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Adjusting to a New Playing Level

11/19/2015, 1:45pm MST
By Todd Smith

“The program is absolutely fantastic. I know its implementation will take some time, but the principles behind the program are dead on.”

Calgary Flames president of hockey operations and the general manager for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team.

“The ADM and its ladder of development is the best program for every single kid playing the sport, regardless of ability level. Coupled with USA Hockey's extraordinary coaching education programs, the sport at the grassroots level has never been better in our country.”

2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team head coach, 2009 Stanley Cup winner, fastest NHL coach to 250 wins, hockey dad

“If you bring 100 elite hockey people in the United States into a room and say, 'Do you like the ADM?' Ninety-eight of them are going to say it's great. Anyone who really knows what's going on with the game of hockey right now wants the ADM.”

Quinnipiac University men’s hockey head coach, hockey dad

“You put a young child on a full-length golf course and have them play from the blues when they're 7 years old and a lot of those kids probably wouldn't want to continue playing the game. Why would you do it in hockey, when you could do a cross-ice game instead? The kids will get more touches of the puck and the goalkeepers will be more active and make more saves. In a cross-ice game, they're going to see much more action.”

Ferris State University men's hockey head coach, two-time NCAA coach of the year, hockey dad

“Although change is difficult in most settings and organizations, the USA Hockey initiatives provide an opportunity to all of us to see a larger vision and enhanced outcomes for all youth players in Minnesota and around the country.”


“In a world where youth sports are under scrutiny because of specialization, politics, or parental issues, USA Hockey’s American Development Model is the solution. The age-specific and age-appropriate training keeps kids excited about coming to the rink, while also developing them and guiding them on a path to achieve their full potential. The bottom line is, the ADM has found a way to develop skills, commitment and athleticism, all the while making it fun and entertaining for the athletes. It’s a fantastic program.”

Clarkson University women’s hockey assistant coach, two-time U.S. Olympian, four-time IIHF women’s world champion, 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award recipient

“We should always strive to do the right things for kids, and the American Development Model does that. I think as hockey has evolved in our country, coaches and parents have certainly tried to do the right thing in regard to development. But we haven’t had a national blueprint for associations to use – something that is based on solid research — until now. This is a major step forward and USA Hockey is to be commended for its leadership.”

2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team head coach, top-10 all-time winningest coach in NHL history

“Having coached now in two different states, New York and Connecticut, I think it's an absolutely perfect model. And the cross-ice hockey is fantastic for every single mite, whether it's a mature mite who can skate and shoot, almost like a squirt, or a beginner mite who might be smaller and has trouble getting up and down the ice.”

Former N.Y. Rangers captain, three-time U.S. Olympian, Boston University alumnus, hockey dad

"I think it's pretty cool (the American Development Model). I like the fact that kids are encouraged to play other sports. Hockey is a great sport, but playing other sports definitely helps you become a better hockey player."

Minnesota Wild forward, U.S. Olympian, University of North Dakota alumnus