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MINNESOTA MELTDOWN

  • Gender: Male & Female
  • Dates: April 19-21, 2024
  • Age: '16-'09 Boys | 10U-19U Girls
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Female Event
  • Division
  • Male Event
  • Team-Entry
  • Teams
  • Takeover Series

Event Details

The 28th annual Minnesota Meltdown is gearing up for great hockey this April.  Come play in Minnesota's best AAA hockey tournament of the year.  We are offering 20+ competitive age levels of and expect to have the strongest field of teams to date. 

Rinks each division/level will be playing at for the 2024 MN Meltdown:

  • 2009 Boys - Richfield
  • 2010 Boys Invite - MN Made
  • 2010 Boys Open - Super Rink
  • 2011 Boys Invite - Super Rink
  • 2011 Boys Open - Super Rink
  • 2012 Boys Open - Super Rink
  • 2013 Boys Open Lower - Super Rink
  • 2013 Boys Open Upper - Braemar
  • 2014 Boys Open - Braemar
  • 2015 Boys Open - Brooklyn Park
  • 10U Girls - Eden Prairie
  • 12U Girls - Eden Prairie
  • 14U Girls - MN Made
  • 16U Girls - St. Louis Park
  • 19U Girls - St. Louis Park

Boys AAA Invitational (Top AAA/Elite Teams)
2016-2009 Birth Years

Boys AAA Open (Mid-Lower Level AAA Teams)
2016-2009 Birth Years

Girls AAA Levels
10U ('13/'14), 12U ('11/'12),
14U ('09/'10), 16U ('07/'08), 19U ('06/'05/'04)

*Teams traveling from out of town will begin play on Friday when possible.

  • 4-game guarantee - possible bonus game(s)
  • 15 minute stop-time periods
  • Team trophies for 1st - 3rd place teams
  • Player awards for 1st and 2nd place teams
  • 20+ competitive age divisions available
  • Checking at the 2010 age level and older
  • USA Hockey rules will be followed with exceptions
  • USA Hockey, MSHSL, NCAA, and Canadian officials
  • No gate fees!  Free admission for all spectators
  • Free Tournament Mobile App
  • Fully-insured event (not a USA Hockey event)

2024 Team Entry Fee - Pay in Full USD 1875 per team

2024 Team Entry Fee - Payment Plan USD 1925 per team
 
Register Now!

Contact

  • Name: Eric Knutsen
  • Email: eknutsen@playhockey.com
  • Phone: (952) 920-8826

Inquire Today!

Schedules

Standings and Stats

Hotels

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 763-772-3231
Lodging@TpiHospitality.com

Arenas

  • Brooklyn Park Activity Center

    5600 85th Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55443
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  • Richfield Ice Arena

    636 E 66th St
    Richfield, MN 55423
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  • Braemar Ice Arena

    7501 Ikola Way
    Edina, MN 55439
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  • St. Louis Park Rec Center

    3700 Monterey Dr
    St Louis Park, MN 55416
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  • NSC Super Rink

    1850 105th Ave NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55449
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  • TCO Sports Garden

    1490 Co Rd E East
    Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
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  • Eden Prairie Community Center

    16700 Valley View Rd
    Eden Prairie , MN 55346
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Click to Stream at Arenas with Livebarn Coverage 

 WatchOnLiveBarn-Blue-ENBrooklyn Park Activity Center

WatchOnLiveBarn-Blue-ENRichfield Ice Arena

WatchOnLiveBarn-Blue-ENBraemar Ice Arena

WatchOnLiveBarn-Blue-ENSt. Louis Park Rec Center

WatchOnLiveBarn-Blue-ENNSC Super Rink

WatchOnLiveBarn-Blue-ENTCO Sports Garden

WatchOnLiveBarn-Blue-ENEden Prairie Community Center

Rules

RESPECT THE REFEREES: ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY (NEW!)

Hockey is currently experiencing a disturbing trend towards increased verbal abuse and mistreatment of officials. North America is in a referee shortage, in part because of these kinds of behaviors. We are taking this very seriously in 2022 and standing by a strong initiative of Zero-Tolerance for all games!

Coaches, players, and spectators MUST never verbally abuse an official from the bench, on the ice or from the stands. Anyone that is identified as doing such will be removed from the arena without question.

Respect the officials that are working the games! Coaches coach, players play, and parents cheer! From mites to the NHL, referees are humans, doing their best for the game and deserve respect. Let’s make youth hockey a place our kids will one day want to become an official!

GENERAL RULES AND INFORMATION

  • All games are played under USA/Minnesota Hockey rules unless otherwise noted.
  • Only USA Hockey, MSHSL or Canadian certified officials will be used.
  • A medic/EMT will be present in every venue.
  • The tournament will assume no liability for personal injury to participants or spectators during the event.
  • An official roster must be furnished 30 minutes before the start of the first game.
  • Contact/checking will be allowed at the Boy’s 2008 level and older.
  • Slapshots will be permitted at all levels. Tag-up off sides will be used at all levels.
  • During a shorthanded situation, the shorthanded team will be allowed to ice the puck (original rule will be used).

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

  • A maximum of 20 players may be rostered for any team.
  • A team’s roster is frozen at the time the team starts their first game - no additions will be allowed.
  • All players must play at their age level or older - players may not play at a younger age level unless approved by the tournament director.
  • Teams that knowingly and/or intentionally play an ineligible aged player will receive an automatic 5-0 forfeit loss for all games.
  • Any eligibility protest must occur before the start of the game and must come from the head coach to be valid.
  • Invalid protests will result in a 5 minute bench major for the challenging team.
  • A player may participate on more than one team when the teams are in seperate age levels (example: May play on a 2005 and 2006 team).

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

  • Competition format will consist of round-robin play followed by seeded bracket and/or place games.
  • Teams listed first in parings will be considered the home team and will be asked to wear the light colored jerseys when possible.
  • Once a team is confirmed for the tournament there will be no refunds under any circumstance.

SCORING AND POINTS FORMAT

  • Teams will be able to earn up to 2 points per game. Two (2) points for a game win, one (1) point for a game tie, zero (0) points for a game loss.
  • If a team forfeits a game during pool-play they are required to forfeit all pool-play games in order to maintain equality in the standings.

GAME TIMES

  • All levels will play three (3) 15 minute, stop time periods.
  • A six goal lead at any time in the game will result in running time until the lead falls to less than six goals.  
  • The ice will be resurfaced every game all levels.
  • All games will be completed in the set amount of time allowed in the schedule.
  • Each team will be permitted one (1) 45 second time out per game.
  • Teams must be ready to play 30 minutes prior to the scheduled game time. Games may start earlier when time permits and when both teams are ready.

EQUIPMENT

  • The first team listed on the schedule should wear white (light) colored uniforms - when possible.
  • All players must adhere to their local hockey governing body’s rules regarding equipment.

PENALTY ENFORCEMENT

Minor = 2 minutes || Major = 5 minutes || Misconduct = 10 minutes Ejection = Player is removed from the current game only.

Game Misconduct = Player will be removed from the remainder of the game and serve an additional one (1) game suspension. Fighting = Automatic tournament disqualification.

  • Checking from behind will carry a minimum 5 minute major penalty plus a 10 minute misconduct.
  • Boarding penalties will carry a minimum 5 minute major penalty.
  • Any penalty deemed serious with an intent to injure will result in a 5 minute major and a tournament disqualification.
  • Any player receiving 3 penalties will be ejected from the remainder of the current game. A player from the offending team will be required to serve the third penalty. Any major penalty will count as two penalties.
  • All referee decisions are final. Protests will not be allowed.

OVERTIME AND TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES

  • In no case will any team be credited with more than seven (7) goal difference for statistical purposes.
  • There will be no overtime in round robin pool play.
  • Overtime in seeded and/or place games will be considered an extension of the 3rd period and will consist of a five (5) minute, sudden death running time period. The period will be played 4-on-4 with goalies. If a tie still remains, a 5 player shoot-out will determine the winning team. If a tie still remains, a sudden death shoot-out will determine the winning team. Any player serving a penalty when the game clock expires will not be allowed to participate in the shoot-out.
  • *Tie breaking procedure for teams tied after round robin play:
  1. Head to head competition.
  2. Point differential (goals scored minus goals allowed).
  3. Least goals allowed.
  4. Most goals scored.
  5. Least penalty minutes.
  6. Coin toss.

*In the event three teams, in the same pool, are tied in the standing after pool play, the results against tied teams (RATT = wins, loss, ties) will decide the seedings. If the RATT can not determine the seedings, the tie breaking procedure beginning with point differential shall be used in succession until the seeds have been determined. The tie breaking procedure will not revert to any previously used procedure.

GOOD LUCK & HAVE FUN! PRACTICE GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, ON THE ICE AND IN THE STANDS.

 

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Girls Division

2024 GIRL'S DIVISION BIRTH YEARS

  • 8U = 2015 and 2016 Birth Years
  • 10U = 2013 and 2014 Birth Years
  • 12U = 2011 and 2012 Birth Years
  • 14U = 2009 and 2010 Birth Years
  • 16U = 2007 and 2008 Birth Years
  • 19U = 2006, 2005 & 2004 Birth Years

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