THE MINNESOTA BLUE OX
A USPHL JUNIOR A’ HOCKEY CLUB
LOCATED IN COON RAPIDS, MINNESOTA
The Minnesota Blue Ox are looking to develop hockey players from the age of 16 to 20 years of age. The majority of these players look to advance their hockey careers to the tier 2 junior level, or play college hockey at the Division 3, or ACHA level.
The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is an American ice hockey league. Founded in 2011, the USPHL has grown to over 75 organizations from across the United States fielding teams in the NCDC, Premier, Elite, USP3, 18U, 16U, 16U Futures, and High Performance youth divisions.
The Premier and Elite Divisions act as Tier III junior leagues (16-20 years of age) and the 18U, 16U and 16U Futures divisions are Tier I youth hockey divisions. The USPHL added a Tier 2 level (tuition free) junior league called the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) in 2017-18 which has grown to 16 teams based out East.
Coon Rapids is a northern suburb of Minneapolis, and is the largest city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 61,476 at the 2010 census, making it the thirteenth largest city in Minnesota and the seventh largest Twin Cities suburb. Coon Rapids neighbors such great hockey communities such as Blaine, Andover, Champlin Park (High School), Maple Grove, Anoka and Plymouth (Wayzata High School).
Recreational lakes in the city include Cenaiko Lake and Crooked Lake, two-thirds of which is in Coon Rapids. The other third is in the city of Andover, immediately to the north. Coon Rapids is just 25 minutes from beautiful Lake Minnetonka and just 15 minutes from Minneapolis-St. Paul which is home to four professional sports teams, the University of Minnesota, the Mall of America and several other great entertainment options for anyone that joins the organization.