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Play Hockey in Russia

07/31/2012, 9:26am CDT
By MHJ Staff

Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association taking applications for exchange program

The Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association is accepting applications for a 10-day hockey exchange program that would send five female players and one coach to Russia for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

From the MGHCA:

The MGHCA is taking applications for a 10-day hockey exchange program to take place this October in Russia. This exchange program is sponored by the U.S. Department of State under the auspices of the Sports United Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. All travel and lodging expenses are being covered by the U.S. Department of State. Tentative dates are leaving the U.S. October 5 and returning October 14.

Five female players and one coach will be selected from the Minnesota high school ranks. Eligibility requirements are listed below and on the application.

  • Player must have played high school hockey during the 2011-12 season
  • Be in good standing with their school/team
  • Must have NO MSHSL violations during their high school career
  • Must have a current US Passport (or can get one-needed by mid to late August)
  • Write a one page essay stating "What is my role as a member of this program."
  • Coach must have been a member of the MGHCA for the 2011-12 season.
  • Preferred candidates will have some overseas travel experience.

In addition to the application for the coach position the following criteria must also be completed:

  • Complete online background check with Minnesota Hockey
  • Complete membership for USA Hockey
  • Be a current member of the MGHCA
  • Have at least a Level 3 CEP certification with USA Hockey (Level 4/5 coaches will receive priority for this position)
  • Current coaching resume
  • All application materials must be received by the MGHCA by Wednesday, August 15 (Late applications will not be accepted!).

Completed applications must be typed and sent to the following address:

ATTN: Russia Exchange Selection Committee
PO Box 120788

Interviews for final candidates will take place on Wednesday, August 22. Applicants must complete the interview for selection to the program. Finalists will be contacted by Friday, August 17 by email with their interview time.

August 15 - Applications due at MGHCA
August 17 - Finalists contacted with interview times
August 22 - Finalist interviews
October 5 - Leave for Russia (tentative)
October 14 - Return from Russia (tentative)


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