1-618-589-3800 205 Rec Plex Drive, O’Fallon, IL 62269 Account Login
1-618-589-3800 205 Rec Plex Drive, O’Fallon, IL 62269 Account Login

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ADULT HOCKEY 101

It’s never too late to learn the skills needed to play the fast paced game of hockey, especially if you are trying to keep up with your son/daughter on the ice. Adult hockey classes are offered to men and women who want to learn more about the game. These classes are a great workout in a fun environment that encourages your development as a hockey player.

Along with developing stronger skating skills through power skating, we will incorporate skills such stickhandling, shooting, and passing that will later progress into offensive and defensive concepts. This is a great group activity! It will help you be a step closer to participating in the MAHL (Mid America Hockey League). Basic skating prerequisite is required.

Sundays (6 classes)

March 22, 29, April 5, 19, 26, May 3

3:30 – 4:20pm

Cost:
$80 members
$99 non-members

PLEX POWER SKATE

Plex Power Skate is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared towards hockey skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance in the learn to train phase of the long-term athlete development. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. Our focus is on developing proper skating technique and teaching the players the concepts behind the techniques so they can better understand the system. We start by slowing the players down and teaching them the correct way of skating. Then we bring the player back up to speed. The players will develop a Longer stride, use Less energy, and will be able to skate Faster!

Is geared to skaters who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they must be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command. For safety reasons participants should wear full hockey equipment. Coach to skater ratio is 1:10

Ages: 6 to 8 yrs.

Beginner | Saturdays 9:00-9:50am

Spring Session: March 21st to April 25th

Advanced | Saturdays 11:10am-12:00pm

Spring Session: March 21st to April 25th

50 minute class (6 classes)

COST:
$75 – Members

$90 – Non-Members

Ages: 8 to 12 yrs.

Wednesdays 6:10-7:00pm

Spring Session: March 9th to April 6th

50 minute class (5 classes)

COST:
$60 – Members

$75 – Non-Members

Ages: 12 to 14 yrs.

Mondays 6:10-7:00pm

Spring Session: March 11th to April 8th

50 minute class (5 classes)

COST:
$60 – Members

$75 – Non-Members

MINI HOCKEY BOOTCAMPS

Hockey Bootcamp training sessions will be led by McKendree MetroRecPlex instructors, who will help improve the hockey players’ skill set. The first portion of the class will focus on power skating, followed by stick handling, passing, and shooting. The session concludes with skill reinforcement drills.

Each week will have a progressive focus/format to help the player get back into playing the game with confidence.

The first portion of the class will focus on power skating, followed by stick handling, passing, and shooting. The session concludes with skill reinforcement drills. Each week will have a progressive focus/format to help the player get back into playing the game with 1 instructor to 5 players (1:10max). See MMRP social distancing protocol in effect. Spectators limited to 1 per participant.

 

12 & Under HOCKEY BOOTCAMP TRAINING
12 & Up HOCKEY BOOTCAMP TRAINING

30/60 MINUTE LESSONS

Enroll in-person at the ice rink counter.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons offer individualized training designed to be customizable and skill specific to each player. This is the best possible training environment to take your player to the next level. Sessions are 30 minutes long and offered at a variety of times based on age.

  • MetroRecPLex Members receive one FREE Training Consultation with Ice Coach.
  • Individual training plan developed specifically for your athlete.
  • Individualized Support from coach.

All Private lessons will take place on designated sessions or Stick & Puck times. Ask Instructor for more details.

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS!

Aleksejs Ivasenko

Aleksejs Ivasenko is a Freshman at McKendree Univerisity, studying Economics and Finance. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Aleksejs has been playing hockey for 16 years and was trained by coaches from the NHL, NCAA D1, NCAA D3, ECHL, Soviet Union National Team, and Latvian National Team.

Aleksejs specializes on the defensive aspect of the sport that involves proper positioning in the zone, positioning on odd man rushes, puck movement, and the offensive blue line.

“As a player I have great understanding of what it is like to try to learn the sport. I know that it takes patience and hard work to succeed in hockey. As an instructor I will not only improve their skills on the ice, but also improve the key components of a great athlete: respect, discipline and passion.”

Fun Fact: Aleksejs speaks 3 languages- Latvian, Russian and English.

Dymtro Golovko

Dymtro Golobsko is a student at McKendree University and is majoring in Business Administration in Economics and Finance. Dymtro has been playing Hockey since he was 10 years old and played for the number one club in his home country, Ukraine, from 2007-2009. After coming to the United States in 2011 to play for the AA Club Team Holly Hurricanes and to attend Glouchester Catholic High School. In 2016, he began his career with the McKendree University D2 Hockey Team.

“I taught camps and gave private lessons in Ukraine during summer and winter. In the past year here, I have been given the opportunity to teach various age groups and work with a lot of Ice Hawks players. It’s been a really great experience.”

Fun Fact: Dymtro graduated from two high schools. One in Ukraine, National Online school of Ukraine and a second school in United States, Nashua Christian Academy.

Devan Lesch

Hello everyone! My name is Devan Lesch and I am originally from Chicago, IL (yes that does make me a Chicago Blackhawks fan!). I started skating at the age of two and a half years old. I started playing Ice Hockey when I was four years old. I played AAA ice hockey from grade school all the way until my Senior year in High school. During my grade school and high school hockey careers I earned the opportunity to become one of the captains a couple different teams. Throughout high school I was also a volunteer coach for one of the learn to skate programs near my family’s home. I also did some volunteering for the Tomahawks which is a special needs ice hockey team. After high school I went to Marian University (Fond du Lac, WI) where I played on the NCAA D3 Women’s Ice Hockey team. While I was playing at Marian I earned the position as leading goal scorer during my Sophomore year of college. While at Marian I obtained a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Minor in Coaching. After I graduated from Marian University I moved to Belleville, IL to obtain a coaching position as one of the Assistant Coaches for the Women’s Ice Hockey team at Lindenwood Belleville-University. During my time coaching at Lindenwood, my team and I achieved the Division Champion title during the 2016-217 season along with making it to Nationals two years in a row. While at Lindenwood-Belleville I also obtained a Masters in School Counseling, I currently work as a School Based and Crisis Counselor at Chestnut Health Systems! I cannot wait to get out on the ice and have some fun! Can’t wait to meet all of you!

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