Capstone/Dissertation Title

The Evolution of High School Hockey and Its Effects on the Social and Psychological Development of the Student-Athletes Involved

Term

Summer 8-12-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Jennifer Carlson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Cyndi Thyren

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Aaron Moberg

Abstract

Much like anything in life the sport of hockey is evolving. The research question addressed in this project is how this evolution affects the social and psychological development of the students involved. This capstone highlights the author’s concerns about the rapid changes taking place throughout the hockey community. The author documents his personal experiences, and the research of reputable child development specialists. The author also documents the responses of two Minnesota boys hockey coaching icons, Tom Saterdalen, and Bill Lechner. The author also collects the responses of 25 head boys hockey coaches throughout Minnesota, where high school hockey is an important part of the athletic culture. The author’s describes his findings and feelings about both his future, and the future evolution of high school hockey.

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