THE WINNING EDGE

Not For Profit Organization

FALL POWER SKATING – REGISTRATION OPEN AUGUST 7, 2022

PROGRAMS:
Fall Power Skating
Winter Power Skating
Stick Handling & Puck Control Clinic
Custom Team Clinics – Contact us for details

Do you like helping children learn to skate? Are you over 18 years old? Join us for a rewarding position as one of our Instructors! Contact Nina for details!

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Something to consider….
The odds of making it into the NHL:

  • 380,000 minor hockey registrations in Canada
  • 0.7% drafted into Major Junior
  • 0.2% drafted into the NHL
  • 0.025% of players that played minor hockey make a career in the NHL
  • Average NHL career is 5.5 years
  • 713 active players in the NHL

Our focus is to give each individual the tools they need to be the best they can and use that foundation to reach their highest potential as well as enjoy the game, just as Gazdig Power Skating graduates Joe Thornton and Nazem Kadri did.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Skating is a sport, and like all sports it is intended to provide fun and enjoyment. In order to enjoy skating the basic skills must be learned and they can learn best by taking instruction from a qualified instructor. Once the basic skills have been achieved, students then have gained the confidence needed to either skate professionally or to simply skate for their own enjoyment.

Children should be able to:

  • Pay attention
  • Follow instruction (slow down)
  • Be disciplined
  • Have the desire to succeed

Each child develops at his or her own pace, while some children may be able to execute the skills with confidence, others may feel frustrated because they have not developed the discipline needed to master the maneuvers. If this is the case perhaps the child is not physically or mentally old enough to participate in this type of program at this time.

Our goal is to encourage all individuals to challenge themselves to excel to their highest potential, to learn what their strengths are and then use these acquired talents as a stepping stone to reach their goals in life with confidence and self-esteem. The choice is yours. Enjoy the journey.

At this skating school, we believe that children should be able to skate before playing hockey. Why? The reason is that there are so many different skills that a child must learn to play the game of hockey. If a child has not learned how to skate and is playing hockey, this child will form bad habits such as leaning on the stick, hockey stops only one way, turns from forward to backward only one way, etc. These bad habits prevent the child from becoming a better hockey player.

Larry Gazdig created a program that works, from a philosophy that he realized while he himself played hockey. As a self taught skater, he saw the need for proper instruction to be a better hockey player. Unfortunately, shortly before he was to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks farm team, he shattered his wrist in an accident at a free skate and was not allowed to sign, bringing his NHL career to an end. Larry went on to teach children the proper method to learn all the skills needed to be successful hockey players, through trial and error of his own skating school.