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RinkRat 19 Hockey School’s very own Gigi Marvin is headed to her third Olympics!!!  Forty-two players participated in the 2017 US Women’s National Team Selection Camp in Tampa, Florida, from April 29-May 4.  RR19HS alum Shelby Amsley-Benzie and former coach Sidney Morin were among the selection camp players.  After a week of testing, practices, and three inter-squad games, they announced the final roster of the 23 players who will represent Team USA in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.  You can check out the full roster here: USA Hockey

Congratulations, Gigi!

Photo Credit: USA Hockey

Apr
18

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PLYMOUTH, MICHIGAN - MARCH 31: USA's Gigi Marvin #19 skates to the bench with teammates after a third period goal against Canada during preliminary round action at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. (Photo by Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images)

From Bold to Gold!
Gigi and the National Team took gold in the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship with a perfect 5-0 record!  Not only did they finish with a perfect record, but they also won their fourth consecutive world championship and seventh in the past eight competitions.  Team USA started off the tournament with a great 2-0 shutout over Canada and defeated their Canadian rivals once more (3-2) in a riveting OT game in the finals.  Despite having a shortened training camp, Team USA made history by being the first women’s team to win on home soil!
You can check out highlights from the World Championship here: USA Hockey

C83D6SeUAAAm4kn_largeWhat makes this victory even more remarkable is the notable courage that the women of the national team displayed to stand for what is right.  After 14 months of attempted negotiations and two weeks of risking everything to boycott the actual tournament, their voices were finally heard!  Gigi and her teammates made history in their fight for equality that not only impacts the current women’s team but will forever change girls’ and women’s hockey in America.  Read more on the story here: Washington Post

HockeytownStill trying to figure out your summer plans?  It’s not too late to join us at RinkRat 19 Hockey School.  Spots are filling up fast though, so sign up now for a hockey experience you will never forget!  You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see the gold medal on display–Gigi may even let a few lucky campers wear the medal around their necks!

Feb
3

2016 Recap!

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The 9th summer of RinkRat 19 Hockey School was again filled with great people, a ton of hockey, and unforgettable memories.  These two weeks of camp are by far my favorite part of the summer.  It’s a blast to see past campers and to witness their growth as both as hockey players and people.  I also enjoy meeting the new campers and watching meaningful friendships form.

Another reason I love RR19HS is because I get to work with a remarkable group of coaches and staff.  Our team of coaches includes U18 World Championship gold and silver medalists, Women’s World Championship gold and silver medalists, and Olympic silver medalists.  We also had multiple state and NCAA champions.  Not only do the coaches have great accomplishments, but more importantly they have outstanding character.  It is also important to recognize and thank Hannah, my parents, and the entire off-ice staff who made camp such a success!

Over the two weeks of camp, we had 166 kids from across four different states (MN, NE, ND, WI) and one Canadian province (Ontario).  These kids provided much laughter and created a slew of great memories.  Here are some highlights:

Finn absolutely crushed all of the dryland competitions and was named the RR19HS Ironman Champ with a world record plank hold of 17 minutes!  

Ady, Korbin, and Oli were our three youngest skaters, but may have had the most joy out on the ice!

Last March, my Boston Pride team won the first ever Isobel Cup as champions of the National Women’s Hockey League.  As winners, each player got to spend a couple of days with the Cup and I chose to have it during RR19HS.  This of course was a surprise for the campers, so they were very stunned and excited when they saw it.  Issy was especially ecstatic, as she had written a paper on the Pride and the Isobel Cup during the spring.

Connie’s homemade chocolate chip cookies were a huge favorite at the snack shop this summer!  Over 350 cookies were made and probably half of those were devoured by Kyle.  One of my favorite memories was this conversation after the third day of camp:  Kyle came off the ice looking for the snack shop, but all of the treats had already been put away.  Ever persistent, he tracked me down and asked if there were any cookies left.  I said, “I’m not sure but I’ll check.  If there are any left, how many do you want?”  Kyle, completely serious, replied, “10.”  Haha!!!  (Unfortunately there were only 3 left for him to eat).

We’re so thankful for the privilege of skating with your kids!  We hope to see you back again this summer!

God bless,
Gigi

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May
16

The Holy Fire

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The Lord your God is a consuming fire” – Deuteronomy 4:24.

This verse explains that “God is a consuming fire” (Deut. 4:24).   God’s fire provides warmth, light, laughter, and love to everyone.  Since God gave us His Holy Spirit, we have this awesome fire within our heart.  Everyone loves bonfires right?  Well, let me share what comes to mind whenever reading this verse:

In my family, almost every summer night ends with a bonfire at the boat house.  We absolutely love being on the lake and refuse to leave its waters when the stars come out at night.  Therefore, when it becomes too dark to ski, swim, or kayak; someone starts a fire and texts “bonfire at the boat house!” to all who aren’t already present.  Soon enough the s’more stuff comes out and the marshie roasting competition begins.  Everyone’s a winner because everyone has their own marshie making style:  Connie Lou (burnt to a crisp), Robin (golden brown), Randi (fall off the stick gooey and golden), Kathy (hmm she loaded up on chocolate but forgot the marshie) and Esso (straight out of the bag and into her mouth).  As we sit around the bonfire, we are filled with joy from the blessings that surround us.

The boathouse bonfire will eventually go out; however, God’s fire will never stop burning.  Every day we choose whether our fire for Christ is a raging bonfire or smoldering embers.  How does our flame burn brighter?  By adding fuel to it.  At the boat house we use newspapers, cardboard boxes, and freshly cut wood to keep our s’more maker blazing.  A spiritual fire requires fuel such as verse memorization, praying, bible studies, worship, and fellowshipping with others.

I pray that we train daily by adding spiritual fuel to the Holy fire already burning within.

Gigi

May
6

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8/13/2013

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).

Hello and welcome to my blog!  My name is Gigi Marvin and I’m training for the everlasting crown mentioned in 1 Corinthians.  This crown, or prize, is the gift that God has given to all:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Jesus came to Earth, died for our sins, and then conquered death by rising to life.  He did this so that we can have everlasting life through Him.  Therefore, the prize that we all can have is this God given gift of a new life, free from sin and filled with love, joy, and peace.  

Why would I need to train daily for this prize if I already accepted Christ into my life and therefore received the prize?  Well, let’s draw an example from my life in athletics:  Say today I was told that I’m guaranteed a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team.  I’m on the team regardless of what happens in the next 5 months.  I’m a certified, 100% lock.  Does having my ticket stamped to Sochi mean that I should pick and choose when/how often I workout?  Does making the team give me the breathing room to neglect my teammates and staff by skipping team meetings?  Does a non-reversable, 100% guarantee, mean it’s okay for me to do the least possible amount in every area of our Team First mantra?

Knowing that I’m going to compete in the Olympics shouldn’t result in this self-righteous/complacent/menu-picking/under-reaching attitude.  This same concept holds true with my faith.  Just because I’m promised salvation doesn’t mean I should go without reading the Bible, praying, or fellowshipping with others.  Someone once told me, “Just because you’re going to heaven doesn’t mean you should live like hell to get there.”  

One of our team’s favorite quotes is “The Olympics aren’t every four years, they’re every day.”  Every day we look to become better in all areas of our game; whether it’s nutrition, strength and conditioning, mental training, or team systems.  We don’t expect to show up in Sochi and have a gold medal handed to us.  We know that there is work to be done.  We embrace it.  We attack every day with our eyes focused on the prize. 

Every day I will be training “to get a crown that will last forever” (1 Cor 9:25).  My goal is to know Christ more and be more like Him.  Through daily spiritual workouts (studying the Bible, praying, fellowshipping with others, etc), I pray that my spiritual muscles grow stronger.  I pray that my heart develops the characteristics like those of Jesus’ heart:  kind, compassionate, selfless, serving, humble, forgiving, encouraging, generous, faithful, loving, the list goes on and on.  As it says in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Competitor’s Creed:

“Let the competition begin,
Let the glory be God’s.”

Strength in Christ.

Gigi

 

Apr
29

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Road Through Warroad

Enterprise Rent-A-Car sent a film crew to Warroad, MN, this past winter to capture the personal stories and rich history that make us Hockeytown, USA.  They spent five days in our town and created this must watch video:  The Road Through Warroad

Warroad has produced:

  • 4 boys high school state championships
  • 2 girls high school state championships
  • 70+ NCAA D1 men’s college hockey players
  • 9 NCAA D1 women’s college hockey players
  • past and current NHL stars,
  • 8 Olympians who’ve competed in 9 Olympics
  • 5 Olympic silver medals
  • 3 Olympic gold medals

 

How does a town of 1,700 have such staggering and unparalleled success?
Why don’t you come find out for yourself…

 

Sign up for RinkRat 19 Hockey School today!
The 2016 camp dates are:
July 5-9, Tuesday-Saturday
July 11-15, Monday-Friday

Apr
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The Boston Pride Win the Isobel Cup!
On Saturday, March 12, 2016, Gigi Marvin and the Boston Pride made history, winning the first ever Isobel Cup!  The Pride had a nine game winning streak leading up to the Isobel Cup Playoffs hosted at the Prudential Center practice facility in Newark, NJ.  Though their opponents fought hard, the Pride finished it off strong by sweeping the Buffalo Beauts their best of three series.  There is no doubt that the 2015-2016 season of the NWHL will remain a milestone in history and we are already looking forward to next season!  Congratulations to the Boston Pride for an incredible season, winning the cup, and a special shoutout to Gigi on being awarded as the NWHL Best Defenseman (
www.nwhl.co)!

(Photo Credit: www.todaysslapshot.com)

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Gopher Women’s Hockey Wins 7th NCAA Title!
One weekend after the Pride took the Isobel Cup, the Minnesota Gophers women’s hockey team beat the previously undefeated Boston College in the Frozen Four to win the NCAA Championship!  Not only did the Gophers win back to back NCAA titles, this victory is their fourth title in five years and 7th overall.  We are especially proud of our four RR19HS coaches:  Hannah Brandt, Milica McMillen, Sidney Peters, and Lee Stecklein.  GO GOPHERS!!!

(Photo Credit: www.gettyimages.com)

Mar
14

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girls win sectionsWe know that February is a busy and exciting time of the year for hockey families.  It’s been a blast following our campers through their victories and accomplishments, and now it’s time to celebrate with you!
Congratulations to the Warroad Warriors Girls High School team for placing third at the state tournament!  Fifteen of the twenty players in the photo above were RR19HS campers! We are so proud of you!

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A special shout out to Katie Kotlowski, who made the State All-Tournament Team!  Katie (pictured in the photo with Gigi and her brother Jack in 2012) was a camper from 2011-2014, and here are some fun facts she shared with us back in 2013:
Favorite hockey player: Gigi Marvin
Favorite NHL team: Boston Bruins
Gophers or Sioux: Gophers!
Favorite RR19HS Coach: Dane Shaugabay
Other sports she plays: Volleyball and tennis
Best part of RR19HS: Skating
Favorite RR19HS memory: Getting Gigi wet in the water games

Feb
10

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Since the first year of RinkRat 19 Hockey School (RR19HS) in 2008, we’ve always had one week of camp in Warroad, MN. However, 2015 introduced TWO weeks of RR19HS in Hockeytown, USA, and it was a blast to stay in my hometown for an additional week!

Last summer, RR19HS had a remarkable coaching staff with a slew of notable accolades, including multiple state and NCAA champions. We also had a wide representation from Team USA: U18 World Championship gold and silver medalists, Women’s World Championship gold and silver medalists, and Olympic silver medalists as well. Nine of our 20 coaches were NCAA players, with the Sioux and Gophers tied for the lead with three players each. There was a great coach-to-camper ratio with 20 coaches covering 90 campers each week of camp. With that 4-1 ratio, the kids had valuable access to hands-on teaching and immediate feedback.

Those two weeks were marked by tons of laughter and smiles. There were 160 kids from all over KS, MN, ND, WI, and Canada. Their attitudes and hilarious personalities made our job a blast. From the on-ice dangles by Erick and Dylan to the off-ice iron woman performance by Josey to the fashion statement by Jax (Mr. Mullet Man), we sure enjoyed our time with these young aspiring hockey players.

Another highlight from camp includes Jackson (age 4), who had the movie Miracle memorized and could not get enough hockey during camp! He was up and fully dressed in his gear by 6am each morning telling his mom, “Let’s go! I need to go to the rink so I’m not late!”

Here are some conversations that had us bursting into laughter that we still cannot forget!

Coach Sarah: “Who’s your biggest role model?”
Kira: “What’s a role model?”
Coach Sarah: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Kira: “A ninja warrior.”

Gigi: “Name all the states you know in America.”
Cassie: “LaCrosse.”
Gigi: “If you dug a hole in your backyard where would you come out?”
Cassie: “In my room.”

Coach Sarah: “How deep is the ocean?”
Connor: “I don’t know, what am I, a sailor?!”
Coach Sarah: “Who’s your favorite super hero?”
Connor: “Really?! What am I, four?”
Coach Sarah: “What’s your favorite quote?”
Connor: “What’s a quote mean?”

We are so thankful for the joy and privilege of skating with your kids! We hope to see you back again this summer!

Aug
7

St. Paul 2013

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What an awesome week of RinkRat 19 Hockey School in St. Paul. Robin and I enjoyed the company of 53 young kids and a handful of phenomenal coaches. It was our 4th year running the cities camp and each year it has grown tremendously.

Without a doubt, I will always remember this camp for the never-ending smiles and laughter. It was so enjoyable to see the kids waiting on the benches, desperately hoping the Zamboni would hurry up! Those times, waiting to hit the ice, were definitely my highlight of camp. Whether I was listening to their hilarious stories or hearing what career they wanted to pursue; it was fun developing a relationship with the kids. For example, I had the greatest conversation with a camper who will study neuroscience when she grows up. Her reason for studying it blew me away: to understand why people make decisions. Then she began sharing her faith and how that applies to decision making. She’s 12.

Another great area of camp was our coaches. Kathy, Jeannie aka “Captain Awesome,” Ben, Sophie, Meghan, and Lee poured so much energy and enthusiasm into teaching. Plus, how can you not love skating with a couple National Champion Gophers?!?

Thanks again to everyone involved in making this camp a huge success. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to skating with you at next year’s camp!

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