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January 2014

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FOUR SCORE By PHILIP COLVIN ADOPTING THE ADM IS HELPING A QUARTET OF ASSOCIATIONS CREATE A FUN ENVIRONMENT FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT t's a short but scenic drive that links Boston's Fenway Park with its fabled Green Monster to Falmouth, Mass., a tiny gateway town that greets visitors to Cape Cod. It's there that Falmouth's favorite son Paul Moore has created his own monster, the type that flashes big toothy grins and unleashes the shrill of laughter that echoes across the ice surface at his state-of-the-art facility. "We're hooked on cross-ice hockey," Moore laughs when he thinks about what is happening inside the Falmouth Ice Arena I on any given weekend. "The kids are having so much fun and the parents are going crazy behind the glass because of all the excitement and goals." When the architects of the American Development Model put pen to paper almost five years ago, it's hard to know if even they could have imagined what is taking place on ice sheets across the country. Based on the principles of more action, more puck touches and more fun, associations that have adopted the ADM are witnessing happier players and parents and thriving youth programs inside packed arenas in both traditional and non-traditional hockey markets across the country. Some might even say that the results have been monstrous. The Perfect-Sized Rink 1 The Falmouth (Mass.) Ice Arena, which opened in 2012, is a state-ofthe-art facility that features an age-appropriate playing surface where kids can play cross-ice hockey. 16 JANUARY. 2014 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM When the Falmouth Ice Arena opened in June 2012, the facility set a standard for energy efficiency with solar panels, a heat recovery system that produces hot water, special insulation and a state-of-the-art refrigeration system. But the innovations didn't stop with energy-saving measures. In addition to housing an NHL-sized rink, the facility also included a mini-rink built specifically for cross-ice hockey. "We were committed to the ADM and having an age-appropriate surface for our young kids to play on," says Moore, the PHOTOS COURTESY OF Amy Baker; Zach Babo

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