By Yoos, Cam on January 11, 2018.
A ‘Hockey Talk’ column by Matt Weninger
Happy New Year! As the calendars turn to 2018, I hope to see the success of hockey in Lethbridge carry over to this year.
What a week it has been in Lethbridge as the hometown heroes decided to trade away franchise cornerstones Stuart Skinner and Giorgio Estephan. I remember writing a year ago about how incredible the Hurricanes’ run to the conference final was and giving a large amount of credit to the never-forgotten Tyler Wong. He was the face of that team but just as important to their success and the turnaround of the Hurricanes franchise were both Skinner and Estephan.
The trade on Tuesday truly signifies a passing of the torch from last year’s team down to the next generation of younger Hurricanes for years to come. As shocking as it was to see the trade occur, I believe a lot of credit needs to go to Pete Anholt for having the fortitude to make such a difficult decision to move two fan favourites. Even more credit should go to Pete for standing up and explaining the decision to his passionate fan base and explaining both the move and the direction of the team.
Now as we are sitting here winding down the hours until the WHL trade deadline, one can only assume the craziness will continue.
The big news coming out of Hockey Alberta is a partnership between Hockey Alberta and Power Edge Pro.
The partnership entails extensive use of the PEP training system, known as Reactive Countering Training, from grassroots to elite-level hockey programs across Alberta.
Hockey Alberta and Power Edge Pro will work together to offer PEP’s unique training methodologies to all of Hockey Alberta’s members. The partnership will allow teams to purchase, at exclusive Hockey Alberta pricing, PEP’s expertise (initial coach training and bi-weekly webinars), resources (iPad app and HUDL software), and patented on-ice equipment to implement PEP directly in practices.
The partnership will leverage Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre structure and PEP’s certified instructor network, with further opportunities to use the PEP training system at every practice through PEP’s Youth Association Partnerships program.
PEP has trained four of the past five WHL draft first-overall selections, all of whom have hailed from Alberta.
Power Edge Pro is a player development system utilizing Reactive Countering Training. RCT engages multiple motor skills simultaneously, syncing the hands, feet and mind, to accelerate a player’s skill development and game transfer. PEP’s Reactive Countering Training has been a key element of NHL MVP Connor McDavid’s training since he was 11 years old, and has since been adopted by players from house league, to competitive minor hockey, to the NHL. Other pros training with PEP include John Tavares, Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, and Sam Gagner. PEP prides itself on unparallelled skill development and its ability to engage the hockey community through unique and fun practice programs.
Those in the hockey world are probably aware of Power Edge Pro for both its use and brand association with Connor McDavid as well as being the title sponsor for the 2018 World Junior Tournament.
I have been involved with helping Wade Klippenstein and Joel Dyck in their use of Power Edge Pro in helping young players in southern Alberta and am excited that this partnership with PEP can now be used to help support development on a more widespread basis. PEP is a great training system in that it allows for development through repetition, coaching and proper development of skills.
Unfortunately, I look around and see other groups utilizing and bringing in testing tools to measure a player’s abilities. It is frustrating to see these groups charge large sums of money to parents and offer no development for young players. Parents and players need to understand that development is done through coaching and proper repetition. It is not done through finding out your time in a race.
I know that at Hockey Alberta we believe in the concept of teaching, coaching and developing young players and believe that this partnership falls in line with our development model. There are many great options for hockey development in this community and I hope that this partnership with Power Edge Pro creates another positive opportunity for players and an alternative to the programs that lack in development.
I wanted to say a congratulations to the Midget AAA Hurricanes on an admirable showing at the Macs Midget Tournament this year. Kudos to them for making the quarter-finals and hopefully that tournament motivates them to strive for even more success to finish the season.
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