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Good evening, Patriot families.   We have an amazing opportunity...
5 Keys to Scoring More Goals
01/26/2015, 12:00pm MST By Kelly Erickson   At...
WAHA Concussion Policy
When we are at the rink and our skaters take a fall or a check, we...
Madison Wave Lacrosse Registration
Hockey season is reaching its midpoint, the holidays are almost here...
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Good evening, Patriot families.
We have an amazing opportunity to join forces for the benefit of our “beloved” home ice rink.  Hartmeyer Ice Arena could use a friendly face lift and that can be, in part, accomplished by participating in the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA ice rink nomination process.  There is $150,000 on the line here and that can go a long way for HIA.

Here is what we have to do!

  1. Go to and nominate Hartmeyer Ice Arena – must be 13 years or older
  2. Kraft(pun intended) ONE essay 2500 characters or less describing
    • Why hockey is so important to our community
    • Positive experiences with Hartmeyer, Patriots and players
    • Make an emotional appeal  (i.e. you skated at Hartmeyer, your kids skate at the rink and now there is a common bond between you…yadda, yadda, yadda)
  3. Create a catchy title less than 100 characters
  4. Include a picture(s) that showcases your great experience with hockey in our community and Hartmeyer.
  5. Make your rink nomination no later than March 18th.

We need as many nominations as possible before March 18th in order to gain access to the finalist voting process.  We have help from all of the users of Hartmeyer Ice Arena and Madison Ice Inc. MII is focusing all of their energy with Kraft Hockeyville on Hartmeyer so we have a great opportunity to really make a difference in the nominations, voting and gaining additional funds.

KEY HERE: The number of nominations count. Every person over the age of 13 can nominate a rink up to 3 times.  That means 3 essays can be submitted per person for Hartmeyer.  After that there is a voting process but first things first – let’s get the rink into the Top 10 final rinks nominated.

Here again is the link for Kraft Hockeyville USA:  Please let one of us know if you have any questions.  Thanks for your ongoing support of Hartmeyer, youth hockey and the Patriots!



by posted 02/20/2015
5 Keys to Scoring More Goals

01/26/2015, 12:00pm MST
By Kelly Erickson

At the end of the day, what do coaches and players really want? More goals. We all want to score more goals.

Goals aren’t only essential to team victory, they instill confidence in the players. They fuel a fun environment that keeps kids coming back to the rink.

When it comes to finding ways to score more, there are five main things to consider, according to former NHLer and current Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson.

Tools to Improve

Give children the tools to work on their shot. Create an environment and opportunity for them to get reps and improve. With improvement comes confidence. Provide them an off-ice area to practice their shooting and encourage them to spend time outside of practice to refine their shooting skills.

“I think the first thing is the ability to shoot — just getting that good shot that you’re confident in,” Hendrickson said. “That helps guys take shots, shoot for volume and put pucks on net.”

Make it Quick

Beyond developing a confident shot, Hendrickson’s second point was to have a quick one. Goaltenders are getting better every day. Getting off a fast snap shot can help a shooter, and a play, stay unpredictable, never allowing the goaltender to get set. If the goalie’s not set, there’s a higher chance of him/her giving up a rebound as well.

Kids love to take slap shots, but reiterate that it’s wrist shots and snap shots that are putting the puck in the net at all levels, including the NHL. Force your players to shoot quickly in practice.

Net-Front Presence

Players must get comfortable around the net. They must be comfortable being in a high-traffic area, ready for rebounds, deflecting shots and receiving passes.

“There’s a lot of parts to it where you have instincts — you’re around the net, you make a living around the net, you’re in the areas where you can be productive,” Hendrickson added.

Emphasize that the play is not over until the whistle is blown. Always be ready for the puck to squirt out or for a rebound and stay strong on your feet with a low center of gravity. Coaches can do exercises around the net, helping skaters get used to picking up loose pucks and burying them.

“There’s a number of pretty goals off the rush that are great and certainly those are fun goals to watch, but there’s so many goals where the second effort is key,” Hendrickson said. “I think an underrated skill is, when there are rebounds, you’re able to elevate, to get it up over the goalie. Goalies at every level get better and are able to make those great saves, but the ability to get the rebound upstairs is important.”

Change the Angle

Changing the shot angle keeps it unpredictable for the goaltender. Hendrickson advises practicing taking shots in stride and from different areas on the ice, which, again, won’t allow a goaltender to get set for a save.

Changing the angle can open new holes to the net and force the goaltender to move, sometimes out of position. Whether it’s a defenseman skating laterally on the blue line or a forward cutting in from the circles, the change can create scoring opportunities, especially if the current shooting lanes are obstructed. Use cones to simulate defensemen to force players to change angles and shoot quickly.

Developing Instincts

While these different tactics are key, it’s all about developing strong instincts. Certainly, being in the game and experiencing moments first hand will help create those instincts, but small-area games and skill-intensive practice plans can help simulate a game-like atmosphere.

Watching the pros is also a good place for young players to start.

“For a young player, it’s watching the elite guys and just seeing how opportunistic they are around the net — that’s how I watched when I was younger,” Hendrickson said. “I watched the guys who were elite, the guys who had the most success and I think for young kids, to keep an eye on those guys whether it be a Zach Parise or whoever it might be, that’s a great lesson.”

Develop that shot, stay unpredictable, be strong in front of the net and cultivate strong instincts. Goals will follow.

by posted 02/08/2015
WAHA Concussion Policy

When we are at the rink and our skaters take a fall or a check, we have coaches to keep an eye on them, but at home it is a different story.  Concussions are a serious issue and need to be dealt with the upmost caution.  Here is a link to the WAHA concussion policy. 

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal function of the brain. All concussions are brain injuries.

A concussion can be caused by blow to the head or even a blow to the body alone. The force moves or twists the brain in the skull. It is important to know that loss of consciousness is not required to have a concussion. In fact, less than 10% of athletes lose consciousness. A concussion is a very complex physiologic event that causes a problem with brain function not brain structure. Therefore, CT/CAT scan and MRI are usually normal in athletes with concussion. Imaging studies may be needed to rule out brain bleeds, but are not indicated in all head concussions.

Even what appears to be a mild blow to the head or body can cause the brain to suddenly shift or move. This motion can injure and damage brain cells. Research has shown that this damage may take up to 2 weeks to heal, but it can take longer.

Concussion affects people in four areas of function:

  1. Physical – This describes how they feel: headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tired and loss of consciousness (which is uncommon in concussion).
  2. Thinking – Poor memory and concentration, responds to questions more slowly and asks repetitive questions. Concussion can cause an altered state of awareness and thinking.
  3. Emotions - A concussion can make a person more irritable or sad and cause mood swings.
  4. Sleep – Concussions frequently cause trouble falling asleep and may wake athletes up overnight, which can make them more fatigued throughout the day.

WAHA Concussion Information

by posted 01/19/2015
Madison Wave Lacrosse Registration

Hockey season is reaching its midpoint, the holidays are almost here and now is the time to start about think for spring and summer.  The Patriots are teaming up the Madison Wave Lacrosse team to aid in the recruitment for both sports.  Lacrosse and hockey have a natural cross over and we want to use that cross over to help build both the Patriots and the Wave programs.

Registration is now open for the spring/summer Lacrosse season.  Click here to register.

For more information you can contact Tim at      or call Joe @ 608.516.4311

by posted 12/22/2014
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