- Junior Gold Introduction
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- Junior Gold Information
- JG Bag Store
From the Minnesota Hockey website:
“Most players growing up in Minnesota dream of playing for their high school hockey team. Unfortunately, those rosters are limited to 20 players. In some communities, there can be as many as a hundred or more players competing for those coveted spots. Simple math says there will be kids left out who need a place to play.
Junior Gold hockey provides another opportunity for high school age players to continue playing while developing their skills. Junior Gold has grown in a fantastic level of hockey with considerable skill and opportunities for player development. Many players have made their high school team after playing a season or two of Junior Gold, and some Junior Gold players have even gone onto play after high school in junior leagues.”
Saint Thomas Academy fully supports the STA Junior Gold Hockey Program and encourages interested student players to continue having fun playing hockey, represent their school and compete at an advanced level. Many Junior Gold athletes continue playing hockey after high school with their college club hockey teams or other competitive adult leagues.
- Pre-season Information
- Current Team and Season Information
- Monica Strout Memorial Scholarship
By developing young men of high character, with strong work ethic and commitment, the Saint Thomas Academy Junior Gold Hockey program will support the rules, policies and regulations of Saint Thomas Academy, USA Hockey and the Minnesota State High School League as they pertain to attendance, academics and substance use. As outlined in the Student Handbook, disciplinary consequences involving these regulations will be applied.
Please note: Players who are late, not in school, or tardy to class during the school day will not be permitted to participate in that day’s practice or game.
Players are required to register is USA hockey. Once the teams have been selected, waivers may be needed from other (home) associations. These waivers are required by District 8.
All participating players must complete base concussion testing from STA and document athletic clearance from the School Athletic Department prior to the season.
Players are expected to participate in all events: practices, games, tournaments and team events – even during school breaks and holidays.
2021-2022 ImPACT/Concussion Testing
With the guidance of Saint Thomas Academy Athletic Trainer Cole Hartwigsen players must complete ImPACT baseline testing to be eligible to participate. If you have yet to receive instructions via email, please contact Cole at email@example.com or see link below.
Participation in STA Junior Gold Hockey is conditioned on payment in full of all fees. This includes equipment and jersey deposits (or prior arrangement for payment with STA). STA Junior Gold does not wish to have money be an obstacle for player participation. If you are in need of financial assistance please contact Julie Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The STA JG teams play in the Junior Gold High School League (JGHSL.org)
Players are responsible for their own transportation to all games, practices and team events. All information is subject to change based on health and community protocols.
Summer, Pre-Season and Tryouts
In preparation for the 2022-2023 season players will have 2 JG-specific skates/options in
addition to a Hockey Camp offered through Saint Thomas Academy.
Off-season skates will take place in June and July on Monday evenings. These skates are open
to all hockey players. These are very informal. There is a fee to cover the cost of ice time and
all sessions will take place at The Saint Thomas Ice Arena. Please contact Luke Pucel to sign up.
These sessions are student led.
Pre-season JG skates will take place in October and November. These sessions have yet to be
scheduled. To participate in these sessions, player must have a current and valid USA Hockey
membership ( https://www.usahockey.com/membership ). When available, information will be
posted here. JG coaches will supervise these sessions.
The Hockey Camp offered through Saint Thomas Academy can be accessed using:
Please be aware that no off-season or pre-season participation in any of the above listed
opportunities is mandatory for participation in Junior Gold hockey.
High School Tryouts are scheduled to begin Monday, November 14. Typically, there is a
separate JG tryout following the selection Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. These are scheduled
to begin later in the same week. Details to follow.
Prior to the season players will be required to establish a concussion baseline and must complete
the ImPACT Concussion Baseline testing.
Junior Gold players not living in the Two Rivers/Saint Thomas Academy school district are also
required to provide a completed Minnesota Hockey Player Waiver Release Form. Forms and
information about this requirement are available from Coach McCarthy.
Questions can be directed to Bill McCarthy (email@example.com).
The Junior Gold Hockey Program relies on the volunteer efforts of the parents. Please consider volunteering for positions your team will need: team manager, clock, score sheet, penalty box, etc.
Minnesota Hockey Concussion Information: http://www.minnesotahockey.org/concussions
Safe Sport Program
Minnesota Hockey Safesport Program: http://www.minnesotahockey.org/safesport
We are looking for parents to host 1 of 3 team breakfasts during the season
Parents are requested to sign up for volunteer help on both home and away game nights.
Monica Strout was the Mother of two children, Samantha and Christopher. Samantha graduated from Visitation in 2014 and Chris graduated from Saint Thomas Academy in 2016. She was often described as a very giving person with endless energy. The Junior Gold Hockey program at Saint Thomas Academy was only one of the many ways she volunteered her time and dedicated her passion to making it a top-notch opportunity for students playing hockey at STA. Monica Strout tragically passed in 2016.
In her honor and as a small recognition of her impact as a friend to many and a Mother, the Monica Strout Memorial Scholarship was established following the 2018-2019 hockey season.
The award is given each season to a student athlete who demonstrates a strong
commitment to leadership and character while contributing to the overall success of the
Junior Gold Hockey program – certainly a description that could be also be used to
describe the impact of the late Monica Strout.
The award winner must also demonstrate accomplishment in the classroom and a
commitment to leadership both on and off the ice.
Monica Strout Scholarship Recipients
2021-2022 Nick Bartlett, Sam Knapp
2020-2021 Joe Markert, Jack Sexton
2019-2020 Judd Fenlon, John King
2018-2019 Joe Sarakaitis, Gavin Gagnier
Junior Gold questions may be directed to Bill McCarthy, Health and Physical Education Department Chair, Coach.