March 11th, 2012
The Messier Project congratulates Lakeville (Minnesota) South High School senior forward Justin Kloos, who was named Minnesota’s “Mr. Hockey” on Sunday, March 11.
Justin’s award caps a terrific season in which he scored a state-best 103 points, the 10th highest total in state history. He helped lead the Cougars, who wear the M11 helmet, to the Class 2A semifinals of the 2012 Minnesota State High School League Boys Hockey Tournament.
Justin, who has committed to play at the University of Minnesota, received the award given annually to the state's top senior skater in an awards ceremony held in St. Paul. The Mr. Hockey Award is selected by a panel of National Hockey League Scouts, Division One coaches and media members from around the state.
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March 9th, 2012
Hill-Murray School, one of the first two teams to wear The Messier Project’s new M11 PRO helmet, advanced to the Class 2A finals of the Minnesota State High School League with a 2-1 overtime win over Moorhead High School on Friday, March 9 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Senior forward Conrad Sampair tied the game at 1 with 7:02 left in the third period. He then netted the game-winner 1 minute, 51 seconds into overtime to lead the Pioneers to their 12th straight win.
Hill-Murray is in the state finals for the 10th time and the Pioneers will gun for their fourth Minnesota high school championship on Saturday, March 10 against Benilde-St. Margaret.
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Hill-Murray's Conrad Sampair celebrates his game-winning OT goal.
March 9th, 2012
Harvard University will become the first college hockey team to wear The Messier Project’s new M11 PRO helmet, starting on Friday, March 9 when the Crimson face the Yale Bulldogs in the ECAC quarterfinals at Bright Hockey Center in Boston.
Harvard also was the first NCAA team to wear The Messier Project’s groundbreaking M11 helmet, switching to the model at the beginning of the 2009-10 season. In a Dec. 22, 2011 story, Crimson equipment manager John O’Donnell explained the improved protection — including no concussions — his team has experienced in the M11. See: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/Sidney-Crosby-Chris-Pronger-concussions-NHL-players-slow-to-adopt-new-helmet-122111.
The M11 PRO is a new evolution of the M11 hockey helmet built around Cascade Sports’ revolutionary Seven Technology. The M11 PRO’s new, streamlined design, aggressive styling and enhanced features offer advanced protection and pro-level performance.
Designed, engineered and manufactured at Cascade’s new state-of-the art facility in Liverpool, N.Y., the M11 PRO is a direct response to feedback from The Messier Project community over the past year. It offers the same, advanced protection and technology as the M11 in a new, sleek design with improved fit and ventilation.
The M11 PRO will be available at hockey specialty dealers beginning in April.
March 9th, 2012
Mary-Kay Messier talks to Tom Treloar of CBS Radio during a game intermission of the Minnesota State High School League at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Photo below.)
Mary-Kay also spoke about The Messier Project and the new M11 PRO helmet to KARE-TV from the Let's Play Hockey Expo. A compilation of segments from KARE's morning news show can be viewed at: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=966293
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"Show us your M" to win M11 PRO helmets, apparel and Mark Messier memorabilia.
March 8th, 2012
Hill-Murray School and Lakeville South High School, both members of The Messier Project community, advanced to the Class 2A semifinals of the Minnesota State High School League boys hockey tournament with impressive, upset wins on Thursday.
Hill-Murray, wearing the new M11 PRO helmet, took charge — and outskated and outhit — Maple Grove High School in a 5-2 victory at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The win was the 11th straight for coach Bill Lechner’s Pioneers.
Read full stories at: http://www.startribune.com/sports/141965993.html and http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_20130237/state-hockey-tournament-hill-murray-leads-maple-grove.
Lakeville South, wearing the M11, pulled off the biggest surprise in the tournament with a 3-2 victory over No. 1-ranked Duluth-East. The Cougars used tight defense and great goaltending to fashion the win, the first by an unseeded team over the No. 1 team in the tournament quarterfinals since 2009.
Check out: http://www.mnhockeyhub.com/news_article/show/137654?referrer_id=32760
Hill-Murray D-man Dan Dolan deals a hit.
Lakeville South celebrates upset over Duluth-East.
March 4th, 2012
Congratulations to the Okotoks Bisons for reaching the finals of the Alberta Jr. B Heritage League, where they face the Cochrane Generals in the best-of-seven series. The Bisons switched to the M11 helmet and joined The Messier Project Community this season.
The Bisons, who had a league-leading 31-6-1 regular season record, also will play host to the Alberta Jr. B.Provincial Championship April 5-8 in Okotoks, Alberta, just south of Calgary.
March 4th, 2012
Five teams outfitted with the M11 helmet are heading into the Saskatchewan Midget AAA playoffs.
The Moose Jaw Generals, Tisdale Trojans, Notre Dame Argos, Regina Pat Canadians and the defending provincial champion Prince Albert Mintos are wearing the M11 for a second season. Coaches and players say they’re very happy with the protection level, fit and custom look of their helmets.
Prince Albert is the early favorite to repeat as Saskatchewan champions. Talk is the talented Mintos could go all the way and challenge for the Telus Cup Championship for Canadian Midget AAA supremecy.
The five teams have already committed to wear the M11 next season, and a couple may switch to the new M11 PRO helmet.
The Generals will host the Canadian Midget AAA Championship in Moose Jaw in 2013, allowing The Messier Project to be showcased on the national level.
Josh Elliott of the Prince Albert Mintos (in white) tries to maneuver past Skyler Reeve of the Moose Jaw Generals. Both players are showing their "M's" on their M11 helmets.
March 3rd, 2012
Hill-Murray School, one of the first two teams to wear The Messier Project’s new M11 PRO helmet, has advanced to the Minnesota State High School League tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Pioneers earned a berth in the Minnesota Class AA tournament with a 3-2 win over Roseville on Friday, March 2. Hill-Murray will face Maple Grove High School on Thursday, March 8 in the quarterfinals of the “Big Stage in the State of Hockey.”
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The Pioneers, who previously wore the M11, were fitted in their sleek, factory-fresh M11 PROs just days earlier. The M11 PRO is debuting in Minnesota State High School League postseason play after being previewed by Mark Messier and other former New York Rangers and ex-Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game on Dec. 31.
March 3rd, 2012
Five teams wearing the M11 or new M11 PRO helmets will compete in the 2012 Minnesota State High School League State tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Hill-Murray Pioneers, one of the first two teams to wear the M11 PRO, and the Lakeville South Cougars, in the M11, will hit the ice in Class AA quarterfinal games on Thursday, March 8.
The Duluth-Marshall Hilltoppers, Little Falls Flyers and Rochester-Lourdes Eagles will compete in Class A quarterfinal contests on Wednesday, March 7. All three teams wear the M11.
Read all the team stories and see the match-ups at: http://www.mnhockeyhub.com/
The Messier Project wishes all five teams the best of luck at the “X” in downtown St. Paul.
March 2nd, 2012
The launch of The Messier Project's new M11 PRO helmet made the evening news on CBS Twin Cities affiliate WCCO-TV on March 1.
See and read the story at: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/03/01/messier-project-aims-to-better-protect-hockey-players/
Good luck to all The Messier Community teams, players and coaches in the Minnesota State High School League hockey postseason. We're evolving head protection in State of Hockey.