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Off-Season Hockey Performance Training at USPC
Announcement from Extreme Ice Center
What You Need to Know About the Rebranding
New Year. New Name. New Era. What You Need to Know About the Rebranding...
New Year. New Name. New Era.
NEW YEAR. NEW NAME. NEW ERA. “Charlotte Jr Checkers”...
2017 PPS Development Camp
The 2017 PPS Player Development Camp Makes a Great Holiday Gift! The...
The Analytics of Cross-Ice Hockey
New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages 01/29/2015, 1:30pm...
CMHA Experiences Great Success in the Program's Second Year
The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association is proud to recognize accomplishments...
The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association’s Charlotte Jr. Checkers...
Producing elite U.S. players starts at bottom
By John Buccigross The United States has 24 NHL...
CMHA Featured in USA Hockey Article
Charlotte Jr. Checkers see extreme growth November...
On November 14th, 2010, the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association and...
Red, White and Blue Hockey for 8 Year Olds and Younger
Skate-A-Thon Fundraiser For Avon Walk for Breast Cancer & CMHA
On Saturday, August 14th, the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association...
Updating Contact Information and On-Line Payments
CMHA Families:   To update your contact information or make...
Off-Season Hockey Performance Training at USPC



6 Months (March - August) = $200

3 Months (June - August) = $120

Month to Month = $50

We will not be holding the normal scheduled team training sessions - these options will be for an individualized program with unlimited access to the facility. Once seasons finish up the players will be required to have one of these memberships to utilize the facility until their fall program begins. 

For More Information Contact Ashley at USPC


by posted 03/02/2017
Announcement from Extreme Ice Center

Extreme Ice Center Customers,

We wanted to thank you for your patience and understanding over the last few months as we went through a multitude of transitions between freestyle stickers, travel hockey name change, and the new computer/registration programs. We have been going through the transition with you, so we know how frustrating it has been at times, so we want to sincerely thank you for your support.

Along with the changes with programming, we have a few new members that have been added to our staff: Tyler LaShomb and Brad Hoffman.  

Tyler LaShomb ( ) – In-House Hockey Director. Tyler has grown up playing hockey playing travel, college, and coaching for Oswego College, and the 18AA Jr Checkers. Coming in to the position of House Hockey Director, Tyler will oversee the 5-Star & Hockey-U Programs, Mites and Metro League, Hockey Administration, and Pond & Puddle Camps. He looks forward to “growing youth hockey in the south,” by recruiting new players, focusing on player retention, creating new opportunities for players, and creating a positive environment for players to make life-long memories.

Brad Hoffman ( ) – Travel & High School Hockey Director.  Brad grew up playing hockey on the ponds and rinks around Boston and played in high school and college Club Hockey.  For the last 10 years, he has coached in the Jr. Checkers organization for Mite, Squirt, and Peewee Metro, Peewee and Bantam Travel Select/B, and Mite, Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, 16U, and 18U Travel A.  He is a level 4 coach and a USA Hockey Coaching Education Instructor.  He will oversee all RUSH Youth Travel teams and operations as well as the High School Hockey program.  Brad is excited about leading XIC's transition from Jr. Checkers to the RUSH travel program and delivering a hockey program to both High School and Travel Hockey that focuses on, personal growth, and skill development for all players.  He believes that hockey is the ultimate in team sports and our program will focus on skill development with emphasis on skating, goaltending, and teaching players to compete.  "Players that participate in our program will also learn essential life skills that include teamwork, hard work, respect, and accountability.  Every player should become a better hockey player and a better citizen as a result of playing in our organization".


There has also been a little shuffling of the familiar staff faces at XIC. Below is everyone’s new role as well as contact information should you need assistance with anything.

Mike Mulhall ( ) – COO. Mike oversees all operations of Extreme Ice Center.

Jenny Wesley Gwyn ( ) – Figure Skating & Skating School Director. Jenny will be your contact for anything related to Figure Skating and Skating School including registration, freestyle, coaches, etc.

Maureen (Moe) Mulhall ( ) – CFO. Moe is in charge of all finances and will assume the role of rink scheduling in the coming weeks.

Tess Dalley ( ) – Birthday Parties & Group Sales. Tess manages front desk duties as well as handle all scheduling for birthday parties & groups.

K.C. Harrill ( ) – Marketing & Public Relations Director. K.C. oversees all community outreach, advertising, social media, and sponsorships.

Max Soroka ( ) – Adult Hockey Director & Nighttime Manager. Max manages all of the duties of Adult League including scheduling and administrative duties as well as being a Manager on Duty in the evenings.

Danielle Logano ( ) – Special Events Coordinator. Danielle is the point of contact for all ice-shows & skating clinics.

Daun Holdenrid ( ) – Banquet Room Coordinator. Daun is in charge of all reservations and catering needs of the Banquet Room.

Kyle Cullen ( ) – Manager of Kitchen Operations. Kyle runs the Kitchen of XIC including Tavern, Snack Bar, and Catering.

Togie Gwyn ( ) – Center Ice Tavern Manager. Togie manages all matters pertaining to the Center Ice Tavern.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please let us know and we are happy to help you in any way!

Thank you again to all of you for your continued support not only over these last few months, but over the last 10 years. We would not be where we are today without you.


Extreme Ice Management




by posted 02/14/2017
What You Need to Know About the Rebranding

New Year. New Name. New Era.

What You Need to Know About the Rebranding to the Charlotte Rush:


What does this change really mean?

The only change that comes with the rebranding is the jersey and merchandise! Our program will remain the same and will still be run through Extreme Ice Center. The Charlotte Rush Junior Staff will assist in the development of the youth hockey players and coaches.

Who is operating the program?

                                Extreme Ice Center remains the sole operator of the youth hockey program. You will have access to the same great coaches and staff of XIC!  

What teams are you offering?

The same teams that have always been offered will continue to be offered with the Charlotte Rush: A/AA- 10U-18U.

Does my son/daughter have to register with the Rush?

                No. The registration process will remain the same and be done through Extreme Ice Center.

Why did you decide to rebrand?

                The Charlotte Junior Rush have been our primary tenant since their formation in 2015. Since they have occupied the building, they have embraced our “Extreme Ice Community” through various coaching and volunteer opportunities. We hope that sharing the name with the Junior level team will help to inspire young hockey players to grow and achieve the elite level hockey that is available to them “in their backyard.” The Rush have proven you do not need to leave Charlotte to move onto the highest levels of Junior Hockey and ultimately College hockey at the NCAA level.

by posted 01/11/2017
New Year. New Name. New Era.


“Charlotte Jr Checkers” to become the “Charlotte Rush”


Today, Extreme Ice Center announces the rebranding of the youth hockey program from the “Charlotte Jr Checkers” to the “Charlotte Rush” beginning in the 2017-2018 hockey season. The long and successful partnership between Extreme Ice Center and the Charlotte Checkers will continue through community events and with Extreme Ice being the alternate practice facility for the Checkers.

“We look forward to a continued partnership with Extreme Ice Center as we all look to promote the overall growth and development of youth hockey in our community,” said Checkers Chief Operating Officer, Tera Black.

The Charlotte Junior Rush (USPHL) has made Extreme Ice Center their home since 2015. On top of their vigorous schedule of training, practice, and travel, members of the Rush teams have become involved with the Extreme Ice Center hockey programs including Mites, Try Hockey for Free days, 5-Star & Hockey-U, and Grow the Game initiatives. “The rebranding to the Charlotte Rush is a natural transition in the evolution of our youth hockey program,” said Mike Mulhall, Director of Operations at Extreme Ice Center.

“Too often people believe you need to go north to be competitive in hockey. The Charlotte Junior Rush has defied that belief. By having our teams branded with the Junior level team, we hope to show an upward transition of hockey development that you can stay right here in Charlotte to achieve,” Mulhall said.

"We are very excited to have the Charlotte Rush name branded throughout the youth hockey at Extreme Ice Center. Our Junior players and coaching staff look forward to working with the youth players in order to have the same success we are having with our current Junior program," said Ryan Cruthers, Head Coach of the Charlotte Junior Rush.


Questions can be directed to Mike Mulhall at

by posted 01/09/2017
2017 PPS Development Camp

The 2017 PPS Player Development Camp Makes a Great Holiday Gift!

The Player Development Camp is operated by current and former NCAA Division I and III coaches who specialize in player development. The camp is a high tempo, structured format that includes on-ice practices (skills, skating, game IQ, battle sessions) and off-ice conditioning (nutrition, circuit training, yoga, combines) along with video breakdowns and presentations from each college coach and guest speakers. The week-long camp culminates with a unique 8 game mini-season and playoff format that ties the entire camp together.

Squirts, PeeWees, & Bantam Minors (’08 to ’04) – Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21

Bantam Majors & Midgets (’03 to ’99) – Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21

The camp runs from 7:30AM - 5:00PM Monday through Friday. Lunch is included daily along with a nutrition station available throughout the day.

Sign Up for the Player Development Camp Online:

·         Squirts, PeeWee, & Bantam Minor -

·         Bantam Major & Midgets -

All Coaches are NCAA/Professional Level Including:

·         Stan Moore - HC at Bridgton Academy & 25 Yr Division I, Two-Time ECAC Coach of the Year

·         Jamie Dumont - Bowdoin College - NCAA NESCAC - Head Coach

·         Mike Pilon - Pres. of Endeavour Sports & Dir Player Dev - Gloucester Rangers (CJHL)

·         Shawn Walsh - UMass Boston - NCAA ECAC EAST - Assoc. Head Coach

·         Tobin Trautz - Assoc. Head/Dir Player Personnel - UNE, Colby College, UMaine (ACHA)

·         Fredrik AbrahmsÚn - Head Coach - Viggbyholms IK Hockey Club - Sweden

Over 40 Hours of Instruction Including:

·         14+ Hours On-Ice - Skill Development, Skating, System Concepts, Small Area Games

·         14+ Hours Off-Ice - Strength & Conditioning, Yoga, Pilates, Warm Up & Cool Down

·         Video Presentations on Skill Development, Player Development, Nutrition, Injury

·         Management, Recruiting Process, and Much More!

·         8 “Season” 4v4 Games plus Playoffs

·         Team Specific Camp Councilor All Week 

Also Included:

·         Full Nutritionist Designed Lunch Provided Daily

·         Full Nutrition Station Available Throughout the Day

·         Apparel - Dry Fit Shorts & T-Shirt, Jersey, Socks

Space is limited to only 44 Skaters and 4 Goalies!


·         $575 for Players

·         $375 for Goalies (Goalie Coach Included all Week)

Reserve your spot today - payment plans, hotel packages, and billeting options are available!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.



by posted 12/20/2016
The Analytics of Cross-Ice Hockey

USA Hockey

New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages

01/29/2015, 1:30pm MST

A cutting-edge NHL analytics team put the test to youth hockey for the first time ever, comparing cross-ice hockey to full-ice hockey. Watch this video and see what you think.

by posted 01/30/2015
CMHA Experiences Great Success in the Program's Second Year
The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association is proud to recognize accomplishments of its the 2010-2011 programs:

In just two seasons, the CMHA increased the number of young players enjoying the sport and have seen its teams experiencing unparalleled success on the ice.  The 2010-2011 CMHA season saw the 8 and younger division's participation double and a 97 percent retention rate in the Charlotte Metro League.  Additionally, the Charlotte Jr. Checkers travel teams qualified for the Carolinas Hockey League (CHL) "A" or “Select” playoffs in every age group winning two of four championships, and all of the "AA" teams finished no lower than second, with the 12 & Under team winning the CHL and placing second at the USA Hockey National Championships in San Jose, CA.

The CMHA is also proud to recognize the 2009-2010 season tournament success of its Jr. Checkers teams
            2010 Congressional Midwinter Classic Champions, Washington, DC
Squirt AA:
            2009 Rock ‘N Roll Tournament Champions, Cleveland, OH
Squirt A:
            2010 Music City Cup Finalist, Nashville, TN
2010 Queen City Champions, Indian Trail, NC
Pee Wee AA:
            2009 Rock ‘N Roll Tournament Finalist, Cleveland, OH
Pee Wee A
            2010 Tournament of Champions Finalist, Chicago, IL
            2010 Music City Cup Finalist, Nashville, TN
            2009 Rock ‘N Roll Tournament Finalist, Cleveland, OH
Bantam AA:
2010 Spring Classic Finalist, Washington, DC
2010 President’s Day Congressional Cup Finalist, Washington, DC
2010 Music City Cup Champions, Nashville, TN
Bantam AA2:
2010 Golden Puck Champions, Charleston, SC
Bantam Select:
2010 Carolinas Hockey League Tournament Finalist, Raleigh, NC
Midget 18U AA:
2010 President’s Day Congressional Cup, Washington, DC

by posted 04/09/2011

The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association’s Charlotte Jr. Checkers 12 & Under “AA” team fell short in their bid for the 2011 USA Hockey Tier II National Championship today, losing the title game in overtime to the Oklahoma Oil Kings in San Jose, CA.


The Jr. Checkers went undefeated in the preliminary round with four wins (7-3, 6-3, 3-1 and a 7-6 shootout) and beat the Delaware Ducks 3-1 in the semi-finals to earn their spot in the finals.  In the Championship game, Oklahoma City struck first with a power play goal in the first period, but the Jr. Checker’s Jeremy Reiser tied the score with 1:13 left in the period.  The second period was scoreless until the final 7 seconds when the Jr. Checker’s Kyle Moore bounced a puck off the Oklahoma City’s goaltender to put Charlotte in the lead.  Oklahoma City evened the game at the 7:55 mark of the third period and the two teams headed to a sudden-death overtime period.  Oklahoma City scored the game-winning goal 2 minutes and 54 seconds into the overtime period.


This Jr. Checkers team, under the direction of Head Coach Steve Mckirdy, is the first from Charlotte to ever win its league and advance to a USA Hockey championship tournament.  The Jr. Checkers team claimed the Carolinas Hockey League championship by defeating the Raleigh Jr. Hurricanes on March 5th in the final game of the season at the Extreme Ice Center.


The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association is proud of the team’s accomplishments and congratulates all of the players, coaches, parents and siblings who’ve made this a successful season.

by posted 04/03/2011
Producing elite U.S. players starts at bottom

Buccigross By John Buccigross

The United States has 24 NHL teams and more than 307 million people within its borders. With those numbers, the U.S. should be producing a healthy number of highly skilled, physically tough hockey players... more than it is today.

The 2000s have had some positive signs for hockey in the U.S. In the past 11 NHL drafts, six of the overall No. 1 picks were Canadian, two were Russian and three were American (Rick DiPietro, Erik Johnson and Patrick Kane). Team USA's excellent play at the Olympics last February was not a fluke. It was reinforcement that they should not have been such big underdogs. The NHL pool of players born in the U.S. is deeper in quality than Russia, Sweden and every other country but mighty Canada. While lacking elite NHL players, the U.S. has produced plenty of really good players. But, it should be producing more. And it should have more elite-level players.

Among the 711 players on the NHL's 2010-11 opening night rosters, 146 of them (20.5 percent) were born in the United States, according to the NHL. This number represents the highest U.S.-born percentage ever on the NHL's early season rosters. In the 1983-84 season, the percentage of American-born players in the NHL was 13 percent. The year before the 2004-05 lockout, the percentage was 15.5 percent.

Twenty-five of the 50 states were represented on opening night, including non-traditional states such as California, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina and Texas. In addition, more players from the state of New York (23) appeared on rosters than from Russia (22), and the New York state total matched that of Finland.

The number of U.S. born players is growing and should continue to grow. This is why I have been an advocate of hockey in some non-traditional places and am against contraction. I think NHL teams produce more NHL fans, more youth hockey participants and, ultimately, more U.S. born NHL players.

For the complete article, including a question and answer with USA Hockey’s Kenny Rausch, click here

by posted 12/01/2010
CMHA Featured in USA Hockey Article
Charlotte Jr. Checkers see extreme growth

November 19, 2010

By Mike Scandura
Special to

Even though the Charlotte Junior Checkers are located in an area that’s the heart of not only basketball but also NASCAR, they’ve had a major impact on the youth hockey scene in just their second year of existence.

“Even minor league baseball (the International League’s Charlotte Knights) has received more publicity than hockey and they play in (Fort Mill) South Carolina,” said Checkers director of hockey operations Joe Cardarelli. “Now, because there’s an AHL franchise here (the Charlotte Checkers), there’s more in the local news and more of a feeling that this is big-time hockey.

“We absolutely believe this will help us. For example, our 8-and-under program keeps growing. That’s where you want growth and that’s where we’ve had it.”

With a solid foundation in that age group, the Junior Checkers have 318 boys registered for this season.

The Junior Checkers’ Squirt A and AA, Peewee A and AA, Bantam AA, Midget U-16 AA and Midget 18-U AA are travel teams that play in the Carolina Hockey League. House Division teams compete in the Charlotte Metro Hockey League.

“What we did this year is add steps to our program,” Cardarelli said. “Since the Metro League is completely in-house, the kids are on the ice twice a week. The Peewee Select Team is picked from those kids so they get a taste of travel over the course of the season.

“The A teams practice twice a week and our AA teams practice three times a week. But we’ve done some things in order to follow American Development Model principles. The first six Tuesdays of the season were devoted to performance training. We kept all the travel kids on the ice working different stations and playing small-area games. This enabled us to keep them all active.

“We wanted to make sure every kid was getting good skill work, like puck control and shooting,” Cardarelli continued, “for the tactics they would learn in their regular team practices.”

Another major component utilized by the Junior Checkers is the 5 Star Development Program, which is run by the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail.

“With the convenience of our Puddle rink, we keep our practices small with a maximum of eight kids ages 6-and-under and two coaches,” Cardarelli said. “They are professional coaches … not just dads volunteering. They’re college or former college players and guys with practical experience who are specifically taught how to coach 6-year-old kids.”

The 5-Star Program consists of the following:

Star 1: Learn to Skate / Snow Buddies.

Star 2: Skates and Sticks, which involves glide turns, stopping, backward stance, stationary puck handling, carrying the puck, stationary forward sweep pass and receiving a pass.

Star 3: Comets, with an emphasis on lateral skating movement, acceleration, two-foot stops, crossovers, tight turns and forehand plus backhand sweep shot.

Star 4: Aces, which involves advanced skating with emphasis on crossover forward start, tight turns with pucks, stopping with the puck and backward-to-forward pivots.

Star 5: Tykes (ages 5 to 7), which involves combining skating and stick skills with games to reinforce hockey concepts and with instruction in lateral movement with the puck, fakes, dekes and scoring.

“This is the key to our system,” Cardarelli said. “With the Tykes, we’re getting them ready to graduate to our Mite cross-ice program. Tykes is an opportunity to get them on the ice twice a week, like Mites, and use some of the same practice drills so they know what to expect.

“The big thing we look at is our retention rate. From our 5 Star Program, 95 percent of the kids who start the six-week program have come back. We must be doing something right because they’re coming back.

“In the summer of 2009 before we started this, we had 32 kids total in our 8-and-under program and only three coaches,” Cardarelli said. “Now, we have 85 kids and 18 coaches. We’re trying to lower the number of players for each coach and follow ADM principles while trying to get as many kids out on the ice as possible.”

Even though the Junior Checkers are essentially still in the neophyte stage, they do have significant objectives.

“Our team objectives are to represent North Carolina in national tournaments,” Cardarelli said. “Our individual player objectives are, through the USA Hockey tryout process, to qualify kids for the Southeast Player Development Festival.”

If numbers are any indication, they’re well on their way to those goals.

Story courtesy of Red Line Editorial, Inc.


by posted 11/24/2010
On November 14th, 2010, the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association and the Extreme Ice Center sponsored a free Girls 10 & Under Day at the Rink.  The event was open to all girls aged 10 and younger to help promote the game of hockey in Charlotte.  The event brought in twenty-six girls, aged 7 to 10, some who were experienced hockey players and some new to the sport.
These young hockey players took the ice under the direction of Coach Jamie Black with the assistance of Cari Imhoff, Kim Hinton, and Heidi Locastro for a series of drills and small area games.  Those who were new to hockey participated in a Learn-to-Play practice to show them how much fun the game is to play.  Afterward, all of the players skated together in an open skating session.
The day was a great success, bringing in over 30 female players, coaches and friends to the rink and meet the goal of the day by promoting the growth of girl’s hockey.  Coach Cari Imhoff on the Girls Hockey Day, “Overall I thought the day was a huge success, there were more girls than we expected and fun was had by all.”  The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association and the Extreme Ice Center look forward to the future of girl’s hockey in Charlotte!

by posted 11/16/2010
Red, White and Blue Hockey for 8 Year Olds and Younger

Download the RWB brochureClick here to watch videoThe fun part of practice should always last a full 60 minutes.

by posted 10/08/2010
Skate-A-Thon Fundraiser For Avon Walk for Breast Cancer & CMHA
On Saturday, August 14th, the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association hosted a Skate-A-Thon to raise funds for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the CMHA.  Thirty five players had sponsors contribute over $7,700 with 10 percent going directly to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the remaining contributions going directly toward the player’s 2010-2011 season CMHA player tuition fees.

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the CMHA would like to extend a big thank you to all who volunteered and participated in the Skate-A-Thon.

by posted 08/14/2010
Updating Contact Information and On-Line Payments
CMHA Families:
To update your contact information or make payments on your child’s tuition fee, you can access the information from the website home page’s horizontal title bar by clicking “Registration” and “Edit My Account”.
Enter your email address and password to have access to your family’s information.  If you do not have (or do not remember) the password, enter your email only and you will get a password emailed to that address.
by posted 06/23/2010
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