Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Magical Mites in Minnesota
There is something magical happening with mite hockey players at the Champlin Ice Forum in the State of Hockey. As their small bodies fly across the ice, with sticks in hand and sheer determination on their faces, the 7 and 8 year olds in the Champlin Park Youth Hockey Association are chasing after more than pucks this season. The goal is bigger than scoring. The mission is to create a foundation to build good skils and good character.
Education with Hockey as the Hook
Focusing on positive athletic experiences through skill development, combined with parent and player education has long been the mission for Minnesota Hockey’s Hockey Education Program. That’s exactly what’s happening with the Champlin Park mites. With Coach Wade Gjervold at the helm, the lessons on the importance of assists and positioning, start early and are often repeated. The gameplan is not all that complicated; come up with drills and team building exercises to keep the kids focused on skills and having fun.
On the ice, there are many shining examples of sizzling chemistry. From the mites fist bumps to their line mates after a great play, to rock solid performances by defensemen Soltis, and Klein. Mackeben, Wekseth and Peterson have learned how to successfully plan and position themselves for face offs and passing. Goalie Catlett never finishes a game without a team huddle of thanks and appreciation. A tell tale sign of how much these kids enjoy the team concept comes after practice. Rather than rushing from the locker room to the parking lot, you will see Zahalka, Brooks, Milton and Payne grabbing their sticks and practice balls as a testament to their love of the game and determination to perfect those passes.