Located on the west side of the state, about 150 miles northwest of metropolitan Detroit, Michigan’s District 6 has become a hothouse for the American Development Model, USA Hockey’s player development program from Mites to Midgets.
In early 2010, when the district’s leadership debated the merits of adopting the ADM, the discussion always came back to what was best for its players. For the directors of District 6’s Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association, that meant implementing the ADM as soon as possible.
“They really pushed for it,” said Wendy Mielock, a parent of four GRAHA players. “They said, ‘this is going to be the best thing for our kids and for our organization, so let’s do it.”
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