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October 2014

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on the fly USA HOCKEY PEOPLE & PROGRAMS 10 10 on the fly USA HOCKEY PEOPLE & PROGRAMS PHOTOS COURTESY OF David Santeusanio; USA Hockey Magazine Archives OCTOBER. 2014 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM Half Dozen New Model Clubs Dedicated To Development Six youth hockey organizations have been designated as USA Hockey Model Associations for the 2014-15 season, bringing the total number of model clubs nationwide to 17. Operating under this banner, each organization is committed to fully implement programming dedicated to age-appropriate skill development in accordance with the American Development Model throughout the Mite, Squirt and Peewee age levels. The newly designated model associations include the Admirals Hockey Club (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Colorado Rampage Hockey Club (Monument, Colo.), Nassau County Hockey (Hicksville, N.Y.), Scenectady (N.Y.) Youth Hockey Association, Strongsville (Ohio) Youth Hockey Club and Wildcats Youth Hockey Club (Riverside and Carlsbad, Calif.). "By taking this step, these associations are making a strong move to offer the best possible competition and training environment for their players," said Kevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey. As a benefit of their Model Club designation, each association will receive support from USA Hockey to implement the ADM throughout their programs, including in-person coaches training, on-ice instruction and parent education from USA Hockey's national staff. Each program will also receive equipment, signage and educational resources. The days of reading, writing and arithmetic have gone the way of the wooden stick and Original Six. Today, education is an interactive experience with technology playing a pivotal role. The NHL and the NHL Player's Association understand this and have teamed up to launch the Future Goals Program, a major initiative that will bring interactive education opportunities to each of the 30 NHL markets as well as communities around North America. The digital learning initiative represents one of the largest programs supported through public-private partnership ever developed, and will use hockey as a learning vehicle where students will be able to understand the real- world application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics. The program also introduces students to career opportunities in STEM-related fields. "Our hope is that this program will give teachers a helping hand in the classroom by bringing these topics to life," NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider said during a kickoff event at the Newark (N.J.) Science Park High School. Joining Schneider at the event was NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL players Nick Bjugstad of the Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, Buffalo Sabres forward Brian Gionta and New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene. Also on hand were U.S. Olympians Julie Chu and Meghan Duggan. The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins have one of the oldest and most heated rival- ries in the NHL. Perhaps these two Original Six franchises could take a lesson in goodwill from youth hockey programs in their own backyards. Marblehead, Mass., a coastal town just north of Boston, and Saint-Lambert, on the south shore of Montreal, have enjoyed a long history of respect and friend- ship centered around their mutual love of hockey. This year, they are celebrat- ing the 50th anniversary of their cultural and hockey exchange, making it the oldest of its kind in North America. Each year more than 200 youth hockey players, ages 7 to 15 years old, cross the border for a pair of exciting weekends of hockey and friendship. The agenda includes a total of 48 hockey games (24 in Marblehead in November and 24 in Saint-Lambert in February) in addition to a skills competition, coaches' game and pizza party. The exchange started in the early 1960s when Bill Haskell, a Marblehead youth hockey coach, took frequent trips to Montreal to buy lumber for his company. On one of his trips in early 1964, he came up with the idea of bringing some of his players up to Montreal to compete against the Canadians. Fifty years later, the exchange is still going strong as more than 10,000 players have participated in the unique event, and many remain great friends long after the torch has been passed to future generations. Marblehead native Cory Schneider, who participated in the exchange for several years, still has fond memories of his time north of the border. "I don't really remember any- thing specific as a kid, but it was always fun to play in tournaments in Montreal," said the N.J. Devils goaltender. "It just seemed like such a big deal because in Canada, hockey is so much more — the rinks are better, the teams are bet- ter and I thought, 'Wow, this is so much more than we do back home.' I think anytime we went to Montreal it was a lot of fun." TODAY'S NHL PLAYERS TOUT FUTURE GOALS HOCKEY EXCHANGE CELEBRATES GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

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