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      Lake Placid to Host 2018 National Hockey Coaches Symposium

      By Webmaster 02/14/2018, 11:45am EST

      Event set for Aug. 23-26 at the Conference Center; Registration now open

      COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today that registration is now open for its 2018 National Hockey Coaches Symposium, set for Aug. 23-26 in Lake Placid, New York, at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. 

      "This is a marquee event, offering coaches a valuable opportunity to learn from some of the world’s very best," said Mark Tabrum, USA Hockey director of coaching education. "And this year, it’ll have the extra excitement of Lake Placid, the Herb Brooks Arena and the Miracle on Ice connection, so we encourage coaches to register early, as this event will sell out quickly.” 

      For more information and to register online, click here. 

      Typically held every other year, the USA Hockey National Hockey Coaches Symposium is for aspiring coaches seeking to attain their Level 5 coaching certification, the highest offered by USA Hockey. In addition to general sessions, coaches also have the opportunity to explore innovative approaches to coaching through intensive breakout sessions dedicated to age-specific teaching and techniques.

      New to the symposium this year is the addition of USA Hockey's Goaltending Development Summit, which represents the highest level of coaching education specific to goaltending. Coaches in this specialized track will receive more than 13 hours of on- and off-ice training covering all aspects of goaltending, how to teach it and how to create optimal environments for goaltender development. The conclusion of this comprehensive summit will feature a peer-reviewed exam during which coaches will have the opportunity to coach goalies on the ice and off the ice (using video) and communicate with goalie parents and other coaches.

      "Adding an intensive goalie-coaching component to the symposium is an indication of USA Hockey's commitment to goaltending development, and also to offering a comprehensive educational experience at the symposium, which is truly an unmatched opportunity for coaches to connect and learn from experts from around the world," said Tabrum. "Plus, it has the side benefit of bringing goalie coaches and non-goalie coaches together during the other segments of the symposium, helping them learn side by side, and hopefully demystifying the goaltending position so all coaches throughout the game can feel more confident in working with goalies."

      The most recent National Hockey Coaches Symposium was held in St. Louis, Missouri, two summers ago, with presentations from Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill and Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette, among others. Previous symposiums included presentations from Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke, 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach Dan Bylsma, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes, longtime NHL general manager Dean Lombardi, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan and Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella.

      The National Coaching Symposium began in 1984 as the brainchild of Ken Johannson, the creator of USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program and a recipient of USA Hockey's Builders Award in 2011. New York last hosted the event in 2006, in Rochester. 

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      U.S. Paralympic Team To Lean on Young Leaders

      By Webmaster 01/17/2018, 8:45am EST

      Young core has done a lot of winning together since Sochi

      Reprinted from USA Hockey

      The 17-player roster for the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team was unveiled on New Year’s Day, and since then, nearly the entire squad has moved to Chicago, where they’ll be living and training together as a team leading up to the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, on March 10.

      Five of those 17 players were already training in the Windy City, playing with the Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey club, including 19-year-old Brody Roybal, a massive physical presence on the ice, and 27-year-old Kevin McKee, an agile skater known for his more reserved and calculated play.

      With just under two months until the Games begin, the pair, which has been playing together for nearly a decade, provides a strong support of secondary leaders for the squad behind captain Josh Pauls and alternate captains Nikko Landeros and Declan Farmer.

      They’re both leaps and bounds ahead of where they were four years ago, when they helped the U.S. skate to gold in their Paralympic debuts in Sochi, Russia.

      Roybal, who in 2014 was in his first year with the national team, has gone from a boisterous high school student to a humble, understated and serene athlete who embodies the importance of growing the sport as a young leader for Team USA. Up-and-coming high school athletes — both able-bodied and with a disability — now look up to him.

      He was one of the four U.S. players chosen to represent the team at the New Year’s Day announcement, which took place at Citi Field in New York during the second intermission of the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic. 

      Roybal, left, and McKee, right, celebrate a goal at 2015 WSHC

      “We don’t expect anything less than gold,” Roybal said, already in Games-mode. “It meant a lot for the program and the sport that sled hockey has been getting a ton more coverage this year thanks to USA Hockey. It’s going to help grow the sport a lot.”

      Not one for small talk, Roybal prefers to just get out on the ice and show what he has to offer the sport. 

      His stats certainly do all the talking for him. 

      The former high school wrestler, always fighting for control of the puck, has averaged nearly two points per game over the last three seasons with the national team. Already this season, he led all skaters at November’s Sled Hockey Classic with 19 points (eight goals, eleven assists) as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks and was second among all skaters with 12 points (six goals, six assists) at December’s World Sled Hockey Challenge as a member of Team USA.

      His partner in crime, McKee, a scratch/extra forward on the national squad four years ago, now clocks top-line minutes as a patient playmaker up top. He was third on the team with eight points (four goals, four assists) at the World Sled Hockey Challenge

      “Now that I’ve played at that level, I know the crowd, I’m definitely more confident, and obviously I know what’s to come and how everything goes with the process,” McKee said of the Paralympic Games. “I’ll still be excited and jacked up to go, but I’ll be more focused this time, instead of being like ‘Oh my God, I’m here.’ Now that I’ve had that experience, hopefully I can do better personally, and we can win it all again."

      McKee, 2014 Sochi gold medalist, eyes second Paralympic gold

      Head Coach Guy Gosselin switched up the lines this season, swapping out leading scorer Farmer from Roybal and McKee’s line for another Chicago native, Josh Misiewicz. This came after the team’s disappointing 4-1 loss to Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships in South Korea.

      Roybal and McKee, who practiced daily together at Edge Ice Arena for years before Roybal went off to college, are mature enough now in their careers to know how to bounce back from a tough loss to their rivals like that.

      “We’re pretty confident and feel that last year’s worlds were a fluke for us,” McKee said. “We definitely don’t want to have another one of those. This happened in 2013, too, where we lost at worlds and it was an eye-opener. It gave guys motivation, knowing that we can be beat, and made us work harder.

      "The chemistry seems to be pretty good right now,” he added. “Me and Brody have played together for so long that we know what each other are going to do right away. We don’t even have to really talk anymore.”

      Team USA will be going for its record-extending third consecutive and fourth overall Paralympic title. The Americans opened their 2017-18 campaign with an unprecedented fourth consecutive and tournament-record sixth title at the World Sled Hockey Challenge — beating Canada twice in the process — and will head to Torino, Italy, later this month to compete in the Para Ice Hockey International Tournament.

      Beyond that, it will be Chicago chillin’ for Team USA through early March, as the team cooks and cleans together, with McKee chauffeuring everyone around after practice as the squad’s navigator in the city. Just another example of him beginning to embrace a leadership role.

      Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

      Blue Line Hockey School Prepares for Spring and Summer

      By Webmaster 01/17/2018, 8:30am EST

      Spring Development Camp Dates Announced

      The Blue Line Hockey School, an uptempo hockey school run out of the Morrisville IcePlex has announced the following offering for he Spring  2018.  Summer dates will be announced soon for Player and Goalies development camps over the summer break.

      • Blue Line Player & Goalie Spring Development

        March 18, 2018 - May 9, 2018

        Blue Line Hockey presents its seventeenth year of birth year skill development teams. Practicing once a week, this program will focus on skill development in the areas of power skating, skating technique, over speed, stick handling, passing, shooting and situational and tactical game play scenarios. This intense program will place players of similar abilities together to challenge each other and raise their play to the next level.

      For more information on the Blue Line Hockey School, instructors, dates, details on camps, can be found at their website:


      Days to Blue Line Spring Development


      Blue Line Player & Goalie Spring Development

      March 18, 2018 - May 9, 2018

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