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Dave Palmquist to head Red and Black Fall League

07/20/2021, 11:00am CDT

Tryouts for Girls Fall League Aug. 19 in Inver Grove Heights

The Red Black League is excited to announce Dave Palmquist as the RB Girls High School League Director.  Dave brings a wealth of experience and success as a pioneering girls high school head coach, leader, and mentor.  The girls league will begin play in the Fall of 2021! 

Palmquist is a 1986 graduate of Bethel University, and has been a head coach for 34 years. Since 1994 he has been head coach of the highly successful South St Paul Packers Girls Hockey team. His coaching success at South St Paul is without equal in girl's high school hockey. He has coached his Packer teams to 4 Minnesota State Titles. His South St Paul teams have won 9 conference titles, and have been in the state tournament 15 times. Including his 7 years as the boy's coach at Minnehaha Academy, he has 600+ career wins over his 34 years of coaching.

Dave is currently the longest active coach in girls high school hockey history. He was Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2001, and Section Coach of the year 6 times. He coached in Minnesota's first high school girls hockey game. In 2002, one of his players, Ashley Albrecht was named Ms Hockey, and 19 other Division I hockey players, along with many more in Division III, have come through his program. His teams hold a state record 86 game winning streak. Dave is a USA Hockey Certified instructor, and he also works as a Emmy Award Winning TV Analyst for Channel 45 during the Boy's State Hockey Tournament.

Girls Tryout Date - Thursday August 19, 2021 

@ Inver Grove Heights

Session 1 740-840pm

Session 2 850-950pm


Red Black League History - The Red Black High School League was founded in 2014 for Boys High School players.  The vast majority of kids don't play in the Elite League, Tier 1, etc and want to improve their skills in order to make an impact with their high school program.  Players were left behind, the demand to play was huge, and our league caters to ALL high school hockey players.  Our leadership and coaches have deep ties to Minnesota High School Hockey.

Today we field 20+ teams in the Spring and 20+ in the Fall; the RB league has fielded players from 70+ high school programs.  You name the school and they have had numerous kids play in our league.  Our league was formed with a strong emphasis on acquiring the necessary game skills to be the best High School hockey player possible and at the same time allowing for the development of players with post high school aspirations.  Improved skills will include increased repetition in read and react situations, playing with speed, puck time skills (playmaking and goal scoring), ice vision, creativity and overall confidence. Secondly, the league was designed to greatly increase player safety so players will have the longevity to enjoy the sport of hockey for a lifetime.


The RB league expanded in 2017 to include Bantam and Peewee age levels.  The RB league further expanded in the Fall of 2021 to include High School Girls.  All leagues are operated with the same principals and dedication that were at our core when we started in 2014.



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