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October 2013

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STOPs & STARTS USA Hockey News & UPDATES 2014 World Championships On U.S. Men's Team Radar Memories of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will still be fresh when the puck drops at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Belarus. The U.S. National Team won't have to wait long to improve on its bronze-medal showing at last year's tournament as it faces the host country on May 9, 2014 at the 15,000-seat Minsk Arena. Competing in Group B, the U.S. will also take on Switzerland (May 10), Russia (May 12), Latvia (May 15), Kazakhstan (May 16), Finland (May 18) and Germany (May 20) in the preliminary round. The medal games will take place on May 25. Fans can follow all the action at and U.S. Women's Team Ready To Take On The World C all it an appetizer before the main course. USA Hockey has announced the Bring on the World Tour for the U.S. Women's National Team as part of its overall preparation for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. With Sochi on the horizon, the U.S. Women's National Team will get its feet wet against elite international competition. The tour will include the 2013 Four Nations Cup and three games against Canada. The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament that has been held in varying forms since 1996. The U.S competes against Canada, Sweden and Finland in this year's tournament, held Nov. 5-9 in Lake Placid, N.Y. at the Olympic Center. The three games against Canada will be Oct. 12 in Burlington, Vt., Dec. 20 in Grand Forks, N.D. and Dec. 28 in St. Paul, Minn. The Grand Forks and St. Paul contests have been designated as Olympic Exhibition Games. "We're excited about the tour and not only the visibility it brings to women's hockey, but also the benefit it has in preparing our team for Sochi," said Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey. In the meantime, the U.S. team will train together at The Edge Sports Center in Bedford, Mass. and will play a series of games north of the border leading up to February. "It's a good group out here today, a lot of good hockey players. The future of USA Hockey looks like it's in good hands." —Patrick Kane, after helping out with an ADM Clinic as part of the U.S. Men's National Team Camp 04 October. 2013 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM Trio Tabbed As ADM Model Programs The list of USA Hockey Model Association Programs continues to grow with the announcement of three new clubs, which brings the overall number to 11 for the start of the 2013-14 season. The Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association, Kirkwood (Mo.) Youth Hockey Association and Kirkland (Wash.) Sno-King Hockey Association organizations were recently given the designation after committing to follow the American Development Model in full at the 8 & Under, 10 & Under and 12 & Under age groups. As a benefit of their model program designation, CSGHA, KYHA and Kirkland SnoKing will receive added support from USA Hockey to assist in implementing the ADM throughout their programs, including equipment, signage and educational materials. Further, all three will receive on-going support from USA Hockey's national office staff, including in-depth coaches training. "Since we implemented it in 2009, the ADM has been a tremendous success for our organization. Our players enjoy the game more and their skills have improved. Enrollment and retention also have increased," said Doug Kirton, hockey director for the Kirkland Sno-Kings. "We can't wait to see how strong our players will become as we work closer with USA Hockey's experts to help train our coaches and players. It is an exciting time for us as we look forward to the implementation of the ADM's long-term athlete development principles." The Model Association Program is open to any USA Hockey youth association with the support of the local USA Hockey Affiliate and an association review by the local ADM regional manager. Photos By Harry Thompson; Images On Ice; USA Hockey Magazine Archives

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