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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


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 has announced its scholarship opportunities for 2020. Minnesota Hockey is proud to support its members as they pursue post-secondary education with a limited number of college scholarship awards of $1,500. 

Minnesota Hockey has provided scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors for over a decade with the intent of assisting its members in pursuing post-secondary education.  This emphasis on personal growth and development was expanded to disabled hockey in 2014 with the addition of a disabled hockey scholarship.

The Junior Gold High School League, formerly known as the Metro Hockey league, and which oversees Junior Gold hockey in the metro area, also offers two  scholarships called the Wes Barrette Scholarship and Bruce Kruger Scholarship. 

To be eligible for a Minnesota Hockey scholarship, the applicant must be a resident of Minnesota, a senior student-athlete and be properly registered with an affiliate association of Minnesota Hockey, or participating on an active Minnesota State High School League roster. To be eligible for the JGHSL Wes Barrett and Bruce Kruger Scholarship’s, a player must be participating on an active Junior Gold roster.

Application forms can be found at   Please complete and send to Executive Director, Minnesota Hockey Scholarship Committee, 317 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102. Or call 651-602-5727 for more information.  Along with the completed application you must submit the following information (incomplete applications will not be considered

Application Process:

1. Submit Completed Application on time;
2. Submit Application letter stating why you are applying for the scholarship, what your academic goals are and the significance of hockey in your personal development;
3. Submit Certified high school transcript showing current grade point average and class rank, if possible. The transcript must include an SAT or ACT test score, if available; and
4. Submit Two letters of recommendation: One from your current youth hockey coach and one from a teacher, school counselor or community leader. Recommendation letters should be sent directly to the scholarship committee at the address noted above.

Scholarship applicants must meet the following academic criteria to be considered for a scholarship.
1. Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading system;
2. Applicant must be considered a student in good standing (not on probation or suspension) at the school they attend; and
3. Scholarship awards cannot be deferred.

Method of Payment
The $1,500 scholarship award will be sent directly to the awardees post high school institution’s financial aid office. The award must be applied toward school expenses. Payment will only be made upon completion of the following: 1) Letter from the student indicating date of enrollment and request for payment; 2.)  A copy of the acceptance letter from the institution that the awardee has chosen to attend.

Application must be completed and returned to the scholarship committee no later than March 16, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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