Here is what our alumni are saying about our programs:
Kade Jensen – Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
Kade is a 16 year old rookie this year in the WHL. He has been part of STIX Hockey Academy now for 3 years. We look forward to continuing to help him achieve his hockey goals!
“I’ve been part of the STIX Hockey Academy program for 3 years now and I have never had so much fun preparing and learning for the next level in my hockey career. Everyday is a new day to get better and the program taught me to take advantage of every single minute to improve my hockey skills. The program has elite players in it so it pushes you all the time to be a more competitive player on the ice. Practices are focused on little details which is key for Junior hockey. Stick handling, shooting, puck protection and power skating are the main skills we worked on everyday! The program also teaches you how to protect yourself in a fight which is very important for Junior hockey. I recommend this program because it builds players on and off the ice and it helps players become mentally strong. Most importantly though, it makes you a better person off of the ice. I found it teaches you the life lesson of never giving up on what you love, and for me that’s hockey.”
Kade Jensen – #23 Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
Logan O’Connor – Sioux Falls Stampede, USHL
Logan is a 17 year old rookie this year in the USHL. He has recently committed to the University of Denver on a hockey scholarship.
“Last April was the first time I had participated in a STIX Hockey Academy program. The program was exactly what I was looking for as I was getting ready for my Junior career. The attention to the small details was one of the things I really enjoyed about STIX. We worked a lot on the little things that sometimes go unnoticed on the ice, but done properly they can separate you from the next hockey player. The instructors were very detail oriented and they were always there to make suggestions as to what I needed to work more on or how to do a drill better. I also really enjoyed playing games against the older players, most of whom had already played Junior. Playing in the games helped me to get used to the size, speed and skill that I would be facing at my current level. Now that I am playing Junior hockey I have heard from both Jeff and Rob on a number of occasions. It is nice to know they really care about their players.”
Logan O’Connor – #19 Sioux Falls Stampede, USHL
Brady Reagan – Regina Pats, WHL
Brady is a 16 year old rookie this season in the WHL. He has been part of STIX Hockey Academy for 2 years now, both with our spring program as well as during our summer conditioning camps. This past August Brady was also a staff member at our summer hockey camp in Black Diamond. We look forward to continuing to help Brady reach the next level.
“I have had the pleasure of playing and practicing with STIX Hockey Academy for the past 2 years. This program has helped me make the transition from Bantam to Major Midget, and then from Major Midget to the WHL. More specifically, it has helped me develop my skill set in many ways, and improve my game to the highest level it can be. The STIX programs I have been involved with have allowed me to skate with the highest level athletes in the area. The ice times focus on the small details which are usually overlooked such as, tight area stick handling drills, battle drills, shooting drills and skating drills. This program is highly recommended, as you skate with high level athletes who are all competing for spots on teams at the highest levels. It honestly pushes you to your full potential. I am proud to say this program has developed me on and off the ice to be a well-rounded player, as well as a good person.”
Brady Reagan – #55 Regina Pats, WHL
Matt Marcinew – University of Denver Pioneers, NCAA
Matt is a freshmen this season in the NCAA, after spending three seasons in the AJHL with Lloydminster and Olds. Matt took part in the STIX Jr. program last year as well as the first annual STIX Collegiate Exposure in Calgary.
I have known both Jeff and Rob for the last few years. Last spring I attended the STIX Hockey Academy’s skills sessions, weekend games, as well as the STIX Collegiate Exposure Camp. STIX provided me with the chance to improve my on-ice skills and conditioning while having fun doing so. Being an older player in the program helped me to improve my leadership skills both on and off of the ice. In my opinion, the professional high tempo atmosphere in which STIX is run mimics the next level – Junior, College and Pro. Being surrounded by that pro mentality, along with having current Junior players mixed into the program, really helps prepare the younger players for the next level. Acting as mentors throughout my hockey career, Jeff and Rob have helped me not only in the sport of hockey, but also in my life. The trust built between the coaches and myself has allowed me to approach them not only during the spring, but at any time during the season.
Matt Marcinew – #23 University of Denver Pioneers, NCAA