About

ISS Kings Youth Hockey Club, LLC

Entering our 6th season, the ISS Kings Youth Hockey Club, LLC is an independent USA Hockey registered team  for the 2002 birth year.  The club’s primary focus is on a thoughtful player-development model, and the club has developed some of the birth-year’s most successful players.   By the end of midget minor year, 9 (nine) current or former players have been drafted to the OHL, 9 (nine) players to the USHL (including the overall first pick), and 5 (five) players have D1 college commitments.   The model is based on the following:

  • Maximize ice time, and create a consistent schedule that is academic, family-friendly, and in the best interest of the players. Two 90 minute practices per day  Saturday and Sundays furthers this objective.
  • Professional non-parent coaches whose primary goal is player development.  
  • Provide over 250 hours of ice vs. the standard 105 hours of shared ice at standard programs.  Additonally, spring tournaments and two one week long mini-camps in August provided. 
  • To develop youth hockey players in a serious, moral, and ethical manner with the eventual goal of helping these players reach their full potential.
  • To see each player improve markedly from April to March in both their hockey skills and knowledge of the game.
  • To teach players a respect for their coaches, their teammates, and the game of hockey.
  • Emphasis on player character and work ethic

The team will get over 250 hours of ice. The Kings’ shall be instructed by professional non-parent coaches including Nolan Howe; the son of Hall-of-Famer Mark Howe, and the grandson of Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe.  

Team Principles

  • Four Pillars of Successful Hockey Development:
    • Skills – on ice and off ice training
    • Competitiveness – not enough to work hard, must also learn how to compete
    • Thinking – Hockey Sense is Teachable through Education
    • Passion – Player must have passion for the game – practices must be fun.
  • Large emphasis on skill development, character and work ethic:
    • Focus on coordination, motor skills, and decision making capabilities.
    • The central theme of teaching on the team is one of Concepts Development
  • Scrimmages shall be used as a feedback mechanism to see what the team needs to work on
  • There are no “star” players, but now entering Midget Major year the model will progress to performance based play. 
  • Disrespect of authority and foul language will not be tolerated
  • Making hockey fun
  • Open communication
  • State-of-the-art game film and video shall be used

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get onto the team?

The roster for the season was chosen after tryouts for independent teams last April as designated by the AAHA.  The ISS Kings program offers a very high level of player development and consequently it requires a very high level of player commitment. The program is not for everyone. Families of players on the ISS Kings are highly dedicated to the development of youth hockey, and players on the team have the highest aspirations for success, be it  USHL, D1 or NHL. The program has been designed with extensive professional, nonparent coaching and consultation to foster the highest potential of each player. Players who wish to be considered for involvement on this year’s team, or next years, should contact us as soon as possible. It is open to any elite player of the 2002 birth-year (including non-US citizens), with options for billeting as well.

In the words of Herb Brooks, “Success is won by those who believe in winning and then prepare for that moment. Many want to win, but how many prepare? That is the big difference. A sound value system held water then, holds water today, and will hold water in the future……I looked for People first, athletes second. I wanted people with a sound value system as you cannot buy values. You’re only as good as your values. I learned early on that you do not put greatness into people…but somehow try to pull it out.”

How much experience does my child need?

Our hockey players have extensive experience playing at highest levels of competition for age and have competed at an elite level.   The ISS Kings were ranked # 2 in the US, in 2015-2016 season, and top 10 for the last three seasons.    Above all, our program emphasizes integrity, hard work, and desire to learn in a fun environment.  It is okay to make mistakes on our team.  It is not okay not to try hard.  Players with these traits are the hallmark of our roster.

How much time is needed to participate, including practices, games, and lessons?

The most successful hockey players come from highly dedicated and supportive families. So as much as our program offers, players often are doing even more to excel, both academically and for hockey.

September – Spring

Fridays 4pm – 9pm: 1.5 hours off ice concept teaching, dinner, 2.5 hours pond 3×3 ice
Saturdays 12:30-2pm; and 3:50-5:20pm Full Ice Practice.  2:15-3:30pm classroom
Sundays 11:00-12:30pm and 2:20-3:50 Full Ice Practice. 12:45-2pm classroom

How much time is spent home or away?

The program was purposefully designed to be academically supportive, with essentially  three out of four weekends at home.  High level tournament play, often invitation only, is intended once per month and can be found on the homepage.

If this is mid-season, can I participate now or can I sign up for next season?

Our program philosophy is to support the endeavors in hockey of players who demonstrate an elite level of dedication and commitment at the 2002 level. We believe in educating the youth hockey player, and that any youth player should have the right to play with whoever and for whoever they so choose such that they best maximize their full developmental potential by having fun, and being comfortable in their learning environment. Since we are an independent team, while we have a full roster for the year, we have the ability to have other dedicated players participate in our program. Those players and their families should contact us for participation possibilities.

About

ISS Kings Youth Hockey Club, LLC

Entering our 6th season, the ISS Kings Youth Hockey Club, LLC is an independent USA Hockey registered team  for the 2002 birth year.  The club’s primary focus is on a thoughtful player-development model, and the club has developed some of the birth-year’s most successful players.   By the end of midget minor year, 9 (nine) current or former players have been drafted to the OHL, 9 (nine) players to the USHL (including the overall first pick), and 5 (five) players have D1 college commitments.   The model is based on the following:

  • Maximize ice time, and create a consistent schedule that is academic, family-friendly, and in the best interest of the players. Two 90 minute practices per day  Saturday and Sundays furthers this objective.
  • Professional non-parent coaches whose primary goal is player development.  
  • Provide over 250 hours of ice vs. the standard 105 hours of shared ice at standard programs.  Additonally, spring tournaments and two one week long mini-camps in August provided. 
  • To develop youth hockey players in a serious, moral, and ethical manner with the eventual goal of helping these players reach their full potential.
  • To see each player improve markedly from April to March in both their hockey skills and knowledge of the game.
  • To teach players a respect for their coaches, their teammates, and the game of hockey.
  • Emphasis on player character and work ethic

The team will get over 250 hours of ice. The Kings’ shall be instructed by professional non-parent coaches including Nolan Howe; the son of Hall-of-Famer Mark Howe, and the grandson of Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe.  

Team Principles

  • Four Pillars of Successful Hockey Development:
    • Skills – on ice and off ice training
    • Competitiveness – not enough to work hard, must also learn how to compete
    • Thinking – Hockey Sense is Teachable through Education
    • Passion – Player must have passion for the game – practices must be fun.
  • Large emphasis on skill development, character and work ethic:
    • Focus on coordination, motor skills, and decision making capabilities.
    • The central theme of teaching on the team is one of Concepts Development
  • Scrimmages shall be used as a feedback mechanism to see what the team needs to work on
  • There are no “star” players, but now entering Midget Major year the model will progress to performance based play. 
  • Disrespect of authority and foul language will not be tolerated
  • Making hockey fun
  • Open communication
  • State-of-the-art game film and video shall be used

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get onto the team?

The roster for the season was chosen after tryouts for independent teams last April as designated by the AAHA.  The ISS Kings program offers a very high level of player development and consequently it requires a very high level of player commitment. The program is not for everyone. Families of players on the ISS Kings are highly dedicated to the development of youth hockey, and players on the team have the highest aspirations for success, be it  USHL, D1 or NHL. The program has been designed with extensive professional, nonparent coaching and consultation to foster the highest potential of each player. Players who wish to be considered for involvement on this year’s team, or next years, should contact us as soon as possible. It is open to any elite player of the 2002 birth-year (including non-US citizens), with options for billeting as well.

In the words of Herb Brooks, “Success is won by those who believe in winning and then prepare for that moment. Many want to win, but how many prepare? That is the big difference. A sound value system held water then, holds water today, and will hold water in the future……I looked for People first, athletes second. I wanted people with a sound value system as you cannot buy values. You’re only as good as your values. I learned early on that you do not put greatness into people…but somehow try to pull it out.”

How much experience does my child need?

Our hockey players have extensive experience playing at highest levels of competition for age and have competed at an elite level.   The ISS Kings were ranked # 2 in the US, in 2015-2016 season, and top 10 for the last three seasons.    Above all, our program emphasizes integrity, hard work, and desire to learn in a fun environment.  It is okay to make mistakes on our team.  It is not okay not to try hard.  Players with these traits are the hallmark of our roster.

How much time is needed to participate, including practices, games, and lessons?

The most successful hockey players come from highly dedicated and supportive families. So as much as our program offers, players often are doing even more to excel, both academically and for hockey.

September – Spring

Fridays 4pm – 9pm: 1.5 hours off ice concept teaching, dinner, 2.5 hours pond 3×3 ice
Saturdays 12:30-2pm; and 3:50-5:20pm Full Ice Practice.  2:15-3:30pm classroom
Sundays 11:00-12:30pm and 2:20-3:50 Full Ice Practice. 12:45-2pm classroom

How much time is spent home or away?

The program was purposefully designed to be academically supportive, with essentially  three out of four weekends at home.  High level tournament play, often invitation only, is intended once per month and can be found on the homepage.

If this is mid-season, can I participate now or can I sign up for next season?

Our program philosophy is to support the endeavors in hockey of players who demonstrate an elite level of dedication and commitment at the 2002 level. We believe in educating the youth hockey player, and that any youth player should have the right to play with whoever and for whoever they so choose such that they best maximize their full developmental potential by having fun, and being comfortable in their learning environment. Since we are an independent team, while we have a full roster for the year, we have the ability to have other dedicated players participate in our program. Those players and their families should contact us for participation possibilities.

Youth Hockey Club, LLC
A team scholarship award recipient

Team Training Schedule

Tues & Wed — 4pm - 7pm — Team Training
Fri — 4pm - 9pm — Training/3V3 Pond Hockey
Sat — 11am - 5:30pm — Team Training
Sat — 7pm - 9pm — Team Activities
Sun — 10am - 4pm — Team Training