Just like the first Mite Jamboree back in 1977, Lakeville parents and coaches are hoping for a great experience for their players.
Thirty-seven years ago, the Jamboree was known as the "Snoopy-Woodstock Tournament." Games were played downtown on outdoor rinks. Only the championship was played indoors, an incentive for Mites to earn their way to the Farmington Civic Arena.
This year's Jamboree will be played entirely indoors, on a hockey rink that used to be the grocery store where parents bought their Mites' post-game treats.
LHA sponsors will assist to make the event memorable. Total Hockey will host the three-day event from February, 28th through March 2nd. Northern Life Chiropractic will be present, providing valuable information to keep LHA players safe and healthy.
Some highlights of the Jamboree 2014 include:
Mite 3 Jamboree Schedule
All games will be held at Total Hockey, MN in downtown Lakeville
Friday February, 28
Saturday March 1
Sunday March 2
Mites in 1977: "The Snoopy-Woodstocks"
In 1977, the entire Mite program consisted of 6 teams for all developmental levels. The program was run by the Lakeville Athletic Association (LAA) through the city's Parks and Recreation department.
Mites in 2014: Generation Now
The Mites in 2014 have it pretty good. Excellent coaches, with high school to pro playing experience, volunteer time to help kids learn the game of hockey and skills as part of LHA.
By comaprison to their predecessors, today there are
To play indoors, the 1977 Mites had to a earn a trip to the Snoopy-Woodstock (Jamboree) Championship game which was held at Farmington Civic Arena.
Skating outdoors is a rare treat, occasionally scheduled and conducted in ideal temperatures.