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Congratulations To Tim McMahon on Mass Hockey President's Aw

Congratulations to our own Tim McMahon for being presented with the President's Award at the Massachusetts Hall of Fame and Award Ceremony this past weekend.

Tim McMahon (District 6 Director) and Dave Moses (District 3 Director) were presented with the Massachusetts Hockey President’s Award. The award is presented annually by the Massachusetts Hockey president to an individual whose efforts are distinguished in the Massachusetts Hockey organization.

by posted 06/22/2017
10 Ways to Boost Development This Offseason

By Jamie MacDonald, 05/16/17, 2:00PM EDT


In the eyes of Ken Martel, a man largely responsible for USA Hockey’s American Development Model implementation and operation, players who specialize in hockey too young may be setting a ceiling on their development.

Does USA Hockey love to see kids playing hockey: Absolutely.

Does USA Hockey think that’s all kids should be doing? Absolutely not.

In fact, USA Hockey prefers well-rounded athletes who aren't sport-limiting until their late teens. As such, the governing body encourages young athletes to play multiple sports – particularly at younger ages. 

In the eyes of Ken Martel, a man largely responsible for USA Hockey’s American Development Model implementation and operation, players who specialize in hockey too young may be setting a ceiling on their development.

“We’ll get kids who have spent a lot of time specializing in hockey, and, in the short run, it might make a difference – but, in the long run, their athleticism is really capped,” Martel says. “They're not growing as players, and you can see it. It's like they can't get any better.”

Martel, who as a player won an NCAA title with Lake Superior State and has worked as a coach and staff member at USA Hockey for a quarter century, is a firm believer in playing … anything.

“It matters less which sport,” Martel says. “We just want you to go and be more physically active. However, there are certain sports where you can definitely see transference.”


So many kids play soccer these days, and, in some ways, it’s the ultimate entry sport, beginning at ages 3 and 4 in many towns.

“They get agility and they get to learn tactics that are very similar to hockey,” Martel says. “How to support, how to create 2-on-1s and those types of things.”


While not many would associate hockey with tennis, the mostly outdoor racket sport certainly has application when it comes to the mostly indoor ice sport.

“Tennis is fantastic,” says Martel. “The lateral movement and the side-to-side explosiveness have a lot of transferability to what we need in ice hockey – for skating, it’s huge. And it’s about developing coordination and tracking.”


Swimming? Yes, swimming.

“Absolutely,” Martel says. “Swimming is fantastic. One, there’s obviously water safety for your kids. But there’s also ambidextrous movement – movement on both sides of your body. That's really, really good, to do things with your non-dominant side.”


One of the most side-dominant sports is golf, but, again, there is application.

“You see a lot of hockey players who are good golfers,” says Martel. “There's some weight transfer in the golf swing, and in your lower body. And there’s the striking skill. I know a lot of hockey players who are darn good golfers.”

Track and Field/Running

Not all running is created equally, and, for hockey players, not all running is good running.

“For our sport,” Martel says, “I would keep away from the distance running – it’s basically slow-twitch.”

Martel, along with so many strength and conditioning coaches, suggests picking up the pace for something more useful when it comes to hockey.

“Explosive sprinting would be good,” he says.

Flag Football

As flag football rises in popularity, Martel sees its merit.

“I would have kids play flag football all day long,” he says. “And it's a big push from USA Football. It's running, jumping and evasion skills – it’s all of the skill position type stuff. That will make you more productive as an athlete. Guys can transfer into football later on if they're good athletes because they can teach you some of the simpler movements.”


In Canada, it’s a pastime. Lacrosse is also a rapidly growing sport in some parts of this country, too.

“In Canada, it's box lacrosse,” says Martel. “In a lot of communities, the ice goes out in the offseason and they play lacrosse indoors. What I like about lacrosse is that you pick up the ball and you run with it, and you're trying to survey the field. With hockey and soccer, you tend to look down. That's where the ball or the puck is in those sports. Lacrosse is really good and helping our kids survey. But, there is also the agility and tactics.”  


Who would benefit from gymnastics?

“If I had my way, every kid that plays ice hockey,” Martel says. “Gymnastics is full of foundational skills movements for all sports. All that kinesthetic awareness and strength and agility and power. It's phenomenal.”

Martial Arts

Sports such as Taekwondo and karate can also be great for kids.

“It's body control, and it's movement skills,” says Martel. “It's control of your body. It's coordination. We've done some boxing, and it's more about the combination of upper-body and lower-body movement, and it’s about how to move your body efficiently.”

Anything to Get You Moving

There are dozens more athletics to get involved in, of course, including sports as structured as basketball or volleyball to something a little more casual, such as skiing or flying disk games. And all of them have something in common: For young hockey players, they’re worth trying.

“Do everything,” says Martel. “Kids are getting too sedentary. That’s the bottom line. And we see it when we go to a country like Finland, where they have a sporting lifestyle they cultivate. Part of it is culture.”

Oh, yes, and one more thing: Go outside.

"Ride your bike, play tag, go play kick the can in the neighborhood,” Martel says. “Those, in some ways, are even better than turning to another organized sport where everything is programmed. Let kids get out with the neighbors and sort something out. And it's not just physical skills. It's social skills, and it's how to cope in society.”

It’s also, perhaps counter-intuitively, about hockey.

by posted 06/22/2017
Planet Hockey Camp 2017 Westfield Amelia Park


WYH Players, Parents & Coaches,


We invite you to join Planet Hockey this summer in Westfield, MA.  Please forward this reminder to your teammates!


Amelia Park Arena| August 14-18, 2017 (M-F)

Tuition: $489

Discount: $30

Final Camp Tuition: only $459

Discount Code:  390-841-1724403017244990

View camp details & features

CAMP FOCUS/FEATURES:  Power Skating – Quickness, Mobility, Speed & Efficiency | Stickhandling | Scoring | Small Games | Team Play | Body Contact, Battles & Puck Protection | Professional/Certified International Staff | Dryland Training | Video Lectures & Focus Sessions | Personalized Player Evaluation | Free Training Video Clips | Free Camp Jersey | STP Program | Pre-Camp Preparation Workbook & Videos | Final Day Game & much more!


  • Copy and paste the discount code above into the 'Discount Code' field on the last page (payment page) of your online registration.
  • Goaltenders – do not enter above discount code, goaltenders receive a $100 discount (off of full tuition).
  • Discounts cannot be combined.  Largest discount always applies.
  • Discount must be applied at time of registration.  No refunds/credit given for missed discounts. 


3 ELITE Camps in 1
 | TOTAL Player Development

  • SUPER Skills Camps provide Planet Hockey students with the most COMPLETE hockey skills training & innovative training methods available: Power Skating, Stickhandling, Scoring, Small Games, Body Contact, Puck Protection and Team Play.  Plus, each player will receive our exclusive pre-camp preparation workbook, post camp player evaluation, video training tips and a free camp jersey. 
  • Supplemental Training Program (STP) offered at this camp!  Receive 1 additional hour of on ice skills training the first 4 days of camp (4 day program).  This optional 'add on' program will conveniently extend your day by 1 hour.  Players LOVE this program.  Limited to 30 total players.
  • All New ELITE SuperCamp format - All 2017 Summer programs are ELITE workshops specifically designed for players who are serious about improving their hockey skills. These ELITE camps follow the same format and methods we use when training NHL and European professional players.
  • This camp will be instructed by Planet Hockey Certified Instructors



·       7 Day Resident Hockey/Adventure Camps - Breckenridge, CO & Jay Peak, VT

·       European Youth Hockey Summit ‘17 – Copenhagen (Esbjerg), Denmark July 28- August 5, 2017

·       Adult Oktoberfest Hockey Classic – Munich, Germany & Austria September 11-19, 2017

·       Planet Hockey Website – learn more about Planet Hockey

·       2017 Camp Locations – coming to a rink near you


We expect this camp to fill quickly, so register before it’s too late.  Planet Hockey limits group sizes, so REGISTER NOW to ensure your spot and discount in the upcoming 2017 Westfield, MA Planet Hockey SUPER Skills Camp.

by posted 04/29/2017
Western Mass Hockey School & Preseason Positioning Clinic
Western Mass Hockey School: August 7 - 10 at Olympia Ice Center. The Western Mass Hockey School is focused primarily on speed and skill development for hockey players ages 7 to 15. On ice program includes power skating and edge control/balance, skill stations, tight area and cross ice game situations.
Preseason Position Clinic: August 14 -17 at Olympia Ice Center. The Preseason Position Clinic is a four-day position specific clinic for forwards, defensemen and goaltenders ages 9 to 16. Primary focus is to introduce, teach, and further develop important details associated with each position in the game. 
Coaching Staff for both programs includes - Len Quesnelle (Detroit Red Wings)Red Gendron (Univ. of Maine), Blaise MacDonald (Colby College), Chris Hall (Colby College), and college hockey players from Western MA. To register, visit the website New England Hockey Factory or parents can also register using the attached brochures. For further information or questions regarding either program please call 413-687-2607 or send an email to

by posted 04/15/2017
Louis Chabot Hockey Camp at Amelia Park

Louis Chabot Hockey Camp at Amelia Park: July 31- August 4, 2017 at Amelia Park in Westfield.

Coach Chabot and his Professional staff will make a positive impact on each player and goalie attending. All students will receive a personal video analysis!

Each student will receive 10 hours of on ice and 5 hours of off-ice training. Written evaluation and a hockey jersey.

Boys & Girls ages 7-14
Location: Amelia Park   Westfield, MA
Dates: July 31-August 4. 2017

Times: Video / Off-Ice Activities 9:30am - 10:30am
On Ice Development: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Cost $325.00

For more information, please contact Coach Chabot via email at  .

Please see the Chabot Hockey Camp brochure for more details.  Louis Chabot Hockey Camp brochure.

by posted 03/26/2017
AIC Hockey Youth Development Spring Camp

Join AIC Hockey Staff and Players this Spring Break for our first annual Youth Hockey Development Spring Camp.


AIC Staff will focus on skating and skill development, on ice “small-area games” and off ice games and workouts.


Date: April 20-22, 2017

Location: Mass Mutual Center, Downtown Springfield

Age Groups:

1.6-8 Year Olds

2.9-11 Year Olds

3.12-14 Year Olds


Cost: $175


Registration will be First Come, First Serve as the camps will be capped at 25 participants.


Register at

by posted 03/10/2017
4 Day Blazing Speed Summer Camp


Summer Camp
X-Treme Powerskating &
Checking Skills

Olympia Ice Center
125 Capital Drive
W. Springfield, MA

by posted 02/25/2017
Congratulations Squirt 1 Champions at Fire & Ice Tournament

by posted 01/15/2017
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