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2018 High School Programs

2018 High School

Development Program 
Varsity and JV Players

For the 4th year in a row Winterland has been requested to organize a spring/summer program to keep High School age players skating during the summer months.    We have a schedule that makes sure the kids skate at least once a week from May until early August giving them a chance to play other summer sports but still get some ice time.

The program will be in two age groups by Birth Year:  

2002 to 2004
1999 to 2001

Winterland does reserve the right to move skaters to a different session if skill levels do not meet the present session's level.  We want kids of equal skill level to skate against each other.

Program Plan: Utilize small area games to teach offensive and defensive concepts, systems and fundamental skills.

A top bantam, midget and high school player can skate at top speed from blue line to blue line in 1.9 to 2.2 seconds – 50 feet in 2 seconds – so a skater carrying the puck through the neutral zone needs to make numerous split second decisions and execute skills. Skating, stick handling, passing and shooting skills are all required in those 2 seconds.  The Winterland High School Program is designed to enhance split second decision making, skill execution and creativity of play at game level effort.

Why we do not use stationary line drills?  Our first Program Development High School Director, Mark Sullivan,  who learned to play hockey skating on ponds in Connecticut and has concluded after many years of coaching that X’s and O’s are destroying the youthful genius behind every player’s dream to be the next NHL Super Star.  Young players (under 12 years old) want to have fun, while older players want enjoyment. Stationary line drills are not enjoyable, do not contribute to high-tempo practices and do not teach creativity. 
Our program strives to promote split second decision making, skill execution and creativity of play at game level effort.

 Practice Plan:

Warm Up (5 minutes): We start every session with fundamental skating drills that emphasize edge work and transition skating.

Goalie Warm Up & Teamwork Competition Drills (10 Minutes)

Goalies: Standard Bruce Racine drills (stretching, lateral slides mirror drill, T-push, etc.).

Out-skaters: Skaters are randomly grouped into teams and required to execute skating and puck handling skills.

Small Area Games (SAG) (25 minutes): Hockey is a game with constant movement up and down the ice with endless possibilities for play making that are best taught through SAG’s.

Scrimmage (20 minutes): Pond hockey with a purpose where players are encouraged to execute the teaching points of the SAG’s.

Our program is a 14 week program starting April 28, 2018 and ends on August 11, 2018.   

We will take 24 skaters and 3 goalies per session

Our 2018 Coaching Staff brings the best talent in St. Louis to the Ice.

2018 Program Director & Head Coach:
Todd Brereton

Goalie Coach:
Keith Van Gels 
of the
Racine Goalie Academy

Assistant Coach
Mike Cobb

Trip to
Jefferson City

On August 11 and 12, Jefferson City Parks Department will be organizing some Friendship  Games for High School Age kids.  We are planning on taking down two teams depending upon how many would like to make trip.  We plan to play 2 to 3 games per team that weekend.

High School Development
Sessions 1 and 2 Ice Times

Webster Groves                      

Sat.  4/28         615p/730p

Fri.  5/4            710p/820p

Fri.  5/11          710p/820p

Fri.   5/18         710p/820p

Wed. 5/23        715p/830p

Sat.  6/2            315p/430p

Sat.  6/9             430p/545p

Sat.   6/23        430p/545p



Sun. 7/8           1100a/1215p

Sun. 7/15         1145a/100p

Sun. 7/22         1100a/1215p

Sun. 7/29         1100a/1215p

Sun.  8/5          1100a/1215p

Sat.  8/12         Games in Jeff City

2018 No-Check Program for Girls & Boys 15 to 18 years old

For the 4th year in a row, Winterland will organize a program to give girls and boys ages 15 yrs. old and older a chance to play ice hockey in a “no-check” atmosphere.

Winterland will operate a NO-CHECK House League for girls and boys that are just beginning to play and kids that played House, B, A2, and A1 during their youth Hockey careers.  We will also accepted JV and Varsity players.

 "Our goal", comments Coach Whitworth, "is to give the girls and boys that love the game a chance to continue playing hockey against kids of similar skill plus give new kids the chance to start playing organized hockey at their skill level."  "We see many kids stop playing organized hockey once they reach 15-16 years of age."    We also learned from last year, that some kids just want to play and not worry about getting hurt.

The program will follow USA Hockey guidelines with the exception that the program will run as a No-Check House League program, giving the smaller athletes an opportunity to play.

The summer program would run from April 28, 2018 to July 7, 2018.  The 2018 season will be a 9 game program.

Each week kids will be mixed to form teams to play.  

Because of the extreme popularity of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 programs we are going to open registration.  Depending upon registration numbers, we may expand the summer program as large as needed to make sure all the kids wanting to play can.

 This year we will also be able to extend a discount to the players from last year’s program who still have their Winterland jersey.

Cost for NEW Out-skaters:      $250 includes a Winterland jersey
Cost for RETURNING player:   $209 who still has a Winterland red/white jersey.

NEW Goalies:             $120 which includes a Winterland Jersey
Returning Goalies:   $80 who still have a Winterland Red/White Jersey

Fee includes:
-  9 games with Referees and timekeeper  
- Winterland 2-sided jersey(if needed)
$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration.  Balance Due Payment due March 1, 2018.

The reason new participants pay more is they need a Winterland Reversible Jersey to participate.  Once you own a Winterland Jersey all future program are discounted.

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions you might have.

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Ice schedule
All ice is at
Webster Groves Ice Rink


Saturday, April 28, 2018     230p

Sunday, May 6, 2018            200p

Saturday, June 2, 2018         200p

Saturday, June 9, 2018         915a

Sunday, June 10, 2018          1015a
                                                & 1130a

Saturday, June 16, 2018        630p

Saturday, June 23, 2018        215p

Saturday, July 7, 2018            330p

Midget/High School
House League

Winterland in cooperation with the St. Louis Rockets and other local clubs will be hosting a summer house league for Midget and High School Teams looking to develop their teams during the summer.

The program will consist of 6 teams playing a 10 game schedule. 

Starting June 2 and running through Late July/Early August.

Teams can register as whole teams for a cost of $2000($2300 if they need jerseys).  Individual can register and will be placed on teams for $250 per player.

Teams will be coached by volunteer USA Hockey Certified Coaches.  MIHOA will be supplying Certified Referees.

Games will follow all USA Hockey rules except there will be no checking.  Contact will be allowed but a no-checking policy will be enforced.   We are looking for players and teams that want to work on skills and team development.

Registration will open on December 1st, 2017.   Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Kevin Whitworth

Phone: 3147069755