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Welcome to the Junior Gold High School Hockey League

The Junior Gold High School Hockey League oversees the Junior Gold/16 program in the greater Twin Cities Area. 


Updates are made as needed.

Please note: The official version of the JGHSL Handbook is the online version posted below.


League:  $750

Playdown:   $750

State Tournament:  $400



    Jr Gold Players, Parents and Coaches


    As all of you have heard youth sports are on hold until Saturday December 19th. JrGold will be waiting for the MN State High School League and MN Hockey to determine what their start and end dates will be for the 2020/2021 season. When those dates are confirmed the JGHSL will plan its season. We are expecting announcements from the MN State High School League and MN Hockey towards the end of this week. JrGold will follow after that.


    Thank you for your patience!

    Key Dates

    Please see below and refer to the master calendar for key dates:

    Regular season play will consist of 20 games

    • JGA Team Declarations: Sunday Nov 15th
    • JGA League Scheduling Meeting: Monday Nov 23rd, 7:00pm via Zoom meeting format
    • Boys High School Tryouts - Nov 23rd - 27th  
    • JGHSL Tryouts - Sunday Nov 29th - Wed Dec 2nd
    • JGB/JG16 Team Declarations - Wednesday Dec 2nd, 9:00pm to team's District JGHSL Rep 
    • Coaches Clinic - TBD (see details below)
    • JGB/JG16 League Scheduling Meeting -  Dec 6-8th, 6:00pm or8:00pm via Zoom meeting format
    • Mandatory Coach/Manager Meeting - Sunday Dec 13th, scheduled by your team's District JGHSL Rep
    • Start of League Games - Dec 14th
    • End of League Games - Feb 19th
    • JGHSL Playdowns - Feb 23rd - Feb 28th
    • State Tournament - Mar 12th - Mar 14th

    JGHSL Coaching Clinic – TBD

    Over the last month or so we have been working with experts from USA Hockey to figure out how to execute our Junior Gold Coaching Clinic on the virtual Zoom platform.  Considering the high level of participation, small group work, and relationship building required with our clinic, we wanted to be certain we could pull it off virtually.  


    Here are the details:

    1. The priority is for coaches new to JG regardless of current certification level.  We want all coaches who have not coached JG to attend.  Attendance helps drive sportsmanship in our league.
    2. Attendance for the entire clinic is required to obtain certification.
    3. Advance registration will be posted on USA Hockey under Coaches/Coaches Clinics/New System Login.  You must be registered in USA Hockey and have a login. If you do not have one, there are instructions on the page on how to get one.  Once you login to clinic registration look for CEP High Performance/Jr. Gold. The clinic will be posted on the USAH site Sat. Nov. 21. -
    4. First year Coaches will obtain Level 1, all other coaches will achieve the next level from their current level up to Level 4.
    5. The clinic will run from 8:00AM to noon on Saturday and from 10:00AM to 1:00PM on Sunday.  The fee will be $55. 00 this year.
    6. To have quality participation, attendees must have their video running so we all can get to know you and for the breakout groups to be successful.  This is mandatory.
    7. We will need your name, association and JG team level shown on your video page.
    8. Active participation is required to successfully complete certification. 

    If you have you any questions, please contact me. My email address and phone number are in the JGHSL Handbook

    Terry “Harley” Greene – Minnesota Junior Gold Coach-in-Chief

    Tom Slaird – Junior Gold Clinic Facilitator

    Minnesota Hockey Offers College Scholarships

    The Junior Gold High School League has two $1,500 scholarships available to graduating seniors properly rostered on a junior gold team.

    These two scholarships are named in honor of Wes Barrette and Bruce Kruger; two of the founding fathers of Junior Gold High School Hockey in Minnesota.

    Wes Barrette: The Herb Brook Foundation established the Youth Hockey Hall of Fame award in 2005. The purpose of the award is to recognize the unsung heroes of youth hockey who donate their time and energy year after year to create more positive opportunities for our youth. The inaugural Herb Brooks Foundation (HBF) Hall of Fame inductee is Wes Barrette.

    As a youth coach on the East Side of St. Paul, Minn., Wes Barrette taught ice hockey for 45 years while instilling valuable life lessons to generations of players, who today are fondly referred to as "Wessy's Boys." A caring disciplinarian who was deeply devoted to his players, Barrett passed away in 1998 at age 70.

    Barrette sought to provide extra playing opportunities. His midget “ Junior Gold “ teams were largely composed of those cut from the rosters of high school squads. Some players willingly passed up a season or two of high school hockey just to get the chance to play for him. Over the years, Barrette recorded more than 600 victories and his charges went on to reach success at the college, professional and Olympic levels.

    Barrette started Hayden Prosperity, the first hockey team east of Phalen Lake in St. Paul in 1953. In 1984, Barrette was instrumental in creating the Metro Hockey League, now known as the Junior Gold High School League.  The Wes Barrette Award was later established by this board of directors in 1997 and is awarded annually to the league's coach of the year.

    In recognition of his lasting contributions to the sport of ice hockey, Barrette twice received the President's Award from MAHA “ Minnesota Hockey”. USA Hockey also awarded the William Thayer Tutt Award to Wes Barrette in 1999.

    Bruce Kruger Bruce Kruger was a long time Junior Gold High School League, Metro Hockey League, and Minnesota Hockey board member and a major proponent of Junior Gold hockey.

    Known for his firm yet fair and kind demeanor, Bruce had a vibrant passion for hockey and connecting with people that fueled over 45 years of service as a youth hockey volunteer. Bruce was the recipient of the prestigious Don Clark Award in 2018 , presented by Minnesota Hockey to an individual who over a period of many years has been dedicated to the grassroots growth and development of youth hockey in Minnesota.

    In 2006 the Metro Hockey League, Now know as the Junior Gold High School League began the “Made it Happen” award to recognize the enormous contributions of people who are not coaches, such as district or individual association Jr. Gold Directors and / or tournament directors. These are the local folks who work tirelessly behind the scenes to organize, recruit, expand, register and even “nurse” the teams in their associations to grow all levels of Junior Gold Hockey in Minnesota.

    In 2017, the Metro-Junior Gold High School Hockey league renamed this Award the “Bruce Kruger Award” after Bruce’s untimely passing in 2016.  Bruce was a founding father of the Metro Hockey- Junior Gold High School League and remained active as its Treasurer along with countless other things he did to improve this league before he passed. His dedication, passion and selfless service embodies the very reason this award was created.

    In Addition, also in 2017, The Metro - Junior Gold High School League added a second scholarship offered named in Bruce Kruger ‘s honor as a part of the Minnesota Hockey scholarship program.


    MINNESOTA HOCKEY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS 2021 Details will be announced in December


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