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2022 High School Development Programs (WL-#4)

2022 High School Development Program

Varsity, JV, and B/C Players

For the 8th year in a row Winterland will be organizing 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 the end of April until  the middle 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:  

2006 to 2007
2004 to 2005

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?   Here at Winterland we have 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.

If your child is in the age range of 2008 and 2009 birth years, we strongly recommend that you look into our Regular Bantam summer program or our BantamPLUS Program. It will give your kids a lot of ice time.
Here is the link for that information:

Regular Bantam Program:

BantamPlus Program:

Our 2022 Coaching Staff brings the best talent in St. Louis to the Ice.

Program Director
Todd Brereton

Goalie Coach:
Keith Van Gels 

of the Racine Goalie Academy

Lead Instructors
Mike Cobb
Jeffrey Au

Jesse Au

High School Development
Ice Schedule
All sessions at Webster Ice Rink

Cost for Program

$424 per skater enrollment fee based on 26 registering per age group - (cost may vary if 26 do not sign up)

Goalies pay $210.

$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration