Submitted By GFEMHA KM on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (233 views)
Looking forward to another great year of hockey!
Schedules for the year have been posted.
We are very excited to announce that Jay McKnight will be working with our Pre-Novice players this season to teach them the fundamentals of skating and hockey skills. Sessions will provide players with a very thorough understanding of edges and balance and how they relate to the game of hockey.
Jay is a certified Skate Canada Powerskating Instructor who brings 15 years of professional skating and hockey skills instruction including experience with players of all levels including numerous professional, collegiate, and junior level players.
Recently the Niagara IceDogs announced that Jay will be the team's skating coach.
Pre-Novice team coaches will be on the ice as well to work with Jay and his staff.
Submitted By GFEMHA KM on Monday, September 26, 2016 (223 views)
This year all Pre-Novice games will be half-ice with smaller nets.
When the playing surface is reduced in size, young players are being correctly prepared for the
speed and quickness they will encounter as they grow older. Half–ice develops a positive environment,
increases puck handling, and teaches puck protection by forcing players to play in smaller,
The key playing benefits of half-ice are that it promotes creativity, creates an environment for
self-learning hockey, increased player participation, speeds up the learning process, improves
decision making skills so the player reads and acts quicker, maximizes skill learning and
development, increases tempo, creates a positive environment and a passion to play.
Click here to watch a video about full-ice hockey from a child's view, where adults play hockey on a rink scaled larger
Click here to watch a video about NHL Analytics Tracking of children playing on half-ice vs full-ice
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