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“Keep your kids out of hot water, put them on ice”

JULY 2010



For the Good of the Game By Keith Andresen

Life Lessons on Ice By Kim Tinkham

From the Stands

By Maurice Waters

Strong Hockey By Kasie Strong


By Ken Reinhard

Behind the Bench By Mark Dyslin


DPSC-Frisco Mini-Mites v. Moms/Dads. Everyone Won!

Jett Otwell skates in towards the puck.

Cale Morrow fights for the puck.

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Conner Groves-Maroon and Luke Burnett-Blue chase after the puck.


J.T. Brown is all smiles after he scores!

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The Austin Pee Wee team went down to McAllen, Texas to play in an International Hockey Tournament. The boys are getting ready for their game against Mexico.

It’s all about winning the cup. Chase LaPinta tries to carry the Northern Edge Cup off the ice after Day 5 of the Northern Edge Mite Only camp game.

Rinks Needed for TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE Program Program to be offered on Feb. 19, 2011 As part of Hockey Weekend Across America, USA Hockey is seeking 200 rinks to host a Try Hockey for Free program on Saturday, February 19, 2011, introducing over 4,000 kids to the sport of hockey. Each host facility will receive the following from USA Hockey: up to 40 jerseys to use and give away to the Try Hockey for Free participants, marketing templates to promote the event in the community and inclusion on

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For the Good of the Game By Keith Andresen

Now What?


t’s now officially the off season. If you’re a youth hockey player in Dallas you now have the opportunity to get away from a structured hockey environment. Tryouts are over and the new season won’t begin for a couple of months. It doesn’t matter if you play select or recreational hockey you need time to recharge your passion and love for the game. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to avoid the rink but it does mean less structure and more fun if you stay on the ice. Burnout can hit out of nowhere, especially at the squirt and peewee levels. After several years of playing structured team hockey 12 months a year it’s easy to lose the passion for the game. However, avoiding burnout does not necessarily mean staying off the ice. It’s very important for players of all ages to remain active throughout the summer. If you decide that you want to keep skating I highly recommend participating in something fun and less structured. Week long camps are great for improving your skills and having fun. These camps are normally not affiliated with a local club and their only interest is your skill development. They are not trying to recruit you for a club or team so they have no ulterior motive in getting you on the ice. I have found that a week-long day camp such as

Pro-Ambitions or Northern Edge helps players develop without demanding weeks of commitment. If you want no structure of any kind but want to stay on the ice, try attending a couple of Open Hockey sessions each week. There are many sessions where there are only 4-5 skaters on the ice and these sessions give you an opportunity to work on your creativity that you never will have in an organized team practice. Playing other sports is the best way to stay in shape and develop athleticism that you don’t get from playing hockey. The hand-eye coordination you get from playing baseball or the foot work you develop from playing soccer will be valuable when you get back on the ice. There is no reason you should limit your sports until you’ve had the chance to play several and develop “total athleticism”. Almost every college or Junior A hockey coach will tell you that the best hockey athletes are the ones that played multiple sports growing up. They have developed skills that they bring to the ice that can’t be taught playing only a single sport. If you plan on just taking the summer off don’t turn into a couch potato developing your Xbox thumbs. Take time each day for some athletic activity. Alone or with friends it’s important to get up and move. Stretching, jogging,

street hockey or just walking around the mall will help you stay loose. Try to get out of the house and away from the computer and TV. Most of all make time for fun. Once the new season rolls around you will again be in structured team surroundings. While most coaches will create a fun environment, it will also be a “team first” environment which means less time for creativity. Enjoy your summer and have fun whether you spend time at the rink or not. Stay active and be ready when the new season starts.

Keith Andresen, Senior Director, Hockey Programs Dr Pepper StarCenters Dallas Stars Hockey Club

Just a Thought: If you’re a travel hockey player who did not make or find a team, don’t worry. Many teams that have great coaches still have openings. Everything happens for a reason, and if you didn’t make the team you wanted to play for, keep looking. As a coach I have found some great players after tryouts. Some missed tryouts or didn’t make the team they wanted, but either way there is a team for you if you want to play and have the skill and desire. ■

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Battling for the puck.

Trevor Hatley making his move.

Meeting minutes and handouts of TAHA’s Annual Meeting held June 19th are posted on our website. 2010-11 TAHA Board members include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

All hockey families are encouraged to visit USA Hockey’s new website at to learn more about the American Development Model and Long Term Athlete Dev. Other valuable ADM information is available at for association leaders focused on attracting new players and keeping current players coming back each season.

President - Ted Skinner Vice Pres. - Jamie Appell Treasurer - Mark Shepheard Secretary - Christine Burns Adult Sect. - Jeff Stone Disabled Sect. - Taylor Lipsett High School - Keith Andresen House Sect. - Cesar Cepeda Travel Sect. - Mark Servaes Women’s Sect. - Tracy Servaes ACE Director - Angie Vaught Coach-in-Chief - Jouni Lehtola Ref-in-Chief - Garry Pariseau

2010 Planned Events Aug 7 Level 4 Officials clinic (Dallas) Sept 10-12 Level 4 Coaching clinic (Dallas) Jan 29 TAHA Winter Meeting (Dallas) Feb 18-20 Hockey Weekend Across America Feb 25-27 States: Tier I & II (Dallas) Mar 3-6 Districts: Tier 1 Youth (Dallas) Mar 4-6 Districts: Tier Girls (AZ) Mar 18-20 TAC Boys/Girls (Dallas) Mar 25-27 Texas Cup HS States (TBD) Mar 23-27 Nationals: High School (Chic.) Mar30-Apr3 Nationals: Tier II Girls (CA) Mar30-Apr3 Nationals: Tier I/II Youth (varies) Apr 1-3 Nationals: Women A/B/C (Varies) Apr 6-10 Nationals Tier I Girls (MI) Apr 13-17 Americas HS Showcase (PA) May 5-8 RMD Player Dev. Camp (SLC)

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Life Lessons On Ice

by Kim Tinkham, Editor

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless. Sherry Anderson

L Kim Tinkham is a hockey mom and wife, produces four magazines, a published author, marketing coach, guest on the Oprah Winfrey show, has been mentioned in Newsweek Magazine and is a cancer terminator. She is proudest of her ‘hockey mom’ title. Go figure.

ast month I had the opportunity to be a small part of the TAHA Summer meeting held in Dallas. As I looked around the room, I saw many familiar faces and some new ones. What impressed me the most was that it was on a Saturday afternoon and we had a room filled with people who were giving back to the sport of hockey. For those of you, who have yet to volunteer, let me tell you that there is no better way to realize that this sport does not run itself. It takes an army of people in front of and behind the scenes to make this work as it does. This is no small feat. As the meeting began, I saw representatives f rom every association and support association. Each person had volunteered to represent at this meeting. Their responsibility was to acquire all the new information that USA Hockey and TAHA had to make sure they had before the start of

another season. They were also there to vote on the filling of new positions within the TAHA Board. As I thought about people giving of their time all year long to a sport they love but also having to deal with issues of ice costs, parent complaints, official scheduling, new teams, old teams, enforcement of rules, etc. I had to ask myself, “Who in their right mind would even want to do such a thing?” Maybe volunteering to make a difference has more to do with where your heart is; than your brain. Next time you see your association or team representative make sure you thank them for giving of their time and their talent on your behalf. Ice Times Magazine thanks all those who give back to the sport as volunteers. Thank you for doing what you do, supporting us and helping us make a difference in hockey in our area for the past 4 years. ■

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. G.B. Stern

DID YOU KNOW? Locker Room Supervision USA Hockey is concerned with locker room activities between minor players; minor players and adult players; adults being alone with individual minor players in locker rooms; and with nonofficial or non-related adults having unsupervised access to minor participants at sanctioned team events. It is the policy of USA Hockey and USA Hockey InLine that all Affiliates, Districts, leagues, and local hockey programs have at least one responsible adult present directly monitoring the locker room during all team events to assure that only participants, (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room and to supervise the conduct in the locker room. Any individual meetings with a minor participant and a coach in a locker room shall require a responsible adult be with the coach. Further, responsible adults must personally monitor the locker room environment at all times while participants are present and also make sure the locker room is appropriately secured during times when minor participants are on the ice.

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Alex Evanyk focuses on the puck.


Andrew Durham makes his way up ice.

Siddharth Turaga after the puck.

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From the STANDS

IceTimesMagazine hears from its readers.

Confessions of a Sub Goalie By Maurice Waters


ell here we are coming up to the summer season of Adult Hockey. Unfortunately I am not on a regular team for summer. This in itself is not unusual since most adult teams they have a regular goalie who plays for them for both winter and summer seasons. Since I was away for the first part of the winter season, I now find myself without a team the for summer . So, coming up to the first week of the season I am getting ready: washing my gear and making sure the parts on my well worn gear won’t fall off sometime during the season. Now I guess I should explain something about being a sub hoalie. As a sub goalie, unless you are playing well below your level, you should not expect to win much more over .500 of your games. It is simple math. When you sub for a team there are so many factors involved that, although you might be one of the best goalies in the league, you still might lose more than you win. Captains of team who reach out to substitute goalies should probably take note of this. Let me list some of the factors that will come into play and effect your game. • Last minute phone calls: “Can you come and play for our team?” Often this is at some rink that is geographically at the extreme range of your travel abilities. In that case, you’ll get there with just a few minutes to get changed and possibly no time for a warm up. • Wet or missing gear: There is nothing worse than getting to a game and not having the essential equipment, or putting on smelly and soaking gear. Yes for those of you who know me, even I can’t stand the smell. • Team bias: The team you are playing

for has a regular goalie and you’re not that person. It is hard to enter a locker room not knowing anyone. Then comes the on ice factors. Some of the teams you play on will never have played with you before. This isn’t always a bad thing, but when a team plays season in and season out with the same goalie, team mates can cover for a goalie’s known weaknesses or consistent habits. This can work in your favor, but many times it can mean the difference between laying your glove on a loose puck and having it taken from you by your defense man, which leaves you low on the ground and your net exposed. Some goalies are better suited to stick handle the puck. I know I am not the best at this, and when I play regularly for a team, my team knows that too. But when a defense or forward line is used to a goalie that can shoot the puck back up the ice, and suddenly you sub for them and they are all half way back up the ice waiting for a pass, this can cause some problems, especially if the opposing team is rushing you. I have been caught out by this many times. Talking to the defense and telling them where to be and where to shoot the puck or letting them know that “I can’t see the puck when you’re standing in front of me” is a common part of the game. Some of the problems though can relate to the language or code words used by goalie and their team. My personal downfall in this area is that I have an accent and after playing sub for a team for few games I asked them if they could hear what I was saying and was told no, plus when they did hear me they couldn’t understand what I was saying anyway. So most of the time I don’t say much. Some goalies are constant chatterers, which can be good or bad. As a sub goalie, you also have to

watch what you say. In one game, after having a forty shot period and being down six to nothing I made the mistake of commenting during a break in the period, “Hey, guys, how about some defense?” I found that in the next period there were twice as many shots and the defense was nowhere to be seen at all . Live and learn. So unless it is a team I’ve played with before I will usually say, “Keep it up” or ”We can win this,” and leave it at that . Most of these points may seem trivial, and maybe they are, but having been a sub goalie for many teams I have noticed that these trivial things count. Now what should you do about these issues? Here are some suggestions that might help: • If you want to be a sub goalie, make yourself available by getting on a rink list or post your availability on a web site like Of course making sure your friends who play know you are available to sub is a good idea too. • Always try to dry your gear and keep it all together. This will save you time when you’re rushing out the door to that last minute game. • Maintain relationships with the rinks that you are prepared to play at. Don’t go outside of your preferred area unless you think this will allow you to play on a team more often. • If you say you will play, then show up! Don’t get the reputation as someone who lets people down.

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In the locker room find out who the defensemen are, and let them know how you play and what your style is. Also if they have any code words that you like to use, fill them in so that they are prepared to respond accordingly. Don’t treat the team like one you will never see again. Some of the best sub spots I have played are because I try 100% every game I play. Even if we don’t win, the team usually knows that I did everything I could. People appreciate that. Always check on your stats on point streak, make sure they are accurate. (This is a subject I could write a whole column about.) Accept that you might lose some games because some of the teams you play on might not be that good. Also realize that you might end up subbing for a team that could be playing a level above what your best is. Be thick skinned and accept that sometimes you will get blamed for a loss. Be confident in your abilities. Don’t play too many levels below or above what you are comfortable with. Too low, and it can mess up your game; too high and you can lose your confidence. Be happy with a .500 average, but always strive for higher. ■

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Noah Sherman having a great time on the ice. Rockwall vs. Plano

Plano Mite Senator’s Goalie, Alex Proctor gets ready to block a shot during their game against the Plano Mite Bruins.


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Reed Robinson eyes the puck. 14 Keep your kids out of hot water – put them on ice!


Metroplex Hockey Officials Association T

hink back and remember when you went to school and sat in the classroom and the teacher concluded the lessons of the day with “Does anyone have any questions?” Everyone sits is the room, quietly careful not to utter a sound. Why is that? Surely not everyone in the classroom understood the lesson, and surely someone had their curiosity peaked and wanted to delve deeper into the subject. Perhaps everyone wants to get out and move on to the next class. More than likely, you were intimidated to some extent by the teacher and didn’t want to ask a question for fear of appearing less intelligent. I have been writing this column since the very beginning of Ice Times Magazine. It first started out as a favor to Kim to help get Ice Times off the ground. Now, it is a favor to me that allows me to reach out to all of you in another way. I said all of that, because what I find most

interesting is that not one of my columns has sparked a question or reciprocal attempt to reach to me about officiating, a further explanation about a rule, or an event in a game. Why is that? My email address is available to all; everyone seems to have my phone number (at least my wife and business partner think so), and I am visible around the rinks. And for those who have engaged me, or someone from my staff, you can testify that we love to talk (off the ice that is). I had an email exchange with a parent this past week that prompted a response from the team’s coach. The coach’s comments were right on target and captured concepts that USA Hockey preaches. I was impressed enough to call him immediately and thank him for his support and understanding. He was amazed that I would take time to call. I reiterated to him my beliefs on the role officials play OFF the ice –

We are a part of the game, not apart from it. Communication between the playing/coaching side and the officials is a key element to growing the game. If there are no players or coaches, there is nothing for us to officiate. If there are no officials, there are no games. We need each other. This particular coach asked if I would be willing to come out a talk to his team and his parents. You bet I will. In every case where we have spent time with players, coaches and parents it has benefited the officials, as well as the players, coaches and parents. We all learn. So, I urge you all to ask questions, request our time at team meetings, and let’s work together to make our game even better. It is July, time for me to start the process of getting ready for another season. Let’s do that together. ■

Ken Reinhard President, MHOA Local Area Supervisor of Officials, North Texas USA Hockey

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IceTimesMagazine DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 HOCKEY WEEKEND ACROSS AMERICA NBC presents "Hockey Day in America" on Feb. 20 as part of celebration


Stephen Guadalajara skates towards the play.

he fourth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, will take place Feb. 18-20, 2011. Launched by USA Hockey in 2008, Hockey Weekend Across America is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the game and those involved at all levels and to expose hockey to new audiences. “Hockey Weekend Across America is something that those involved in our sport look forward to each year,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It’s important that we take time to celebrate and we’re especially pleased to have NBC fully engaged in the event this year.” As part of Hockey Weekend Across America in 2011, NBC and the National Hockey League will salute roots of the game, as well as its traditions and pageantry with Hockey Day in America on Sunday, Feb. 20. The day-long event will celebrate hockey with a slate of NHL games that are scheduled to include Philadelphia, New York Rangers, Washington, Buffalo, Detroit, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Boston. Each of the three days of Hockey Weekend Across America is themed, including: Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey, sponsored by, on Friday, Feb. 18; Bring a Friend to the Rink, sponsored by the NHL, on Saturday, Feb. 19; and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports, on Sunday, Feb. 20. More information will be available in the coming months at ■

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The College Hockey Symposium will provide you the opportunity to skate with and meet current NCAA and USHL coaches. In addition to 8 hours of ice time with experienced college hockey coaches, a seminar with the players and families will provide a forum to discuss opportunities available.... The current structure of NCAA college hockey,collegiate opportunities for student athletes, Junior A opportunities for college bound players, and much more…

WHEN July 30 – August 1, 2010 WHERE Dr Pepper Star Center in Farmers Branch “Providing the unique opportunity for players in the Texas area to learn about Division I/III College programs and the USHL” 16 Keep your kids out of hot water – put them on ice!


GROW THE GAME by Courtney Welch


hat will youth hockey bring to kids in Texas? Pride, strength and leadership are at the top of the list. Introducing more families in Texas to the positive characteristics youth hockey can develop in their children is key to helping advance the sport in the Lone Star state. It’s been amazing to see how far the sport has come in Texas in a short period of time. While the number of children eight-and-under has declined slightly statewide over the last two seasons, we’re poised to help forge growth in that age group this coming season and beyond. In June, I was at the Texas Amateur Hockey Association meetings to share a two-hour Come Play Youth Hockey workshop. Over 30 associations were in attendance to share their best practices and take home additional ideas on how to grow the game. These resources, including last season’s membership

report, breaks down participation to the local association level. This information is available online at programservices. So, what’s stopping families from joining our sport? Cost and commitment are the two main barriers to entry. Many believe that everyone that plays hockey spends thousands of dollars every year to play, travels all over the country to play and practices at 5 a.m. What many are not hearing about are the programs like Kids First, run through the Dr Pepper StarCenter Ice Arenas, which shows there are indeed avenues to help make getting started in the sport more affordable. Te x a s a l s o p a r t ic ip ate s i n nationa l initiatives like Hockey Weekend Across America (w w w., which will include a Try Hockey for Free opportunity on February 19, 2011. Check the Hockey Weekend Across

America website for a list of participating rinks later this year. Most importantly, fun is what keeps kids coming back season after season. If kids are having fun, parents are likely to keep bringing them back to the rink. The American Development Model ( is the basis for youth hockey development in our country and places age-appropriate training at the forefront. That type of development model increases skill development, which in turn makes the game more fun for youth players across the country. Hockey is a life-long sport and teaches so many important skills, including confidence and teamwork. It also provides a wonderful avenue for developing lasting friendships. Please help us in finding new ways to get kids to the rink. Have an idea? Email it to me at I’d love to hear from you. ■

Courtney Welch is the USA Hockey Program Services Manager for Texas. Courtney has worked as an administrator in hockey for 12 years.

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Sean Triece with eyes on the puck.


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No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. Author Unknown

Alex Issa makes an amazing save.

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Strong Hockey By Kasie Strong


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Why We Play Hockey… Girls Hockey!

e all have unique stor ies about starting hockey. Does figure skater turned hockey player ring a bell? Although we love the costumes and the fact that you can listen to music while you skate, bunny hops and toe picks just aren’t as appealing as hopping the boards and toe drags. Maybe it was pond hockey that hooked you? Chasing a puck around the smooth surface for hours at a time, no one ever complained about the frigid air, and when you fell, a teammate came and helped you off the ice. Right then and there

you realized a teammate is a f riend and a f riend is a teammate. We r e y o u inspired by someone who already played? Attending your first hockey game, having no clue what offsides or icing were, but still wanting to be included in the fun? Sign me up! Our stories about starting hockey are as unique as we are, but our reasons for why we play girls hockey all come back to one thing: friendships. Lesley Ashby (age 17, Oakville, Ontario) says the best part about playing girls hockey is, “All the

new friends you get to meet and most of those f riends will be f riends for life.” Sydney Walker (age 17, Red Oak, TX) agrees whole heartedly, “The f riends you make along the w a y… the memories will last a lifetime”. Stepping onto the ice, feeling the rush of excitement, the thrill of competition and the enjoyment of teammates, you find yourself wanting to spend every second around the game that brings you so much pleasure and the people who make it so much fun. For many girls and women, the enjoyment of hockey is magnified by the fact that they have the opportunity to play with their peers. That can be enough to keep everyone coming back to the rink. We play hockey because we can.

Kasie Strong is a hockey player, hockey coach and hockey enthusiast. A native of Groton, Massachusetts, Kasie coaches for the Alliance Girls Hockey Program and promotes girls hockey in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area. We play girls hockey because we love being with our friends and having the best of both worlds: competition and camaraderie. Hannah Demuth (age 12, Plano, TX) has it all figured out, “I love the game and can hang out with friends.” The key to being a successful hockey player is practice, practice, practice. But ask Lesley, Sydney and Hannah why they never miss a practice: Friends, friends, friends! ■

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Paige Morton skates for the puck.

It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. Anastasia “Bob” Benoit making the play.


Lauren Hinton skates hard for the puck.

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By Mark Dyslin

Let’s Mix It Up


’ve been vindicated! For the three people who routinely read this monologue, you’ve borne witness to my argumentum ad nauseam about the values of cross-training.  Now there is proof (albeit unscientific) against those who espouse playing hockey 365 to develop talent.  To that I say, “I your face!”...and so do the parents of a couple of top end NHL prospects. So I’m gettin’ my hockey nerd on, reading through The Hockey News (THN) 2010 Draft Preview edition.  I know, most of us just look at pick predictions for our NHL club (like, say...the Blackhawks!!!!).  Not me.  I actually read the articles (honestly, I do!).  THN, along with the International

Scouting Service, have bestowed the top two picks for the 2010 draft on Taylor Hall (‘91) and Tyler Seguin (‘92). What really struck me about both these kids was the emphasis on crosstraining. It turns out their fathers’ were former athletes at the college and professional level.  They understood that if you don’t mix up the workout the body will accommodate.  Muscles constantly used in the same way will adapt and strive for economy of exertion.  Hall’s father was quoted as saying, “Too much of anything is not the right way to do things.”  So he developed a multi-sport workout for his son, focusing on quick-burst, sprint work (hint, hint).  The Hall’s believe a workout regimen

focused solely on hockey would not have allowed Taylor to develop as well as he did. Similarly, Seguin played lacrosse and ran cross country.  Not only did he work different muscle groups, he also learned about becoming a better hockey player from his other sports.  He credits playing lacrosse for helping “toughen” him up.  I can believe that...LAX’ers are nuts. Interesting enough, both families also credit getting away from the rink and learning to relax as an important part of the overall development process.  It makes perfect sense.  Too much of anything leads to burnout. I know there are rink managers researching if it is illegal to barbecue heretics.  But it just plain makes sense not

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.

to play hockey year round. We develop through diverse life experiences.  Next time one of your parents asks what team “they” should play on in the summer, suggest something involving a bat, or hoop, or water, or book. ■

Nathan Bloomer giving it all he’s got.

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ICE at The Parks 817-419-0095 Starbucks in mall outside of rink Olive Garden 817-283-3121 11mi ER CareNow 817-465-4928 1.7mi Ice Training Center ITC Richardson 972-680-7825 Starbucks 972-238-1563 .3mi Olive Garden 972-234-3292 2.0mi ER CareNow 972.387.8900 4.7mi Polar Ice House Grapevine 972-874-1930 Starbucks 972-874-1394 .6mi Olive Garden 817-251-0222 4.1mi Coppell EmCare 972-745-8097 2.6mi Houston Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex Houston 281-84-SKATE Starbucks 832-237-7586 .25 mi Olive Garden 281- 890-0784 Methodist Willowbrook Hosp. 281-477-1000 across from rink Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center 281-265-7465 Starbucks 281-265-8911 Papa LaRosa Flying Pizza in rink 281-313-3500 Methodist Sugar Land Hospital 281-274-7000 Space City Ice Station Friendswood 281-486-7979 Olive Garden 281-488-1022 Starbucks 281-488-9800 ER Clear Lake l 281-332-2511 Austin Chaparral Ice Centers - Austin 512.252.8500 Oklahoma City Blazers Ice Centre 405-631-3307

Aerodrome Ice Hockey Alliance Bulldogs Arctic Wolf Ice Center

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Polar Ice House

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Scots Hockey

Dallas Stars Youth Hockey League

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Austin Roadrunners

Houston HERricanes Girls

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at&t Metroplex High School Hockey League

El Paso Hockey

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Jordan Escher wins the face-off.

Jarred Wolff skates towards the play.

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. Wayne Gretzky

Garrett Heinz moving the puck up ice.

Colin Bloomer – Defense!

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