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September

After a hockey year like no other and a long summer, it’s time we drop the puck on a normal youth hockey season. Players are ready to get back to a fresh sheet of ice. And, so too are parents, grandparents, friends and family who have missed watching youth hockey!

As you prepare for the start of the year, here are 3 great reasons you will have an awesome hockey season:

Preparedness

You and your coaches are prepared! If it’s one thing we know from last season, it’s that everyone is chomping at the bit to get back on the ice in a normal way. Coaches had plenty of time to think about drills, skills, practices and game strategies. Players had more time than ever to train, shoot pucks and work on every facet of their game. We know from past articles about the 6 P’s of preparation and this season everyone is roaring and ready to go!

Desire

Absence makes the heart (and passion) grow fonder. We saw this at our summer hockey schools. Players missed hockey and when they got to the rink, the smiles were bigger! The work ethic was higher! The desire to succeed and improve was awesome! You missed a lot of hockey last year, and this year it’s going to show just how much, along with how much your skills have improved!

Band of Brothers (And Sisters!)

Teamwork makes the dreamwork. We know that championship teams are tight on and off the ice. We also know that players miss their teammates and miss having the social dynamics. Getting to the rink with buddies and teammates is going to be more special than ever, which means that teams will gel and play together better than ever!

We hope you are as excited as we are for the start of the season and wish you nothing but the best as you lace up the skates. For more articles like this check out our Player Tips from our Pro Staff. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you at the rink soon! 

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September

Chase Your Hockey Dream!

Posted by Greg Carter

“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.”

Our 27th year of hockey camp was, in a word, awesome! We trained so many talented and hard working youth hockey players with dreams of playing at the next level. For some, that meant making the top team this winter. Some talked about winning the league championship this season. Others talked of playing prep hockey, college hockey and even in the NHL!

Whatever your hockey dream, now is the time to chase it. The skill level of youth hockey players is better than ever. Skating is faster, shots are harder and dreams are bigger! This season take what you learned at summer hockey school and continue to work on skills in all areas of your game. The best players with the biggest dreams never quit training and working on skills. When other players stop practicing shooting, they shoot another 100 pucks. They are the first to the rink and last to leave.

A coach once told me that what makes great hockey players is when raw talent intersects with an insatiable work ethic. 

This season get out there and chase your dream. Work hard to make it happen. Apply what you learned at summer hockey school and focus on skill areas that need improvement. Keep your eye on your dream and don’t ever give!

Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you at the rink soon!

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August

We are wrapping up another successful summer – our 27th! – of teaching youth hockey skills to players across the country, and what a summer it’s been! We have seen some incredible work ethic from players in all age and skill categories, all skating hard to become better hockey players.

It seems like with each passing summer the skills of youth hockey players continue to improve. Shot speed and accuracy. Edgework. Speed. Agility. Powerskating. Passion! 

And now with the 2021-22 youth hockey season just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on all of the skills you improved on over the summer. And, it’s time to put them to work!

For some players this means having the best tryouts you can. For others who are already on a team for the season, it means showing up the first day of practice primed and ready to go.

A few key questions to ask yourself prior to the season:

  • What skills did I need to improve on over the summer and did I achieve my goals?
  • What did I learn at summer hockey school that can help me contribute to my team this season?
  • What are my goals for this season for myself and my team?

We hope that you enjoy the final few weeks of summer and that everything you learned at summer hockey school translates into a successful season. Remember, success comes before work only in the dictionary! If you are the hardest working player on the team, great things will happen this season. 

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you at the rink again soon! 

Looking for more hockey instruction and tips from our Pro Staff? Check out our full library of Player Tips!

Greg Carter Hockey Camp

As youth hockey players plan their goals for training at summer hockey school, keep in mind these 3 key traits that are common among the best hockey players in their pursuit of greatness:

Passion

Many years ago at summer hockey camp we were running a drill focusing on edgework. It was a fairly technical skating drill and required players to concentrate on their inside and outside edges. After a few repetitions of the drill one player seemed to be just going through the motions. I skated over and asked that player if he knew why we were doing the drill. The response was ‘To finish it and get back in line to do it over again’. As I explained the purpose of the drill and importance of edgework, and how it fits into stride and great skating, I could see the lightbulb turn on. The better the stride, the faster the skater and potentially, the more goals he would score! Suddenly his passion for this technical drill exploded.

Practice and play with passion. 

Persistence

Continually working on becoming a better hockey player is a key to success. At summer hockey school we teach skills that once learned, can be repeatedly practiced throughout the year. We identify fundamentals that need improvement and focus on teaching – using the CARTER Method – the proper way to train. The best players are relentless in their pursuit of greatness and never give up trying to master a skill.

Be persistent and you will reach your goals! 

Patience

We have talked about the importance of patience many times in our Player Tips section of our website. There is no fast track to the “A” team and success definitely does not happen overnight. Hockey development is a marathon, not a sprint. If youth hockey players approach summer hockey school and each practice and game with passion and persistence they are well on your way to maximizing your full potential.

Stick to your goals, keep your eye on the prize and be patient!

Thank you for reading! As an official partner of Mass. Hockey, we invite you to train with us this summer at one of our hockey camps in cities across 11 states, including Concord, Massachusetts. Space is limited at most locations to be sure to claim your spot in the starting lineup before they’re gone!

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May

In an effort to help our team focus on the moment a great coach once said that the season is going to fly by and that before you know it, it will be over. The days may grow long, but the weeks and months are short. And wow, the past season is gone and here we are facing the start of summer!

If you are like many hockey families, the final decision on summer hockey training and where and when to attend hockey school may still be a lingering conversation around the dinner table.

While we have talked in past articles that the early bird gets the worm and spring is commitment time, we are happy to let you know that most hockey schools we offer still have limited space!

We have also written articles about not letting FOMA drive your hockey training decisions and that players should evaluate their season and set goals. We hope that when you finally do make this all-important decision that you choose our hockey camp. 

Why choose our hockey camp?

Our family owned and operated camp has nearly three decades of experience running summer hockey schools. We love the game of hockey and we understand what it takes to develop the fundamental skills to elevate your game to the next level. 

We talk a lot about training “The CARTER Method” which is all about Control, Agility, Reflex, Technique, Edge and Retention. We offer the most on-ice instruction with the best results. 

As you countdown the final days of school and look forward to summer, we invite you to train with us at one of our hockey schools located in 11 states. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions. We are happy to answer any questions about skills, safety and your success!

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you at the rink!

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