Major Contributors Align in our Reimagined AAA & 3 on 3 Player Development Plan
“The Late” Allen Bower Vancouver B.C. / White Bear Lake MN.
Allen’s 24 year coaching career spanned atoms to Junior B and everything in between. His developmental strategies were based on a Canadian model we call D.E.P., Drill Element Progression, This approach added additional and more complicated elements one by one to a drill already being executed. This technique has begun to appear in the US, but is still significantly under used in our youth ranks. D.E.P will be the foundation of our AAA league practices as all our coaches commit to use the D.E.P. strategy within their own personal practice plans, when they enter our AAA venue with their teams beginning in 2016.
Allen believed that utilizing 3 on 3 hockey in the size appropriate ice rink in Cottage Grove will substantially enhance our AAA developmental formula. 3 on 3 hockey has a critical two fold value in that it gives players the primary thing that keeps them interested in hockey… Games! Yet 3 on 3 on a properly sized and proportionate rink, is virtually the only venue that can significantly develop players in a game setting. Our athletes are unaware that their skills are improving through the action, speed, and structure of these games. Kids get their games, parents get their skill development. It’s a win win proposition, which matched Allen’s ultimate youth hockey philosophy “develop ’em while they’re having fun”. You will be missed Allen…
ESP Hockey’s General Manager & Developmental Director. As a former Hockey East player and years as a Minnesota Hockey Certified Coach hear in the twin cities, Dave Waddington has played a significant part in the design, development, and ongoing management of ESP Select Hockey LLC. In his 10th year at the helm Dave has constructed a well oiled ESP machine that, has become a solid venue for families to embrace as a part of their off-season hockey plan. His ideas in designing the 3 on 3 leagues by using a serious & disciplined style of play, made all the difference in making ESP Hockey’s 3 on 3 “the most developmentally beneficial” small ice venue in Minnesota. Dave’s hands on approach provides the quality customer service parents and coaches demand when selecting an off-season venue to add to their developmental master plan…
1982-1986 Providence Friars Defenseman Nowel Caterall has provided significant contributions to ESP’s hockey acumen. Working together coaching Bantam Hockey in Woodbury Minnesota, Nowel & Dave (Waddington) teamed up in a successful 2008-2009 association season coaching along side each of their boys that winter. A Native of Whitby, Ontario, Nowel was part of the NCAA final four team (& runner up) in 1982 and upon graduation played in both Germany, for Berliner SC Preussen, and with the AHL Maine Mariners before his career ended in 1988.
It’s worth mentioning that Allen, Dave, & Nowel all grew & coached sons who were “bubble players”, and all took advantage of ESP’s 3 on 3 league to insure their players kept up in the ultra competitive “State of Hockey”.