Travel Hockey

Rockets Travel Program 2017 – 2018

The Rockets team mission is to create a culture whereby great hockey will last a lifetime.

To the Rockets Players and Parents:

We are excited and privileged to create something truly unique for our kids that will last forever. Team building is a critical part of crafting a child’s future that goes beyond schooling and careers. This in addition to how our children interact with each other as well as their peers can go a long way in developing success for today’s youth.

A FRESH START – NEW & EXCITING PROGRAM

The new Rockets Hockey Program is dedicated to developing hockey players while creating experiences and relationship that they can have for a life time. As we know, building a successful athlete is more than skill. It takes character, work ethic, perseverance, respect, and integrity. All of this while molding the individuals own abilities and helping them blend into a solid team that has success in the future.

The coaches of the 17/18 season are looking forward to seeing our champions move to an entirely new level that will have an impact on them on and off the ice.

Squirt “A” Team Program

Tuition: $2400

Included in the 2017—2018 tuition.

  • 2 On-Ice practices per week. Wednesday Skills Optional
  • Tuesday & Thursday team practice: Systems and Strategy
  • 18 Regular season games League Games SAHOF / FAHL
  • 6 Exhibition Games in State
  • Silver Sticks Tournament – Ellenton – Thanksgiving weekend
  • Team Bag & Practice Jersey
  • Game Jersey (Home & Away) provided including Socks & Shells
  • Year End BBQ & Pool Party

Key Points

Tryout Tuesday May 23rd at 7:00pm

Ice is scheduled and locked down starting August 7 – February 28, 2018

  • 5:45 – 6:45 Tuesdays (Team Systems)
  • 7:15 – 8:15 Wednesday (Optional $15)
  • 6:10 – 7:10 Thursday (Team Program)

1 Tournament included in the program****

Excellent Rink facility with all amenities (Pro Shop – Sharpening – Fitness Center)

Squirt “A” Coaching Staff

Head Coach — Rick Ninko

Grew up playing youth hockey in Detroit. First started coaching in 1972. Founded the Brevard Amateur Ice Hockey Association in 1996. Currently holding a USA Hockey level 4 certification. Also currently the National Chair for US Figure Skatings Learn to Skate USA program. Currently sitting on the BOD of the US Ice Rink Association. Past VP of SAHOF. Founded the South East Junior Hockey League while sitting on the USA Hockey Junior Council. Owned and operating the Space Coast Iceplex until 2014. Currently Rick is heavily involved on the board and Coach of Tims Kids Special. Having Rick Ninko in the program as head coach for the squirt age group will have a lifelong impact on your players development.

Team Manager — TBD

Assistant Coach — TBD

Assistant Coach — TBD

Player Tuition Payment Schedule

  • $250 – Due at signing
  • $450 – August 15
  • $450 – September 15
  • $450 – October 15
  • $450 – November 15
  • $200 – December 15
  • $150 – January 15
  • $0 – February 15

Notes Concerning payments:

The above schedule is based on auto billing system through the Space Coast Iceplex whereby your credit card is on file and processed automatically each month on the 15th. Alternately for payment by check or other payment options an additional $100 will be added to the Tuition for process time and admin. All payments will be made to Space Coast Iceplex.

Pee Wee “A” Team Program

Tuition: $2400

  • Included in the 2017—2018 tuition.
  • 3 On-Ice practices per week. Wednesday Skills session
  • Tuesday & Thursday team practice: Systems and Strategy
  • 18 Regular season games League Games SAHOF / FAHL
  • 6 Exhibition Games in State
  • Music City Showdown Nashville TN (Bus – Hotel – Entry)
  • Team Bag & Practice Jersey
  • Game Jersey (Home & Away) provided including Socks (New Players)
  • Year End BBQ & Pool Party

Key Points:

Tryout Monday May 22nd at 7:15pm

Ice is scheduled and locked down starting August 7 – February 28, 2018

  • 5:45 – 6:45 Tuesdays (Team Systems)
  • 7:15 – 8:15 Wednesday (Skills & Full Ice Systems)
  • 6:00 – 7:00 Thursday (Team Program)

Music City Showdown Travel Hockey Experience

Registered in Nashville TN – November 3-5

Bus, Entry & Hotel included in the program Tuition

Excellent Rink facility with all amenities (Pro Shop – Sharpening – Fitness Center)

8 Returning Pee Wee players to the program provides a strong core of players

Pee Wee “A” Coaching Staff

Head Coach — James Francis

Coach James has coached at all levels from mites through to U16.Some career highlights include: Guildford Junior Team, England Peewee Team, England U13 Team, England U14 Team (Captain), England U15 Team (Captain), Midget Major AAA Windsor Spitfires, and English Premier League (Pro-2nd Division). James is a level 4 coach who has a passion for the sport and is looking forward to passing on his love of the game to others.

Team Manager — Rick Krug

Rick’s passion for the sport and player development has always been a driving part of his motivation to work with and support youth programs. He has 25 years of playing and coaching across multiple sports, to include college level and fully embraces the life lessons that youth receive from their participation. It is about giving back, developing teams and watching player’s growth not just for a season but beyond.

Assistant Coach — Greg Cole

Greg Cole has a passion for coaching youth sports. He has coached over 25 seasons of youth sports, including travel hockey at the squirt and peewee levels. He played hockey for over 30 years, including 4 years of college club hockey at Virginia Tech. He is looking forward to working with the kids for another season.

Assistant Coach — Robert Oswell

Coach Robert has actively played hockey for 35 years and coached mites – squirt – pee wee for over 10 years. A level 3 coach at the Iceplex Robert loves working with the kids and looks forward to their development. Dedicated to seeing players have memories that will last a lifetime and develop in the greatest game on earth.

Assistant Coach — Gavin Millband

Coach Gavin brings a positive attitude and a determination to win. He grew up playing minor hockey and has been following the game for over 20 years. He has been involved in youth hockey for 5 years. His passion and love of the game drive him to always be competing. Gavin enjoys assisting in youth player development and watching the players grow.

Stats & Player Development — Richard Behnke

Richard “Wendell” Behnke grew up in Northern Canada and started his hockey career early in life. Like most Canadians it seems like he was born with skates on. From the day he started walking he would spend his winter days and evenings clearing snow off of ponds and skating until the sun went down. He played organized hockey throughout his childhood and continued this passion into his adult life.

Team Trainer — Tyson Kochan

Tyson’s first University Degree was a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, where his passion for sports took him right out of High School. Playing elite level sports his entire life, it was an easy transition to follow an early career in Sport Medicine where Tyson worked as an athletic therapist to a research role in exercise oncology. Tyson has worked with an array of athletes, from professional hockey players to circus performers in Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.

Contact Staff

James Francis – coachfrancis18@gmail.com

Rick Krug – krugre@hotmail.com – (P) 540.842.2438

Greg Cole – gregc@vieralacrosseclub.com

Robert Oswell – robert@roswellglobal.com

 Player Tuition Payment Schedule

  • $250 – Due at signing
  • $450 – August 15
  • $450 – September 15
  • $450 – October 15
  • $450 – November 15
  • $200 – December 15
  • $150 – January 15
  • $0 – February 15

Notes Concerning payments:

The above schedule is based on auto billing system through the Space Coast Iceplex whereby your credit card is on file and processed automatically each month on the 15th. Alternately for payment by check or other payment options an additional $100 will be added to the Tuition for process time and admin. All payments will be made to Space Coast Iceplex.

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