The rise of American skill in the professional hockey ranks is no accident. The fuel for that offensive fire starts long before those players hit the NHL, too.
It starts at the grassroots level. The stickhandling you see from Patrick Kane, the creativity you’re going to see from this year’s probable first overall pick Jack Hughes, not to mention his older brother Quinn – it’s all the product of development at the youth hockey level.
Enter Kenny Rausch, Director of Youth Hockey for USA Hockey. Kenny jumped on the podcast today to talk about cross ice hockey, small area games, and his emphasis on skill and fun.
And why it’s working. Enjoy! Oh, and check out the USA Hockey App while you’re at it!