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The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be an advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply. MyEdgeHockey is a Minnesota Non-profit company with the goal of providing elite training and competitive opportunities for top hockey players.

Striving for Greatness! Training Program for High School and Bantam Elite

Training opportunities available for Elite Boys Hockey Players U18 (2001 or younger), U16 (2003 and younger) and U14 (2005). Specialist coaches and Goalie training also be available as part of the program. Up to 3 days a week through Spring/Summer/Fall. Times and locations accommodate busy schedules, other sports and school. Are you an elite hockey player who is looking for rigorous opportunities to develop and train with some of the best players in the Twin Cities. MyEdgeHockey have teams playing in Elite Tournaments like World Selects Invite Philadelphia and Training in the Twin Cities. This is opportunity is to get access to training to prepare players to separate themselves from their competition. Please fill out profile to be considered for our training program. The training program is for top Bantam and High School players and the focus is skill development and mastering skills that will separate the players from competition. Please fill out profile here.

Friday practices will be held in St. Louis Park Ice Area: 75 minutes slots for teams starting from 6:15pm to 9:00 pm.

Saturdays practices will be held in Parade Ice Arena in Minneapolis: 75 minute slots for teams starting from 8:00 am to 10:45 am

Sunday practices will be held near St. Paul (Rink to be announced): 75 minute slots for teams at a convenient time during the day (TBD).

Coaching: Our coaches have experience working with Elite hockey players and developing them to the next level. Our coaches have worked with and developed players who go to the next level (D1 and pros). Our training philosophy is development and puck touches with the player in mind first. The opportunity is to develop with other top players and create separation from the rest. For more information on the coaching staff for each of our teams please email myedgehockey@gmail.com.

In Addition to this training Opportunity for Elite Boys 2001 and younger, in Spring-Summer-Fall 2019 MyEdgeHockey will have 3 Elite Minnesota teams: This opportunity is for Bantam and High School players that can play at the U14 (2005) Elite, U15 (2004) Elite or U16 (2003) Elite level, who want to play and compete against the best in USA, Canada and world, and can train in the Twin Cities. We will have teams playing in premier events for taking the next step such as World Selects Invite Philly and others. For information and to apply to our Minnesota program click here.

We also have tournament only teams that are made up of top players in the US and Canada that play together. To apply for invitation to those tournament only teams click apply button below. More info here.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be an advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply. MyEdgeHockey is a Minnesota Non-profit company with the goal of providing elite training and competitive opportunities for top hockey players.

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Components of a good hockey training program

Coaching: Guy Gadowsky, Head coach of Penn State College Hockey Team said something very special when he spoke to other coaches during a coaches conference. He said “my job when the puck drops is over rated but my job in practice is under rated.” There is limited impact a coach can have when players are playing games but there is tremendous impact a coach has outside the game in practice or other situations. Hockey during games is about reading and reacting and not listening and doing. Hockey during practice is about listening and learning and Coaches that teach players the ability to think and react improve those players. Coaches should strive to run the perfect practice vs. the perfect game to create better hockey players. The habits that players build come from practices that improve them and perfect them. Good coaching teaches habits that help players no matter where they play and with whom.

Coaching that focuses on systems to win may highlight a player’s skills but don’t give the player ability to adapt in other systems. Coaches often don’t realize how much they effect player development. There is a phenomena called the Pygmalion Effect and it has nothing to do with the players and all to do with the coach. It is a self -fulfilling prophecy where if you think something will happen, you may unconsciously make it happen though your actions and inaction. If a player is treated as the star and another player is treated as a leftover they will often play the part. Good coaching lets all players know that the coach believes in them and expects them to perform. A good program has coaching that will believe in the players – All of them.

Ice Time: If we can all agree on one thing it is that playing, succeeding and getting to the highest levels in hockey can be a different path for each player. Some find the love at a young age and with support, hard work and some luck achieve their destination. Others may not have played the sport at young age but started playing and with hard work achieved their goals. Late bloomers are common in hockey. Ed Jovanovski started when he was older than 11, Roman Turek 12, Alex Kovalev 13, recently Malcom Subban became a goalie when he was 12, but unlike other sports like basketball or football, hockey requires learning to skate and developing skills that you can only get on the ice.

Certainly there are benefits for hockey players for off ice training but ultimately the game is played on ice and without ice there is no hockey player. Access to ice as basic as it may be is one of the keys to a good hockey program. Often in hockey with all the long drives, the tournaments, the insanity we forget the skill development happens on the ice. The athletic development may or may not occur on the ice but much of the skill development does.

Competition: By its nature team sports are competitive including hockey. Competition refines talent and helps it have a stage to flourish. When picking players for an important competition would you go see them practice or see them in a game? You might gain some good insight in practice – how hard they work, what tendencies they have but in games you will see their will tested as well as their resolve. There is perception bias is sports – often you see a player that just looks the part, the way they skate, the way they stick handle and everything about them, yet they under-perform in games and always miss that key pass or shot. Then you also see the player that looks goofy, can’t nail a drill yet in the game you would not want anyone on your team to have the puck. As important as training is so is competition.

Improvement, Player Focused and Created for Player Best Interest: Programs that improve hockey players have to be improving to keep up with the players. Programs that are focused on improvement create more opportunities for players to gain value and skills from them. Hockey programs that are constantly improving and innovation create improvement and advanced development in players. A players best interest is development, growth and room for players to make mistakes and learn from them. The best programs challenge players to push themselves and understand learning is not doing everything right the first time but by understanding and practicing good habits that will help the players improve both capability and capacity.

In Spring-Summer-Fall 2019 MyEdgeHockey will have 3 Elite Minnesota teams: This opportunity is for Bantam and High School players that can play at the U14 (2005) Elite, U15 (2004) Elite or U16 (2003) Elite level, who want to play and compete against the best in USA, Canada and world, and can train in the Twin Cities. We will have teams playing in premier events for taking the next step such as World Selects Invite Philly and others. For information and to apply to our Minnesota program click here.

We also have tournament only teams that are made up of top players in the US and Canada that play together. To apply for invitation to those tournament only teams click apply button below. More info here.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be an advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply. MyEdgeHockey is a Minnesota Non-profit company with the goal of providing elite training and competitive opportunities for top hockey players.

2019 Program for Minnesota Elite Hockey Players – Boys U14 (2005), U15 (2004), U16 (2003), and U18 (2001 and younger)

If you have an Elite Hockey player that can play at the U14 Elite, U15 Elite U16 Elite, or U18 Elite level, who wants to play and compete against the best in USA, Canada and the world and can train in the Twin Cities please submit an application for respective team below. Apply soon as program is invite only. Our U16 team is committed for the World Selects Invite Philadelphia (Top tournament scouted heavily and our teams play in the best tournaments in the world. If you are one of the best players in Minnesota our training, development and competition opportunity is for you.

Player Application Forms (click below based on age group):

U14 Elite Player (2005)  

U15 Elite Player (2004)

U16 Elite Player (2003)

U18 Elite Player (2001 and younger)

MyEdgeHockey is looking to work with Elite players that want to play at the highest levels in Hockey. Our Spring, Summer, Fall program is friendly for other sports, High School Hockey, USA Hockey, High Performance, Festivals but will provide a rigorous hockey opportunity for Elite players that want to play at the highest level. Season starts after spring break in March and final teams will be formed by  March 1. Our goal is development and training with exposure to opportunities for Hockey after High School. Players that have played with us in the past have had to opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities against the best in the world. Many of our former players will be drafted in Jr. Drafts and have opportunities for college and pro hockey. Our players have access to Elite Hockey Coaches who have deep experience taking players to the next level. MyEdgeHockey is a not for profit company focused exclusively on development of Elite Hockey Players.

Program Details: The program will encompass 2 to 3 practices a week from March 25 to July 4th holiday and start up again end of July to Sep 30 for 2005s and go until Nov 10 for 2003s and 2004s so they are ready for high school tryouts. Each team will participate in 4-6 tournaments as well as games against other teams through spring summer fall and have weekends free that have US hockey festivals and other elite events that players will need to attend. Practices will be centrally located as well as at different rinks to allow access to players across Minnesota. This opportunity is for top Minnesota players that want to showcase their ability against the best in US and Canada. We offer multiple opportunities for players. Players can commit to our teams for Spring-Summer-Fall. There are also opportunities to commit for Spring-Summer or Fall only. We understand players may have fall sports or other reasons. Please contact myedgehockey@gmail.com with questions.

Ice Details: To be accessible to as many players as possible Practices will be held at different locations throughout twin cities. We have obtained ice time so players living in the twin cities won’t have to travel more than 25 minutes to practice. We will train on Friday, Saturday and Sundays on weekends we don’t have tournaments. We will also schedule ice time during the week and/or scrimmages during the week of our tournaments.

Friday practices will be held in St. Louis Park Ice Arean: 75 minutes slots for teams starting from 6:15pm to 9:00 pm.

Saturdays practices will be held in Parade Ice Arena in Minneapolis: 75 minute slots for teams starting from 8:00 am to 10:45 am

Sunday practices will be held Highland Ice Arena, St. Paul, MN : 75 minute slots for teams around 6 to 9 pm.

Coaching: Our coaches have experience working with Elite hockey players and developing them to the next level. Our coaches have worked with and developed players who go to the next level (D1 and pros). Our training philosophy is development and puck touches with the player in mind first. The opportunity is to develop with other top players and create separation from the rest. For more information on the coaching staff for each of our teams please email myedgehockey@gmail.com.

Tournament Opportunities at Invite/Elite Level (tentative):

Chi-Town Shuffle, Chicago, IL April 19-21, 2019 (2003, 2004, and 2005)
World Selects Invite, Philadelphia, PA May 4-8, 2019 (2003 and 2004)
The Big One, Minneapolis, MN, May 2-5, 2019, (2005)
CCM Elite Invite, Boston, MA Aug 2-4, 2019 (2003, 2004, 2005)
Minnesota Blades Fall Invite (2003, 2004)
Other Fall Tournaments TBD (2003, 2004, and 2005)

Questions email: myedgehockey@gmail.com

For those invited and to register for team: Click here

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be an advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

How to understand Hockey Player rankings?

In its 44th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. NHL Central Scouting employs seven full-time and 14 part-time scouts throughout North America. To report on prospects playing internationally, the NHL employs the services of European Scouting Services based in Finland. Combined, NHL Central Scouting and European Scouting Services will see more than 3,000 games this season. This scouting list is for players about to be drafted in the current draft year. The mid-season rankings feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 130 skaters and 12 goaltenders internationally.

The 2019 NHL draft will feature players born on or before September 15, 2001.

We also see rankings for other drafts such as WHL, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, NAHL, Junior A, Junior B and rankings, events for age groups such as Top 2003s, Top 2004s and have seen them all they way down to 2009 – kids that are 9 or 10 years old. These events and rankings are attempts to identify those players that will move on to higher levels and possibly make the NHL rankings during their NHL draft year.

As these rankings go they may only be blurred images of future reality and possibly have only limited application to only current day. As we have seen in many cases the best players at 7 years old aren’t the best at 11, and similarly the best player at 16 may not be the best player at 20+ when these players actually begin playing in the NHL. Toronto Sun Ted Wyman did a redraft of every year from 2000-2015.

It is interesting how pronounced the blurr effect is even once the NHL draft has taken place. Imagine how clear the draft at 14, 15, or 16 is? So what does it mean? Elite hockey players have opportunities to change the rankings and prove they belong on the list. They should not be discouraged by the rankings but encouraged that there is opportunity for those who don’t get ranked or don’t get ranked well. Focus on what skills you need to improve and where you want to be in the next 1, 2 ,3, 5 years. This will show up in the rankings and definitely in the redrafts.

In Spring-Summer-Fall 2019 MyEdgeHockey will have 3 Elite Minnesota teams: This opportunity is for Bantam and High School players that can play at the U14 (2005) Elite, U15 (2004) Elite or U16 (2003) Elite level, who want to play and compete against the best in USA, Canada and world, and can train in the Twin Cities. We will have teams playing in premier events for taking the next step such as World Selects Invite Philly and others. For information and to apply to our Minnesota program click here.

We also have tournament only teams that are made up of top players in the US and Canada that play together. To apply for invitation to those tournament only teams click apply button below. More info here.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be an advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply. MyEdgeHockey is a Minnesota Non-profit company with the goal of providing elite training and competitive opportunities for top hockey players.

2019 Tournament Team Opportunities for Elite Hockey Players

Myedgehockey has a fundamental goal to provide Elite playing and training opportunities for top hockey players. We are a not for profit company that is focused on growing the sport and helping all elite players have opportunities.

Our Difference: We create opportunities and provide fit to players and teams that can benefit. We have placed many players on high level teams and provided them opportunities to train and showcase themselves. We care about development and advancement. We don’t win at all costs. Our players win because they are treated fairly, get opportunities and above all have fun.

Opportunities:

2019 Spring/Summer Information MyEdgeHockey Elite All Stars:

Team opportunities available for U18 to 2012 age groups. Teams will play in Elite Tournaments in US and Canada.

Tournament Opportunities (tentative):
Chi-Town Shuffle, Chicago, IL April 19-21, 2019 (2001 to 2011 Birth Years)
World Selects Invite Elite, Philadelphia, PA May 4-8, 2019 (2003 and 2004)
The Big One, Minneapolis, MN, May 2-5, 2019, (2005 to 2010 Birth Years)
Top Tier Toronto, Toronto, ON May 3-5, 2019 (2005 to 2012 Birth Years)
Triple Crown Nashville, TN May 24-27, 2019 (2005)
Triple Crown Chicago, IL June 20-23, 2019 (2006 Only)
Triple Crown Montreal, QB, June 19-23, 2019 (2007 Only)
NAHC Winnepeg, MB, June 13-16, 2019 (2005 to 2012 Birth Years)
CCM Elite Invite, Boston, MA Aug 2-4, 2019 (2003 to 2012 Birth Years)

If you are new to Myedgehockey fill out player profile to be considered for opportunities. Click link below.

More information will be provided to those that have completed profiles. If you have a completed profile from prior years no need to fill out another as we will contact you with opportunities.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be an advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. MyEdgeHockey has provided opportunities to Elite players in US and Canada. To be notified of programs we run please apply

Understanding Options for hockey players with D1 or Pro aspirations

As elite hockey players begin their teenage years those that want to play professionally or in college have many options or roads they can travel. We will outline different paths to hockey so players can choose the path that can benefit them the most.

There is sometimes pressure to make decisions early which can have impact on hockey careers. As in anything rushing decision often doesn’t have the positive impact that well thought out and planned decisions do.

There are several routes available. There is no such thing as the best way only the way that could work best for you. Some paths that help players reach the  College D1 or Pro ranks are: 1) USHL; 2)CHL (Junior A Hockey in Canada comprising of leagues like OHL, WHL, QMJHL); 3)Prep School/High School; or 4) A Tier 2/3 league followed by any of the above.

One of the major half truths are that if you are good enough they will find you. Often there are a handful of players that are the top and that makes up the top 1% of prospects. Players who are near the top 1% but not in it need to be able to stand out as there are opportunities but many similar players are competing for them. One major aspect not on the ice  that is highly regarded is character. How you conduct yourself and your history with coaches and other players is an important part of your resume. Also important is participation in other sports, activities and your grades. Stand out and be a  good citizen to get opportunities. Like an adult looking for a job a player needs to have a compelling resume to stand out and get the opportunity. Often this is not in the video highlights that you may submit to scouts.

USHL Route – The United States Hockey League is the top junior ice hockey league in the United States. The USHL has 17 member teams located in the Midwestern United States, consisting of players who are 20 years of age and younger. Most players are 20 and play when they are done with U16 midgets or high school prep schools. USHL has a strong history of NHL draft picks along with college commitments. They say that 95% of their players get at least one offer from a D1 program. This path involves impressing one of the 17 teams and getting placement via the USHL draft or by selection as a free agent. With the USHL you are eligible to play college hockey.

CHL – The Canadian Hockey League (CHL; French: Ligue canadienne de hockey ‒ LCH) is an umbrella organization that represents the three Canada-based major junior ice hockey leagues for players 16 to 20 years of age. The CHL is composed of its three member leagues, the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. For the 2017–18 season, its three leagues and 60 teams represent nine Canadian provinces (52 teams) as well as four American states (8 teams).

High School/ Prep School – Many players especially in Minnesota and east choose high school prep school route. Often College, pro and other scouts watch high school hockey state as well as other tournaments to identify players. This route is considerably cheaper but often even with high school experience players need to play in juniors to be ready for college hockey.

One interesting difference between the leagues USHL and CHL is that in the CHL you lose your college hockey eligibility but you earn money for college that you can use if hockey doesn’t work out.

Often players take multiple paths to college or pro hockey.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be an advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

 

Give them a chance!

I always am shocked and surprised when I go to youth hockey games and I watch the benches (both parent benches and player benches). Don’t get me wrong I am watching the game but it is almost impossible at times not to notice some of the crazy stuff that happens on the benches in youth hockey. By no means this is a complete list of stuff I have seen but we all can get a laugh at it and hopefully it will change the mindset of a hockey benches and stands.

1) A coach or parent screams “PASS” or “SKATE” when a player touches the puck. Now not sure how effective that has been for coaches and parents but the number one major reason a kid would stop playing is when he can’t play. Notice the word “PLAY” – Let’s let them play. Why scream at them when they play. If anyone ever did a study and tested the value of screaming at players I bet it does not work. I know it is hard to not scream when you are all into this game but try for the sake of the player. Give them a chance!

2) A parent constantly screams at someone else’s player. Now I think as a fan at a professional hockey game you may scream at everyone. Now if you scream “GET OFF THE ICE” to a player on the ice that is not your son how do you think that looks. Do you think it is ok for the other family to scream instructions to your kids? Don’t do this? Give the player a chance to make that decision or the coaches to work through that. You will just alienate yourself from your team.

3) A coach brings 20 players to a hockey game and rolls two lines. In essence 10 players play and 10 players watch. I have seen this way too much at younger levels. Ok you are teaching so many wrong things to both the players that are sitting and the players that are playing. You are telling the players sitting that they are not good enough to play. You are telling your players that I won’t even give you the opportunity to perform or you are not good enough to perform in this game. It is justified by coaches that this is the real world. Better get used to this in hockey because you are going to have to prove yourself. As a parent run from this as far as you can. Your son or daughter should not have to prove anything to anyone to play a game that they love. Evaluate better options for your player. That coach needs to get a job working with paid players and let the young players develop. Roll the lines. Let the kids play and develop!

4) During a youth hockey game parents yell at parents of the other team. The actions of adults who often drink heavily before and after youth hockey games are sometimes quite shocking. Drinking is not always the issue. Sometimes sober as can be adults choose to yell at a stranger for something that happens on the ice. As much fun it is socializing in hockey there is a limit to what you expose to your kids. Don’t yell at that random person!

5) Last but not least! How well can it turn out when you scream at the top of your lungs to your son’s coach! Coaches often don’t realize the emotions you as a parent are going through. Wait 1 day talk openly but courteously with the coach vs. screaming at him in front of both teams. Now you showed your son/daughter that yelling at coach is ok and you just made yourself look pretty bad. Give the coach a chance to do his job! Talk to him/her later when you can actually be productive.

These are some of the things you see quite common in hockey rinks. Let’s change and give those players a chance!

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be an advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

What is your definition of a winner?


Several thoughts come to mind when we talk about a winner. A winner might have brought his team back from a big deficit or motivated his team to success as a coach. Sometimes winning is defined by a less talented team defeating a more talented team. Winning is also someone picking the correct lottery numbers. As we can see winning comes in many forms but how do we define it.

As we can see there is a luck component, there is skill component and there is a effort component. We all love simple relationships like pi*r^2 or force equals mass times acceleration so let’s try to simplify winning. Let’s call W winning. It equals L (luck) + S (skill) + E (effort). Now if we have a great deal of L we may be fine until luck runs out and it always does. If we have a great deal of S we won’t get very far with out some L and E. As we can see the components of winning are dependent on each other. We need Luck with Skill and Effort.

So if we have L + S + E we have a winner. You may say this definition is way too simple. Winning involves others in team sports, patience, character and other intangibles that aren’t covered by our simple formula. But if you think about all the intangibles can you win without a good amount of luck, skill or effort. Now as we define the details of the formula what is most important. We have all heard a version of the quote hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Talent is skill and hard work is effort. But how many times have we seen that player that works harder than everyone but doesn’t have quite the skill and then there is that player that has that truly poor work ethic but makes the top team because he has skill.

Although you may hear a lot about how important it is to work hard (it is) or how work ethic will beat talent the bottom line is work ethic is a skill that you measure like speed or quickness and in terms of what you can control it is Skill that will make you a winner. Winning comes from skill. W = S! Your character, your work ethic, your height or your stick handling ability as well as other aspects make your skill and that is what makes you a winner. As an elite hockey player that is what you need to focus on. That will need effort but wasted over effort will not develop skill and could detract skill. Focus your player on how he/she can improve skill and to fairly understand where their skill level is so they can take the next step.

Now we are writing this to define what a winner is. Can you be a winner without skill? Most definitely if you get lucky. You are playing with an extremely skilled player or players or other circumstances. Can you be winner without skill and luck. Most likely not but you can have a winning attitude. This attitude more than anything else will make you a winner. Often it is not where you in skill that matters for your future. What matters is where you will be in the future. You can use your skill to develop a path that can help you achieve success. You are never really written off until you write yourself off. Be a winner by building skill. Be a winner by understanding work ethic, character are all skills. Separate yourself with your skill and become a winner.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be an advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply

What it Takes to be the Best!

It takes a lot to be the best at hockey.  As a youth hockey player one must navigate well to avoid pitfalls and rise to greatness. There is no set formula but there are some common attributes found in many great players:

1) Love of the Game: Love is a passion. To play over all else and to study and religiously play with heart only the love can bring.

2) Commitment to Develop: Put in the time, on ice, off ice and practice the skills needed to be the best.

3) Self Belief: You must believe in yourself and what you can achieve. This means staying firm in your beliefs even when others are doubting.

4) Self Control: Discipline and Focus are difficult with all the distractions of life. To manage this is not easy.

5) Support from Key People: You need support from key people that give you the correct outlook and help you clear uncertainties. These key individuals might be your parents, your coaches, teammates or even your mentors. They are there for you day to day to be by your side when you need them.

6) Talent Honed with Proper Technique: Talent is multifaceted. You may see the ice well or skate well. But to combine all your talents with proper technique is expression of how good you are. This is what shows people you are the best. This may come naturally or with hours of practice. Either way you hone it.

7) Humility and Good Character: You may get by without it but you won’t last too long without it. The great players have it. They realize how hard it is to get where they are and don’t want to lose it.

8) Luck: You need to be in right place at the right time and make the right decisions. Luckily by following the first 7 steps this gets a little easier.

If your son or daughter is and elite player in their age group and is looking for opportunities we suggest they fill out the player application. Please Apply for Invite Here

By filling out application you will become eligible for invite to some of our programs.

Please be on the lookout for sponsored training programs, sponsored events and sponsored tournament teams. We are also looking for motivated individuals to help us create the best opportunities for top youth players. Please contact myedgehockey@gmail.com with any questions or if you have interest in helping create opportunities for great young hockey players.

2004 Elite Opportunity

Myedgehockey All Stars:

Please apply if you are interested in joining our team. Please email myedgehockey@gmail.com with any questions. 

For those invited and to register for team: Click here

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be a advocate for talented youth hockey players. We offer need based financial aid to hockey players (no skill based aid sorry) along with opportunities for Elite Hockey Development. If you would like to participate in our programs and have a financial need don’t hesitate to email myedgehockey@gmail.com. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

Does a Hockey focused school make sense?

Playing higher level hockey is hard. Malcolm Gladwell’s book made it clear the successful are the ones that put in more time. Attending a hockey school provides more opportunity to train and thus potentially reach a higher level.

With the growth of the sport, limited hours in a day and increased competitive pressures many families are making the decision to look to a school that has a full time hockey focus. Hockey schools are not new but with the increased interest in sport across the country more schools are opening. In a typical 7 hour school day players may get 0 to 1 hour of athletic development. Instead of spending early mornings or late evenings at the rink families may find it beneficial to have a school that incorporates 1 to 3 hrs of ice and athletic development. This decision for some is very easy and others may be very difficult. Will the player burn out? Will there be enough academic learning? Can we afford the costs?

An effective decision to commit to a full time school must take in the following considerations and analysis of of potential schools.

  1. What is the quality of the education. Although hockey is your focus make sure the school has a strong curriculum followed with accountability and good teachers.
  2. A good student to teacher ratio and a good student to coach ratio.
  3. Is there opportunity to excel in other areas besides hockey? Remember when you were a kid. Unless you were a completely focused machine you probably took your time to figure out what you wanted to be and you changed your mind a few times. It is important the kids have this opportunity.
  4. Talk to existing families and families that might have left recently. Get a full unbiased perspective.
  5. Become involved in the school. Many schools are small and often can benefit from unique backgrounds each family can offer.
  6. Determine total costs. Analyze boarding cost vs. commute cost. There are many great values in private hockey schools and some are certainly overpriced but don’t pay for name, pay for education and training. This is not a college. Nobody cares as much where you went to high school. Some states like Minnesota high school plays a bigger part in hockey.
  7. Understand the hockey commitment. Is the player joining the teams also along with day training or are they just signing up for training. Sometimes there is a cost surprise when everything is added up.
  8. The key to fully understanding the programs is to have honest conversations with educators, coaches and other families.

It is not an easy decision and it is not good fit for everyone but hockey schools offer many great benefits for families.

We are preparing a list of some of the best hockey schools in the country. If your school wants to be added to the list please contact myedgehockey@gmail.com.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be a advocate for talented youth hockey players. We offer need based financial aid to hockey players (no skill based aid sorry) along with opportunities for Elite Hockey Development. If you would like to participate in our programs and have a financial need don’t hesitate to email myedgehockey@gmail.com. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

Striving for Excellence within Youth Hockey Organizations


Youth Hockey Organizations come in many forms, from your local hockey rink that teaches learn to skate players to your full fledged year around hockey school that teaches the best in the country. Each of these hockey organizations are responsible to their patrons. Organizers, coaches, parents, board members and youth often work together tirelessly to create hockey experiences. There are many examples of great youth hockey organizations. Our focus is on hockey organizations that build elite hockey players. It may not be fair to credit single organizations with building elite hockey players, but many claim to be factories for turning out NHL players. We will try to identify factors that make youth hockey organizations the best or elite rank some of the best in the country.

What makes youth hockey organizations for hockey players the best?
Great Training Programs
Great Coaches that push players
– Non Entitlement, No Favoritism, Fair treatment for all
– Opportunities for Advancement, Recognition, and Exposure
– Opportunities for Friendship, Personal Development of Character and Strength
– Commitment to players
– Fair costs

There are many great hockey organization. The list below is just a few that are great. Please let us know if you would like your organization added to the list at myedgehockey@gmail.com.

Top Elite Hockey Organizations
1) Shattucks-St. Mary School – Minnesota
2) Selects Academy – South Kent School – Connecticut
3) USA Hockey and NPDP – Colorado/Michigan
4) Toronto Marlboros – Ontario
5) Ontario Hockey League – Canada

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be a advocate for talented youth hockey players. We offer need based financial aid to hockey players (no skill based aid sorry) along with opportunities for Elite Hockey Development. If you would like to participate in our programs and have a financial need don’t hesitate to email myedgehockey@gmail.com. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

Youth Roadmap to Higher Levels in Hockey

As players navigate through tryouts and which team to play for it seems everyone is giving a different message. Most self proclaimed high level teams at the youth level have coaches that retain their positions based on team results. There are many forces that create a top athletes and hockey players and it is often misunderstood how important each of the different forces are. We will try to explore the road map to higher levels of hockey and what are the factors that drive success for the player.

At different age groups players have different opportunities for playing hockey in United States and Canada:
U6 – Mini Mite, Termite, Initiation
U8 – Mite, Novice
U10 – Squirt, Atom (Major and Minor)
U12 – Pee Wee (Major and Minor)
U14 – Bantam (Major and Minor)
U18 – Midget (Major and Minor), High School
U20 – Junior

Within each age group there is opportunity to play at different tiers and levels. It is often confusing how programs use the word AAA or Tier 1 or Elite.

Depending on where you live in the country AAA, AA, A, B, C, House, Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4 all mean different things.

Tiers are designated by USA hockey and they represent levels of hockey for state, regional and national competition. Tier 1 is the highest level and USA hockey offers National Championships at U14(Bantam), U16(Midget Minor) and U18(Midget Major) levels.

Within each organization teams are separated by letters. The top teams are usually AAA, followed by AA, A, B, C, and House at each respective age group. Despite the different terms a AAA team in one organization may not be any better than a A team in another organization. Travel Hockey organizations in many part of the country are not allowed to have AAA teams at all or at different ages.

What does this mean to reaching higher levels of hockey? Playing higher levels of hockey doesn’t mean you have to play AAA or Tier 1 at younger ages, it means that you have to find the right program and coach. Development at younger ages means a lot different than older ages.

Most players are not scouted until they are Bantam Major or older. Rarely a player will be touted about when he is a Pee Wee Major.

Hockey development is unusual in that the best players in their younger days may have played A, or house instead of the highest levels in their respective organizations. It is unfortunate but the higher designation with extra A adds cost to hockey. It is often benefited with more ice time and higher level coaches but it is important to note that development is not always consistent. More puck touches on a smaller lower level team might be more beneficial than no or low puck touches on a higher level team.

Other components play factors to creating opportunities for players also:

1) Training: How good is the training. Are they working on skills or just team tactics. Are they working on becoming better athletes.

2) Support: Do players have parents or family that picks them up when they make mistakes, and signs them up for training.

3) Opportunity: Do coaches, teammates, parents, players themselves create opportunities for success.

4) Recognition and Achievement: Does performance lead to recognition and achievement.

Often players are touted for their skating skill or stick handling ability but if they are not seen or scouted they may not get the opportunities to advance.

As we discussed earlier scouts for junior and college teams come to see players that are in their Bantam and Midget years. Size, interests, skills change rapidly as player grow, puberty and external forces begin to impact hockey players. Also use injuries become more prevalent. Athleticism, conditioning, speed, talent separate players at this age. For this reason players are encouraged to be at the top of their games by bantam major. Players have the greatest development between the ages of 10 and 14. It is these years that define their future in hockey at the higher levels.

There are many paths to D1, D2 and pro hockey. There are many intermediate steps along the way. There is no right path or direct path. The best players will be found but to become the best a player will need to compete against the best and get high level coaching. A great article is http://collegehockeyinc.com/articles/many-paths-lead-d-i-hockey.

In future articles we will cover examples of hockey players and share stories of how they succeeded.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be a advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

Solving the Brick Invitational Tournament Myth


The Brick Invitational Tournament is summer hockey tournament held in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. It is an invite only tournament for 10 year old hockey players that has preset number of teams from different parts of US and Canada. The tournament is held at the Edmonton Mall. The 14 teams that currently have a charter for the tournament are Toronto Bulldogs, Boston, Montreal, Team Minnesota, BC, Winnipeg, Team Sask, Toronto ProHockey, Alberta, Detroit, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, California, and Chicago. Many of the teams usually have tryouts in Fall and Winter and compete together in spring and then participate in the Brick Invitational Tournament in the summer. The tournament has alumni that have made it to the NHL and other higher levels in hockey.

Similar to many other aspects of youth hockey this tournament is often presented quite differently than what is true in reality. First of all if a kid makes a team in the tournament his chances of playing at higher levels in hockey don’t improve or decrease. What is commonly seen by many hockey coaches, scouts, and athletic directors is that the best player at 6 is not always the best player at 8 and the best player at 8 is not always the best at 10 and so on. Player skills and ability change rapidly and players determine their future with the work they put in to the game. Game also changes as players get older giving certain physical attributes like strength and size more prominence.

Another fallacy of the tournament is the statement a team represents the best players from the area they represent. Often many of the best players don’t participate because of cost or corrupt local team selection processes. Unfortunately, some teams often are built based on pay to play model vs best player model. Teams are often accused of taking only the players that have participated in their camps, spring and fall programs. Many teams are already chosen prior to tryouts and there maybe a few open spots. This is never told to participants and often leads to anger. Unfortunately many of tournament teams lack integrity, accessibility and often equal opportunity which leads to less participation and opportunity. Additionally, the Brick tournament winning teams and teams successful at the tournament often lose to non brick teams in other tournaments.

Participation has some positives despite the fact the selection process is broken. If there is training offered it is at a very high level. Seeing a different part of the world for many players is also exciting. The games are also fun but you are paying quite a bit for the experience.

What can be done to improve the selection process and bring more integrity, accessibility and equal opportunity for the tournament? Have national standards on tryout procedures for selection process. Instead of just having rules of who can’t play for certain teams by geography have rules on preserving the integrity of the tryouts and selection process. How many of a certain team’s players are “well connected” with the franchise owner? Also many of the players that get to play in the tournament are children of the hockey coaches that run particular brick franchises and their friends and employees. I still have never seen a hockey coach cut his own kid when he may not be good enough to play in the Brick tournament. Franchises should not be used to make money directly or indirectly or provide gratuities to business partners, it should be not for profit. Profits direct and indirect should go to charity or to help the players. A third party auditor should be used to examine the process. Unfortunately this will never be done as the Brick franchises find it favorable to profit from the youth hockey families that just don’t know better.

For those interested in trying out for the different brick franchises please use the links below to reach their websites.

BC Jr. Canucks
Boston Jr. Bruins
Chicago Jr. Blackhawks
Connecticut Jr. Yankees
Detroit Jr. Redwings
Montreal Ice Storm
Team Minnesota
Team Sask Jr. Pats
Team Alberta
Team Pennsylvania
Team California
Toronto Bulldogs
Toronto Pro Hockey
Winnipeg Jr. Jets

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be a advocate for talented youth hockey players. We offer need based financial aid to hockey players (no skill based aid sorry) along with opportunities for Elite Hockey Development. If you would like to participate in our programs and have a financial need don’t hesitate to email myedgehockey@gmail.com. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.

Developing Hockey IQ


Hockey IQ for your player comes from developing not only good playing habits but increasing hockey knowledge and acumen. There are many software programs and motivational tapes one can buy that will improve play but is true iq developed or harnessed from what is already there. It is likely developed but based on physical and psychological background it may be easier for some to acquire then others.

Software programs:

1) USA Hockey offers intelligym. This is a game like software that teaches hockey and lets players enjoy a game similar to hockey where smart decisions are enforced with points.

2) Lumosity.com: Developing General IQ would also improve Hockey IQ. Becoming a smart hockey player is easier if you work on becoming a smart person.

3) Khanacademy.org: A pure education site that is free and teaches everything from basic math to higher education. Helps improve intelligence.

Activities:

1) Play other team and individual sports. Many mental strategies in hockey are similar in other sports. For example the ball movement for a soccer team resemble puck possession in hockey. We talk about sports ideal for hockey here.

2) Classroom sessions: Many coaches take advantage of classroom and teaching sessions to teach concepts. These classroom sessions often can leapfrog individuals as they see what is needed and how to fix through video and explanation. Many parents also spend time videotaping to teach.

3) Private Mentoring: Many players utilize mentors who teach subtle aspects of the game for player improvements. Mentors can be hockey coaches, former or older player and friends. There is great benefit of utilizing mentors and learning.

4) Psychological Training: Many books and tapes are available for improving hockey psychology and mindset. The mental aspect of the game represents over 50% of the performance. Athletes with correct focus, determination and passion make better decisions. This involves not only mental training but proper rest and attitude. Many PHd’s have published websites and tapes with mental training information.

Training Hockey IQ is an important part of hockey training.

The goal of myedgehockey.com is to be a advocate for talented youth hockey players. Good luck to all that participate in elite youth hockey and best wishes to all youth hockey families. To be notified of programs we run please apply.