X Hockey Power Skating - 2016-17 Groupings Explained

Not sure what group to register for in the Fall '16? Here is an explanation of each grouping:

Silver IP/Squirt

This group is for pure beginners, and players born in 2012, 2011, and 2010. This group focuses on having fun, balance, basic skating techniques, and very basic puck skills. All hockey equipment is required; jock, shin pads, hockey socks, hockey pants, skates, shoulder pads, elbow pads, neck guard, jersey, helmet with cage, gloves, and stick. Don't have a jersey? Contact ap@xhockey.ca


Silver Novice

This group is for players born in 2009 and 2008, who will not play Novice Select hockey in 2016-17. This group focuses on the fundamental skills of skating, shooting, passing, and stickhandling.


Silver Atom/Peewee

This group is for players born in 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003* (we subdivide the ice to group the kids more effectively). Players in this group play Atom and Peewee hockey, mostly at the Atom and Peewee B level and below. Skills that are focused on in this grouping: foundation puckhandling, agility, quickness, stride extension, pivoting, and crossing over.


Silver Defence

This group is for players born in 2008, 2007, and 2006*. All skill levels are welcome! We focus on backward skating, pivoting, C cuts, explosive starts, and basic in-game defensive concepts (with and without pucks) in this grouping.

* There may be a few 2005 birthyears in this grouping as well *


Platinum Novice

This group is for players born in 2008, and 2009 who are Novice Select-calibre skaters and goaltenders. Players who have a very strong chance at making their respective Novice Select team should consider this program. If you are unsure if this program is right for you, please contact ap@xhockey.ca . Skills taught in this program are: explosive stops and starts, advanced puckhandling, shooting, pivoting, and one-leg balance drills.


Platinum Atom I

This grouping is for All Star 2007's and 2006's who are playing Atom A in the DJHL, as well as a sprinkling of Atom B players. The Atom I and Atom II/Peewee slots will consist of virtually the same drills, with some minor tweaks.


Platinum Atom II/Peewee

This grouping is for All Star 2006's, 2005's, and 2004's who are playing Atom and Peewee A Hockey in the DJHL. The skills and drills for this group will be virtually identical to that of the Platinum Atom I group, with some minor tweaks.


Platinum Defence

All skill levels of D-man can register for this group! This grouping is available for 2005's, 2004's, 2003's, and 2002's if they are interested*. Skills taught in this grouping are advanced crossovers, advanced defensive zone concepts, breakouts, passing, and pivoting.


Platinum AAA

This grouping is for Peewee AAA and Bantam AAA players, with a sprinkling of DJHL Bantam A players who are capable of keeping pace with the group. If you are not a AAA Peewee or Bantam player but wish to join this group, please contact ap@xhockey.ca first before registering.


Female-Only

We are very excited to launch this pilot program in 2016! Female-only power skating is open to any female looking to improve their skills from the ages 2009-2004 (we will subdivide the ice based on skill level). A broad range of skills will be taught in this program, depending on which sub-grouping that you are in on the ice. For more details, please contact ap@xhockey.ca