ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minny League, an organized pickup league is beginning for junior hockey and potential junior hockey players, beginning Wednesday, July 29.
Two teams, each with 15 skaters and one goalie, will play a game with referees at TRIA Rink, the practice rink for the Minnesota Wild. There are 14 players who have committed to NCAA Division I colleges on the two teams.
Depending on interest, there could be as many as six teams and the plan is to play Wednesday nights through the end of August.
"These guys are dealing with different camps and different tryout camps as well, but we're going to get them on the ice once a week in a competitive environment and not everybody gets a chance to do that right now," said former St. Cloud State goalie Scott Meyer, one of the league's organizers. "If you already know where you're going (for juniors), there's not a lot of games being played right now for that level."
Players from Minnesota and Eau Claire, Wis., are on the first two teams. Games are 5-on-5 with modified (45 seconds) power plays, no fighting and referees.
Players interested in playing in the league can find an application to play in the league at theminnyleague.com and league games will have a live video feed from the rink.
The North American Hockey League, a Tier II junior league, announced on Monday that it plans to begin its season on Oct. 9 with a full schedule. The United States Hockey League, a Tier I junior league, announced on July 10 that it plans to play a full schedule this season. The USHL's first regular season games in 2019-20 were on Sept. 26.