Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined today with Northwell Health Ice Center President and New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow to announce that Northwell Health Ice Center is expanding its partnership with Nassau County and the New York Islanders to introduce the Islanders Girls Hockey Academy. The program is a development/instructional league for girls 10U (10 and under) and is structured around the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM).
“The New York Islanders and Northwell Health Ice Center management continue to invest in our local community and provide benefits to young players and fans alike,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano “This Islanders Girls Hockey Academy offers a free, exciting opportunity to girls aged 10 and under that provides benefits on and off the ice. From developing team-building skills to sharpening one’s ability to think quickly, and cardiovascular benefits to increasing one’s strength and abilities, this is a well-rounded program for Nassau’s youth.”
The Islanders Girls Hockey Academy is offered at no cost and no prior hockey experience is required. Once fully operational, the program with add to the already blossoming number of girls playing hockey in the community by more than 40%. The program, set to begin on October 23, 2017, provides an introduction to the game for girls in the local community, looking to play the sport of hockey. The Islanders Girls Hockey Academy will teach fundamentals, skills, sportsmanship and emphasize how much fun hockey is for everyone.
“We are excited to grow the sport of women’s hockey in the local community through the public-private partnership between Northwell Health Ice Center and Nassau County,” Northwell Health Ice Center and New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “Programs like the Islanders Girls Hockey Academy are the reason we get involved in management. The real reward is seeing a young child begin playing in our youth groups and having fun. We want girls to start playing in the Islanders Girls Hockey Academy, develop their skills to eventually play at the pinnacle of the sport, in college or representing their country in the Olympics. Partnering with the County on this terrific program, will help introduce girls who may have never played hockey, develop their skills at Long Island’s premier hockey facility, Northwell Health Ice Center.
The program is headed by Alexis Moed who is Northwell Health Ice Center’s Girls Hockey Director. Moed played college hockey at Boston College (NCAA DI program) where she embodied the student-athlete model earning Hockey East All Academic honors and was awarded the Athletic Directors Academic award. At the completion of her playing career at BC, Moed began her coaching career on Long Island developing several programs for girl’s hockey. She currently runs the Islanders Elite Girls Hockey Travel Program at Northwell. The program provides elite level hockey for girls 12 and over.
Set to start in the Fall, the program will take place over a 17-week period and include a two-week introductory period, pre-season, 14-week regular season all culminating in a post-season assessment. Girls will have their ice sessions from 4 – 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow, N.Y., the official practice facility of the New York Islanders.
Girls interested in signing up for the program should contact Alexis Moed at Northwell Health Ice Center (516) 441-0070 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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