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INSIDE For The Good of the Game / Life Lessons on Ice / Cornerstones of a Complete Athlete / Hockey From The Neck Up / The Messenger / MHOA / Behind the Bench
Alliance Bulldogs U12 Pee Wee - Lehtola won the Chesterﬁeld Falcons' 2010 Arctic Blast Tournament Pee Wee AA Division with a 4-0-1 record. The team allowed only 1 goal in each of the ﬁve games.
Reilly Tuer with a faceoff.
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Jake Trapp in action.
It’s in the net! Focused in on the puck. Payton Sneathern and Kyle Dudley scored the only point of a hard battle against Palm Beach Blackhawks.
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Dallas Scots Bantam A – White Division & Texas Star Winter Classic Tournament Champions. The team is coached under Sergey Deshevyy and the team went 3-0 in the tournament. WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Cassie Sperry played ice hockey for Southlake Carroll HS and was the first girl to score a goal for Southlake. She also played for the Alliance Bulldogs boys team, Colorado Select girls team, and Honeybaked (Michigan) girls team. She won a D-1 ice hockey scholarship to Northeastern University in Boston and is a senior this year. Cassie played in the historic ice hockey game at Fenway Park in Boston January 8th. It was the ﬁrst women's outdoor college hockey game ever, pitting Northeastern University vs. longtime foe, New Hampshire. Defending the net.
How many are playing? USA Hockey Rocky Mountain District Player Report For Texas 2009-10
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For the Good of the Game By Keith Andresen
Keith Andresen, Senior Director, Hockey Programs Dr Pepper StarCenters Dallas Stars Hockey Club
am very fortunate to be able to meet many folks from different backgrounds all working together to give kids a chance to enjoy the game of hockey. Many of the people I meet played the game as kids and some reached the highest levels of the game. The real thrill is to watch kids develop a love and passion for the game that will last a lifetime, regardless if the enjoy an NHL career or simply play recreationally as adults when they grow up. On Sunday January 31st, as part of USA Hockey’s “Hockey Weekend Across America,” the Dallas Stars honored a true local hockey hero, Duane “Whip” Wylie. I have only known Whip for about 5 years, after he came to work for the Stars as the Hockey Programs Manager in Plano. Immediately it was clear that his passion for the game and dedication to the kids in his program was extraordinary. Whip and I have become good friends and I truly cherish the times when we get to sit down and talk hockey since we share the passion for seeing kids develop both on and off the ice by playing the
game we love. Whip grew up playing youth hockey in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He was a member of the Moose Jaw Canucks before joining the St. Catharines Black Hawks of the Ontario Hockey Association Senior “A” Hockey League for the 1969-70 season and in 1970 Whip was drafted by the NHL’s New York Rangers. He then spent two seasons with the Flint Generals of the IHL before signing as a free agent with the Chicago Black Hawks in the fall of 1972. In 1972-73, Wylie was a member of the Dallas Black Hawks of the CHL, leading the team to the league championship series before falling to the Omaha Knights in the finals. Coming so close in 1973, Wylie's strong play throughout the 1973-74 regular season led the Black Hawks to the 1974 CHL championship ser ies where they defeated the Oklahoma City Blazers 4-1 in games. Whip made his NHL debut with the Chicago Black Hawks during the
1974-75 season playing in six games. He scored once and added three assists for four points. Whip spent the majority of the season back in Dallas where, for a third consecutive year, his team reached the CHL championship series, losing to the Salt Lake City Golden Eagles. However, Whip’s true legacy is his work with kids in the DFW area. For many years Whip has dedicated his life to teaching kids how to play, and more importantly to enjoy the game of hockey. He works extremely hard to make sure every player, young and old, leaves the rink with a smile on their face. His passion for the game is contagious and that passion been passed on to thousands of local kids. Whip resides in Richardson with is wife Kathy and daughter Trina. On behalf of the thousands of kids you have influenced the DFW Hockey Community offers its sincere congratulations and our sincere thanks! ■ Duane “W hip” Wyli e
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ebruary is here and so are the Winter Olympics, full of athletes who train year round to stay in shape for their seasonal competitions. Our kids’ hockey season is ending, but just like Olympic athletes, their training should continue throughout the year. Even if you’re not an athlete, staying in shape through physical fitness and nutritional programs should be a lifelong commitment for better health. During the off season, parents and their children can encourage each other to stay or become more physically fit by working out together. Workout 101 provides programs designed for families. Children learn to develop stronger muscles and flexibility for next season’s games, while parents learn how to stay in good condition through exercise and keep everyone in the family healthy with nutritional information. Workout 101 can now accommodate you either in Richardson or downtown Dallas. Call to find out about a program for you. Also join our boot camps every Saturday morning. Whether a novice or an athlete, there’s a program available to fit your needs. You don’t have to be an Olympian to start working out, but who knows, if you do, you just might look like one! Call Coach Dan at 214-405-6017, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on Facebook. For nutritional information contact Lita Regala, Herbalife Independent Distributor 888-238-2591 or e-mail:email@example.com
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Life Lessons On Ice
Changing the Look of Hockey
ockey is changing. Well, at least it is changing in Texas. Recently, I attended the Winter meeting of TAHA where Joe Doyle, a representative from USA Hockey was there to explain the new ADM (American Development Model) initiative. Now, I am, by no stretch of the imagination a ‘hockey purist’ ( I didn’t see my first hockey game until the Minnesota North Stars moved down to Dallas) but I was still a bit concerned when I started hearing grumblings from the hockey underground of how hockey was about to go European. Granted, I heard these mostly from Canadian and American players but still I didn’t want to see the game change. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised that what Mr. Doyle shared with us might make for a better hockey environment for the players and the parents. I have to admit that coaches and rinks might not be happy to see less ice
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time but in the long run I think that the players here in Texas and Oklahoma do need a break. Being married to an upstate New Yorker, I have heard the stories of him not having hockey during the ‘warmer’ months. No ice, no hockey. Our Texas born son, on the other hand, was able to skate year round and did whenever we could afford it. He didn’t want to take a break from the ice because he loved it. We didn’t want him to take a break from the ice lest he ‘fall behind’ in skill level compared to his fellow 88 birth years. Did we do the right thing? I don’t know. I guess we will never know. Listening to Mr. Doyle talk about the whys of their decision on the ADM initiatives I could see where they were coming from. From my view of the rest of the audience I also saw a few faces that were not too happy about the results that this new initiative could bring about. I thought I also saw the faces of some parents that were already calculating
the additional ice time that their own player would be logging in unknown to ‘organized’ hockey that might propel him or her to ‘phenom’ status. Of course, this was all being talked about regarding the squirt age years so I was totally receptive of not having Tier 1 Squirt teams – I never understood this one – can they even control a puck fully at squirt? I know that somewhere out there is a mite or squirt Dad nodding yes and puffing his chest out for emphasis. I don’t know how far the ADM initiative will take us, and I am not quite sure I understand all of the changes they plan to institute, but I do know that if it is about learning foundational skills, before placing emphasis how many A’s follow the team name, I am all for it. Let’s embrace this new program and see what it is capable of doing for and with our young players. For more information visit www.admkids.com. ■
JPS – Hockey Showcase 90’ - 95’ Midget AAA, Prep, Jr A, College Div I-III • Denver (APEX) MAY 21-23, 2010 • 50 Coaches/GM’s in attendance • JPS is like attending 50 team selection camps • 4 Games & information sessions (Midget AAA, Prep, Junior A, College) www.JPS-hockey.com George Gwozdecky – Head Hockey Coach, University of Denver WCHA “At the University of Denver we are proud that 33% of our hockey team is comprised of players from the state of Colorado and therefore I am supportive of any opportunity that gives young hockey players from our state a chance to develop and receive the exposure to the Junior A hockey coaches as well as college hockey programs. Brad Buetow has played and coached at the highest level of NCAA Division I college competition and knows what it takes to play at this level. Some of Brad’s former players who are currently playing at the University of Denver include Chris Nutini and Luke Salazar.”
Kevin Hartzell – GM/Head Coach Sioux Falls Stampede USHL “Brad Buetow, Director of JPS, was my college coach when I played at the University of Minnesota and I feel that with Brad’s contact JPS is one of the top exposure camps for juniors, prep, midget, and college scouts. We will enjoy coming out and feel it is very worthwhile. Coach Buetow, JPS Director, has coached in Division I College for 20 years, scouted and coached in the pros for several years and with his network he has helped my career immediately.” Dean Blais – Head Coach University of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA “We are looking forward to scouting players out of the JPS showcase. The competition is excellent and there will be several scouts/coaches from all the junior A/B and college levels.”
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Jon Bonnett – Assistant Coach Colorado College WCHA “I believe Coach Buetow is one of the hardest working youth coaches/recruiters in the country. Brad is well connected and visible within the hockey community. Brad is motivated to develop and expose local and non-traditional hockey area players to Midget AAA, Juniors and NCAA Hockey. This camp is the first step.” Luke Salazar and Chris Nutini – Division I Players “Brad Buetow, who was our midget coach, along with participating in JPS, was very instrumental in getting us seen and having the University of Denver (Division I) give us a spot on their team.”
IceTimesMagazine Another Alliance player is advancing to NCAA Division I
ormer Bulldog Nolan Descoteaux ('89) has committed to play for the RIT Tigers of the Atlantic Hockey Conference for the 20102011 season. An offensive minded defenseman, Descoteaux spent 4 seasons with Alliance,most recently with the 2005-2006 Midget Minor AAA team, coached by ChrisKostopoulos. In addition to being a member of the inaugural AlliancePeeWee A team in 2001-2002, Nolan also played in 2 USA Hockey NationalChampionships while with Alliance, first with the 2004 Tier II 14U team that won a Bronze Medal, and with th 2005 Tier II 16U team the following season. After watching Nolan play for Alliance, Nolan Descoteaux the hockey coaches at Milton Academy came calling, and he spent the next 2 seasons playing prep hockey in the Boston area. Since graduation, Nolan has played Junior hockey with the South Shore Kings in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). ■
Nick Daggett of McKinney and Dallas Stars Euless, Hayden Rodgers.
Additional Alliance Players to the NCAA Berge, Josh
Andrew Blackburn, McKinney Bantam smiles for the camera.
Ian Hammond of McKinney waits for his shift.
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The Cornerstones of a Complete Athlete By Kellie Schriver
Mind, Body, and Spirit
iger Woods, what happened? I have been receiving many questions from people asking me about my thoughts on Tiger Woods. Do I think he could really be a sex addict? What is a sex addict? How could the most successful, famous, loved, and admired athlete on the planet, be a sex addict? What about his wife, his family? I have heard women say, “Look at his beautiful wife, what is he crazy? Why would he cheat on her?” First I ask myself what might have happened to his Mind, Body, and Spirit. For many years he appeared to be a person who controlled his emotions on the golf course. However, in recent years he seemed to have changed and it was common to see him express frustration and anger and even lash out at his fans. I have heard him talk about how his father taught him a routine he followed with every swing to control his focus and block out all distractions. He has said he was taught to lay aside his feelings and not to allow emotions to side track him from what he wanted to accomplish. But
I wonder if this is how he dealt with all of his emotions on and off the golf course. I have always admired Tiger, enjoyed watching him golf, and respected him for all of his community service and support to the less fortunate. I love his smile. I was sad when I noticed him not smiling as much and wondered what was heavy on his heart. He experienced a great loss when his father passed away. Human words can not express the feelings of lonliness, fear, uncertainty, anger, and child like weeping that come with the loss of a parent. The sensation you feel is as if you have been left alone in this big world. Your core identity can even be shaken. I would imagine these feelings being magnified for Tiger. His father was his best friend, his safety, his cheerleader, his confidant. And when you’re Tiger Woods and need privacy and time to grieve, where do you go? How do you learn to feel emotions now? You can’t focus this pain away… It must come out. If we don’t go through
the grieving process, we can get sick in our Mind, Body, and Spirit. Tiger also had injuries to attend to; this was something he wasn’t used to dealing with. And it was necessary to take medications to ease the pain, so did he begin abusing medications? So what does this have to do with Sex Addiction? I do not excuse Tiger for what choices he has made. He is accountable for the pain he has caused and harm he has done to himself, his family and others. But there are probably many factors to why he finds himself now in a Sex Rehab center. I know that this is not what Tiger planned on or wanted to be when he grew up. One thing I know about addiction of any kind is that it is a mind obsession, a body craving, and a spiritual darkness. Addicts reach for something outside of themselves to not feel, think or care any longer, to numb their pain. Addiction is a family disease, and causes so much pain. I hope that Tiger and his family can begin on the long
Kellie Schriver L.C.D.C., AAC (Hockey Mom) Board Certiﬁed Professional Christian Counselor: Contact Kellie at www.texcansportsconsulting.com or 972-816-4004 road to recovery. Let us pray for them! Can you imagine what it must feel like to have the entire world’s eyes on you, and your sickest secret is out? If you or anyone you know needs help with the family disease of addiction, contact me and I can recommend a place for you to receive the help that you need. ■
Coach LaMere's Alliance Bulldogs '98 PeeWee won Platinum West division of the Fall Roundup. It was Alliance vs. Alliance going into the Championship game against Coach Lehtola's U12’s. Louie Helsen puts some bend in the lumber from the point.
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Truman Hirschy on the ice with the Dallas Stars. A peek into the future?
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Cooper Hunt celebrates a breakaway goal pulling the Father's back into the game for the Scots Pee Wee AA Father Son game.
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Members of the McKinney Ice Hockey Club assist others at the free skate sponsored by the McKinney Dr. Pepper Star Center
Mark and Carson Platt in the Scots Pee Wee AA Father Son game.
Even I know that you are not supposed to touch THE CUP until youâ€™ve earned it. Get me out of here!
Mark and Brannon in the Scots Pee Wee AA Father Son game.
The Scots Pee Wee AA Father Son game saw the Fathers fall 14-13 to the boys but all smiles in the end.
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EnCana Corporation representative Thomas Nelson is shown presenting The Dallas Penguins Sponsorship Recognition Banner by DJHA President Don Girard thanking them for their support. Helping in the presentation are Coach Sleavin's Penguin Squirt team. EnCana's generous contribution to the Dan Hess Scholarship Fund enabled ten young players from select ďŹ nancially needy families across the 17 team organization to play hockey this season. EnCana
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Tanner Vendal skates through the chaos during Silver Sticks in Canada.
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n occasion I am asked what constitutes an injury and why a game misconduct may or may not have been assessed. The dilemma officials face is that we are not doctors and we have to make a decision on what we saw with our best attempt at consistency of rule application since an injury requires additional punishment. We have stressed in our training seminars and memos what should be considered and what to look for in determining if “injury” applies to the penalty situation. If an injury results, officials are to apply the correct punishment in all cases. Injury is NOT defined in the USA Hockey rulebook. Injury potential penalties are defined in the rule book with explanations in the case book and summarized in the glossary. Hockey by its nature is a contact/collision sport and can be extremely physical. Some injuries will occur as a result of a normal play such as player falling to the ice and sliding into the sideboards. Some injuries will occur because of play that is penalized and that is what I am addressing here. Webster’s definition for injury includes: an act that damages or hurts; to inflict bodily hurt – with hurt further defined as – to do substantial or material harm to; to inflict with physical pain. Things that will be considered by officials in determining what to call in these injuries potential situations:
• Degree of violence – noise is not the determining factor • Degree of impact – a good ( within the rules) legal check is OK • Intent? – was there intent to play the puck or play the body and did it result in an injury? If there was no intent to play the puck, was it intentional and if so, we would consider a match penalty • Avoidable? – was the contact within the bounds of “playing the game” or was it an attempt at “intimidation” • Did Injury occur as a direct result of the foul? Examples of injury to a player – • Carried off ice – i.e. unconscious, broken bone • Helped off ice after recovering from hit or contact – i.e. unable to reasonably skate off the ice under the players own power, loss of awareness ( bell rung!) • Blood – not necessarily! - Contrary to popular belief, “drawing blood” is not in the rule book and does not automatically provide for a game misconduct penalty. Bleeding has to occur from the direct result of the foul. i.e. clean and legal body checks into the boards that somehow result in a bloody nose will not bring a penalty. Example of non-injury to a player – • Crying • Wind knocked out of the player • Recovers after coach consoles him/her and then gets up and skates off under own power. You cannot
Ken Reinhard President, MHOA Local Area Supervisor of Ofﬁcials, North Texas USA Hockey make a determination if the will or will not return to game at this time to determine if injury resulted so a decision is required “now.” • “Stunned” These are just some of factors that go into the process of deciding when to assess the additional game misconduct if an injury occurs on a play. Hopefully, we don’t deal with these decisions because no one likes to see anyone injured. ■
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From the STANDS
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Suggested Rule Changes for 2011! By Anonymous (aka Jim Pikl)
ver y spr ing, USA Hoc ke y headquarters in Colorado Springs is inundated with lots of suggestions from players, coaches, and parents for proposed changes to the rules of hockey. I’m sure this year will be no exception. Most of these suggestions receive careful consideration by the professionals at USA Hockey, and from time to time, some changes are even implemented. Perennial favorites are to allow touchup off-side (NHL Rule 74(b)) and to eliminate the ability of a shorthanded team to ice the puck (NHL Rule 65(a)), neither of which have yet received the necessary support from the organization to become rules. That may be because they are lame suggestions and would not improve the game for players or spectators to any appreciable degree, or because someone at USA Hockey is getting “kickbacks” not to change them, etc., etc. Whatever. But here are some really good
suggestions for new rules that are more in keeping with the way the game should be played, officiated, and watched. I think all fans and players, as well as coaches and officials will embrace these new rules wholeheartedly and consider me a genius for having suggested them. First, the rules are altogether too restrictive on just who gets to call penalties. Where did that come from, anyway? The players are paying the referees, not the other way around, right? Who died and made them king? Therefore, we should amend NHL Rule 33(a) to include the following: “When the referee indicates a penalty and blows the whistle stopping play, the player called for the inf raction may immediately approach the referee and argue that he did not commit the infraction. When this occurs, and if the player is particularly angry or upset, even to the point of using foul language, the referee shall immediately give the “wash
out” signal and there shall be no penalty called. Here’s another suggestion: “When the referee indicates a penalty and blows the whistle stopping play, if the coach of the team incurring the penalty yells loudly at the referee challenging the referee’s intelligence, eyesight, or maternal history, the penalty shall be waived off. However, if the opposing coach then screams words like “that’s not fair” or “who’s officiating this game anyway?” or “how much are they paying you, ref?” then the referees shall confer and the coach who yells the loudest or screams in the most angry or witty manner shall have his position prevail in the debate.” And let’s not leave out the fans: “Any time a spectator screams from the stands that the referees missed a penalty because they either (a) did not see it, or (b) are so inept in their jobs that the fans obviously must step in to assist them,
James Chegwidden, Jr Ice Jets Red ﬁghts for the puck against Brahmas Blackhawks.
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the referee shall immediately blow the whistle, stop play, and ask the spectator what call should have been made and then make that call as the official call of the play. This rule shall also apply when a spectator disagrees with any penalty call the referee makes on the ice, especially if the call is made relating to the spectator’s child.” Having been a hockey fan all my life, I think it is high time that such rules became an OFFICIAL part of this great game. After all, referees are only human, right? I am quite sure officials everywhere would genuinely appreciate the assistance these new rules would bring to their very difficult job. Now, all in favor of these new rules say “aye (am a moron).” Everyone else – for the sake of all that is decent – please quit acting like these rules are already in the book. ■
Terry and Colin in the Scots Pee Wee AA Father Son game.
The Messenger: Tales of a Team Manager By Mike Schwarz
ast weekend this Team Manager experienced another fi rst for the season, which is odd given that the season is so close to an end. I joined my sonless team for a trip to Chicago for an MLK weekend hockey tournament. Oh the stories I could tell! But, no, I will self-censor and not make this a sensational expose. Speaking of which, I am tempted to tell (but won’t) the tale of two players who found themselves outside in the hallway, with their hotel room door closing, locking behind them. Did I mention, they were in their birthday suits and, among other things, keyless? As we were getting ready to descend into O’Hare, I found myself wondering why parents go through the timehonored ritual of sending their boys off on long holiday weekends to play very expensive tournament hockey games. Surely, it’s got to be for more than just what happens on the ice? The journey itself can be as challenging. Imagine moving, in lock-step, twenty teenagers, coaches, and a handful of parents through the not-as-friendlyas-they-use-to-be skies. The airline we chose to use isn’t the one with an emotional attachment to luggage, so we had to pay for each bag, not to mention weigh them as each player checked in. Now, as a Goalie Parent I know what to expect when the goalie detaches their bag from the overhead crane and dumps it on the scale. That 50lb limit flies on by as the goalie bag weight settles in. It’s at this point that I quickly did my
Team Manager double-speak, got the bag tagged and off the scale. I’m proud to say we didn’t have to pay overage for those two bags. (Non-goalie parents can’t fully appreciate the sweetness of THAT victory.) Once through security, the coach assumes custody, and he owns the team for the balance of the weekend. Th is temporary custody is a delight to watch. Parents along for the ride are fans and supporters and serve as travelling ATM machines, but their parental duties are on-hold for the weekend. (I’ve heard players tell their traveling moms, “Look, I appreciate your coming along, but please do not come down to our end of the hotel hallway.”) As a Team Manager, my job is to make sure the right number of kids get on the plane, and at the other end, the same number get off. The adventure resumes at the other end of the flight, where all of our unloved yet paid-for bags, arrived. Moving the 20-plus personalities (each player has an at-home, on-the road, an out of parentalview personality) as a single group is heavily dependent on the sole-custody field general known as the coach. It’s a magnificent demonstration of authority to observe a group of teenagers fall into contemplative silence, when the coach raises his voice a wee bit and only has to say once, “Quiet.” Ok that’s not what a coach really says, but the response is immediate. And that’s another observation I had: I wonder if parents would get the same reaction using the same coach-on-the-road-vocabulary at
Chaos at the net during Silver Sticks in Canada.
home?? Each week, the players have their “team” experience a few times a week, at practice and during games. On the road, this quality time together expands into quantity time, 24/7. The schedule though, is simplified on tournament weekends, it tends to be: group meal, transport, hockey game, transport, eat again; repeat. Sometimes, interspersed is some off-ice diversion, like bowling, paintball or a movie. But, really, between pre-game meals, post game meals and snacks, it’s mostly never ending grazing for the large group of teenagers. Does that visual work for you? Watching today’s athletic youth experiencing an all-you-can-eat buffet restores one’s faith in the younger generation. And, then too, there is the hockey. Truth to tell, it’s different outside of Dallas Fort Worth. Beyond the Metroplex, the multiple “A” levels of hockey hold more meaning than simply an added appliqué to a jersey. Up North, as an example, their double-AA teams don’t come in shades of blue or red. And the officiating is different as well, despite the same rulebook and same game. At our tournament there was often some pretty aggressive jostling around the crease after a shot or save. The zebras would skate in, separate the boys and get ready for a face-off. Locally, that kind of play would have resulted in filling the penalty box up to the fire marshal maximum. But that’s one of those learning experiences in tournament hockey.
Mike Schwarz, Team Manager, notes that regardless of the cost, hockey tournament travel weekends are priceless. Our team played very well and found another gear. We made it to the championship game, but found ourselves on the short end in double OT, yet another new experience for the team. There is nothing more exciting than multiple OTs, something not available in local league play. In retrospect, one of the most memorable moments for me, was indirectly related to the game on ice. I was standing on the glass, next to others watching our team play. A dad (who must have been a local) had his 5-year old in his arms, when I overheard him explaining the game of hockey. Finally, the little kid asked about the guys in stripes and the dad responded. “Oh, they are referees; they are out there to make sure everyone plays nice.” So, while I can’t explain why hockey parents support these expensive holiday hockey games, I’m pretty sure that everyone gets their money’s worth. To be continued… ■
Ethan Williams, #20, Dallas Penguins Squirt 99/00 goalie, is ready to pounce on the puck for a 4-2 win!
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Hockey From the Neck Up by Paul O’Donnell
“Backchecking is Not a City in China”
y hockey buddies and I had heard this statement uttered more than once by coaches back in the early 70s while playing our youth hockey on Boston’s South Shore. Over time, this mildly humorous, if not somewhat ridiculous saying evolved into an ongoing joke between us when someone was caught dogging-it on the backcheck. While the phrase always seemed to result in a chuckle or two during those magical times, we were all acutely aware of the meaning that it inferred – Backchecking is not an option! There are three major factors which prevent many players from being consistently successful on the backcheck: lack of anticipation, poor positional play and fatigue. Anyone of these issues can derail your team’s ability to generate and maintain an adequate defensive posture, in time, to prevent your opposition from successfully entering your zone at will, throughout the course of each and every game played. Anticipation In some ways, believe it or not, the game of hockey is a lot like chess. Both games relying on the ability of their players to tactically outman and outmaneuver their opponents during as many individual battles as possible to be successful. While significant parts of each game rely on the skills and experience of the players involved, very often, winning is decided by a player’s ability to anticipate the play farther ahead during every battle, than their opponents can. In chess, it’s not uncommon for Masters of the game to anticipate their opponent’s tactics 15, 20 or even 25 moves ahead. In the game of hockey anticipation is measured in seconds. Even if the amount of time is only 2 to 3 seconds into the future, players who can consistently and correctly anticipate the play during individual battles as they unfold, more often than not, will be successful over their competition. When players and coaches talk about anticipating the play, they are actually referring to reading and reacting.
Play anticipation takes up a huge chunk of the overall read and reaction process. To reach any level of proficiency with respect to anticipating the play the player must first understand how they are related to one another. To properly anticipate any play during the read and reaction process the individual player must decide how to combine his knowledge of hockey with the game situation that’s evolving at the time, and have the ability to turn it into positive, appropriate action. Unfortunately, every player’s ability to accomplish this effectively is affected by their proximity to the puck. The ability to successfully anticipate the play is directly proportional to the reading and reacting process. In other words, the closer a player positions him/ herself to the action, the more time he/ she must spend reacting to the play, than anticipating the play. To illustrate this better, think of a person taking a stroll down an unfamiliar sidewalk. While the sidewalk appears to be level and flat, the stroller should realize that there are probably cracks and frost heaves that could result in a fall, if ignored. If the walker is paying attention to their surroundings, they’ll have the time to plan a path along the way that will avoid an obstacle, should one appear. But if they’re oblivious to their surroundings and collide with the obstacle, they’ve lost the ability to anticipate and plan a diff erent route. Their only option is to react to their loss of balance if they don’t want to take a hard tumble on the pavement. Many young players are under the misconception that if they’re away from the play, that there’s nothing to do. While some become anxious and desert their current position because of their overwhelming need to get into the action, others turn into spectators, being mesmerized by the puck and oblivious to their surroundings. Players need to understand, that in many cases, being on the weak side of the play is actually a plus, not a negative. It allows that player to see the big picture of the overall battle currently taking
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place, and anticipate multiple options, on both the offensive and defensive side of the puck. Positioning on the Back Check One of the major reasons for ineff ective backchecking is that many players tend to place themselves in poor strategic areas of the ice when the puck changes hands. Many players away from puck, place themselves in positions in the offensive zone ahead of the puckcarrier whether puckcarrier is in solid control of the puck or not. Some of the time, failure begins before the backcheck occurs, especially with regards to the weak side winger or F3 forward. All too often, aggressive forwards, travel father into the zone than they should, recognizing too late, that the transition is about to go bad for their team. These types of compromising positions place these forwards too far away f rom play to do any good in helping support their defensemen when the opposition is pressing the attack. In hockey you always want to try to outman your opponent whenever possible, trying to keep your odd- mandown situations to a minimum. Just because you don’t have a man in the box, doesn’t mean that your team is even-up. Every time your weak side winger fails to pick up the opposition’s wide wing on their breakout, he places your team in a man-down situation. At the very least a team on the backcheck needs to even the odds against their attackers. The most effective way to do this is to always make sure that your widest forward (F3) from the puck is always in a position to take away any passing option from their widest attacking player. But this might be difficult if F3 is standing in the low slot while the battle is being waged high along the boards, just inside the blue line. This might be a good position to be in if the battle is successful, but if the play starts ago the other way, within one or two seconds this player could easily be 40, 50 or even 60 feet behind the play, before he even has time to take a stride. While there are an unlimited variety of ways to transition in or out of any
Paul O'Donnell currently writes for the Hockey Stop Magazine. He has been coaching in the Chicagoland Area for the past 25 years. Paul grew up in The Greater Boston Area and played college hockey for Salem State College in Massachusetts.
zone, very often it comes down to a welltimed “D” to wing to center breakout or a scrum of players battling somewhere along the wall. There are instances, when time may limit an off-winger‘s ability to perfectly positioned themselves while their opponents are on a fast break. But when two teams are slugging it out along the wall, somewhere in between the hash marks and the blueline, this is the perfect time for these forwards (F3) to establish a position on the ice that will allow them to have a positive effect on the play (either offense or defense) when the puck finally comes off the boards. I call this perfect location -Neutral Positioning. I’d be very surprised if you’ve ever heard of this concept before, because it’s my concept and I’ve never written about it, until now. Neutral Positioning The best definition I can give for this new concept is: A location on the ice surface where support players can position themselves during any battle that will allow them to successfully support the play, whether on offense or defense, following the transition. There are locations on the ice surface, during any battle that allows supporting players to have an impact on the play, no matter what the outcome is of the battle. For the”F3” forward, watching the battle unfold along the wall, somewhere between the hash marks and the blue line, this perfect neutral position is 30 to 40 feet directly behind the combatants, in the middle of the ice surface, somewhere between the goalposts. Th is position, not only gives the weak side supporting
IceTimesMagazine forward a bigger picture of the overall battle in progress, but it also allows him to move effectively, either north or south, with little regard to the outcome of the battle. If F3’s teammates are successful retaining the puck, then our weak side wing has the ability to be an integral part of the attack by moving deeper into the zone with the puckcarrier. If the battle goes badly, our third forward can easily establish an effective backchecking position, either by skating with the wide winger who is looking for an easy breakout into the neutral zone or by skating into the passing lane, effectively, shutting down any chance of a tape to tape rink-wide pass. But that’s not all; not only does he shut down that particular passing lane, but he also performs two very important services on this particular backcheck: if it’s a three player attack, by taking away that wide wing he creates and even men of situation so his defensemen can play the other two forwards man to man
on their opponents attack. But more importantly, just by taking that one man out of the other team’s breakout, he has dramatically shrunken the other team’s ability to rally an attack by literally shrinking the available passing surface for the attackers. The reason that this is so important is that the full size (or the width) of the rink is only useful if there is an available passing outlet to the other side of the rink. By taking away the wide winger on the weak side of the ice, the ice surface shrinks to the width of the next widest available passing option. Usually, the next supporting player is another wing or center (F2) who is the closest player to the puck carrier (F1). If this player is only 15 or 20 feet away from the puck carrier and the puck carrier is moving up the boards, the only available ice surface on the breakout is also, only 15 or 20 feet wide, instead of 80 or 85 feet. Within 2 to 3 seconds our fictitious player has performed 3 crucial tasks - in one felledswoop.
Another very important added benefit to neutral positioning, in this case, is that while our hypothetical F3 player is waiting for the play to unfold, he should be doing absolutely nothing, except keeping his head on a swivel for any opposing players who are trying to gain a positional advantage. This would be the perfect time for a player to rest and catch his breath, if only for a few seconds, while trying to anticipate possible outcomes of the scrum along the wall. Fatigue Of the three pieces to the backchecking puzzle that I describe in this article, probably the most important is the fatigue factor. Fatigue is the X factor that is the fuel, or should I say, lack of fuel that saps the body’s energy and a players’ will to win. Coaches who consistently shift their lines for more than one minute at a time, during an average game, are not doing their players any favors; and unknowingly, may actually, be assisting
their competition. The average shift for an NHL player is 40 to 45 seconds. If the greatest hockey athletes in the world are unable to consistently skate for more than a minute, how can any coach justify long shifts for the average youth hockey player. Ice time is the carrot as well as the stick for any and every hockey coach. For those players who are affected by selective hearing, there are 3 very easy solutions: tell’em, bench’em, suspend’em. While I would like to say more about the fatigue factor, there are far too many issues to consider on this very important subject. In a later column I plan to devote an entire article to this crucial and very often misunderstood aspect of the game. Due to an abundance of requests for copies of my articles, I will be entering the blogging world soon. I hope to have it up and running by the end of January so please be patient. As always, I look forward to your comments, good, bad or ugly at: firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
Patrick Neiswender on the faceoff.
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BEHIND THE BENCH
By Mark Dyslin
Do Small Area Games Work?
onsider, if you will, little Pat the child hockey player. Little Pat's father thinks it's a good idea that Pat should get paid to score goals. $5 for every goal (with a bonus for a hat trick). Little Pat likes the attention from dear ol' dad. Little Pat likes the idea of getting money for goals, even if little Pat is unsure how much $5 really buys. But little Pat's teammates are fed up with the end-to-end hot dog rushes. They know the chance of little Pat passing to one of them is about the same as the Buffalo Sabres getting that Brett Hull goal overturned. Teammates don't congratulate little Pat any longer for goals. Little Pat scores and the rink is ambivalent...except for one lone voice. Kids getting paid for goals! Breaking news? Nope. In fact, we've probably all
coached kids whose parents stuff the piggy. But I've never thought to approach those parents whom I have suspected of perpetuating this heinous practice. Chicken? Perhaps...mostly because I never had any concrete evidence. Should I have assembled all the parents, “hinted” about what I “knew” (suspected), and then set forth with a sanctimonious sermon about the virtues of team play? Maybe, but that would create a whole new set of problems. You know, the sideways looks at those «bad parents.» That'd be loverly, right? What can one do? I decided to consult my relationships expert, the wife. Her advice:talk with the parents directly and discreetly. I should articulate my concern that little Pat seems to lack desire for team
play. Ask if there is anything they heard, from little Pat, as to why little Pat doesn't respect her/his comrades. The genius here is it plants a seed of shame without directly accusing them of being derelicts. Side benefit: there might be something not pay-for-goal related that the family and I could address. See? Genius! Should little Pat be benched to stop the behavior? I say no. That's punishing the player for the parents' transgressions, especially with younger kids. What else can we do? Address it at the preseason parent meeting. Don't dwell on it, but weave it into your “team first” speech. Maybe that'll do it or maybe little Pat's dad will decide you're a whining weenie. If it's the latter, see if dad will cut you in on the action for more playing time. TEASING! ■
Mark Dyslin has been coaching youth sports for over 15 years and coaching youth hockey since 1999. He is currently one of the coaches for St. Mark’s Junior Varsity Hockey Team.
Celebrating the goal.
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McKinney players (l to r) Parker Lorenzini, Shelby McGee, Milton Trevino, Dillon Kaiser and Colt Whaley take a breather during a break in the action in their game.
Taking the shot.
Sadowski on Sadowski - younger brother Stash takes on older brother Johnny at the faceoff circle in the Scots Pee Wee AA Father Son game.
Dallas Stars Selects-Plano Squirts coached by Bob McBey took second place at the Smoky Mountain Shootout.
Making the stretch.
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200 East Stacy Road #1350, Allen, TX
Allen Community Ice Rink www.allenicerink.com
(972)912-1097 D.Y.H.A. Dragons win Big Bear Tourney in Tampa.
The Allen Community Ice Rink is home to the Allen Academy of Skating. AAS is a skating program for all ages (tots through adults) that teaches the fundamentals of skating. Both the figure skating and hockey programs are taught by certified coaches who create a positive and healthy environment for our Allen skating community. The following are all available at the Allen Community Ice Rink:
Birthday parties • Private ice rental Broomball • Public skating • Freestyles Stick times • Pick up hockey Check out our website at www.allenicerink.com for more information or contact Jeff Ramsay, Hockey Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (972)912-1097. The Allen Community Ice Rink is located on the south side of the Allen Events Center building at 200 East Stacy Road #1350, Allen, TX 75002.
Hockey Programs First Strides Hockey Program – This program will develop the 5 basic skills of hockey: skating, puck control, passing, shooting and checking. This program is for beginner youth players that are learning to play hockey. The First semester of the First Strides Hockey Program will start up the week of January 18, 2009.
Justin Ball of the Dallas Scots Bantam A team playing the puck up the ice vs. the Kansas City Outlaws in the Texas Star Tourney leading to a 3-1 win!
Making the save during the Round Up Tourney.
Jr. Americans Mini Mite Program – This program is for players 4-6 years old (2003-2005 birth years). The Mini Mites will have 10 practices and 10 informal cross ice games. The Jr. American Program will start up in February 2010. Jr. Americans Youth Hockey – This program places players on teams at the Mite (2001 & 2002 birth years), Squirt (1999 & 2000 birth years) and PeeWee (1997 & 1998 birth years) levels. The Jr. Americans will play a 10 game and 10 practice season. They will play their games against teams from the Recreational Hockey League. The Jr. American Program will start up in February 2010. Speed School Power Skating and Hockey Skills Program – Speed School is geared for players that are striving to raise their skill level on the ice. This program will feature high intensity Explosive Power Skating and hockey skill development. It provides the instruction and expertise needed to optimize skating techniques and to develop maximum efficiency, power, acceleration and speed. Speed School will apply and implement a positive and productive learning environment for players to gain the maximum benefit. Speed School will start up in January 2010.
ALLEN ADULT HOCKEY PROGRAM
American Made Adult Learn to Play Program – This program will teach players the 5 basic skills of hockey: Skating, puck control, passing, shooting and checking. Players will also learn individual tactics (i.e. Puck protection) and some team tactics (i.e. 2 on 1). Allen Adult Hockey League AAHL – The AAHL will offer the following levels of play: Instructional, D League and C League. The AAHL at the Instructional League level will be 2 practices, 10 regular season games and 1 playoff game. The AAHL at the C and D League levels will be 1 exhibition game, 10 regular season games and 1 playoff game. Hockey Weekend Across America 1st Annual Adult Hockey Tournament – January 29 – 31. Levels of play – C, D and Instructional. 4 Game guarantee – 2 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday. Each player will receive free tickets to the Friday night Allen Americans game. Cost $650.00 per team.
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