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Feb 12: Supplemental Skills will take place
Feb 13: No 317 Hockey League games
Feb 20: St. Baldrick's
Feb 20: Try Hockey For Free Day. Limited spots available. Click here to register
Feb 25: Final 317 Hockey League practice
Feb 26 - 28: Guenin Cup Championship Tournament for the 317 Hockey League
March 6-7: Indiana State Championship in Ft. Wayne
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Each newsletter will feature players who are nominated by their coaches for standing out with their hard work, leadership and representing the IYHA Jr Fuel on and off the ice.
We also want to recognize our great coaches and volunteers who generously give their time to the kids and the organization. Thank you all!
Would you like to nominate a coach or volunteer for next month? Email JJ Beck: email@example.com
By Jimmy Mullin
What questions do scouts or evaluators really ask coaches?
Every question I wrote above is something that each player can control themselves. As players go up the hockey ladder, everyone can skate hard, shoot, make plays and be impact players… But each player has the opportunity to separate themselves in unique ways in order to stick out to other clubs or organizations. Be a good teammate, be coachable, always push yourself, control the controllables, and let your on ice play speak for itself.
Midget Director/ Head Coach-U18 AAA Indy Jr. Fuel
Director of Scouting: Chippewa Steel NAHL
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IYHA Goalie Newsletter
Topic: “Highlight Reel Saves”
I believe there are at least one of ten components that makes a highlight reel save standout amongst the rest.
The goalie does not quit. The goalie competes and does not give the puck a chance to cross the goal line.
The goalie makes a mistake. The goalie could slide when they needed to skate to the puck. The goalie could chase a puck that was shot wide of the net.
The goalie stays visually connected to the puck. It is incredibly hard for a goalie to make a save if they cannot see the puck
The goalie’s glove is somehow involved. The glove is a very powerful tool in the game of hockey. Not only is it “cool” to do a windmill save but goalies can stop the play with glove saves, as long as the puck stays in their glove.
The goalie seals the ice. Goalies can seal the ice with almost any piece of their body. Goalies must seal the ice to prevent pucks from going under them.
The goalie goes back to a post. Just like sealing the ice goalies want to prevent pucks from going under them, goalies should be able to prevent pucks going around them. If the goalie can go back to the post with their leg or their hand they dramatically decrease the chance of a goal.
The player shooting the puck could have a bad shot. The shooter may not get all of the power they wanted, the puck could stay on the ice when they wanted to elevate it.
The goalie could get lucky. The puck could get deflected right into the goalie’s glove.
The goalie makes a rebound save. Rebounds dramatically increase the chance of a goal because the goalie has to recover quickly, rebound save could be purely reactionary or purely blocking.
The goalie is creative. The goalie makes a save that is not normal; they fill the space with an unorthodox piece of equipment or their body. Hasek would use his head to make a save.
I hope you all are enjoying the NHL being back in action. The next game you watch or the next big save you see go back through this list and see what components happened.
IYHA Director of Goaltending
By Brent Gwidt
Development quote of the month:
“I love everything about hockey.”
The Road Less Traveled Proves To Be The Smart Road For Auston Matthews
“This is a story about the road not often traveled. It’s an original story that makes little sense to many people. An 18-year-old kid from Scottsdale, Ariz. – a place known for its cacti, golf courses and desert nightlife develops himself into the best prospect in hockey and the projected savior of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
But to fully understand how Auston Matthews got to where he is, you need to know that when he was a boy, he spent thousands of hours on tiny rinks – not much larger than an end zone – crowded with other kids, stickhandling in and around masses of skates and sticks and working on his game.
You need to learn about his skating coach, a Ukrainian named Boris who made players work and train for countless hours until they sometimes couldn’t walk the next day.
You have to recognize Matthews as one-of-a-kind kid who focused so intensely on every aspect of his development .
The next star of one of the NHL’s historic franchises will come from the U.S. Sun Belt and has made headlines ever since the Leafs won the draft lottery in April to get the top pick. A No. 1 has never come from a warm-weather city.
But what makes Matthews’s story exceptional is that growing up in a city with few rinks and little hockey history never held him back. He took a road less traveled, when compared to all the other young aspiring players he competed against. And it paid off.
“It’s a pretty amazing story,” said Mike DeAngelis, director of hockey for Arizona’s Junior Coyotes program. “How does a kid become that good, the best teenager in the world, and ready to step into the NHL, coming out of that type of development schedule? The word outlier comes to mind.”
It started at Ozzie Ice.
Built by wealthy oil-pipeline entrepreneur Dwayne Osadchuk, Ozzie Ice was created to showcase a type of cutting-edge synthetic ice that he had patented. The facility had two small rinks – one synthetic and one real ice – with regulation nets and boards.
Auston Matthews was its best customer. He trained there early and often. Matthews played with anyone and everyone. Kids his age, kids younger, kids older and many of them varying in talent level. He loved it.
Matthews family was committed to his training at Ozzie Ice regardless of the doubters . While other parents were skeptical of the small sheets, Auston’s father wasn’t.
Brian Matthews grew up in Scottsdale playing competitive baseball, a pitcher at a top junior college. He blew out his shoulder early on, but he knew how important development is.
What he didn’t know was the typical development path for NHL prospects. He saw other youth parents in Arizona paying more than $20,000 a year for their kids to travel across the country on AAA teams and he figured that there had to be a better way, or at the very least, a more affordable one.
Having his son train on the smaller sheet, for hours on end against all kinds of competition, made sense to the new hockey dad. He thought that it was similar to how so many soccer greats started in the slums and gyms of Brazil with their own makeshift games of futsal, the 5-on-5 version of soccer.
“When they played games, the score on the small sheet was always like 45-42 or 31-30,” Brian Matthews said of Ozzie Ice. “You couldn’t go anywhere on the ice where someone wasn’t within 20 feet of you. You had to learn how to use your hands, how to think ahead, where the puck was going to go, who was coming, how to turn, how to get away from traffic, create space – all of that stuff – in such a small little window of ice. A lot of kids here developed a lot of really good skills there. They were forced to.”
“People thought it was a joke,” Brian Matthews said. “They said, ‘How do you teach kids hockey without going the full length of the ice? This is ridiculous.’”
Then Auston Matthews began showing up at tournaments and filling the net. Ozzie Ice started to catch on with parents desperate to find ice time in the desert.
Everyone believes that some of the magic Matthews displays on the ice today came from those small ice sheets. “He learned how to stickhandle in a phone booth, then all of a sudden he was put out in a full sheet of ice,” he explained. “You’ve just got that much more time to react and execute.”
Matthews’s coaches can see that influence too.
“His puckhandling skills are off the chart,” said Marc Crawford, who coached Matthews last season in Switzerland’s top pro league. “I’m always amazed at the things he can do. And it really translates in a game. His short-area game is at an NHL level for sure – and it’s at an NHL elite level. I believe that’s a lot of what the game is becoming.
Paying the price
When it became clear that his son was smitten about the game, Brian Matthews tried to pick up as much as he could about hockey and support his son in a variety of hockey skill camps.
However, the financial burden of raising a hockey player in Arizona was a constant. Matthews has a good job – as the chief technology officer with a manufacturing firm – but because ice time is expensive in Arizona, there were sacrifices.
At one point, Ema Matthews worked two jobs – at Starbucks and as a waitress at a high-end restaurant – to help pay for Auston’s hockey.
There were two years where Auston was unable to join a travel team and instead skated with Boris or on his own. Explaining to him that he couldn’t play the game he loved, the way his friends were, wasn’t always easy.
“It was difficult,” Brian Matthews said of making the costs work. “… There were times where it was like, ‘How are we going to do this?’ But you find a way. Our son had a passion and one way or another we found a way to get things done.”
An incredible rise
Everyone in Arizona’s tiny hockey community always knew Auston Matthews had talent. But because he bounced from team to team, and wasn’t always in the high-profile programs, few had him pegged as a potential NHL star.
That began to change as he got older and people began to take notice. Matthews eventually played AAA in Arizona and gained the attention of the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Coach Don Granato invited him for a tryout that summer and realized Matthews’s potential right away. He became the first player from Arizona to join the program.
A few months later, Granato felt compelled to call Brian Matthews. To warn him.
“Brian, I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to give you a heads-up here,” the coach said. “I’ve been around hockey a long, long time, and you’ve got to start preparing for your life to be pretty chaotic.”
“What are you talking about?” the alarmed father asked. Auston Matthews had blown expectations away. Matthews played with the under-18 team and produced nearly a point a game. He was doing things with the puck Granato hadn’t seen from a player that young. The veteran coach began to believe he had one of the best American players – ever – under his watch.
The top U.S. college programs began lining up, hoping they could get Matthews to commit. The WHL’s Everett Silvertips, who had drafted him, were pressing for him to play his draft year there.
Matthews once again took a path less travelled by signing professionally in Switzerland. He turned pro and earned one of the higher salaries in the Swiss league – rumoured to be $400,000 (U.S.).
Again, he shone. Matthews scored 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games for Zurich – the highest totals in league history for a player under 20 years old.
The future face of the Leafs?
Those who know Matthews well don’t worry that the limelight in Toronto – with the expectations that would come with being the franchise’s first No. 1 pick since Wendel Clark in 1985 – will overwhelm him. They believe that he has the right disposition – humble, hard-working and disciplined – to excel under that pressure.
“Without a doubt in my mind, he can handle it,” Granato said. “Whatever’s thrust on him, he’ll always expect more of himself.”
Back in Arizona, Matthews’s former coaches and teammates are rooting for him. If he succeeds the way they expect, it will send a message that kids from the Southwestern United States deserve more attention from the development program and top colleges.
But what Matthews also proves, they argue, is that you can train your way to become an NHL superstar. It’s not all about spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment and travel teams.
There is something to be said for taking the road less travelled, for focusing on skill development and having fun instead of a few short bursts of ice time in game after meaningless game. There is something to be said for what Matthews has become, when where he is from and the resources he had were supposedly stacked against him.
This kid grew up in a non-traditional southern market and really had a non-traditional development path. It basically flies in the face of any parent who’s spending tens of thousands of dollars on their child’s development to play AAA all over the country. He’s really turned the hockey development model upside-down. Let's hope some other young hockey players will learn from Matthew's development-first journey.”
Taken from https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/why-everyone-in-hockey-is-talking-about-auston-matthews-toronto-maple-leafs/article30508528/
By Adam McHugh
Congratulations to the Fishers 8u All Star team on 1st place in the MLK Interstate Showdown. Also, congratulations to the Carmel 8u All Star team for placing 2nd!
Reminder: There are no games on Saturday 2/13 due to President's Day Weekend.
Skills we'll be working on this month:
8u: Passing and shooting. Eventually we want to work up to being able to pass the puck while moving.
10u and 12u: Offensive concepts such as cycling, getting the defense involved in the offensive zone, screening goalies, and where to be positionally. Defensive concepts such as breakouts and defending your opponent 1on1.
14u: Angling and properly taking away the puck from the opponent. We will also be working on the mechanics of shooting and how to generate more offensive opportunities.
By Ryan Beck
Try Hockey For FREE on Saturday, February 20th! This event is for kids ages 4 - 9, that have never played hockey. Participants will be taught the basics of skating and how to play hockey all in one hour!
Spots are limited! Please CLICK HERE to register
Date: Saturday, February 20th
Time: 10:30 - 11:30a
Location: Arctic Zone Iceplex (16616 Southpark Dr. Westfield 46074)
By JJ Beck
Win some cash while supporting youth hockey in Central Indiana!
At every Indy Fuel home game, the IYHA Junior Fuel will conduct a 50/50 raffle with fifty percent of the game’s ticket sales going to one lucky fan and the remainder going to support the IYHA Junior Fuel. 100% of the net proceeds from the raffle will be used to support efforts to grow recreational and developmental youth hockey throughout Central Indiana.
How to Purchase
Tickets will be sold by youth hockey volunteers in the lobby and throughout Indiana Farmers Coliseum prior to and during each game.
Winner Announcement & Redemption
During the third period, the prize amount and winning number will be announced. The winner does not need to be present to win and will have 30 days to claim their prize by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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16616 Southpark Dr
Wesfield, IN 46074
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1040 3rd Ave SW
Carmel, IN 46032
Fuel Tank at Fishers
9022 E. 126th St.
Fishers, IN 46038
Ice Barn Indy
17341 Westfield Park Rd.
Westfield, IN 46074