Brendan McCartin Named U16 Head Coach For 2014-2015 Season
The Boston Stars are proud to announce Brendan McCartin as its U16 Head Coach for the 2014-2015 season. Brendan played junior hockey in the USHL where he starred for the Sioux City Musketeers. He then went on to play four successful seasons at Bentley College, and then professionally in Germany. The Boston Stars recently announced that it has joined the Mass Premier Development Hockey League (The Premier), renowned for its top-level midget competition. The Boston Stars look forward to Coach McCartin leading them to success in their inaugural season in The Premier.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 10, 2014 BOSTON STARS JOIN MASSACHUSETTS PREMIER DEVELOPMENT HOCKEY LEAGUE (THE PREMIER) BEGINNING 2014-2015 SEASON
The Premier becomes one the largest hockey leagues in New England
The Boston Stars announced today that it has accepted an invitation to join The Massachusetts Premier Development Hockey League (The Premier) which will expand its levels of competition for the 2014-2015 season to include Mites through Midget divisions. The Premier officially accepted the following youth hockey programs into the league; Boston Stars, Central Mass Outlaws, South Shore Conquistadors, Manchester Flames, New England Predators, New England Stars, New England Junior Hurricanes, New Hampshire Junior Monarchs, Rhode Island Hitmen, and Walpole Express. The Premier is now comprised of more than 150 teams from 25 different hockey organizations making it one of the largest hockey leagues in New England.
The Premier will offer Premier (Tier I), Elite (Tier II), and Select (Tier III) levels of competition to all programs. This original parity framework provides for a fair and balanced level of competition. “Given the large number of programs and teams involved, we will be the first league that will develop a real balance in the level of play that will further the positive development of every hockey player.” states Mike Bonish, President of The Premier.
The Premier's expansion is undoubtedly the most positive and significant development in the youth hockey world. Bonish declares, "We are just getting started! We will continue to grow to include more teams that embrace that our commitment to developing young hockey players and positively impacting their lives. The Premier will be the best hockey league in America!"
Our new 3 ON 3 Spring League is a fast-paced, competitive, fun league. A DJ will be spinning music while player's show off their skills & tricks. The City of Somerville and The Boston Stars 3-on-3 league will challenge young players to put their crafty moves to work in a beautiful new small surface arena geared towards 3 ON 3 play. Player's will have their speed and skill tested on every shift!
3 ON 3 games allow each player to experience the whole game in a smaller, faster-paced setting. Players touch the puck more often and get more scoring chances than in traditional games, and the tighter space means more passing and deke moves, too. 3 ON 3 games also force players to make quick decisions and improve their reflexes and reaction times. These critical skills will transfer back to the full ice when next season starts.
The Boston Stars and the City of Somerville have created an innovative league utilizing a beautiful rink specifically tailored to small area games and 3 ON 3 play. Player's will have the time of their lives developing their skills.
SKILLS WITH MAX GRATCHEV
This camp will be fun but challenging and will provide all levels of players with a solid foundation of the essentials skills required to advance their level of play. Special attention will be placed on all aspects of forwards and backwards skating. Emphasis will be placed on stride, edge control, cross-overs, stopping and turns. All aspects of puck control and shooting will also be taught. Each skill will be broken down so that all students gain a solid understanding of the skills being taught. Skill specific games will be used to aid in improvement while providing fun for all students.
Height: 5' 11"
Born: Sep 26, 1988
Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia Drafted: NYI / 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (106th Overall)
"Max is always one of the hardest workers on and off the ice. His skating and positive attitude makes other's follow him and try to be better at whatever there doing. Working with Max would be an amazing experience for any hockey player."
Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
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SEPTEMBER 7TH 2013 - MARCH 24TH 2014
10 STEPS ALLOWS MAKE-UPS
The highly acclaimed Ten Steps program with Igor Gratchev will be kicking off another season starting September 7th, 2013. Come join the program that has developed numerous Division 1 Collegiate Athletes into National Champions, NHL All-Stars, as well as NHL Players. High intensity drills and training will develop your select elite hockey player into a future star. The program is based on a unique, time-proven methodology developed exclusively for Igor Hockey by our founder Igor Gratchev.
The Ten Steps Program has molded and developed these players:
135th overall, 2007 Colorado Avalanche
2-time Boston College National Champion
Hockey East First All-Star Team 2009-2010
Pittsburgh Penguins Organization
2-time Boston College National Champion
105th Overall, 2005 Phoenix Coyotes
2011 NHL All-Star
43rd Overall, 2003 San Jose Sharks
Boston Bruins Organization
129th Overall, 2005 Minnesota Wild
Boston College National Champion
106th Overall, 2007 New York Islanders
Columbus Blue Jackets Organization
USA National Team
2012 NHL Draft
Nashville Predators 66th Overall
Boston Stars Are Proud To Announce New Affiliation With Goaltending Coach Mike
Mike Geragosian, one of the most experienced and technical goaltender coaches, has developed several professional players and college All-Stars. Presently, Mike is the Goalie Coach at Hockey East's Boston University and is Director of Goaltending for USA Hockey - MA. He consults goaltenders and coaches at all levels throughout the nation. In addition to his present affiliation with Boston University, Mike has also coached at Merrimack College, UMass Lowell, and Princeton University. He is a national consultant for professional, college, and USA Hockey. Mike has his Masters degree and has been an educator for over 25 years.
An All-East goaltender himself, Mike continues to produce the finest collegiate goaltenders in the country. Several of his protégé have become All-American goaltenders and have played at the professional level for Calgary, Winnipeg, Pittsburg and Buffalo.
Mike's hard work philosophy along with his personal teaching methods have developed several goaltenders playing at all levels. Mike instructs over 500 goaltenders annually. He has also been an asset to several college head coaches and professional scouts by recruiting goaltenders for their squads.
Mike will hold skills sessions to ensure each Boston Stars goaltender is reaching his full potential and developing at the highest level possible.
All Skills Sessions: 8-9pm Rink #2 Somerville Veterans Memorial Arena
High Praise For Max Gratchev's MaxPro And Boston Stars Skill
by Webmaster posted 07/30/2013
Max Gratchev'sMaxPro Skills Get's High Praise From Some Of The NHL's Brightest Prospects And Current NHL Player's
"Max is always one of the hardest workers on and off the ice. His skating and positive attitude makes other's follow him and try to be better at whatever there doing. Working with Max would be an amazing experience for any hockey player"
Arturs Kulda - Winnipeg Jets
"If you are a defenseman you know that you are in trouble when you have to play Max. He has a good idea of how to burn you with elite skating and outside speed and work your butt off in the corner. A great guy to learn what it is like to be a pro and how it feels to play and work your way to the top utilizing a world class skill level"
Catholic Memorial Thayer Academy Russian Junior National Team U16, U17 & U18 Major Junior Hockey League (Rimouski and Quebec) New York Islander Draft Pick # 106 overall KHL, AHL & NHL
Every Youth player has goals. Whether it is to develop as a player, earn a scholarship, or play in the NHL.
The biggest question is how?
*HOW CAN A PLAYER MAXIMIZE HIS DEVELOPMENT*
We all know through out any career you can learn new things every day whether your 10 or 50 but realistically the window for a youth player to develop is between 7-17 years old. between these ages a player can maximize his potential and develop all the skills necessary to get that full scholarship or catch the eye of scouts. To maximize the development of skills a child needs proper instruction. A child needs repetition and proper knowledge of how and when to use these skills. To actually fully understand and be able to utilize the skills that are taught a child needs to develop skill mastery. To achieve skill mastery players need repetition and to develop the skill being taught from all aspects.
"Repetition is the father of learning"
*THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TEAM GAMES AND SKILLS PRACTICES*
The difference between team games and skill practices is that players do one drill 2 to 3 times and move on to the next and practices are focused on the team as a whole not to develop each individuals skills. That teaching of hockey for youth players has been dying and has not provided results because players are not taught to MASTER SKILLS used in every shift of every game. The 80 game model professionals use today is not beneficial for youth players looking to maximize potential. High School and Junior coaches are interested in building a resume and winning games. Which essentially makes players hesitant to make mistakes and try to develop there skills. Practices each week become only focused on beating your next opponent. The BOSTON STARS AND IGOR GRATCHEV have taken a whole new approach in developing there players. Players use the games as tests each week to learn the skills they have been provided with during the skill sessions. The focus on individual passing, puck handling, and skating become effective in the games because players are now easily able to pass to each other and skate to open ice and all of a sudden these individual skills benefit your line mates, team, and coaches. The alumni and results are the proof.
Within one 60 minute game a player touches the puck on average of about 1 minute and 30 seconds. In a skill session that last 1 hour and 30 minutes a player will have the puck on his stick for about 1 hour and 15 minutes executing, passing, stick handling, and skating with the puck. If you break this information down 11 sessions at GRATCHEV MASTER CLASS is equal to 4 SEASONS of youth games.
When these skills are taught correctly and shown how they should be executed properly and players repeat these skills over and over when it comes time for a game, which is essentially a test to demonstrate and also to track the players development, it will be natural to them and will be fluid and impressive because the elements were MASTERED through repetition and puck touches.
*BENEFITS OF SMALL SURFACE ICE TRAINING*
The game of hockey is played in 3 zones. Offensive zone, Neutral zone, Defensive zone. Within these 3 zones gameplay becomes minimized even more and essentially puck handling, skating, and passing have to be utilized in a tight and congested area of the ice. Small surface ice training allows a player to develop skill and hockey sense without having too much space or time for maneuvering. This training is crucial for a youth player to develop, maneuverability, quickness, and skillful play in traffic.
Taken from A University of Minnesota study on Youth hockey players development:
• Skill execution and knowing when and how to execute the required skill is the limiting factor in sport performance. Coaches need to understand that athletes make many of their decisions based on their own skill constraints.( If youth coaches spend more time on cognitive skill development the players will beable to perform at higher levels)
*WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT*
* Strides and Edge Control * Puck Control *Crossovers / Stopping and Turns * Speed Training * Passing * Skill Mastery * Start Quickness * Hockey Sense