Kings Camp 2017 Recap


DAY 1

Power Skating:

 The best NHL players are great skaters, and coach Daryl places a large emphasis on improving our Kings Camperâ??s strides every day! Today, Coach Daryl focused on inside edges, forward and backwards cross-overs, backward c-cuts, and stopping while in-stride. Coach Daryl will continue to help improve our camperâ??s strides throughout the remainder of the week with innovative skating techniques.

Skill Development:

With a total of 3 NHL Alumni on the ice for todayâ??s skill development sessions, Jason Allison, Jaroslav Modry, and Kyle Calder tailored each session for the appropriate age group. The 2017 Kings Camp Mites worked on small area games, agility, and puck handling which is all extremely vital for beginner hockey players. The squirt group worked on â??corner 1-1 and 2-2â?? drills around the net. The squirt group concluded the skill development session with competitive based skating races and agility work. Lastly, the Peewee/Bantam group focused on advanced 1-1 and 2-1/3-1 odd-man-rushes, emphasizing gap control for the defensemen and creative scoring opportunities for the forwards. Our Kings Campers are receiving the best training in Southern California from NHL Alumni with years of experience!

Dry Land Training â?? Powered by Evolution Physical Therapy:

Kings Camp 2017 is fortunate to partner with Evolution Physical Therapy for Dry Land Training. Each Kings Camper will receive a functional movement screening with results at the completion of camp. Today, Evolution began the first stages of the screening, while working with the campers on glute strength, single leg balance, band activation, and resistant side-steps. Dry Land Training is essential to transfer power on the ice. Thanks to Evolution Physical Therapy for a great first day!

DAY 2

Power Skating:

Coach Daryl Evans put all three age groups through a challenging â??edge-workâ?? power skating session today. Focusing on loading up on the inside edge of the blade, Coach Daryl emphasized the importance of speed and power. The Day 2 power skating session also included forward/backward transitions and forward/backwards stops.

Skill Development:

 Coach Jaroslav Modry started the day off working with the Peewee/Bantam group on skating agility. Moving into game situational drills, Coach Modry focused the session on breaking the puck out from the defensive zone into the offensive zone. The session concluded with 2-0â??s/2-1â??s/2-2â??s, small area games, and 3-2â??s.

Moving into the Squirt group, Coach Jason Allison and Derek Armstrong started the session off with a neutral zone puck protection drill and variations of stride extensions, tight turns, and stickhandling with foot work. The Squirt session concluded with a 2-0/2-1/2-2 station, â??King of the Ringâ??, defenseman/forward passing, 3-on-3, and a wrist shot station!

Lastly, our Mite group was introduced to challenging puck control and stickhandling drills with Coach Kyle Calder. Coach Calder divided the ice into 4 sections with stationary, moving, breakaway, and tight turn passing stations. Coach Calder ended the Day 2 Mite session with fun relay races!

Dry Land Training â?? Powered by Evolution Physical Therapy:

Evolution Physical Therapy put our Kings Campers through a tiring dry land session! Coach Jason from Evolution introduced our campers to challenging ladder drills to improve the campersâ?? lateral movement. Evolution translates off-ice drills to on-ice execution by keeping the camperâ??s heads up while utilizing their quick feet and transitions while moving through the ladder. 

Day 3

Power Skating:

Coach Daryl Evans mixed up the middle of the week with a skills competition! Our Kings Campers have been working hard at power skating all week, so it was time to test our campersâ?? skill. The LA Kings Hockey Development staff recorded hardest shot, accuracy, skating, and breakaways! Modeling the NHL Skills Competition, today was a great experience for our campers to showcase their speed, skill, and power!

Skill Development:

 Coach Jaroslav Modry started the day off working with the Peewee/Bantam group on power skating and edge work. Moving into game situational drills, Coach Modry focused the session on defensive zone and neutral zone flow passing drills. The session concluded with middle-man breakouts, 1-1â??s and 2-1 variations. LA Kings forward Nick Shore hoped on the ice with our group for the final 30 minutes today. Nick was able to shed some experience and have a blast with our Kings Campers!

Moving into the Squirt group, Coach Derek Armstrong started the session off with a camp favorite â?? Tennis Ball Hockey! Coach Armstrong taught the â??art of shooting,â?? focusing on the wrist shot and backhand shot. It is imperative that young hockey players learn how to properly shoot the puck and build great shooting habits. Learning from sharp shooting NHL Alumni is a great resource for our Kings Campers to score more goals this upcoming season!

Lastly, our Mite group was introduced to more puck handling and skating techniques from Coach Kyle Calder. Our Mite group had another special appearance from LA Kings Alumni and current General Manager Rob Blake! Coach Blake broke the kids up into skating, tight turn, and 1-1 battle stations to conclude camp. Rob Blake was known as a bruising NHL defenseman so he knows the importance of battling in front of the net!

Picture Day!

Replacing dryland, our Kings Campers had the opportunity to take a picture with current LA Kings players today! Our Mite group was paired with Jake Muzzin, our squirt group was paired with Tyler Toffoli, and our Peewee/Bantam group was paired with Nick Shore.

DAY 4

Power Skating:

The 2017 LA Kings Campers went back to work on their skating today with Coach Daryl Evans. Coach Daryl facilitated a balance style power skating session while working on transitions. Coach Daryl kept momentum moving with in-depth edge work, stride extension, and recovery drills. The 2017 LA Kings Campers are receiving the best skating instruction with over 30 years of experienced coaching from Daryl!

Skill Development:

Coach Derek Armstrong, Kyle Calder, Jason Allison, Rob Blake, and Nelson Emerson put all 2017 Kings Camp groups through challenging stickhandling and deking sessions. Toe drags, 1-2, 1-2-2, and 3-2-2 moves were introduced from some of the best in the NHL. Kings Campers were taught how to control the puck with their top hand while leveraging the bottom hand for support. Our coaching staff emphasized head fakes and maintaining proper body position to explode out of the deke in order to make a play. LA Kings Alumni also taught the campers how to include their skates in dekes, and discussed where and when to execute a deke to help create space and time on the ice. The stickhandling and deking drills used today are drills our campers can utilize at home to keep improving their hands.

Dry Land Training â?? Powered by Evolution Physical Therapy

Evolution Physical Therapy woke the campers up after a day off yesterday. Evolution refreshed the campers with ladder quick-feet drills and introduced them to Thera-band activation exercises. Evolution Physical Therapy exposes the 2017 Kings Campers at an early age on proper movement and posture techniques that are extremely vital for on-ice performance. Current NHL players utilize Thera-band activation to build core, joint, and lower body strength in order to enhance stride power and balance on the ice. Each camper will receive exercises at the end of the week to bring back home to keep improving their dryland training!

DAY 5

Power Skating:

Coach Daryl facilitated an agility style power skating session while working on stops and starts. Coach Daryl also worked on backward c-cuts, stride extensions, and recovery. It is extremely important for our Kings Campers to maintain proper body posture, with their knees bent and head up. Coach Daryl always preaches paying attention to small details in your skating stride to make big improvements!

 Skill Development:

Coach Derek Armstrong, Kyle Calder, and Jason Allison started all of the sessions with tennis ball dodge ball! After a quick game, the 2017 Kings Campers worked on passing drills including weaving, backhands, forehands, and backwards one-touch passes. Todayâ??s skill development stations included the rebound game, activation mini-game, one-timer spacing shooting, and 2-0â??s. Each skill development session ended with a game where players battled each other throughout the full-length of the ice. With all of the skill development sessions during this week, our Kings Campers will be well-prepared to showcase what they have learned during tomorrowâ??s scrimmage!

Dry Land Training â?? Powered by Evolution Physical Therapy

Evolution Physical Therapy concluded their final dryland session today with our Kings Campers. Touching up on functional strength movements, Evolution emphasized recovery and mobility work in todayâ??s session. Core-strength and lower body exercises were introduced, and concluding tomorrowâ??s scrimmage, each camper will receive an FSM packet with numerous exercises to complete during the season!



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