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About Minnesota Warriors Hockey

Our Mission

The Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey Program has been organized for charitable and educational purposes. United States Military personnel wounded, injured or otherwise disabled veterans. Minnesota Warriors is the only USA Hockey Disabled Warrior program in the state of Minnesota. Our focus is on assisting our veterans with reintegration into civilian life. 

Our Vision

"Distinguishing itself from other veteran programs, Minnesota Warrior Hockey prioritizes using ice time as a catalyst for fostering camaraderie and community spirit. Many veterans grapple with identity and self-confidence issues following their service, and our hockey program plays a pivotal role in helping them rediscover their sense of self. These challenges find their most effective solutions through peer-to-peer support, and this journey of empowerment begins on the ice, eventually radiating out to positively impact the participant's family, community, and workplace.

Warrior Hockey is dedicated to educating, training, and inspiring individuals to engage in hockey. Our participants include those with disabilities acquired during or after military service, and we tailor our environment to accommodate their athletic capabilities. In addition, the Minnesota Warriors also provide essential assistance to veterans facing the unique challenges of reintegrating into civilian life."

For more information, please visit the Minnesota Warriors Hockey
page on Facebook or email us at or contact Derek Kottke at (651) 245-5310.

For more information or to contact us by US Mail:
Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey
1413 Thompson Ave
Suite 3
South St. Paul, MN  55075

Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey is a federally registered and approved 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, operating under Federal Tax ID number 32-0331684

Minnesota Warrior program types: All are non-check


Hockey requires that all programs be fully sanctioned with all teams, players, volunteers, coaches and staff, within such programs be fully registered with USA Hockey.  

To be eligible you must be or have been Veterans or Members of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard), with former Members required to have been discharged under honorable or general conditions. Any exceptions must be approved by the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Section.

You must also meet one of the following criteria for eligibility:

  1. Purple Heart.
  2. VA rating of 10% or greater.
  3. Medically discharged from active, reserves or National Guard. Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.
  4. Post-service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service.
  5. Any Veteran with a disability that did not occur during Military Service and meets discharge eligibility.

Cases presenting multiple discharges of varying character will also be referred for adjudication to the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Section. 

What do you need?

The Warriors supplies all players with the following items free:

  • Ice time;
  • Gear (Helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, breezers, shin pads, socks and jerseys); and
  • Sleds and sticks for our sled players.

You Supply:

  • Skates
  • Stick
  • Mouthguard

You will also need to fill out our registration and once accepted, register with USA Hockey (this is a $46 fee you pay). 

Most importantly, supply commitment and passion.