"The number one thing that we all need to realize is our youth hockey programs will be better if we work on a development model versus a competition model."

This week on The Breakdown, Dave Starman is switching up the normal format to take a look at why it’s critical to implement an effective development model for youth hockey. Always a highly debated topic, Dave believes it all boils down to one important decision.

“The number one thing that we all need to realize as coaches and administrators is our program is going to be better if we work on a development model versus a competition model, especially at the younger ages.”

Join him as he breaks down the model he helped craft with PAL Jr Islanders; Starman is joined by a variety of guests who share their valuable thoughts on the subject, including Quinnipiac University Head Coach Rand Pecknold and Princeton University Head Coach Ron Fogarty.

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David Starman

Starman has spent 11 years as an NHL scout with Toronto, Montreal, Seattle.  He is a member of USA Hockey Player Development staff in New York State and has spent  25 years as an instructor with USA Hockey Coaching Education Program.
Starman tended goal for the University of Hartford before turning to the other side of the game, becoming the youngest head coach in Central Hockey League history in 2000 when, at age 31, he took over the Memphis River Kings. Starman later guided the New York Junior Bobcats of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and was associate coach of the New York Apple Core of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Starman is now one of the nation’s most respected college hockey TV analysts.

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