Tough (unanswered) questions for USA Hockey’s NTDP

An attempt to hold USA Hockey accountable for the over $3 million per year National Team Development Program

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

As I travel about the arenas in Minnesota, I often get to hear what’s on the minds of many Minnesota hockey enthusiasts. This includes fans, coaches and scouts. One of the issues that is still hotly debated around our rinks is USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP). It is a program that is run under the USA Hockey umbrella for the development of some of our nation’s best 17- and 18-year-old male talent. The teams (an Under-17 team and an Under-18 team) are housed in Ann Arbor, Mich., where this young American talent is groomed for the elite stage. In most years, Minnesota loses a small handful of our elite high school players to the program.

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Observations from a former coach

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I have to admit that I am now really starting to miss coaching. I know this because I am finding myself being more watchful, appreciating and even critical of the various hockey games I am watching. A few observations from the past couple of weeks include:

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Give the gift of love ... and free time

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The holiday season brings many of us back home to share in the love and joy of family. It is a great time of year. I cannot think of anything more important.

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Risk management

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I have seen a number of high school games lately … more than I have seen in many years. I have seen varsity girls and varsity boys. I have also seen three boys’ JV games. For me, these have been eye-openers. It is my opinion that the hockey being played at the JV level is at times dangerous. It is not dangerous all the time. It is dangerous on occasion and I saw dangerous situations during every game.

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“Play, work, have fun and see where it all leads.”

Longtime strength and conditioning coach Kevin Ziegler teaches lessons beyond the physical

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

This holiday season I want to talk about one of the finest hockey people I have ever known. He is also one of the finest people I have ever known. Kevin Ziegler played college football at Iowa State. He studied and trained to serve others in the service of personal well-being physically. Kevin also knew the weight room well. Back in the day, he along with a couple of partners, started a weight training facility – Youth Pro Training in Bloomington.

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