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Shjon Podein adds Instant Credibility: NHL player’s involvement shows KC Ice Center hockey programs are legit

Shjon Podein played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League. He won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2000-2001. He grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, where one of his buddies was Dean Nelson, now the general manager of the Kansas City Ice Center.

When Nelson came to the Kansas City area six years ago, he faced an uphill battle in growing youth hockey. He decided one of the best ways to do that was to enhance the camps and clinics schedule. There were fewer than 50 kids involved at the time. The number approached nearly 500 this summer.

Nelson knew hockey is mostly a series of one-on-one battles, so he decided a camp devoted to teaching kids how to win those battles would be a key part of his camp strategy. He created Battle Camp, and in one of the most strategic decisions he’s made in his six years, he invited his old friend to join him.

KC Jets will form a third hockey team, creating a new option for U16 players

Youth hockey is in full swing at the Kansas City Ice Center. The KC Stars, KC Jets and travel teams are all forming for the upcoming season.

If you’re hoping to hang out with him this month with Dean Nelson, you will have to get to the Kansas City Ice Center. Nelson, the general manager at the KCIC, will be spending most of his time there.

Hockey Update – KC Youth Hockey Association to add girls leagues in the fall

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The future of girls youth hockey has arrived in Kansas City. For years in this area, when youth hockey was the subject, the gender generally was male. But with nearly 100 of the roughly 1,000 kids involved in the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association being female, the association likely will be adding girls-only leagues in the fall.

KC Ice Center introduces Xtreme Hockey program to develop skills in young players

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APRIL 2017 – Xtreme Hockey is practice gone wild.

There is a theory that 75 percent of hockey comes down to one-on-one battles. The other hockey elements — skating, stick-handling, passing and shooting—are important, but none of those matter if you do not win the individual battle for the puck.

That’s the premise that has spawned a new Spring program at the Kansas City Ice Center called “Spring Xtreme Hockey.” It is an 11-week program that will work on the individual skills of players from the U-8 through the U-14 levels.

KC Ice Center offers many ways for players to grow hockey skills

KC Ice Center Camps

APRIL 2016 – Five years ago, Dean Nelson took a couple of KC Ice Center teams to the International Cup in Blaine, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb. The International Cup is a group of age-specific tournaments played at an eight-rink facility, with some top teams from all around the Midwest.

Nelson’s teams got smoked.

Last year, Nelson again took two teams to the International Cup. One team reached their age-group final. The other one went 1-1-2. That just shows how far hockey has come in Kansas City in the past five years, mostly under Nelson’s leadership.

KC Ice Center gears up for Hockey Weekend Across America

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FEBRUARY 2015 – Steve Fisch, publisher of Kansas City Sports & Fitness magazine, recently sat down with Dean Nelson, the general manager of the Kansas City Ice Center for an interview on Good Sports, the weekly television show that complements KCS&F. The segment was recorded at the KCIC during the Squirts Midwest Hockey Tournament with teams from surrounding areas. Here’s part of that interview: