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JMS Hockey 101 debuts

by barbaragarn

For absolute beginners!
The skills sessions will give you a strong foundation and the games will help you learn on-ice techniques with teammates and opponents.


JMS Hockey 101 is two six-week programs involving Skills and then Games, all on Sunday nights at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis. Just $109 (early bird) per program, participants may choose Skills and/or Games (preference for Games registration given to participants of the Skills program).

Registration is now open for the Skills portion of JMS Hockey 101! Early bird price of $109 good through October 31 (price increases to $125 afterwards).
Coach Rob Little, a longtime adult hockey instructor, will lead six one-hour on-ice sessions and two off-ice “chalk talks.”
Rob will show you proper skating techniques, including balance, body movement and edge control. He will also teach puckwork fundamentals, including passing and carrying, and the most common shots: wrist shot and snap shot.

Want to meet Rob before Hockey 101 begins? Just sign up for one of the Thursday night clinic sessions at Parade! Rob will also be the “instructional referee” for the tutorial Games portion (which begin in January; early bird registration will open in November).

Goalies: we will need occasional netminders for certain Skills sessions–send an e-mail to if you are interested in filling in!

JMS Hockey 101 is co-rec and for adults over age 18. Participants will need to have their own hockey gear including: helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, breezers, shin pads, skates and stick. We have a discounted gear kit package with our wonderful partners, Strauss Skates and Bikes (e-mail us for info). White and black JMS jerseys will be provided to all JMS Hockey 101 participants!

Come learn hockey with other brand-new beginners! Click the Hockey 101 tab above, or here for info, schedule and registration.

Hockey Season 14-15 Schedule

by barbaragarn

Hooray! I have scheduled the majority of the hockey season ice and can announce additions and changes as we transition from the slow season to the hockey season.

A reminder: adult hockey in Minnesota always comes after youth hockey. We always ask for the earliest ice available… which unfortunately is sometimes late.


Nearly all our current games will continue in some form or another. I’ve listed by day of the week, hope these games work for you!



STIA Elite: continues

VMCC/Wakota LL: Wakota is closed for construction until around October 1; we’ll keep booking at VMCC in the interim, as long as sufficient players continue to sign up.

Central 3/4 game: Was at Breck over the summer but moves to Parade/NEA for the season. This game not scheduled for September, but will be booked if we have sufficient signups.


Eden Prairie UL: continues

Apple Valley LL: continues

St. Louis Park: Changes back to L4-only starting with September 23 game.

Polar LL: New game! Starts September 9 and moves to Wednesday nights in November.

Maple Grove L3: Game returns on September 2 after summer hiatus!


VMCC/Wakota L3: Wakota is closed for construction until around October 1; we’ll keep booking at VMCC in the interim, as long as sufficient players continue to sign up.

Maple Grove UL: continues

Polar LL: New game! Starts on Tuesdays but moves to Wednesdays starting with November games.


Apple Valley UL: Game returns on October 2 after off-season hiatus!

Moose (Monticello) all-level: Two games in September, but no ice for hockey season due to youth association. Finalizing replacement ice now with nearby rink.

STIA all-level: continues

Bielenberg LL: Game returns! We have five fall games for now and hopefully can get more for the hockey season–in talks now; schedule pending youth association needs.

Skills clinic at Parade with Coach Rob Little: Session returns starting September 25!

Maple Grove LL: Game starts after January 1 (no ice available before that)


Roseville LL: continues

Eden Prairie Int (2/3/4): continues

Schwann’s all-level: continues

St. Louis Park UL+ (3/4/5/6): continues

Parade Novice (1/2): Relocates after losing Roseville ice; games start October 3, possibly earlier.

Wakota Int (2/3/4): Game returns when Wakota re-opens!


STIA all-level: continues


Minnehaha all-level: Starts on October 19


I’m working on one final location not mentioned above: the NE quadrant, White Bear or Vadnais area. I’ve been in talks with the rinks and hope to have something finalized soon. I’ll announce it as soon as I know something.


Whew! This is always a huge job and I’m relieved to get it finally sorted out after months of finagling. I really hope these times will work for you!


What stick do you use and why?

by Andy Baird

I’m retiring my last Easton SE16 tonight after a crack through the blade so I’m back on the market for a new stick.

This got me thinking: why do you use the stick you do?

I’ve played with folks who are effective with an old sherwood wooden stick all the way to players who geek out on custom tailored built sticks. What’s your preference?

Respond here:

Help wanted!

by Andy Baird

Hey JMSers!

To continue to expand and scale JMS we have two job vacancies we’re looking to fill. 

Whether you’re a long time JMSer or just a motivated newcomer to hockey, we’re looking for individuals with the passion for hockey and the talent to help bring JMS to new heights.

Specifically, we are looking for someone to head up our marketing efforts and to organize and manage our league initiatives. Interested? More details here

If you’re interested or have questions, please send a resume and cover letter to

Play JMS for free!

by barbaragarn

For the remainder of the summer, JMS will be giving away free games. How do you skate for free? Just show your support for JMS!

We will be distributing JMS car stickers at games (and some Upper Level caps already have started distribution). Just ask your captain for a sticker and put it on your back bumper. 

JMS admins will be visiting the parking lots at our scheduled games. The lucky owner of a car displaying the JMS sticker will play for free that night!

Some games will be announced ahead of time, some will be a surprise. We’ll hit a variety of games each week, but all will be included before the end of summer.

Show your support for JMS and get a chance to skate for freeeee!


The Honey Badgers 2 Are Champions!

by ericmjorgensen



Tonight, the Honey Badgers 2 won a hard-fought contest with the Awesome Possums to become the champions of the third season of JMS Hockey Clubs. Congratulations to the Honey Badgers 2!

JMS Hockey T-shirt Now Available!

by ericmjorgensen

Last fall, we at JMS Hockey launched updated branding to celebrate our ten-year anniversary — we figured that it was time we made a t-shirt. It’s a simple but cool design, and we hope you like it.

Buying a shirt for yourself or the JMS Hockey player in your life is a great way to support pick-up hockey in the Twin Cities — and to look sharp while doing it!

Thank you for playing JMS Hockey and helping to grow it into what it is today. Here’s to another ten years!

You can buy a shirt over here:


Apple Valley Intermediate League Open For Sign-ups!

by ericmjorgensen


JMS Hockey is expanding JMS Hockey Clubs to Apple Valley this summer!

Starting on Thursday, June 19th and ending on August 28th, this season will be our first offering targeted at intermediate skaters (those in JMS levels 2 through 4).

The Details


Games will be every Thursday from June 19th to August 28th except for July 3rd due to the holiday. Game start times are between 8:30 and 9:45 PM.

Eligible Levels

JMS skaters in levels 2, 3, and 4 are eligible for this season.


Early-bird registration is $159. If you already have a set of JMS Hockey Clubs jerseys (one white and one black), you are all set. If not, there is a one-time $20 jersey fee.

After the early-bird period ends, the league registration fee goes up to $179. Get your spot now!

Click here to sign up

The Stick Magnets are Champs!

by ericmjorgensen

Congratulations to The Stick Magnets, the JMS Hockey Clubs Winter Champions!


With two seasons now in the books, JMS Hockey Clubs is off to a great start. For more information about future league seasons, follow @jms_hockey on Twitter, like us at Facebook, or visit the league page of our website.

Get notified when a game is available at a rink you want to play at

by Andy Baird

A long requested capability of the website is to know exactly when a game that you are interested in is available. As of today, our automatic notification feature is now out of beta and available to anyone who is interested. You can setup your auto notification preferences here:

How it works:

  1. Select the rinks you want to be notified for
  2. Select the types of games you want to be notified for
  3. Select what days of the week you want to play on
  4. Choose the frequency at which you want to be notified

Depending on how you’ve setup the frequency of your automatic notifications, you’ll receive notifications any time a game is available and you are eligible to signup for that game for the rink you are interested in.

Questions or suggestions? As always, e-mail our support at and we’ll be happy to help.


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