Initiation

Coach

Shane Skeoch

Assistant Coach

Brynn Smith
Curtis Nichol
Dustin Garabed

Manager: Stephanie Smith
Safety: Kailey Penner
Equipment Manager: Andy Spurrill
Booster: Kailey Penner & Jen Forsythe
Gate 50/50 & Time Keeper: Katie Heide
Fundraising Coordinator: Lorna Garabed

Hockey Manitoba adopted a new regulation regarding hockey at the Initiation age level in May 2015 as follows:

All games and practices at the initiation level shall use modified ice surfaces consisting of cross-ice sections as of the 2015-16 season.

Long term player development research shows us that reducing the size of the playing surface offers more opportunity for skill development and greater participation from all players. More decisions, quicker reactions, finding open space, reading pressure, offensive/defensive body position, puck pressure, containment, etc... all of which equals an improved hockey sense. More puck touches, more passes, more shots and more fun...all of which helps with player retention.

For more information regarding the upcoming changes to Hockey Manitoba's Initiation Program structure for the 2016-17 season, including FAQs, practice plans and more please visit www.hockeymanitoba.ca/players/ip-program. This page will be updated over the coming weeks with additional information, links, videos and resources to assist Associations with the transition.

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