TEAMS

At Micro Ice, we have professional coaches that care about the Long-Term Athletic Development of our players. We teach the game to players the right way. We focus on skating, skill development, and being great teammates. We do not focus on tactics, systems, dumping the puck or winning at the expense of development.

What We Do

– Practice three times per week.

  • Two skills practices where the kids are constantly skating, passing, shooting, stickhandling, and competing. Practices are run in an ADM style.
  • One practice per week with a skating instructor. The players have a dedicated skating instructor all season long.

– Limit the number of players on a team.

  • Mites typically capped at 10 players.
  • Squirts and older typically capped at 13 skaters.
  • Less players means more reps in practice and games for each skater. More time playing, learning, and development over the course of the season.

– Focus on the right things.

  • Encourage playmaking. Skating with the puck, passing the puck, stickhandling with the puck. Attacking the puck carrier, backchecking hard. Building confidence with and without the puck.
  • Being a great teammate. Helping others out. Being a positive influence on the ice, in the locker room, and outside of the rink.
  • Creating a life-long passion for hockey.

What We Don’t Do

– Teach systems

  • They can pick up systems easier and more efficiently when they are older.
  • The time spent teaching/rehearsing takes away from puck touches, skating, and other fundamentals that are more important for younger players.

– Care about winning

  • We focus on the process, not the results. We want to compete hard and try our best, but the results do not change how we approach the game.
  • We strive for constant improvement throughout the year that will translate years down the road, not necessarily in the next game.

– Limit ice time

  • All players play equally, as much as possible. Players learn by doing, not watching. Players will play in all situations.

Mite Development » Mite Team » Squirt Team »

Peewee Team » Bantam Team

  • Mite Development Program (8 & Under)

    Micro Ice’s Mite Development Program is the best around! The players will be a part of a team for the first time and grow together as teammates and friends! We practice two times per week where we work on the fundamentals: skating, passing, shooting, and stickhandling. We also have olympic silver medalist, Peter Carruthers, helping coach in some of the practices.

    The team scrimmages other local programs, about 10-15 scrimmages throughout the season. With over 50+ practices plus occasional scrimmages, it’s the best way to develop as a player!

  • Mite Teams (8 & Under)

    Our Mite Teams plays 25+ games in the Valley Hockey League’s Cross Ice League.

    Mite major practices three times per week: twice with Program Director David Breen and once with Peter Carruthers.

    Mite minor practices twice per week: once with Program Director David Breen and once with Peter Carruthers.

    Our developmental focus at the Mite level is to foster engagement and fun through active, small area games. We grow players’ shooting, stickhandling, passing and emphasize position-less puck pursuit and puck support along with having a season-long skating coach.

    Our team size is limited, so your child gets more repetition, more ice time, and develops better than anywhere else (10-11 players max).

  • Squirt Teams (10 & Under)

    Our Squirt Teams plays 35+ games in the Valley Hockey League.

    Team practices three times per week: twice with Program Director David Breen and once with Peter Carruthers.

    Our developmental focus at the Squirt level is to strengthen players’ individual hockey skills and hockey IQ while growing their team play skills, playmaking awareness/capability along with having a season-long skating coach.  Practices are fast paced to maximize speed and athletic development.

    Our team size is limited, so your child gets more repetition, more ice time, and develops better than anywhere else (13 skaters max).

    Goalies receive one private lesson per week with Mike Buckley’s GDS in addition to team practices.

    More info on Ice Dog Goalies

  • Peewee Teams (12 & Under)

    Our Peewee Teams plays 35+ games in the Valley Hockey League.

    Team practices three times per week: twice with Program Director David Breen and once with Peter Carruthers.

    Our developmental focus at the Peewee level is to advance all hockey skills while teaching enhanced game and position responsibilities. These skills include defensive angling, stick positioning, heads-up puck control, longer passing, slap shots and handling body contact along with having a season-long skating coach.

    Our team size is limited, so your child gets more repetition, more ice time, and develops better than anywhere else (13 skaters max).

    Goalies receive one private lesson per week with Mike Buckley’s GDS in addition to team practices.

    More info on Ice Dog Goalies

  • Bantam Teams (14 & Under)

    Our Bantam Teams plays 35+ games in the Valley Hockey League.

    Team practices three times per week: twice with Program Director David Breen and once with Peter Carruthers.

    Our developmental focus at the Bantam level is to grow players skills and game maturity that prepares them to play at the high school level and beyond. We work on more team-related concepts and systems including different forecheck systems, defensive-zone coverages, power-plays, ect. The Bantams like the rest of our teams continue to sharpen their skating skills with a season-long skating coach. In addition, because checking is allowed at this level, we teach the skills related to good body contact and body checking.

    Our team size is limited, so your child gets more repetition, more ice time, and develops better than anywhere else (13 skaters max).

    Goalies receive one private lesson per week with Mike Buckley’s GDS in addition to team practices.

    More info on Ice Dog Goalies

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