USA Junior Hockey Magazine December 2009 : Page 16

6 • December 2009 PoRtLAnD JR. PIRAtes jrpirates.pucksystems2.com Apex helps Pirates youth, junior players The Portland Junior Pirates are a suc- cessful youth and junior hockey organiza- tion dedicated to developing the complete player, both on and off the ice. With Apex Hockey Training at the organization’s home base, the MHG Ice Centre, Portland Junior Pirates athletes get a complete training experience. The Pirates work with children of all ages, beginning with their Little Crack- ers Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs, followed by their youth AAA Mites through Midgets, and finally their junior program which has supported over 60 athletes who have advanced to colle- giate play. All athletes associated with the Port- land Jr. Pirates are encouraged to attend Apex Hockey Training’s signature sum- mer camps. The Apex philosophy, like the Pirates’, is based on the development of the complete player, both on and off the ice. Apex and the Portland Jr. Pirates are committed to providing every player with first-class coaching and extensive skills training. “The Apex Hockey Training model aligns with the Portland Junior Pirates curriculum, which places a strong empha- sis on fundamental base work, skill devel- opment, and off-ice workouts,” said Joa- kim Wahlstrom, general manager of the Pirates. “Through Apex, our players have an opportunity to work on and strengthen their core skills – above and beyond what they are able to do at team practices and games.” Apex Hockey Training offers both day and boarding camps and provides a pro- fessional, certified coaching staff; low stu- dent-to-instructor ratios; and small group training sessions. In addition to the game, activities include surfing, golf trips, beach days, group lobster bakes, BBQ’s, and even a trip to the Funtown Splashtown wa- ter park. The 2010 camps begin July 12. “Apex provides an extremely valuable experience for all attendees, including the Pirates athletes,” said Brooks Boucher, director of Apex Hockey Training and co-head coach of the Jr. A team. “Apex is dedicated to the belief that every player de- serves our commitment to excellence, and we expect the highest level of dedication from our players in return. A large majori- ty of the players in the Pirates organization attend the Apex summer camps to further their training. During this time, they are also able to build relationships with other attendees from all over the region.” The day camps run Monday through Friday, with four sessions beginning July 12 and ending Aug. 6. Boarding camps run Sunday through Friday, with two sessions beginning July 19 and ending July 30. Register for the camps at jrpirates. pucksystems2.com (click on logo on left side of screen) by March 1 to receive 10 percent off. ceDAR RAPIDs RoUGHRIDeRs www.roughridershockey.com Hemingway on write path as Riders’ goalie By Jeff Johnson It’s true. Matt hemingway is related to that famous writer who shares his last name. Granted, Ernest hemingway was the second cousin of his great-grandfather. But, hey, that counts. “I think my family and about four other people are the only ones that know that,” Hemingway said with a smile. “I’ve read Old Man and the Sea, but that’s it. I don’t really like to write. Nothing like that.” The truth is, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders rookie could write a good book about how to be a small goaltender. And when we say small, we mean small. Hemingway is listed by the RoughRid- ers at 5-feet-5-inches and 141 pounds, though he claims to be 5-6. In the world of goaltending, that’s beyond tiny. “I consider myself a stand-up, hybrid kind of goalie,” said Hemingway, 18. “I rely on my quickness and not my size be- cause I’m not that big.” Hemingway has been primarily a back- up to troy grosenick in the first part of the United States Hockey League season, but showed his ability in a 2-0 shutout at Chicago on Oct. 30. He was named the USHL Goaltender of the Week. Perhaps the best goalie the RoughRid- ers have had in their 11-year history is Bobby goepfert, also not a big guy. Not Hemingway small, but definitely not big. The kid is out to prove size doesn’t re- ally matter. “The shots are a lot faster here, the passes a lot quicker,” Hemingway said. “It took me awhile, but I feel like I’m starting to get it.” JAMestoWn Jets www.jamestownjets.com Jets face toughest stretch of season As the holidays neared, the Jamestown Jets were in the toughest month of their schedule. December sees the Jets travel to Wooster and also north of the border to take on Team Ulysse, while they host Troy for the Jets’ first-ever meeting with the Bruins. The Jets are playing well of late and have won six of eight games. Recent additions in Joe rohm and ryan Cun- ningham have helped solidify an offense that was searching for an identity early in the season. “Cunny and Romer have really helped to balance our lines giving us the depth we need to be successful and we’ve got- ten excellent production from our third and fourth lines of late as well,” said Jets head coach dennis Canfield. Another player who has benefited from the additions is assistant captain nate hughes, who scored four times against the Adirondack Predators. The Jets will need his clutch play and leader- ship throughout this rough stretch. In other news, the Jets named dan igielinski the team’s captain. “Danny is a good leader and exempli- fies exactly what Jets hockey is all about.” Canfield said. For more information on the Jets, please stay tuned to www.jamestownjets. com or call 716-484-8167.

Portland Jr. Pirates

Apex helps Pirates youth, junior players<br /> <br /> The Portland Junior Pirates are a successful youth and junior hockey organization dedicated to developing the complete player, both on and off the ice.<br /> <br /> With Apex Hockey Training at the organization’s home base, the MHG Ice Centre, Portland Junior Pirates athletes get a complete training experience.<br /> <br /> The Pirates work with children of all ages, beginning with their Little Crackers Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs, followed by their youth AAA Mites through Midgets, and finally their junior program which has supported over 60 athletes who have advanced to collegiate play.<br /> <br /> All athletes associated with the Portland Jr. Pirates are encouraged to attend Apex Hockey Training’s signature summer camps. The Apex philosophy, like the Pirates’, is based on the development of the complete player, both on and off the ice. Apex and the Portland Jr. Pirates are committed to providing every player with first-class coaching and extensive skills training.<br /> <br /> “The Apex Hockey Training model aligns with the Portland Junior Pirates curriculum, which places a strong emphasis on fundamental base work, skill development, and off-ice workouts,” said Joakim Wahlstrom, general manager of the Pirates. “Through Apex, our players have an opportunity to work on and strengthen their core skills – above and beyond what they are able to do at team practices and games.” Apex Hockey Training offers both day and boarding camps and provides a professional, certified coaching staff; low student- to-instructor ratios; and small group training sessions. In addition to the game, activities include surfing, golf trips, beach days, group lobster bakes, BBQ’s, and even a trip to the Funtown Splashtown water park. The 2010 camps begin July 12.<br /> <br /> “Apex provides an extremely valuable experience for all attendees, including the Pirates athletes,” said Brooks Boucher, director of Apex Hockey Training and co-head coach of the Jr. A team. “Apex is dedicated to the belief that every player deserves our commitment to excellence, and we expect the highest level of dedication from our players in return. A large majority of the players in the Pirates organization attend the Apex summer camps to further their training. During this time, they are also able to build relationships with other attendees from all over the region.” The day camps run Monday through Friday, with four sessions beginning July 12 and ending Aug. 6. Boarding camps run Sunday through Friday, with two sessions beginning July 19 and ending July 30.<br /> <br /> Register for the camps at jrpirates.<br /> <br /> Pucksystems2.com (click on logo on left side of screen) by March 1 to receive 10 percent off.

Cedar Rapids Roughriders

Jeff Johnson

Hemingway on write path as Riders’ goalie<br /> <br /> True. Matt Hemingway is related to that famous writer who shares his last name.<br /> <br /> Granted, Ernest Hemingway was the second cousin of his great-grandfather.<br /> <br /> But, hey, that counts.<br /> <br /> “I think my family and about four other people are the only ones that know that,” Hemingway said with a smile. “I’ve read Old Man and the Sea, but that’s it. I don’t really like to write. Nothing like that.” The truth is, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders rookie could write a good book about how to be a small goaltender.<br /> <br /> And when we say small, we mean small.<br /> <br /> Hemingway is listed by the RoughRiders at 5-feet-5-inches and 141 pounds, though he claims to be 5-6. In the world of goaltending, that’s beyond tiny.<br /> <br /> “I consider myself a stand-up, hybrid kind of goalie,” said Hemingway, 18. “I rely on my quickness and not my size because I’m not that big.” Hemingway has been primarily a backup to Troy Grosenick in the first part of the United States Hockey League season, but showed his ability in a 2-0 shutout at Chicago on Oct. 30. He was named the USHL Goaltender of the Week.<br /> <br /> Perhaps the best goalie the RoughRiders have had in their 11-year history is Bobby Goepfert, also not a big guy.<br /> <br /> Not Hemingway small, but definitely not big.<br /> <br /> The kid is out to prove size doesn’t really matter.<br /> <br /> “The shots are a lot faster here, the passes a lot quicker,” Hemingway said.<br /> <br /> “It took me awhile, but I feel like I’m starting to get it.”

River City Jaguars

Jets face toughest stretch of season<br /> <br /> As the holidays neared, the Jamestown Jets were in the toughest month of their schedule.<br /> <br /> December sees the Jets travel to Wooster and also north of the border to take on Team Ulysse, while they host Troy for the Jets’ first-ever meeting with the Bruins.<br /> <br /> The Jets are playing well of late and have won six of eight games. Recent additions in Joe Rohm and Ryan Cunningham have helped solidify an offense that was searching for an identity early in the season.<br /> <br /> “Cunny and Romer have really helped to balance our lines giving us the depth we need to be successful and we’ve gotten excellent production from our third and fourth lines of late as well,” said Jets head coach Dennis Canfield.<br /> <br /> Another player who has benefited from the additions is assistant captain Nate Hughes, who scored four times against the Adirondack Predators. The Jets will need his clutch play and leadership throughout this rough stretch.<br /> <br /> In other news, the Jets named Dan Igielinski the team’s captain.<br /> <br /> “Danny is a good leader and exemplifies exactly what Jets hockey is all about.” Canfield said.<br /> <br /> For more information on the Jets, please stay tuned to www.jamestownjets. com or call 716-484-8167.

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