FOXBORO, MA (August 3, 2014) – It’s never easy to win a championship.
Despite tearing through the first four games of the Chowder Cup tournament, scoring 25 goals and yielding just one, the New York PeeWee Rangers had to summon up a substantial amount of intestinal fortitude to prevail over a gritty Hockey Essentials Blue team in the final round of the 2014 Chowder Cup.
Fortunately there was no lack of that special quality, as blue-chip goaltender Spencer Knight led the Rangers over a determined foe to win 2-1 and skate off with the Chowder Cup championship in the 2001 birth-year division.
The New York Pee Wee Rangers are 2014 Chowder Cup Champions! Check out how they did en route to their final victory with these game capsules...
NEW YORK PEE WEE RANGERS OPEN CHOWDER CUP TOURNAMENT WITH 5-1 WIN OVER NEW ENGLAND
WALPOLE, MA (August 1, 2014) – Nearly six months removed from the ice, snow, and cold of Quebec City, the New York PeeWee Rangers (2001 birth-year edition) reunited on the first day of August to take part in the 2014 Mini-Chowder Cup Tournament in suburban Boston. The Rangers resumed their winning ways taking a 5-1 win over the New England Nordiques that wasn’t as easy as it sounds.
On Ice AM Sessions: New York Rangers Alumni Anson Carter joined players for the morning on ice session. Players practiced shooting, tip-ins and redirects throughout the session. To end the session players got a chance to play small area games with an emphasis on puck support. Goalies went over and practiced crease movement.
On Ice PM Sessions: In today’s afternoon on ice session, players reviewed and practice transitioning and shooting. Players then learned about offensive and defensive situation play with coaches stressing the importance of on ice awareness. Goalies learned about and practiced desperation saves.
Dynamic Training: Players worked on their agility and speed during this training session. Players got to run full sprints with parachutes attached for resistance. Players also went through different variations of ladder drills such as one step, two step, in and out, etc.
Classroom Presented by Kumon: Players got a chance to review everything that went over the classroom this week by playing team trivia. Topics covered in this week’s classroom were food groups, healthy diet, hydration, sleep, exercise and overall health.
On Ice AM Sessions: In the morning session, players learned about passing. Players participated in pass and shoot, redirects and rebounds drills. To end the session players got to play odd man situation games to stress the importance of passing and finding the open man. Goalies learned how they should react to rebounds and position themselves correctly.
On Ice PM Sessions: New York Rangers Alumni Ron Greschner joined players for today’s afternoon session. Players practiced tip-ins, deflections and rebounds during this session. Another topic taught during this session was puck protection. To end the session players played in a 3 on 3 games where you could only score from a tip-in. Goalies learned about how to cut off angles from all sides of the ice.
Classroom: Presented by Kumon; in today’s classroom players learned about the different types of exercise and why exercise is important in living a healthy lifestyle. Players also learned about rest, recovery, how much sleep they should be getting each night and how it’s important to take care of their body.
Dynamic Training: Today’s dynamic training session focused on speed and acceleration. The players started of learning about stretches that focus on the lower body. Then the players did sprints where one player got a head start and the next player had to catch up to them. They had different variations of the players starting stance such as, 2 point stance, in a push up position and laying on their back.
Dynamic Training: The session started off with players learning different stretches specifically for necks and backs. Players ran through drills that helped them practice quick feet and agility. Players did different variations of hurdles such as in and out, 2 feet hops, side to side and transitioning around the hurdles.
On Ice AM Sessions: The main focus of the morning’s session was stick handling. Players participated in drills that emphasized the importance of stick handling with your head up. Players also learned about defensive tactics and player safety for yourself and other players. Goalies practiced what they should do when the puck is behind the net.
On Ice PM Sessions: New York Rangers player Cam Talbot joined players for their afternoon sessions. Players practiced passing during the afternoon sessions. Coaches taught the proper techniques of forehand, backhand, and saucer passing. Players also participated in drills that focused on odd man situations and passing to the open teammates. Goalies practiced puck handling in the net and around the corners.
Off Ice Training: Coaches emphasized the techniques of passing to players in the off ice session. They focused on sending and receiving passes while also stressing the importance of accuracy and timing of passes.
On Ice AM Sessions: This morning’s on ice session emphasized the importance of skating skills and techniques. Topics that were focused on were stops and starts, transitions, maneuverability in tight areas and puck protection.
On Ice PM Sessions: New York Ranger alumni Steve Valiquette joined players for this afternoon’s on ice session. The main focus for this session was power skating. Players practiced skating agility, tight turns and 360 turns. Players also got a chance to play games such as 2-on-2, 3-on-3 with a coach and Sharks and Minnows. Goaltenders focused on butterfly movement and post recovery.
Dynamic Training: The dynamic training session this morning focused on explosiveness, acceleration and balance. Players participated in drills, such as jumping from one foot to another with one foot always off the ground, to help them improve these attributes.
Classroom Presented by Kumon: Today’s topic of discussion was the five main food groups. Players discussed the different types of food groups and which foods belong to which groups. The players learned the importance of eating balanced meals throughout the day.
Off Ice: Today’s off ice session focused on stick handling. Players got a chance to practice stick handling with your head looking up while standing still and in motion.
On Ice AM Sessions: Campers were in for a big surprise today, as current New York Ranger, Martin St. Louis stopped by to meet each of the kids. In today’s morning session, players got a chance to practice even strength, man-on-man and odd-man situations. Players participated in 2-on-1 and 1-on-1 flow drills to start, and then broke down into stations. The different stations included 1-on-1’s, 2-on-1’s, 3-on-2’s and 2-on-3’s in small areas.
On Ice PM Sessions: Today’s afternoon session concentrated on shooting. Players reviewed deflections, rebounds and tip ins to start, then added a couple of one pass and shot drills. One station was dedicated to curling back and finding the late man skating into the offensive zone, and another conditioned players to utilize the boards to activate their defensemen and quickly set up in front of the net for a deflection.
Dynamic Training: Led by Matt Radoslovich of Velocity Sports in Mahwah, New Jersey. Players participated in drills that emphasized quick starts. First players did lunges and then participated in a drill that had them move from a two point stance into a power stride. Players also got a chance to run sprints with a parachute on. The session ended with players playing different variations of freeze tag.
Classroom Presented by Kumon: Players were able to review all the things they learned throughout the week regarding nutrition by playing trivia. The topics that were discussed this week were health, wellness, diet, hydration, exercise and making healthy choices
Off Ice Training: Coaches showed players the proper techniques in shooting the puck. After they reviewed the process step by step, players had to aim for certain areas of the net. Players and coaches were both calling areas for the players to shoot at, including right, left, high and low.
On Ice AM Sessions: During today’s morning session, players got to practice quick puck movements. Players participated in a few drills that concentrated on one touch passes and give and go’s. Players also got a chance to practice shooting off the pass and one timers.
On Ice PM Sessions: New York Rangers Alumni Brian Mullen joined players during today’s afternoon session. Players practiced what they should do after the shot has been taken, such as deflections, rebound and tip-ins. The session ended with a few odd-man situation games that focused on finding the open player.
Dynamic Training: Players started with a drill where they jumped off one foot and landed on the other while moving down the field. This helped them practice on exploding out of a standstill while developing their balance. Players then split up into two stations where they did push up and sit up circuits in one and shuffling and running around the cones in the other.
Classroom Presented by Kumon: Today’s classroom session focused on the importance of being hydrated while living an active lifestyle. Players learned different signs that tell you if you are hydrated or not and the consequences of being dehydrated especially while playing sports.
On Ice AM Sessions: New York Rangers alumni Mark Janssens joined players during this morning’s session. The lesson plan focused on puck control and protection. Players practiced how to properly keep your body in between the puck and the defender. Players participated in drills such as 2-on-2 in a small area, 1-on-1 battling for a free puck and skating inside a circle while protecting your puck and knocking your opponent's puck out of the circle. Goaltenders progressed on their skating skills and combined proper movement with visually focusing on the puck improving their hand eye coordination.
On Ice PM Sessions: The afternoon session concentrated on passing but more specifically passing in motion. Players practiced by teaming up with a partner and passing back and forth, while one player skated forward towards their partner simultaneously skating backwards until they received the pass. Players also practiced cycling and got to play a game where you activate your teammates if you passed them the puck.
Dynamic Training: Led by Matt Radoslovich of Velocity Sports in Mahwah, New Jersey. Today’s training practiced explosiveness and agility. To start, players practiced powerful strides by digging into the ground and exploding into a quick start. Players then participated in ladder and hurdle drills that emphasized quick feet and transitioning.
Classroom Presented by Kumon: Today’s classroom session concentrated on game preparation. The main focus was how you can prepare yourself for a game before you get to the rink. Topics discussed were how much sleep you should have gotten, appropriate things to eat and stretching the morning before a game.
Off-Ice: Today, players worked on their passing during their off ice session. Players practiced stationary passing, quick touch passing, accuracy passing and passing while in motion. The group started off warming up with stationary passing and then ran a drill that focused on quick touch passing where you could not stickhandle after getting the ball back to you. Then, coaches set up mini-nets to practice accuracy and players finished off by getting in lines and passing back and worth, while moving from one line to the other.
On Ice AM Sessions: New York Ranger alumni Adam Graves joined players for the morning session and instructed the kids on fundamental skating. They practiced edge work, skating agility, transitional skating and pivoting skills. Goaltenders focused on fundamentals that included proper skating technique and butterfly movement.
On Ice PM Sessions: The afternoon session went over what was learned in the morning session, and then added a puck to the drills. The group participated in drills that emphasized edges, transitions and pivoting with a puck. The players then played 3-on-3 that helped them practice defensive zone man-on-man coverage.
Dynamic Training: Led by Matt Radoslovich of Velocity Sports in Mahwah, New Jersey. The session started off concentrating on stretching. Matt then ran shuffling drills that focused on lateral movements. Also, players worked on body weight squats, abs/core work and competed in team relay races.
Off Ice: Today’s’ off ice skills session focused on skills pertaining to puck control and stick handling. The players participated in drills that practiced stick handling close to and away from your body, with an emphasis on keeping your head up while stick handling. Players took part in the drills around the body, hand slide wide, figure 8 and hands-&-wide.
Classroom, Presented by Kumon: Today’s classroom session began with passing out nutritional logs (fitbooks) to the players. The players then proceeded to fill out the log with what they had eaten today. The topic for discussion in the classroom was the different food groups and the importance of eating a balanced diet. Then the players went over what they had entered in their nutritional logs and determined if what they ate was good for them.