Minnesota has plenty of youth hockey programs and they’re usually full.
But this season, there’s been a spike in youth hockey coaching vacancies.
As it turns out, there are a few reasons why that could be.
First, it’s possible that the number of youth coaches is increasing because of the expansion of the Minnesota State Board of Hockey.
The board is tasked with managing and overseeing youth hockey in the state.
It’s been in existence since the 1990s, when the state created the National Hockey League.
Since then, there have been some changes.
The current board includes former NHL players who want to get back into the game and current players and former players who are interested in the game.
But many former players don’t want to leave the game because of it’s tough lifestyle.
The expansion of that board has led to some vacancies.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, in 2017, there were 3,068 vacancies, a 7 percent increase from the previous year.
That means that the current board is filled with former players.
That’s not to say there aren’t more coaches out there.
The Minnesota State Hockey Association, which represents more than 50 teams, said it was able to fill a total of 4,837 openings this season.
And there’s also a vacancy in the Duluth Hockey League where the players were trying to get into coaching and now are trying to find some other opportunities.
“They’re all looking for some other job,” said Minnesota-based coach Dave Cripps.
“It’s all very well and all the kids are playing hockey, but we’re all in a situation where we can’t be in that situation.
So there’s not really any reason for us to be sitting there all day trying to fill out a vacancy.”
If there are fewer vacancies this season than there were in previous years, there may be more coaches.
In 2016, there was a vacancy for about 10,000 coaches.
This year there is about 7,000 vacancies.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that more coaches are being hired.
According to a 2017 study from the Minnesota-Gladstone School of Business, it would take a team of around 50 coaches to fill every vacant coaching position.
The Duluth program, which has over 2,000 players and has played in the WCHA since 2012, is trying to do its part by hiring more players.
But Cripp, who was the assistant coach for the Dulum squad last season, said the school is still looking for other coaches.
Cripps said that when he was hired in 2015, there wasn’t much interest from coaches from other leagues in Duluth.
He said he was told to make sure Duluth players knew they were going to play at a different level, but they didn’t have much to show for it.
That doesn’t mean the program isn’t hiring new players.
The Duluth school has hired six players to the current squad.
“We’re always looking for new players to come in,” said Cripp.
“We’re hoping that we can keep them here and give them the experience they deserve.”
Cripp said he hopes that some of the new players will be able to coach for Duluth for the long term, especially if Duluth can keep a top-level team.
But he knows that some will not be able.
“You want to be a good teacher, a good person and a good teammate,” he said.
“You don’t just want to play for your club.
So that’s not the only reason why we need to keep them.”
There are still plenty of vacancies in Dulum, including on the coaching side.
And Cripp said that the school would be happy to have more coaches if it were able to find them.