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									The Official Newsletter of incredible ICE

Volume 1, Number 3 • January/February 2008

Atoms hockey program designed for children 7 years or younger
Proposed Front Elevation View of the expanded incredible ICE

Division races hotly contested; Spring season starts in March

2008 promises to be one of the most of-the art enhancements that include a exciting years in the history of incredifull-sized exercise gym, staff offices, ble ICE, as we are set to become one of players lounge, locker room, meeting the only triple-ice facilities south of room, media work room, video room Washington, D.C. Very shortly, conand off-ice training component. struction will start on a 50,000-square“In the 11 years since we first foot expansion of incredible ICE, opened, incredible ICE has been at the adding a third sheet of ice, along with a forefront of the growth of recreational state-of-the-art training facility that will hockey and figure skating in the house the Florida Panthers hockey Southeastern United States,” said Jeff club. Construction is scheduled to be Campol, VP & GM of incredible ICE. finished by the 2008 holiday season. “We will now be one of the premier ice While the new ice sheet will be facilities in the country, with the added reserved for use by the Panthers, it will ability to host larger scale hockey touralso be utilized on a regular basis for naments, skating competitions and incredible ICE’s figure skating and other events.” recreational hockey programs and JR. Panthers travel hockey club. This will allow us to greatly expand our youth and adult hockey and figure skating programs, plus develop other new and exciting on-ice activities. Additional upgrades to incredible ICE will include four new general-purpose locker rooms, new party rooms and even more incredible amenities for our customers. The new Florida Panthers training facility will feaJR. Panthers teams continue to thrive. See story inside. ture numerous state-

Angling is the true key to proper checking on the ice


Letter from the


JR. Panthers Enjoying Strong Season
As we reach the midpoint in this year’s travel hockey season, our JR. Panthers are once again thriving in state and local league play, as well as at tournaments throughout the country. The JR. Panthers Peewee ’95 AAA and Bantam ’93 AAA teams are both headed in mid-January to the 2008 International Silver Stick Finals up in Port Huron, Mich. Having two of our organization’s teams selected to play in this invitation-only tournament for topranked AAA teams is a remarkable accomplishment. Speaking of tournaments, our recently concluded 2007 Thanksgiving Invitational was a huge success, with 44 teams in attendance, including the Humberview Huskies coming all the way from Toronto, Ontario. Our own JR. Panthers Squirt Minor 98’s were champions in the Squirt AA division, our Squirt 97’s “played up” and won the Peewee A division, and our U-16 AA team was victorious in the U-16 AA division. Honorable mention goes to the JR. Panthers Mite Major 99’s, Bantam Major 93’s and U-16 A team, each of whom were finalists in their respective divisions. As regular season play winds down over the next two months, many of our teams will be vying for the lead in their respective divisions. We expect to see our organization represented once again in the upcoming SAHOF State Championships at every playing level. In the SFHL AA league, our Squirt 97’s are just a few points out of first place in the Squirt division and are playing their best hockey of the season. The team recently competed in the prestigious Bell Capital Cup up in Ottawa, Ontario, finishing with a record of two wins and one loss against some of the toughest AA teams in North America. We’re proud to report that Timmy Callahan was named the top goalie in the Skills Competition, while Jake Chychrun led all scorers in the round-robin competition, tallying seven goals in three games. Great job, boys!

This is certainly an exciting time to part of the incredible ICE family. Our building is set for an incredible expansion, our PAHA youth and Jeff Grier, Director Hockey Operations adult leagues are enjoying one of the best years ever, our figure skating program is reaching new heights and our JR. Panthers travel hockey program is continuing to set the mark for competitive travel organizations nationwide. While 2007 was a banner year, 2008 promises to be even better. By this time next year, incredible ICE will become the only year-round triple ice complex in the Southeastern United States. The possibilities are almost endless, with the flexibility to add many new and exciting programs and activities for children and adults alike. As we move into the new year, our youth recreation leagues will head to the finish of a longer September-to-March season, culminating in what should be an exciting set of playoffs. Once completed, the kids will lace up once again for a new spring season that will run into early June. We are also pleased to once again offer a fast-paced 4-on-4 program during the summer of 2008. In addition, for youth players at the highest competitive levels, incredible ICE is planning to host spring season travel teams in the ’99 through ’95 age classifications. These teams will be formed from open tryouts that will be announced soon. As currently envisioned, each team will attend two high-end tournaments. Keep on the lookout for more information. Quite simply, there is something for everyone happening every day at incredible ICE. Best of all, we boast one of the most knowledgeable staffs — from our hockey and figure skating instructors to our retail pros and great team of operations personnel — all of whom are here to make each and every visit as incredible as possible. See you at the rink. Coach Grier

Atoms Hockey – An incredible Way to Start
There’s no better way for young players to interact, develop and play hockey in a team environment than our Florida Panthers Atoms Hockey program. Children 7 years and younger get to enjoy a unique program that has been specially adopted to fit within USA Hockey’s “Cross-Ice” model, offering combined skills training with focus on the “fun”damentals. Countless graduates of our Atoms program have since moved on to become travel hockey players, while many, many more play season after season in our youth recreation leagues. A few can even be found playing at the collegiate and Junior level, including Michael Steele, who is currently playing for the Owen Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League. Our Atom program runs continuously throughout the year in 16-week segments, with the next session set to start on March 9. All participants get a team jersey and socks, along with a lifetime of great memories for the entire family. Sessions fill quickly, so don’t delay … sign up today!

The Official Newsletter of incredible ICE Volume 1, Number 3
Jeff Campol Vice President & General Manager Barry Rothman Editor Nadia Abich Marketing Director Matthew F. Sacco Assistant Editor

incredible Equipment Tip of the Month
The one thing we notice most about youth players when they come into the incredible SPORTS Pro Shop is how much they grow each season. When we look out on the ice, we also see that their growth spurts often result in equipment that no longer fits properly. Shin guards are the most obvious. A shin guard that is too small won’t cover the area between the skate boot top and the bottom of the shin guard, exposing this area to serious injury. Shin guards are best fitted when the player is sitting, with the size measured from the center of the knee cap to the top of the skate boot. Proper fit is essential, as a shin guard that’s too big will ride up and not adequately protect the knee. The best way to ensure maximum protection and comfort is to try on all equipment before making any purchase, bringing along current pads, gloves and skates. And the best place to do it is at incredible SPORTS, where you’ll find the largest selection of equipment and the most knowledgeable staff.

Playing Tips from Coach Grier:

Angling — The True Key to Proper Checking
Go to any hockey game and the play that usually draws the biggest reaction from spectators is a well-thrown check. But a check is only the bump that comes at the end of a well-performed angle. Angling is the basis of nearly all defensive play — which is especially important in the younger age brackets where checking is prohibited. I should also point out that the recent rules changes, coupled with the fact that hockey is being played by quicker, more agile athletes, has elevated angling to one of the most important skills a player should possess. Quite simply, angling means forcing an opponent to go in the direction that you want — effectively limiting the time and space available to a puck carrier or forcing them to an area where legal body contact can be made. Angling comes in three basic forms: steering, deflecting, and stalling or containing. The most commonly used technique is steering, where a player utilizes skating skills and body and stick position to force a puck carrier to a poor position on the ice (most often the boards). Steering begins while skating to the side of a player in a similar direction. For a target, I recommend using the opponent’s top hand on the stick. Never skate directly at the puck carrier, but instead skate parallel to or in an arc towards the opponent. When executed properly, this prevents the puck carrier from cutting back on you. You must always remember to match your opponent’s speed, keep your feet moving, your stick on the ice and continually close the gap between you and your opponent. Good angling always initiates good contact and, just as importantly, safe contact. It is important for coaches to spend time building the angling skills of their players, and equally important for players to develop skating skills that will help them master the art of angling.

Why incredible Sports is so incredible!
Ever wonder why our incredible Sports Pro Shop has the biggest and best selection of merchandise? It’s because we enjoy one of the strongest manufacturer relationships of any shop in the entire country. We are the largest dealer in the Southeast U.S. for almost every major hockey equipment manufacturer. Only the most elite dealers, such as our store, are entitled to the full line of elite hockey products and get access to many new products before they are released to other dealers. We are also invited to meetings with top sales executives and product designers annually, where feedback from our customers is relayed directly to the decision makers. And if there is a problem with a product, we will get it replaced. NikeBauer, Reebok/CCM and Easton Hockey want a presence in our facility and they often go out of their way to provide our customers with best service possible. Just as important, each member of incredible SPORTS’ full-time staff has over 10 years experience in the hockey products industry. Jennifer Simmons, director of merchandising/retail operations, has been managing and buying for hockey pro shops for over 12 years. She is regularly invited to manufacturing factory tours and product discussion groups and has been a guest speaker at the Ice Skating Institute annual conference. Danny Garcia, manager, retail operations, has worked for incredible SPORTS for 10 years and is our resident authority on all hockey skates, sticks and protective equipment. If you want to know how the new RBK skate compares to the old CCM 652 Tacks, then Danny is the one to speak to. Matt Redmond, retail sales manager, has over 15 years of hockey retail experience, including as an NHL product rep for TPS. A native of Toronto, he is an accomplished hockey player himself, though his more famous father and uncle, Dick Redmond and Mickey Redmond, boast a combined 22 years of NHL playing experience and a few Stanley Cup rings. Better than anyone else, we know your game!

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More incredible News
It was an incredible night to remember, with over 2,000 spectators in attendance at the BankAtlantic Center, 130 members of the Panthers Figure Skating Club performing on the ice, plus former world champion and six-time U.S. national champion Todd Eldredge. Make no mistake about it, our annual Holiday Show, held on Dec. 10, was our biggest and best ever. Thanks to all the participants and volunteers who made this event a huge success. Next up on the schedule will be the 2008 South Florida Challenge Figure Skating Competition, to be held on March 21-22. This USFS-sanctioned event is expected to draw over 250 participants at a complete range of age and skill levels. So come on down over Easter weekend and cheer on the competitors.

PAHA Fun Moves into the New Year
The 2007-2008 Fall/Winter PAHA season returns this month after a brief holiday hiatus with 24 teams pointing towards the playoffs. From Mite to Midget, all of the division races are being hotly contested. But no matter how they finish the regular season, every team stands a good chance to capture the championship trophy. During the holiday break, we held our first annual PAHA holiday family skate. There was a tremendous turnout for this event, with players, siblings and parents skating and having a great time. The response was so positive that we are considering making this a new holiday tradition at incredible ICE. Right around the corner is the upcoming spring 2008 PAHA season that will start play in March. Sign-ups will take place in the conference room on Monday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, 12-4 p.m., and on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 68 p.m. Later this year will be our TPS “Super Skills” 4-on-4 Summer Hockey League for competitive teams in the squirt through bantam age classifications. The season will run from June through August and offers a 10-game schedule. Registration opens April 15 and closes May 15. Our fall adult league has also resumed play after a brief holiday break. The 14-game regular season will end in mid-January, followed by playoffs that will conclude in early February. Shortly thereafter, the new winter adult season will start on Feb. 19 and we expect it to be sold out again. A, B, C1, C2 and 40+ divisions will be offered this season to ensure playing opportunities at all skill levels.

Wanna Learn?

It’s never too late to start playing hockey. incredible ICE offers great introductory programs for kids, teens and adults alike. Our Learn To Play program meets once a week during an eight-week session and is designed specifically to teach the fundamentals of ice hockey. We also offer adult clinics throughout the year, with easy-to-attend evening sessions. And for the littlest aspiring hockey players, Stanley C. Come Skate With Me introduces the game at its simplest form through fun activities, including romps on the ice with the most lovable mascot ever to don a pair of skates. Classes form every eight weeks, so don’t be left out in the ... heat!

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