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SUMMER 2021

HOCKEY GUIDE

➤ SUMMER HOCKEY LEAGUES ➤ CLINICS ➤ CAMPS ➤ PLUS MORE!

CHECK OUT THESE ADVERTISERS! Propel Hockey Camps...............................................page 25 Prime Hockey.............................................................page 26 Carroll Goalie School.................................................page 27 The Goalie Club..........................................................page 28 Minnesota Made Hockey...........................................page 29 Heartland Hockey Camp.....................................page 30-31 Brainerd Lakes Summer Showdown......................page 32 Somerset Hockey.......................................................page 33

Cheese Cup Hockey Tournament.............................page 33 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hockey Camps ...page 34 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hockey Tournaments ...........................................................page 35 NAHL...........................................................................page 36 Planet Hockey.............................................................page 37 Northern MN Hockey Camp......................................page 38 MyEdge Hockey..........................................................page 39


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All Day Summer Camps for Active Hockey Kids 10+ Years Creating Summer Fun!

ACTIVITIES • Full Day Camp • 2 Ice Sessions Daily • Off Ice Training (Kayaking, Fishing & Golf) • Academic Time • Minimum Age 7 • Dodgeball • Soccer • Kickball

For program details and registration visit propelhockeycamps.com or call 952.297.5920

Minnesota’s Premier Skill Development League since 2014! • 70+ MINNESOTA SCHOOLS REPRESENTED • Proven development model with 300+ Alumni in Junior and Collegiate Hockey • Games played at multiple arenas around the entire Metro Area • 18 Game seasons plus playoffs and all-star game • Open to High School eligible players, plus separate Bantam and Peewee Leagues • Individual registrations, team requests, and carpool arrangements considered

High School Spring League

• Tryouts for new players in March • Season runs April thru May (Fri-Sun games)

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• Tryouts for new players in August • Season runs Sept. thru Oct. (NO Friday games)

Fall Bantam & Peewee League • Tryouts in July • Season runs August to September

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CGS offers weekend and evening goalie clinics in Minnesota and Iowa

Sometimes goalies don’t get a lot reinforcing the essential techniques of training during the winter months. used in today’s game,” Carroll said. So therefore, what they do during the “Goalies who train with us work hard, off-season becomes increasingly imimprove their skills and have fun!” portant as they strive to elevate their CGS offers four programs includgame to new levels. ing - Intro to Goaltending, IntermediThat’s where the Carroll Goalie ate Skills, Advanced Skills and Tryout School comes into play. Since 1995, Tune-up. they have been helping boys and girls Clinics are scheduled in the earbuild their individual skills and boost ly evenings and on weekends during their confidence in a safe, challenging June-September. Ice times are at six and upbeat learning environment. Minnesota arenas including Braemar “I’m extremely proud of the repArena (Edina), Eagan Civic Arena, utation we’ve earned for developing Richfield Arena, Super Rink (Blaine), quality, fundamentally-sound goalSt. Michael-Albertville and the TRIA tenders,” said director Steve Carroll, a Rink in St. Paul, which is the practice Minnesota goalie development leader facility of the Minnesota Wild. who was a Hall of CGS will also be Fame goalie at Edioffering two weekna High School and “Our instructors are end clinics (IntermeMinnesota State Skills and Intro about diate Mankato. “We want passionate to Goaltending) in the goalies to feel goaltending and do West Des Moines, good about their Iowa, in July. It will game and feel good an excellent job of ex- be the first goalie about themselves.” plaining, demonstrat- school held in the The CGS staff new MidAmerican of instructors use ing, and reinforcing Energy Company their extensive the RecPlex, a one-ofessential techcoaching experiits-kind multi-sport ence to teach the niques used in today’s facility opening this goalies what it game.” spring. takes to be sucGoalie parents – Steve Carroll, Carroll like the variety of cessful. They also share their wealth CGS ofGoalie School programs of knowledge and fers because they enthusiasm for the realize that having position with the kids. their kids train under the watchful “Our instructors are passionate eye of Coach Carroll and his staff can about goaltending and do an excellent make a significant impact on their dejob of explaining, demonstrating, and velopment.

“I think the biggest thing is the coaching staff makes it fun,” said goalie parent Shane Hudella, from Hastings, Minn. “Each year we try to get the boys to one of the camps. It’s been pivotal in getting them ready for the fall or a little tune-up going into the playoffs and other parts of the year. We can definitely tell the difference when they go to the Carroll Goalie School.” Goalie parent Shelley Peterson from Becker, Minn., said, “Every year,

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ever since he was eight, he seems to get so excited about being at CGS, you just can’t get enough of that as a parent. The positive environment and it’s just a lot of fun for him. We’ll be back, you’ll see us for a while.” Goalie parent Jeremy Anderson from Minneapolis, Minn., said, “Our daughter goes to a lot of goalie schools during the summer, but CGS is by far her favorite.” For more information, visit www. carrollgs.com

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Six keys to improve skating speed & efficiency Efficient high-end speed is highly trainable by JACK BLATHERWICK

Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Every year, some players dominate in the regular season, but not in the playoffs when the pace is faster. The difference is efficient high-end speed, and it’s highly trainable. 1. Longer skating strides = wider strides. At high speeds, you cannot lengthen your stride straight backward because your feet would have to be impossibly quick. Instead, push hard to the side (hip abduction). This is the major source of skating power and efficiency at high speed, yet it is ignored in most weight rooms. Because your skate blade is not perpendicular to the angle of force, this propels you forward, in the same way a sailboat tacks crosswind much faster than the wind. At the end of each stride, you are pushing backward (hip extension) because you’re moving past the ice. You also rotate your hips to prepare for the next stride. Off-ice exercises for hip abduction-rotation-extension include side-to-side jumps, Russian Box jumps, resisted lunge walks and slide board. 2. For acceleration, nothing compares to short off-ice sprints. Explode as fast as you can for 5-30 meters then walk back to the starting line for recovery. Lean forward to 45 degrees like Usain Bolt. Extend your body in a straight line (SLX) so your leg force passes through your center of mass efficiently. On the other hand, bending forward (pike position) is an inefficient use of force, whether sprinting or skating. Efficiency must be part of your speed training, not just strength, strength and more strength. 3. Less equipment means faster skating practice. Today’s shoulder pads are so heavy they look like they’re designed for football. Hockey pants (breezers) have too much padding and restrict the width and length of the stride. Speedskating coaches would never burden skaters with restrictive pants. Keep in mind

that all repetitions result in permanent changes to the brain and spinal cord(the CNS), so don’t practice slow, restricted strides every day at a young age when learning is greatest. Get a pair of scissors to remove unnecessary padding. Slit the inseam to allow greater range of motion. Keep in mind that manufacturers are protecting their company from lawsuits, not just protecting your body. Include some “skating improvement days,” without breezers and shoulder pads. Your feet will move faster, and stride width-length will increase. 4. Strength workouts must incorporate explosive movement of your body, not just slow strength alone. Sprints plus weighted and unweighted jumps (one- and two-legged) should be inserted into each workout. Traditional weight training is part of the process at older ages, but if you don’t add explosive movement to train the Central Nervous System (CNS) for speed, weight training is too limited by itself. Why? 1) The heavier the lift, the slower your body moves. 2) Every lift includes deceleration in the last part of the movement, at precisely the point where the skating stride requires maximum acceleration. 3) Traditional weight training ignores the key to skating power: hip abduction-rotation-extension. 4) The range of motion in all barbell lifts is restricted to one plane; yet no sport – certainly not skating – is restricted to one plane. 5. Practice skating on your own. Whether you take lessons or not, you must get thouPHOTO BY MATT KANE sands of repetitions on your own, just as golf- The top high school players almost all have one shared trait – suers practice by the hour after each lesson. Add preme skating skills and speed. Creating separation and getting to dryland skating workouts when you come off open ice creates opportunity. The good news? Speed and skating the ice. There is no speedskating coach in the efficiency is highly trainable. world who would teach skating without dryland training. Never skate with poor mechanics and slow feet, which 6. On the ice, every repetition must be done is inevitable if you do endurance skating drills past with 100 percent quality, so rest intervals are critthe point of lactic acid buildup and temporary fatigue ical. Even endurance training must be fast, with per(about 6-10 seconds depending on the intensity). fect execution to build speed and efficient mechanics.

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Training for the off-season

So the off-season is coming, now what? We know we need to skate and train but what should we do? What should we focus on? The first thing that we have to MN Wild Skating & Skills Instructor understand is that after a long season certain things start to happen in our skating. The most common technique flaws that start to show their head after a full season is lack of knee bend, choppy stride, and a skater being bent over at the waist. The majority of practices in the winter are designed to work power play, breakouts, forecheck, D-zone, etc. As the off-season approaches we must get back to working on our individual skills such as shooting, puck-handling, passing, and of course skating. What should we do first? As summer approaches we will have a number of pro and college skaters that will be doing privates and small groups. With these groups we will always start with edges and balance. Challenging edge and balance drills are the key. Getting

the skater to build a strong base and have solid edges into the ice is the overall goal. The same applies with balance. We need to get the skater down low and get in a position in which they will eventually become comfortable lower than 90 degrees. Most of this can be done slowly focusing on just the technique. These skaters will not have to play competitively for a long time so getting back to the fundamentals is crucial. This will take some time and repetition, but it is key to begin building a strong skating foundation again. We will then progressively work all of the skating skills through at a very slow speed. The whole idea is based around technique. Throughout a one hour lesson, I will typically focus on three skills at a time and work ceaselessly on technique. The skater must make sure the pushes are in the right direction, the upper body is under control, the edges are solid into the ice, and most importantly the knee bend is low enough. Skating skills should be worked on progressively. What this means is that you would not teach a stride and then go to back crossovers immediately after. Picking and matching skills is always a good idea when starting to work technique. Continue doing this slow until the skater

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is really getting comfortable with his/her form and technique. Remember, working on a skill incorrectly fast is only reinforcing bad habits. I use the analogy of a golf drive. Anyone can go out and swing a golf club as hard as they can over and over but if their technique is horrible, nothing is going to change and then you are only reinforcing a horrible golf swing. Practicing only makes permanent so make sure you are doing the skills properly. After I see that the skater’s technique is strong and efficient, we will then begin to start doing some overspeed. Overspeed has been a buzz word of late and is a fantastic tool if done properly. If you are doing “overspeed” you are skating out of your comfort zone. The idea is that eventually you will build a new comfort zone that is even faster and quicker. For example, if you are doing crossovers at full speed, you are trying to get your feet moving so fast that you may fall or lose the puck (if you are carrying one). The repetition of doing these skills will get you faster, but again, make sure technique stays sound at this speed. Finally, we will do what is called over-load. Over-load is similar to technique work but the drills that are done are longer in duration with a few differ-

ent skating skills implemented in one drill. With the older skaters we will add a weight vest (in the photo) to make sure the knees stay bent and focus on strengthening the skater’s legs. These drills typically last about 30 seconds; the skater is always striving to be at 90 degrees with their knee flex and exaggerating every push from their edge. At the end of the drill the skater will get about a 60-90 second rest depending on the number of skaters. This is how we alway finish our practice. We always save about 15-18 minutes at the end to do this, again a great way to work the skater at the end. Now you can have an idea of what skaters can and should do to improve their skating in the summer. Now is the time to work and really focus on getting better. Remember, all people are created with an equal opportunity to become unequal. The hard work will pay off. Andy Ness is the head skating and skill coach for the Minnesota Wild. He has also been an assistant skating instructor for the New Jersey Devils, the University of Minnesota men’s and women’s hockey teams and the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.

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Functional skating

As the offseason approaches, it is time to get ready to train When we look at skating there are many different avenues we can look at. For this article, I would like to share with you what direction I like to go when skating and training during the summer and why. With so many options, it is important to understand and establish what is most important and disregard all the rest. First, when I say there are many avenues MN Wild Skating & to go down I would like to Skills Instructor explain what I mean. When you are training in the summer, you can scrimmage, do small area games, do game drills or just do more games. Is this helping your individual development? Remember, drills and skills are different. Just doing a drill for the sake of doing a drill serves no purpose. When we look at skating specifically, we can look at over-speed, technique skating, or conditioning. In the “video post” world we live in, skating has somehow turned into a lot of shock and awe drills. I have seen kids jump over tires, spin around in the air, do forward to backward flips on one foot, all really for the sake of a “wow” factor. Is this the best use of our ice time? Here is the problem. With the limited amount of time that we get to spend with skaters in the summer, we want to make sure their skating skills are “functional.” What I mean by that is the skating skills they are actually going to use in a game. Get back to the nuts and bolts. When skating with pros (and even youth skaters), time is precious and important. Some kids I will only see five or six times in the summer. When I have to cover edges, balance, power turns, crossovers, backwards, transitions, starts and stride, this doesn’t leave any room for “filler” drills. There are fundamental skating skills that need to be worked on. The only way to get improvement is through quality repetition through actual focused practice habits. Some of the jumps and things aren’t bad, they just aren’t something in which an entire lesson should be focused around. Establish what is important and disregard everything else. Off-season training is really quite simple. If you need work on your skating, skate. If you need work on your shooting, shoot. If you need to get stronger, get in the weight room. When we try to do a million other things, we end up spinning our tires in the sand and nothing gets better. Ice time is too valuable, make the most of it.

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What the best stickhandlers do There are three critical aspects of stickhandling for young players to learn

by KIM MCCULLOUGH

Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Your ability to stickhandle effectively is a key skill that can really make you stand out in girls’ hockey. It is important to note that stickhandling isn’t all about having the fanciest moves on the ice. It’s about being able to beat people 1-on-1 while maintaining control of the puck. It’s about maximizing the distance between the player defending you and the puck so that you can beat them with speed and strength. I tell the players I coach that puck protection is the most important stickhandling skill. The ability to put your body between the defender and the puck is how to control the puck most effectively. This doesn’t require fancy “dangles” – it requires the ability to control your body in space and to know how to protect the puck from the defender using your body and stick. This is especially critical in the female game since there is no full body checking. In the men’s game, if a player is handling the puck, they can be hit. This is not the case in the female game. Therefore, players can feel a little bit “safer” carrying the puck – not having to worry about being run over with a bone-crushing check. There is certainly nothing wrong with having great hands and being able to stickhandle with fancy moves. But the reality is that those moves have their time and place in the game – and that’s not every time you touch the puck. Players with great hands tend to want to showcase that abil-

ity every single time they touch the puck and quite often that strength actually becomes a shortcoming of their game. Players must learn when it is appropriate to try a fancy move or whether it’s better to just lean into the defender with your shoulder and try to beat them with speed and strength. The vast majority of times in girls’ hockey, the second option is your better one. Think of it in the same way that a basketball player will protect the ball from a defender. In basketball, you don’t just dribble the ball in front of you and leave it vulnerable to the hands of the defender. You put your body in between the defender and the ball so as to protect it. This is a concept and skill that hockey players must embrace so that they can protect the puck effectively and maintain puck possession. Three critical aspects of stickhandling for young players to learn are: head up, soft hands, feet moving. You can have the fanciest moves in the world, but if you can only execute them with your head down, you aren’t going to be very effective on the ice. This goes back to the idea of making the best decision possible with the puck. In hockey, you constantly need to be aware of what’s going on around you. When you keep your head down, you are only aware of the puck. With your head up, you can decide whether making your fancy move is most appropriate, or whether you should simply protect the puck, make a pass or shoot the puck. It is absolutely critical that players become comfortable with handling the puck with their head up from a very early age. The concept of having soft hands is

another one that players must embrace from a very early age. Far too many young female hockey players stickhandle like they are chopping wood. When it comes to having soft hands, it is absolutely essential that players get their hands out in front of them and away from their body. For some strange reason I haven’t quite figured out just yet, girls’ hockey players tend to stickhandle with their top hand glued to or next to their hip. This makes it very difficult to have soft hands as your top wrist has no room to roll back and forth. It also makes it nearly impossible to handle the puck on either side of your body – it limits your range of motion around your body. Players must get their hands out in front of them and allow the top hand to roll side-to-side and allow the bottom hand to slide up and down the stick as needed. Your hands cannot be surgically glued to your stick. They must move and adjust to the puck in order to stickhandle effectively. Keeping your feet moving while stickhandling is another skill that players tend to struggle with and must be embraced in order to progress on to higher levels of women’s hockey. For some reason, when girls get the puck on their stick, they tend to stop their feet moving. It sometimes seems that handling the puck quickly and moving your feet quickly are mutually exclusive. Once players have become comfortable handling the puck at slower, more controlled speeds, they must get their feet and hands moving at higher speeds. My college coach used the analogy of the puck being an energy pill. When you receive the puck, it should make you move faster, not slow you down. Players

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must practice handling the puck with their head up, hands away from their body and at high speeds in order to truly have effective stickhandling skills. For a specific eight-week plan to take your stickhandling and shooting to the next level, visit http://totalfemalehockey. com/products/elite_shooting_stickhandling. Kim McCullough, M.Sc., YCS is a highly sought-after expert in the development of aspiring hockey players and has played and coached at the highest level of women’s hockey in the world for the last decade. She is a former NCAA Division 1 captain, strength and conditioning All-American and played in the NWHL/ CWHL for seven years. She is the Director & Founder of Total Female Hockey and is currently coaching the Toronto-Leaside Jr Wildcats of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL).


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