Feb. 15, 2017 | Forty aspiring boys and girls goaltenders turned New Jersey’s Prudential Center practice facility into a puck-stoppers paradise last week during an American Development Model youth goaltending clinic led by the New Jersey Devils and USA Hockey.
Phil Osaer, USA Hockey’s ADM manager for goaltending, helped provide the training, which included a presentation for parents and coaches in addition to on-ice guidance for the athletes. New Jersey Devils goaltending coach Chris Terreri, a U.S. Olympian in 1988, also worked with the participants on and off the ice. Terreri has a long history with USA Hockey, dating back to his own youth goaltending days. In 1975, he led his team from Warwick, Rhode Island, to a USA Hockey national championship. He later competed for Team USA at the IIHF Men’s World Championship in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1997.
“It was an honor to have Chris join us for the clinic and it was great to work with so many enthusiastic goalies, coaches and parents,” said Osaer. “One thing that stood out to me was Chris emphasizing the importance of young goalies playing multiple sports. It benefits them in terms of developing their all-around athleticism, which will help them become better goalies, and also in terms of avoiding injuries.”
March 13, 2017 | The Boston Bruins hosted their first-ever Girls Hockey Day last Friday at TD Garden, welcoming nearly 400 girls and women to the ice.
The festivities began with a Little Bruins public skate session and a 10U half-ice jamboree for teams from Assabet Valley, Cape Anne, Duxbury, the Massachusetts Spitfires, Parkway Youth Hockey and Waltham Youth Hockey. Following the jamboree, Roger Grillo, USA Hockey American Development Model regional manager, led a 12U skills clinic and a 14U body-contact clinic, helping New England girls hone essential skills.
“First of all, a big thank you to Mike Dargin and the Boston Bruins organization for setting up a wonderful day for girls hockey here in New England,” said Grillo. “The girls worked really hard, there was a lot of energy and excitement on the ice and the fun factor was high. Ten professional women’s hockey players from the Boston Pride and Boston Blades joined us on the ice, and their help in running both sessions was a big part of the overall success of the evening.”
A girls high school hockey clinic followed Grillo’s sessions. After that, 30 adults skated through a learn-to-play clinic led by USA Hockey’s Katie Holmgren, adult hockey manager, and five-time United States Men’s National Team defenseman Hal Gill.
“We had a mix of women from the Bruins’ front office and from local adult leagues who were looking to improve and everyone had a great time, regardless of their ability level,” said Holmgren. “We’re happy to have the Adult First Goal program as a means to introduce new adults to the game, much in the same way that the OneGoal program introduces kids to hockey. This was a great example of that. And we were also fortunate to have Bruins alum Hal Gill on the ice with us. Having partnerships with NHL teams who are willing to include adults in their programming is invaluable for us as our numbers continue to grow.”
Dec. 21, 2016 | Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke from NHL.com recently penned deep-dive stories about the impressive growth of hockey in Arizona and Missouri. As a preview for his return to the desert with the Toronto Maple Leafs this Friday night, Auston Matthews’ path from small-ice youth hockey in Scottsdale to the NHL was among the highlights, but the stories also delved into the growth of girls hockey and college hockey, providing a broad grassroots perspective. Last but certainly not least, Roarke’s story included a salute to Kirkwood (Mo.) Youth Hockey, a USA Hockey Model Association. To read Rosen’s story, click here. For Roarke’s story, click here.
Dec. 13, 2016 | Hundreds of hockey coaches from throughout New England come together each year for the Boston Bruins Coaching Symposium, held in collaboration with Massachusetts Hockey and USA Hockey. This year's event included the excitement of a new venue — Warrior Ice Arena at Boston Landing — the Boston Bruins' new practice home, which hosted on- and off-ice presentations from USA Hockey's Mark Tabrum, Kevin McLaughlin, Roger Grillo and Kristen Wright, among others. Click the video below to see highlights from the event.
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