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2019 High School Development Programs

2019 High School Development Program

Goalie Positions are full

Varsity and JV Players

For the 5th 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:  

2004 to 2006
2001 to 2003

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 High School Development 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.

2019 High School Development Program

Our program is a 13 week program starting
April 27, 2019 and ends on July 28, 2019   

We will take 24 skaters and 3 goalies per session

Our 2019 Coaching Staff brings the best talent in St. Louis to the Ice.

2019 Program Director & Head Coach:
Todd Brereton

Goalie Coach:
Keith Van Gels 
of the
Racine Goalie Academy

Assistant Coaches
Mike Cobb
Jeffrey Au

Mentoring Coach
Megan McEwen


Returning Winterland skaters that have a Winterland Jersey already will receive a $40 discount at check-out of registration.  The Discount Code will be sent to you via email or contact Kevin Whitworth at
before starting your registration

Cost for Program

$354 per skater enrollment fee based on 24 registering - (cost may vary if 24 do not sign up)

Goalies pay $155.

$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration

High School Development
Sessions 1 and 2 Ice Times

Webster Groves    
                        Session #1              Sessions #2
Sat.  4/27            615p                        730p

Fri.  5/3                710p                       820p

Fri.  5/10              710p                       820p

Fri.   5/17             710p                       820p

Wed. 5/22            720p                      830p

Sat.  6/1                320p                      430p

Sat.  6/8                320p                     430p

Sat,  6/15              745p                     900p

Sat.   6/22             320p                     430p


Sun. 7/7               1100a                    1215p

Sun. 7/14             1145a                     100p

Sun. 7/21             1100a                     1215p

Sun. 7/28             1100a          Session #1 scrimmage game

                              12:15pm      Session #2 scrimmage Game