Holy Name Youth Hockey provides an environment where all players have the opportunity to develop a passion and appreciation for ice hockey through individual skill development, teamwork, competitive play and camaraderie.
Priority will be placed on teaching our youth the skills necessary to maintain a lifelong passion for playing the game of ice hockey. We hope to accomplish this by emphasizing good coaching at every level, running efficient and fast-moving practices, and focusing on individual-skill development. Again, we want what is best for your children during the season, and this usually happens when they are appropriately challenged but also given frequent opportunities for individual, on-ice success.
2015 End of Season Dates
Our 2015 season is winding down but we still have many events scheduled. Please review the list of events and please contact a member of the board to volunteer to support our end of season activities.
Holy Name Hockey will be holding its Evaluations for all age groups (MiniMite-Mite-Squirt-PeeWee-Bantam) the week of March 23-27. Specific dates/times along with Online Registration will be posted at our website on March 1. Click here to sign up.
Our goal is to improve each player's ice hockey skills. It is fun to improve and possibly, one day, excel. We aim to bring back the "fun of hockey" as defined by "puck possession, beautiful skating, multiple fakes and dekes, awesome plays, crisp passes, quick shots and highlight-reel goals and saves". Anatoli Tarasov, the long-time Soviet National coach, reminds us that the biggest mistake one could make would be to play hockey without creativity. Therefore, individual skill development, practices loaded with high-quality repetitions, and other long-range objectives will take precedence over immediate wins.
Please take a moment to read Mary Kate's story and support one of our coaches and moms on her quest to complete the 2015 IRONMAN to benefit her friend who is battling Multiple Myeloma.
I am racing in honor of my dear friend Sue, who was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2006. She underwent her first stem cell transplant in 2010 and amazingly returned back to all the things she loves. She loves hockey, vacations on the beach and country concerts with her buddies. In order to continue her journey, she needs to undergo her second stem cell transplant in the coming weeks.
Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, sadly, has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. But while there is no cure, great progress is being made.
In my own life journey, I am turning 40 and want complete an Ironman. While researching this, I found that the Lake Placid Ironman official charity is the Muliple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and I knew this was something I had to do. I will be participating in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid on July 26, 2015 as part of the MMRF Team For Cures. An Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run. Training for this event is a big commitment and sacrifice on behalf of my family, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by Sue as she battles multiple myeloma.
The MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. An outstanding 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards research and related programming. And the MMRF is in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the past eleven years in a row.
Please support my participation in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $5,000, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!
The Board of Directors will be elected during the April 2015 Association meeting. All nominees must attend 4 out of 5 meetings starting in December 2014. If you are interested, please think about joining us tonight at the Olympia 7:00 pm. Only those persons who have signified their consent to serve if elected shall have their names entered into nomination. These are all voluntary positions. They, along with our coaches, are required to pay full ice fees.
President: OPEN (but must be sitting Board member)
In fact, he didn’t point a single finger at anything that happened in Malmo, Sweden, but pointed, instead, directly back home to what is not happening in every local rink in the country.
“It’s where we’re at with the development state in our country,” he told reporters.
In a TSN interview, Sutter went deeper: “Development starts at bantam age, at pee wee age, development starts at 10 years of age.
“It’s not about X’s and O’s and those types of things – it’s about development and skills and skating. You see how some of these teams in Europe, how they’ve done a remarkable job with that, and it’s something, I think, in our country we have to evaluate.
“There’s too much focus on winning and losing at such a young age and not enough about the skill part of it and the skating part of it, because that’s truly where it starts,” he said. “I’d personally like to see more skill, more creativity, because we had to play against it here and we got beat by it some nights.”
There is a North American attitude toward hockey practice that is simply bad. You can see it in the youngsters who don’t want to get out of bed for the 6:00 a.m. ice time and you can even see it at virtually any NHL practice.
Once the coach’s whistle blows long, most (but not all) North Americans head for the dressing room, while the Europeans tend to stay out – fooling about on the ice the way North American kids only do now on outdoor rinks.
No one, however, hates practice as much as the North American parent. Since they have to bring the child to the rink, they want a return on that investment of time. Games they can easily measure; progress, less so. Game conditions certainly teach survival, but only experiment and repetition create skill.
Parents are often, sadly, the main push behind tournaments – costly drives or even flights away – as, increasingly, they twist their child’s minor hockey experience into their own life. Those who push back are often pushed away.
Sutter’s statements, some will find surprising, fall very much in line with Hockey Canada’s 2013 “long-term player development plan,” which is only now being distributed throughout the provinces and organizations.
That document, five years in the making, calls for a far greater emphasis on practice and using other sports – no year-round hockey – to develop a “physical literacy” for life.
“Evidence would suggest,” the document argues, “that the number of games played by youngsters in Canada slows the development of players.”
The message is clear: Cut way down on games, de-emphasize wins and losses, get off the tournament carousel, make far better use of ice space, work on skills and speed – and make it fun.
Hockey Canada even offers a quote from Hall-of-Famer Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
All parents are asked to adhere to the 24-hour rule. Meaning, if you have a question, comment, concern or complaint for your coach, assistant coach, executive board member or president...you should wait twenty-four hours before approaching any individual. Discussions (and this includes phone, text and email) immediately following games or practices can sometimes be counterproductive. Any conversations should first be addressed to the coach/assistant coach before elevating issues to board members or association president. Our goal as an association is to improve your sons' or daughters' hockey skills in a safe and fun environment.