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Tickets On Sale for 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction

11/02/2016, 9:00am MDT
By USAHockey.com

Event Set for Nov. 30 at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration it was announced today by USA Hockey. The event will be staged on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016, which includes Bill Belisle, Craig Janney and the1996 U.S. World Cup of Hockey Team, will be formally enshrined at the event. In addition, the Lester Patrick Trophy and Wayne Gretzky International Award recipients will be honored. ESPN’sSteve Levy is the master of the ceremonies for the festivities.

Tickets are available online at USHockeyHallofFame.com and must be purchased in advance.

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Philadelphia is hosting the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration for the first time. The event is part of the Philadelphia Flyers 50th anniversary season.

NOTES: The 1996 U.S. World Cup of Hockey Team played the very first sporting event in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (then called CoreStates Center) on Aug. 31, 1996, where it defeated Canada by a 5-3 count in its first pool play contest of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey Tournament. Team USA went on to win the event … USA Hockey assumed responsibilities for the selection process and induction event associated with the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame 10 years ago and has shared the Induction Celebration with communities across America, including Grand Forks, North Dakota, Denver, Chicago, Buffalo, New York, Boston, Dallas, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Detroit … The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame enshrined its first class in 1973. To date there are 169 honored members … The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, located in Eveleth, Minnesota, is open daily. For hours of operation and admission prices, visit USHockeyHallMuseum.com or call 800-443-7825.

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March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.

This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.

“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”

The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.

Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.

“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.

“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.

“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”

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