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Off Ice Officials Needed for Charlotte Rush Games
09/22/2016
CHARLOTTE RUSH – OFF-ICE OFFICIAL INFO The Charlotte Rush...
Mites and MiniMites Reminder for 9/16
09/16/2016
REMINDER: There are no Mites or MiniMites on September 16th, 2016....
JR. CHECKERS APPAREL
09/15/2016
  Final Orders for Jr. Checkers Apparel will be placed this...
Glen Dearing
09/12/2016
Extreme Ice Center Friends & Family, It is with a heavy...
Off-Ice Officials Needed for Charlotte Checkers Games
09/08/2016
CHARLOTTE CHECKERS – OFF-ICE OFFICIAL INFO The Charlotte Checkers...
XIC Community: The Dearing Family
08/25/2016
As you may or may not know, Glen Dearing – a friendly and...
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...
 
Off Ice Officials Needed for Charlotte Rush Games

CHARLOTTE RUSH – OFF-ICE OFFICIAL INFO
The Charlotte Rush are currently looking for off-ice officials for the upcoming 2016-17
season at Extreme Ice Center.


Off-ice officials are responsible for the tracking of real-time statistics used by the United State Premier
Hockey League and its teams and other various game-day functions. The Rush use 2-5
officials for each game, each of which is focused on a specific duty as outlined below.


Officials often rotate through various positions from game to game, with specific duties
assigned by a supervisor each time.


For each game worked, all off-ice officials will receive ,a free meal and two free game tickets to the Rush
game.


DUTIES:
- Tracking goals and assists on each goal
- Tracking plus/minus on each goal
- Recording shots on goal
- Recording time on ice for every player
- Game clock operator
- Penalty timekeeper
- Penalty box attendants
- Goal judges


REQUIREMENTS:
- Strong hockey knowledge and familiarity with basic statistics
- Ability to work most home games, arriving no later than one hour prior to puck drop
- Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and attitude at all times, recognizing that you
will be a representative of the team and a league official in a working environment
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to remain focused under pressure
- Comfort with computers and the ability to learn new programs (time on ice only)


HOW TO APPLY:
Interested parties should send an email to jcruthers@charlotterushhockey.com
outlining the following:
- Your experience or background with hockey
- Your expected availability (weeknights, weekends, etc.) from September - March
- Any specific duties you would be especially interested in
- Your preferred method of contact
Qualified candidates will be selected for interviews.


by posted 09/22/2016
Mites and MiniMites Reminder for 9/16

REMINDER: There are no Mites or MiniMites on September 16th, 2016. This is a blackout date. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Sincerely,

Extreme Ice Management

 


by posted 09/16/2016
JR. CHECKERS APPAREL
 
Final Orders for Jr. Checkers Apparel will be placed this week!
 
Stop by the front desk anytime to order your Jr. Checkers Jackets, Sherpa Jackets, or Ladies Quarter Zip Shirts!
 
~Jr. Checkers Jackets $75
~Jr. Checkers Sherpa Jackets $65
~Jr. Checkers Ladies Quarter Zip Shirts $50
 
Many more items available, while supplies last!

by posted 09/15/2016
Glen Dearing

Extreme Ice Center Friends & Family,


It is with a heavy heart that we regret to inform you that our own Glen Dearing lost his battle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia at 10:30 pm on Sunday, September 11th, 2016.


Glen is originally from High Bridge, New Jersey and moved to the Charlotte area 18 years ago. His son, a former Jr Checker and Team Carolina member, Willie Dearing, played hockey as a Squirt at the time, and they found their way to us. Glen’s wife, Kathy, began working for the rink and Glen quickly followed behind, eventually becoming our Adult and High School Hockey Director.

 
When he wasn’t at the rink, Glen was an avid hunter. He also enjoyed watching his grandson play hockey and had a love for archery. But most importantly, Glen deeply loved his wife, his children, and his grandchildren.


Glen is survived by his wife, Kathy, his children, Willie and April, his 3 grandchildren, Corey, Chance, Chawn, and Aaralyn.
We will deeply miss Glen’s stories, his laugh, and his presence at Extreme Ice Center. We certainly would not be where we are today without his contributions to our rink and various programs. 


At this time, no service is scheduled. We are planning to have a Celebration of Life in October- more details will be shared when they become available.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please donate to the Glen Dearing Fund on our CMHA.us page to help cover costs. Cards may be dropped off or sent to Extreme Ice Center- 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Rd, Indian Trail, NC 28079. 


Glen, we will miss you dearly.

 

Glen Dearing
1959 -2016


by posted 09/12/2016
Off-Ice Officials Needed for Charlotte Checkers Games

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS – OFF-ICE OFFICIAL INFO
The Charlotte Checkers are currently looking for off-ice officials for the upcoming 2016-17
season at Bojangles’ Coliseum.


Off-ice officials are responsible for the tracking of real-time statistics used by the American
Hockey League and its teams and other various game-day functions. The Checkers use 12-
15 officials for each game, each of which is focused on a specific duty as outlined below.
Officials often rotate through various positions from game to game, with specific duties
assigned by a supervisor each time.


For each game worked, all off-ice officials will receive free parking, a free meal and two
game tickets to distribute as they see fit.


DUTIES
- Tracking goals and assists on each goal
- Tracking plus/minus on each goal
- Recording shots on goal
- Recording time on ice for every player
- Game clock operator
- Penalty timekeeper
- Penalty box attendants
- Goal judges
REQUIREMENTS
- Strong hockey knowledge and familiarity with basic statistics
- Ability to work most home games, arriving no later than one hour prior to puck drop
- Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and attitude at all times, recognizing that you
will be a representative of the team and a league official in a working environment
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to remain focused under pressure
- Comfort with computers and the ability to learn new programs (time on ice only)
- Professional dress
HOW TO APPLY
Interested parties should send an email to outlining the
following:
- Your experience or background with hockey
- Your expected availability (weeknights, weekends, etc.) from October-June
- Any specific duties you would be especially interested in
- Your preferred method of contact


Qualified candidates will be selected for interviews.


by posted 09/08/2016
XIC Community: The Dearing Family

As you may or may not know, Glen Dearing – a friendly and familiar face around the Extreme Ice Center since its opening 10 years ago – has been in the hospital battling a rare form of cancer: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.

Glen’s initial diagnosis occurred over 8 months ago and has since undergone a bone marrow transfusion. Unfortunately, his body has now rejected the donor and his cancer has returned since initially going into remission.

Glen, the Adult League and High School Hockey Director at XIC, is Father to former Jr Checker and TC player, Willie Dearing. He is Grandfather or “Pop-Pop” to three great boys who also participate in our Mini-Mite and Jr Checkers programs. His wife, Kathy, is the warm, friendly, boisterous voice that welcomes everyone behind the counter every morning at our front desk.

As you can imagine, the Dearing family is woven into the XIC family and our hockey program’s fabric. They embody the community that we have at XIC and have always been quick to lend a hand or volunteer to help any of our causes, families, or programs anytime. Now it is our time to step up and lend a hand to them.

We are asking that our XIC family please help the Dearing family in this time of need through a donation of any size. All the money will go toward supporting Glen’s medical and family care costs. Every penny helps and the family is ever appreciative of your generous support.

You may donate online by using the orange button on the CMHA.us website or directly at https://leagueathletics.com/UserForm.asp?RegID=107848&org=cmha.us

Please keep Glen and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We look forward to having Glen and his big smile back in our building soon to cheer on his grandsons while they play the game that WE all love.

Thank you,

Extreme Ice Center


by posted 08/25/2016
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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2 Carolina Amateur Hockey Association

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1 Carolinas Hockey League

Team Carolina

4 USA Hockey

3 USA Hockey Southeastern District

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