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Adventures of a Hockey Mom

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The Dallas Stars Elite Hockey Club will host the 2011 Rocky Mountain District Tournament on March 3-6 at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter Farmers Branch. Local fans and friends are encouraged to stop by and support their 9 local teams and 17 others from Arizona, Utah, & Colorado as well as enjoy some top tier youth hockey action at the 12U to 18U age divisions. You can keep track of all scores at http://www.

2011 Planned Events • Mar 3-6 Districts: Tier 1 Youth (Dallas) • Mar 4-6 Districts: Tier Girls/Women (UT) • Mar 18-20 TAC Boys/Girls (Dallas) • Mar 25-27 Texas Cup HS States (TBD) • Mar 23-27 Nationals: High School (Chic.) • Mar 30-Apr 3 Nationals: Tier II Girls (CA) • Mar 30-Apr 3 Nationals: Tier I/II Youth (Various) • Apr 1-3 Nationals: Women A/B/C (Various) • 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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Adventures of a Hockey Mom By Connie Holubar


hrough the almost 19 years since I became a mom, I’ve had many roles. I started out as Working Mom, scrambling to get out of work each night so I could pick my infant son up from daycare before they charged me extra for being late. I was a Soccer Mom for at least ten years. I have been a Den Mother, and a Room Mother, the neighborhood “Kool Aid” Mom, a bit of a Stage Mother, a Baseball Mom, but in all this time nothing has been quite as special to me as my years in the role of Hockey Mom. Looking back, I realize I have been a hockey mom for more than 15 years, and I was a hockey mom before my son ever even played his first game of hockey. There are some things in life you don’t choose. They choose you. My role as hockey mom started innocently enough…. …In October 1995, our young

family of four was in Vail, Colorado, for a relaxing week during the off season. We’d driven up from our home in Boulder, and there wasn’t much happening in Vail that week. We were going a little stir crazy watching the final hours and the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial on TV, so we took our tots to story hour at the Vail library. On our way out we decided to walk to the nearby ice rink to check out the public skating schedule. We were just in time to see the Zamboni cleaning the ice, so rather than just grabbing a schedule and moving along, we headed into the rink. Our little boys were fascinated with anything big, and the Zamboni was probably the coolest thing they’d ever seen. I remember my husband and I each holding a boy up to the glass to watch the giant machine pass by. They were enthralled. Then, just as the Zamboni left and

we were ready to leave too, a group of “big boys” hit the ice. It was a hockey team, the first my sons had ever seen. It was the first hockey team I had ever seen too: the Vail Avalanche. We stuck around to watch them for a while. Even with all the years that have passed, I still remember my son Tanner, not even three and a half years old, hanging on my husband’s arms, with his face and both hands pressed to the glass. I remember being amazed at how intently he watched every move, with his little head moving to the left, and the right, leaving little spots on the glass. Eventually, the coach came onto the ice, blew his whistle, and the boys began to gather center ice, but not before one of them skated over to where we stood, stopped, nodded at my husband and I, and tossed a puck over the glass to Tanner. It was his first puck. I didn’t know it then, but I can trace it back now. That was the day, the time,

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the exact moment, that I became a Hockey Mom. In that instant, something dramatic happened to our young son that changed the course of our lives for the next 15 years, maybe forever. Our oldest son, and by virtue, our entire family had been bitten by the hockey bug. To Be Continued...■

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Connie Holubar is a freelance writer and hockey mom now living in Mabank, Texas. Her son just completed his first season as a member of the club team at Oklahoma State University.

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Summer Hockey By Keith Andresen

Which program is right for you?


s the season winds down people start thinking about summer programs and how best to stay on the ice without developing “hockey burnout.” There are a wide variety of camps, clinics and leagues available, many at very reasonable prices. Which one is right for you? If you have a better understanding of what’s out there, you can make an educated decision. There are several factors that have to be considered when deciding what type of program you want for the summer. With a struggling economy everyone is looking for great value. However, finding a good deal should not mean that you have to compromise on quality. Look closely at your choices and determine the type or types of programs that are right for you. Here are the most common programs. Association Run Camps: These “pre-tryout” or “training camps” are run by the local travel associations using their staff coaches. These are normally very well organized and well run programs. The coaches are typically expert in running these camps and include a variety of drills, games and scrimmages to elevate the skill level of the participants. This type of camp is normally designed for the player

already playing at a higher level. If you plan on attending one of these camps make sure you know who the coaches will be. You should expect professional coaches with years of experience. These camps normally range in price from $600-$1500 for a 6-10 week program so you should expect and deserve top rate instruction. Independent Camps: Hockey Camps have been around for decades. These are typically 1-2 week camps where players are on the ice for 3-5 hours per day and normally include an off-ice program as well. Depending on the program, these camps offer a variety of skill levels and training methods. The ones that have been around for many years like Northern Edge, Turcotte, Laura Stamm, and Pro Ambitions are well organized and offer great instruction at a reasonable price, normally $300-$600 per week for 12-15 hours of on-ice instruction and off-ice programs. This type of camp is great for all skill levels and can raise a player’s skill level dramatically in a short time. I have found that 3-4 hours of training per day over the course of a week can be superior to 6-8 weeks of camp with ice twice a week. Of course it depends

(from left) Christopher Kelly (Alliance Bulldogs Mite A), Kaito Letkiewicz (DSYHL McKinney Mite Coyotes), Kodai Letkiewicz (DSYHL Frisco PeeWee Flyers), Nigel Good, Isac Ungerholm (DSYHL Frisco Mite Leafs), Marcus Good


on the player, but for many, these types of camps are a great choice if you’re looking for value. Leagues: Summer leagues offered by the various rinks are designed to be fun and keep kids skating at a minimum cost. There are a variety of programs around town and you can find some economical deals if you compare pricing. The highest cost programs are normally the leagues that run one program for the entire summer. The cost usually ranges fro $600-$800. This type of league allows very little time for other sports and family vacations. Another choice is separate spring and summer leagues. These tend to be a better value because you can play hockey over the summer but still enjoy some time away. Some programs even offer deep discounts for combining spring and summer leagues together for those folks wanting to play all summer. Also look at programs that offer smaller teams and more ice. 3 on 3 and 4 on 4 programs with modified rules that keep the kids on the ice and emphasize creativity and skating are all the rage up north. I was talking to Stars coaches recently and both believe that kids need time to be creative in a fun and less structured environment. This type of

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

program gives kids the chance to have fun while maximizing the time they are on the ice. No matter which program you think is right for you, compare the value offered by similar programs. Ask around to your friends and other players to find out about their experiences with various camps. The more you research and compare, the better decision you can make based on what you are looking for, the camp structure, the price, and the overall value. ■

Preston Lamm (Dallas Penguins, Atkinson - PeeWee B) finishes off a breakaway in a 4-2 win on 2/9 against Dallas Penguins, Sleavin - PeeWee B.

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Kim Tinkham (1957 - 2010) Ice Times Magazine is dedicated to the memory of Kim Tinkham. Kim lost her brave battle with breast cancer Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Kim was a hockey mom, wife, youth hockey enthusiast, and editor and publisher of Ice Times. She will be greatly missed.

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Monthly Columns Adventures of a Hockey Mom . . . . . . . 4 For The Good of The Game . . . . . . . . . 5 Life Lessons on Ice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Get Noticed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Hockey From The Neck Up . . . . . . . . 15 Grow The Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Strong Hockey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Behind the Bench . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20


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Life Lessons On Ice Greetings frozen ones, PASSION: I am part of the coaching staff of an 18U Tier I hockey club, and last Saturday night our season ended in the RMD tournament. Unless you win the national championship your season is going to end on a loss. That bothers me because well, I’m a bad loser, I hate to lose more then I love to win (something we look for in players by the way). Its seems to me and the guy I coach with that it’s becoming a rarity for players to get upset about losing. I’m not talking about breaking sticks over the boards or throwing stuff but mad and disappointed that they lost. I think it should ruin your day, then at the end of the day as you lie in your bed reflect back on your loss and file it under things learned that I’m not happy about, you close your eyes and go to sleep. I believe it’s all about the passion. This season as you know I lost my best

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friend to breast cancer and I decided that life is to short and too unpredictable to not be passionate so I decided that I’m not going to do anything or spend a single minute on something I’m not passionate about. Well I’m passionate about coaching, there comes a time in many eighteen year olds life when they tune their parents out and I consider it an honor and a privilege to be there for them during this challenging time in their life. So I asked our team to play with passion during our state tournament. The team wore a special tribute jersey in honor of my best friend with her initials on the back. I asked them to respect the jersey and to play with passion, it wasn’t about winning, it was about passion. I was so proud of the boys, they respected me and respected KT and in a way learned the power of passion I encourage all parents to help their kids find their passion no matter what

it is because if your passionate about something then you’re happy and isn’t that all we really want for our kid’s is to be happy. Oh yea, we won the game and we were the underdog. Thanks boys and thanks ChrisK for being there for me, this is a season I will never forget and to Kim thanks for the assist. Note to readers: I have asked the ITM staff not to correct any of my typos, misspelled words or improper word usage etc. This is who I am this is how it comes out, I’m an old hockey player and coach not a journalist and I am here to tell you it’s all about the passion so take a step back when you see ”IT”, it’s becoming rare, enjoy it and feel that smile appear across your face. ■

Photos by Byron Walls

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Aces goalie Chris Neukranz narrowly kicks out a shot, keeping it from scoring.

Carson Whornham and his dad David Whornham

Jonathan Buffington takes a shot at goal.

Parker Meade and Peyton Sneathern (Scots’ Midget Minor A) do some team bonding through karaoke.

Seven Lakes Varsity Hockey team photo - Katy, TX


Colton Huard and Zachary Barros with Jonathon Toews in the Blackhawks locker room.

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Get Noticed By Brad Buetow

Do You Want To Play Prep School, Midget AAA, Junior or College Hockey?


oming May 20-22, 2011, Texas and Oklahoma hockey players have the opportunity to show off their talent at the 7th Annual Junior Placement Showcase. JPS hockey showcase will be at Apex Arena in Denver and will start at 3:00pm on Friday, May 20 and will end at 1:00pm on Sunday, May 22. Attending and participating in JPS hockey showcase will be coaches and GM’s from Midget AAA, Prep School, Junior A, and College (Division I-III) programs from the United States and Canada. Last year there were over 60 programs involved at the showcase. These coaches/GM’s will coach behind the bench and provide informational sessions to players and their parents regarding their respective programs during the weekend. Director, Brad Buetow, stated that he believed there was a need for this hockey showcase so that Texas/Oklahoma athletes could be noticed and further advance their hockey careers. Brad has had over 20 years experience as a head coach at the University of Minnesota, United States International University, and Colorado College, was name “Coach of the Year” 5 times (both

in the collegiate and professional levels), played professional hockey, and has been director/coach for 9 years in Colorado Midget AAA programs where he has placed over 75 players in Junior A and over 40 players in Division I-III college programs. “I know Texas and Oklahoma has great potential to move players on to other programs so they can accomplish their lifelong goals of getting a quality education and continuing to play hockey. That is the sole purpose of JPS!” In addition, many players from previous JPS camps have received offers from various programs throughout the US and Canada. According to Brad, attending JPS is like attending over 60 individual camps, thus saving money and yet maximizing player’s exposure. Information regarding JPS can be found online at or you can email Brad Buetow at ■

Brad Buetow is the Director of Junior Placement Showcase. He is also a coach and former professional hockey player.

JPS – Hockey Showcase 91’ - 96’ Midget AAA, Prep, Jr A, College Div I-III • Denver, CO (APEX Arena) MAY 20-22, 2011 • 60 Coaches/GM’s in attendance • • JPS is like attending 60 team selection camps

4 Games & Information sessions (Midget AAA, Prep, Junior A, College) George Gwozdecky – Head Hockey Coach, University of Denver WCHA ‘At the University of Denver was 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 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.” John Marks – Head Coach/GM Winkler Flyers Manitoba (MJAL) “Excellent showcase! JPS exposure showcase really puts kids on the radar for future hockey opportunities. I will be attending it along with other Canadian coaches from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.”

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Moms on Ice by the Ice Cougars

With all the stories lately about hockey moms playing hockey, I thought you might be interested in a few pics of some moms here in Texas. Right before Christmas our newly formed “Ice Cougars” participated in a scrimmage during intermission at a Texas Tornadoes game against our sons. The boys played together last season on the Plano Mite Blues. Four of the boys are squirts this year, and 3 are still mites. The “Ice Cougars” are all hockey moms over the age of 36. Most of us just started skating in August and are still learning hockey. We have all watched our boys play countless games so thought of course we could do it. Well, we have come to realize just how skilled these youngsters truly are. This has been one of the most difficult things I have ever tried, but also the most fun I’ve ever had. We are still taking hockey classes and will begin playing co-ed I League in the spring. We are recruiting more moms and some dads to our team now, and can’t wait to play. Our biggest fans? Our hockey boys!

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The Houston Wild Wins Texas State Championship!

Texas Aces Bantam AA won their championship game at the Big Bear Tournament, President’s Day 2011, St Louis

The Penguin 98 PeeWee AA’s Win 2011 Tier II State Championship! Jr Brahmas win first place in the NTXHL Mite Division. Coaches: Scott Branum, John Cusack, Brian Edwards & Mason Beall.

Marcus HS JV Ice Hockey Team 2011 Winter Games of Texas Gold Medal Champions


Dallas Stars U18 AAA win the state title.

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Chandler Cravey Ice Jets squirts. Brady Amox of the Grapevine Wolves defending his zone.

Dilanka Weerasinghe (DSS-Plano PeeWee Minor) looking for an open pass

Brandon Bowers DSYHL Squirt Bruins.

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A super save by Ryan Hooks (Grapevine Wolves Squirt Minor).


Aggressive Trapping By Paul O’Donnell


nyone who is familiar with my hockey philosophy would never consider it passive. The in-your-face, take no prisoners, Eastern style of play I was taught while growing up in Massachusetts has served me well over the years, both as a player and as a coach. Two of the main pillars this aggressive style of hockey stands on defensively are: Always force your opponent to make a good play, and only give ground when it’s absolutely necessary – including the neutral zone! Many coaches prefer to take a much more passive defensive approach when the puck is traveling through the neutral zone. To me, the only thing neutral about the neutral zone is its name. The closer any opponent gets to our team’s real estate, the more tenacious I want my team to play. For example, if the opposition has time and space during the early stages of their breakout, players should begin to set the groundwork for an aggressive trap before the puck ever crosses the blueline. All three forwards must understand exactly what they’re trying to accomplish on this particular forecheck. Is the ultimate goal to force some kind of turnover before the other team has a chance to cross center ice? Or is it to force the other team into a dump and chase scenario? These decisions are, quite often, determined by the skills of each of the team’s players who happen to be on the ice at that particular time. If the mismatch favors the defenders, then this is an opportunity to be more aggressive. But, if the trapping team happens to be facing a more skilled group of players, they may want to take a more passive approach and hope the puck can be recovered following a dump-in by the other team. In either case the process is the same. To be successful each forechecker must perform these four simple tasks: Isolate the puck carrier to one side of the ice as soon as possible during the forecheck. Close off as many passing lanes as possible. Execute the forechecking system with discipline and speed. Take away as much time and space from

as many of their forwards as possible before they have the opportunity to break the puck across their own blueline. How to Trap While the puck is still deep in enemy territory, the closest trapping forward (F1) begins setting the stage for what is to come by taking an inside-out approach. This process begins in the middle of the ice by forcing the puck carrier towards one side of the rink or the other. During the early phases of a trapping situation the opponent’s stickhandling duties will usually be accomplished by a defenseman. As the defenseman is still deep in his zone, F1 should be paying close attention to the shooting side of the puck carrier. This is an important “tell” for the primary forechecker to always take note of as soon as possible. The reason for this is simple: Knowing which way the puck carrier stickhandles will determine his level of puck possession and ultimately how vulnerable he will be to attack as he gathers speed. When referring to the puck carrier’s level of puck possession, I am referring to their threat potential or their ability to continue moving the attack forward by passing or skating the puck up ice. Keep Puck Handlers Toward the Boards When a puck carrier emerges from behind his own net with the puck on his backhand, he will always want to move towards the middle of the ice, rather than being steered to his back hand along the sidewall. During the early stages of the trap it’s crucial that the first forechecker never, I repeat, “NEVER,” allows the puck carrier to cut inside towards the middle of the ice surface. If the carrier gets inside, that forechecker has allowed a shift from a relatively vulnerable level of puck possession with little to no passing potential to the highest level possible of puck possession. Allowing an opponent to cut into the middle will usually allow a player multiple passing options, not only to the right and left, but also teammates who are crisscrossing towards the middle of the ice surface. While many would think the first forechecker is the only one responsible for isolating the opposing puck carrier, in reality, every other player on the ice at that time has their


own parts to play. Shut Down Passing Options As F1 begins his approach to steer his opponent to the outside in a curling motion, the second and third players closest to the puck (F2 and F3) should have already figured out their own responsibilities during this particular play, which are already predetermined by their proximity to the puck. Their first responsibilities are to take away any primary passing options for the puck carrier as soon as possible. Forechecking defensemen should be moving in a position to shut down passing options of players looking for an easy breakup while stretching the ice surface beyond center ice. This doesn’t necessarily mean shadowing every opponent who is playing away from the puck. It does mean however, at the very least, F2 and F3 should be anticipating where their opponents are planning to receive their passes and moving into close proximity on the ice in order to have the opportunity to intercept those players, if any pass is received, before they have the opportunity to control the puck and look for passing options themselves. Ensure Correct Forward Positioning The best location for a forechecker to accomplish this successfully is to be on the inside of his opponent, approximately 10 feet diagonally away. Keeping the opponent in front and to the outside of the supporting forechecker is important for two reasons. First, if either of the opponents who F2 or F3 are covering does happen to receive a pass, the forechecker will still be in position to recover and adjust to the situation. The second reason is to keep the player in sight. If these two players are where they should be during this particular scenario, F2 will be taking up his position approximately 15 to 20 feet behind F1, but slightly inside of him by about 5 feet. Simultaneously, F3 should be in the process of shrinking the ice surface considerably by locking onto, or at the very least, taking away any passing lane from the widest opposing attacker on the breakout. When all three players are positioned correctly the stage is set for the final act, which will be to steer

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.

the puck carrier into the lowest level of puck possession possible. Provide for Back Up As F1 begins to shrink the available skating surface of his opposing puck carrier by steering him towards the boards, F2 is positioned to backup F1 as he begins the squeeze. If the stickhandler begins to elude or break away from F1, it’s F2’s job to continue forcing the puck carrier towards the boards by either pinning him against the boards, forcing a bad pass or a deep dump into the forechecker’s zone. Force the Play In a situation where the opposing puck carrier has broken out of his own zone, but has lost his passing options due to his proximity to the boards, the play should always be forced before the opponent reaches center ice. If it appears that the stickhandler will attempt to dump the puck in as soon as he crosses the red line, the near side forechecking defenseman should attempt to position himself approximately 15 to 20 feet along the boards, in front of the puck carrier, to intercept the dump in. Reverse Roles It’s also important to remember that as soon as F1 hands off the responsibility of primary forechecker to F2, each of the two player’s roles has just reversed. To read this article in its entirety visit www. ■

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Brenden Coon with the Frisco Mites Leafs team charges up ice in a recent game in Frisco.

Emily “the hockey Diva” Kline San Antonio Jr Rampage - Squirt B

Pee Wee A brings home 2nd place in the Chicago Mid Winter Classic

Brayden Stevenson (Jr Brahmas - Mite)

Alex Thompson (Plano West JVS) getting sandwiched by 2 Frisco players.

Reid Robertson (DSS-Plano PeeWee Minor) and his sister Reilly pose for the siblings portrait.

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GROW THE GAME By Courtney Welch

Hockey Weekend Across America Introduces Over 500 Kids to Youth Hockey in Texas


arents had an opportunity to watch their child’s second first steps on Saturday, February 19th as more than 5,000 boys and girls took to the ice in a Try Hockey for Free Clinic to celebrate Hockey Weekend Across America. Texas and Oklahoma hosted 10 of the 200 clinics nationwide, inviting more than 530 kids to take their first steps on the ice. “I’m extremely excited about the impact of Hockey Weekend Across America,” said Ted Skinner, Texas Amateur Hockey Association president. “We had 10 rinks participate, and the event was similar to Hockey Day in Texas back in October. In the last four months, as a result of these two events, we have introduced nearly 1,000 boys and girls in Texas to the sport,” he said. Skinner says the TAHA knows that if you can get a kid to the rink, get them in the equipment, put a stick in their hands, and put them on the ice, they are going to have a fun time and want to come back.

Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center welcomed 227 kids to the ice during Hockey Weekend after working with their local Girl Scouts to encourage a high participation by girls in the event. The Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods in San Antonio welcomed 63 boys and girls to their clinic, while Sierra Providence Event Center and The Ice at Stonebriar had 44 and 39 kids, respectively. USA Hockey provided each clinic with jerseys and goody bags and helped with the customization of marketing materials to help promote the event in each of the local communities. Rinks that are interested in putting together their own Try Hockey for Free opportunity are encouraged to call Courtney Welch at (719) 538-1118 for more information on organization and special assistance. ■

Seven Lakes Varsity Hockey team in the homecoming parade.

Dad (Mike Russell) and his son (Marcus Russell) go at the puck at Parents/Players fun game (Grapevine Wolves Squirt Minor)


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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A great save by Lane Miller (Plano West JVS).

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Luke DeHaven (DSYHL Frisco Squirt Flyers) controls the puck all the way.

Ref Gotsdiner helps a player with their helmet.

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Adam Theisen (McKinney Squirt B) keeping the head up.


The ABC’s of Girls Hockey By Kasie Strong

Texas Edition Alliance - Alliance Girls Hockey Program Keep it Fun- It’s what it’s all about! currently offers 12U, 14U & 19U teams and Locker Room- privacy, comfort and girl is expanding to offer a 16U team in the 2011talk. We always want to come to practice.

2012 season!

Memories- It’s never too early or too late to Body Contact - Incidental contact, usually start making hockey memories… why wait?

along the boards, where players are battling for puck possession. Body contact is Nationals- Alliance 12U Girls are headed different from body checking which is not to Anaheim, CA March 30th- April 3rd to compete in the 2011 USA Hockey Tier II allowed in girls’ hockey. Confidence - IT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. Girls National Championship. lympics- The next chance to watch USA Dallas - Where the 2012 USA Hockey Tier O go for gold is at the 2014 Winter Olympic II Girls National Championship will take Games in Sochi. place. ony Tails- You’ll never be without a hair Everyone- Big or small, hockey is for all. P band again! East or west, Texas does it best! Questions- We ask questions because we Forever Young- Just ask the Dallas “Retro” want to understand and improve our game. Lady Stars who are headed to Tampa at the end of April to compete in the USA Hockey R ocky Mountain Districts- Alliance 14U Over 40 Women’s Recreational Hockey & 19U teams to attend 2011 RMD Regional Championship Tournament in Salt Lake City, Championship. Girl Power- “Anything you can do, I can do UT, March 4th-6th. better… and will look better doing it too!” Sisters- teammates = sisters. Awesome! (Sorry boys.) T ournaments- You haven’t lived until Heroes- Thank you Cammi Granato, Angela you’ve experienced the excitement of an Ruggiero and other Olympians for being all-girls’ hockey tournament. our heroes and paving the way for girl’s & University- Want to play college hockey one women’s hockey. day? There are currently 34 Division I and Interest - It starts with an interest and turns 52 Division III Collegiate Women’s Hockey into a passion. Programs in the USA for you to chose from.

Kasie Strong is a hockey coach, hockey player and hockey enthusiast. A native of Groton, Massachusetts, Kasie currently resides in Trondheim, Norway where she is the Head Coach for the Astor Women’s Hockey Team.

Just Us Girls- know the challenges girls can Victory- We win together, we lose together.

sometimes face playing hockey. We don’t It’s what we do. let that hold us back and continue to strive Wolves- Grapevine “Lady” Wolves currently for greatness. offer a 12U All-Girls’ House Team. ■ Strong Hockey is sponsored by Orthopedic Trauma Surgeons, 3600 Gaston Ave., Suite 755, Dallas, Texas 75246 214 - 826-1730 • Dr. Paul Freudigman, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon


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Will Pay for Goals


onsider, if you will, little Pat the child hockey player. Little Pat’s father thinks it’s a good idea that Pat gets paid to score goals.  A Lincoln for every one (with a bonus for a hat trick). Little Pat likes the attention from dear ol’ Dad.  He likes the idea of getting money for goals, even if little Pat is unsure what $5 really means.  But like any red-blooded ‘Merican capitalist in the making, he loves the moola! However, little Pat’s teammates are fed up with his endto-end solo rushes.  They know the chance of little Pat passing to one of them is about the same as an ice cube surviving a trip down the River Styx.  Teammates don’t congratulate little Pat any longer for goals.  Little Pat scores and the rink is ambivalent, except for a lone voice.  Kids getting paid for goals!  Breaking news?  Nah.  In fact, we’ve probably all coached kids whose parent’s stuff the piggy. If little Pat is on the dole for goals, should he be benched to stop the behavior?  I say no.  That’s punishing the player for the parents’ transgressions, especially the younger kids.  It is best to cork the behavior at the wellhead.  While I would like to confront those spawners with whom I’ve suspected of this ridiculous practice, I’ve consistently

avoided it. Chicken?  Perhaps. But it was mostly because I never had any concrete evidence.  Should I have assembled the parents, “hinted” about what I 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 was to talk with the parents directly and discreetly.  She says 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 he doesn’t seem to 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?  Brilliant! Another way to try and ward it off early is to address it at the preseason parent meeting.  Weave it into your “team first” speech.  Maybe that’ll prevent it; or maybe little Pat’s dad will decide you’re a whining weenie.  If it’s the latter, see if Daddy Warbucks 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.

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Alliance Bulldogs & Texas Aces Announce Strategic Affiliation The Alliance Youth Hockey Association and the Texas Aces Hockey Club are excited to announce a strategic affiliation in time for the upcoming 2011-12 try-out season. This move is designed specifically to help strengthen the Alliance Bulldogs Tier I Hockey Program AND better define a path to the highest level of youth hockey in the TAHA area for those in a Texas Aces uniform. Both parties will provide a developmental path to maximize training progress for boys and girls at all age groups and all skill levels from house/rec to Tier I. By affiliating our organizations we have combined the longstanding creditability of the Alliance Tier I organization and the developmental focus of BOTH Tier II organizations (AYHA & TAHC) to serve families and players in all areas of the Metroplex. As both organizations collaboratively build on the advancements of USA Hockey’s developmental benchmarks, youth hockey families can look forward to being part of a promising generation of the DFW hockey legacy. From this affiliation, The Bulldogs: Gain a larger pool of players to access in regards to training, development and recruitment with the opportunity to build the most successful Tier I Hockey program possible for years to come. Additionally, the AYHA has found a partner to work with alongside our Tier II program with the same philosophies and ideas to help grow hockey in Texas & the surrounding areas.

• • • • •

The Texas Aces: Gain a clearly defined path to the Tier I level of play, for those living in the Plano, McKinney, Allen and outlying area’s. Also, Aces players will be exposed to the training & development of the Alliance Tier I Coaching Staff.

In Particular, the immediate impacts of this affiliation will be seen in: Combined Off Season Camps and Clinics Common Off-ice Training and Conditioning Curriculum with Crull Fitness Common Program Resources for all teams: Squirt to Midget Major 18U Tier I Shared organizational resources including coaching and a Common Director of Coaching Coordinated coaching philosophies and methodologies

“The AYHA has been looking to grow our umbrella in regards to adding a successful & competitive supporting Tier II organization – in addition to our own - that can help fuel the future of our Tier I program. The Texas Aces fit this mold perfectly. They’ve been operating in the area for many years and are committed to player development and progress, much like ourselves. The Aces current leadership is looking to parallel themselves to our existing Tier II program and take a step towards providing a clearly defined path of development and opportunity for their players and families. Both organizations Tier II programs will now lead directly to the Alliance Bulldogs Tier I Hockey Club,” said Chris Kostopoulos, Alliance Director of Coaching. “We’re going to leverage the

coaching skills & vision of both organizations for the benefit of players of all ages and skill levels across the Metroplex…” “The Alliance organization’s leadership and hockey excellence at all levels is unquestionable. We saw an opportunity for athletes and their families to benefit from common philosophies and to establish a development path for the benefit of all players. This affiliation creates a critical mass of players that can benefit from convenient, family friendly locations, and outstanding coaching,” said Bruce Walpole, Aces Board Member. “We’re going to see even more kids excel on and off the ice...”

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