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Rising Stars – “Learn to Play” - Ages 5 & 6

Regular Season 2015-2016
2015-2016 x Regular Season

Adam Bellows

Head Coach

Phone: 716-870-9610

Amy Kneer

Player Registration

Nick Beaver

Initiation Program Coordinator

Phone: 716-435-8648

Rising Stars – “Learn to Play” - Ages 5 & 6

The Rising Stars opening day is scheduled for Tuesday , October 1, 2019 . Please register for the 2019-2020 season on this website through the Registration tab in the navigation. 

Program Coordinator : 

Nick Beaver : cell 716-435-8648

Player Registration:

Amy Kneer – cell 716-465-5522, email

Head Coach:

Adam Bellows – cell 716-870-9610

Program Basics:

  • Designed for second year skaters & up
  • Ages – boys & girls who are 5 & 6 years old – birth years 2013 & 2014
  • We closely follow the recommended guidelines of USA Hockey’s ADM program
  • Our kids skate 3 times a week from October 2019 through March 2020
  • We skate at the North Buffalo Rink on Tacoma Ave and The Dann Memorial Rink located at Nichols School on Amherst Street. 
  • Fees include jerseys, socks, skills sessions, practices & games
  • Cost for the 19/20 season is $600

Core Skills:

Balance & Agility – basic stance, getting up from the ice, balance on one foot, gliding on two skates, gliding on one skate – forward and backward

Starting & Stopping – T start, front v start, crossover start, outside/inside stop, two-foot parallel stop

Forward & Backward Skating – c cuts left & right foot alternating, forward striding, edge control, figure 8’s, gliding on two skates backward

Turning & Crossovers – Glide turns, tight turns, pivots – backward to forward, forward to backward

Puck Control – Stance, narrow, wide, side - front – side, open ice carry – forehand & backhand, puck in feet

Passing & Receiving – stationary forward pass & backward pass, moving forward pass, moving backhand pass and lead pass

Wrist Shot – forehand wrist shot, backhand wrist shot, lots of shooting

The complete schedule for Rising Stars will be available on the website.

If you are interested in registering your son or daughter for the Rising Stars, please call Amy Kneer at 716-465-5522 and she can direct you on how to register online through our website. Our mailing address is 156 Tacoma Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14216

Practice Plans

Check the sample of practice plans coaches can use. Use them as-is or adapt them to fit the needs of your players. Theme goals, equipment and ice time are listed at the top of each practice.

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