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September

Labor Day has come and gone, cooler weather and football is upon us and preseason NHL games are starting to pop up on the TV schedule. This could only mean one thing; the youth hockey season is upon us!

As youth hockey players gear up for the season, it’s important to reflect on what was accomplished during your summer hockey training. What are your plans to use the development to be a huge contributor and leader on your team this season?

A good way for young hockey players to start this season, is to reflect back to last season.

What areas of your game needed work? What goals did you set for the summer and did you accomplish them?

Hopefully your summer hockey training allowed you to refocus, work on new skills, get rid of any bad habits and position yourself for a great season.

The areas that you identified as needing work in your post season evaluation were hopefully the key areas of focus for you over the summer. Now is the time to apply everything that you learned, as well as show off those skills that you mastered. Maybe you needed to increase your speed, develop a better shot or improve your stick handling skills. Make sure you take what you learned and apply it to every practice, every game and every shift this season!

Hockey is a game that requires many skills, and putting forth the time and effort in the off-season to work hard on your development is part of the equation, but what you do on the ice this season is the true test. Are you prepared to apply your development to your everyday hockey experience?

Everyone has heard the slogan that ‘practice makes perfect’ and this is especially true when it comes to using the tools that you learned over the summer to improvement your skills each and every day this season.

Thanks for reading and good luck with the start of  your season. We look forward to hearing about your next great hockey experience and seeing you at the rink soon!

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August

Our Summer of Superstars!

Posted by Greg Carter

Our summer hockey schools were as exciting and successful as we’ve ever seen in our 28 years of running hockey camps! Why? Because this year each and every week our camps were packed with superstars.

We started the summer in Eagle River, Alaska where the wildlife outside the rink was just as exciting as the action on the ice. Camps in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Rhode Island all were packed with talent, energy and excitement.

So who were these summer superstars you ask?

Players

We owe the success of all of our camps to the players. Each and every day we saw players show up who wanted to learn, work hard and improve their skills. And wow, the talent level this summer was off the charts! Thank you to all of the players who attended our 2022 summer hockey camps, it was a joy to coach you!

Pro Staff

We are fortunate at our summer hockey camp to employ some of the most talented and dedicated staff you will find anywhere. Having a great ‘Hockey IQ’ is important to us. But so is being a great mentor, coach and communicator. We couldn’t be more proud of our Pro Staff that brought their ‘A Game’ each and every session to make sure players were soaking up as much instruction as they possibly could!

Parents

Of course none of the success would be possible without the commitment from the parents of these great players. One of the best parts of each week of camp is when we receive compliments from parents about how we run our camps. From emails, phone calls and social media posts, we appreciate the acknowledgement of the hard work of our staff and more importantly, the players!

From our entire summer hockey camp to your hockey household, we thank you for a great summer. We wish you the best of luck with the start of your USA Hockey season and invite you to stay in touch with us, sharing your season successes!

Thanks for reading and check out the Pro Staff section of our website for frequent player tips and updates! We hope to see you at the rink soon!

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July

As the summer begins to set and excitement for another season begins, it’s time to ask some important questions! 

We hope you have had a great summer both relaxing and also working on your hockey skills. It’s been another awesome year training hockey players across the U.S. and we are looking forward to the remaining weeks of camp!

Based on the skill level of players we have witnessed this year, summer hockey skill development is more important than ever for youth hockey players. While time away from the rink is beneficial for players, so too is a focus you put on the areas of your game that need improvement.

In past articles we have talked about the importance of setting goals after a season. These goals should be a big part of your focus over the summer. What specific skills did you set out to improve? Did you train in those defined areas and see improvement? These are just a couple of the important questions players need to ask of themselves.

Yet another youth hockey season is within sight and the biggest question is if you are prepared to be the best hockey player possible.

Every player wants to be the captain.

Every player wants to skate on the power play and penalty kill.

Every player wants to be on the first line and score the winning goal.

However, only the players that are truly prepared for the season can realize their goals. 

As you enjoy the final weeks of summer and anticipate the start of the season, continue working on your skill development. We still have limited availability in select camps this summer and invite you to train with us! Check our website for dates and locations. In the meantime, enjoy the hot summer sun and we look forward to seeing you in a chilly rink soon!

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June

Thomas Edison once said: “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent inspiration.” While Thomas Edison was not a hockey player, he was indeed a brilliant man and his philosophy can easily be translated to sports.

As we look back over the 2022 NHL Playoffs there have been many awesome games where teams battled incredibly hard, scored some amazing goals and fought like warriors until the final buzzer. Plenty of both inspiration and perspiration!

As summer begins and the NHL season winds down with the best of seven series to take home hockey’s most coveted trophy, youth hockey players will be watching and dreaming of one day playing on such a grand stage.

There is that old saying that dreams are just dreams without goals. The best hockey players set goals for their summer hockey training, defining areas of their game that need improvement, and then they go out and make it happen.

This is where perspiration meets inspiration. 

We hope that you do dream big and more importantly, we hope that you do something about it. There are many great skills, drills and even thrills that can be accomplished during the summer months. If you are still undecided about how to align your inspiration with perspiration, we invite you to train with us this summer!

We dropped the puck on our 2022 Greg Carter European Summer Hockey Schools and will be training youth hockey players all summer long across 11 states. While many of our camps are sold out with waiting lists, we do have limited space in select camps. Please check out our website for details by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs and thank you for reading!

11

May

We have been training youth hockey players since 1994 . . . and we have no idea where those years went! As we reflect back and look forward (especially to this summer) there is no shortage of success stories from our journey to a best youth hockey school in the United States!

These successes include enhancements in our training regiments, drills that evolve each and every year to give youth hockey players the best chance to succeed, and also some thrills such as the dozens of players who have gone on to play prep, junior, college and even professionally! 

In many of our Player Tips articles we talk about the fact that youth hockey development is a marathon, it is not a sprint. It takes time to master all of the skills necessary to become a complete hockey player, and it does not happen overnight. 

We also talk about setting goals for your summer hockey training. Setting goals should include a realistic look back at your season and identifying which skills you need to work on most. Also which skills you need to learn and bring into the next season. 

Whether it’s skating, shooting, passing, stickhandling or very specific skills such as edgework, our Pro Staff is here to help dial it in! With 28 years of experience we pride ourselves on hiring the best staff possible so that each and every ice session is an opportunity to tap into knowledgeable coaches who know the game and care about your development. 

In addition to our on-ice success we have also had plenty of off-ice thrills, such as the time we encountered a giant black bear at our Alaska camp, talk about intimidation! 

We invite you to experience our skills, drills and thrills this summer at one of our camps located in 11 states. We have limited spots still available at select locations and would love to help take your game to the next level.

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you on the ice this summer!

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