Kent Valley Ice Centre, Kent, WA May 2, 2012 - We have received numerous questions on what to do in the spring and summer after the hockey season ends. The simple answer is you need to train on a regular basis, which means almost daily. What that training entails really depends on the player’s age, playing level and hockey aspirations. When I was a youth hockey player, I skated about 300-400 hours during a winter season, mostly playing pick-up games on an outdoor rink. I used to shoot and stickhandle a puck or ball daily. As I got older, my off-ice training included what is currently considered a standard off-ice work out, but at the time was unheard of. If you want to be good, it will take a lot of training and dedication. If you want to be the best, then you have to train the best. My recommendation is that at the very least you need to skate 3-4 times per week all year long, which comes to about 300 hours per year. Skating includes attending Stick n’ Puck and Public Sessions along with your regular practice, skills clinics or any spring teams or summer hockey schools you plan to do. In a standard winter season, you are on the ice around 80-150 hours, depending on whether you play Rec. or Rep. and how many games you play. For the remaining 5 months of the year in the spring and summer, you have at least 150 hours of ice time to make up if your goal is to be on the ice 300 hours a year. That averages to about 5-6 hours of ice per week.
There are a huge number of options available, so you will need to use your training dollars wisely. A typical hockey school is usually about $80.00 to $130.00 per day and you usually get about 2 to 3 hours of ice with all the other off-ice activities. Compare that to an $ 8.50 public session, a $ 10.50 stick n’ puck or one of the training sessions below and you can get more ice time with your training dollars at KentValley.
Les Grauer, Coach KVHA Executive Director/Vice President
Kent Valley Hockey Association is affiliated with USA Hockey,
USA Hockey Pacific District,
Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Associaiton,
and is a member of the local Metropolitan Hockey League.