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MN Black Bears Team Development Program

Impact Hockey's MN Black Bears program is the premier team development hockey training program in the Twin Cities! 

We work with players in a team environment, helping them develop their skills and confidence. With a focus on training and improvement of each player, the program provides a balance of individual and team development. If you want to bring the best to your game, train with the Black Bears program!

The Black Bears program offers A and B level teams at all ages, so there's a team for players of all skill levels! Tryouts are in late-August 2017.

Mission / Vision

  • Build Skills – Players will improve individual skills and team skills through the intensive training plan developed and run by  Impact Hockey .
  • Love the Game – Coaches will create a positive environment, understanding a player’s love for the game feeds their drive to work on their own.
  • Learn the Game – Simple systems, team concepts, and position play will be repeated so players can read & react with confidence & anticipation in the game.

Training / Team Practices /Competition

  • 2-to-1 Practice-to-Game Ratio
  • Individual Skills focus for 1/2 of all practices
  • Team Concepts/Skills focus for all other practices
  • Speed Testing for skaters and Goalie Analysis
  • Games are all local in the metro area
  • Optional tournament play

Team Selection:

Tryout / Application / Invite / Referral

14 skaters & 1/2 goalies per team.  Practice players may be added.

Impact individualized evaluation and training plans

  • Impact Hockey establishes each players baseline skill level & improvement through spring testing
  • Detailed development plan is executed over course of program
  • End of session re-testing  
  • Players can meaure their progress relative to their own scores and the group scores (scores are private to each player)


Countless research studies point to the benefits of youth participation in multiple sports, from reducing injuries to improving overall athleticism. We encourage players to develop their athleticism and learn to be a better team player through playing other sports. 

  • Schedule provides enough touches for each player to reach their hockey potential this off-season while leaving enough time for other sports and activities.  
  • We value family/life/sport balance and schedule days and times favorable for families that have multiple children involved in multiple activities.  

2018 Black Bears Tryout Schedule

2018 BB Team Birth Year Level in 2017-18 Season Tryout Date Time
Squirt1 2008/2009 4th-Year Mite 2017-08-23 3:30-4:30pm
Squirt2 2007/2008 1st-Year Squirt 2017-08-28 3:30-4:30pm
Peewee1 2006/2007 2nd-Year Squirt 2017-08-07 3:30-4:30pm
Peewee2 2005/2006 1st-Year Peewee 2017-08-14 3:30-4:30pm
Bantam1 2004/2005 2nd-Year Peewee 2017-08-21 3:30-4:30pm
Bantam2 2003/2004 1st-Year Bantam 2017-08-21 3:30-4:30pm

2018 Black Bears

Tryout registration is now open for the 2018 Black Bears Team Development training program. 

Register based on the birth year and levels shown in the chart below.

Tryout fee is $10.

All tryouts will be held at the Pagel Activity Center in Minnetonka.