This season the
London Bandits Minor Hockey Association will be focusing on skill development.
These ever changing times are a great opportunity for all our hockey players to
keep striving towards their personal goals and continue to have fun on the ice.
The Bandits organization is investing in their coaches this season by providing
them with special training to teach advanced skating techniques and
incorporating them during their hockey drills. Let’s make the
most of this season and the modified format of play to enhance our hockey and
skating skills together. Please keep an eye on our website for sign up list for our player development clinics . Details to come out soon!
The Player Development Program has evolved this season to give the Bandits House League and MD coaches and players the opportunity to improve their skills together. We are making a call out for experienced coaches to participate in this season’s development program once again. The program will feature a back-to-basics format that includes power skating combined with progressive hockey skills development. This means we will be breaking everything down for your hockey player in order to learn the fundamentals of skating forwards and backwards with the puck, edging and curving, stickhandling and they will learn various techniques on how to make a crisp pass and shoot the puck. As your players basic skills improve, there will be an emphasis on learning how to use explosive starts and quick feet to navigate around the ice. Foot speed and control are important tools that will separate us from the other teams.
Our program will be headed up by Paul McLean and Nicole Kaiser. Here is a short introduction to our professional skate coaches:
Paul has been coaching all forms of skating for over 11 years. He coaches recreational and competitive players and skaters of all ages. Paul strives to give the players the tools they need to attain their goals. Strong body alignment and balance are some of the pillars of a good athlete and are among the many things that Paul teaches.
Nicole figure skated until the age of 14 and began playing hockey at the age of 12. In High
School she played hockey with Blue Water Hawks and as well as for their senior team in 2010. She returned to figure skating at the age of 24 and skated on the Adult Synchro Team for the London Skating Club. Nicole believes that good skating skills are crucial to playing hockey and it’s important to have a good foundation at a young age.
The Player Development Clinic will be run out of Nichols Arena this season for 10 weeks . Dates and Time will be announced shortly.
The cost of this year’s program will be $200/player which is only $20/skate. There is a cap of 20 players on the ice within each session so sign up right away to get your spot!
If you want to reach out to the Coach and Player Development Convenor prior to the beginning of the hockey season then please do so, my name is Ian Colquhoun and you can reach me anytime at [email protected] .