ICEFORUM HOCKEY ASSOCIATION AND ATLANTA PHOENIX HOCKEY CLUB
The IceForum Hockey Association (IHA) is committed to the pursuit of excellence in athletics, academics and life. Players have the choice of playing House, A, AA or AAA. Progression through each level develops superior skills and game understanding.
AAA is the platform junior and college scouts seek talent. The program guides and develops players through the entire process. IHA players have successfully advanced to the NHL draft, USA National team, Juniors, Prep Schools and the NCAA. The number of these players advancing continues to increase every year.
Former New York Islander, Moscow Dynamo, and Russian National Team player Yan Kaminsky has served as the Director of Hockey since 1999. Yan is very active working with players and coaches to ensure consistent and effective teaching success across the entire program.
The IHA coaching model has proven successful in accelerating player development. We provide an environment where student-athletes can achieve their full potential both in their athletic endeavors and in life.
NEW SESSION OF LITTLE PREDS PROGRAM BEGINS 4/15! REGISTER nashvillepredators.com/littlepreds
LITTLE PREDS PROGRAM
NASHVILLE PREDATORS EXPAND LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY -Hockey program grows throughout Tennessee, makes its way to Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas and MississippiNashville, Tenn. (August 21, 2017) –
The Nashville Predators hockey program Little Preds Learn to Play has expanded beyond Tennessee state lines. This program, which is conducted in partnership with the NHL and NHLPA, is a fun and effective way to learn hockey while engaging children to keep them lifelong hockey fans. The Little Preds Learn to Play expansion to rinks in 11 different cities include Antioch, Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee; Olive Branch, Mississippi; Decatur and Huntsville, Alabama; and Kennesaw and Duluth, Georgia; Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky; and Little Rock, Arkansas. In total, it is expected Little Preds Learn to Play will reach as many as 1,700 children this year. “We are excited to see our Little Preds program grow as this is a direct reflection of the growth of hockey in our state,” Senior Vice President of Ticket Sales, Premium Sales & Youth Hockey Nat Harden said. “In addition to the growth, we are excited about the large role our Predators alumni will play in introducing and teaching children to play. Cody Hodgson will be a part of Little Preds again this year, and his passion for working with children and growing the game of hockey is a huge addition to this program.” Little Preds Learn to Play, which is partially funded by the NHL and NHLPA’s Industry Growth Fund, is a multi-year, multi-city endeavor by the Nashville Predators and participating ice rinks. Each session runs for six to eight weeks, and is designed for boys and girls ages 4-9 who have never played hockey. Starting at just $85 (costs vary from rink to rink), participants get weekly on-ice instruction and are outfitted from head to toe with all the necessary hockey equipment to begin playing. Upon completion, participants get to keep the equipment. To sign-up for Little Preds Learn to Play sessions, please visit nashvillepredators.com/littlepreds. To learn more about Nashville Predators Youth Hockey, please visit: nashvillepredators.com/youthhockey. About Learn to Play The Learn to Play initiative was developed jointly by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, to offer more families a chance to experience everything that makes youth hockey so rewarding. Learning to play hockey is more than just learning a game. More than skating, passing and stick-handling, hockey is about responsibility, respect and teamwork. As children learn the skills needed to succeed on the ice, they also build and solidify important character traits needed to succeed off the ice. ### Bridgestone Arena 501 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 770-2300 nashvillepredators.com
2ND SESSION OF THE LITTLE PREDS PROGRAM BEGINS 11/19, EQUIPMENT FITTING DAY IS OCTOBER 20TH 5:40P-7:00P
Does your child want to start playing hockey? Look no further than the Little Preds Learn to Play program. This is a fun and effective way to introduce children to the sport of hockey. The Nashville Predators have partnered with the NHL and NHLPA to bring this exciting program to the Duluth and Kennesaw Ice Forums. All participants of this 6 week program will receive a full set of Preds branded gear to keep! Nashville Predators Alumni will be in attendance to help coach these sessions. The second Little Preds session will begin on Sunday, November 19th from 4:10-5:00pm. The equipment fitting for this session is on Friday, October 20th from 5:40-7:00pm. To register now, go to www.nashvillepredators.com/littlepreds
Thrashers implement USA Hockey's American Development Model
Atlanta first NHL club to implement USA Hockey's American Development Model
May 26, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT
The Atlanta Thrashers, and its Youth Hockey Development Team, fully support USA Hockey and will be the first NHL club to implement its recently-launched American Development Model into local youth programming, including the Junior Thrashers program and Thunder Hockey (Tier 1 AAA youth hockey).
USA Hockey created the American Development Model in conjunction with the National Hockey League to provide – for the first time ever -- a blueprint for youth hockey associations throughout the country for optimal athlete development. The
ADM will help influence increased participation by providing a better overall experience for the player, regardless of ability level.
The Thrashers have long-standing ties to USA Hockey, led by Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell, and have been a staunch supporter of youth hockey development since the team’s inception in 1999.
“USA Hockey’s American Development Model is an initiative that is a priority for all NHL member clubs located in the United States,” commented Waddell. He went on to say, “This undertaking is an exciting opportunity for all of us involved in youth hockey and we look forward to working with USA Hockey and being a host city for the program model at every age level.”
“The ADM is based on age-appropriate training methods and we’re excited about is implementation because it will positively affect our children,” said Ken Martel, director of USA Hockey’s American Development Model. “We’re grateful to the Thrashers for their support and know the people of Atlanta and surrounding communities will enjoy learning more about the ADM.”
The Thrashers Youth Hockey Development Team, led by Darren Eliot (Community Hockey Liaison), Reagan Carey (Director of Hockey Development), Chris Uber (Manager of Hockey Development) and Misha Donskov (Coaching Coordinator,) has been uniquely positioned and driven to implement various programs and to further many philosophies aimed at growing the game of hockey, including:
--Running over 245 clinics per season
--Providing award winning content on atlantathrashers.com
--Hosting the first of its kind Jr. NHL All –Star Tournament in 2008
--Developing its own internal and USA Hockey recognized Instructor Orientation Program
--Running USA Hockey’s Coaching Certification Program in the Atlanta market
--Providing an abundance of supplemental resources to augment the coaches’ efforts.
Watch the video below to learn more about the program: