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NoWhining
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Fall Elite League

Post by NoWhining » Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:28 pm

Heard that invitations have gone out. Question - are there tryouts? Is there any chance a kid can make a team if they tryout or are these teams locked and loaded.

Any team information available?

Thanks

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Post by auld_skool » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:24 am

There are tryouts. I believe you have to be invited to try out.

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Post by seek & destroy » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:39 am

auld_skool wrote:There are tryouts. I believe you have to be invited to try out.
You have to be invited to tryout. Coaches make recommendations to the league and those are narrowed down by Elite officials based on other information they may have about the players including stats, scouting etc.. The tryouts are a money maker for the league but most all tryouts are usually money makers so you might as well get use to it.

Many spots are already filled with returning players from last year or with players that were given a spot on a team without having to tryout. Most of the 'no tryout' players got their spots based on their season play, performance at other tryouts like Advance 16 & 17, the exposure tournament or because their parents are 'best buds' with the Elite staff :lol:. You can look at rosters from last year to see how many returners there are and figure that they give away 3 or 4 spots prior to tryouts and the rest are open. For example, team SE had 9 seniors, 10 juniors and 3 sophomores skating last year. The 13 underclassman are likely to get a spot on the team leaving 9 spots open. Figure that they gave away 3 or 4 of those to skaters who don't have to tryout and you have 5 or 6 open spots for new skaters on that team.

Players invited to tryout will be fighting for those relatively few spots that are left but it is still a great experience and players should take advantage of it if invited to tryout. Competitive hockey with some very skilled players in a tryout helps prepare kids for future tryouts that they will need to do if they want to play hockey beyond high school. Many players also do earn spots from the tryouts but just be aware that many spots are already filled. It's always a good thing to be realistic going into a tryout but you also have no way of earning a spot if you never try.

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Thanks

Post by NoWhining » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:38 am

Seek and Destroy - thanks for the info. Very helpful.
Do you know if tryout letters have all gone out? My kid has not receieved. Even if he did not make it agree it would be good experience. Wondering if it is possible to still get one.

Also, when are tryouts actually happening?

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Re: Thanks

Post by flatontheice » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:54 am

NoWhining wrote:Seek and Destroy - thanks for the info. Very helpful.
Do you know if tryout letters have all gone out? My kid has not receieved. Even if he did not make it agree it would be good experience. Wondering if it is possible to still get one.

Also, when are tryouts actually happening?
The entire tryout process is a joke for the Elite League. Money maker..period end of story. Any argument that you give me for them being a fair process is a lie. If John Russo likes you, you are in. That is all you need to know.

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Re: Thanks

Post by seek & destroy » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:57 am

NoWhining wrote:Seek and Destroy - thanks for the info. Very helpful.
Do you know if tryout letters have all gone out? My kid has not receieved. Even if he did not make it agree it would be good experience. Wondering if it is possible to still get one.

Also, when are tryouts actually happening?
I am not close enough with the league to know if all the tryout letters are out but I would guess they are based on things I have heard.

One other option is the Elite Prep Development league (formerly Elite II) which is a great chance to play more hockey and get ready for the season. I heard that they now have a similar process where players are recommended by their coaches for a tryout (it use to be an open tryout). I don't think they have sent out their letters yet. Not quite the level of Elite league but still a good chance to play fall hockey.

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Re: Thanks

Post by muckandgrind » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:47 pm

flatontheice wrote:
NoWhining wrote:Seek and Destroy - thanks for the info. Very helpful.
Do you know if tryout letters have all gone out? My kid has not receieved. Even if he did not make it agree it would be good experience. Wondering if it is possible to still get one.

Also, when are tryouts actually happening?
The entire tryout process is a joke for the Elite League. Money maker..period end of story. Any argument that you give me for them being a fair process is a lie. If John Russo likes you, you are in. That is all you need to know.
Soooo......is it safe to assume that your son didn't make it?

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Post by observer » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:57 pm

The Elite II League is now the Elite D League and isn't really another option but the same option if what I've heard is correct. One organization with an Elite level team and a D League team. I even heard D League players may get invitations to play on the Elite League team on occassion. Kind of, well, a developmental team for the Elite team. There was an article in a recent LPH that laid out the plan. Hopefully there will be good information soon regarding how the teams will be named and how the D League fits together with the Elite League. Last year the Elite League was primarily seniors and the Elite II League was primarily juniors.

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Post by seek & destroy » Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:07 pm

observer wrote:The Elite II League is now the Elite D League and isn't really another option but the same option if what I've heard is correct. One organization with an Elite level team and a D League team. I even heard D League players may get invitations to play on the Elite League team on occassion. Kind of, well, a developmental team for the Elite team. There was an article in a recent LPH that laid out the plan. Hopefully there will be good information soon regarding how the teams will be named and how the D League fits together with the Elite League. Last year the Elite League was primarily seniors and the Elite II League was primarily juniors.
The Elite league in recent years has not been primarily seniors which is too bad. Most teams typically have more underclassmen then seniors. Many of the younger players that made rosters got there 'mysteriously' and caused people to cry foul over how the league is run. Of course, some extremely good players deserve an early chance to play on those teams but it should be the exception not the norm.

The Elite II league actually did set limits on the number of seniors so their teams were geared to be primarily sophomores and juniors. With the leagues working together now, hopefully they will come up with a way to allow more top seniors at the Elite level with some exceptional juniors and have the developmental Elite team be more juniors/sophomores and some exceptional 9th graders. I also hope they don't call it the "D" league. Call it the Junior Elite or Elite Prep team.

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Post by auld_skool » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:37 am

NoWhining:

Letters have already gone out and tryouts are in July.

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Thanks

Post by NoWhining » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:02 am

Thanks for the info.

To clarify - is the letter to tryout?

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Post by bloody bar down » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:22 pm

I know that the letters have gone out to let you know that you have a spot already, but not sure on the invited to try out side.

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Post by auld_skool » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:54 pm

Yes, the letters inviting athletes to try out have gone out and were due back on May 28th I believe.

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Post by observer » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:34 am


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Post by WBL 8888 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:35 am

Just wondering if anyone knows who looked good on during Saturdays tryouts. What defense, forwards, and goalies made good impressions.

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Post by Hockeywatcher123 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:35 pm

does anyone know when the kids selected will find out if they made it?

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Post by mngopherfan » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:43 pm

observer wrote:Tryout rosters are posted.

http://www.mnhockeyhub.com/page/show/20 ... -schedules
I can't find any rosters, am i missing something?

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Post by seek & destroy » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:56 pm

mngopherfan wrote:
observer wrote:Tryout rosters are posted.

http://www.mnhockeyhub.com/page/show/20 ... -schedules
I can't find any rosters, am i missing something?
They must have taken the tryout rosters down after the tryouts were complete. The final rosters for league play have not been posted yet.

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Post by pioneers » Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:53 am

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Post by seek & destroy » Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:55 pm

This year the league has 9 sophomores, 41 juniors & 75 seniors.

Here they are sorted by school:

Apple Valley D Smith Derek 11
Apple Valley D Pedrie Vince 11
Apple Valley F Fasching Hudson 10
Apple Valley F Michaelson A.J. 11
Benilde-St. Margaret's D Horton Jake 11
Benilde-St. Margaret's F Steinhauser Patrick 12
Benilde-St. Margaret's F O'Borsky Jake 11
Benilde-St. Margaret's F Horn Christian 11
Benilde-St. Margaret's F Besse Grant 10
Benilde-St. Margaret's D Daly Patrick 12
Bismarck Century F Kusler Jace 12
Blaine F Brodzinski Jonny 12
Blake D Bullock Ryan 12
Bloomington Jefferson F Freschi Eric 12
Bloomington Jefferson D Janco Ian 11
Bloomington Jefferson F Siiro Ryan 12
Bloomington Jefferson F Donahue Tim 12
Brainerd F Archibald Josh 12
Brainerd F Pohlkamp Matt 11
Breck F Iverson Wesley 11
Burnsville G Engum Bodhi 12
Burnsville D Madigan Sean 11
Burnsville F Dockry Michael 12
Centennial D Hess Joey 11
Centennial F Colvard Riley 12
Champlin Park F VanTuyl Garrett 12
Chaska F Storo Jack 12
Cloquet F McFarlane Jack 12
Cretin-Derham Hall F Kinne Robert 12
Cretin-Derham Hall F Barbato Tony 12
Crookston D Bittner Mark 12
Delano F Heinonen Tyler 12
Devil's Lake D Thompson Keaton 10
Duluth East D Repensky Nate 11
Duluth East D Bergerson Hunter 12
Duluth East F Schendel Zac 12
Duluth East F Toninato Dom 11
Duluth East F Randolph Jake 11
Duluth Marshall D Bushey Jacob 11
Duluth Marshall F Peterson Judd 11
Eagan F Zajac Michael 11
Eagan F Merchant Will 11
East Grand Forks D Poolman Tucker 12
Eden Prairie G Ford Andrew 12
Eden Prairie D Molenaar Dan 12
Eden Prairie D Seeler Nick 12
Eden Prairie D Rau Curt 12
Eden Prairie F Rau Kyle 12
Eden Prairie F McCartan Jack 12
Edina F Walker Ben 11
Edina D Reno Parker 10
Edina D Ostlie Ben 12
Edina G Girard Connor 12
Edina D Everson Max 12
Edina F Sit Michael 12
Edina F Fogarty Steven 12
Elk River G Franke Anders 11
Elk River D Jaremko Ryan 12
Forest Lake F Kohls Lucas 11
Grand Forks Central D LaDue Paul 12
Grand Forks Central F Johnson Luke 10
Grand Forks Central F Simonson Johny 12
Grand Forks Central F Aamot Jordan 12
Grand Forks Red River G Nies Bryan 11
Grand Forks Red River F Fugleberg Casey 11
Grand Forks Red River F Zahui Alan 12
Grand Rapids G DeGuiseppi Dom 12
Grand Rapids F Moore Patrick 12
Hermantown D Kolquist Jared 11
Hermantown F Skrbich Garrett 12
Hibbing F DeCenzo Nick 12
Hill-Murray G Shaughnessy Tim 12
Hill-Murray D Cotroneo J.D. 12
Hill-Murray F LaValle Zach 10
Hill-Murray F Bahe Ben 12
Hill-Murray F Becker Kevin 12
Holy Angels F LaBate Joseph 12
Holy Angels F Hurley Cullen 12
Lake Of The Woods G Lyon Alex 12
Lakeville North G Lindgren Charlie 11
Lakeville South D Brevig Drew 12
Lakeville South F Kloos Justin 12
Maple Grove F Steman Dylan 11
Maple Grove G Coyne Ryan 12
Minnetonka F Schutt Thomas 12
Minnetonka F Coatta Max 10
Minnetonka F Frawley Derek 12
Monticello F Torrel Gage 11
Moorhead G Bitzer Michael 11
Moorhead F Brenk Eric 11
Moorhead F Christian Bryant 11
North St. Paul F McCarver Zac 11
Orono F Luedtke Ross 12
Osseo F Bonner Tim 12
Red Lake Falls D Schmitz Garrett 11
Roseau F Erickson Josh 11
Roseau F Omdahl Shane 12
South St. Paul D Barlow Adam 12
Spring Lake Park D Auman Nick 11
Spring Lake Park F Turbitt Nicholas 12
Spring Lake Park F Fossen A.J. 11
St. Thomas Academy F Krieger Peter 11
St. Thomas Academy D Schurhamer Eric 11
St. Thomas Academy D Fleming Taylor 12
St. Thomas Academy F Schroeder Zach 12
St. Thomas Academy F Reid A.J. 12
Stillwater G Cates Blake 11
Stillwater D Goff Neal 11
Stillwater D Mogren Kyle 12
Thief River Falls D Audette Matthew 12
Thief River Falls D Forney Chris 10
Thief River Falls F Ranum Micah 12
Totino-Grace F Roo T.J. 10
Virginia D Judnick Wes 12
Virginia F Hendrickson Garrett 12
Warroad D Gray Carson 12
Warroad F Stoskopf Nick 12
Wayzata D Death Miles 11
Wayzata D Jones D.J. 12
Wayzata F Cameranesi Tony 12
Wayzata F Lucia Mario 11
West Fargo D Tendeland Brandon 12
West Fargo F Jonasson Conor 11
White Bear Lake F Wahlin Brandon 12
White Bear Lake F Birkinbine Max 12

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Post by black sheep » Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:14 pm

gees...

GF Central has as many on the Great Plains roster as Roseau & Warroad combined...they must be good this year

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Post by pioneers » Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:45 pm

So by my count, 36 kids out of about 120 from the tryouts made it. 89 kids had spots because they played last year or did not have to try out.
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Post by knowitall » Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:48 pm

Six Benilde Players.....Interesting. Who runs this league? Oh wait....

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Post by mngopherfan » Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:51 pm

knowitall wrote:Six Benilde Players.....Interesting. Who runs this league? Oh wait....
Who of those six doesn't deserve the spot?

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Post by russiawithlove » Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:53 pm

that is an interesting stat pioneer and knowitall, u know who runs the league-russo(his kid is a coach at BSM)

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