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2018 HPD Holiday Hockey 1-Day Clinic

Group 1
Time/Date: 12/31 9:00am - 1:20pm
Price: $105.00 / Age: Grades 6-9

Group 2
Time/Date: 12/31 10:30am - 2:20pm
Price: $105.00 / Age: Grades 10-14

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2018 HPD Holiday Hockey 1-Day Clinic

Group 1

Time/Date: 12/31  9:00am -  1:20pm
Price: $105.00 / Age: Grades 6-9

9:00am – 10:20am (Ice)
10:30am – 11:30am (Dryland)
11:30am – 12:15pm (Lunch)
12:30pm – 1:20pm (Ice)

Group 2

Time/Date: 12/31  10:30am -  2:20pm
Price: $105.00 / Age: Grades 10-14

10:30am – 11:50am (Ice)
12:00pm – 1:20pm (Lunch/Video)
1:30pm – 2:20pm (Ice)

Location: 7060 Sylvania, Ave Sylvania, OH 43560

This Year’s Holiday Hockey clinic will have two ice sessions. The first ice session concentration will be on skating, stickhandling and shooting. The second ice time will consist of a review of the first ice session and then a series of small area games. Players will be divided according to age and ability level.

The younger age group (6-9) will have an off-ice training session that will include a hockey specific off-ice workout. The older age group (10-14) will have an off-ice video session run by a current NHL scout. Both groups will be provided with lunch.

This clinic is an excellent way to learn and build upon proper techniques in all aspects of the game. Ultimately, creating the foundation that will separate the player from his peers.



2018 Summer Hockey Video:





Notes From Nick:



Continuing your development with HPD this summer:

For any aspiring youth hockey player HPD currently has programs for this coming summer of 2018.  On-ice these programs help provide and reinforce proper technique. Station based drills with 4-6 players per professional instructor provide needed repetitions and reinforcement of technique.  The Elite, Overspeed, Accelerated and Moderate 8-week clinics are ideal clinics for needed skating, stickhandling and shooting repetitions.  Taking a break from game play during the summer months is important for body & mind.  For competitive players the summer months are an ideal time to break bad habits, and reinforce good ones while gaining an edge in many areas that are over looked during the season.  Age appropriate strengthening exercises are used off-ice in most clinics to make the player more agile, stronger and faster on the ice.  Hockey is a late developing sport.  At times creating a great skill base and foundation is not apparent right away.  There are many factors involved. Once the player has fully matured in every area we can create a “complete” player.  Potential can then be reached, whatever that may be.  With most players this does not come until later in their teenage years or after.  For all of these reasons aforementioned skill development during the off-season is paramount.  

HPD Summer Clinic Line-Up:

Moderate I Clinic: Eligibility Category: 1 Learn to play session/House League


-The Moderate I clinic is the ideal clinic for all beginners.  This clinic runs 1x a week for four consecutive weeks with one and a half hours of on-ice instruction.  This year there is an option for a second 4 week session, this will follow the first.  Basic skill concepts will be reinforced.  Players will be expected by the end of the clinic to demonstrate hockey position and execute a series of basic power skating drills.  By developing this base, a player will be able to learn more advanced skills in the future.  Over time this will enable the player to become more efficient on his/her blades and in turn become a strong skater.  Small area game play will be used to reinforce skills taught during the session.  Constructive game play is an effective way for a young player to practice his/her skills in a fun learning environment. 


Moderate II Clinic: Eligibility Category: House League

-The Moderate II clinic runs 1x a week for eight consecutive weeks during the summer. This clinic consists of one and a half hours of instruction each week for eight weeks. This program is ideal for players wanting to improve and maintain their hockey skills during the summer months. All facets of the game will be covered throughout this clinic with a main emphasis on the most important concept SKATING. Player eligibility Category***(Completed at least 1 LTPH session, completed 1 year of House Hockey)


Accelerated Clinic: Eligibility Category: Travel/House League

-For the dedicated, aspiring younger player is the Accelerated Clinic.  This clinic runs 2x a week for eight consecutive weeks during the summer. One hour of dryland precedes every practice. This clinic is set up for players that are looking to dedicate some of their summer to gain a real edge for the upcoming season. The first day of every week is designed for the player’s individual improvement in skating, shooting, passing and puck control. The 2nd day of every week begins with a brief review of skills covered on the previous day and then continues with a controlled scrimmage with emphasis on game situations, positional play and understanding forward and defensive objectives. Player eligibility Category*** (Must have at least 3 years playing experience to be eligible for this clinic)


Overspeed Clinic: Eligibility Category: Travel/House All-Star/High school


-Hockey has evolved in recent years to a faster and more skilled game.  If you cannot accelerate quickly this leaves you at a huge disadvantage at almost every level of the game.  Certain techniques used at this clinic will reinforce quick starts, crossovers, lateral movement and quick transitions.  Resisted skating sprints will be done using on ice training equipment like parachutes and bungees.  Power skating, puck handling and shooting are also an emphasis in this clinic.  One on one small area games will be used to reinforce proper angling and reinforce the importance of defensive play.  Hard work and dedication are also a key factor in this clinic.  Players will need to be prepared each day for off-ice age specific training.  Our off-ice work directly compliments what is done on ice in order to effectively maximize the development in an 8 week period.  Player eligibility category***(Must have at least 3 years playing experience, preferably at least 1 year of travel hockey to participate in Overspeed I) - (Overspeed II ages 12 & up) - (Overspeed III ages 12 & up, travel experience required)***

The Defense Clinic: Eligibility Category: Travel/House/High School


The Defensive clinic is designed to enhance the skills of the defensemen. Defense skills such as transitions and backward skating are an emphasis in this clinic. This clinic is beneficial to all players, not just the defensemen. The clinic will help all players enhance their skills and knowledge of the game.


**New Clinic**

Elite Clinic: Eligibility Category: Travel


This clinic is designed to teach more advanced concepts.  On ice skill work will be an emphasis, off ice video sessions will be conducted in a class room setting with NHL scout Derek Booth.  Nick Parillo head instructor for HPD will conduct all on ice skill sessions with this group.  This clinic is recommended for players that would like to keep advancing at the highest levels for their age.  This is an “invite only” clinic.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information and if this clinic fits your players description.

If you may have any questions or concerns on what summer clinic is appropriate for your player please contact Nick Parillo - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Tam O’ Shanter
7060 Sylvania, Ave
Sylvania, OH 43560





First of all, I would like to thank you and the entire coaching staff for working with Giovanni this Summer. This was our 1st time attending the HPD Select camp. The detail level of the drills and the “one on one” coaching was priceless. Each visit Giovanni has shared numerous things that I truly believe will make him a better player in the upcoming season. Please keep us posted on any future development programs you have.

Once again, thank you for your time and valued feedback.

John T.



Head of Player Development for the Detroit Red Wings Jiri Fischer instructing for HPD (Summer 2015)


Alden Hirschfeld

Alden currently is under contract with the Detroit Red Wings minor league affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) and has been loaned for the 2015 season to the Toledo Walleye of the (ECHL).  Alden has participated in HPD clinics as a player and is currently part of the HPD staff as a instructor.


Gordy Myer
Gordy Myer, Tri-City Storm USHL

Hayden Rowan
Hayden Rowan

Grant Meyer, Fargo: USHL 
 Chris Lutz
Chris Lutz
 Patrick Smyth
Patrick Smyth
 Matt Vild
Matt Vild

Tyler Pietrowski Odessa Jackalopes: NAHL

Hayden Rowan

Brandon Schultz, Lincoln Stars:USHL
Cameron Clarke, Ferris State Bulldogs
Joe Sofo


Notes from Nick Parillo:

Nick Parillo


Since its inception in 2009 USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) has been a hot topic in almost every rink throughout the United States. The ADM which was created by USA hockey after years of extensive research that involved world class trainers, doctors, nutritionists and psychologists is continually under public fire. The debate often centers on half ice versus full ice games at the younger birth years. Skeptics to this innovative development model have sought an alternative and have turned to the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

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Many AAU team leaders cleverly recruit by defaming the ADM with the promise of full ice games and full ice practices, “real hockey” in their terms. This divide between scientifically based athletic development versus keeping the game the same has created the Civil War of hockey in the U.S

“The debate will always be there with the ADM, at every birth year there is someone that has played at a relatively high level during their playing days and does not agree with the science behind what we do. Unfortunately playing at a high level doesn’t always equate to being able to teach an 8 year old how to skate or having the knowledge to put a practice plan together to optimize age appropriate skill development given the short time allotted for on-ice practice.” Scott Paluch USA Hockey Regional Manager Of The American Development Model and Former Bowling Green State University Head Coach

What is the right route for my child’s development? This becomes a complex question when given the two choices and knowing the parity in skill and size that exists at the younger ages. The answer when two great arguments occur about anything usually lies somewhere in the middle.

An athlete’s development is analogous to that of an infant: you crawled before you walked and walked before you ran. One facet of development fed into the next. Now consider this analogy concerning an ice hockey player: you did not zoom around the ice before first learning how to balance on skates or shoot and pass a puck before learning how to hold your hockey stick. Each skill fed into the successful acquisition of the next skill. The American Development Model is a blue print for progressively building age-specific skills in order to have success at all ability levels of the game. USA hockey has given our youth coaches a guideline for age appropriate on-ice development with age-specific drills which ensure that our players learn how to use their edges, stick handle and shoot a puck-the fundamentals for success in the sport - while being in a competitive, fun and nurturing academic environment. IMG 1687

Practice plans at the younger ages are mapped out for the coaches and the rink is divided strategically into sections for various drills. The division of the ice surface serves a multi-purpose role. More stations allow more content covered in a single practice. This structure also allows more participants on the ice at one time, keeping ice costs down while allowing more players into the game through the removal of team rosters and the allocation of ice that once restricted the number of teams an association could host. Lastly, a great coach to player ratio keeps the players moving; serving to keep a younger players attention longer.

Using USA hockey’s half-ice mandate at the 6U & 8U ages allows every player an opportunity to touch the puck more during game play. Major U.S. youth sports like soccer, baseball, football and basketball all have surfaces that have been age appropriately modified creating a better opportunity for younger athletes to learn to play the game properly. In contrast watching a full ice 6U or 8U hockey game can be compared to watching Miguel Cabrera in a homerun derby contest against little leaguers. There are 2 or 3 kids on each of these teams that dominate play; while you might think “at least these kids will be getting better”, you are wrong. In a small area game scenario even the more skilled players are challenged because they must now maneuver through smaller spaces. Their skill set of edge control, puck control and body position improve immensely and is not limited to anticipating a quick break while waiting at the red line.

An additional skill acquired in the small area game concept is body contact which occurs more frequently in the smaller area which helps the player learn how to use his/her body to create advantages during game play. The payoff for this skill will occur as the player graduates to the checking ages given that more players will be accustomed to body contact allowing for a smoother transition. Further, this contact may result in fewer explosion type checks in favor of riding the man off the puck in order to reacquire the puck in transition, the result being fewer injuries. Ultimately, it has been my observation that the ADM has put fun back in the game for the kids, giving more of a “pond hockey feel” where the game itself is the greatest teacher. 

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A counter approach to the ADM and what many people may have heard of but might not be totally familiar with is the AAU. The AAU is the fastest growing ice hockey program and currently exists in 21 states around the United States. The philosophy of the AAU is "Sports for All, Forever." Since the implementation of the ADM model by USA hockey the AAU has been gaining speed as the counterpart to the USA hockey’s plan to implement the ADM in all of our country’s youth hockey organizations. The AAU encourages local organizations to create their own models that cater to the level of play on each team. This lack of leadership reinforces the AAU supporter’s argument that the ADM is forcing mite hockey players into a “one size fits all” program which is detrimental to younger elite hockey players.

The AAU’s approach is in complete contrast to the research surrounding the creation of the ADM program. Given that hockey is a late developing sport and close to 60% of players drop out by the age of 14 in the United States, the supporters of the AAU ignore this research. Having personally spent ten years working with hockey players and going through the system myself I have seen that just because at 6 or even 14 years of age you are not a “great player”, does not mean that by 18 or 23 you will not be a “great hockey player”.

One argument used against the ADM is that the cross ice only approach for ages 6-9 misses an important window for teaching skating skills and ADM’s cross ice only approach limits a player’s ability to develop skating fundamentals such as open ice speed forward and backward. The science behind the ADM states that a player 6-9 has a potential for growth in the areas of quickness, agility and subtleness (1st speed window). At this age the player’s musculature is not developed enough to teach a powerful stride for 200 ft. USA Hockey encourages skating coaches at practices to work with players skating techniques so that when the body reaches that stage of muscle development for a complete stride, the player is competent. Yet, despite the years of research on this topic, parents still come to me and say “well my son or daughter played full ice all year and then participated with players that played half ice and they are way ahead…” 9 out of 10 times that I see this same child out on the ice immediately I can tell that he/she lacks the necessities and foundation that others have gained participating in the ADM. Yes he/she is fast skating down the ice and yes he/she competes well, but put that skater into drills where he/she must maneuver quickly and demonstrate a proper weight shift going in and out of a turn and they are almost always awkward. They lack the technique and the thousands of repetitions the cross ice players have attained. The question to these parents is, “At 16-20 where will your player be without the proper foundation?”

Every situation is different and in my 10+ years working as a hockey instructor I have seen great players get better, but more often I have seen great players fall flat at advanced levels of the game due to lacking skill foundation or failing to have the work ethic needed to distinguish themselves in competitive situations.

I would ask parents to think about these facts when choosing between USA Hockey’s model and that of the AAU. USA Hockey’s decades of dedication to research and development has resulted in a model which allows each athlete the opportunity for getting the proper fundamentals they will need for long term achievement in the sport. Without these fundamentals, as a 16 year old player hoping to take their game to the next level…will they be ready? I believe USA hockey has answered this question.

Nick Parillo (HPD Head Instructor)

Any questions on this subject please feel free to email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



   Kids who play on ice hockey teams where body-checking is allowed are three times more likely to sustain a concussion and other severe injuries than those who play in non-checking leagues. Published data in today's Journal of the American Medical Association suggest youth hockey teams would be better off avoiding play that allows players to knock opponents off the ice or into the boards.

"The evidence is significant that there is an increased risk of injury and concussion of young ice hockey players in body-checking leagues," says Carolyn Emery, associate professor in the sport injury prevention research center at the University of Calgary in Alberta.

                                                                                                                        Mary Marty Brophy USA Today


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Grant Meyer - "PhantomsUSHL


We always like to hear from our students...

"Just wanted to say thanks for having the opportunity to skate in the HPD Adult Hockey Program. My skating has improved significantly. I appreciate the professionalism and dedication you and your team provided. I plan to participate in future clinics and will also share my experience with others. You and your team deserve significant praise. Thanks for pushing us beyond our comfort zone and forcing us to develop our skills."

HPD Participant - Dan P

Thank you for the kind words Dan!Nick Parillo


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Kyle Rogers Captain of the Toledo Walleye and HPD Instructor poses with a couple of this year's moderate clinic participants



IRON CROSS: Hockey Player Development version of the iron cross demonstrated here by Nick Parillo. This drill can be done using the same pattern with or without the puck. Also forward to backward and just backward with or without a puck can be administered using this same pattern. This drill is a great drill to quicken feet as well as concentrate on form. Staying low around turns with your stick always in front of you is essential in acceleration out of these turns. More bend with inside leg or (leg closes to pylon) translates into better extension out of turn and equals more acceleration throughout this drill.



Iain Duncan & Nick Parillo 8 Cone Warmup


"I trust Hockey Player Development training techniques with my son Adam."


Nicklas Lidstrom # 5
Former Captain
Detroit Red Wings



"Nick and his staff at Hockey Player Development do a very good job training and working with the kids. They are committed hockey professionals who possess a solid grasp of the important teaching principles and develop a great rapport with their students. I like the environnment they create of hardwork, learning, competition and fun on and off the ice."

Dan MacKinnon
Director of Player Personnel
Pittsburgh Penguins


HPD Featured Clinic of the month:
Overspeed Clinic runs eight consecutive weeks total throughout June and July. One hour of dryland precedes every practice. The Overspeed clinic is designed for elite players wanting to get an edge for the upcoming season.

Proven NHL training methods will be used on ice. Mandatory workout program will be implemented for off clinic days.

HPD2 Coaches have Hockey Player Development come and run your teams practice!!

If your team is looking to get an edge this season we can help.

The plan is simple.......

Just Contact us with some ideas on what your team has been lacking this season, give us a day and time of your desired practice session.

Hockey Player Developments experienced staff will set up and run a team practice on that day and time.






What makes HPD an elite development opportunity?

Over the years through hard work and dedication to the sport we have developed a true system in developing elite hockey players. We specialize in building a strong foundation for our youth players using power skating techniques that reinforce proper skating stride and being strong on edges. For older players on-ice development continues with reinforcing proper skating technique with added emphasis on strength and conditioning. The development process continues off the ice with HPD by teaching our youths how to properly and effectively train their cores. During our off ice sessions youth players learn why core strength is vital in hockey. They learn strengthening activities that enhance a players ability to change direction, take hits or make hits, and most importantly allow the body to bear greater loads and enhance the bodies ability to create external force. This comes into play when you push against the ice to take a strong and more explosive stride. Younger players at HPD start out with basic plyometric exercises creating a good foundation for transitioning into more complex strengthening activities at older ages.

In the end and unfortunately most coaches, programs and players fail to realize what type of work ethic and commitment reaching their potential in hockey takes. At HPD we are here to help provide you with not only the fundamentals but understanding the commitment it takes to get better at this game. Then it will be up to you the player to decide whether or not this is something you wish to build your life around.

Hope to see you this summer!

Nick Parillo (HPD Head Instructor)

Any questions on this subject please feel free to email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




 1. Want it more than your parents – You know who you are. Daddy hacks & whacks in the beer league. “I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve but…”

2. Ability to recognize & study successful peers

3. Willing to experiment

4. Able to handle praise & attention properly & with perspective

5. Hockey is a healthy full-time obsession

6. Able to work longer & harder than real or imagined peers. If you already work harder than anyone else you know does, you must recognize that there is probably someone you don’t know doing more than you. This is a powerful motivator.

7. Able to internalize confidence. Ask Brian Burke of the Vancouver Canucks if I was adept at this! Oh, you said internalize, not externalize. Show people how good you are don't tell them.             

8. Able to handle constructive criticism. If you are already that perfect why aren’t you in the NHL?

9. Continued practice on weaknesses. You must assess, recognize & accept weakness in certain areas. Develop & perfect weaknesses. Challenge weakness, don’t ignore It!.

10. Continued practice on skills already mastered. I always run into goalies that don’t need to work on a certain element of the game because they already have it down. All goaltenders in the NHL continue to work on basics like movement, rebound control & recoveries.




-Stephen McKichan Goaltending Coach Toronto Maple Leafs.


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