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Daily improvement is the name of the game at Tahoe Prep Continued rom Page 15 “I feel the program has just gotten a lot better, and (Coach) Mike (Lewis) is super serious about moving kids on to the next levels,” he said. “The coaches here care about you. Mike and Chris (Collins) care about your individual success - not just the team’s win-loss record.” Kennedy said the addition of Barton’s Center for Excellence in the prep team’s training has also been a significant improvement to what Tahoe Prep offers its student-athletes. “The best development is being on the ice every day and working out every day,” Kennedy said. “Our training at the center is lot more hockey focused. We work on all the of things we need to be better for our sport like agility and strength.” Jonah Fleisher A center on Tahoe’s prep team, Fleisher is in his first season at the academy after moving late this past summer from his family’s home in Dallas. The 17-year-old senior previously played for the McKinney North Stars and started looking at a number of different programs last year. “It took coming and seeing the facilities and meeting the coaches to help me make the decision,” Fleisher admitted. “I knew I needed a change because my school wasn’t supporting me through hockey. I was missing a ton of school it was hard to keep my grades up.” Academics are important to Fleisher because his hockey goals are centered around playing at the collegiate level.

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“It’s not so much about playing hockey professionally for me,” Fleisher said, adding with a laugh that if he was drafted by an NHL team, he wouldn’t say no. “What I want is a free education. I want to be able to

set myself up with a good education.” TPHA’s prep team travel schedule has been just right for Fleisher “It’s a lot more travel this year,” he said. “Personally, it’s been good for me. To be the best, you have to beat the best. I’m only going to get better if I push myself and it’s tough. I’m looking to try to go to the NAHL next year. It’s hard work, and I know I have to do this to get there.”

Fleisher said he knows Tahoe Prep’s training and conditioning are working through measurable results. “Mike (Lewis) is on you,” he explained. “He expects better from you, better than you even expect of yourself, and Chris (Collins) is creative. He teaches you new moves and new ways to play the game. Realizing how much better you’re getting is refreshing.” Brett “Ziggy” MacNicoll A native of El Segundo, MacNicoll is an 18-year-old post-grad who plays forward for the prep team. He was introduced to roller hockey at a young age and played for the LA Jr. Kings 18U AAA squad before making the jump to Tahoe. He is currently taking online courses from Lake Tahoe Community College and starting work on his degree. MacNicoll was familiar with Lewis through private lessons he had taken with him in the Los Angeles area. He said THA’s development focus appealed to him on his road to playing juniors. “I literally came up and here and it was just, ‘Wow,’” MacNicoll said. “The dorms and the facilities are just great, and you can’t beat the time on the ice. Since I’m doing online classes, I often practice with both the prep and varsity teams, and it’s helped my game a lot. I feel I’m getting more speed and stick handling skills.” His improvement has showed up on the scoreboard. In the team’s last tournament, he scored 14 points in four games. “The competition has been pretty good,” MacNicoll said of the team’s many trips. “Some games, I’m like, ‘This is hard,’ but the exposure is what you are looking for as a player.”

California Rubber Magazine - December 2018  

The December issue of California Rubber Magazine, featuring California natives playing NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Denver,...

California Rubber Magazine - December 2018  

The December issue of California Rubber Magazine, featuring California natives playing NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Denver,...