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Things to Know


Try-outs are scheduled for Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17.  An updated ice schedule has been posted to the website.  A few notes regarding try-outs:

  • Squirts and Peewees are scheduled for a try-out this season.
  • While the other levels do not have a try-out, there are still sessions scheduled for all levels during these days.
  • Outside evaluators will be used.  Level Coordinators will be managing the check-in process and will be available to answer any questions.
  • We will be helping Brainerd with their try-outs the weekend prior and will hear from level coordinators regarding that, if you have not already.

Heartland Hockey

The Men’s 3 on 3 Open Hockey program is open to hockey players living in the Brainerd Lakes Area or visiting the area, and are between the ages of 16-66 years old.

The fee is $20.00 per session, per player.

Each session is limited to 12 skaters & 2 goalies. To make your reservation, please email Coach Steve, at or text Coach Steve at 218-820-1604.

Minnesota Loons Billet Families Needed!

From Craig Larson, GM

Billet Families are an important part of the Junior Hockey experience and good comfortable housing for our players is a priority. The experiences I've had with Billet Families have always been a positive one and I've heard nothing but good things about the families who have housed players in the past.  You can go to our team page and click on this link, to get more information.

If interested, there is a Billet application and we'd need other documents as we move forward, such as background checks, Free USA Hockey registration as a volunteer and filling out a USA Hockey SafeSport application.  All are easy to fill out and we'll be able to verify each one.

You can contact me via email at or Assistant coach Kegan Couture at

USA Hockey Player Safety Declarations

Equipment Needs?

Check out the resources available you to that are close to home!

  • Paulbeck's County Market in Aitkin carries Howie's products.
  • Integral Hockey Brainerd can help with broken sticks or used ones.  

Check out the links below.  Both are locally owned and operated by NLYHA members.

Contact Us Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association

Contact Us Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association

PO Box 96, Deerwood, MN 56444

Ice Schedule

Ice Schedules will be posted here.  The registration link for Fall Skills or Iron Range Academy is farther below.

Thank You To Our Chevy Youth Hockey Partner!

NLYHA has had the honor to partner with Brandl Aitkin annually in the Chevy Youth Hockey Event and appreciate the generous support!

Want to Donate to NLYHA?

The opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to the NLHYA Skills Development Scholarship Fund or General Fund is above in the red ribbon!   Just click on Donate.  We appreciate your support!

Support NLYHA by selecting us as your charitable organization and Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases.

Email Distrubution

If your family is not receiving the email communications, as expected, please check your SportsEngine account.  Login, go to Account Settings and ensure all email addresses are valid.   You need to be registered for the 2021-2022 season to receive email communications through August 31, 2022.  Thank you!

Check out our pull tab, meat raffle and bingo sites listed under the Home Page tab then selecting Fundraising.  We appreciate their support and they appreciate your's!

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