Tue
Jun
28
07:00 PM
Team 710 - Berta Boyz
Team 702 - Mighty Ducks
6
1
Tue
Jun
21
08:30 PM
Team 709 - Kraken
Team 708 - Phantoms
8
4
Tue
Jun
21
09:00 PM
Team 713 - Stangs
Team 711 - Large Boars
7
6
Wed
Jun
22
07:00 PM
Team 202 - Vikings
Team 201 - Blue Lightning
5
8
Wed
Jun
22
08:00 PM
Team 405 - Stingers
Team 401 - duckys
2
13
Wed
Jun
22
09:00 PM
Team 408 - Dingos
Team 404 - Lambert
4
3
Wed
Jun
22
10:00 PM
Team 504 - 9inety 6ixers
Team 501 - Trashers
7
6
Thu
Jun
23
07:00 PM
Team 502 - Sherwood Park
Team 403 - Kraft Dinner
3
4
Thu
Jun
23
08:00 PM
Team 711 - Large Boars
Team 713 - Stangs
6
2
Thu
Jun
23
09:00 PM
Team 710 - Berta Boyz
Team 702 - Mighty Ducks
8
4
Fri
Jun
24
06:30 PM
Team 504 - 9inety 6ixers
Team 501 - Trashers
10
7

Minor Hockey off season Roller Hockey Player Development Program


Jan. 01, 2021


Why Inline Hockey 

Inline hockey or roller hockey as it is called is 90% the same as ice hockey.  It requires all the exact same fundamentals and they directly translate because they are the same motor functions. Not only are the skills the same, almost all the equipment is the same except for a different pair of skates being required.  Skating, passing, shooting, stick-handling, and teamwork are all the same. If you could only watch a game from the ankles up it would be hard to even tell the difference.  Teams skate 4 on 4 instead of 5 on 5 giving more space for players to get around and with less opposition.  

What does inline offer vs playing Ice Hockey all year round 

You don’t have to look very far into sports medicine to see the argument around “should kids play the same sport year round”.  Roller hockey offers an advantage in that while it is technically a different sport the fundamental skill development transitions between the two seamlessly.   

One of these advantages comes from the use of different muscles and hip movements in inline skating.  Players don’t have the same ability to glide in inline which promotes more active skating and endurance building.  This in turn leads to players experiencing increased stamina when transitioning back to ice hockey. 

Roller Hockey is a well established sport with plenty of players crediting their success to Roller Hockey.   Dylan Larkin, Dylan Strome, Jake Virtanen, and Kyle Connor, all players in the NHL, were players who grew up playing Roller Hockey.  Most notable is Patrick Maroon who to this day stays actively involved in Roller Hockey with his son Anthony playing Roller Hockey in the off season, and Patrick coaching his team at tournaments.  In an interview Patrick Maroon stated that roller hockey helped him develop his hands, vision and create the ability to slow down the game of ice hockey.

There are several local examples of high level ice hockey players playing inline hockey as well.  Looking no further than 2017 WHL first overall draft pick Kaiden Ghule from Sherwood Park in an interview with the Prince Albert Raiders said “I’ve been playing it (inline) since I was about 11, just because it’s so fast paced and high intensity.”

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