Now that summer vacation is essentially over, it is natural for many of the young people getting back into the routine of studying and reading and retaining large quantities of facts and figures to ….well, think of summer vacation.
For many kids summer can be be easily described as the best of times.
For many youth hockey players there are summer hockey camps, stick times, roller hockey tournaments and various a showcases to participate in.
Hockey parents have found that the more their child embraces hockey, the more the games sucks up traditional summer activities and “money” and is replaced with “hockey stuff.”
My nephew Jonathan is one of those kids who at one time had a summer that included the beach, maybe a weekend at an amusement park, or a visit to relatives and some downtime. His parents say “now its hockey, hockey and more hockey. “
He was asked to give an accounting of all things he did this summer.He said” I played a lot of hockey.” More specifically he ended his regular season with participation in the USA Hockey National Tournament in New York playing for the TPH Thunder 2000 squad.
After captaining his team (Americans) to a solid performance and finishing (3-1-2) meaning he was number three in scoring, number one in assists and second in penalty minutes. Surprising to his parents was his desire to put his skates on after his season ended.
Many of his hockey buddies who he grew up felt exactly the same way after the regular season was over. What is unique about the thirst to play hockey is now in it is also entrenched in the South. Teammates Shaw Walworth, Clendenin Stewart, Jalen Wand, and Mason Palmer all continued to play the sport they have come to love all season long. In June he was asked to participate in Southeast Regional State Wars Tournament qualifier playing for a local Atlanta team with his teammate last season Jalen Wand and Shaw Walworth who he played with at the Marietta Ice Center (MIC).
Jonathan ended up winning the MVP in one series and the Top Dishman (most assists) in the second on inline skates and Shaw Walworth finished as the top goal scorer. His team missed out in advancing to the Regional Tourney after being defeated by the crosstown Atlanta Bulldogs. The winning goal was scored by Breck Crawford (another former teammate) while Jonathan was serving a 10 minute penalty for telling the referee he made a ”nice call.” The game ended with a 4-3 loss.
Next up was the Hockey Night in Boston Tournament which was a collection of players personally selected from all over the US, including states like Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Fifty four skaters were selected to participate in the tourney and Shaw was selected to participate in the All-Star matchup.
The West Division Atlanta squad coached by Ryan Terrana ( Atlanta Capitals) featuring Shaw, Walworth, Hammond , Driggs, Jones, Stewart, Abate, Palmer , and Sayles came out best. The team seemed to jell quickly and went on to take all of the marbles defeating teams from traditional hockey markets.
Right before school was to start Jonathan participated in the Townshend Hockey Camp. “I have been to a lot of camps, but I really enjoyed he Townshend Camp” It was hard work, but I met a lot of talented kids, and it was super fun” Jonathan commented.
So after the camp was over he had to start preparing for the upcoming school year and yes you guessed it-more hockey.
It is not often that teachers ask for their students to write papers about “ what I did during my Summer vacation” but if they did my nephew and his pals could put some interesting adventures on paper,
They wouldn’t even have to make anything up.
Townshend Hockey Camp
The Townshend hockey school is listed as one of the fastest growing because it is run by an ex-NHler andFor 4 years, he served as the Player Development Coordinator for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks (one of only 3 in the NHL). His primary responsibility was to prepare all Sharks players and prospects with the skills required for the “new” NHL, most notably, enhancing their skating skills.
On September 9, 2008 he was hired as the Skating Coach for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. He held the position until the end of the 2012 season.
Graeme Townshend –
For 4 years, Graham served as the Player Development Coordinator for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks (one of only 3 in the NHL). His primary responsibility was to prepare all Sharks players and prospects with the skills required for the “new” NHL, most notably, enhancing their skating skills.On September 9, 2008 he was hired as the Skating Coach for the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. He held the position until the end of the 2012 season.
The team comprised of Shaw Walworth (who ended up the top goal scorer in one of the two regional rounds), Jared Wand, and a host of other Atlanta based skaters took off their ice skates and put on inline skates to participate in the regional playoffs. The matches were hard fought with Jonathans team losing to the Atlanta Bulldogs. Jonathan Shaw said” I wasn’t assessed a ten minute penalty I do not feel I deserved the outcome would be different.”
Atlanta boys win title
Hockey night in Boston is an annual invitation only event established in 1972 that brings youth players together form all parts of the world for a weekend of high performance games and a All-Star selection.
HNIB’s Major Showcase is considered by many College, Prep, and Junior recruiters as one of their most important scouting criterion for evaluating the top underclassmen in the USA
The most unexpected thing about the tourney was that the team made up of several Atlanta based skaters WON!
NHL Players that participated in HNIB :
•Jonathan Quick (NHL – Los Angeles Kings / High School – Hamden HS / Prep – Avon Old Farms)
•Brian Boyle (NHL – Tampa Bay Lightning / Prep – St. Sebastian’s)
•Cory Schneider (NHL – New Jersey Devils / High School – Marblehead HS / Prep – Phillips Andover)
•Chris Kreider (NHL – New York Rangers / High School – Masconomet Reg. / Prep – Phillips Andover)
•Nick Bonino (NHL – Vancouver Canucks / High School – Farmington HS / Prep – Avon Old Farms)