An expansive curriculum covered a range of topics related to girls and women’s hockey, with high-level coaches and Olympic champion Meghan Duggan among those presenting to a full complement of regional coaches on hand.
“We hope that every coach here will be able to take at least one part of the curriculum back to their respective programs,” said Kristen Wright, a USA Hockey American Development Model regional manager for female hockey. “When discussing skill development, the presenters provided tangible concepts that the coaches can use with their own teams.”
Wright, a former player herself at Connecticut College, joined USA Hockey in 2014 and works with programs, coaches, players, administrators, and parents around the country to educate them on girls hockey and the American development model.
“The game, especially on the female side, has become more skilled over the past five years due in large part to USA Hockey’s implementation of the ADM,” she said. “When you look at where we were and where we’re going, the amount of girls playing and their ability level is far more competitive, but also more fun.”