AP's Coaches Blog; Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Hey it's AP, coming at you from the Via Rail train going from Kingston to Toronto, Ontario. I started my day on a ferry from Wolfe Island to Kingston, followed by a car to the train station, followed by this train and one more, followed by a flight to Newfoundland. I'm pretty sure they make movies about this stuff..... anyway, lets transition into the wonderful world of hockey.

The reason why I'm in Ontario is because of a second successful joint venture with Evolve Hockey out of Rochester, NY USA. Our combined hockey team played in the Canada Day Cup tournament in Ottawa this past weekend; our squad, which had players from Ottawa, Rochester, Buffalo and Newfoundland on it, went 1-3. While our record doesn't jump out at most people, our team had a strong weekend on the ice. We lost to the eventual champion "Quebec Espoirs" 2-1, and were neck-and-neck with the "Isatis AAA" save for 4 minutes in the second (lost the game 4-1). On behalf of ESG and Xtreme Hockey, we would like to thank #xhockeyplayers Nolan Avery and Carter Hynes for making the trek to the Nation's Capital this past weekend to support this joint venture!

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Congrats to Carter Arnold, Jack Carter and Tate Cullen on representing X Hockey at the Lobsterfest tournament in New Hampshire this past weekend. The boys lost 1-0 in the semi finals of the tournament; according to sources, Jack Carter stood on his head in this game. Good job Jack, we are all very proud of you!

Xtreme Hockey would like to wish alumni Andrew Picco a speedy recovery from numerous injuries suffered from a fall off Signal Hill during the June 25th weekend. Get well soon, Andy Peek! For more information on Picco's fall, visit http://www.thetelegram.com/Sports/Hockey/2016-06-2...

Congraulations to #xhockeyalums Nathan Noel on being drafted into the NHL (round 4, 113 overall, Chicago) two weekend's ago! Nathan responded well after going undrafted in 2015, potting 21 goals and assisting on 36 others in 61 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) last season. Noel added 94 PIMs to his resume in 2015-16, which scouts had to be a little excited about. Noel has dynamic athleticism, and has naturally gifted feet. With maturity, I feel that this kid could have a bright future at the pro level. Good luck at camp, Nathan!

I am very excited to get my annual "Summer Night Skates" going again next week. I am very excited to work with guys (and girls!) who are passionate about moving further in the game of hockey. Once you get a certain age, hockey becomes a year-long endeavour. The days of taking the summer off and using training camp to get in shape are long gone! Players who go to camp out of shape in today's game usually find themselves without a job, so it's imperative that guys have big summers on the ice and in the weight room.

Until Next Time,