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Spring hockey happenings galore at Ice Center Cupertino


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The California Cougars and the Golden State Elite Eagles, in conjunction with the Ice Center of Cupertino, is expanding the spring hockey program again this year.

After a sellout 2018 spring program, the 2019 spring program will offer more of what made last year’s program so well received, as well as adding a few additional options.


First, there are the spring leagues.

New this year, the Norcal Spring Series is geared toward A/B travel-level players. It will include games against other Norcal Spring Series clubs as well as registration on a Memorial Weekend Tournament team and a few team practices. We are again offering the Tier Spring Elite League, where our teams will play against other local tier hockey teams while including admission to a number of our S3 and High Intensity Clinics.

Next comes our S3 (skating, shooting and skill development) camps, all taught by travel and tier coaches. These were sold out last year, so this spring, we are offering a total of 12 weeks of camps, each week consisting of three sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. As in previous years, all clinics are further organized along recognized NorCal/USA Hockey age groupings.

We also offer a week of High Intensity Training geared to getting players ready for the GSE tier tryouts the following week. For Cougars players, we offer five sessions of Pre-Tryout Clinics in the two weeks leading up to the Cougars tryouts for the NorCal A/B League.

As with the High Intensity Training, the Pre-Tryout Clinics are set up to get players ready for the upcoming Cougars tryout weekend that follows.

For the high school-aged players, we are offering the High School Skate, and that is being expanded to two sessions per week. This is a skills and drills format open to all high school or Midget-aged players looking to have some fun in the summer while keeping their skills sharp.

As we did last year, we will offer significant discounts for various combinations of our spring hockey programs. The more classes you register for, the larger the percentage discount, including a very hefty discount for doing what we call the Super Duper Combo, which includes one of the spring leagues, all of the S3 weeks, the High Intensity Training week and the Pre-Tryout Clinic sessions.

The California Cougars, the Golden State Elite Eagles and the Ice Center of Cupertino welcome players of all ages and skill levels to join us for spring hockey, a fun and exciting way to keep your hockey skills sharp between seasons as well as learn and develop new skills to carry forward throughout your hockey career.

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— Mike Benesh

(Feb. 28, 2019)

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