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How Auston Matthews Became Hockey's Hottest Prospect
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Boston Breakout Tournament
The Boston Junior Rangers 2005 Elite team competed in the Boston...
Coach Hutcheon attends Blues Camp
Jr. Rangers Jon Hutcheon Coaches at NHL Development Camp When...
More Than Just Mites
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Team Picture Schedule


Below is the team schedule for Pictures. Take a look at the TEAM PICTURE TIME below and then decide if it is best to come even earlier to get your INDIVIDUAL PICTURE done so it will not impact your practice time. For some, you will have time after the team picture to get your individual photo. 

It is very hard to accommodate every team so there is no impact in the on ice / off ice times. 




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5:00 08E
5:30 U12A
5:50 06E
6:15 U14B
6:45 02E
7:10 03S
7:30 05E
7:45 U14A


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by posted 10/17/2016
How Auston Matthews Became Hockey's Hottest Prospect

The Globe and Mail

It’s an origin story that makes little sense. An 18-year-old kid from Scottsdale, Ariz. – a place known for its cacti, golf courses and desert nightlife – is the best prospect in hockey and the projected saviour of the Toronto Maple Leafs. 
But to fully understand how Auston Matthews got to where he is, you need to know that when he was a boy, he spent thousands of hours on tiny rinks – not much larger than an end zone – fighting off two or three other kids, stickhandling in and around masses of skates and sticks to score a half-dozen goals every game. 
You need to learn about his skating coach, an eccentric Ukrainian named Boris who made players leap, pirouette and balance on their heels for so long they sometimes couldn’t walk the next day. 

You have to recognize Matthews as one-of-a-kind. 

That the next star of one of the NHL’s historic franchises will probably come from the U.S. Sun Belt has made headlines ever since the Leafs won the draft lottery in April to get the top pick. A No. 1 has never come from a warm-weather city. 

Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk celebrate a goal during the 2016 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship bronze medal game between Sweden and USA in Helsinki, Finland, on January 5, 2016.Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk celebrate a goal during the 2016 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship bronze medal game between Sweden and USA in Helsinki, Finland, on January 5, 2016. 


But what makes Matthews’s story exceptional is that growing up in a city with few rinks and little hockey history never held him back. He took a road never travelled, learning the game in creative, new ways. And it paid off. 

“It’s a pretty amazing story,” said Mike DeAngelis, director of hockey for Arizona’s Junior Coyotes program. “How does a kid become that good, the best teenager in the world, and ready to step into the NHL, coming out of that type of development schedule? The word outlier comes to mind.” 

The beginning
It started at Ozzie Ice. 
Built by wealthy oil-pipeline entrepreneur Dwayne Osadchuk, Ozzie Ice was created to showcase a type of cutting-edge synthetic ice that he had patented. The facility had two small rinks – one synthetic and one real ice – with regulation nets and boards. 
​Auston Matthews was its best customer. 
“Auston would just be hanging around, waiting for a team to be short players so he could play,” said Sean Whyte, a retired Los Angeles Kings player who ran the facility. “He had every colour of Ozzie Ice jersey we had. He had 10 or 12. As soon as teams said, ‘We need somebody!’ he’d be looking at me.” 
Matthews played with everyone. Kids his age. Kids far older – he could rack up five or six goals a game as a 10-year-old against bantams (13-14 years old). Every game was 3-on-3, which meant more time with the puck, more time in close quarters and a need to find a way through a tight spot. 

He loved it. 
It helped that the family lived a 10-minute drive away. While other parents were skeptical of the small sheets (which eventually both had real ice when the synthetic version didn’t catch on) Auston’s father wasn’t. 
Brian Matthews grew up in Scottsdale playing competitive baseball, a pitcher at a top junior college. He blew out his shoulder early on, but he knew how important development is. 

He learned how to stickhandle in a phone booth, then all of a sudden he was put out in a full sheet of ice 

What he didn’t know was the typical development path for NHL prospects. He saw other parents in Arizona paying more than $20,000 a year for their kids to travel across the country on AAA teams at nine and 10 years old and he figured that there had to be a better way. 
Or, at the very least, a more affordable one. 

Having his son play on the smaller sheet, for hours on end against all kinds of competition, made sense to the new hockey dad. He thought that it was similar to how so many soccer greats started in the slums and gyms of Brazil with their own makeshift games of futsal, the 5-on-5 version of soccer. 

“The score was always like 45-42 or 31-30,” Brian Matthews said of Ozzie Ice. “You couldn’t go anywhere on the ice where someone wasn’t within 20 feet of you. You had to learn how to use your hands, how to think ahead, where the puck was going to go, who was coming, how to turn, how to get away from traffic, create space – all of that stuff – in such a small little window of ice. A lot of kids here developed a lot of really good skills there. They were forced to.” 
“People thought it was a joke,” Whyte said. “They said, ‘How do you teach kids hockey without going the full length of the ice? This is ridiculous.’” 

Then Auston Matthews began showing up at tournaments as a fill-in player and filling the net. Ozzie Ice started to catch on with parents desperate to find ice time in the desert. 
The facility shut down years ago, but Whyte believes that some of the magic Matthews displays on the ice today came from those thousands of 3-on-3 games. “He learned how to stickhandle in a phone booth, then all of a sudden he was put out in a full sheet of ice,” he explained. “You’ve just got that much more time to react and execute.” 

Matthews’s coaches can see that influence too. 

“His puckhandling skills are off the chart,” said Marc Crawford, who coached Matthews last season in Switzerland’s top pro league. “I’m always amazed at the things he can do. And it really translates in a game. His short-area game is at an NHL level for sure – and it’s at an NHL elite level. I believe that’s a lot of what the game is becoming. Those little plays that you make when you’re getting checked. People are pinching up so much more now and there’s so much confrontation at the bluelines that you’ve got to be able to make plays in that five-foot area. You’ve got to be able to protect the puck and get by people. He does those things exceptionally well.” 

Meet Boris
When Matthews wasn’t playing 3-on-3, he was with Boris. 
When the Soviet Union was collapsing in the early 1990s, Boris Dorozhenko fled Ukraine in search of a place where he could teach power skating and hockey skills. He wound up in Mexico, where he was tasked with helping build a nascent national program. 
In the summer of 2005, while running a skating camp in Arizona, he met Brian Matthews, who had enrolled his seven-year-old son. 

Dorozhenko spoke almost no English, but he became fast friends with the good-natured hockey dad, who was fluent in Spanish thanks to his wife, Ema. Within a year, the quirky coach had left Mexico and moved into the family’s home after taking a job with an elite local team run by former NHLer Claude Lemieux. 

Dorozhenko’s methods were unheard of. To the uninitiated, the Boris brand of power skating appeared to consist of players running in their skates and stomping on the ice, sometimes while spinning in circles. He describes it as a focus on edge control, aimed at teaching elite players to balance and manoeuvre under duress. 

Arena operators hated the large holes it left in the ice. 

“Boris is completely different than anything you have ever seen with power skating,” DeAngelis said. “To be honest with you, it hasn’t really grabbed on. Some of the parents don’t really know if that’s the way you should be teaching power skating. But I’ve got my kid working with him.” 
“Brian found something off-the-beaten path, investigated it and brought Auston to it,” Whyte said. “He wasn’t born and raised in hockey so he was a little more open-minded. He said to me, ‘You’ve got to watch this guy; he does some really funky stuff.’” 

Auston became Dorozhenko’s most diligent student, someone who never said no to any drill – no matter how bizarre. He travelled around the world with him to various camps. He even played for Ukrainian teams, through some of the coach’s old-world connections. 
“People will say, ‘Wow, this kid is coming from Arizona – this is just a miracle,’” Dorozhenko said. “But he was an absolutely normal kid. Athletic. Co-ordinated. He always had a little bit better hands and could surprise everybody with a little bit of puckhandling. But every year his talent was increasing by hard work. He put in very hard work to increase his talent.” 
“The kid’s just got tremendous drive,” Crawford added. 

Meet the Matthews
Many believe that determination came from his parents. 
Brian Matthews met his wife in college while working for an airline in Los Angeles. He didn’t want the assignment that day – a Mexican airline needed a hand with something – but then the plane door opened and there she was. 
“She spoke no English,” Brian Matthews said of his wife, who grew up in a family of nine on a ranch in Hermosilla, Mexico, before becoming a flight attendant. “I spoke no Spanish. I got fluent in about six months.” 

The Matthews have three children: Auston – or “Papi,” as everyone calls him – is the precocious middle child wedged between sisters Alexandria and Breyana. They live not far from TPC Scottsdale, the long-time home of the PGA’s Phoenix Open, and Breyana is one of the top 14-year-old golfers in the state. 

Auston Matthews with his mother, Ema, in Zurich, Dec. 2, 2015. A top National Hockey League draft pick in waiting, the 18-year-old prodigy from Arizona chose to spend a year competing professionally in Switzerland instead of playing college hockey or joining a junior team.

Auston Matthews with his mother, Ema, in Zurich, Dec. 2, 2015. A top National Hockey League draft pick in waiting, the 18-year-old prodigy from Arizona chose to spend a year competing professionally in Switzerland instead of playing college hockey or joining a junior team. 



For years, Brian Matthews tried to keep his son interested in baseball, his sporting love. But after attending a Phoenix Coyotes game as a toddler, Auston fell for a different sport – one that was completely foreign to his family. 
“He couldn’t stand waiting around,” Brian Matthews said of Auston’s short-lived baseball career. “If he could bat every two minutes, he would have been in high heaven.” 
On the ice, Auston Matthews realized that he would have a scoring chance every two minutes. He enjoyed the constant action and quickly earned a reputation as a frequent, deadly shooter. (Crawford predicts that he will lead all NHL rookies in shots on goal next season, comparing his release to that of Hall of Famer Joe Sakic.) 

When it became clear that his son was smitten, Brian Matthews tried to pick up as much as he could about hockey. He started taking skating lessons in his late 30s, learning how to stop and turn. “He was so into mastering all of these skills,” Whyte said, “because it would help him with his son. I loved teaching him.” 

However, the financial burden of raising a hockey player in Arizona was a constant. Matthews has a good job – as the chief technology officer with a manufacturing firm – but because ice time is expensive in Arizona, there were sacrifices. 
At one point, Ema Matthews worked two jobs – at Starbucks and as a waitress at a high-end restaurant – to help pay for Auston’s hockey. 
There were two years where he didn’t join a travel team and instead skated with Boris or on his own. Explaining to him that he couldn’t play the game he loved, the way his friends were, wasn’t always easy. 
“It was difficult,” Brian Matthews said of making the costs work. “… There were times where it was like, ‘How are we going to do this?’ But you find a way. Our son had a passion and one way or another we found a way to get things done.” 

An incredible rise
Everyone in Arizona’s tiny hockey community always knew Auston Matthews had talent. But because he bounced from team to team, and wasn’t always in the high-profile programs, few had him pegged as a potential NHL star. 
That began to change when he turned 15. Matthews exploded for 55 goals and 100 points in 48 games with the AAA Arizona Bobcats, gaining the attention of the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Coach Don Granato invited him for a tryout that summer and realized Matthews’s potential right away. He became the first player from Arizona to join the program. 
A few months later, Granato felt compelled to call Brian Matthews. To warn him. 

“Brian, I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to give you a heads-up here,” the coach said. “I’ve been around hockey a long, long time, and you’ve got to start preparing for your life to be pretty chaotic.” 
“What are you talking about?” the alarmed father asked. 

Auston Matthews had blown expectations away. Being on the ice every day against elite competition had kindled his competitive nature, and he was getting better and better. 

At 16, Matthews played with the under-18 team and produced nearly a point a game. He was doing things with the puck Granato hadn’t seen from a player that young. The veteran coach began to believe he had one of the best American players – ever – under his watch. 
“Every time Auston touched the puck, the entire bench stood up and leaned over the boards to watch,” Granato said. “He has uncanny ability.” 

The top U.S. college programs began lining up, hoping they could get Matthews to commit. The WHL’s Everett Silvertips, who had drafted him, were pressing for him to play his draft year there. 
Matthews once again took a path less travelled by signing in Switzerland in order to play at a level as close to the NHL as possible. He turned pro and earned one of the higher salaries in the Swiss league – rumoured to be $400,000 (U.S.) – despite being only 17 when the season started. 
Again, he shone. Matthews scored 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games for Zurich – the highest totals in league history for a player under 20 years old. 

The future face of the Leafs?
Those who know Matthews well don’t worry that the limelight in Toronto – with the expectations that would come with being the franchise’s first No. 1 pick since Wendel Clark in 1985 – will overwhelm him. They believe that he has the right disposition – humble, hard-working and disciplined – to excel under that pressure. 
“Without a doubt in my mind, he can handle it,” Granato said. “Whatever’s thrust on him, he’ll always expect more of himself.” 

United States' Auston Matthews, back, celebrates a goal with teammate Brock Boeser during third period preliminary hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.

United States’ Auston Matthews, back, celebrates a goal with teammate Brock Boeser during third period preliminary hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. 


As for going to Toronto, a hockey hotbed, that’s something Matthews welcomes. “He was excited about how the lottery went,” Crawford said. “Trust me. He was very excited.” 
Back in Arizona, Matthews’s former coaches and teammates are rooting for him. If he succeeds the way they expect, it will send a message that kids from the Southwestern United States deserve more attention from the development program and top colleges. 
But what Matthews also proves, they argue, is that there is more than one way to become an NHL superstar. It’s not all about spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment and travel teams. 

There is something to be said for taking the road less travelled, for focusing on skills development and having fun instead of short bursts of ice time in game after meaningless game. 

There is something to be said for what Matthews has become, when where he is from and the resources he had were supposedly stacked against him.

by posted 10/13/2016
Boston Breakout Tournament

The Boston Junior Rangers 2005 Elite team competed in the Boston Breakout Super Series the weekend of September 9-11.  The Super Series invited only those teams vying for top 50 positioning in the country as assigned by  The Rangers had a strong showing with three wins and two losses, one of those losses came at the hands of last year’s number one ranked team in the country and odds on favorite for the same position this season – the Philadelphia Little Flyers.  The wins came against the Westchester Vipers (4-0), the New York Saints (5-0) and Colorado Evolution (6-4). 


The boys participated in an intense 03 and 05 off ice training schedule with Ryan Blair along with summer skills and power skating run by Coach Pete McLaughlin at Breakaway Ice Center in early July. This allowed them to compete and succeed so early in the season despite only two practices together as a squad.  The team will compete in another Super Series in Rochester, NY at the end of October and in The Cup – North American Championship.  Both events are invitational and will showcase only the best teams in both the United States and Canada.  The Rangers are looking forward to starting E9 league play the weekend of September 24 – the 2005 division will be a competitive one. 


by posted 09/15/2016
Coach Hutcheon attends Blues Camp

Jr. Rangers Jon Hutcheon Coaches at NHL Development Camp

When Jon Hutcheon joined the Boston Jr. Rangers as Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach of the Full Season Tier I 18U team at the age of 30 in 2014, he already had a lengthy resume. He continued to build on his experiences as a coach and as a result garnered an invitation to coach at the 2016 St. Louis Blues Development Camp.


After a five year professional hockey career, the man known around Breakaway Ice Center as Hutch, began coaching with the Tier I 18U Neponset Valley River Rats. He spent three seasons as an assistant coach then took the reigns as the team’s head coach. In just his third year (2012-2013) at the helm of the River Rats, Hutcheon became the youngest coach in USA Hockey history (28) to guide a team to a national championship.


While enjoying successful runs with the River Rats, Hutcheon began High End Hockey.


HEH is dedicated to teaching players of all ages, the skills necessary to reach their highest potential. Hutcheon has spearheaded innovative programs for youth, prep school, junior, college, and professional players.


Players who have trained under the coach’s watchful eye include Jimmy Vesey (2016 Hobey Baker Award winner), Chris Kreider (New York Rangers), Torey Krug (Boston Bruins), Lee Stempniak (Carolina Hurricanes), Shayne Gostisbehere (Philadelphia Flyers), along with Brian Dumoulin and Conor Sheary of the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, to name a few.


“High End Hockey’s pro group is in it’s fourth summer,” Hutcheon said when asked about how he became involved in coaching professional players. “It started with two players in the AHL, the next summer I had 5 AHL guys and one NHL player (Kreider). Last summer, it grew to over 50 players who play professionally around the world. We now have players from the SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) up to the NHL and also in the Swedish Elite League, Kontinental Hockey League, Finnish Elite League, British Elite League, and the German Elite League. This June, we celebrated a Stanley Cup Championship with two of our players (Dumoulin and Sheary) from last summer. Both are back this summer.”


At the end of last season, Hutcheon’s success at helping pro players develop their skills caught the attention of the St. Louis organization and they issued an invitation to coach at the club’s Prospects Camp July 4 - 9, 2016.


Tim Taylor contacted me,” Hutcheon said in describing how his association with the Blues began. “He is the (Blues) Director of Player Development.”


From the time a youngster first laces up his skates, he dreams of playing in the National Hockey League and when a team comes calling, it is a dream come true. It is the same with some coaches.


“It took a long time for it to sink in,” Hutcheon explained. “I always dreamed of playing in the NHL. When that dream passed me by, my next goal was to coach in the NHL. I got this opportunity and saw it as a way to get my foot in the door to the best league in the world. It was surreal at first but then I realized this is the first step to what I have been preparing for, for the past 10 years.”


After realizing it was not a dream, the Billerica, MA. native began preparing for the camp.


“Going into camp, they told me I would be running a station based around puck control along with creating time and space,” said Hutcheon. “To prepare for it, I spent the late spring and early summer using drills on the ice with the younger HEH players to see which drills would work best.”


Upon arriving in St. Louis, coaches meetings were held to get everyone on the same page.


“I went out to dinner with Tim Taylor and Ty Conklin,” Hutcheon continued. “Ty is their Director of Goaltending Development. We went out for dinner and talked about the week ahead.”


After each day of the camp, the Blues coaching staff provided feedback to the Jr. Rangers coach.


“(Blues Head Coach) Ken Hitchcock and (Associate Head Coach) Mike Yeo gave feedback each day on the drills I used,” said Hutcheon. “Luckily, they liked everything I did.”


For the players at the camp, it is a learning experience that is necessary if they plan to progress from junior or college hockey to the NHL.


“It certainly wasn’t a vacation for them,” observed Hutcheon. “They were being evaluated every step of the way both on and off the ice. The organization wants them to get a taste of what it is like in the NHL, so they expect them to act professionally both on and off the ice. They had their fun with trips to go karting, a St. Louis Cardinals (baseball) game, and a “cook off” (competition) but on the ice it was all business. They approach every game, practice, workout, and skills session, like a job because they all want to be lucky enough to make it their job in the near future.”


“It’s obviously incredibly hard to get drafted now with only 211 players picked each summer. The scouting staffs do their best to see everyone in the world and evaluate them not only on how they perform now, but they try to project how they will be one, three, five, even 10 years from now. The kids who are drafted now are a little more polished than the undrafted prospects but that doesn’t mean that player who wasn’t drafted won’t have a better pro career than those who are drafted. Getting drafted is just the first step for these kids. Like Tim (Taylor) said at camp, ‘The draft is just the first part of a very long process for these kids’ ”.


From his experience at his first NHL camp, what advice would Hutcheon give to players who aspire to play in the National Hockey League?


“Work as hard as you can every day,” he said. “One of the things Ken Hitchcock told them was, ‘It’s the summer and we want our players to have fun but that doesn’t mean missing workouts or ice time. If they want to go to the beach, they better wake up and get their lift in at 6:00 am before their buddies are ready to leave.’  Hard work can take a pretty good player a lot farther than talent alone ever will.”


At the conclusion of the camp, Hutcheon learned that, not only did he impress the Blues coaches, their management liked what they saw as well.


“Everyone there had something to say when it was over,” Hutcheon explained. “Hitchcock, Conklin, and Taylor, all said they loved the drills that I brought and thought their prospects benefitted from them. Their Director of Amateur Scouting, Bill Armstrong, liked what I did as did their General Manager, Doug Armstrong (no relation).”


Coaching with an NHL organization was an educational experience that Hutcheon feels will help him grow as a bench boss.


“For me, as a head coach, I saw first hand how engaged coaches at the NHL level are,” the Jr. Rangers coach said. “It’s the beginning of July and those guys are already talking about their team systems and who will work best with who when the season starts in October.  I also saw how hard it is for kids to make it to the NHL and how hard those kids work who are fortunate enough to be at those camps.”


Before boarding the plane to return to Massachusetts, Hutcheon learned his hard work and preparation paid off.


“On the last night there, Tim Taylor told me that I would be back next summer and welcomed me to the St. Louis Blues family.” Hutcheon said.


by posted 07/20/2016
More Than Just Mites


The ADM Looks To Expand Its Focus Heading Into The Future

The wider the base, the taller the pyramid. It’s a concept as old as the Egyptians and as solid as the Sphinx.

Herb Brooks talked about it whenever he brought up the development of future generations of American hockey players. Still, there was no way the architect of the “Miracle on Ice” could have imagined how far the sport has advanced since the advent of the American Development Model.

When it was unveiled in 2009, the plan was to slowly introduce it at the grass-roots level and build it from the ground up. That meant focusing on the development of hockey at the 8 & Under level. 

The cornerstone of the effort was the implementation of cross-ice hockey, which creates a more age-appropriate playing surface for younger players. The smaller ice sheet affords players more opportunities to touch the puck and enjoy the thrill of scoring goals. Along with improved fun came better skill development, which provides a solid foundation for the future.

But, a funny thing happened over the course of the first five years of the program’s existence. The ADM became synonymous with Mite cross-ice hockey, and the push to expand the program onward and upward never gained much traction.

“Because we launched the American Development Model at the 8 & Under level, people assume that it’s all cross-ice hockey. And it’s not,” says ADM Regional Manager Bob Mancini. 

“The ADM is a comprehensive plan of development that starts from the ages of 8 & Under and goes all the way through 18 & Under.

“The message that I want to give to parents is to take a look at the ADM and understand that it really is about delivering to your child what’s important at each age group.”

Now that a strong foundation has been laid, it’s time to raise the roof. That’s why, heading into the 2014-15 season, there will be a shift in the approach Mancini and other ADM regional managers will take as they hit rinks around the country touting the benefits of long-term athlete development and age-appropriate training. 

“As we’ve committed to this development model at the younger ages, it’s time to put a little bit more of the focus on making sure there’s quality training and quality practices for our older kids,” says Roger Grillo, an ADM regional manager who covers the New England states.

“If you’re going to go upstairs, you have to have a furnished bedroom. You can’t set the stage at the bottom and have nothing to go to.”

To be clear, the core principles of the ADM are not changing. The program’s managers and local volunteer coordinators remain committed to the sports science. All they’re doing is broadening the focus to take aim at the Squirt and Peewee levels in an effort to capitalize on the “golden age of skill acquisition.”

“Part of our goal this year is to get out and say, ‘Squirts and Peewees, this is not just a Mite thing; it’s an evolution all the way up to Bantams and Midgets,’” says ADM Regional Manager Matt Herr, who covers the New York and Atlantic Districts. “It’s age-appropriate training at all levels, and if you do this then your kid can reach their potential.” 

There are still small pockets of resistance that exist around the country, but critics and skeptics pale in comparison to the number of parents who have bought into the ADM and demand to see it adopted as their sons and daughters progress up the ladder of development.


 “It’s gaining momentum quicker than we ever thought it would, and for people who have experienced well-run ADM programs, there’s no way they’ll accept anything less,” says Kevin McLaughlin, USA Hockey’s senior director of development who oversees the program.

The wave of momentum that started with Mites will only grow as more people buy into the ADM and understand that it is a program designed to help the individual, whether he or she is 8 or 18. The science behind the program is irrefutable as is the commitment of USA Hockey and the NHL to see it continue to grow. 

The first five years were devoted to changing a culture and creating a mindset that puts the athlete’s development ahead of simply playing games. With the base of the pyramid firmly in place, it is now time to see how high it can grow.

 “We still have some challenges ahead of us, but I think the ADM as a whole has been very well received and people have bought into it,” Grillo says. 

“It’s just a matter of fine tuning it and tweaking it, and putting out some brushfires that are out there around the country. I think we’re in a great spot, but we’ll be in a better spot down the road.”


by posted 01/07/2016


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