The ice hockey season may still be a few months away, but there’s another form of hockey ready for some fierce international competition – PowerHockey™. The Minnesota Stars and the Minnesota Saints traveling PowerHockey™ teams will compete in the PowerHockey™ Cup 2006 August 4th – 7th at the University of Calgary in Calgary (Alberta) Canada.
The PowerHockey™ Cup 2006 is being hosted by the Calgary PowerHockey League (CPHL) and is the second official tournament of the North American PowerHockey Association (NAPHA). This will mark the first time that teams from both the United States and Canada will be competing on an equal footing on Canadian soil. In addition to the tournament hosts, the Calgary Selects, and the Minnesota Stars and the Minnesota Saints , other teams competing include the Carolina Fury, Michigan Mustangs and Toronto Rock.
The Minnesota Stars come to Calgary as the 2004 PowerHockey™ Cup champions, and are led by captains Chris Kram (2001 PowerHockey™ World Cup and 2004 PowerHockey™ Cup Tournament MVP) , and Steve Onsum (2004 PowerHockey™ Cup Championship Game MVP) . The Minnesota Stars were formed in 1993, and were the first power wheelchair-only hockey team in the United States. The Stars were also the first PowerHockey™ team from North America to participate in Europe, when it made its power-wheelchair hockey tournament debut in Erlangen, Germany in 1993.
In 1995 , the Stars made its first appearance as an exhibition team at the Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association’s (CEWHA) national tournament, which was held in Toronto . The Stars continued to appear as an exhibition team at CEWHA nationals in Calgary (1996), London (1998), and Toronto (2000). In 2001, the Stars took 4 th place, out 11 teams, in the first PowerHockey Ô Cup, which was held in Minneapolis , Minnesota . The 2001 PowerHockey Ô World Cup marked the first PowerHockey™ tournament to have teams from Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA, competing against each other.
The Minnesota Stars 2006 roster includes: Wayne Baier (Crystal), Jacob Holmquist (Corcoran), Jeremy James (Minneapolis), Chris Kram (Cambridge), Craig McClellan (New Hope), Steve Onsum (Brooklyn Park), and Luke Pedersen (Minneapolis). The Minnesota Stars are coached by Dan Enna (Crystal) and Brian Kram (Cambridge).
The Minnesota Saints made its tournament debut in the PowerHockey™ World Cup 2001 and finished in 9 th place. They competed again in the PowerHockey™ Cup 2004 where they finished in 3 rd place. The Minnesota Saints 2006 roster includes Cindy Condon (Minneapolis), Angie Folie (Hopkins), Gordy Foster (Woodbury), Sarah Heinsch (New Hope), Dan Hugley (St. Paul), Joe Hugley (St. Paul), Dave Kaup (St. Paul), Jen Onsum (Brooklyn Park), Josh Twite (Chatfield) and Chad Wilson (Chaska) . The Minnesota Saints are coached by Josh Holler (Minneapolis) and Brian Little (Corcoran).
All members of the Minnesota Stars and Minnesota Saints play on various teams in the Minnesota PowerHockey™ League , running May-September every year. Players that have received Minnesota PowerHockey™ League awards are: Defensive player of the Year Jen Onsum (’98, ’99 and ’05); Rookies of the Year Joe Hugley (‘99), Jacob Holmquist (’02), and Chad Wilson (‘04); Most Valuable Players Chris Kram (’97, ’99, ’01 and ‘03), Wayne Baier (’98), Josh Twite (‘04), and Chad Wilson (‘05); Most Improved Players Jeremy James (’01), and Jacob Holmquist (’03); and Goaltenders of the Year Sarah Heinsch (‘00), Steve Onsum (’01 and ‘04), and Cindy Condon (‘03).
The Minnesota Stars and the Minnesota Saints PowerHockey™ teams provide international and national sports opportunities for disabled individuals living in Minnesota who utilize a power wheelchair for daily mobility. Both teams operate as a part of the U. S. EWHA (United States Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association) , a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a quality hockey program for persons requiring the use of an electric (power) wheelchair during daily life.
For more information about the Minnesota Stars and the Minnesota Saints visit www.powerhockey.com. For more information about the PowerHockey Cup 2006 visit www.powerhockey.ca/phc2006/
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U.S. ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
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Minneapolis, MN 55427
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