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EDINA, MN – It’s the middle of the summer and most of us are unwinding, playing endless rounds of golf or waiting for next hockey season to begin. For professional players, it’s a time to relax, then begin preparing for the upcoming season. Some players work out and train at their local rink, others stay in the city they’ve been playing in then get on with training after a few weeks of vacation. Then, there’s a select few that are certified beauties, and there’s only one league that those beauties can play in – properly named, Da Beauty League.

I know you’re asking, “Da Beauty League?”

Yep, Da Beauty League.

Founded in the fall of 2015 by local businessmen in order to bring professional hockey to Minnesota year-round, Edina, Minnesota to be exact. The annual four-on-four summer league is made up of guys who play professionally in the top North American leagues, as well as who play at the collegiate level and a few who play overseas.

Most of the guys playing in the league have ties to the state of Minnesota. The league allows guys to play up to their competition rather than in their hometown beer league, and fans get to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in the usually sold out 3,600-seat West Arena.

The best part of the sold out, 3,600-seat arena? A portion of the league’s proceeds benefit the league’s charity partners and go back to the community. The charities include The Herb Brooks FoundationShine a Ligh7 Foundation and United Heroes League.

Each game is played four-on-four and has two 23-minute halves, different from a normal hockey game. There are six teams, each team having it’s own sponsor: Bic, TRIA Orthopaedic Center, Tradition Companies, RBC Royal Bank, Velocity Hockey Center and Walser Auto Group.

You’ve got to be a certified beauty to play in a league with a name like Da Beauty League, right?

Well, let’s be honest, who is more of a beauty than NHLers Zach Parise, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk and Casey Middlestadt? But those are just the big-name players who show up to the annual four-on-four summer hockey league.

So what does this have to do with our favorite minor league players? Well, there’s a few of them playing in Da Beauty League. Jared Bethune of the Allen Americans, former Indy Fuel goaltender Adam Carlson, and Chicago Wolves defenseman Jake Bischoff are just a couple of minor leaguers that suit up in Da Beauty League.

Even Da Beauty League coaches have ties to the minor leagues. NHL Network analyst and Team RBC coach Brian Lawton, spent time in the IHL and the AHL playing for now-ECHL teams Maine Mariners and Cincinnati Cyclones. Velocity head coach, Chris McAlpine, played 197 games in the AHL, split between the Albany RiverRats, Worcester IceCats, Norfolk Admirals and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.

So we have a league, we have teams and players in the league. They’ve got to be playing for something right? Of course. Through July and August the six teams compete for the John Scott Cup, appropriately named after one of the biggest beauties, former NHL enforcer and All-Star, John Scott.

The best part? You can get your hockey fix through the click of a mouse. Not only does it give the players a place to play but it gives fans a chance to go watch some really good hockey in a relaxed, hometown environment or tune in online and get our hockey fill with some skilled, four-on-four hockey. 

Da Beauty League resumes action Wednesday night, July 25.

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