skip navigation
Home Teams Tournaments Calendar Coaching Corner Officials Sponsors More +

Skaters Keep Achieving Through Education


SKATE Program

S.K.A.T.E. Banquet a Success


This year's S.K.A.T.E. banquet held in the high school commons on Thursday, March 31 was a success based on comments of individuals involved. While our skaters were recognized for taking care of business in the classroom, Coach Unger also recognized Minnesota Gopher skaters for their participation in the classroom as well as on the ice. Both New Richmond and Gopher skaters were treated to pizza prior to the awards ceremony. 

Pictures from the event can be found on the SKATE page of the website.

SKATE recognizes our players who excel in the classroom as well as on the ice. In order to be part of the program, players need to earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA during the hockey season.

If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Unger at ( 

Skaters Keep Achieving Through Education (S.K.A.T.E.)

 S.K.A.T.E. is an academic recognition program designed to encourage youth hockey players to strive for excellence in the classroom. The program was originally developed by parent volunteers at a youth hockey organization in Minnesota to emphasize the importance of academic performance to young players. Focusing on the competitive nature of the young student-athletes, the program soon saw results with a significant increase in Grade Point Averages among youth hockey players.

In 1997, the S.K.A.T.E. program was adopted and endorsed by Minnesota Hockey, the statewide governing body of amateur hockey. Within a few years, the S.K.A.T.E. program expanded to include nearly 100 youth hockey organizations and more than 10,000 participants on an annual basis. In a short time, the S.K.A.T.E. program has evolved into the most recognized and most popular off-ice initiative in youth hockey.

Our ultimate goal is to make the S.K.A.T.E. program available to youth hockey organizations nationally so that young players across the country can realize their potential on and off the ice. Experience shows that local communities, businesses and volunteers rally around the S.K.A.T.E. program more than any other program in youth hockey, so we think it will grow accordingly.

The success of the S.K.A.T.E. program is due in large part to the commitment of parent volunteers who contribute their time and energy, along with their passion to be a positive influence on the activities of their children.

The S.K.A.T.E. logo, marks and program curriculum are trademarked and the program is currently a registered as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

S.K.A.T.E. Website Home Page

If you would like to learn more about the S.K.A.T.E. program, click on the link and visit their website.

S.K.A.T.E. Information

It is that time of year to start thinking about our SKATE Recognition.
SKATE is recognition of our players excelling on the ice as well as in the classroom.
Players need to earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA during the hockey season.
We want to recognize our players for their hard work on and off the ice!
It is open to school age Mite players through the High School level.

You can download the Participation Form on this webpage below.
Complete the participation form and mail to NRYHA along with a copy of  your child's report card.
Please note the different report cards for the different levels.

Elementary - Copy of 1st Trimester Report Card and Mid-Term Trimester Report (Participation Form completed.)
Middle School - Copy of 2nd Quarter Report Card (Participation Form Completed)
High School - Copy of 2nd Quarter Report Card (Participation Form Completed)

All report cards are evaluated and the GPA is calculated and kept confidential.
The deadline is Monday, February 22nd.
Award Recognition will take place at the end of March.
Any questions, please contact Ryan Unger (