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:
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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.



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:

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)!


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,




Who will win the Stanley Cup?!
Even though our favorite teams (Wild, Caps, and Islanders) have begun their golfing season early, we still love watching the NHL playoffs.  We’ve asked a handful of our RR19HS campers for their Stanley Cup predictions and here are their responses:

Name: Elijah Swanson
Who’s your favorite NHL player? Mikko Koivu
How much does the Stanley Cup weigh? 30 pounds
Who do you think will win the 2016 Stanley Cup? Dallas Stars
All Stanley Cup winners get a day with the Cup. If you won, what would you do with it? I would bring it to school and show my classmates.

Name: Jayson Shaugabay
Who’s your favorite NHL player? TJ Oshie
How much does the Stanley Cup weigh? 33 pounds
Who do you think will win the 2016 Stanley Cup? Washington Capitals
All Stanley Cup winners get a day with the Cup. If you won, what would you do with it? Take it golfing with me.

Name: Mooney Shaugabay
Who’s your favorite NHL player? TJ Oshie
How much does the Stanley Cup weigh? 35 pounds
Who do you think will win the 2016 Stanley Cup? Pittsburg Penguins
All Stanley Cup winners get a day with the Cup. If you won, what would you do with it? Share it with my family.

Name: Katie K
Who’s your favorite NHL player? TJ Oshie
How much does the Stanley Cup weigh? 11.5 pounds
Who do you think will win the 2016 Stanley Cup? Washington Capitals
All Stanley Cup winners get a day with the Cup. If you won, what would you do with it? Take a selfie with it!

Name: Kobe Roeder
Who’s your favorite NHL player? Toews
How much does the Stanley Cup weigh? 50 pounds
Who do you think will win the 2016 Stanley Cup? San Jose Sharks
All Stanley Cup winners get a day with the Cup. If you won, what would you do with it? Drink Gatorade out of it.

Photo Credit: Minnesota Hockey Magazine
Reflections on the First NWHL Season
Winning the first ever Isobel Cup is a milestone that Gigi and her Boston Pride teammates will never forget.  Looking back to this time last year, there was uncertainty and hesitation about the league, its success, and sustainability.  There were numerous risks involved, but in taking that step of faith, Gigi and her teammates were able to play a significant part in making history in women’s hockey.  Check out this article from the Minnesota Hockey Magazine in which Gigi reflects on her experience with the NWHL’s inaugural season: Risk and Reward.
Getting to Know Our Coaches: Milica McMillen
Team: University of Minnesota Gophers
Position: Defenseman
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
When and how did you start playing hockey? “I started when I was 4.  After a Learn-to-Skate session, there were some hockey players (Winny Brodt, Ronda and Renee Curtin) that went on after and I thought it looked really fun.”
Who is your role model? “My role model is Karyn Bye-Dietz because she is one of the first women’s Olympic hockey players I watched and met.”
What advice would you give to your younger self? “I would tell my younger self to make sure to enjoy the little things and soak in the moments because time goes way too fast.”
What is your favorite RR19HS memory? “Last year’s RR19HS was my first year, and the whole thing was a blast.  I think my favorite memory was playing the outdoor games during the off-ice sessions.”
How did you celebrate this year’s NCAA title? “This year we got to go to a restaurant close to the rink with our family and friends after the game.  We took lots of pictures and talked about the fun season we had.”


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.





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.





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




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 (!

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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!!!

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Since RR19HS in 2015, the great game of hockey has taken Gigi all over the country and the world! In August, Gigi was invited to participate in a National Training Camp in Lake Placid, NY, and your favorite Olympian was chosen to skate with Team USA in Sweden for the Four Nations tournament in November. The US Women’s National Team was undefeated and won gold!October 2015 marked the inauguration of the National Women’s Hockey League, and since then Gigi has been skating with the Boston Pride, one of the four founding teams of the league. At the end of January, Gigi participated in the NWHL All Star Game in Buffalo, NY, showcasing her breakaway skills and contributing a few assists to see her team win the first ever All Star game!



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