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Jr Checkers Fundraiser for Nationals
02/09/2016
In partnership with the Checkers (AHL), the Jr Checkers are offering...
USA Hockey Tier II 14U National Championship Merchandise
02/05/2016
Tier II 14U National Championship Merchandise is available to pre-purchase...
PPS 4v4 Camp is Back at XIC!
01/21/2016
Good afternoon, I hope this note finds you well. I am happy to...
Volunteers Needed
01/06/2016
Charlotte Metro Hockey Association Families: The CMHA and...
Metro 2015 Fall CHAMPIONS
12/21/2015
Charlotte Metro Hockey Association Families: The 2015 Metro Fall...
Extreme Ice Center 2016 USAH Nationals Host
06/26/2015
The Extreme Ice Center along with the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association...
The Analytics of Cross-Ice Hockey
01/30/2015
New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages 01/29/2015, 1:30pm...
CMHA Experiences Great Success in the Program's Second Year
04/09/2011
The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association is proud to recognize accomplishments...
JR. CHECKERS 12 & UNDER TEAM IS A NATIONAL FINALIST
04/03/2011
The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association’s Charlotte Jr. Checkers...
Producing elite U.S. players starts at bottom
12/01/2010
By John Buccigross ESPN.com The United States has 24 NHL...
CMHA Featured in USA Hockey Article
11/24/2010
Charlotte Jr. Checkers see extreme growth November...
GIRLS HOCKEY GROWING AT EXTREME ICE CENTER
11/16/2010
On November 14th, 2010, the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association and...
Red, White and Blue Hockey for 8 Year Olds and Younger
10/08/2010
Skate-A-Thon Fundraiser For Avon Walk for Breast Cancer & CMHA
08/14/2010
On Saturday, August 14th, the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association...
Updating Contact Information and On-Line Payments
06/23/2010
CMHA Families:   To update your contact information or make...
 
Jr Checkers Fundraiser for Nationals

In partnership with the Checkers (AHL), the Jr Checkers are offering ticket sales for this weekend's upcoming games vs the San Diego Gulls featuring our very own former Jr Checker - Bryan Moore.

Tickets are $16 each with the proceeds going to the Jr Checkers in support of our National Bound teams this season!

The games are Friday (2/12) and Saturday (2/13) at 7PM.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact KC Harrill for more info - kharrill@xicenter.com

 


by posted 02/09/2016
USA Hockey Tier II 14U National Championship Merchandise

Tier II 14U National Championship Merchandise is available to pre-purchase ONLINE!

Please visit:  www.nationalsmerchandise.com

Items ordered online will be available for purchase at the Extreme Ice Center only, starting March 28, 2016.  Online orders are only available for pickup and will not be mailed.

Pride Ads and Business Ads to be featured in the 2016 USA Hockey Tier II 14U National Championship program are also available for purchase.

Full Color Ad Rates:

  • 1/4 page ad - $75
  • 1/2 page ad - $150
  • Full page ad - $250

Print ready ad deadline is March 11, 2016 and an ad needing to be built, content is due by March 9, 2016.

Please email final ad or contents to be created to KC Harrill at USANationals@xicenter.com

General questions regarding the USA Hockey Tier II 14U National Championships should be directed to Lorna McKirdy - Lornam@xicenter.com

 


by posted 02/05/2016
PPS 4v4 Camp is Back at XIC!

Good afternoon,

I hope this note finds you well. I am happy to announce the return of the 4v4 Player Development Camp presented by Power Play Sports to the Extreme Ice Center located in Indian Trail, NC for this July! 

  • Squirts, PeeWees, & Bantam Minors (’07 to ’03) – Monday, July 18  to Friday, July 22
  • Bantam Majors & Midgets (’02 to ’98) – Monday, July 18  to Friday, July 22

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.

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

Players can sign up for the Player Development Camp online:

All Coaches are NCAA Division I and III Including:

  • Stan Moore - HC at Bridgton Academy & 25 Yr Division I, Two-Time ECAC Coach of the Year
  • Jamie Dumont - Bowdoin College - NCAA NESCAC - Assoc. 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)

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

Only Four Teams Will Participate! Each Team will be Composed of 11 Skaters and 1 Goalie

Cost: $575 for Players & $375 for Goalies (Goalie Coach Included all Week)

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

Best,

Tobin
ttrautz@powerplaysportsadvisors.com

 


by posted 01/21/2016
Volunteers Needed

Charlotte Metro Hockey Association Families:

The CMHA and the Extreme Ice Center will host the 2016 USA Hockey 14U Tier II National Championships March 31 - April 4, 2016 and is in need of volunteers.  Please consider volunteering for one or more positions available during this 5 day event featuring the nation's top 14U AA teams from 40+ states including our Charlotte Jr. Checkers 14U AA team.

For more information and to sign-up please visit:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F4AA5A72AA13-14utier

​Thank you in advance for your support!

Charlotte Metro Hockey Association and the Extreme Ice Center


by posted 01/06/2016
Metro 2015 Fall CHAMPIONS

Charlotte Metro Hockey Association Families:

The 2015 Metro Fall session wrapped up last week. Congratulations to players on a great session!  We would especially like to recognize the following divisions and teams on their championship wins:

 

Squirt Champions- Aces

The Aces capped off a successful fall season by knocking off the a tough Gladiators team by the score of 7-2. The aces started the game extremely fast with five first period goals. The gladiators had no answer for the high powered aces offense and the goalie stood tall when needed to help secure a great finish for the aces this season. Coach Scott Rizzo did a great job with helping these players develop throughout the season to get them where they are as a team.

 

PeeWee Champions- Ice Caps

The Ice Caps came out firing on all cylinders with four first period goals. The Phantoms fought back with a great second period push but ultimately could not find enough firepower to complete the comeback ultimately falling 6-1 in the championship game. The Ice Caps finished the season without losing a single game thanks to great coaching by coach Joe Ladogana and consistent play throughout the entire lineup.

 

Bantam/Midget Champions- Kings

This game started fast with the Kings taking an unexpected early 2-0 lead. The Kings were the underdog in this game but that did not seem the case once the puck was dropped. The Kings offense soared throughout this game putting up a total of 5 goals and thanks to some timely great goaltending they were able to hold off a strong push by the first place Oilers to win the game 5-3. This game was back and forth and went down to the wire, great game to watch and be a part of. The Kings showed great resiliency to make their way to championship game and more heart to win the fall session championship.

 

Congratulations to all of our Champions. Can't wait to see what the next half of the year has in store.

 

Best,

Trevor Jewell - Hockey Director


by posted 12/21/2015
Extreme Ice Center 2016 USAH Nationals Host

The Extreme Ice Center along with the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association is proud and honored to be hosting the 2016 USA HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS for the Tier II 14 & Under division, March 31, 2016 - April 4, 2016.

 


by posted 06/26/2015
The Analytics of Cross-Ice Hockey

USA Hockey

New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages

01/29/2015, 1:30pm MST
By USAHockey.com
 

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
Mite:
            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
JR. CHECKERS 12 & UNDER TEAM IS A NATIONAL FINALIST

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
ESPN.com


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 USAHockey.com

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
GIRLS HOCKEY GROWING AT EXTREME ICE CENTER
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 CMHA.us 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
Upcoming Events

 

2016 USA HOCKEY TIER II 14U NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

PROUDLY HOSTED BY

THE CHARLOTTE METRO HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

MARCH 31 - APRIL 4, 2016

The top Bantam AA teams from 40 states will compete for the ultimate prize of being the Nations Champion and for GOLD!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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