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  • Gender: Male & Female
  • Dates: April 12-14, 2024
  • Age: Girls U8-U14, Boys U16-2016
  • Location: Twin Cities, MN
  • Female Event
  • Division
  • Division
  • Male Event
  • Hometown Series

Event Details

Join the Early Trailblazer, a hockey tournament open to male and female players. Taking place in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, this is a great opportunity to showcase your skills on the ice and compete against other talented players.  Register today!
We still have room for teams at these levels:
2008 Boys
2009 Boys Lower
2011 Boys Lower
2013 Boys
2014 Boys
(2) 2016 Boys
U14 Girls

Boys 2009-2016 

Boys 16U (08 Birth Years and younger)

Girls Levels 8U ('15/'16), 10U ('13/'14), 12U ('11/'12), 14U ('09/'10)


  • 4 game guarantee (some teams may play 5)
  • (3) 15 minute stop-time periods
  • Individual Awards for 1st, 2nd, place
  • Slapshots at all levels
  • Checking at 2010 and older
  • No gate fees
  • Website with schedules and results
  • Dedicated Tournament Information Table at Every Arena
  • EMT's at Every Arena
Cost: $1850 USD


  • Name: Dan Iannazzo
  • Email:
  • Phone: (763) 225-7320

Inquire Today!


Standings and Stats

2021 Results | 2022 Results


All visiting teams are required to stay at one of the sponsoring hotels!

Click here to book your 2024 hotel

For room blocks & booking help, please contact:
Lisa & Carey 952-221-1870


  • Rogers Activity Center

    21080 141st Ave N
    Rogers, MN 55374
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  • NSC Super Rink

    1850 105th Ave NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55449
    Get Directions
  • Plymouth Ice Arena

    3650 Plymouth Blvd
    Plymouth, MN 55446
    Get Directions
  • Pagel Arena

    18313 Highway 7
    Minnetonka, MN 55345
    Get Directions


Click to Stream at Arenas with Livebarn Coverage 

 WatchOnLiveBarn-Blue-ENRogers Activity Center

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WatchOnLiveBarn-Blue-ENPlymouth Ice Arena

WatchOnLiveBarn-Blue-ENPagel Arena

Trailblazer Arena Assignments
Division        Arena
U16 Boys   -  Monticello
2009 Boys  -  Rogers/Elk River
2010 Boys  -  Pagel
2011 Boys   -  STMA/Elk River
2012 Boys  -  Super Rink
2013 Boys  -  Super Rink
2014 Boys  -  Super Rink
2015 Boys  -  Super Rink
2016 Boys  -  Super Rink
U8 Girls      -  Super Rink
U10 Girls    -  Plymouth
U12 Girls    -  Plymouth
U14 Girls    -  Plymouth


Midwest Hockey 2024 Tournament Rules and Regulations

Game Format

  • Scoring
    •  2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie
  • Four minute warm up
  • Three 15 minute stop time periods
  • Running time will prevail if there is a six goal difference at any time
  • during the game
  • Each team is allowed one timeout per game (one minute)
  • No overtime in pool play
  • Overtime will be used in Championship Round only
  • No rest period, teams will not change ends
  • Five minute running time period – 4 on 4
  • If still tied 3 player shootout – visiting team shoots first
  • Penalties assessed in regulation will carry over to overtime
  • At no time will a team have fewer than three skaters during overtime
  • The team listed first will be the home team and first choice of jersey color
  • A maximum of 20 players may be rostered. Players may not be rostered on more than one team unless an
  • exception has been approved by the MHP staff.
  • If a player is double rostered without MHP approval, each game the player plays in will result in a forfeit for the
  • team they are playing with. Goalie exception – if a team is without a goalie due to injury, an alternate goalie may
  • be used with tournament approval
  • All players are required to have a birth certificate on file.
  • All players must have a signed waiver on file prior to playing any game
  • Please check your team in a minimum of 45 minutes prior to your first game
  • All teams must be paid in full prior to the first game of the tournament
  • Penalties - Minor (two minutes) Major (five minutes) Misconduct (10 minutes)
  • Any Fighting penalty will result in tournament disqualification
  • Any player receiving four penalties in one game will be asked to leave the game
  • Coaches are directed to tournament officials if game conflict exists. Under no circumstances are coaches
  • allowed to talk to referees after the game to challenge a ruling or game outcome.


  • Players CAN ice the puck when shorthanded and it will NOT result in a whistle
  • A clock operator/announcer will be present for each game
  • There will be a trainer on-site during the tournament
  • Tournament apparel will be available for sale throughout the Tournament
  • Checking allowed in boys 2010 and older
  • Slapshots permitted at all levels
  • Tag up for off-sides will be used for boys 2014 and older and U10 girls and older
  • Tournament officials have final decision-making authority for all game related situations
  • There can be occasions that a player plays down a level if that player is approved by MHP and MHP has verified
  • the players skill level is appropriate for that age level.
  • U16 Boys eligible age levels are 2008 and younger

Tie Breaker

  1. Head-to-head competition
  2. Fewest goals allowed in all games.
  3. Fewest Penalty Minutes
  4. Goals Scored
  5. Goal differential, 7 maximum per game, plus or minus.
  6. Coin toss by tournament directors. Coin toss to be called by coach winning rock, paper, and scissors!

***in the event of a 3-way tie head to head becomes an obsolete variable

Things To Do

  • Professional Sports

    No matter the season, you can catch a game at some of the top sports venues in America. Watch the Minnesota Wild (NHL), Vikings (NFL), Twins (MLB). Timberwolves (NBA), Lynx (WNBA), or United FC (MLS) while you're in town!
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  • Mall of America

    Mall of America is a leader in retail, entertainment and attractions, and is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Attractions range from shopping, roller coasters and Sea Life!
    See More
  • Minnesota Zoo

    Innovative exhibits are spread over six themed areas, including three beautiful walking trails ranging from one to two miles in length.
    See More
  • Valley Fair

    Visit Upper Midwest's largest amusement park, offering a day of family fun for coaster riders and young visitors alike.
    See More

Girls Divisions


  • 8U = 2014 and 2015 Birth Years
  • 10U = 2012 and 2013 Birth Years
  • 12U = 2010 and 2011 Birth Years
  • 14U = 2008 and 2009 Birth Years
  • 16U = 2006 and 2007 Birth Years



  • Rosters must be submitted within 2 weeks of the tournament start date.
  • Waivers must be signed and submitted by each participating player within 1 week of the tournament start date.


When submitting your roster, we encourage you to also submit your team’s logo for the program. This is due at the same time as the roster, 2 weeks prior to the start of the tournament.

Good Luck and have fun!


During the tournament there are rink directors available to assist the head coach or club director.   Parents please go through your head coach for assistance.

Dan Iannazzo - Tournament Director