I love the game of hockey, and my passion for teaching the game is why I’ve spent over 10 years coaching all ages and skill levels. I strive to help players improve on-ice technical skill, enhance both mental and physical preparation and conditioning, boost confidence and instill high-character values. East Coast Varsity is where you go to become both a better hockey player and a better person. – Mr.Erin King (Director of Hockey Program and Leadership)
Through station-based and skill driven practices, players are placed in high repetition drills to maximize development, putting them firmly on the path to realizing their full potential as hockey players. Staff provide each student with individualized assessments on both strengths and areas to improve as well as positive reinforcement to nurture a caring and encouraging environment.
Another important goal is to collaborate with our local hockey teams as students continue to play within their respective minor hockey association. Our individual skills based programming compliments the competitive development component they receive playing with their club team by combining an additional 100 developmental hours with their existing team commitments over the course of the season.
Our hockey coaching team is also strengthened by Amanda Boulegon and Todd Bengert. In addition to helping with foundational skill development, Amanda and Todd are role models and mentors to the Goalies and Girls in our hockey program.
Each student in the ECV program will develop a unique skill-set based on age, ability and rate of progression. Our fundamentals are built through the following “hard skills”:
- Skating (balance, stride, edges, agility, speed, explosiveness, etc.)
- Puck Control (stance, puck protection, passing, deceptiveness, dekes, etc.)
- Shooting (wrist, snap shot, slap shot, backhand, one-timer, in-stride, quick release, etc.)
Furthermore, we place a high emphasis on the “soft skills” built through small-area games that help players be more creative and confident with the puck. By having non-predetermined outcomes through games and specific drills, players are forced to make decisions on their own. This is an evidence-based method for players to develop anticipation, pattern recognition and the other components that together make up the all important “hockey sense”.