On the heels of the recent ADM Open House hosted by Chicago Mission at Seven Bridges Ice Arena on May 31, registrations for the Fall Program at all three Tier I organizations are pouring in. Over 55 skaters participated in the 70 minute skate along with Tier I coaches and USA Hockey staff. The kids were put through a fun, challenging, and rigorous skate while the parents attended an information session. USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager, Bob Mancini, addressed the parents and answered questions about the ADM Program. Gino Cavallini, Hockey Director of the Chicago Mission, shared the story of his own son’s experience with ADM style practices and half-ice games while living in Europe. Gino discussed the benefits that his son, who is now a freshman on the University of Wisconsin Hockey team, received as a mite that prepared him to play his first full-ice game as a Squirt back in the States. Gino stated, “It was a great introduction to hockey for my son. The cross ice format was how they played in Europe at those early ages and this was back in the mid 90’s while I was still playing professionally. The kids couldn’t wait to get back to the rink. Five years of skill development while playing cross ice never hindered his growth and development in the game.”
Additionally, Bob Mancini and Ty Hennes, USA Hockey ADM Regional Managers, spent time prior to the on-ice skate with the coaches discussing the details of the ADM Program, on-ice implementation, long term athlete development, and the importance of off-ice training. Registration opened June 1st, and over 100 skaters signed up in the first week. Please click HERE for more information on this new and exciting program.