FIRST is a unique hockey program (for boys and girls) to focus on the
specific skills that are required to play Defense in hockey.
program is designed to increase knowledge and skill development through
drills, power skating, and classroom sessions.
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
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, T.J. Brodie, Dalton Prout, and more).
Novice/Atom/Peewee Session – August 6th to August 10th at the RBC Center in Sarnia, Classroom session from 9:30-10:30 am., then on ice from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm daily. COST: $250.00 per skater
Bantam/Midget/Junior Session – August 6th – 10th, at the RBC Center in Sarnia, on ice from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm daily, classroom session will follow from 2:00-3:00 pm each day. COST: $250.00 per skater
If 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.