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Woodbury and East Ridge players collided earlier this season on the ice. The teams will rematch each other this week.

New hockey rules appropriate, local coaches say

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Just weeks after hockey injuries left two Minnesota prep athletes seriously injured on the ice, state officials announced a change in rules that stiffens penalties for certain hockey hits.

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The Minnesota State High School League's board of directors on Friday approved immediate changes to hockey policies governing dangerous contact.

Local coaches expressed support for the change, saying it sends a positive message that safety is priority in prep sports.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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