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"Skaters Keep Achieving Through Education"

The program is designed to reward players for staying dedicated to their schoolwork while balancing their time commitment of playing hockey.  Players receiving a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to participate in S.K.A.T.E. The goal of the program is to show players that their performance off the ice is more important than their performance on the ice.  You can find out more about the program below.

Blaine Youth Hockey feels this is an important program to support and the association goes to great lengths to celebrate our players educational achievements.  We hope it reminds players of their priorities and gives them something to strive for. Recognition is given in several ways:

  • on the BYHA website
  • certificate of achievement
  • attendance to the S.K.A.T.E. celebration held in the spring

Every traveling team has a S.K.A.T.E. representative who is part of a larger committee.  This group helps plan, organize and execute the big event.  While BYHA donates a substantial amount of money to assist in funding the event, we also rely on monetary and prize donations from local businesses to make the program a success.  The committee can use the help of our entire BYHA membership to help with program.  Please talk to friends and family who own businesses about how they can donate to the program.  You may also make a personal prize or monetary donation.  Please contact your team S.K.A.T.E. representative with questions or for donation information.

Thank you for your help.


In 1993, S.K.A.T.E. began in the Armstrong Youth Hockey Association to encourage academic performance among youth hockey players. Merilee Reilly and Lynn Leopold were among a group of "hockey moms" who championed the effort for Armstrong.

“So much emphasis in youth hockey and all of youth sports is placed upon performance on the field of play,” said Leopold. "We wanted to create a program that placed greater emphasis on academic performance and recognized the sacrifices young student-athletes make to juggle schoolwork with an active sports lifestyle. We wanted to teach our kids better time management skills."

Jordan Leopold and his long-time buddy, Pat O’Leary, were exposed to the S.K.A.T.E. program at the squirt level. Multi-sport athletes growing up, Leopold and O’Leary became outstanding multi-sport, scholar athletes, graduating with honors from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School.

Impressed with the impact this program had on academic performance among youth hockey players, the folks at Minnesota Hockey Journal (MHJ), in cooperation with the statewide governing body for hockey in Minnesota (Minnesota Hockey), have made it available to every youth hockey organization under the Minnesota Hockey umbrella.

SKATE Committee

S.K.A.T.E. Academic Achievement Program Coordinator