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The quality house hockey programs at KC Ice Center change travel teams

The numbers were down this fall for the first time in many years for players trying out for the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association travel teams.

While that may sound bad, it’s not. The decrease reflects the success of the house program at the Kansas City Ice Center that has been so dramatic.

“Our house numbers are way up, because so many kids stayed with the house program,” said Dean Nelson, general manager of the KCIC. “Our hockey numbers are up, and that is reflected in the number of kids in the house leagues.

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

girls youth hockey

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 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.

March Skating Madness at the KC Ice Center

KC Ice Center Spring

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.

Wide-open success with 4-on-4 hockey at Kansas City Ice Center

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.

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: