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Defense First Hockey School
Submitted By CVallee on Friday, May 12, 2017
DEFENSE FIRST is a unique hockey program (for boys and girls) to focus on the specific skills that are required to play Defense in hockey.  This program is designed to increase knowledge and skill development through drills, power skating, and classroom sessions. 

Novice/Atom/Peewee Session – August 14th to August 18th at the RBC Center in Sarnia, Classroom session from 10-11 am., then on ice from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm daily.  COST: $250.00 per skater
Bantam/Midget/Junior  Session – August 14th – 18th, at the RBC Center in Sarnia, on ice from 12:30 pm – 2 pm daily, classroom session will follow from 2:30-3:30 pm each day. COST: $250.00 per skater  

Interested: contact Derek Di Muzio by phone or email: Home: Cell: 519-330-0877          
Email: [email protected]  
Note: Spaces for each camp will be limited to approximately 18 skaters to ensure maximum teaching time, skill development, and adequate repetitions for each drill and ensure good practice/training to game transfer.

The skill areas that will be taught include:

  • Power skating specifically for Defense – Major Daily Focus on Skating/pivoting/C-Cuts/Crossovers
  • Defensive zone positioning and Net play
  • Difference between pressure and contain
  • Reading the offensive rush
  • How to play even and odd man rushes
  • Escapes and techniques to read offensive fore-check (e.g. D to D, Reverse, etc.)
  • Neutral Zone and Play in the offensive zone – Hinge habits and skating techniques
  • The benefits of taking a pass properly Shooting habits – how to catch a pass and using the right shot in a situation
  • Lane manipulation, creating offense at the offensive blueline
  • Breakout Habits and techniques
  • Thinking offensively, and how to create offense from the Defense Scanning the ice techniques

The week long program will be delivered by local coach Derek Di Muzio.  Derek's coaching resume includes being both a Head and Assistant Coach at the Junior level for over 13 years.  Derek has won numerous coaching awards, and has a proven track record for developing local talent and helping them move to higher levels of hockey (e.g. OHL, NCAA, AHL, NHL).  He has been an Assistant Coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting in the past and his focus area was on skill development. He has helped many Defenseman currently playing in the NHL develop their skills (e.g. Jakob Chychrun, Anthony DeAngelo).

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