at the Hopkins Pavilion.

Team Tucker: Play Laugh Love is throwing a hockey birthday party for Tucker Helstrom! Come play hockey, enjoy friends, laugh and have fun!  Participants get a Team Tucker swag bag & water bottle.  Families will enjoy the hockey action on the ice, along with games, food, prizes and an amazing raffle off the ice!  Team Tucker Wear & a commemorative t-shirt will be for sale too.  Watch for celebrities to stop by as well!

Mites, Squirts, PeeWees, 8Us, 10Us, 12Us & 15Us will be playing 3 on 3 fast paced games and skill challenges.  Bantams and High School players will have the chance to show off their skills, NHL style with competitions with shooting, stick handling and speed.

Parents, aunts, uncles, adult friends you get to participate too!  Dust of your stick, lace up your skates and join the fun!  You can show your shooting speed, accuracy, and take a penalty shot against a celebrity goalie!

Click here to register.  Only $10 to enter!

Come join the fun!

Schedule of Party Events!

Ice Times by Group

Mites = 11:30 – 12:00 or 12:00 – 1:00 (watch Bantams 12:00 – 12:30)*               

Bantams = 12:00 – 12:30

Mites and Bantam parents/adults = 1:00 – 1:20

Squirts = 1:30 -2:00 (watch High School boys 2:00 – 2:30)*

High School Boys = 2:00 – 2:30

Pee Wees = 2:30 – 3:00 (watch High School boys 2:00 – 2:30)*

Squirts/Pee Wee/HS parents & adults = 3:00 – 3:20

U8s & U10s = 3:30 – 4:00 (watch High School girls 4:00 – 4:30)*

High School Girls = 4:00 – 4:30 

U12s & U14s = 4:30 – 5:00 (watch High School girls 4:00 – 4:30)*

Girls’ parents & adults = 5:00 – 5:20 

*(players are encouraged to sit on the ice and watch the big kids show their skills!)

Other Acitivities: 11:30 – 5:15

Raffle - prizes ranging from gift cards, event tickets, autographed memorabilia from Wild, Vikings, Gophers and more!

Tuck’s Pucks – everyone’s a winner, just pick a puck!

Face Painting – orange & blue designs for the kids!

Food – enjoy Tucker’s favorite foods & of course birthday treats

**Team Tucker: Play Laugh Love is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  All donations are tax deductible.  Receipts are available upon request.  For more info go to the website:  or email Dana Helstrom OBrien at


Hopkins Youth Hockey Association is not sponsoring this event. HYHA is providing support in the form of donated helmet stickers, 10 volunteer shifts, and a direct monetary donation to Play Laugh Love, a 501c3 charitable organization.   This event is not sanctioned by Hopkins Youth Hockey Association, Minnesota Hockey, or USA Hockey.  As such, there is no USA Hockey insurance coverage for this private event being put on by Play Laugh Love.

Coaching Ethics Code

All USA Hockey ice hockey coaches (head and assistant) and instructors must abide by the USA Hockey Coaching Ethics Code, and understand that violations may result in full or partial forfeiture of coaching privileges in programs, at sites or events under USA Hockey’s governance.

All coaches have an obligation to be familiar with USA Hockey’s Coaching Ethics Code. Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of an ethical standard is not itself a defense to a charge of unethical conduct. The USA Hockey Coaching Ethics Code can be found online at under Coaches.