The Hunterdon Bears are introducing a new program for the Midget players going into next season at Flemington Ice Arena.
As the program continues to grow, the Bears continue to offer more benefits to players than most other competing programs. The Midget short season will remain the same. Players will try out for 16A, 16AA, 18A and 18AA teams and those teams will compete in the NJYHL and potentially the EJEPL as well.
At the conclusion of the NJYHL season at the end of October, instead of players splitting up and going their separate ways, there will be dedicated ice time and coaches for the remainder of the hockey season like younger, full-season teams which continue through the end of February into March.
“The idea is to get players as much ice time as possible,” Hunterdon Bears Director and Flemington Ice Arena General Manager Paul Cavanaugh said. “This program is ideal for junior varsity players looking for more ice time, players without a high school team to play for and for those just looking to stay on the ice and improve.”
The two-nights-a-week program, which costs $3,100 for 16A, 16AA and 18A players, and $2,800 for 18AA players, will have practice and tailored skills sessions for players run by Midget AA Head Coaches Jeff Gorman and Fred Simard with the help of many other Bears coaches.
The sessions are optional but are included in the player tuition. Moreover, ice time and coaches will be there for the kids to take full advantage of on a weekly basis.
“It is a great opportunity to take advantage of,” Cavanaugh, who guided Hunterdon Central to its first-ever NJSIAA title in March, said. “You only pay one tuition for the 2018-19 season.”
As for games, the Bears will have home ice slots for either split squad games or games against other teams. Away games will also scheduled.
The detailed Hunterdon Bears program will have the following focal points:
*Puck Movement and Flow Drills
*Extended Ice Time for Players
*Video and Chalk Talk
*Strength and Conditioning
“This program will also focus heavily on getting high school-age players prepared for college hockey,” Cavanaugh added. “You don’t have to attend every session but obviously the more you attend, the more you will get out of the program.”
For the full details, check out the HunterdonBears.com website.
For any inquiries, please contact the Hunterdon Bears Hockey Director, Paul Cavanaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org
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