TPH Tournaments Host First Event in “Show Me State”

TPH St. Louis Cup Preview


Thanksgiving weekend marks a first for TPH, the first tournament hosted in St. Louis, Mo. The TPH St. Louis Cup is set to take place at the beautiful Centene Community Ice Center with 28 youth hockey clubs competing to be the final team standing.

 

Trophies and medals are always great, however this weekend in St. Louis is also focused on exposure. As with the previous TPH events, TPH’s partners at The Prospect Exchange provided all attending athletes the opportunity to take advantage of Premium X.

 

Premium X, powered by ICEBERG Analytics, gives each player access to shift-by-shift condensed video and analytics to their games. To date, 570 players have taken advantage of Premium X as a resource to learn more and share their skills with coaches. Premium X is available for all players attending this weekend’s event.

 

The 2021 TPH St. Louis Cup is primed for some highly competitive competition amongst top Tier I programs in the nation. Below is an overview of the event.

 


18U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 11/21/2021.

  Belle Tire

Ranking: 39th | Record: 9-12-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Carshield AAA

Ranking: 59th | Record: 12-15-0 | Roster | Schedule

    Chicago Fury

Ranking: 30th | Record: 17-13-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 24th | Record: 13-6-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Rocky Mountain RoughRiders

Ranking: 31st | Record: 21-7-0 | Roster | Schedule


16U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 11/21/2021.

    Carshield AAA

Ranking: 32nd | Record: 14-13-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Chicago Fury

Ranking: 25th | Record: 17-12-0 | Roster | Schedule

    Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 57th | Record: 7-15-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Rocky Mountain RoughRiders

Ranking: 64th | Record: 11-14-0 | Roster | Schedule


15U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 11/21/2021.

    Carshield AAA

Ranking: 65th | Record: 12-18-1 | Roster | Schedule

  Chicago Fury

Ranking: 40th | Record: 16-12-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 30th | Record: 12-5-3 | Roster | Schedule

  Rocky Mountain RoughRiders

Ranking: 32nd | Record: 17-10-0 | Roster | Schedule

  St. Louis AAA Blues

Ranking: 18th | Record: 17-11-1 | Roster | Schedule


13U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 11/21/2021.

  Carshield AAA

Ranking: 39th | Record: 13-7-1 | Roster | Schedule

    Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 44th | Record: 12-8-2 | Roster | Schedule

  Sioux Falls Power

Ranking: 19th | Record: 4-2-0 | Roster | Schedule

  St. Louis Eagles

Ranking: 82nd | Record: 24-6-3 | Roster | Schedule


11U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 11/21/2021.

    Carshield AAA

Ranking: 52nd | Record: 16-10-3 | Roster | Schedule

  Indiana Elite

Ranking: ???? | Record: ?-?-? | Roster | Schedule

    Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: 82nd | Record: 8-12-2 | Roster | Schedule

  St. Louis AAA Blues

Ranking: 13th | Record: 21-9-5 | Roster | Schedule


FACILITY

Centene Community Ice Center750 Casino Center Dr, Maryland Heights, MO 63043


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Developing Mental Resilience

Five Keys To A Mental Recovery Plan

One of the most demanding positions in any sport is playing goalie. All eyes are on them. They can’t hide from a mistake or a misstep. When the game is over the goalie is analyzed by everyone including their own coach, teammates, parents of the team, the opposing team and coaches, and even themselves.

The position often receives the most credit for a team win, but at the same time receives the most criticism following a loss. The most elite goalies not only require physical strength but mental and emotional strength as well.

An invaluable asset to goalies is to have a mental recovery plan. One that works following a loss, but also can be used right after a bad goal.

Goalies have, on average, less than a minute to get ready and set for the next play. That means if the goalie is thinking about the past mistake, what they should have done better, complaining about the ref, or worrying about their teammates, their mind is not where it needs to be.

If your mindset is not focused on the present play, your performance suffers.

5 Keys to a Mental Recovery Plan

Self-talk

A great question I like to ask athletes I work with is, “Who is the person you listen to the most?” Often, answers include parents, coaches, teammates, or teachers. Many people tend to forget that saying “myself” is an option.

The person you listen to most is yourself. Your internal narrative or self-talk consists of the thoughts and dialogue in your mind that you have all day long. This occurs automatically and we may not even pay attention to messages we send ourselves daily.

When goalies are in the crease, they need to be intentional about the messages they have on repeat. Their self-talk is critical for top performance.

If your self-talk is negative, overly critical and harsh, you are not helping yourself. You need to support yourself through positive self-talk. You don’t have to lie and tell yourself everything is great. But you need to be intentional about helping yourself perform better.

Cue yourself with instruction; “see the puck,” “play strong,” and “quick feet.” These phrases help you stay on task. You can also use motivational self-talk; “trust yourself,” “I got this,” “I’m ready,” or “I trained for this.”

Have 3 to 5 self-talk phrases that help keep you ready, positive and focused. Don’t help your opponents out by beating yourself. Create your top performance through great self-talk.

Body Language

The best way to let your opponent know they’ve gotten the best of you is through body language. Many athletes don’t recognize the importance of body language.

Picture your opponent throwing their head back, then putting their hands up as if to blame their teammates for a bad play. Or if your opponent bends over, slams and breaks their stick, and skates slowly to the bench. Or imagine the players who have their head down on the bench and no one’s communicating with each other. Those players have already lost. They have been mentally beaten. They have checked out and their mindset is not in a place for their top performance.

As a goalie, you cannot let the opponent take up space in your mind. Be intentional about your body language. Imagine 5 things a goalie with good body language does.

Could you do all those things in practice and in games? Don’t allow your body language to be something that just happens. Practice it. Do not allow your body language to give anything away for free.

Positive body language for goalies includes keeping your head up, eyes on the play, standing tall in between plays and communicating effectively with teammates. Work to avoid blaming teammates, slamming your stick, throwing your head back or hanging your head, bending over in disappointment or getting in the referee’s face.

Imagery/Visualization

Goalies need to use their mind to their advantage. It’s great to keep the positivity up through self-talk and body language but these skills bring you back to your baseline performance. Imagery and visualization take your performance to the next level.

You cannot outperform your self-image. That means if you don’t see yourself making incredible saves, showing up big in the third period or shutting down the opponent’s power play, your chances of doing so greatly diminish.

Imagery involves all the senses — seeing, feeling, hearing, movement, smelling, taste — to recreate positive plays in the mind’s eye. The mind is so powerful that simply imagining great plays and good techniques solidify those brain-thinking patterns leading to quicker reaction times, increased performance and improved self-confidence.

Create a self-image of an elite goalie. See yourself succeeding and making the clutch plays.

Re-Focus Cues

It’s easy to get stuck in the last play. Our minds want to analyze the past and make corrections for the future. But there is not time to go through that thinking process during a game. This activity is better saved for after the game.

Instead, you need to forget the last play and re-focus on the immediate task. This is easier said than done, it’s a skill that requires practice.

With intentional attention shifting, you can get yourself back into the present by focusing on exactly what is right in front of you.

One of my favorite re-focus cues from a collegiate goalie I’ve worked with is, “Next Shot. Next Save.” This four-word phrase moves the attention to the next play. The past play doesn’t matter anymore, I need to focus on my next save.

Another goalie reset focus through a physical routine of tapping the goal post with their stick, adjusting their pads and getting back into their ready stance. Doing this routine intentionally helps them reset their mind and body.

Relaxation

The paradox of being a goalie is that you must be alert while at the same time relaxed.

If you become too anxious, you may play ahead of yourself. Getting yourself out of proper position, cheating on your corners or playing too far off the crease.

If you contract your muscles too tightly, you lose reaction time, your movements lose their flow and you get tired much more quickly.

If your mind is not relaxed, tunnel vision occurs and you may not be able to see the entire ice as you should. You may start overthinking about the last couple of plays and losing present focus.

The best performances for goalies requires the right amount of energy.

I’m not saying you should be falling asleep out there; that’s too far in the other direction. You need to find the right energy level for you. Some of your teammates require their energy to be at 10, headbutting one another, jumping up and down, and hyping themselves up. Others require a lower energy level of 3 or 4, listening to music and being calm but ready.

Think of your best performance, what was your energy level at on a scale of 1 to 10. It’s important to work to recreate that exact energy level. Many professional goalies tend to have a lower energy level where they are intensely focused, in the zone and ready for anything.

If your energy level gets too high, which is often the case, you need to be able to relax the body and the mind. Through squared breathing you can calm the mind and the body. This technique requires four-second inhale, four-second hold, four-second exhale, four-second hold and then repeat. This short breathing exercise can be done in between plays, after a goal or during the period break.

Also combine your self-talk and re-focus cues to bring your energy level to where it needs to be. These techniques do not have to occur in isolation and help improve your recovery plan while used together.

Final Thoughts

Having a planned recovery plan will set you apart from your competition. Some of the best goalies in the NHL credit their success to sports psychology skills. Those goalies include Braden Holtby and Carter Hart.

Create your personal recovery plan using the suggestions above. As a goalie you need to be able to shake off the last play. Good or bad, it’s in the past. The most important play is the next one.

By Blaise Fayolle, EdD, CMPC, LLPC 

Blaise Fayolle holds a doctorate in Sport and Performance Psychology and is credentialed as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant® through the Associated for Applied Sport Psychology. Blaise is also a licensed mental health professional in Michigan.

Girl’s Hockey Takes Center Stage

Smashville Girls Showcase Preview


Nashville is the place to be this Thanksgiving Weekend for Girls and Women’s Hockey. TPH and PIP, Premier Ice Prospects, are proud to host the Smashville Girls Showcase at the Ford Ice Centers in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to the 32 Girls AAA teams in attendance, there will be four NCAA Division I Women’s Hockey programs in town for the Smashville Women’s Collegiate Hockey Showcase.

 

The Women’s and Girl’s Hockey worlds will share the spotlight this weekend with 72 youth hockey games on top of the two-day collegiate showcase that will highlight the best of the NCAA’s women hockey players. Last year Mekenzie Steffen competed in the collegiate event as captain of the University of Wisconsin Badgers, presently she now has the opportunity to see this weekend from the administrative side as the Coordinator of Girls Hockey for TPH-Nashville.

 

It’s one of those incredible ‘if you see it, you can be it’ opportunities for all of the young girls,” said Steffen. “Growing up in Minnesota, I was able to attend Golden Gophers women’s hockey games growing up, but several girls don’t have this opportunity. I am excited to see so many teams coming from places where the girls don’t have the opportunity to watch NCAA women’s hockey in person, to not only witness, but play alongside them in the same building and share the weekend.”

 

The Smashville Women’s Collegiate Hockey Showcase will feature Boston College, Colgate University, Mercyhurst University, and the University of Minnesota competing over November 26-27 at the Ford Ice Center. Single-day standard and VIP tickets can be purchased HERE. Use promo code PREDSGIRLS to save.

 

“It is just as meaningful to the college players to see all of the young girls in the stands watching the games.” Steffen says, “You know they’re all looking up to you, hoping to be in your shoes one day. Those are the humbling moments that you never take for granted as a college athlete.”

The 2021 Jr. Predators Tier I Host Weekend will be TPH’s first tournament of the season in Nashville and it is primed for some highly competitive competition amongst top Tier I programs in the nation. We are so thankful for everything that the Nashville Predators have done to make this event come to life. It will be a memorable weekend for all. Below is an overview of the event.


19U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 11/21/2021.

  Anaheim Lady Ducks

Ranking: 43rd | Record: 2-12-0 | Roster | Schedule

    Bishop Kearney Selects

Ranking: 9th | Record: 19-6-2 | Roster | Schedule

  Connecticut Polar Bears

Ranking: 7th | Record: 12-2-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Florida Alliance

Ranking: 16th | Record: 20-8-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Northwood School

Ranking: 20th | Record: 14-13-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Ranking: 18th | Record: 11-14-3 | Roster | Schedule

    Shattuck St. Mary’s

Ranking: 15th | Record: 8-8-6 | Roster | Schedule

  Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep

Ranking: 3rd | Record: 15-7-4 | Roster | Schedule


16U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 11/21/2021.

    Anaheim Lady Ducks

Ranking: 37th | Record: 4-9-1 | Roster | Schedule

  Belle Tire

Ranking: 13th | Record: 15-11-7 | Roster | Schedule

  Bishop Kearney Selects

Ranking: 7th | Record: 24-6-2 | Roster | Schedule

    Connecticut Polar Bears

Ranking: 11th | Record: 12-2-2 | Roster | Schedule

  New Jersey Titans

Ranking: 18th | Record: 8-3-0 | Roster | Schedule

    Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Ranking: 17th | Record: 10-16-3 | Roster | Schedule

    San Jose Jr Sharks

Ranking: 42nd | Record: 3-10-2 | Roster | Schedule

  Shattuck St. Mary’s

Ranking: 3rd | Record: 14-6-1 | Roster | Schedule


14U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 11/21/2021.

    Anaheim Lady Ducks

Ranking: 37th | Record: 3-7-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Belle Tire

Ranking: 31st | Record: 9-19-3 | Roster | Schedule

  Belle Tire White

Ranking: Unknown | Record: Unknown | Roster | Schedule

  Carolina Jr Hurricanes

Ranking: 48th | Record: 4-7-0 | Roster | Schedule

  Detroit Little Caesars

Ranking: 6th | Record: 22-7-5 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: Unknown | Record: Unknown | Roster | Schedule

  Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Ranking: 5th | Record: 21-3-3 | Roster | Schedule

  San Jose Jr Sharks

Ranking: 47th | Record: 2-12-2 | Roster | Schedule

    St. Louis Jr Blues

Ranking: 35th | Record: 7-14-4 | Roster | Schedule

  Team Illinois

Ranking: 10th | Record: 16-0-3 | Roster | Schedule


12U Division

All rankings and records were referenced from myhockeyrankings.com on 11/21/2021.

  Anaheim Lady Ducks

Ranking: 16th | Record: 13-2-2 | Roster | Schedule

  Arizona Kachinas

Ranking: Unknown | Record: Unknown | Roster | Schedule

    Detroit Little Caesars

Ranking: 6th | Record: 19-9-2 | Roster | Schedule

  Honeybaked

Ranking: 23rd | Record: 8-16-1 | Roster | Schedule

  Nashville Jr. Predators

Ranking: Unknown | Record: Unknown | Roster | Schedule

  Team Illinois

Ranking: 13th | Record: 20-10-1 | Roster | Schedule


FACILITIES

Ford Ice Center – Antioch: 5264 Hickory Hollow Pl, Cane Ridge, TN 37013

Ford Ice Center – Bellevue: 7620 Hwy 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221


To learn more about future TPH Tournaments, click here.

 

TPH Takes the World Stage

Total Package Hockey Set to Compete at World Selects Invitational


Detroit, Michigan: Total Package Hockey (TPH) announced today that it has accepted a bid to the 2022 World Selects Invitational Trophy (WSI), as a North American representative competing at the international tournament this spring. The WSI is an invite-only youth hockey tournament that takes place each spring in exotic locations around the world and features some of the best athletes on the planet. 

 

TPH will enter teams into the Elite and AAA events at the 16U, 15U, 14U, 13U and 12U age groups with rosters composed of top-level players from across North America. The field of opponents consists of teams from the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia and central Europe. Competing at the WSI is not only an opportunity to play against elite international teams, but players and families can also enjoy an authentic cultural experience. All attendees will be treated to first-class facilities from the host arena to hotels, restaurants and meals.

 

2022 ELITE EVENTS

EventDateLocation
2006 EliteMay 1 - 5, 2022Exeter, NH, USA
2007 EliteMay 1 - 5, 2022Nashville, TN, USA
2008 EliteMay 3 - 7, 2022Bolzano, Italy
2009 EliteMay 10 - 14, 2022
Chamonix, France
2010 EliteApril 26 - 30, 2022Bolzano, Italy

2022 AAA EVENTS

EventDateLocation
2007 AAAMay 25-28, 2022San Sebastien, Spain
2008 AAAMay 11-14, 2022Prague, Czech Republic
2009 AAAMay 4-7, 2022Mont Blanc, France
2010 AAAMay 4-7, 2022Prague, Czech Republic

You can also view all the boy’s events, their locations and dates at this link: https://www.worldhockeygroup.com/worldselectstrophy

 

For more than 12 years, the WSI has featured some of the best athletes in youth hockey. More than 350 NHL Draft picks and 1,000 NCAA players have competed in a WSI event since 2008. Before they were stars in the NHL, players like Mitch Marner, Mikko Rantanen, Alexander Barkov, Adam Fox and Andrei Svechnikov were 13, 14 and 15-year-old standouts at a World Selects event. 

 

“TPH is thrilled to be part of the WSI series of events in North America and Europe,”  said Nathan Bowen, CEO of Total Package Hockey. “These events provide players with a global hockey experience that they will remember for a lifetime. In addition to player development, we plan to grow our coaching network through these events and provide new opportunities for our TPH coaches to grow. Ultimately, this is an amazing life experience that everyone in our organization gets to take advantage of through the game.”

 

Click here to learn more about the World Selects Invitational Trophy.

 

If you have interest in participating in the World Selects Invitational, please click the following link and complete the questionnaire: https://forms.gle/tacdrGw37ZdhTrP37

 


About Total Package Hockey: Founded in 2001, TPH seeks to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes. TPH platforms include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics, and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, serving over 10,000 student-athletes on an annual basis, throughout 16 US-based divisions. TPH prides itself on taking a holistic approach, one that emphasizes the development of the individual in four ways: 

(1) as a player within a team setting, 

(2) as an athlete, dedicated to reaching his/her physical potential, 

(3) as a student, working to achieve his/her academic goals, and most importantly, 

(4) as a person, striving to win the ultimate game, and that’s the game of life.

 

Jr. Preds Promote From Within

Nashville Jr. Predators Alumni and Former Captain Teddy Rotenberger Promoted as Tier 1 Director


Total Package Hockey Nashville (TPH) and the Nashville Jr. Predators (NJP) are proud to announce the promotion of Teddy Rotenberger to the Tier 1 Director position. Teddy has been part of the NJP organization for over 12 years, including his early days playing with the U13 squad in 2009, as well as serving as a head coach for the last two seasons. His path as a hockey player was not an easy one, but his relentless pursuit of his goals speaks to his character and his leadership abilities. 

 

Teddy captained the Jr. Predators to appearances in the 2013 and 2014 USA Hockey National Championship Tournament, winning a Bronze Medal in 2013 (U16 AAA). Upon moving to the junior level,  he made several stops in the North American Hockey League including Topeka, St. Louis, and Shreveport. Teddy went on to be a 3 time WCHA Scholar-Athlete en route to earning a Master’s Degree in Supply Chain and Logistics Management from University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH). 

 

His commitment to the program shined when he began coaching the TPH Spring Prospect Program during his time at UAH. Teddy joined the coaching staff in August of 2020, working as the Head Coach of the 14AA and 16AA squads before landing with the 12AAA squad this past August. 

 

“We are so fortunate to have Teddy take on this leadership role as the new Tier I Director. We know that under his leadership, the standard will be raised,” says Nathan Bowen, CEO of Total Package Hockey. “He has a passion for helping people, he is a servant leader who puts others first and is an outstanding positive role model for any young athlete.”

 

Teddy’s first hand experience as a player in the organization will suit him well in his new role. “The Jr. Predators provide the opportunity for student-athletes to compete at the highest level of youth hockey while still being able to live at home as long as possible,” says the new Tier 1 Director. “NJP has continually demonstrated that our unique model fosters player development and advancement through the work of our dedicated full-time coaches and support staff coupled with the long-term commitment of our players and families.  Just this past season we saw 14 players from the 18U NJP team sign, get drafted or tendered into Tier II Junior Hockey teams, the next step on their journey to college hockey, which is, a new record for our program.”

 

TPH Nashville and the Nashville Jr. Predators are so proud to promote from within, and can’t wait to see the impact that Teddy has on the next generation of  NJP hockey players.

 

To learn more about TPH Nashville CoE, click here. 


About TPH

Founded in 2001, TPH seeks to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through sport. TPH platforms include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics, and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, serving over 10,000 student-athletes annually throughout 15 U.S.-based divisions. TPH prides itself on taking a holistic approach, one that emphasizes the development of the individual in four ways: 

(1) as a player within a team setting, 

(2) as an athlete, dedicated to reaching their physical potential, 

(3) as a student, working to achieve their academic goals, and most importantly, 

(4) as a person, striving to win the ultimate game, and that’s the game of life.

 

Michigan Native Leads the Pack

Greg Wolfe Named Head of Hockey at TPH Detroit


Total Package Hockey (TPH) is proud to announce the promotion of Michigan native, Greg Wolfe, to Head of Hockey at TPH Detroit. The program has seen incredible progress with Greg working as a Player Development Coach & Mentor during the last two years. His hard work and dedication have had a massive impact on the day to day lives of student athletes, allowing Greg to surge through the TPH Detroit depth chart. 

 

So who exactly is Greg Wolfe? We’re glad you asked. Take a knee, we’ll give you the rundown.

 

Greg grew up in Canton, Michigan, where he won three state championships with the Honeybaked Tier 1 Program. He played two seasons in the USHL with the Chicago Steel and Omaha Lancers before taking his talents to East Lansing, where he played four seasons of NCAA hockey with the Michigan State Spartans. He was captain of the team for his final two years at State, when he won the Big Ten Medal  of Honor and the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Following his college career, he made his professional debut in 2014 with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, and was named an ECHL All-Star in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons.

 

So yeah…you could say he’s got a pretty solid Michigan hockey pedigree. 

 

“I’m humbled and excited to take on this new position as Head of Hockey with TPH Detroit,” says Greg. “It’s a great opportunity for me to further develop the TPH Hockey Development Model for our student-athletes in Detroit and throughout TPH as a whole.” Greg would go on to add how excited he is to get to work in his new role, and credits his staff for their hard work in providing the highest level of training and mentorship to TPH players.

 

Director of TPH Detroit, Dwayne Norris, says Greg’s pending success was imminent from very early on. “Having Greg on the team as a Player Development Coach & Mentor has given us front row seats to observe his passion, leadership, and forward-thinking for the game of hockey,” says Dwayne. “He’s made a tremendous impact on the journeys of our student-athletes as they strive towards excellence. Please join me in congratulating Coach Wolfe on his promotion, it is extremely well deserved.” 

 

Interested in training with Greg Wolfe and the team at TPH Detroit? Click here to learn more about our program. 

 

About TPH

Total Package Hockey was founded in 2001 and began operations in 2004 in Ontario, Canada.  TPH seeks to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes, all ages and skill level, through sport. TPH platforms include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics, and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, serving over 10,000 student-athletes annually throughout 16 U.S. based divisions. TPH prides itself on taking a holistic approach, one that emphasizes the development of the individual in four ways: 

  1. as a player within a team setting
  2. as an athlete, dedicated to reaching their physical potential
  3. as a student, working to achieve their academic goals 
  4. as a person, striving to win the ultimate game, and that’s the game of life.

04’s Best Kept Secret

TPH Center of Excellence student-athlete, Ethan Fredericks, defines next steps of his hockey career


Each season is critical for player development and recruiting exposure, and last year’s mid-pandemic hockey season was no exception. For players like Ethan Fredericks who were aiming to raise their stock, a world full of Covid-19 restrictions made it even more difficult to gain attention from college scouts. Regarded by The Scouting Network as “one of the most undervalued 2004’s in the nation,” the Georgia native was in need of a breakout 2021-21 season.

 

Fredericks cranked it up to ten during the 2020-21 season and put college scouts on notice. He led the Nashville Jr. Predators 16U AAA team with 36 goals and 62 points, which earned him the third place slot among all goal scorers in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL). Individual success was only a portion of the picture for Fredericks’s previous season as he and the Preds tangoed their way to the semi-finals of the T1EHL playoffs.

 

The hard work paid off in dividends as Fredericks committed to Northeastern University and inked a contract with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Fredericks kicked off his USHL journey this fall at just 16 years old, but made an early impact when he found the back of the net early in his second game. As the Bucs look to build on their 3-0 start, Fredericks hopes to keep the train rolling.

 

 

The TPH team will be cheering Fredericks on for the remainder of his USHL journey, and we can’t wait to watch him compete with the Huskies when he makes his arrival at Northeastern.

 

Want to learn more about how the TPH CoE model can help student-athletes reach their full potential? Check out our website to see for yourself!

Forgione and Fleming Make the Jump to the Junior Level

Former AAA and COE teammates part ways to compete in the OHL and USHL


The path forward from the youth levels of hockey is a forked road with multiple options for leagues and several options for teams. Understanding these options and making the right decision for your future can be daunting is only half the battle; the other half comes down to coaches and teams. This season two TPH Detroit student-athletes, P.J. Forgione and Landon Fleming, approached the fork in the road and picked their path onto the junior hockey level. 

 

In September, P.J. inked his contract with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), while Landon announced his commitment to play for the Madison Capitols of the United States Hockey League (USHL). TPH Detroit is proud of the success of these two former student-athletes and views their accomplishments as a testament to the program’s ability to produce high-performing talent.

 

The two defensemen were classmates at the Center of Excellence (CoE) during the 2020-21 school year, but their friendship goes back much further than that. Dwayne Norris, the Detroit CoE actually coached the two earlier in their careers when they played for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies. Norris says their potential was clear from the very beginning and that he is extremely proud to have watched the two athletes grow into leaders both on and off the ice.

 

“I know I speak for the entire TPH organization when I say that we couldn’t be more excited for Forgione. and his new opportunity with Saginaw,” says TPH Player Development Coach & Mentor, Greg Wolfe. “P.J. is a player of high character and work ethic. He shows up at the rink every day, ready to give 100%. There is no doubt P.J. will be an asset for Saginaw, and I can’t wait to see how he continues to develop at the next level.” P.J.  has played in all three of the Spirit’s preseason games so far, and netted his first goal of the 2021 preseason on September 18th.

 

“Landon is a player that improved his focus and attention to detail throughout last year, both on and off the ice. We are ecstatic to see that tireless work ethic payoff as he advances to play in Madison of the USHL this season,” says Dwayne Norris, the Director & Head of Hockey at the TPH Center of Excellence in Detroit. Landon has seen ice time in each of his preseason games with the Capitols, who are ranked second in the USHL Eastern Conference and boast a 3-1 preseason record.

 

These two young men have had a relatively similar background in training and youth organizations, and have taken the jump to the top junior leagues in both Canada and the United States. TPH wishes them the best in their upcoming seasons and moving forward through life. To learn more about the TPH CoE model, and how it can help student-athletes reach their full potential in academics and athletics, please visit our website


About TPH

Total Package Hockey was founded in 2001 and began operations in 2004 in Ontario, Canada.  TPH seeks to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes, all ages and skill levels through sports. TPH platforms include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics, and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, serving over 10,000 student-athletes annually throughout 16 U.S.-based divisions. TPH prides itself on taking a holistic approach, one that emphasizes the development of the individual in four ways: 

  1. As a player within a team setting
  2. As an athlete, dedicated to reaching their physical potential
  3. As a student, working to achieve their academic goals 
  4. As a person striving to win the ultimate game, and that’s the game of life

Preview: Jr. Predators Tier II Host Weekend

It is tournament time again and the 2021 Jr. Predators Tier II Host Weekend starts this Friday, October 8th and runs through Monday, October 11th in Nashville, Tennessee. Fifty-one teams representing 30 youth hockey organizations ranging from mites to the 18U level are set to clash this weekend in Smashville over the long holiday weekend. 

 

This event is the second tournament of the season in Nashville and we are excited to have a wide range of teams competing to hoist the championship guitar. Throughout the event, 113 games will take place, including 11 Mite division games at Bridgestone Arena, Home of the Nashville Predators. 

 

Off the ice, there will be several vendors in the lobby of Ford Ice Center – Bellevue. Get your hockey gear sanitized in 15 minutes by TrUVO, purchase tournament apparel at Fine Designs, get photos of you or your favorite player from Action Shots Photography, or help support the Nashville Jr Predators Scholarship Program with the purchase of earrings from Ashley Fitz Jewelry. 

 

Below is an overview of the event.We are excited to drop the puck and get this event underway!


TEAMS

Mites-Blue Division: Louisville Ice Cardinals – Blue, Nashville Flyers, Nashville Jr. Predators – Duchene, Nashville Jr. Predators – Johansen

Mites-Gold Division: Atlanta Fire, Louisville Ice Cardinals – Team A, Nashville Flyers – A, Nashville Jr. Predators – Forsberg, Nashville Jr. Predators – Josi, Tampa Bay Crunch

9U Division: Ashburn Xtreme, Nashville Jr Predators, TPH AA Prospects 2012

10U Division: Atlanta Madhatters, Nashville Jr. Predators, St. Louis Eagles, TPH AA Prospects 2011

12U Division: Boston Junior Huskies, Nashville Jr. Predators, TPH AA Prospects 2009, TPH AA Prospects 2010

13U Division: Grosse Ile Islanders, Nashville Jr. Predators, NW Chargers, Victory Honda Black

14U Division: Ashburn Xtreme, Boston Junior Huskies, Elite Development Program Premier, Glenview Stars, Grand Rapids Griffins Red, Little Caesars Farmington Hills Black, Metro Jets, Nashville Jr. Predators, NCYH Jr Eagles, NYC Cyclones, Oakland Junior Grizzlies, Tampa Bay Jr Lightning, Toms River Blackhawks, TPH AA Prospects 2007, USA Eagles

16U Division: AZYHL Bobcats, Boston Junior Huskies, Cazenovia Chiefs, Columbus Chill, Nashville Jr. Predators, SHAHA Michalak, Tampa Bay Crunch

18U Division: Chesterfield Falcons, Columbus Chill, Nashville Jr. Predators, Piedmont Predators


SCHEDULE

October 8-11, 2021: Click here to view the full schedule.


FACILITIES

Bridgestone Arena: 501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

Ford Ice Center – Antioch: 5264 Hickory Hollow Pl, Cane Ridge, TN 37013

Ford Ice Center – Bellevue: 7620 Hwy 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221

Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex: 3185 Leeman Ferry Rd SW, Huntsville, AL 35801


 

To learn more about future TPH Tournaments, click here.

 

Preview: Jr Predators Tier I Host Weekend

The puck drops September 24th and the games run through the 26th for the 2021 Jr. Predators Tier I Host Weekend. Twenty-nine teams and 500+ players have one game per day over the next three days in the Music City.

 

This event is not about a trophy or medals. Exposure is the name of the game in Nashville this weekend. In the previous two events hosted in Grand Rapids and Denver, over 50+ scouts were in attendance. Additionally, TPH’s partners at The Prospect Exchange provided all attending athletes the opportunity to take advantage of Premium X. 

 

Premium X, powered by ICEBERG Analytics, gives each player access to shift-by-shift condensed video and analytics to their games. To date, 570 players have taken advantage of Premium X as a resource to learn more and share their skills with coaches. Premium X is available for all players attending this weekend’s event.

 

The 2021 Jr. Predators Tier I Host Weekend will be TPH’s first tournament of the season in Nashville and it is primed for some highly competitive competition amongst top Tier I programs in the nation. Below is an overview of the event.


TEAMS

18U Division: Dallas Stars Elite, Michigan Hockey Advancement Red, Milwaukee Jr Admirals, Nashville Jr Predators, Ohio AAA Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Vengeance, Seacoast Performance Academy

16U Division: Dallas Stars Elite, Michigan Hockey Advancement Red, Milwaukee Jr Admirals, New Jersey Devils, Nashville Jr Predators, Ohio AAA Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Vengeance, Seacoast Performance Academy

15O Division: Dallas Stars Elite, LA Jr Kings, Michigan Hockey Advancement Red, Milwaukee Jr Admirals, Minuteman Flames, Nashville Jr Predators, Ohio AAA Blue Jackets

14U Division: Dallas Stars Elite, Milwaukee Jr Admirals, Nashville Jr Predators, Seacoast Performance Academy 


SCHEDULE


FACILITIES

Ford Ice Center – Antioch: 5264 Hickory Hollow Pl, Cane Ridge, TN 37013

Ford Ice Center – Bellevue: 7620 Hwy 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221


To learn more about future TPH Tournaments, click here.