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2018 High School Development Programs

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Kevin Whitworth

Kevin Whitworth


Phone: 314-706-9755

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  end of July 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 July 27th weekend   

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

High School Development
Sessions 1 and 2 Ice Times

Webster Groves    
                        Session #1              Sessions #2
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                320p                      430p

Sat.  6/9                430p                     545p

Sat,  6-16              745p                     900p

Sat.   6/23             430p                     545p


Sun. 7/8               1100a                    1215p

Sun. 7/15             1145a                     100p

Sat.  7/21             530p                        645p      Creve Coeur

Sun. 7/22              1100a                     1215p

Sun. 7/29               1100a          Session #1 scrimmage game

                                12:15pm      Session #2 scrimmage Game

We need 5 more players in the 2002/2003 birth year to be placed on a team for the House league

Midget/JV School
(Under 16) 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  (U16) Teams looking to develop their teams during the summer.

The program will consist of 6  to 8 teams playing a 12 game schedule.   The program may be expanded if more teams show interest.

Starting the first week of June and running through July 7/8 weekend.

Teams can register as whole teams or individuals can register and will be placed on teams.

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.

For more information and how to register, please use the link below..

Ice schedule
All ice is at
Webster Groves Ice Rink

(Ice times will be added as rinks confirm times and dates)


Tuesday, May 29                  7:00pm / 8:15pm 

Thursday, May 31                 7:00pm / 8:10pm 

Saturday, June 2                   545pm / 700pm

Tuesday, June 5                   7:00pm / 8:15pm

Thursday, June 7            7:00pm / 8:15pm

Friday, June 8                        615p

Saturday, June 9                   915a

Tuesday, June 19                 7:10pm / 8:20pm (r)

Thursday, June 21               7:00pm / 8:10pm (r)

Saturday, June 23               210p-WG      5:45pm - BW

Sunday, June 24                  200p

Tuesday, June 26                7:10pm  / 8:20pm 

Thursday, June 28             7:00pm / 8:10pm

Saturday, June 30              5:45pm - BW

Saturday, July 7                  330p / 445p / 600p / 715p / 830p

Sunday, July 8                     1130a / 1245p / 200p / 545p / 700p

Saturday, July 21                5:45pm - BW


Kevin Whitworth

Phone: 3147069755