Based in College Park, MD, the Wells Hockey Clinic is an instructional program dedicated to teaching the game of hockey, and the skills required to play it, to both kids and adults. The program's coaching staff currently has more than 50 years combined coaching experience and each of us have a life-long love of the game.
The Clinic, as it is now known, is broken up into three separate 6 week sessions:
Session 1 - Hockey Skating Skills
Session 2 - Stickhandling, Passing & Shooting
Session 3 - Hockey Team Skills
The New Season will begin in early November, 2010. Stay tuned to the blog for up-to-date info and announcements.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Adult Hockey Scrimmage and Charity Event

On Saturday, April 3rd at 9:00AM, Wells Ice Rink in College Park will host an exhibition hockey scrimmage. The scrimmage is open to current and past participants of the Wells and Tucker Road Adult Ice Hockey Clinics, to players skating in the College Park Hockey League (CPHL) and friends.

The scrimmage will be refereed and will consist of three 15 minute periods. As this is an exhibition, all stoppages in play will be explained by the referee, who will be calling a close game. There are already 2 goaltenders who have volunteered to play for this game, so we're set in net.

For skaters in the Tucker Road and Wells clinics and the CPHL, the cost will be $5. For all others, the cost is $20. Proceeds (after referee fees) from this event will go into an education fund for the daughters of George Dobson, the long time Wells Ice Rink Zamboni driver, Washington Capitals locker room attendant and friend who died of cancer last year.

Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you feel may be interested. This should be a fun learning experience and a great chance to help George’s girls for their future. If you cannot play but would like to make a donation, please contact Wells Ice Rink at 301-277-0654.

Thanks, and see you there!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hockey Sticks: A Love Story

For those of you with subscriptions to or ESPN the Magazine, I highly suggest you read 'To Each His Own', a story on NHL players and their hockey sticks. As goofy as we amatures are with our sticks, NHL players (with a seemingly endless supply of free sticks) are an entirely different monster. Blow torches, belt sanders, hack saws, spray paint and varieties of hockey tape are their tools of the trade, and their use them to custromize their sticks for their particular skill set. And their sticks often last less than 2 games a piece.

Monday, March 22, 2010

An Introduction: Coach Kevin

I'm Coach Kevin. I began playing hockey at the Wells Ice Hockey Clinic in 1989 and began coaching the Clinic in 1995. I'm a USA Hockey Level 4 coach and have been an assistant and goaltending coach for area high school, AAA and women’s teams. I also play on an area Adult-level team comprised mostly of  current and former Wells Adult Hockey Clinic participants. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

I tend to take an intellectual approach to the game; the how's and why's of a particular skill or motion are just as important to me as the results. For those of you who have seen me coach, you'll probably notice I talk a lot. I'll try to use this space to talk about the technical aspects of the game, from the history of the game to equipment technology to physics and biomechanics.