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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.
MARCH 2016 – For those who don’t want to spend hours on end watching college basketball in March, the KC Ice Center has some good options for getting away from the television and getting the rush of cool air in your face.
“When March comes around, the team events and the other things that are part of the structure of the KC Ice Center slows down,” says Dean Nelson, general manager of the KCIC. “What we like to do in March is throw in extra stick times for kids, and extra public skates, for freestyle or open ice.
SEPTEMBER 2015 – Just because you are not good enough today, cut from your team, does not mean you won’t make it tomorrow. Michael Jordan played on his high school junior varsity basketball team as a sophomore.
That’s what Dean Nelson and his colleagues with the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association (KCYHA) remind youngsters who tried out—unsuccessfully—for traveling teams for this fall and winter. With the merger of the youth hockey organizations from around the metro area, the traveling teams have all been combined and there are fewer spots to fill.
AUGUST 2015 – Nearly six months after the merger between the two largest youth hockey programs on opposite sides of the state line was announced, things are progressing nicely. The biggest effect so far happens early this month as the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association (KCYHA) will hold its first combined tryout for the traveling teams.
The KCYHA—the new name for the combined effort—will hold tryouts August 13-16 at the Kansas City Ice Center. The KCIC is the home of the Kansas City Stars youth program in Shawnee. The next week, the Independence Events Center, the home of the Missouri Mavericks ECHL team and the Junior Mavs youth program, will host the second round of tryouts.
JULY 2015– Four years ago, Dean Nelson came to Kansas City from Rochester, Minn., to be the assistant manager of the Kansas City Ice Center. From one hockey hotbed to another, right?
Not so much.
But in four years, Nelson has changed the way hockey is viewed, especially by the youth in the area, nearly doubling the number of kids involved in the game in Johnson County.
JUNE 2015 – Beginning July 6, the KC Ice Center will be swarming with kids learning how to develop hockey skills. Every aspect of the game will be refined in the four-day clinics that have two hours of ice time with an hour of off-ice training.
MAY 2015 – If you have the ability to ride around on a 3/16-inch sharpened blade of steel on a sheet of ice, or if you like watching others who do, the Kansas City Ice Center has something for you in May.
The four-on-four hockey leagues that started at the beginning of April will run through the end of May. One of the tiers of an adult league in cooperation with the Independence Events Center will take up the first weekend of the month.
But the big event is the KC Ice Center Spring Figure Skating Show. In its third year, the program will have close to 100 skaters take part in an Oscar-themed event the middle weekend of May.
APRIL 2015 – There are two ways to define success in the world of sports business: participation and wins. Or maybe it’s wins and participation.
Either way, the folks at the Kansas City Ice Center can call the switch last spring to a four-on-four competition a success. After years of running a spring season of regular five-on-five leagues, the KCIC switched to a four-on-four competition and it paid off.
MARCH 2015 – There’s a new name in Kansas City hockey, and it’s a big one.
Lamar Hunt Jr., oldest son of the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and the American Football League, has purchased the Missouri Mavericks, which has a direct affiliation with the Junior Mavericks youth program. While that may seem threatening for the Kansas City Ice Center and its lesser-known ownership group, KCIC general manager Dean Nelson insists it is nothing but good news.
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: