Jan
24

Happy New Year!

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We hope you had a wonderful Christmas season and have started off the new year well!  We are grateful for the memories we share and look forward to making many more with you at RinkRat 19 Hockey School.  We wish you a happy, healthy, and joy filled new year!
Photo Credit: NWHL

Keeping Up with Gigi and the NWHL

Gigi re-signed with the Boston Pride for her third season with the Pack and they currently are 8-3 with about six weeks remaining in the regular season.
In December, Gigi won the NWHL Player of the Week with her 5 point weekend against the Minnesota Whitecaps (read the article here: link)
Shortly after this series sweep, the league announced the rosters for the upcoming NWHL All Star game and Gigi will be competing in her third All Star game!  The All Star weekend is just two weeks away so be sure to cheer for Gigi and her team.

Aug
21

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2018 Recap
The 11th summer of RinkRat 19 Hockey School was GOLDEN!  I was able to share my Olympic Gold medal withall of the campers and families.  The 2018 Olympic Gold medal game was an unforgettable one for Team USA, so it’s a joy to be able to celebrate with all who attended camp.

Over the two weeks of RR19HS, there were 183 kids from across 9 US states (IA, MN, MT, ND, PA, SD, WA, WI, and WY), 2 Canadian provinces (MB, ON), and 1 non-North American country (UAE).  Yes, you read that correctly…there was one camper from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  DUBAI.  Not only was she an amazing kid and great skater, but she made me a personalized Team Dubai jersey with 19 on the back and Marvin written in Arabic (photo below)!!!  It’s incredible to see how a small town in Northern Minnesota is attracting kids from across North America and now expanding into other parts of the world.  I’m extremely grateful for those who travelled from near and far to spend their time with us at RR19HS!!!

The entire staff needs a massive round of applause!  For the first time in 11 years I had to miss a day of camp due to my obligations with Team USA, but the RR19HS staff did a phenomenal job while I was gone.  My teammates and I were invited to the ESPY Awards Show in Los Angeles and it was a huge honor to attend this event.  We won the 2018 Humanitarian Award and then the ESPY for Best Game!  It was such a cool experience and moment for our team.  So after four plane rides, four hours driving, and one hour of sleep, I arrived back in Hockeytown, USA, to finish the last day of hockey camp and celebrate with the campers!

It seems like the youngest skaters are always involved in the most memorable moments at RR19HS and this year was no exception.  One highlight was when I was describing a drill to the Little Camper group and suddenly I looked behind me and saw Owen (4) on his back making a snow angel and Ava (3) on her knees scooping snow into a snowball so she could eat it!  🙂  What a priceless moment it was and also a reminder to us all that the most important thing is to have fun on the ice!

Thanks again to everyone involved in making this camp a huge success.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to skating with you at next year’s camp!  2019 dates will be announced soon so look out for that email!

God bless,
Gigi

May
30

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Photo Credit: www.gophersports.com
Former RR19HS coach Sidney Peters, won this outstanding award because of her dedication to serving and giving selflessly to the community.  Obviously Sidney had a stellar on-ice resume but she also had 800 volunteer hours throughout her Gopher career!!!  Her passion for serving others is motivated by her faith in Jesus Christ.  Sidney has used her medical skills and expertise to leave a lasting impact by improving health care both locally and internationally.  It is evident that Sidney has deeply impacted many both on and off the ice as she has given her heart and time to serve and love the people in these communities.
Coach Sidney is an inspiration to all of us at RinkRat 19 Hockey School and we are proud of her achievement!  Congratulations to Sidney Peters on receiving the Hockey Humanitarian Award!

Apr
30

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Celebrating RR19HS Campers!

50 years after the Warroad PeeWees (coached by Cal Marvin) won third place in the state tourney, the 2018 PeeWee As have become state champions!  Many friends and families came together to cheer, and it was an awesome time of celebration for Hockeytown, USA!  Congratulations to RR19HS campers Cahlilah, Murray, Erick, Sophie, Iver, Jayson, Carson, and Will.
RR19HS celebrates with former camper Maggie Hanzel (Rochester, MN) and her commitment to play Division I hockey at Boston University in 2021!  Maggie (pictured on left) had a strong presence as a camper both on and off the ice, and we are excited for her future endeavors. Congratulations, Maggie!

In Memory of RR19HS Coach Andrew Carroll

We are sad to share the news of Andrew Carroll’s passing.  Andrew was more than just a coach at RinkRat 19 Hockey School–he was a friend, a mentor, and a role model.  He came to the rink early and stayed late to skate with campers.  He was always full of joy and loved the campers well.  As we mourn this loss, we are comforted knowing that he is resting in peace with Jesus.

Mar
30

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The 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games were filled with riveting matches, top notch competition, inspiration stories, and heart-moving moments.  Of all the events, the USA vs Canada game was a favorite for us at RinkRat 19 Hockey School.  The only time the US Women’s Team brought home gold was back in 1998 and the 2018 team were determined to break Canada’s winning streak.  In the most captivating match between the biggest of rivals in women’s hockey, Team USA came out on top in the shootout to bring home the gold!!!  For those at the arena and for everyone watching from their TV screens, it was one of those games that had you at the edge of your seat the whole time.  The tremendous victory and post-game celebrations measured up to the hype leading up to the match – what a tremendous feat for these 23 women!

Gigi Marvin is a 3-Time Olympian with one gold medal (PyeongChang 2018) and two silver medals (Sochi 2014, Vancouver 2010).  Gigi tallied a total of 4 points in this Olympics, scoring three goals and one assist.  For those of you that missed the gold medal game, you can find a recap here: NBC Olympics

Another special moment for RR19HS at the 2018 Winter Olympics was having former coach, Sidney Morin, also on Team USA!

Photo Credit: TeamUSA.org

Jun
9

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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!

Mar
16

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The Road Through Warroad
There are many hockey towns in the US, but only one Hockeytown, USA.  NBC Sports recently aired The Road Through Warroad, a must-see documentary highlighting the rich history of Warroad, Minnesota.  This moving documentary captures the stories of commitment, sacrifice, and unrivaled success that sets this small northern Minnesota hockey town apart from the rest.
Click the following link to watch: The Road Through Warroad
Hockeytown USA…it’s where we come early, stay late, and skate every day.  Join us at RinkRat 19 Hockey School this summer for an unforgettable hockey experience!  Spots are filling up fast, so make sure you register soon.  For more information and to sign up, check out our website: www.rinkrat19.com.
Click here for the full article: NWHL.zone
Photo Credit: Matthew Raney
 

A Fan-Favorite, Gigi Marvin!
Just a few weeks ago, hockey fans from all over the northeast packed themselves into the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, PA, to cheer on the NWHL’s All Stars.  Amanda Kessel and Kelley Steadman were selected as captains for the weekend events, which consisted of a girls’ hockey clinic, a skills showdown, and an All Star game.  Fan-favorite Gigi Marvin was 2-2 in the Breakaway Challenge, winning the fan votes once again to seal the win for her team (Team Kessel)!  Both teams battled it out in the final All Star game in front of a sold-out crowd, with Team Kessel taking the big win.

Photo Credit: NWHL
 

Who Will Win the Isobel Cup?
The NWHL Playoffs are this weekend and each of the founding four teams of the National Women’s Hockey League has a shot at hoisting the Isobel Cup.  RinkRat 19 Hockey School coaches Gigi Marvin (Boston Pride, #1) and Milica McMillen (NY Riveters, #2) play their semi-final matches on Thursday and Friday nights, respectively, with a high probability of the two playing against each other in the championship game on Sunday evening.

Feb
3

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Sign up for RinkRat 19 Hockey School 2017!!

It’s that time of the year again – time to mark your calendars and sign up for an unforgettable summer and hockey school experience in Warroad, Minnesota!  This year marks our 10-year anniversary and we cannot wait to celebrate that with you.
Our 2017 dates are:
JULY 5-9 (Wed-Sun)
JULY 11-15 (Tue-Sat)

For more information and to sign up, check out our website: www.rinkrat19.com

Photo Credit: Kurt Zwald

Gigi Marvin is participating in the NWHL All Star Weekend!

For the second year in a row, your very own RinkRat 19 Hockey School coach, Gigi Marvin, has been selected to participate in the NWHL All Star weekend!  The All Star weekend will consist of a Skills Competition and a 4-on-4 game in Pittsburgh on February 11-12th, so don’t forget to cheer for Gigi and watch her showcase her skills (NWHL)!

Nov
18

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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