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November 2012

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STOPs S & STARTS USA HOCKEY NEWS & UPDATES A Rock Solid Foundation For Giving Back To The Game Thanks to the generosity of donors and members, hockey has influenced thousands of lives. Whether it is a disabled athlete finding inner-strength by being on the ice, an underprivileged teenager learning positive lessons at the rink, or a gold medal for Team USA, The USA Hockey Foundation is grateful for the impact its donors have had on the game. ince 1993, The USA Hockey Foundation has been making grants to organizations and local affiliates to help grow and strengthen the game around the country. New App Puts CEP At Your Fingertips The following is just a glimpse into what the Foundation grants have helped accomplish this year: • In New York State, four trailers of hockey gear were purchased and distributed for Try Hockey For Free days so that kids who have never tried the sport could get the opportunity to do so. The USA Hockey Foundation has an illustri- ous history of giving back to great local programs. • Eight years ago, Ed Snider Youth Hockey, a USA Hockey Foundation grant award winner, introduced Virlen Reyes to the sport. An inner-city Philadelphia youth, Virlen now plays on her college team. Having never had a goal before finding hockey, Virlen is grateful for hockey and what it has taught her and credits the sport with getting her on the right track. • The investment in our elite players has helped keep America strong on the international stage. Currently 65 percent of NCAA Div. I players are American, as are nearly 25 percent of NHL players. Our women's program continues to be one of the top programs in the world. • The USA Hockey Sled Lending Program receives funding through The USA Hockey Foundation to provide sleds to rinks across the country that are interested in getting disabled athletes involved in the game. • The Mayo Clinic receives funding to study concussions and possible advancements in the game to help prevent injuries. To learn more about The USA Hockey Foundation and to make a donation please visit USA Hockey is hitting the ice with a new mobile application designed to put every facet of its Coaching Education Program at the fingertips of its more than 60,000 registered coaches. The USA Hockey Mobile Coach, a new app for mobile devices running on Apple's iOS or Google's Android platform, is now available exclusively to USA Hockey members. USA Hockey Mobile Coach includes complete practice plans, small area games, dryland training exercises, goaltending-specific drills and videos, body contact instructional videos, and skating, shooting and passing drill diagrams and videos. The application also includes digital versions of the USA Hockey Rulebook, Annual Guide and American Development Model materials. "We developed USA Hockey Mobile Coach to provide the vast array of education materials we have available in an easy-to-use mobile format," said Mark Tabrum, director of the CEP. "We've long been a leader in LESTER PATRICK AWARD STAYS IN THE FAMILY Dick Patrick, the grandson of Lester Patrick and son of former N.Y. Rangers player and coach Muzz Patrick, was presented with the award named after his grandfather during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Dallas on Oct. 15. The Lester Patrick Award, which is presented annually for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, was also given to long-time Fort Wayne Komets broadcaster Bob Chase-Wallenstein. Since Patrick's arrival into the Washington Capitals' front office in 1982, the franchise has been to the postseason in 23 of the 29 seasons, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998. Among his many accomplishments, Patrick spearheaded construction of the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Caps' state-of-the-art training facility that also is home to local youth hockey programs. A legendary and pioneering broadcaster for radio station WOWO in Fort Wayne, Ind., Chase- Wallenstein is entering his 60th season of broadcasting Komets hockey. The native of Negaunee, Mich., arrived at WOWO in 1953 and began calling games for what then was a second-year franchise. He has been a fixture in their booth ever since, inspiring legions of loyal fans, including fellow U.S. Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Emrick. 06 coaching education, and this a reflection of our desire to continue to be out in front and use technology to help in the education process." All of the content is capable of being shared directly from the app through email and various social media platforms, allowing coaches to easily distribute material to players, parents and other coaches. A desktop companion accesses the same information that the application holds, but includes the ability for coaches to make custom practice plans that synchronize to their mobile devices. The USA Hockey Mobile Coach is now available at both the iTunes App Store and Android Market. An iPad version is also available at iTunes. XXXXXX NOVEMBER.2012 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM PHOTOS COURTESY OF USA Hockey; Getty Images

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