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MARCH 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 13 Olympians Show Off All-Star Skills k With more than 130 interna- tional games under her belt, it's hard to imagine that anything would rattle U.S. Women's Olympic Team captain Meghan Duggan. But demonstrating a new skill at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in Tampa was a "humbling" experi- ence for the veteran forward. "The hard part about things like this is, as you get going, the crowd gets into it, maybe you start think- ing, 'Oh, I gotta get one.' There's tension, and maybe you grip the stick too tightly," Duggan said after showing off her skills in the Dunkin' Donuts NHL Passing Challenge. "But it's fun. The guys in the NHL are so talented that they had no problem with it." Duggan was joined on the Amalie Arena ice by teammates Amanda Kessel, who tackled the Gatorade NHL Puck Control Relay and Hilary Knight, who demonstrated the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting. With five LED targets randomly lighting up to signify which target the shooter had to hit, Knight acknowledged the difficulty that came with the modern twist. "The light-up ones are tough because it's telling you where to shoot, whereas, before as a shoot- er, you decided where you wanted to shoot the puck and you figured out your rhythm," she said. With the U.S. team's residency prior to the Olympics wrapping up in nearby Wesley Chapel, Fla., Duggan was glad the team could partake in the all-star festivities. "We've been living here and training 25 minutes down the road, so I'm really happy that such a great opportunity got taken advantage of on both sides," she said. "Any time we can be involved with the NHL, we love it." T he scene of one of the greatest moments in hockey history will play host to a collec- tion of the top coaches in the country looking to improve their craft. The highlight of the USA Hockey c o a c h i n g c a l e n d a r, t h e N a t i o n a l H o c k e y Coaches Symposium is coming to Lake Placid, N.Y., as coaches from around the country will converge on the Olympic town in search of their Level 5 certification. "The Level 5 is our celebration of coaching. It's our biggest event, and that's why we hold it every two years," said Mike MacMillan, USA Hockey's National Coach-in-Chief. "The participants who are here, they want to be here. They 're thriving for more knowledge and trying to make themselves better coaches." The Symposium will take place Aug. 23-26 at the Lake Placid Conference Center and is available to all Level 4 registered coaches looking to achieve the highest level of coaching certification within USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program. The National Coaching Symposium began in 1984 as the brainchild of Ken Johannson, the creator of USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program, and typically features a number of professional, col- lege and international coaches discussing various aspects of coaching. In addition to the main presentations, coaches will attend ADM age-specific breakout sessions. And new this year, the symposium will include an on-ice session (attendees must bring skates, sticks and helmets) as well as a dryland training session. The cost for current USA Hockey members who register online is $550, and $600 for mail-in registrations. Coaches who are currently not registered can sign up for $650, which includes a USA Hockey membership for the 2018-19 season. For more information go to USAHockey.com/level5. NHL COACHING LEVEL 5 COMING TO LAKE PLACID k U.S. Women's Olympic Team member Amanda Kessel demonstrates a puck handling drill at the 2018 NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

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