Lancaster, PA - Spooky Nook Sports is excited to announce the launch of Nook Ice Hockey, a player-development program for youth hockey players. This program is based on age-appropriate competition and training for both boys and girls. New players begin with "First Steps - Learn to Skate" and progress through the program to 20 years old and beyond. Existing local players will have the opportunity to participate in camps, clinics and combines located at both Spooky Nook Sports and Regency Ice Rink in Lancaster, PA.
The ice hockey program will follow the USA Hockey Athletic Development Model (ADM), which emphasizes hockey skill building and long-term general athletic development. The Nook Ice Hockey ADM blueprint has been created in conjunction with USA Hockey and the NHL for the best possible youth hockey experience.
Nook Ice Hockey will initially focus on integrating The Nook Sports Performance Training Center into the local ice hockey market. Jim Launer, Director of Sports Performance states, "I'm looking forward to using sports performance training to further develop these athletes into well-rounded individuals and players."
Scott Porman, Head Coach of the Central Penn Panthers, will assume the role of Director of Ice Hockey and work closely with Launer. He states, "With Spooky Nook Sports Performance in our back yard and the dedication of the entire Spooky Nook Sports team, it seems like a no brainer to pull a fragmented hockey community together and form a singular development path while working with existing programs."
Spooky Nook Sports believes Nook Ice Hockey will be able to work with local teams and facilities to strengthen the Central Pennsylvania ice hockey talent pool.Having a progression of development that allows players to improve their skills without having to leave the area, will strengthen existing local programs, and allow Nook Ice Hockey to re-develop Tier I "AAA" hockey. Furthermore, by using an academy style program, Nook Ice Hockey players will have access to state-of-the-art training facilities as well as top of the line coaches and staff.
Sam Beiler, owner of Spooky Nook Sports, is also excited about this new collaboration. "The opportunity to add another sport offering is rewarding as we continue to work with youth, help them build lifelong strength of character, increase resilience, and create a focus of habit that improves health and wellness as a way of life," states Beiler.