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NEVADA REPORT Golden Knights to open brand- Jr. Golden Knights’ Kline earns new rink in Henderson in 2020 inaugural Workman Scholarship By Matt Mackinder

By Matt Mackinder



his time next year, a new rink will be up and running in Henderson. Earlier this summer, Henderson mayor Debra March and the city council unanimously approved a lease agreement with the Vegas Golden Knights to build and operate an indoor hockey facility in the downtown area. The Henderson hockey facility will be built on 3.2 acres at the southwest corner of Water Street and Atlantic Avenue, adjacent to Henderson City Hall on a site currently occupied by the Henderson Convention Center, which will be demolished this summer. The new facility is tentatively scheduled for completion by July 2020 with an estimated construction cost of $25 million. “The city’s partnership with the iconic Vegas Golden Knights will be a catalyst for business investment and social activity in Henderson’s burgeoning downtown area,” said March. “The team already has a huge fan base in Henderson and their presence in our community will actively engage residents and the next generation of players in the sport of hockey.” Proposed facility amenities include two NHL regulation-size ice sheets, retail space, a full-service restaurant overlooking the ice and Water Street, and approximately 5,000 square feet of meeting space. The project will expand the recreational facilities available to the community through youth and adult hockey programs and leagues, youth and adult figure skating programs, free hockey and open skate events, tournaments and camps for hockey and figure skating. The facility will also be home to five official watch parties annually and host player and team executive appearances. During the first three years of the agreement, the Golden Knights will award 20 grants of $500 each to Henderson residents younger than 18 years old who come from at-risk or lower-income homes to be used for any of the programming offered at the facility. “Henderson is a hockey hotbed,” said Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz. “The passion for the Golden Knights in Henderson has been remarkable and we are grateful for the community’s incredible support. We are confident the project will help contribute to the continued revitalization of the Water Street District.”

mily Kline is the first recipient of the Mark Workman Scholarship, which is presented by the Vegas Golden Knights. Kline recently graduated from Odyssey Charter High School in Las Vegas and has played 14 years of hockey in Minnesota and Nevada. The Princeton, Minn., native played for the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights’ varsity Division III team this past season and served as an alternate captain. Appearing in 14 games for the Jr. Golden Knights, Kline tallied three assists. Heading into the 2019-20 season, Kline will be an incoming freshman at Arizona State University and has committed to play for the Sun Devils’ women’s ACHA team. “Emily is an incredible competitor on the ice and in the classroom,” said Golden Knights director of hockey administration Katy Boettinger, who also serves as the academic advisor and scholarship committee chair of the Jr. Golden Knights. “Her application Emily Kline and essay demonstrated her leadership, her contributions in the community, as well as her remarkable passion for the sport. Emily has faced many challenges in her playing career, but remained positive, and continued to turn each obstacle into an opportunity.” “I was mostly surprised with excitement and filled with gratefulness in my heart that hard work does pay off,” added Kline. “I would like to thank everyone who has helped me since I moved to Vegas, whether it be my coaches, teammates or peers, I sincerely thank them for believing in me.” Named after the late Golden Knights amateur scout, the scholarship is awarded to a current senior in the Jr. Golden Knights program who best exemplifies passion, sportsmanship, team play, work ethic, discipline, community service and academic achievement. Workman passed away Feb. 14, 2018, after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

FROM THE TRAINER’S ROOM Coming up with an offseason hockey training plan, regimen F

or hockey players, the season has ended. It’s time to get a little rest and let the body and mind recover. The season can be a grind with lots of games, practices, lessons and travel, and taking some time away from the ice can do a ton of good. For teenage hockey players, I suggest a break of 2-4 weeks. This may be tough depending on tryouts, showcases, etc., but try and find some time to stay away. The Chris Phillips repetitive nature of skating can develop certain weaknesses and limitations that can lead to injury, so take some time to let these muscles recover. Planning for the offseason is critical. I am a big believer that your offseason program should work on maintaining your strengths while minimizing your weaknesses. Make a list of three things that you are good at and how you will maintain them. Then make list of three weaknesses and how you will eliminate them. Now, come up with a plan for the offseason. Whether it’s choosing a skating coach to improve your speed or shooting 100 pucks a day to hit the corners better, set a schedule and stick to it. Obtain your goals off the ice as well. All hockey players can make great strides by training off the ice. Find a strength coach or athletic trainer that is certified and knowledgeable about hockey and have them help you plan out a program that fits your specific needs. The program should address your needs and then it’s up to you to put in the work and get to that next level.

Chris Phillips is an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He spent 17 years in pro hockey, including stints with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Washington Capitals.


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