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2019 Spring Skill Clinics Announced

By Minnesota Hockey, 02/12/19, 1:15PM CST

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Minnesota Hockey announced today the schedule of its spring skill development clinics.  This series of skill sessions are designed to supplement the player development initiatives provided by our community based associations and ensure Minnesota continues to be a leader in the development of all players.

Starting in late March and running through April, Minnesota Hockey will offer skill sessions focused on body contact, defensive skills, scoring skills and goaltending. Each of the practices will be led by professional coaches and will incorporate concepts and philosophies of the American Development Model. 

Below is a description of each type of clinic being offered, as well as a list of current dates and locations. New clinic dates and locations may be added in the future. To register for any of the clinics below, click here. 

Body Contact and Checking Clinics

Minnesota Hockey will continue to offer its popular body contact and checking clinics. Players must be Peewee or Bantam age to be eligible for the body contact and checking clinics.

Minnesota Hockey will provide certified ADM instructors to teach important concepts such as angling, positioning, contact confidence, proper stick checks, safety and awareness.

“There are several key components that comprise proper body contact: body position, angling, timing, gap control, stick-on-stick,” said Guy Gosselin, USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager. “These are things that players must continue to practice at all levels. Just like any other skill, players must continually work on their motor skills and technique to refine their body-checking abilities.”

Day Date Time Location
Wednesday March 20 6:00 - 9:00 pm TRIA Rink (St. Paul)
Thursday March 21 6:00 - 9:00 pm Shakopee Ice Arena
Thursday March 28 6:00 - 9:00 pm St. Croix Valley Rec Center (Stillwater)
Sunday April 7th 2:15 - 5:00 pm Bloomington Ice Garden
Wednesday April 10 5:10 - 8:10 pm Schwan Super Rink (Blaine)
Saturday April 13 9:45 am - 12:45 pm Maple Grove Community Center
Saturday April 20 10:00 am - 1:00 pm New Hope Ice Arena
Saturday April 27 9;30 am - 12:30 pm Eagan Civic Arena
Sunday April 28 3:00 - 6:00 pm St. Cloud MAC

Defense Clinics

Minnesota Hockey’s Player Development team will lead practices designed to enhance the defensive skills of Bantam/15U and high school defensemen. The clinic will place an emphasis on skating skills for defensemen along with offensive and defensive tactics necessary to be a successful. 

Day Date Time Location
Sunday March 24 2:00 - 4:15 TRIA Rink (St. Paul)
Tuesday March 26 6:30 - 8:45 pm Shakopee Ice Arena
Monday April 22 5:50 - 8:10 pm St. Croix Valley Rec Center (Stillwater)
Thursday April 25 5:30 - 7:45 pm Schwan Super Rink (Blaine)

Goalie Skill Sessions

Minnesota Hockey's goalie skill sessions feature a progression of skills starting with basics such as stance, positioning and goalie-specific skating before advancing to high level concepts including save selection, rebound control, breakaways and more. Each practice will be led by Minnesota Hockey's goalie development coordinator, Steve Carroll, and will feature some of the top goalie coaches in Minnesota. 

Each session will include 90-minutes of on-ice instruction. Goalies at the Squirt/10U, Peewee/12U and Bantam/15U levels are eligible to participate. Up to 24 goalies will be accepted for each session and will be separated into age-appropriate groups during each session to provide appropriate instruction.

Day Date Time Location
Wednesday March 27 7:10 - 8:40 pm TRIA Rink (St. Paul)
Sunday April 14 1:15 - 2:45 pm Shakopee Ice Arena
Tuesday April 16 5:30 - 7:00 pm Schwan Super Rink (Blaine)

Scoring Clinics

The scoring clinics are designed for Bantam/15U age players and will focus on refining shooting techniques of common shot types while developing the ability to change the angle, shoot through defenders and utilize a quick release. In addition, players will also develop goal scoring skills and tactics against Bantam-age goaltenders.

Day Date Time Location
Sunday April 14 11:30 am - 1:45 pm Eagan Civic Arena

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