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Peewee A U11 won the Freedom Cup in Atlanta, Georgia over eight teams and have been added to the Wall of Champions!
In Oswego the Carolina Lightning Organization won the Tournament Spirit Award!! The Lightning Squirt A team won all the categories of the skills competition except the relay, the PeeWee A team won shoot out competition as well as the Sportsmanship Award. Nice job at the 20th Annual Power Play International Tournament boys, coaches and families!
The U19 girls finished with Silver in the Girls Irish South Bend Cup Tournament Series at University of Notre Dame. The Girls played the Naperville Sabres in the championship and battled to 3-3 tie only to lose 4-3.
Tony Lampuri shared this page with some of the team's parents before the holidays and I thought may be useful to other parents as we close out season and replace lumber. (At the U16 level we seem to have broken sticks in every game...Thank you Tony and the Peewee B Nation).
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Here's the link.
If you've wondered whether or not your future Gretzsky has out grown their stick or whether you need to lop off a few inches from Santa's new addition to the hockey closet take the time to read this page. Buying that extra length, may keep the stick in your players hands a few months longer but it may not be the best decision for their long term player development. You may also find that the new $100+ composite isn't necessary at all because the old stick is finally the correct size.
At this age, skill development is the primary focus. Shooting and stick handling properly are much more important that whether the player is a forward or defenseman.
According to the author of this page:
"After poor skates, a stick that is too long is the next most outrageous handicap we can give a young player."
"Next time you watch a professional hockey game look out for players who, during the playing of the National Anthem, stand with their sticks in front of them. See where the top of the stick is -- chest high not chin high. Some time during their careers they learned that the shorter stick is obviously better. Yet thousands of kids are starting out with the old nose or chin measurement. We sure don't make things easy for them, do we?"
"In order for the vast majority of boys to stickhandle, pass and shoot properly, the end of their sticks (when stood on end in the traditional manner) should come no higher than the top of their chests."
Good Luck Lightning Teams-> nine Teams, six States!
I wanted on behalf of everyone in the Lightning organization, wish everyone the best of luck, safe travels, and a lot of fun and great life experiences and memories this weekend.
It is amazing to think that the Lightning has 14 teams, and we have 9 teams on the road this weekend, and I mean on the road, representing the Lightning organization and North Carolina Youth Hockey in multiple states.
The U12 and U16/19 girls will be in South Bend Indiana, Peewee B will be in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Squirt A, Peewee A and Bantam A teams in Oswego, New York. U16AA travels to Orlando Florida, U16A are in Charlotte, and Peewee A U11 travel to Atlanta, Georgia.
The Lightning will be in 6 states this weekend, and for those traveling, the U8, Bantam and U18 boys, and U10 and U14 girls teams will keep everything straight "at home".
Summer Camp Olympic Skills with Megan Bozek is open
Just wanted to let you all know that registration for summer camp Olympic Skills with Megan Bozek is live. To my understanding there are limited spots available so first come first serve. This is not just for Lightning ladies but for all girls who are interested so make sure parents know that it will fill up rather quick.
Camp will run Aug 3-7 2015 at RCI. There is a full day and a half day option (although it looks like there is a typo on the half day option. I believe half day campers check out at 12:30.) There will also be a goalie camp as well.
Last year the Carolina Lightning family collected a huge truckload (literally) of used hockey gear and donated it to military families at Ft Bragg.
This year we would like to continue this tradition with a win-win-win twist.
Win#1: We are collecting equipment for the “Try Hockey for Free” event on November 8th. Most critical need for this event are sticks and gloves. RCI will be providing skates. See the Try Hockey for Free bulletin for details on this event.
Win#2: the gear will then be used for the seven week Learn2Play program to help keep introductory costs down. See the Learn2Playbulletin for details on this program.