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UPCOMING USA Hockey Coaching Clinics at XIC
08/27/2015
Metro League Coaches, Travel Coaches and Assistant Coaches or...
Adult Development League starts 8/28/15
08/24/2015
The "Adult Development" league will begin our fall session...
Five Hole Sports SALE
08/19/2015
Charlotte Metro Hockey Association Families: Five Hole Sports...
Adult Development League REGISTER for Fall
08/10/2015
ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE FALL SESSION OF THE ADULT DEVELOPMENT...
Fall/Winter 2015 Metro League Registration
08/08/2015
Charlotte Metro League Families: Registration for the Fall/Winter...
Billeting Families Needed
07/23/2015
Dear CMHA Families:     On April 27, 2015, The United...
Extreme Ice Center 2016 USAH Nationals Host
06/26/2015
The Extreme Ice Center along with the Charlotte Metro Hockey Association...
USPHL COMES TO CHARLOTTE
04/30/2015
USPHL COMES TO CHARLOTTE Tryouts at XIC on May 2 & 3, 2015...
JR CHECKERS 18 & UNDER TEAM IS NATIONAL FINALIST
03/30/2015
The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association's Charlotte Jr. Checkers...
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...
 
UPCOMING USA Hockey Coaching Clinics at XIC

Metro League Coaches, Travel Coaches and Assistant Coaches or those who are interested in coaching youth hockey during the 2015-16 season, please register today for the upcoming CEP Level 1, 2, and 3 Clinics at XIC.  Clinics take place on August 29 & 30, 2015.

To register please visit:  www.carolinahockey.org 

For more information about Coaching and CEP Clinics, please contact:

Ed Morris - CAHA Affiliate Associate Coach-In-Chief

morris.ed+usa_hockey@gmail.com

 


by posted 08/27/2015
Adult Development League starts 8/28/15

The "Adult Development" league will begin our fall session this Friday August 28, 2015.  Registration is open and space is limited!

The Adult Development League is a 11 game league for players with beginner to intermediate experience looking to have fun and learn more about the game of hockey. 

When: 9:30 to 10:40 pm weekly from August 28 to December 18, 2015. Blackout dates include: 9/11, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20 & 11/27.

Game Format: 

  • 5 Minute Warm-Up

  • 3 X 20 Minute "run time" Periods

  • On-ice official provided

  • Team jersey provided

  • Players ages 18+ only

Player Cost: $275, payment plan is available - $25 Admin fee applies to payment plans

Goalies Cost: $100 - no payment plan available

For More Information please contact Glen Dearing by email - glend@xicenter.com

 


by posted 08/24/2015
Five Hole Sports SALE

Charlotte Metro Hockey Association Families:

Five Hole Sports - "Got Gear? Sale" starts August 22, 2015 - September 7, 2015.  

See attached flyer for further details.

And be sure to "Like" Five Hole Sports on Facebook and "Follow" on twitter to receive a BOGO 25% discount. *select items eligible for discount.

See you on the ICE!

Extreme Ice Center


by posted 08/19/2015
Adult Development League REGISTER for Fall

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE FALL SESSION OF THE ADULT DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE IS NOW OPEN!

Adult Development League Info:

Who: Players with intermediate experience.

What:  An Adult Hockey league just for beginner to intermediate players looking to improve their hockey skills.

When:  Fridays @ 9:30 - 10:40 pm

August 28 - December 18, 2015 *Blackout dates include: 9/11, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 11/27

Where: The Extreme Ice Center

Cost:  $275.00 (11 Sessions), GOALIES- $100

Payment Plans are available for players only (no goalie payment plans) *Admin fee of $25 for payment plans.

HOCKEY IS A LIFELONG SPORT TO BE ENJOYED BY EVERYONE!

 

To Register please visit:  www.cmha.us>Registration>Register Online


by posted 08/10/2015
Fall/Winter 2015 Metro League Registration

Charlotte Metro League Families:

Registration for the Fall/Winter Metro session is NOW OPEN!

Registration can be completed online at:  www.cmha.us > Registration > Register Online

Or at Extreme Ice Center.

For program details including costs, please visit www.cmha.us > Home > Documents > Metro League

2015-16 USA Hockey registration is REQUIRED to participate in all hockey programs at Extreme Ice Center.

*Payment Plans are available!

We look forward to an exciting Fall/Winter Metro League session!

Best,

Trevor Jewell

Hockey Director


by posted 08/08/2015
Billeting Families Needed

Dear CMHA Families:

   

On April 27, 2015, The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) announced a new team, the Charlotte Rush, the Rush will be based in Charlotte, North Carolina. For the upcoming 2015-2016 season, the Rush will field two teams – one at the Elite level and another at the USPHL 3 level for aspiring 1995 –1999 birth year players. The home rink for the teams will be the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina.

 

The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) was founded in 2012, the USPHL is comprised of 36 organizations along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. The USPHL field teams in Premier, Elite, and USP3 divisions. Both the Elite and USP3 Division are USA Hockey Tier III Junior Leagues. The USPHL is uniquely positioned in the East to facilitate a clear pathway for players graduating from Bantam looking to progress through Midget and Junior Hockey on to college and pro hockey.  Each division provides a step in the progression to fulfilling a player’s ultimate goal of becoming a collegiate or professional hockey player. The USPHL is the largest Junior Hockey League in the United States, having placed over 200 players into colleges and universities throughout the United States from the 2014-2015 season, and having had 14 NHL Draft Selections in the last three seasons.

 

For the Rush to be able to run this program and allow our student /athletes an opportunity to play in our program to try to earn college placement, we need help from folks in our area who would be willing to house or billet one or two of our players for the season.  Families who billet are financially compensated by the Hockey Club in the amount of $400 per month per player.  This is a rewarding and fun experience and we are writing to you today to find out if you would be willing to be open to finding out more information on the billeting experience. 

 

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity please contact me or our billet coordinator Ed Morris at   or at 704.574.2702We would be happy to provide you with a detailed information packet.

 

We are excited to be bringing the USPHL and Jr. Hockey to Charlotte, North Carolina. 

  

Thanks,

Steve McKirdy

Charlotte Rush Hockey

704-320-5496 (cell)


by posted 07/23/2015
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
USPHL COMES TO CHARLOTTE

USPHL COMES TO CHARLOTTE
Tryouts at XIC on May 2 & 3, 2015 for the Charlotte Rush 

https://www.charlotterushhockey.com/


Charlotte, North Carolina – April 27, 2015 – The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) today announced the formation of a new team, the Charlotte Rush,based in Charlotte, North Carolina. For the upcoming 2015-2016 season, the Rush will field two teams – one at the Elite level and another at the USPHL 3 level for the 1995 – 1999 birth years.  The home rink for the teams will be the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Tobin Trautz, Hockey Director at XIC and former NCAA Associate Head Coach, will be the Head Coach for the USPHL 3 team. 

“This is really exciting for the future of youth hockey in Charlotte and the surrounding areas,” said Steve McKirdy, one of the owners of the new teams.  “Players will now have the opportunity to take their game to the next level when they age out of local programs, and we are grateful to be able to provide them with competitive hockey at the highest level.”

McKirdy purchased the team along with Saul Salama, Jocelyn Langlois, and Lincoln Flagg, because of their shared belief in the potential to grow junior hockey in the Southeast.  Together they total over 100 years of experience in NCAA, NHL, Jr, and youth hockey as players, coaches, and administrators.

Added Salama, “Not only does this open a world of opportunity for players in North Carolina, but the Elite team will bring in players from all over the United States and beyond.”

Tryouts for the Charlotte Rush will be at Extreme Ice Center, May 2 & 3, 2015. 
Information regarding registration for tryouts can be found at charlotterushhockey.com

About the USPHL 
The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is an American ice hockey league. Founded in 2012, the USPHL has 36 organizations from across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States fielding teams in Premier, Elite, Empire, U18 and U16 divisions.
The Premier Division is the top Tier of the USPHL League structure. The Elite and the USPHL 3 (formerly Empire) Divisions are both USA Hockey Tier III Junior Leagues. The U18 and U16 Divisions are Tier I youth hockey divisions. All five divisions are sanctioned by USA Hockey.

Contact for the Charlotte Rush: 
Steve McKirdy, General Manager 
smckirdy@charlotterushhockey.com
704.320.5496 


by posted 04/30/2015
JR CHECKERS 18 & UNDER TEAM IS NATIONAL FINALIST

The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association's Charlotte Jr. Checkers 18 & Under "AA" team fell short in their bid for the 2015 USA Hockey Tier II National Championship today, losing the title game in overtime to the Portland Jr. Pirates (ME) in Troy, Michigan.  

The Jr. Checkers went undefeated in the preliminary round with 3 wins (9-0, 10-1, 4-2) and beat Atlanta Phoenix 6-5 in the semi-finals to earn their spot in the finals.

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 03/30/2015
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
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