Hockey Manitoba is excited to be working on a reformed Director's Cup Prospects Program for spring 2013 and seasons beyond. The new format will see a 5-week standardized skills development program that will focus on key concepts and skills applicable to the "Train to Train" athlete development stage and will serve as an important precursor to the Program of Excellence. The prospects program will also focus on off-ice skills and off-ice fitness training by emphasizing quality instruction and age-appropriate instruction. The program will culminate with Director's Cup tournament being held April 26-28, 2013 in Portage la Prairie (PCU Centre).
April 12, 2013
Winnipeg, MB- Hockey Manitoba is pleased to recognize Ryan Pulock of the Brandon Wheat Kings as the Honorary Prospect of the 2013 Director's Cup Prospects program. "We're thrilled to have Ryan on board with the program, we're excited to showcase such a positive role model to our young developing athletes" comments Bill Whitehead, President of Hockey Manitoba.
Pulock, a strong and talented defenseman, is projected to be selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Grandview, MB native is currently captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings and is an alumnus of the Hockey Manitoba Director's Cup program (Team Parkland 2009). Pulock is also a Program of Excellence alumni as he was a member of U-16 Team Manitoba in 2009 and U-17 Team West in 2011. In 2012 Pulock was named to U-18 Team Canada and will certainly be a strong candidate to crack the line-up for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship. This past season the Wheat Kings blue-liner tallied 14 goals and 31 assists to share the team lead in scoring with 45 points.
The Director's Cup Prospects program has been revamped this season by Hockey Manitoba and it's member regional associations. As always, the program gives the top Minor Bantam players across the province an elite development program that is used as an entry point into the Hockey Manitoba Program of Excellence. As part of the program refresh, Hockey Manitoba has taken a focused approach to the on-ice & off-ice curriculum being delivered by the regional teams. In 2013 there are 10 rural regional teams from across the province participating in the program which sees a standardized 5-week skills program culminating with the Director's Cup tournament April 26-28 in Portage la Prairie. Hockey Winnipeg has indicated that they will rejoin the development program after taking a leave the past two seasons (2012, 2013), which may see up to 6 more teams participating in 2014.
This marks the first time Hockey Manitoba has named an Honorary Prospect for the Director's Cup Prospects program. The role will primarily be based around public relations, such as web and media, to showcase the achievements of local talent who have come up through Hockey Manitoba development programs. The Honorary Prospect will also be featured on the cover of the Director's Cup souvenir program. Pulock comments on the role "it's a big honour for me to be selected for this, I have participated in many Hockey Manitoba events from Director's Cup to the U-16's and both of those programs were a great experience for me and both helped me improve as a player and even as a person."
Hockey Manitoba and Central Plains Minor Hockey
are excited to host the Director's Cup Prospects Tournament, April 26-28 in Portage la Praire (PCU Centre).
Hockey Manitoba is excited to be working on a reformed Director's Cup Prospects Program for spring 2013 and seasons beyond. The new prospects development program will use the framework of the previous Director's Cup event, however it will now include a significant programming upgrade for the betterment of our minor Bantam players across the province.
Prospects development program
Minor Bantam (1999)
LTAD Train to Train phase
5-week standard skills & concepts
Off-season training emphasis
The program will extensively promote the goal of winning a gold medal with Team Manitoba down the road when these athletes will proudly wear the “M” on their jerseys. However, any program or team can have a goal of winning gold, but it’s the substance to their planning & training that will prevail at competition time.
High standards on-ice
High standards off-ice
Attention to details
Marketing & Branding
Comprehensive planning & organizing w/ regional teams
An important emphasis will be differing this program from seasonal club programs. Supporting that the Director’s Cup Prospects Program is a provincial program and not a regional club team operation.
Development program curriculum
Cooperative opportunity for Midget AAA, Jr.A, etc
Gather support from all stakeholders
Coach support for implementation
Key concepts & skills required for U-16 POE
Importance of off-ice training plan
Weekly; 2 ice, 1 off-ice
Just as administrators and coaches will hold a “gold standard” in program delivery, the players will be asked to commit to the program with a high standard of focus & passion. Players will begin to learn the habitual importance of training, nutrition, hydration, mental focus, team building, and leadership.
Future of U-16 Team Manitoba
First step in identifying 2015 Team MB players
Team operations template to replicate U-16 POE
Thorough introduction of POE concepts
Also prospects of; Midget AAA, MJHL, WHL
The off-ice training program will address the varying degrees of core strength and fitness for players at this age. Players who already have training experience will have the opportunity to reinforce their personal program components. Meanwhile players who will be introduced to training will learn the important fundamentals of training and building a personal program. All players will establish an optimal hockey off-season training plan to continue after Prospects program has finished.
Applicable to all players regardless of experience
First phase of Hockey Manitoba Off-Ice Training Model
Off-season plan (LTAD)
Strong aerobic base
Developing speed & strength
Also prospects of; Midget AAA, MJHL, WHL
2013 SCHEDULE TEMPLATE
|Feb||Regional Camps||(excluding Winnipeg)|
|Mar 16-18||Coaches Seminar||(Stonewall/Warren)|
|Mar 19-21||Week 1||2 practices, 1 off-ice training|
|Mar 22-31||Spring Break||(no program activites)|
|Apr 1-7||Week 2||2 practices, 1 off-ice training|
|Apr 8-11||Week 3a||1 practice, 1 off-ice training|
|Apr 12-14||Week 3b||Up to 3 exhibition games Friday-Sunday|
|Apr 15-21||Week 4||2 practices, 1 off-ice training|
|Apr 22-25||Week 5||2 practices, 1 off-ice training|
|Apr 26-28||Director's Cup||PCU Centre - Portage la Prairie|
As part of the “gold standard” upgrade, the Director’s Cup Prospects Program will see a high level of attention to branding details just as equal to our focus on program delivery. This include a custom special edition game jereys for each team and exclusive Prospects apparel.
Strong visual image & identity
Appeal to youth demographic
Custom special edition game jerseys
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