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February Newsletter - Sponsored By Miller Lawn Maintenance

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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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Sponsor of the Month

Miller Lawn Maintenance

Miller Lawn Maintenance is a first-class lawn care company with a deep passion for the outdoors and a strong belief in supporting local youth sports. Request your free quote today by calling (317) 416-2104. We gladly serve Noblesville and the surrounding communities of Fishers, Carmel, Westfield, and Indianapolis.

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Player Of The Month - Kerem Pegg!

Congratulations to 14U Kerem "The Janitor" Pegg!

  • Current Team: 14U White
  • Current Coach: Alex Moyer
  • Player Position: Right Wing
  • Player Experience: 4 seasons (2 House, 1 Fishers Select, 1 14U White)
  • Most Memorable Hockey Experience: Scoring the tournament winning goal last year in Nashville, TN
  • Who is your favorite team(s) and/or player(s)? Detroit Red Wings
  • School/Grade: North Central High School, 9th Grade
  • Community Service:  Volunteer coach, Learn To Play Hockey, supporting Bebor Model Nursery and Primary Schools (can be weblinked to in Rivers State, Nigeria
  • Academic Achievements:  High honor roll
  • Favorite Food:  Sushi
  • Favorite Movie: Black and Blue
  • Tell us a random fun fact about you: My teammates call me "The Janitor" because I score so many "garbage goals" from 2 or 3 feet out.


Player And Coach of the Month

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:

February Birthdays

AJ Kingery
AJ Smith
Augustus Brogan
Avery Bridge
Bauer Morris
Boden Young
Braden Reitz
Brennan Rand
Carter Mann
Cyrus Flannery
Dominic Barone
Drew Dayhuff
Eli Clark
Emmett Davenport
Ethan Scarberry
Evie Grimes
F. Luke Strickland
Harley George
Ian Strauss
Jacob Ehlers
James Trapp
James Shelley
Jaxson Arthur
Jaxton Summers
John Martin
Johnathan Zack
Joseph Konesco
Joshua Treadwell
Kerem Pegg
Lily Davis
Logan Berry
Luke McIntosh
Matthew Beaupre
Max Millay
Maxwell Kerins
Miles Whitlock
Nathan Apple
Nathan Galle
Nathan Daly
Owen Krug
Philip Lapp
Remington Krepper
Riley Miller
Ryan Haskin
Ryan Mattio
Ryland Beechy
Sarah Greener
Spencer Krug
Vaance Thomas Dimartino
William Coles

Player Advancement Report

By Jimmy Mullin

What questions do scouts or evaluators really ask coaches?

  1. Is he/she a good kid? 
    1. It doesn’t matter how good or talented the player is… Coaches want athletes with a good moral code. (Trust us, colleges, and junior teams do their homework.) 
  2. What are his/her grades like?
    • Great students always get extra looks. Most NCAA D1 teams look to give as much academic scholarship out, even before speaking about an athletic scholarship. (Makes room for a better overall team)
  3. What kind of teammate are they?
    • Maybe the most important question a recruiter will ask. No one wants an athlete that can tear the team apart. 
  4. Are they coachable? 
    • Recruiters want to know if the athlete can take advice from a coach and try to implement it on the ice or in the weightroom. Nobody wants a player with all of the answers. 
  5. Are they students of the game?
    • A good coach or good recruiter can always identify the passionate players from those who just get by. The best players in the world learn from others, practice, and work at their skills. This is a more sophisticated term of “rink rat.” Coaches love players that love the game. Plain and simple. 
  6. What is their work ethic like off the ice?
    • This one shouldn't be a shock. Work doesn't stop when you are off the ice. Off-ice work sets the athletes apart and a bad work ethic away from the rink can get the player passed over. 
  7. How is their hockey IQ?
    • Hockey sense is a term that gets thrown around a lot in the hockey world. This is a quick way of asking if they have a good, great or elite sense of the game. You can always work on Hockey IQ. Video, repetition, asking the right questions. At the higher levels of hockey everyone works hard on and off the ice. Hockey IQ is the last piece that truly separates the good and the great. 
  8. Can they handle criticism? 
    • An athlete needs to be able to handle criticism well. This is a sign of maturity and some coaches will test the maturity of a player often. Let's learn how to handle criticism and have thick skin. 

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. 

Jimmy Mullin
Midget Director/ Head Coach-U18 AAA Indy Jr. Fuel
Director of Scouting: Chippewa Steel NAHL
Cell- (856) 505-7153

Goalie Development Report

By Nick Johnsen

IYHA Goalie Newsletter
Topic: “Highlight Reel Saves”
February 2021

What makes a highlight reel save?

I believe there are at least one of ten components that makes a highlight reel save standout amongst the rest.

  1. The goalie does not quit. The goalie competes and does not give the puck a chance to cross the goal line.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. The goalie could get lucky. The puck could get deflected right into the goalie’s glove.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 


Nick Johnsen
IYHA Director of Goaltending


Player Development Report

By Brent Gwidt

Development quote of the month:

“I love everything about hockey.”

            -Wayne Gretzky


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.”

The beginning

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

317 Hockey League Report

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.

Learn to Play Hockey Report

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)

50/50 Raffle Report

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.

Ticket Prices

  • 3 for $5
  • 10 for $10
  • 40 for $20

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:





1/02 A-2880396 $1,185 Claimed
1/08 A-2287001 $1,975 Claimed
1/09 A-1945050 $2,695 Claimed
1/15 Game Postponed    
1/16 Game Postponed    
1/31 A-1375389



Kids' Corner


Charlie Smith

Larry McQueary      
Vice President

Brent Cox

Josh Mervis

Bill Stackhouse

Mike Aulby

Ed Carpenter

John Cavey


Derek Edwardson
Executive Director

JJ Beck
Director of Program Development

Jimmy Mulllin
Director of Player Development
18U AAA Head Coach

Brent Gwidt
Director of Player Development
15U AAA Head Coach

Nick Johnsen
Director of Goalie Development

Adam McHugh
317 Hockey League Director

Ryan Beck
Learn to Play Hockey Director

Andrea Cox

Doug Losure

Mike Bozoian
Disciplinary Chair

Matt Moore
SafeSport Coordinator

Brian Pisula
50/50 Raffle Coordinator


Rink Partners

Arctic Zone Iceplex
16616 Southpark Dr
Wesfield, IN 46074

Carmel Ice Skadium
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

Important Links

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Indianapolis Hockey Officials Association:

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