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PhoenixThe IceForum Hockey Association (IHA) is committed to the pursuit of excellence in athletics, academics and life. Players have the choice of playing House, A, AA or AAA. Progression through each level develops superior skills and game understanding.

ThunderAAA is the platform junior and college scouts seek talent. The program guides and develops players through the entire process. IHA players have successfully advanced to the NHL draft, USA National team, Juniors, Prep Schools and the NCAA. The number of these players advancing continues to increase every year.

Former New York Islander, Moscow Dynamo, and Russian National Team player Yan Kaminsky has served as the Director of Hockey since 1999. Yan is very active working with players and coaches to ensure consistent and effective teaching success across the entire program.


The IHA coaching model has proven successful in accelerating player development. We provide an environment where student-athletes can achieve their full potential both in their athletic endeavors and in life.

SafeSport for Parents and Players


USA Hockey is providing a safe sport course free of charge (see link below). The course will take 1 hour of your time. Please complete it when you can. Great information and great education for parents and coaches. 

The course can be shared with any parent anywhere. When you have to register, choose non-affiliated under the organization tab, there is no USA Hockey affiliation, SAHA affiliation. 

Designed for the parents of athletes of all ages, this course explains the issues of misconduct in sport and helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience. We will add this information on our website as well. We recommend that all parents are take advantage of this great information.


by posted 12/11/2018
American Development Model
High Performance Club Overview
2017-2018 The IceForum Hockey Association version of the USAH ADM concept for 8 & under 
Mite Division
IHA House league 8 Years old & under
The goal is to provide an environment that focuses on the development of fundamental movement and skills. The emphasis is on fun and developing a passion for the sport.
Concept for the season:
Players will be grouped into teams of like abilities, with the overall focus on evenly distributing the player ability pool across all teams. Team composition is ideally at a maximum of 9 to 13 skaters per team.  Each team will be divided into three groups of equal ability. (Top 1/3; middle 1/3; bottom 1/3)  
All players will be evaluated as:
1. “A” line - Advanced = top 33%
2. “B” line - Intermediate = middle 33%  
3. “C” line - Beginner & Less Skilled = bottom 33%
Players can move between these groups as they progress through the season.
The goaltender position will be rotated between team members. In the situation where a player only wants to play goalie, we will make an exception to this rule, with the understanding that if someone else wants to try the position, we will rotate. 
All players will have two hours of full ice practice (clinic style) at their home rink during the week. The on-ice schedule will consist of a maximum of two (2) full ice sessions per week with the sessions lasting no longer than 60 minutes. On the weekends, Weekend High Performance Competitions (WHPC) will be used as the third ice session for the week.
An off-ice component should also be included at this level. A 30 to 40 minute session prior to or immediately following the ice sessions should be incorporated into the basic practice plan. This age group needs at least one off-ice session per week.
Weekend High Performance Competitions (WHPC)
WHPC concept is as follows:
  • Four teams on the ice at the same time. Example, MT 1 vs. MT 2 on one end and MT 3 vs. MT 4 on another end
  • There will be a 3 minute warm up. (Example, MT 1 and MT 2 warm up together on one end of the ice, and MT 3 and MT 4 on the other end)
  • After the warm-up, the game clock will be set at 20 minutes.
  • The rink will then be divided in three zones. In the neutral zone we will have players improving on their hockey skills. At the same time, we will have games being played in the other two zones at the end of the rink. (Example: A lines on each team will play a fifteen minute runtime game against each other. At the same time, the B and C lines from all 4 teams will be working on specific hockey skills in the neutral zone). After the 20 minute runtime is complete, same concept will be used for B lines, with A and C working on specific hockey skills in the neutral zone lines while the B lines are playing against each other. After the next 20 minute runtime, the C lines would move to the game play area.
  • During the WHPC (weekend high performance competition) the more advanced players (the “A” line) will be playing against each other, intermediate players (the “B” line) will be playing against each other and the beginner & less skilled players (the “C” line) will be playing against each other. This is to balance the competition equally. Players can move between these groups as they progress through the season.
Competition will be limited to local competition at this level to reduce the time and financial commitment for players and families.
Each player will have approximately 64-67 ice touches per season or more, depending on ice availability! Plus, regular full ice game playoffs and Championship at the end of the season.
High Performance Clubs will be required to follow the designated USA Hockey Long-Term Athlete Development protocols on training-to-game ratios and incorporate National Team Development Program training philosophies

posted 12/21/2009
Thrashers implement USA Hockey's American Development Model
Atlanta first NHL club to implement USA Hockey's American Development Model
 Atlanta Thrashers
May 26, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT
The Atlanta Thrashers, and its Youth Hockey Development Team, fully support USA Hockey and will be the first NHL club to implement its recently-launched American Development Model into local youth programming, including the Junior Thrashers program and Thunder Hockey (Tier 1 AAA youth hockey).
USA Hockey created the American Development Model in conjunction with the National Hockey League to provide – for the first time ever -- a blueprint for youth hockey associations throughout the country for optimal athlete development. The
 ADM will help influence increased participation by providing a better overall experience for the player, regardless of ability level.
The Thrashers have long-standing ties to USA Hockey, led by Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell, and have been a staunch supporter of youth hockey development since the team’s inception in 1999.
 “USA Hockey’s American Development Model is an initiative that is a priority for all NHL member clubs located in the United States,” commented Waddell. He went on to say, “This undertaking is an exciting opportunity for all of us involved in youth hockey and we look forward to working with USA Hockey and being a host city for the program model at every age level.”
 “The ADM is based on age-appropriate training methods and we’re excited about is implementation because it will positively affect our children,” said Ken Martel, director of USA Hockey’s American Development Model. “We’re grateful to the Thrashers for their support and know the people of Atlanta and surrounding communities will enjoy learning more about the ADM.”
The Thrashers Youth Hockey Development Team, led by Darren Eliot (Community Hockey Liaison), Reagan Carey (Director of Hockey Development), Chris Uber (Manager of Hockey Development) and Misha Donskov (Coaching Coordinator,) has been uniquely positioned and driven to implement various programs and to further many philosophies aimed at growing the game of hockey, including:
 --Running over 245 clinics per season
 --Providing award winning content on atlantathrashers.com
 --Hosting the first of its kind Jr. NHL All –Star Tournament in 2008
 --Developing its own internal and USA Hockey recognized Instructor Orientation Program
 --Running USA Hockey’s Coaching Certification Program in the Atlanta market
 --Providing an abundance of supplemental resources to augment the coaches’ efforts.
Watch the video below to learn more about the program:


posted 06/22/2009
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